I was here: Janine Miedzik and Jennie Suddick. Curated by Anda Kubis.
August 6 - 30, 2014
p|m Gallery artist Anda Kubis has invited Janine Miedzik and Jennie Suddick to inhabit the gallery with their witty, multidisciplinary ruminations on space, location and presence.
Seemingly contradictory in their practices – Miedzik using abstraction, bright colour and blunt materials, where Suddick delicately manipulates text, texture, and image – their interventions slice into one’s experience. They playfully reconstruct our perception of place and cleverly nudge us into the here and now.
Janine Miedzik’s way of making is informed by the understanding that our surroundings, and the objects within, are subject to impermanence. Much like travellers affix stickers on their suitcase or hikers leave a notch on a tree, Miedzik’s sculptural works carry the act of making marks, which she replays and reworks, on every leg of her journey. Miedzik’s mundane, often temporary objects, and visual interruptions become bodily stand-ins. They casually reshape the way that we perceive our surroundings.
Janine Miedzik received a BFA with distinction from OCAD University and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Guelph. She is the recipient of Anne K. Adler Award for Contemporary Art, the Curry’s Scholarship and the Relative Space Commission Prize. Her work has been represented at Drabinsky Gallery in Toronto and been included in several group exhibitions in Canada and most recently in Berlin and Denmark at ARHUS Art Academy. In June 2012 Janine produced a large-scale commissioned wall-work for Relative Space in Toronto. Her work in held in corporate and private collections in Canada, the U.S, the Netherlands and U.A.E.
In growing suburban areas there is often a need to personally connect with the manufactured or easily accessible. Jennie Suddick’s uses this desire to make multidisciplinary work about our mediated relationship with nature. Her conceptual and material choices create a critical dialectic around nostalgia and heritage, often in connection with the iconic use of the landscape in Canadian art. Suddick’s work addresses the desire to both develop relationships to and make an imprint on ones surroundings.
Suddick earned a MFA from York University and holds both a BFA and Advanced Visual Studies Certificate from OCAD University. She has participated in The Woodn’t Bees Residency Program (Berlin), The Open Studio Visiting Artist Residency (Toronto), The Elsewhere Collaborative Artist in Residence Program (North Carolina) and Spark Box Studio (Prince Edward Country) under the Winter Residency Award. Her solo projects have recently been featured at The Art Gallery of York University agYU), Harbourfront Centre and as part of Land|Slide: Possible Futures at The Markham Museum and The Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture. She is currently an Assistant Professor at OCAD University where she is also Associate Chair, Contemporary Drawing and Print Media.
Anda Kubis is a p|m Gallery artist.