children see everything

part of Cut out at Leonardo Gallery
133 Avenue Road, Toronto, M5R 2H7
September - October 2005
Urban/suburban constructs of
Libby Hague, Bonnie King, Luis Mallo, Jason Van Horne, Lisa Dahl and Colin Zipp

curated by Alisha Linseman (with catalogue)

"leaving their mark" , curated by Ingrid Mayrhofer, McMaster Museum of Art

Feb 13 - May 15, 2005
catalogue essay Dr. Alison McQueen ISBN 1 - 894088-52-2

Shelly Bahl + General Idea Yael Brotman + Utagawa Kuniyoshi Libby Hague + Georges Rouault

snap gallery
10137 - 104 St. Edmonton, Al., Can. T5J0Z9 780 423 1492
May 30 - June 28, 2003 .....................................................reception May 29, 7 - 9:30 pm

In childhood, there is an easy porosity between the imagination and the external world. With less dissembling and emotions new and close to the surface, kids impress us with their capacity for good and bad, their ferocious sense of justice and energy. We hope that they might get things right, succeed where we fail. "Children see everything" is an ongoing series drawn from childhood recollections. Adults are hardly present and less real looking than the kids but everyone lives in an out-of-register , slightly blurred world. This exhibit groups together about 30 clusters of prints in a manner that echoes comic book cells. While there is no plot, there are incidents like the suicide of a friendıs mother, and small acts of cruelty and kindness. Boredom is punctuated by emotion. Dotted throughout the gallery, some of these "real" and masked characters also appear in more sculptural contexts. They perch confidently at the edge of an abyss, hide under inadequate shelter or peer at us from mini stages and revolving platforms. Anxious and naive, they coexist in a variety of shifting relationships whose power dynamic keeps changing with the actual or implied potential for movement in the pieces. Cumulatively, "Children see everything" tries to create the texture of childhood.