Summer Season at the Power Plant Gallery

Summer Season at the Power Plant Gallery

Art is either plagiarism or revolution.

Paul Gauguin

Summer is here and what better season there is to enjoy art. If you’re into contemporary art, then Toronto is a place to be. Power Plant Gallery has just opened exhibitions of works by Bik Van der Pol, YES!, Association/Föreningen JA!, Tercerunquinto and a collaborative project by Nadia Belerique, Lili Huston-Herterich and Laurie Kang. Admission is free and you have until September to see and admire these inspiring installations.

Eminent Domain – Bik Van der Pol

20 June – 7 September 2015

Liesbeth Bik and Jos van der Pol have worked together since 1995. Their projects reflect human activity in the globalized age and its impact on environment.

Eminent Domain, the installation featured at The Power Plant Gallery expands Bik Van der Pol’s investigations of the ways humans have a direct effect on eco-systems. The title of the exhibition is a reference to Hugo Groutius’ concept from 1625 – “eminent domain is understood as the power that the State may exercise over land within its territory, whereby the government or one of its agencies has the right to expropriate private property for public use through payment or compensation.”


Bik Van der Pol’s projects point to the increasing privatisation of previously public goods including territory, property and the public domain.

Eminent Domain features endangered species and extinction figures – more specifically a list of extinct species as counted from the 1500. It also includes an isnstallation of sounds produced in healthy habitats in Borneo, Costa Rica, Sumatra and Zimbabwe. Each of these habitats has changed drastically since the recordings were done as a result of human intervention and natural disasters.

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At the Power Plant Gallery

(art)work(sport)work(sex)work  – YES!, Association/Föreningen JA!

20 June – 7 September 2015

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Exploring the Comissioned Exhibit by YES! Association/Föreningen JA!

(art)work(sport)work(sex)work tries to show how ideologies, socially accepted norms and legislations rule the conditions of work and participation in the world of contemporary art, multi-sport events and sex trade by specifically targeting The Power Plant, the Pan Am and Parapan American Games and Canada’s new sex trade law BIll C-36. It wants to situate these fields within Toronto, so a series of bus rides will take place each Saturday throughout the duration of the exhibition.

YES! Association/Föreningen JA!’s project raises a couple of questions:

“How are these fields connected and entangled with one another? How are the divisions amongst them demarcated? What governing bodies are given the power to define these demarcations? Who is able to work within each field? What are the regulations that condition ones behaviour and why are these regulations within each field markedly different from one another?”

The bus rides are free and you can find the schedule here.

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A Piece from the (art)work(sport)work(sex)work exhibition

Mine – Tercerunquinto

20 June – 7 September 2015

Mine is a newly commissioned project by Tercerunquinto
Mine is a newly commissioned project by Tercerunquinto

Terceruquinto – roughly translated as “a third of a fifth” is a project of Mexican artists Julio Castro Carreón, Gabriel Cázares Salas and Rolando Flores Tovar. They question the boundaries between private and public space, examining the organized frontiers around the constitution of such definitions.”

Mine is a project which title refers to the commercial activity involving extracting valuable minerals – “mining”, and on the other hand the possessive pronoun referring to that which belongs to the associated speaker. The excavated field disrupts the notion of ownership. At its core, Mine calls out to its viewers and asks them to question their sense of possession: what does and does not belong to them.

The Mouth Holds the Tongue – A collaborative project by Nadia Belerique, Lili Huston-Herterich and Laurie Kang

20 June – 7 September 2015

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A collaborative project by Nadia Belerique Lili Huston Herterich and Laurie Kang

The Mouth Holds the Tongue is a collaborative project by Nada Belerique, Lili Huston Herterich and Laurie Kang. The project is a form of a labyrinth and a reference to Aldo Van Eyck’s pavillion built for the Sonsbeek Exhbition in Arnhem, Netherlands in 1966. 

The exhibition seeks to depict the pleasure of representing and experiencing time and space. “Effectively turning the gallery space upside-down, this approach functions to entangle bodies through non-sequential interactions. In so doing, the artists provide opportunities for those navigating their space to connect in varying degrees of reciprocity.”

Its title is a reference to the artists’conception of the space itself: “a richly active and fertile environment that breeds multiple metaphors and interpretations. The space and its users are thus at once the mouth and tongue working together; the structure actively embodying the possibility to redistribute the roles and positions of its inhabitants.”

Mouth Holds the Tongue

Meet the photographer: BEA LABIKOVA

Bea Labikova
Bea Labikova

Bea is a Toronto based musician, photographer, teacher and a multidisciplinary visual artist. Growing up surrounded by her father’s antique camera collection, Bea loves taking portraits of unique faces and always tries to capture the colours of the world around us. Her main areas of interest are documentary, performance and travel photography.


11 Replies to “Summer Season at the Power Plant Gallery”

  1. I have to say I really don’t understand contemporary art. How is that hole filled with dirt in the ground art?

    Art should be a presentation of one’s talents and skills in making something extraordinary. I don’t see anything extraordinary in that.

    1. I want to say yes, but I’m just going to say no. People don’t like walking on filth, even when they have shoes to protect them.

      1. I don’t think it’s about people walking on it. It’s more about this piece of land – which probably belongs to someone – in the middle of public space and how fragile this boundary is.

          1. Yes. Boundaries are a social construct only capitalists implement. Capitalists and anyone else who might note transitions between things.

    1. That it makes you think is not enough for something to be called art. A pile of poop can do that. We always think, and if i have to think till I’m blue to understand what the artist wants to say, the artist has not communicated.

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