WORK BY SHANNON GARDEN-SMITH & EMILY SMIT-DICKS

Curatorial Project @ 8-11 Gallery
May 17 - June 20, 2017

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SHE MAKES TWO FROM ONE AND ONE

Working primarily in sculpture, Garden-Smith and Smit-Dicks use surface, transparency, folding, and layering to realize unexpected relationships within the mundane. Garden-Smith forms surfaces through the gradual accumulation of home décor fillers. Smit-Dicks uses textiles and mixed media to create caricatures of everyday forms and investigate visual ambiguities between surface and structure. Their works explore a spatial and tactile interest in domestic architecture and interior furnishings while alluding to bodily forms and functions.

Accompanied by Witness Marks, an original text by Jasmine Reimer.


Shannon Garden-Smith is a Guelph/Toronto-based artist. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto in 2012 and is a current MFA studio art candidate at the University of Guelph. She has recently exhibited at Y+ Contemporary (Scarborough), Kunstverein am-Rosa-Luxembourg-Platz (Berlin), TRUCK Gallery’s window space (Calgary), the Art Museum at the University of Toronto Art Centre, and University of Toronto Mississauga in collaboration with Blackwood Gallery. 

Emily Smit-Dicks lives and works in Toronto as an artist and costumer. She graduated from the University of Toronto in 2011, majoring in Visual Studies and Philosophy. In September she will begin her MFA at the Glasgow School of Art. Emily has exhibited her work at various institutions such as G Gallery, Birch Contemporary, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Gallery Stratford, Cambridge Galleries, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Jasmine Reimer studied at Emily Carr University and The University of Guelph. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Small Obstructions’ and ‘Coherent Disorder and Confused Arousal’ at Georgia Scherman Projects, ‘Two Kinds of Anything’ at G Gallery in Toronto, ON and ‘the harder softer side’ at The Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina, SK. In June 2017, she will participate in a two-person exhibition with Andre Ethier at Projet Pangee in Montreal. In February 2017 Reimer released her first book of poetry titled, Small Obstructions. Bluestem, an online and print publication produced by Eastern Illinois University’s English Department, recently published ‘To Be A Bowl of Tangerines’ in its Spring issue. Upcoming projects include residencies at The CAMAC Art Centre in France and The Institute fur Alles Mogliche in Berlin.


Presented with support from the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts through a Project Support Award.