Toni Cormier, Taylor Harder & Victoria McInnis | Shhhhhhhhhhhhh
WHEN: January 21 – February 1, 2019
Reception: Thursday, January 24, 6 – 8pm in the Main Mall at the Alberta College of Art and Design
*with a PERFORMANCE BY VICTORIA MCINNIS BEGINNING AT 6pm*
WHERE: Marion Nicoll Gallery (MNG), Main Space
Ideas of whose experiences are deemed 'real' lead to an interest in science fiction and its role in shaping the future, an interest in redefining how we interact with the world and how it interacts back. Something about mystery and magic is grounded in reality, but how can we investigate these moments of exchange? Tools, toys, and machines have been created in an attempt to communicate with unseen and hidden things, to access a renegade navigation through possibilities of the future.
Toni Cormier concerns herself with the aftermath of unveiled secrets. To move productively forward from this point of no return, she uses watery premonitions to access speculative futures.
Taylor Harder is of mixed Métis and Mennonite heritage. They utilize soundscapes alongside sculptures to contact their origins. Interested in heretical forms of knowing, Harder calls upon occult methodologies to speak to both past and future.
Victoria McInnis is an inventor, building machines that harness and channel unseen energies within the world. The machines hybridize science and mysticism, a pseudo-scientific pairing which engages non-verbal communication.
The Marion Nicoll Gallery is situated on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot, Tsuu T'ina, and Métis Nations of Alberta. These territories are included in the Treaty 7 agreement, signed in 1877 and initiated by the Canadian Crown. In acknowledging Treaty 7 and the land on which the Marion Nicoll Gallery rests, we aim to carry an awareness of the history and continued presence of the First Nation peoples living in this province and throughout Canada.
For more information about the MNG visit marionnicollgallery.wordpress.com.