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Loose Ends (De toutes pièces)
Kai Chan · David Merritt · Martha Townsend
February 3 to March 20, 2005

Curator: Renee Baert


VERNISSAGE
Thursday February 3, at 6:30pm
Preceded by a tour of the exhibition with the artists and curator at 6pm

KAI CHAN: FREE FORM CONTAINER CONSTRUCTION WORKSHOP
Sunday March 6, from 10am to 3pm
Exploring the skeletal forms of containers/baskets. Participants are invited to bring materials of their choice. Limited places, please reserve.
Cost: $20 (students $15)

IN CONVERSATION: MARTHA TOWNSEND + CHARLES LEVIN
Wednesday March 16, at 6pm
A conversation between exhibiting artist Martha Townsend and psychoanalyst Charles Levin.


David Merritt, Untitled (detail), 2005
Stray ends of the vast stream of our everyday object world are retrieved, re-imagined and remade in the works that constitute the exhibition Loose Ends. Whether Kai Chan’s expansive installation composed of thousands of incense sticks, Martha Townsend’s heraldic banners patterned from swaths of old clothes or David Merritt’s dramatic unfurling of the threads of a large sisal rope, these and other works in this exhibition reinvest mundane materials with visual power, poetry and verve.

The objects on view are made from everyday items of no particular currency that most often would be discarded or overlooked but that, in this instance, have been the object of the artists’ attentive regard. At a remove from any stance of irony toward the ordinary, the ethos is rather one of alertness to the particularity and possibility of things. All of the artists transform the source objects in unexpected ways, Merritt through a simple unravelling of its singular element, Chan and Townsend through reconfigurations.

David Merritt’s inaugural Untitled work disarticulates a sisal rope as if decoding its latent language; this teasing out of constituent fibres produces a kind of sculptural drawing in which lines are articulated in an expanse of three dimensional space. Martha Townsend also inaugurates new work in Loose Ends, producing a cheer of colourful banners through the recycling of clothing and cloth from a previous period of her life. Like Townsend, Kai Chan’s works also embody diaristic elements, from the recycled plastics of his Paris series to the representations subtly embedded in his wall panel of incense sticks.


Top image: Kai Chan, What it is I came for, I turn and turn, Part VI, (detail) 2004