Flower Petal Tongues

Installation shot. From left to right:

Judy Radul
Silver Screen, 2012
plexiglass, 16 foot theatrical curtain
224 x 76 x 33 cm
Courtesy of Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver

Germaine Koh
NO NO NO / ON ON ON, 2009
printed plastic signs with self-adhesive vinyl
38 x 30.5 cm
Collection of Donna and Robert Poile

Flower Petal Tongues

Installation shot. From left to right:

Valérie Blass
Je suis une image, 2014
forton, modified hanging system, underwear, synthetic hair extensions
127 x 46 x 71 cm
Collection of Joe Friday & Grant Jameson

Judy Radul
Silver Screen, 2012
plexiglass, 16 foot theatrical curtain
224 x 76 x 33 cm
Courtesy of Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver

Flower Petal Tongues

Installation shot. From left to right:

Joyce Wieland
The Arctic belongs to itself, 1973, 48/50 lithograph
32.5 x 42.5 cm.
Collection of Joe Friday & Grant Jameson

Valérie Blass
Je suis une image, 2014
forton, modified hanging system, underwear, synthetic hair extensions
127 x 46 x 71 cm
Collection of Joe Friday & Grant Jameson

Flower Petal Tongues

Valérie Blass
Je suis une image, 2014
forton, modified hanging system, underwear, synthetic hair extensions
127 x 46 x 71 cm
Collection of Joe Friday & Grant Jameson

Flower Petal Tongues

Installation shot. From left to right:

Janet Werner
Jo, 2014
Oil on canvas
78.5 x 61 cm
Collection of Jim Ruyter

Sharon Hayes
May 1st, 2012
5 Letterpress prints (framed), Edition of 5
36.8 x 50.2 cm
Collection of Joe Friday & Grant Jameson

Flower Petal Tongues

Installation shot. From left to right:

Sharon Hayes
May 1st, 2012
5 Letterpress prints (framed), Edition of 5
36.8 x 50.2 cm
Collection of Joe Friday & Grant Jameson

Liz Magor
Still Alive, 2016
polymerized gypsum, deerskin jacket
48 x 86 x 27 cm
Private Collection, Vancouver

Flower Petal Tongues

Sharon Hayes
May 1st, 2012
5 Letterpress prints (framed), Edition of 5
36.8 x 50.2 cm
Collection of Joe Friday & Grant Jameson

Flower Petal Tongues

Installation shot. From left to right:

Judy Radul
Silver Screen, 2012
plexiglass, 16 foot theatrical curtain
224 x 76 x 33 cm
Courtesy of Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver

Annette Kelm
Backstage, 2004
c-print, 4 parts
40.5 x 150 cm
Collection of Joe Friday & Grant Jameson

Flower Petal Tongues

Installation shot. From left to right:

Jenine Marsh
Untitled Arrangement 1, 2016
Flowers, synthetic rubber, polyacrylic, dental floss
22.9 x 7.6 x 5 cm
Private collection, Toronto

Liz Magor
Red Dot, 2015
wool, plastic
54 x 88 x 4 cm
Collection of Donna and Robert Poile

Flower Petal Tongues

Installation shot. From left to right:

Janet Werner
Jo, 2014
Oil on canvas
78.5 x 61 cm
Collection of Jim Ruyter

Cynthia Daignault
Light into twilight, emptiness into waiting presence, 2013
Oil on linen
244 x 213 cm
Private Collection, Vancouver

Flower Petal Tongues

Janet Werner
Jo, 2014
Oil on canvas
78.5 x 61 cm
Collection of Jim Ruyter

Flower Petal Tongues

Installation shot. From left to right:

Cynthia Daignault
Light into twilight, emptiness into waiting presence, 2013
Oil on linen
244 x 213 cm
Private Collection, Vancouver

Joyce Wieland
Hand Flower Penis Film Study, 1963
Ink drawing
25.4 x 20.3 cm
Collection of Joe Friday & Grant Jameson

Liz Magor
Still Alive, 2016
polymerized gypsum, deerskin jacket
48 x 86 x 27 cm
Private Collection, Vancouver

Flower Petal Tongues

Liz Magor
Still Alive, 2016
polymerized gypsum, deerskin jacket
48 x 86 x 27 cm
Private Collection, Vancouver

Flower Petal Tongues

Jana Sterbak
Cones on fingers, 1979 (1995), ed. 4/15
Gelatin silver print
51 x 36.5 cm
Collection of Joe Friday & Grant Jameson

Flower Petal Tongues

Maria Hupfield
YES YES YES NO NO NO, 2013
Video
9:41
Courtesy of Robin and Malcolm Anthony

Flower Petal Tongues

Installation shot. From left to right:

Joyce Wieland
Hand Flower Penis Film Study, 1963
Ink drawing
25.4 x 20.3 cm
Collection of Joe Friday & Grant Jameson

Annette Kelm
Backstage, 2004
c-print, 4 parts
40.5 x 150 cm
Collection of Joe Friday & Grant Jameson

Jenine Marsh
Untitled Arrangement 1, 2016
Flowers, synthetic rubber, polyacrylic, dental floss
22.9 x 7.6 x 5 cm
Private collection, Toronto

Courtesy of the artist

Flower Petal Tongues

Jenine Marsh
Untitled Arrangement 1, 2016
Flowers, synthetic rubber, polyacrylic, dental floss
22.9 x 7.6 x 5 cm
Private collection, Toronto

Courtesy of the artist


Flower Petal Tongues


Opening Reception
Friday, September 14th, 7-9 PM
Exhibition Tour with Corrie Jackson
Saturday, September 15th, 3 PM

September 14th - December 15th, 2018

Griffin Art Projects is pleased to present our fall exhibition, Flower Petal Tongues, curated by RBC Senior Curator Corrie Jackson.

The exhibition presents work resulting from or inducing the action of performance, either as text, documentation, or objects. All works are selected from private collections from across Canada, furthering the element of the ongoing, intimate performance of living with works of contemporary art. In this way, the exhibition explores the sensual awareness of viewership, the echoing of the object in the body. The investigation, presented here through a selection of works, draw from the artist’s own interest in performance, spectatorship, and durational viewing. The pieces themselves draw upon the intimate act of looking and the durational dialogue that springs between the viewer and the object.

Questions arise of whether one performs while in the act of looking. Is it a passive observation, a gesture, which can be isolated within ourselves but also incorporates our bodies, our politics, and our experience - asking us to draw from all this in our action of understanding. Considering the role of the Griffin foundation as a space that actively considers the distinctions between private and public audience through its focus on collections, the exhibition looks to extend this consideration into the role of intimacy in viewership.

The exhibition includes work by Valérie Blass, Cynthia Daignault, Sharon Hayes, Maria Hupfield, Annette Kelm, Germaine Koh, Liz Magor, Jenine Marsh, Judy Radul, Jana Sterbak, Janet Werner and Joyce Wieland. We will also produce a brochure for the project with essays by Corrie Jackson and Anouchka Freybe.