ici présente time being

© S. Hay, 2018

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© S. Hay, 2018

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ici présente time being

November 10 to December 15, 2018

Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Performances (Activation of the work)
Performances will take place every day in the gallery space. In addition there will be three short duration performances on the following dates:

Thursday, November 15 2018 at 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 29 2018 at 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 8 2018 at 2 p.m.

Artist Talk
Saturday, December 8 2018 at 2 p.m.

November 5 to December 15, 2018


When you look at the flower, the flower looks at you, you have already become a flower.

- Yumi Fujitani

Artists build deep and complex relationships with the material world through the creation of their works. These intimate exchanges, where subject and object become one, open us up to a greater consciousness whereby we can see the interconnectedness of all things, that every element is in active play on a continual level with each other, a perpetual performance and exchange of energies that are at the source of what we call the “live”.

What happens when we consider that the material world has agency, that we as humans are not the only actors in the scene with apperceptive skills or an ability to determine or change direction? Is this perceptual shift a key to understanding and stimulating approaches not predicated upon constructs of domination and submission, a way towards the awe and respect for the shared living embodiment of all things? Can objects teach us about the fundamentals of presence and about being present?

Sherri Hay will be in residence throughout this exhibition to explore these questions, and the gallery will be her choreographic laboratory where she will conduct experiments with her kinetic sculpture dancers. The public is invited to witness the continual evolution of these live works in process throughout the duration of the exhibition.

The exhibtion ici présente time being is a site of provocation to consider collaborative possibilities with the material world, a site of animation and contemplation for the activation of a culture of peace.

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Sherri Hay

Sherri Hay is a Canadian artist who splits her time between New York City and Toronto. Her wide ranging practice that includes sculpture, installation, video and performance, has been exhibited internationally, at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), and the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art (MOCCA) in Toronto. She is also an occasional collaborator in experimental theatre and dance.

Stephen Lawson

Stephen Lawson is an artist, activist and independent curator creating interdisciplinary approaches within the fields of live art, music, print, transmission arts, installation and video. Since 2001 he has been collaborating with artist Aaron Pollard, creating and touring transmedia performances, installations and videos under the moniker 2boys.tv throughout Canada, Central and South America, and Europe.