Exhibitions

in attendance day 4

Saturday, July 21, 2018
Saturday, July 21 Jill Smith: 1-4pm Cindy Baker: 7-9pm

Forest City Gallery is pleased to present "in attendance" day 4, the fourth date in a series of events over 5 weeks.

Inspired by recurring themes and ideas of performance and/or “the performative”, in attendance brings together 10 performances and over 20 artists that deal with an eclectic array of performative themes, issues, and practices. 

There will be 5 nights’ worth of performances spread out over the duration of the series. FCG has partnered with LOMAA - London Ontario Media Arts Association and their Broad Topics series to present a number of included artists. Upcoming times will be announced closer to event dates.

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in attendance day 4
Jill Smith
Cindy Baker with Live Tattooing by Faith Patrick (presented in partnership with LOMAA - London Ontario Media Arts Association and Inclusive Arts London)

Saturday, July 21
Jill Smith: 1-5pm
Cindy Baker: 7-9pm
Forest City Gallery (258 Richmond Street)

Artist Discussions and Q&A
Jill Smith - 4pm
Cindy Baker - 8pm 
This talk will have an ASL interpreter present

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"Us presents an in-flux relationship, as two clay bodies are continuously built up in relation to each other. These forms work simultaneously to keep the other stable. Squirming, folding, and falling. Mutual care for one another is at the core of their interaction and development."

Jill Smith is an artist from Toronto, Ontario (b. 1995) and recently completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honors Specialization in Studio Art) at Western University in London, Ontario. Her work includes printmaking, ceramics, photography, and painting, relying heavily on experimentation and process. Smith has exhibited her work in galleries across Ontario, such as the Artlab Gallery, Forest City Gallery, The Arts Project, Open Studio, Earl Selkirk Gallery at ARTiculations, and Daniels Spectrum, as well as Friends and Neighbours Gallery in Montreal, Quebec.

"I am perfect. I am completely imperfect and coming to terms, slowly, as a goal, with my imperfection. My body is perfect. My brain is perfect. It is not perfect, but it is mine. My body and my brain are so massively imperfect, relative to Western standards of beauty, of health, of productivity, that to claim otherwise is a taboo, a sign of my failing in itself. One thing that I am often seen to be perfect at, however, is calmness. Part coping mechanism, part fear of rejection, and part fabrication/social projection onto my “wise, motherly, Buddha-like” body, I am often admired for my quiet strength and utter calmness in the face of disaster."

This new multimedia performance will feature a single channel video, made from close-up shots of and near my body taken during panic attacks, projected onto my body. In inviting viewers to examine my flesh closely, to rest their eyes upon my imperfect body, I hope to create a space approximating contemplative tension and uneasy comfort.

Based out of Lethbridge and Edmonton, Alberta, Cindy Baker’s practice is informed by a fierce commitment to ethical community engagement and critical social inquiry, drawing from queer, gender, race, disability, fat, and art theories. Baker’s research-based practice moves fluently between the arts, humanities, and social sciences, considering context her primary medium. She works with diverse materials and techniques from the low-craft to digital fabrication and performance, emphasizing the theoretical, conceptual and ephemeral aspects of her work. Baker’s practice draws from two decades of experience in community-based art, as well as extensive volunteer work in art and queer communities; she has worked in non-profits throughout Western Canada, including AKA Gallery (Saskatoon).
Baker holds an MFA from the University of Lethbridge where she received a SSHRC grant for her research in performance and the body. She has exhibited and performed across Canada from Open Space in Victoria, BC to Eastern Edge in St. John’s, NF, and internationally in cities including Los Angeles, CA, Minneapolis, MN, Richmond, VA, and Kuopio, Finland. Baker is represented by Dc3 Projects in Edmonton.

Broad Topics: A Matrilineage of Media is an intersectional series of artist talks with additional screenings, performances, and workshops featuring regional, provincial, and national Canadian femme-spectrum media artists.

LOMAA is an emerging, enthusiastic and devoted non-profit artist-run collective that fosters collaboration, investigation and innovation by tapping into the talent and serving the needs of media artists in the London region.
www.lomaa.ca

LOMAA would like to thank Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council for their support of this program, as well as London Arts Council for this continued backing.

Inclusive Arts London is dedicated to developing opportunities for Deaf, Disabled, MAD, and artists experiencing isolation to engage local arts and build community.
https://www.facebook.com/inclusiveartslondon/