O.W.N. (Object Work Notation) curated by Richard Sewell opens Feb 21 @ Open Studio

For Immediate Release

O.W.N. (Object Work Notation)
Curated by Richard Sewell
Featuring: Yael Brotman, Laura Bydlowska, Pamela Dodds, Elizabeth Forrest, Libby Hague,
Isabelle Hémard, Jae Lee, Liz Menard, Liz Parkinson, Irina Schestakowich and Penelope Stewart.

February 21 – March 29, 2014
Curator’s Talk: Friday, February 21, 6:00-6:30 pm
Opening Reception: Friday, February 21, 6:30-8:30 pm
Artists & curator will be present at opening.

Toronto, ON – Open Studio is pleased to present O.W.N. (Object Work Notation), an exhibition curated by Grand Bend, ON-based artist Richard Sewell from February 21 – March 29, 2014. Last year, Open Studio invited Sewell, one of the organization’s co-founders, to curate an exhibition based on submissions received from Open Studio member artists, in response to a thematic call of Sewell’s choosing. O.W.N. is Sewell’s response.

O.W.N. is a visual occurrence of 33 located objects by 11 Open Studio members. O.W.N. as occurrence, is evolved from pre-literate chanting—retaining its regard for the observer as object-participant, of incantation as ritual, and of rhythmic pattern: as occurrence. Within O.W.N., these enable each object, work and notation, to occur—one about the other, and about one located—as observer. O.W.N. as occurrence-of-objects is about links rhymed by colour notation: to locations; to objects; to each other, and to the artist who made, selected, and notated within this occurrence. The artists include: Yael Brotman, Laura Bydlowska, Pamela Dodds, Elizabeth Forrest, Libby Hague, Isabelle Hémard, Jae Lee, Liz Menard, Liz Parkinson, Irina Schestakowich and Penelope Stewart.

Since 1970, Richard Sewell has been an exhibiting artist and artist collaborator (dance/music/ performance/print), and a printmaker, printer, publisher, teacher, and administrator/manager in the arts and in education with: Open Studio, OCADU, ACAD, the University of Saskatchewan, and the joint Art and Art History Program of Sheridan College, Oakville, and the University of Toronto Mississauga. Mr. Sewell co-founded Toronto’s Open Studio in 1970, and in1982 began to teach in the Sheridan programs of Art and Art History, Art Fundamentals, and Crafts and Design. Retiring as Studio Professor Emeritus in 2011, Mr. Sewell is now resident in Grand Bend, Ontario, where as image investigationist, he pursues wherelocal/ geoplasticimage/gpi—an investigation of image as to locusethics, sequencing, and observation. To download a copy of the accompanying brochure, please click here.

Showing Concurrently
George Gilmour Members’ Gallery – Elizabeth D’Agostino: some assembly required
Print Sales Gallery – The Print Process – Drypoint: Paul Cloutier, Sadko Hadzihasanovic & Kurt Pammer
Varied Editions – Open Studio Members’ Online Gallery: Emma Nishimura


Open Studio gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country; the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario; the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council; and the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario. Open Studio also acknowledges the generous support of its members and numerous foundations, corporations and individuals.

Open Studio
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 104
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8

Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12 – 5 pm

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