Ciara Phillips: Comrade Objects
27 August 2016–4 December 2016
Contemporary Feature Gallery

Fall Season Launch: 15 September 2016

Curated by Sunny Kerr, Curator of Contemporary Art

Comrade Objects presents a new body of work by Glasgow-based Canadian artist Ciara Phillips that introduces her process-marked print semiotics: energetic blocks of colour, repeating motifs, slogans and, recently, black & white portraits of women engaged in focused work. In this, her first major exhibition in Canada, Phillips also mounts a new iteration of her Turner prize-nominated Workshop (2010 – ongoing), wherein the gallery is transformed with screen printing equipment into an active space of investigation, social action, discussion and debate. To explore the ethics and potential of “making together,” Phillips invites Canadian artist, artist-curator and artist-publisher, Clive Robertson to co-produce posters and publications in situ. Comrade Objects draws the art object away from the pressures of ownership or display, and toward its powers of access and involvement, offering both exuberant teamwork and moments of quiet encounter.

Supported by George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund, Queen’s University. Phillips’s five-week Residency is supported by the Queen’s University Arts Fund, Visiting Artist-in-Residence program.

Ciara Phillips, K from the Justice for Domestic Workers Alphabet, 2014, screenprint on paper.

Installation view of Comrade Objects.

6 September–8 October 2016

Ciara Phillips spent five weeks in Kingston making new work and engaging Kingston and Queen’s audiences in events co-presented with Queen’s Cultural Studies and Fine Art (Visual Art) Program, including class tours and discussions for Queen’s students.

Your Own Grad School Open Study Session
Davies Foundation and Contemporary Feature Galleries
Tuesday 20 September, 2–4 pm

Join the discussion! Co-presented with Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre featuring Ciara Phillips and local artist participants in Your Own Grad School. Request the study text in advance by emailing info@modernfuel.org.

Family Care Drop-In
Sundays 25 September–13 November
2–4 pm

Inspired by Ciara Phillips’ portrayals of hidden forms of labour and subjects in focused contemplation, we are piloting a Sunday family program designed to give parents quiet time to view the exhibition while their children enjoy simple print-making activities with qualified educators in the Studio.

Installation view of Comrade Objects.

Ciara Phillips, Comrade Objects

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