Please join us on Tuesday June 20th at 6:00 PM for a talk and tour of She Makes Two from One and One, currently on view at 8eleven Gallery, with artists Shannon Garden-Smith and Emily Smit-Dicks.
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.
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.