FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Koffler Gallery presents Erratics featuring archive-based installations by novelist Martha Baillie and artist/curator Malka Greene with writer Alan Resnick

 

Toronto, ON, March 19, 2015 – The Koffler Gallery opens its Spring 2015 season at its downtown home at Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto, with Erratics. The exhibition runs from April 16 to June 14, 2015, opening with a free public reception on Thursday 16 April, from 6 to 9 PM.

 

Curated by Koffler Gallery Director/Curator Mona Filip, Erratics explores the tensions between memory and fiction by bringing together two archives where photography takes a central role in an attempt to uncover hidden narratives. Staged as museological displays conveying two personal stories, these collections of images, texts and records reveal both the impossibility of fully knowing the past and the effectiveness of literary imagination in grappling with history.

 

Toronto author Martha Baillie adds further layers to her most recent book, The Search for Heinrich Schlögel, through a multi-media installation. In Baillie’s hypnotic novel, an archivist seeks the truth about Schlögel’s life through letters, documents and photographs providing glimpses into his journey from a small German town to exploring the Canadian North and finding himself lost in time. Over six hundred postcards, voice recordings and a musical composition created by Nic Gotham give material substance to Baillie’s literary plot that addresses our fraught relationship to the historic past.

 

In His Father Over Time, Toronto artist and curator Malka Greene mines a store of materials belonging to the late Dr. Morris Resnick – a World War II reconnaissance photographer who also avidly documented his life and times. Similar to an archivist, Greene pieces together the threads of this private story, working with television writer and satirist Alan Resnick, Morris’s son. Resnick explores his relationship with his father and family through the process and responds with a personal series of texts. Where information may lack or memories fail to fill the gaps over time, fiction takes over.

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Erratics is a Featured Exhibition in the 2015 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

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For more information and a full list of the Koffler’s Spring 2015 programs, please visit kofflerarts.org

Heinrich

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Duke readings:
  • Trails, Tales, Tunes Festival in Norris Point NL, May 16 and 17
  • Reading with Robert Mellin & Brenda Leifso at Ben McNally Books in Toronto, Monday 22 June 2015 at 6PM
  • Launch Party at Fishers’ Loft Inn with Robert Mellin, in Port Rexton NL, 9 July 2015
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SARA TILLEY
Sara Tilley is a writer, theatre artist, and clown, who lives and works in her home town of St. John’s, Newfoundland. Her artistic work bridges writing, theatre, and Pochinko Clown Through Mask technique, with each discipline informing and inspiring the others. After graduating with a BFA in Acting from York University, Sara founded a feminist theatre company, She Said Yes!, in 2002, and received the Rhonda Payne Theatre Award in 2006, which acknowledges the contribution of a woman working in theatre in Newfoundland and Labrador.  ||  Her writing spans the genres of playwriting, prose and poetry. She has written, co-written or co-created eleven plays to date, all of which have received professional production. Skin Room, her first novel (Pedlar Press, 2008), won both the Newfoundland and Labrador Percy Janes First Novel Award and the inaugural Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers, and was shortlisted for the Winterset Award and the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize. Sara won the Lawrence Jackson Writer’s Award from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council in 2011.  || She’s been Writer in Residence at the Calgary Distinguished Writer’s Program, University of Calgary, at Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon, at Landfall in Brigus NL, and at 2Rooms Contemporary Art Projects in Duntara NL. Sara is one of a handful of Pochinko clown instructors in the world, having mentored with Ian Wallace in 2008. She offers Clown through Mask and Neutral Mask training in St. John’s and elsewhere across Canada.  ||  Her new novel, Duke (Pedlar Press, 2015), found its inspiration through mask work.
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