Art Metropole presents a group of discrete projects by Jamie Q, which come together as part of the artist’s inquiry into the social potential of art objects and the systems for their exchange. The exhibition is open for four days only from August 4 through 7th, 2010. The component parts of each project are posed for dispersal. Hexagonal paintings made from found shapes exist as a large-scale modular piece that can be divided, sold, and reconfigured in private space. A silkscreened print series documents the artistâ€™s attempts at winning a Lotto 649 jackpotâ€”each print pairs Jamie Q’s losing numbers with the winning numbers of the corresponding draw. Paper-mÃ¢chÃ© sculpture sets suggest a shared language that channels the playfulness and makeshift economy of the carnivalesque. Make-Believe is Jamie Qâ€™s MFA thesis exhibition and first major solo show, presented in conclusion of her graduate studies at The University of Western Ontario.
Jamie Q is a Canadian artist who works in a variety of media including painting, drawing, zine-making, printmaking, and sculpture. They have shown their art and distributed their zines internationally, including notable group shows at Krets Gallery in Sweden, the Luggage Store Annex in San Francisco, Michael Gibson Gallery in London Ontario, and in solo exhibitions at Art Metropole in Toronto and Parentheses Gallery & Art Projects in Halifax.
Jamie Q has a BFA from the Alberta College of Art & Design (2002) and an MFA from The University of Western Ontario (2010). Their MFA research focused on the politics and aesthetics of the do-it-yourself ethic, as well as the social potential of art objects and DIY distribution strategies. Their most recent projects work through ideas around money and value, queerness, craft and re-purposed materials, and process-based abstract image-making in 2D and 3Dâ€”ideas that occasionally intersect in different ways, but not usually all at the same time. Originally from Edmonton, via Calgary and Montreal, they currently live and work in London, Ontario.