Can one be too prepared? Toronto artist Adrienne Trent posits this question in her new work Plan B, … X, & Y. It is showing for the month of June in Anitra Hamiltonâ€™s roving Satchel Gallery and it will be highlighted by Art Metropole on Saturday June 23 between 2 and 5 pm. Plan B, … X, & Y, is a fallback, a survival kit it is to be carried on your person at all times while away from home because, in the past few years, natural disasters have struck both cities and remote villages. One has to heed the Boy Scout and Girl Guide motto: be prepared! The kit aims to provide a boost to a necessary mindset for survival where we may be injured or lacking the vitals of food, clothing and shelter. It provides proper gear such as waterproof matches, a cube of soup, a Mylar blanket and 2 â€œdesperate measureâ€ components: a fake plastic gun and red lipstick. Please join us on Saturday June 23 between 2 and 5 pm. We will be selling the kits for $200 and the artist will be present.
Adrienne Trent is a Toronto based artist. After graduating from the Ontario College of Art in the 80’s, she went on to exhibit her art, both nationally and internationally. She was a co-founder of Republic and is a former member of Red Head Gallery. She has had exhibits in commercial galleries such as Robert Birch, Edward Day, Deleon White, Lonsdale and Virginia Macdonnell Galleries. She has also exhibited in public galleries such as the Art Gallery of Clarington, Koffler Gallery, Justina M. Barnicke at the University of Toronto, Robert Langen at Sir Wilfred Laurier University, and McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa. As well, artist-run spaces; Artspace in Peterborough, White Water Gallery in North Bay, Mercer Union, La Centrale in Montreal, and SAW Gallery in Ottawa. Adrienne has also curated a number of exhibitions in conjunction with both Republic, Red Head, and with Visual Arts Ontario, where she was the head of the Colour Reprography programme for artists from 1994 to 1998.
Satchel Gallery is a mobile space run by Toronto based artist Anitra Hamilton. It takes place in her bright yellow shoulder bag. She carries one work by one artist for one month, discreetly hijacking openings, lectures and other art related events. Tori Allen recently featured the gallery on CBC Radio 3 and Metro Morning. Satchel Gallery was voted Best Creative Curating in the critic’s choice awards for NOW Magazine and was recently nominated for an Untitled Arts Award.
1: Adrienne Trent, Anitra Hamilton with crowd.
2: Anitra Hamilton, Adrienne Trent and Andrew Paterson.
3: Julie Voyce with Ann Dean taking in the stock.
4: Natalie Olanick and friend looking at display of works.
5: Includes waterproof matches, a cube of soup, a Mylar blanket and 2 "desperate measure" components: a fake plastic gun and red lipstick.