curator: RUPEN

installation 2.....,,

Show runs: May 7 - May 30, 2009
Opening Reception: Sat May 9, 2-6pm, 2009
Gallery hrs: 2-5pm, Thurs - Sun or by App't

Special Events:
Libby's "art fix Saturday afternoons"
"I would like to invite people to continue working on my piece under
my supervision on Saturday afternoons (except the opening Saturday).
I'll provide the materials and what you make will be added to the installation.

You can come and collect your component when the exhibit ends."

a wall somewhere in Toronto

Rupen: "Though I principally consider myself a visual artist, I do not decline invitations to curate modest size exhibitions. I feel its a way to realize what is being deliberated within and guiding me forward.

For this project OTMG will be divided into four equal spaces. Each artist's installation will represent a word from the composed title of the exhibit.

I have not directed any of the artists toward a particular medium, size of work, or aesthetic consideration, only basic information of location, timelines, the other artists names, and some questions of clarification were answered.

The reason for this practice (on this specific project) is to bring out a deflective, undefinable energy, one that weighs determinatly in the existence of chance.

The question of will this all 'work' does not concern me. What I am trying to attain is exposure to a sequence of actions where new ideas are indicated, rather than pursuing a harmonious standard.

The artists in this project are asked to deliver a CV or artists statement, the collection of these will be available for visitors to view during the exhibition.

I would lilke to thank Antonia Lancaster for giving me the chance to curate in this exceptional space and her much appreciated work and support.

This curation is dedicated in loving memory to my father Bedros 'Peter' Kunugus."

Rupen, March 09

J. Lynn Campbell is a Toronto-based artist educated at the Ontario College of Art, with independent studies in France, Open Studio Toronto, humanities at the University of Toronto, and philosophy at York University. Her practice extends from two-dimensional collage to three-dimensional construction and site-specific installation. She continues to explore various materials and methodologies emphasizing the working process - acknowledging material as both tactile imagery and subject matter. Based on strong symbolic references as a means of exploring the internal/subjective space and the external environment, her constructions query the complexities of the human condition. Campbell has exhibited in the Toronto area, Ontario regional galleries and Europe.

Elizabeth Fearon
was born in Toronto, Canada in 1970, where she currently lives and works. Her formal art education has included a BFA from York University (1995) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Post Production from Humber College (2002). Her work has been shown in Spain, America, England, South Korea, and Canada.

Fearon’s work has explored many media over the years, most recently being realized through video, multiples, and installation. Conceptually, Fearon is very interested in the role of the individual as a member of society. Through both professional and personal experiences, Fearon hopes to continue her exploration of the things that make us unique spirits in a complex, confusing world.

Libby Hague works primarily in print installation. Her installation, One step at a time, currently showing at the Art Gallery of Mississauga until May 10, builds on themes in her 2007 Avalanche exhibition at Offthemap Gallery. Her work is featured in a new book, Installations & Experimental Printmaking by Alexia Tala, published in Britain in March, 2009.

A New Brunswick native, artist Gary Mac Leod has been Toronto based for thirty years. His practice is influenced by popular culture, mass media and memories associated with that. Besides exhibiting in Canada and the U.S., he works in the Entertainment Industry. As a self styled artistic nomad, his recent interest is to reinterpret word signs,retail brands and symbols found in the urban landscape.

Rupen is a self taught artist, active for nearly two decades in the local art community. He has participated in over fifty group exhibitions in Toronto. His work hs also been exhibited several times in New York and Seoul. His most recent solo exhibition titled 'More Art about Rails and Sails" was at Index G Gallery (Toronto) in November 2008. His curatorial practice includes all curations at Natural Light Window 1997-2006, Visual art curator for Rivoli and Queen Mother Cafe 2003-2006, Window Box Gallery at Gallery 1313, one year contract (2007-2008). This is Rupen's third curation project at Offthemapgallery. The two previous being Front Room, 2003 and Life in the Bike lane, 2006.

Interior Installation Views

North West


South East

Libby Hague, Overflow, exterior installation, Mixed medium, 2009

Libby Hague, Overflow, Interior installaton, Mixed medium, 2009

Libby Hague, OVERFLOW, interior installationl, Mixed medium, 2009

Gary Mac Leod, FLOAT, Installation view, neon light signage, 2009

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