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TORONTO, Ontario November 16, 2011 - The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art is pleased to launch our winter exhibition season with two spectacular projects;Ineffable Plasticity: the experience of being human and Human / Nature fromNovember 18 to December 31, 2011The opening celebration takes place November 18, from 8-11 pm.

Curated by Toronto-based independent curator, artist, and all-round creative force Camilla Singh, Ineffable Plasticity: the experience of being human features works by Mat Brown, Sherri Hay, Faith La Rocque, Jordan MacLachlan, Anders Oinonen, and Susy Oliveira. Taking shape according to the most current work within each of the artist’s practice, Ineffable Plasticity considers the idea that all human attributes and activity are an expression of nature. The exhibition looks at nature as an unstoppable force that governs and defines us, challenging the notion that anything, whether psychological or physical, could be construed as unnatural.

In relationship to Ineffable Plasticity, the National Gallery of Canada at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art program presents Human / Nature, which features a selection of sculptures, drawings and textiles by Arnaqurk Ashevak, Ed Pien, Marion Tuu’luq, and Ah Xian. Drawn from the National Gallery of Canada’s permanent collections of contemporary Canadian, international and indigenous art, each work presents an example of symbiosis between humanity and nature, artistically explored through mythology, cultural history and oral traditions. Human / Nature is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art and the National Gallery of Canada.

Links / URLs
• Learn more about Ineffable Plasticity
• Learn more about Human / Nature
• Learn more about the NGC@MOCCA program

Quote
• Camilla Singh, Ineffable Plasticity

“Working on this exhibition has been a leap into the unknown and has afforded me the opportunity to witness the powerful influence an artist has over materials. All of the artists produced new works for the show which represent the most current facets of their practice. The subject matter is challenging and in some cases controversial, and its all expressed through a varied set of material vocabularies and elaborate installations.”

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Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, MOCCA, National Gallery of Canada, NGC, NGC@MOCCA, Ineffable Plasticity, Camilla Singh, Mat Brown, Sherri Hay, Faith La Rocque, Jordan MacLachlan, Anders Oinonen, Susy Oliveira, Human / Nature, Arnaqurk Ashevak, Ed Pien, Marion Tuu’luq, Ah Xian.

About the National Gallery of Canada at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art
The National Gallery of Canada at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art is a three-year program that will see the two institutions co-organize and co-present a series of exclusive exhibitions in MOCCA’s newly-renovated project space, drawn from the NGC’s exceptional contemporary art collection. These will include the presentation of single works, new acquisitions or full-scale exhibitions designed to complement MOCCA’s existing programming. Learn more about the NGC@MOCCA program.

About the NGC  http://www.gallery.ca/

About MOCCA
The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art was founded from the former Art Gallery of North York in 1999, with the mandate to exhibit, research, collect, and promote innovative art by Canadian and non-Canadian artists whose works engage and reflect the relevant stories of our times. In 2005, MOCCA relocated to the West Queen West Art + Design District in downtown Toronto, in the heart of one of North America’s most dynamic arts communities and functions effectively as a nucleus of energies for cultural
production and exchange. Since 2006, MOCCA draws 40,000 visitors annually.

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Supporters
The National Gallery of Canada at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art is generously supported by Cineplex Media, Porter Airlines, and The Ouellette Family Foundation. Additional support is provided by AXA Art Canada. The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art is also grateful for the patronage of THE ART DEPT., a leadership circle of MOCCA patrons.

All programs and activities of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art are supported by Toronto Culture, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, BMO Financial Group, individual memberships and private donations.

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