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"Windsor Biennial Opens with 22 Artists from Canada and the US"
2007-03-24 until 2007-07-15
Art Gallery of Windsor
With globalization, contemporary art has become more international
over the past twenty years, with artists from diverse cultures and
geographic regions using new media to create their work. With so
many artists working within an international context, it has become
difficult to define regional tendencies in art. In this climate of
fluctuating identities, the 2007 Windsor Biennial reveals what is
happening in visual art in this place at this time. Given the fluidity of
contemporary culture, we decided to ignore the international border
that divides Windsor from Detroit, instead using a more intuitive
notion of location that recognizes the interconnection of the region.
As a result, this exhibition will also include artists from Michigan,
making the Biennial both a regional and international exhibition
reflecting Windsorís unique position in this period of permeable
culture and transitional identity. Artists from Ann Arbor to the west,
Flint to the north, and Sarnia and Chatham to the east were invited to
submit applications for review by the curatorial committee composed
of Jessica Bradley (Toronto), Aaron Timlin (Detroit), and Theo Sims
(Winnipeg). Each of the 145 applications was carefully considered,
with a member of the curatorial committee visiting selected artists.
The curatorial committee selected 22 finalists to participate in the
exhibition. They are: Alana Bartol (Windsor); Douglas Bedard (Windsor);
Matthew Blake (Detroit); Sara Blakeman (Detroit); Steven Matthew
Brown (Detroit); Mira L. Burack (Bloomfield Hills); Jack Byng (Windsor);
Christopher Dean (Ferndale); Angela Desjardins (Windsor); Janet
Hamrick (Ferndale); Chido Johnson (Detroit); Andrew Lochhead and
Andrea Slavik (Windsor); Cyndra MacDowall (Windsor); Melanie
Manos (Ann Arbor); Dennis Michael Jones (Ann Arbor); Toby Millman
(Ann Arbor); Zeke Moores (Windsor); Troy Ouellette (Windsor);
Margaret Parker (Ann Arbor), Nancy Patek (Grosse Pointe Woods);
Mike Richison (Oak Park); and Mark Schwing (Detroit).
These artists represent the diversity of contemporary practices in
the region, which is reflected in the wide range of media used in the
exhibition. This provides the AGW audience with the opportunity to
experience the rich, cosmopolitan nature of our community.
Dennis Jones, whohas been a Premiere Portfolio Artist at absolutearts.com since 2004, presents his installation titled Toyland which is 25 feet across, 9 feet tall and 12 feet deep. The installation includes twenty individual pieces of sculptures and paintings, completed over a two year period between 2005 and 2007. View more of his work in his Portfolio at http://www.absolutearts.com/portfolios/d/dennisjones/
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