"Art has prepared me for living with a significant lack of human touch-gone is the weight of a hug, a spontaneous hand grasped for a few moments. While six feet of distance between each other still feels alien, we are used to not touching art. In fact, we embrace the boundary of this interaction as a necessary part of art's preservation. The lack of touch adds something, a closer way of looking.
I didn't mean to curate a show that so closely revolves around touch, but looking at the group of artists I feel that's what subconsciously happened. Simply by looking at the works in fall forecast, we can understand their texture. The patterns of Anni Spadafora's textiles and Kizi Spielmann Rose's paintings are contemporary takes on textile patterns-plaid and weaves made dynamic through glitches, saturated colours, and bio-metric layers.
Marissa Y Alexander's ceramics likewise are made up of layers that compile to make a deceivingly flat surface-solid and smooth. A three-dimensional ceramic that's camouflaged as a painting.
In addition to Alex Kisilevich's photographs, his video work captures impossible movement-fabric dancing without touch or wind. The result is magical, opening up the possibilities of a world without touch, but not without tenderness."
Tatum Dooley (Curator)
Tatum Dooley is a writer based in Toronto. Her work has appeared in Artforum, Bordercrossings, Canadian Art, Garage Magazine, Lapham's Quarterly, The Walrus and more. In addition to writing, Tatum curated her first art exhibition at Dianna Witte Gallery in 2019. She has written curatorial essays for Inter/Access in Toronto and Parisian Laundry in Montreal.
Marissa Y Alexander
Marissa Y Alexander is an artist currently living and working in Hamilton. She builds with clay to make both functional and sculptural ceramic objects. She is very interested in the process of discovering form through coil building and establishing alluring surfaces, creating pattern and narrative to visually describe her vision - vision as something of great beauty - vision as envisioning contemporary life. Marissa received her MFA in Ceramic Art from Alfred University in 2019 and was previously a full-time Artist-In-Residence at Harbourfront Centre. She has a BA in Sociology from McMaster University and an Advanced Diploma in Craft and Design (Ceramics) from Sheridan College.
Kizi Spielmann Rose
Kizi Spielmann Rose is a graduate of the University of Ottawa MFA program (2017), and holds a BFA from NSCAD University (2014). Exhibitions include All in my Head (2019) at Gallery House in Toronto Fresh Paint/New Constructions (2016, 2017) at Montreal's Art Mur gallery, Wild Wild Life at Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax, Pulse at Ottawa's Karsh-Masson Gallery, and Honorable Mention, a group exhibition as part of the New York Studio Residency Program in Brooklyn, NY. Grants and awards include a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grant, the Robert Pope Foundation Painting Scholarship, and two-time finalist (2017/2018) of the RBC Painting Competition.
Anni Spadafora is an interdisciplinary artist based in Toronto. Her work spans performance, music and sound, and a visual practice focused on textiles and materiality. Recent project and performance sites include Extrapool (Nijmegen), Milieux Institute (Montreal), Gardiner Museum (Toronto), Khyber Centre for the Arts (Halifax), and the Art Gallery of Ontario. She is a founding member of the new wave band New Fries who have released multiple records and have toured internationally.
Alex Kisilevich is Toronto-based artist who constructs image-based sculpture, installation and video works. He holds an MFA from York University (2011) and a BFA in Photography from OCAD (2009). Kisilevich has exhibited solo exhibitions at Space Place (Russia), Angell Gallery, Harbourfront Centre, TIW Gallery and the Lianzhou Photography Festival (China). In 2017 he was an artist-in-residence at the Finnish Artists Studio Foundation in Espoo, Finland. His work has been collected by numerous institutions including TD Bank Group, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (Japan), York University, Seneca College and BMO Financial Group.