As 2 ⁄ edition sets a new standard for supporting printed matter and working with its national community, this year we will publish a handful of small edition publications.
In Fall of 2017, the publications that will be featured are: Inuit artist Nicotye Samayualie and her latest series of work, a compendium of critical reviews with publishing partner Momus, as well as artist books by Tau Lewis and Celia Perrin Sidarous.
As we begin to align ourselves more closely with all Canadian and International galleries and artists, we look forward to expanding and making publications accessible to everyone.
Momus is an international online art publication and podcast that stresses a return to art criticism. It publishes art writing that is evaluative, accountable, and brave. Since 2014, Momus has attracted more than 600,000 readers and been recognized by peer publications including Frieze, e-flux, The New Inquiry, and the LA Times. In 2016, it was shortlisted – twice – for the International Award for Art Criticism. It also established a podcast, which has already been syndicated by NTS radio, in the UK. Now, for the first time, Momus extends its reach to print. In its inaugural print publication, Momus encompasses its most popular, brave, urgent, and shifting criticism, while promoting a discourse that continues to address both the flaws and strengths of an artworld fast expanding – and in need of renewed reflection.
Tau Lewis (b. 1993) is a Jamaican-Canadian artist living and working in Toronto, Ontario. A self-taught sculptor, Lewis combines natural and synthetic materials to create simulations of living things. She considers the history and symbolism of each material, exploring the political boundaries of nature, identity and authenticity. Her work is bodily and organic, with an explicit strangeness and subtle morbidity. Previously, Lewis’ work has carried strong feminist themes. Her current practice relies heavily on her surrounding environment; she uses live plants, found objects and repurposed materials collected throughout the Canadian landscape to create figurative sculptures investigating black identity politics and African diaspora. Lewis has exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Spring Break Art Fair in New York and Mulherin New York. She has received support from Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council. Recent and forthcoming exhibition sites include: New Museum, New York; Night Gallery, Los Angeles, USA; COOPER COLE, Art Gallery of York University, Toronto, Canada.
Nicotye Samayualie (b. 1983) is the daughter of Kudluajuk Ashoona and Johnny Tunnillie Samayualie. Nicotye’s grandmother, Keeleemeeoomee Samayualie was a well-known graphic artist whose prints were represented in the Cape Dorset annual print collections throughout the 1970’s and 80’s. Nicotye is fascinated by patterns and arrangements of disparate objects in nature and man-made materials. Many of her drawings depict everyday items such as the contents of a pantry shelf, a table of shiny fishing lures or boxes of camping supplies. Nicotye has had her original drawings shown at the Toronto Art Fair and in 2013 her work was featured in an Italian publication, ‘Annie e le Altre’, an ambitious scholastic study that explored the role of women artists in Cape Dorset.
The practice of Celia Perrin Sidarous presents assemblages and arrangements, following a logic that is at once internal and associative. Her photographs offer a considered way of looking at collected objects within the visual rhetoric of the studio. Referencing histories and the overarching structures of still life, interior arrangement and the placement of objects for display and exhibition, her photographs nonetheless confound the conditions through which everyday objects are usually interpreted and the ways we navigate the material world. Celia Perrin Sidarous holds an MFA from Concordia University. Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions at Parisian Laundry (Montréal), the Esker Foundation (Calgary), Campbell House Museum (Toronto), the Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina), The Banff Centre (Banff), WWTWO (Montréal), VU (Québec), Gallery 44 (Toronto), and was featured in the Biennale de Montréal 2016. She is the recipient of a number of grants and awards, including the 2011 Barbara Spohr Memorial Award. Her works are part of several private and public collections, including the collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. She lives and works in Montréal.