Jimmy Robert at The Power Plant – June 22 to September 2 [fr]
As part of the Paris-Toronto series, French artist Jimmy Robert exhibits, from Saturday, June 22 to Monday, September 2, 2013, at The Power Plant. In his first Canadian solo exhibition “Draw the Line”, Jimmy Robert addresses questions of limits: of his body, of the media he uses, of our understanding of exhibitions, and the various disciplines his work encompasses.
New live performance by Jimmy Robert
On Thursday, June 27 at 7 PM, Jimmy Robert will draw from American artist Carolee Schneeman’s “Up To and Including Her Limits” (1976) in a new performance. In her seminal performance work, Schneeman suspended herself from a rope above a large canvas, held crayons in her hands and extended her arms to mark the surface around and beneath her. Schneeman’s work speaks to a period in art history when artists began rethinking the distinctions and limitations of artistic media by creating work that aimed to move drawing and painting off the page. Using chance movement to activate the objects in the gallery, Robert’s new live work will transform his exhibition from its initial installation to one that evokes the movement seen in his performance.
Jimmy Robert’s installation “Reprise”
Jimmy Robert’s performance coupled with its remaining ephemera will be accompanied by his sculptural installation “Reprise” (2010). The work references Canadian artist Jeff Wall’s photograph “A Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai)” (1993), which captures four figures physically responding to a strong wind. The composition in Wall’s work is a recreation of Japanese painter and printmaker Katsushika Hokusai’s woodcut “Ejiri in Suruga Province (Sunshū Ejiri)” (1830 – 33). The theatricality in the movement of the figures in both works acts as a point of departure for Robert’s “Reprise”. Here, he captures in large-scale photographs the movements of dancer Shiho Ishihara with gestures akin to those seen in Hokusai’s and Wall’s pieces. Depicting movement in both the dancer’s body as well as in the installation of the photographs, Robert demonstrates the ability for objects to become performative.
Movement is evoked in every sense of “Draw the Line” and in the exhibition framework. Above all else, “Draw the Line” is an attempt to rethink the limitations of an exhibition, challenging viewer expectations as it unfolds and transforms over time.
Born 1975 in France, Jimmy Robert has received several international awards including the Follow Fluxus-After Fluxus Grant (2009) and the Andrei and Nicholas Tooth Award (1999). His work has been presented in several solo exhibitions and festivals including Kaaitheater, Brussels (2013); MCA Chicago (2012); CCS Bard, New York (2011); MoMA, New York (2009); 5th Berlin Biennale (2008); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2006); and Tate Britain, London (2004).
From Saturday, June 22 to Monday, September 2, 2013
Opening on Friday, June 21 at 8:00 PM
Performance on Thursday, June 27 at 7:00 PM
The Power Plant - 231 Queens Quay West Toronto
Gallery hours: Tuesday–Wednesday 10–6 PM / Thursday–Saturday 10–8 PM / Sunday 10–6 PM
Free admission to the Gallery
The exhibition “Jimmy Robert: Draw the Line” is organized by The Power Plant as part of the Paris-Toronto series with the support of Air France. Coordinated by the Consulate General of France in Toronto with support from the Institut français, Paris-Toronto is an unprecedented ten-month series of events, highlighting contemporary art from France and aiming to foster connections between the two cities. These artistic residency programs, exhibitions, conferences, workshops and public lectures, are all organized by well-established Toronto institutions : the Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Metropole, Canadian Art Foundation, City of Toronto (Scotiabank Nuit blanche), Elegoa Cultural Productions, the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, The Power Plant, the Ryerson Image Centre, and Vtape.