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23 Mar. 2012

Toronto Afterparty for Commerce by Artists

Luis Jacob and Produzentin
Hannah Jickling and Helen Reed
Offsite Location
Double Double Land, 209 Augusta Ave., Kensington Market, Toronto ON
In this Series

23 Mar. 2012
Toronto book launch and public conversation for Commerce by Artists

Art Metropole is pleased to announce two events to mark the Toronto launch of our latest publication, Commerce by Artists, edited by Luis Jacob.

On March 23, 2012 Luis Jacob, artist/curator/writer, and editor of Commerce by Artists, will moderate a conversation with contributors to the anthology including: Carole Condé + Karl Beveridge, Jon McCurley from Life of a Craphead, and two past participants from Mammalian Diving Reflex’s Haircuts by Children project, plus artist/publisher Ben Kinmont from California.

Commerce by Artists documents a fascinating and sweeping range of artists’ projects produced since the 1950s by Canadian and international artists who have sought to engage, rather than merely represent, the commercial world of which they are a part, revealing various expanded ideas of transaction, value and exchange. Encompassing popular works such as Yves Klein’s Zones of Immaterial Pictorial Sensibility (1958), Seth Siegelaub’s Artist’s Contract (1971), and Lee Lozano’s Strike Piece (1969) – as well as innovative and rarely-documented works like Keith Obadike’s Blackness for Sale (2001), Kelly Mark’s In & Out (1997 – ongoing until 2032).

Special thanks to The Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House, the University of Toronto and the Masters of Visual Studies Graduate Program.

Come join Art metropole to celebrate the Toronto launch of its newest By Artists series, Commerce by Artists, edited by Luis Jacob.

The party is at Double Double Land, starting at 9 pm until close! We’ve got the night laid out for you, with DJing by Luis Jacob and Produzentin of Hotnuts fame, plus a live performance by the Gentlelady Regina of Light Fires, and a special currency-based project by Hannah Jickling and Helen Reed.

Luis Jacob was born in Lima, Peru, in 1970. Lives and works in Toronto.

Luis Jacob is a Toronto-based multimedia artist and curator concerned with notions of collectivity, and, increasingly, with acts of looking and meaning-making. Jacob studied semiotics and philosophy at the University of Toronto in the early 1990s, and he soon became immersed in local politics and club culture, as well as the art world, all three coming into play in his first decade of output, which often included experimentation with relational aesthetics. In 2005, Jacob showed Habitat at the Art Gallery of Ontario; this, among other things, piqued the interest of then-visiting Documenta 12 curators Ruth Noack and Roger Buergel, who included him in the 2007 event. Since then, Jacob has shown internationally and with great variety, focusing on found objects (his Album series, for instance, part of which is now owned by the Guggenheim Museum in New York) and the nature of the image. A touring retrospective of his work was hosted by Montreal’s Darling Foundry and Toronto’s Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in 2010 and 2011.

produzentin (pro-doo-tsen-tin) is the ambassador of joy, the face of Ontario Tourism and Oreo Sippers. She is also a DJ. produzentin has her fingers in every pie. She currently resides in Toronto and originally hails from Germany.

Since moving to Canada, produzentin has been traveling to the Canadian hot spots: Niagara Falls, Dildo (Newfoundland), Moraine Lake (Rocky Mountains) and has even visited a Sugar Shack.

Hannah Jickling is from the Canadian north and currently lives and works in Toronto. Her project interests look at sport, outdoor recreation and education as models for performance, participation and feminist engagement. Together with Helen Reed, she is artist-in residence and visiting scholar at the Ontario Institue for Studies in Education, supported by The Pedagogical Impulse, a SSHRC-funded research project.

In recent years, Hannah has shown/presented at: Locust Projects (Miami), Transmission Gallery (Glasgow), the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (Yukon), Dalhousie University Art Gallery (Halifax), YYZ Artists Outlet (Toronto), Dare-Dare (Montreal), the Or Gallery, Access Gallery, VIVO (Vancouver), apexart (New York), Portland Art Museum and the SFMOMA (San Francisco). She received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (2003), and her MFA (Art and Social Practice), from Portland State University (2010).

Helen Reed works with specific communities such as Twin Peaks fans, lesbian separatists, and high school art teacher candidates. In each project, collaboration is a working process from which the artwork emerges. Reed favors collaborators that reflect her interest in participatory culture, affinity groups, and fantasy-based subcultures. Her projects take vernacular form as television shows, publications, postcards and other forms of easily transmittable and dispersed media, so as to circulate back into the communities from which they are generated.

Reed has exhibited work at Prefix Institute for Contemporary Art (Toronto), apexart (New York), Smack Mellon (New York), Portland Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum and La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse (Montréal). She holds a BFA from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design (Vancouver), an MFA in Art and Social Practice from Portland State University.