GALLERY WEEKEND TORONTO ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION
Christian Butterfield: Green Light at Corkin Gallery
Saturday, September 25 at 2 pm
Corkin Gallery, Distillery District, 7 Tank House Lane, Toronto
In conjunction with Gallery Weekend Toronto, Corkin Gallery will present a roundtable discussion with artist Christian Butterfield, artist, writer, and curator Anique Jordan, Art Gallery of Ontario Assistant Curator Dr. Renata Azevedo Moreira, and art historian and the University of Toronto Adjunct Professor Dr. Sarah Stanners.
Christian Butterfield is a Toronto-based artist working at the intersection of painting and mass media. Butterfield’s deeply personal portraits exemplify his preoccupation with painting as a medium for spatial and psychological exploration. Layered fragments from print publications hint at personal sentiments that speak to a greater shared experience. He creates an otherworldly atmosphere in his work, which appears representative and abstract, disordered and structured.
A largely self-taught artist, Christian Butterfield (b. 1993, Toronto, Canada) was awarded a place at the AKIN Studio Program at MOCA Toronto in 2019. The artist has previously exhibited in group shows at Corkin Gallery. In 2020, Butterfield’s work was highlighted by Toronto Life as one of the most covetable pieces at Art Toronto.
DR. SARAH STANNERS
Since 2011, Dr. Sarah Stanners has been the Director of the forthcoming multi-volume publication, Jack Bush Paintings: A Catalogue Raisonné, which is affiliated with the Department of Art History at the University of Toronto where she is an Adjunct Professor and currently teaching a course titled “The Art of Canada Since the 1960s.” Over the past 18 years, she has curated exhibitions of historical and contemporary Canadian art both independently and for public institutions such as the National Gallery of Canada and the McMichael gallery where she was Chief Curator from 2015 to 2018.
Anique Jordan is an artist, writer and curator who looks to answer the question of possibility in everything she creates. As an artist, Jordan works in photography, sculpture and performance often employing the theory of hauntology to challenge historical or dominant narratives and creating, what she calls, impossible images. Jordan has lectured on her artistic and community engaged curatorial practice as a 2017 Canada Seminar speaker at Harvard University and in numerous institutions across the Americas. In 2017 she co-curated the exhibition Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood at the Art Gallery of Ontario. As an artist, she has exhibited in galleries such as Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of York University (AGYU), Art Gallery of Guelph, Doris McCarthy Gallery, the Wedge Collection, Art Gallery of Windsor, Gallery 44, and Y+ Contemporary. She has received numerous awards, grants and fellowships and in 2017 was awarded the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist of the Year award. Jordan completed a residency at the University of the West Indies (Trinidad and Tobago), was the 2018-19 Artist-in-Residence at Osgoode Hall Law School and the most recent recipient of the Hnatyshyn Emerging Artist award. Her work appears in public and private collections nationally. She is currently completing her MFA at Rhode Island School of Design.
DR. RENATA AZEVEDO MOREIRA
Renata Azevedo Moreira is the Assistant Curator of Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). Prior to joining the AGO earlier this year, Renata was a lecturer at the Department of Communication, University of Montréal, where she concluded her Ph.D. research on the intersections of curatorial and artistic practices in media art exhibitions. She holds an MA from the University of Paris 8, France, and a BA from the University of Brasilia, Brazil. She has curated exhibitions at the gallery Arts Viseuls Emergents, Ada X, Montréal and co-founded the curatorial collective Curation as Research-Creation at Concordia University.