January 4th 2010 – January 30th,
Following the great success of Emergence 1 in December, Whippersnapper is very excited to invite you to the most ambitious show ever staged at the Gallery. “Emergence 2” is an entrancing two-person exhibition of immersive sculptural installations by Toronto based Amanda Nedham and by Montreal based Jannick Deslaurier. Amanda Nedham and Jannick Deslaurier are each breaking major ground in their respective budding careers. With artistic practices anchored in drawing yet often manifested in sculpture and installation, their art at once demonstrates profound technical skill while also weaving poetic dialogues around important historical and contemporary issues.
Amanda Nedham – “Generals Always Die In Bed”
Amanda Nedham’s work is primarily concerned with the taxonomic functions of history, in particular those that relate to colonial processes of archaic classification, and cruelty. In her powerful new sculptural installation “Generals Always Die in Bed”, she will unveil a custom-built torture machine fit for a general.
Jannick Deslauriers- “What is Left”
Jannick Deslaurier’s work also focuses in on histories of violence literally sewing a discourse between the transcendence of beauty and the tragedies of existence. Her fibre based drawings and sculptural installations walk the line between fear and dreams, civility and death, harmony and conflict, fantasy and horror. She will be presenting “Champ De Pavots”, a beautiful field of poppies surrounding a life-size ghostly war machine.