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Jen Aitken and Aryen Hoekstra Artist Talk

Thursday, May 26, 2016

7:00 - 8:30 PM

Forest City Gallery is pleased to present an artist talk by collaborators Jen Aitken and Aryen Hoekstra, in conjunction with their exhibition Archaeological Infrastructure. Artist Talk and Online Publication Launch: Thursday, May 26th, 7 - 8:30 PM at 258 Richmond Street, London, ON

In conjunction with this event, FCG will also be launching a publication with writing by Vanessa Brown and Jason Dickson, of Brown & Dickson booksellers. 'Fragments from the Forks' is a collaborative, responsive article which will be launched online the day of this artist talk.

About the artists:

Aryen Hoekstra's practice originates in the formal and conceptual language of the moving-image and develops in relation to specific historical events and conditions. Identifying a radical potentiality immanent to filmic projection, Hoesktra roots his work in the structures and apparatuses that create and control light and dark, or image and interval, within the projection event. Hoekstra obtained his MFA from the University of Guelph and BFA from the University of Alberta. His work has been shown in a solo exhibition at 8-11 and Mercer Union (Toronto) and in group exhibitions including Absolutely Free (Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Toronto, 2014) and Future Station: Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art 2015 (Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, 2015).

Jen Aitken’s sculptures invite prolonged moments of focused observation. Aiming for a state of sustained formal ambiguity in her work, Aitken simultaneously emphasizes and obscures volume, mass, material, and process. She relies on basic geometric shapes to ground her sculptures in the familiar built environment, but combines these simple units into forms that contradict anticipations and provoke embodied responses. Aitken received her MFA in 2014 from the University of Guelph, and her BFA in 2010 from Emily Carr University, and is currently based in Toronto. In May 2016, Battat Contemporary in Montreal will present a solo exhibition of Aitken’s new work. Aitken has recently participated in group exhibitions at Kamloops Art Gallery, BC, and Hamilton Artists Inc.

About the writers:

Vanessa Brown and Jason Dickson are authors and booksellers in London, Ontario. You can find them at their store, Brown & Dickson, in the historic Novack's building with their faithful shop dog Snackers, where they love to chat about their hometown and its history 211 King Street London, Ontario, Canada N6A 1C9 519-318-1983


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