Casting the Negative

February 13th - March 22nd 2014

Daniel Faria Gallery is pleased to present Casting the Negative, a group show of works by Iris Häussler, An Te Liu and Jennifer Rose Sciarrino.

The artists featured in this exhibition utilize sculpture as a means of engaging with their shared interest in the process of casting. Each artist explores new sculptural possibilities in relation to their own craft by plying materials, formal concerns, and interests distinct to their individual practices.

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Throughout her 30-year career, Iris Häussler has consistently employed wax in her work, by either embedding everyday objects in wax, or simply using it as pure material. The three works included in this exhibition are cast from an improvisational process favouring the unknown. The forms have been cast from a void-like hole in the ground that Häussler dug by hand. Pouring beeswax into the hole creates a cast of the negative space. Traces of Häussler’s hands in the soil are subtly captured in the beeswax.

An Te Liu’s works are ambiguous artifacts that appear ancient and anthropomorphic, but are completely contemporary. Cast from materials used for the packing and shipping of consumer goods, Liu breathes new life into these discarded – and ‘negative’ – forms to create works of iconic beauty. Remnants are shaped and reconfigured into objects that are simultaneously pre-historic, mid-century and futuristic.

Jennifer Rose Sciarrino’s series of sculptures titled North Facing on December 21 address notions of time and space, and how light describes an object. Beginning with a digital rendering program, Sciarrino constructs a fictitious public sculpture. She then digitally projected the sunlight cast on December 21 on the imagined sculpture, and traces the lines of its shadows. Next, the shadows were water jet cut into the concrete as if they are being traced on a public sidewalk. Sciarrino harnesses shadow in order to draw line, creating a dialogue between technology and nature. With these works, Sciarrino continues her investigation into methods of production and allowing the unexpected to emerge from ubiquitous materials.

Iris Häussler studied at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts, and is currently the Louis Odette Sculptor-in-Residence at York University, Toronto. Her work has been the subject of solo shows, including He Named Her Amber at the Art Gallery on Ontario (2008-10) and He Dreamed Overtime at the Sydney Biennale (2012).  Group exhibitions include More Real? Art in the Age of Truthiness, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, USA (2013); All Our Relations, The 18th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia (2012); and Therese, Triennial of Contemporary Art Oberschwaben, Weingarten, Germany.

An Te Liu received his M. Arch. from the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles. Liu has had numerous solo exhibitions, most recently MONO NO MA at the Gardiner Museum, Toronto. Group exhibitions include Hyper Spaces at Oakville Galleries, The Leona Drive Project, Toronto, The 11th Venice Biennale of Architecture, and Street at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam. His work is in various collections including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), the Art Institute of Chicago, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Gallery of Canada.

Jennifer Rose Sciarrino attained her BFA in 2006 at the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University. Sciarrino’s work has been included in numerous group shows, including:  trans/FORM, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto (2012); To What Earth Does this Sweet Cold Belong?, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto (2011); More Than Two (Let It Make Itself), The Power Plant  (2013); and Volumes: Works in Paper, Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC (2014).