Curated by Ann MacDonald
Tuesday, September 13, 5 - 9 pm
Free shuttle bus departs 401 Richmond Street West at 6 pm, returning at 9 pm
With Super It, Blue Republic is toying with a crucial moment that is ripe with expectation. Typically, the word it refers to the designation of things/objects of lesser significance: plants, animals, children; something that’s on the verge of becoming, looking for a form, denoting lack of form and being in statu nascendi. This classification is not regarded as a lack, it can represent either the escape into immaturity or a force coming from using this immaturity; transformation from being minor into mega major.
Blue Republic states: “We are interested in a situation where the old is disintegrating, but the new hasn’t had a chance to appear yet, so everything looks like a piece of molten metal on a subatomic level, where atoms, in constant motion bump into each other. Super It has the dynamics of a playful child, playfulness understood not as goofing around but as a search for chance.”
The economic crisis in Europe and North America, the rise of the extreme right, street demonstrations in Greece and Spain, the Arab Awakening, the riots in the U.K., and the return of the troops from Afghanistan, are symptomatic of this type of erosion of paradigms in the global situation.
Blue Republic’s playful installations contend with accumulation and ephemera, and belie an exposition of crucial, ethical conundrums. Their manner confronts cynicism with an open-ended appeal to consciousness and to the responsibility to create a civil and just society.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Blue Republic is a critically acclaimed, multi-disciplinary collaboration by artists Anna Passakas and Radoslaw Kudlinski. Blue Republic has been involved in presentations, exhibitions and projects in Canada and internationally, including the Ludwig Forum for International Art in Aachen; CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw; Galleria D'Arte Moderna in Bologna (Officina America); Galerie Julio Gonzales, Paris; Cultural Services Co-op in Siem Riep, Cambodia; Curitiba, Brazil; Tokyo, Japan; as well as Galerie René Blouin, Oakville Galleries, Koffler Gallery, Art Gallery of Sudbury and Rodman Hall in Canada. Blue Republic also collaborates with other artists, architects, urban planners, social activists in Canada, Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, Poland, France, Norway and Brazil. Blue Republic is based in Toronto, Canada and Krakow, Poland.