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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
Windsor, ON, CA Canada

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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