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Marianne Lovink, Contagion, 2011

Gerard Gauci,State Dining Room, Grimsthorpe Castle, 2005

Susy Oliveira, The Girl and the Bear, 2008

The "C" Word:
A Look at the Role of Craft in Contemporary Art

February 8 - April 4, 2012

Works by Elizabeth Bailey, Catherine Beaudette, Tom Campbell, Moira Clark, Susan Collett, Gerard Gauci, Michael Gerry, Sheila Gregory, Marianne Lovink, David McClyment, Brent McIntosh, Susy Oliveira, Gord Peteran, Howard Podeswa, Scott Sawtell, Ron Shuebrook, Jay Wilson, Tim Zuck

Guest curated by Richard Mongiat

Opening Reception
Saturday, February 11, 2 - 5 pm

Free shuttle bus departs 401 Richmond St. W. at 2 pm, returning at 5 pm

The "C" Word is a group exhibition exploring the role of craft in contemporary art, through the work of eighteen Canadian artists. Suggesting that “craft” sometimes carries negative connotations, the exhibition celebrates the making of things, drawing attention to the continued presence of craft in the work of well-known contemporary artists.

The artists selected for The "C" Word recognize that their production engages in craft—whether rejoicing in, re-framing, or battling against preconceived notions. Recognizing a diversity of approaches, the exhibition includes works in a range of media, including Gord Peteran’s furniture/sculpture hybrids, Sheila Gregory’s raucous paintings, Jay Wilson’s dollar-store-foam wall pieces, Gerard Gauci’s lush interior scenes, and Marianne Lovink’s quirky organic forms.  Central to the artists’ work is a love of the process, for the struggle of working with materials and transforming them into objects.

The exhibition is accompanied by a series of video interviews, in which each of the artists speaks about the role that craft plays in their practice, and a publication featuring texts by Shelley Adler, Richard Mongiat and Richard Rhodes. Both the videos and texts will also be accessible on the DMG website, as part of The "C" Word ONLINE CATALOGUE.