Toronto International Art Fair | Toronto Alternative Art Fair International
Nov 04, 2005 - Nov 07, 2005

Steven Laurie    Jean-Pierre Gauthier     Mary Anne Barkhouse

The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art is pleased to be extensively involved in the Toronto International Art Fair and the Toronto Alternative Art Fair International, taking place from November 4th through 7th, 2005.

In booth #900 at the Toronto International Art Fair (TIAF) in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, MOCCA will present Toronto-based artist Stephen Laurie, starring in The MOCCA 900. With his series of souped-up and super-charged, rubber burning power tool/hotrod hybrid machines Laurie spins donuts all over conventional notions of manliness:
Through using the suburban backyard/garage as a platform, I am investigating the ideas, images and behaviours that are culturally ascribed to masculine identity and ‘manly’ performance. The framework of the suburban backyard within this body of work provides an interesting tension that highlights the slippages within the normative ideas/constructs of labour and leisure, gender roles and performance. My current studio practice involves modifying and tuning gas powered machines that meld impetuous activity with the concepts of labour and leisure. - Steven Laurie
For INTERACTIVE ’05, one of the many special project sections of TIAF, MOCCA presentsTribute to a Barking Dog, (2004), by 2004 Sobey Art Award winner Jean-Pierre Gauthier.
Jean-Pierre Gauthier is not a handyman, he is a poet. He does not create articulated curiosities, he transforms everyday objects. As chaotic and unsightly as his works may seem at first glance, closer scrutiny reveals a wonderful sense of rhythm and organisation of form that places them among the most accomplished creations in kinetic art. - Stéphane Aquin, Curator of Contemporary Art, Musée des Beaux-arts de Montréal, Montréal.
For the Toronto Alternative Art Fair International, (TAAFI), MOCCA is presenting Mary Anne Barkhouse’s Night Beaver, (2005),one of the most remarkable works of art to be seen anywhere in Toronto this Fall. This politically charged disco dance floor will be located on the second floor of the Gladstone Hotel.
Night Beaver is a celebration of the survival of Canada’s indigenous populations – flora, fauna, and human. Narrated from the point of view of our national icon, Night Beaver examines the human propensity for avarice. From rococo to disco, new connotations have been added to the colloquialism “victims of fashion” …. and yet we dance. – Mary Anne Barkhouse
Hot rods, a barking dog and a disco dance floor!! Everything you need to elevate your imagination to the next level! PLUS >>The big art fair weekend will also be the last opportunity to see The Sobey Art Award 2004 Touring Exhibition and KC Adams, Cyborg Living in our fabulous gallery space on Queen Street.
[footer]Toronto International Art Fair: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 222 Bremner Blvd., Toronto, ON
Steven Laurie, Booth 900, Exhibit Hall E, SouthBuilding
Jean-Pierre Gauthier: INTERACTIVE 05, SouthBuilding
Toronto Alternative Art Fair International: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON
Mary Anne Barkhouse: 2nd Floor Lobby