Vtape provides exhibition support for Cassils: Compositions at Trinity Square Video, a partnership with The 35th Rhubarb Festival and Pleasure Dome in association with The Art Gallery of York University.
On February 15th, Toronto will be introduced to Canada’s first solo exhibition by the celebrated Los Angeles-based Canadian artist Heather Cassils. Cassils is an artist who uses the physical body as sculptural mass to rupture societal norms. Defying expectations, Cassils implements rigorous physical training practices and queers knowledge of kinesiology and sports science to forge a series of powerfully trained bodies for different performative and formal purposes.
Cassils: Compositions presents a selection of Cassils’ work, the centrepiece of which will be an installation of time-based works triggered in sequence, which choreograph the viewing experience. The installation manipulates the physical conditions of image, space, sound and spectacle to compose fluid conceptions of identity formation that revolt against stability and specificity. Drawing on conceptualism, feminism, body art, gay male aesthetics, and Hollywood cinema, Cassils creates a visual language that is at once emotionally striking and conceptually incisive. In this cohesive body of work, a fierce passion is performed through meticulous precision and principled determination.
@ Trinity Square Video, 376 — 401 Richmond Street West
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 15, 2014, 4:00 to 6:00pm
Exhibition continues through March 15, 2014
A co-presentation with The 35th Rhubarb Festival and Pleasure Dome in association with The Art Gallery of York University
Special thanks to Vtape for technical assistance.
The artist would like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts for their support.
The 35th Rhubarb Festival presents Becoming an Image, a Cassils’ performance, Wednesday, February 12, 9:30 PM $10
An Artist Talk with Cassils, February 13, 6:30 PM Free
@ Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street.
Still credit: 5, National Theater Studio, SPILL Festival, London, 2013, Photo By Heather Cassils with Manuel Vason.