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03 Feb. 2018

Big Asks - Kelly Jazvac + Durable Good

Window Project and Book Launch for Kelly Jazvac; Plastiglomerates
Kelly Jazvac
Durable Good
Kirsty Robertson

Join us at Art Metropole on Saturday, February 3rd, 3–7pm to celebrate the launch of Kelly Jazvac’s new book, Kelly Jazvac; Plastiglomerates, the inaugural publication from Durable Good. The evening will feature artist Kelly Jazvac in conversation with contributing writer/researcher Kirsty Robertson, starting at 3:30pm. Together we will also look at a sand sample from Kamilo Beach, Hawai‘i.

Plastiglomerates considers how Jazvac’s sculptural practice fits amongst research in diverse fields: earth sciences, environmental activism, and cultural studies. The book features an interview between Jazvac and Patricia Corcoran; essays by Jonathan Griffin and Kirsty Robertson; and new images by Kelly Wood.

The evening will also launch Art Metropole’s new window exhibition, Big Asks, which situates a vinyl artwork by Jazvac against a window text by Durable Good featuring considerations from their publication. The title Big Asks is borrowed from the title of the conversation between Jazvac and Corcoran.

Kelly Jazvac is a Canadian artist who works primarily with plastic waste. In so doing, her work probes the permanence of disposability. Recent exhibitions include Gallery TPW, Toronto; The Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; The Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State University; Parisian Laundry, Montreal; and Fierman Gallery, New York. Her work has been written about in e-flux Journal, Hyperallergic, The Huffington Post, Art Forum, The New Yorker, Border Crossings, Canadian Art, Magenta Magazine, C Magazine and The Brooklyn Rail. She is represented by Fierman Gallery.

Durable Good imagines and creates books about art. We collaborate with artists, writers, and thinkers who are working towards a world that embodies feminism, social equality, and political activism. Durable Good is Petrina Ng and Rachel Wallace, based in Toronto, Canada.

Kirsty Robertson is an Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Museum Studies at Western University. Her research focuses on activism, visual culture, and museums. She has published widely on these topics and is currently finishing her book Tear Gas Epiphanies: Protest, Museums, Culture.