Bradley Ertaskiran Gallery presents

There There

April 30 – June 13, 2021

Janet Werner, Suite, 2020,

Janet Werner, Suite, 2020, Oil on canvas |175.5 x 129.5 cm (69 x 51”)

Bradley Ertaskiran is thrilled to present Janet Werner’s solo exhibition, There There. In this most recent body of work, the female figure is largely present yet increasingly bisected by sharp cuts and folds. She is found in and around an explosive palette with which the artist continues to pursue her focus on mise en abyme with renewed energy and vivacity.  In There There, the figures vie for their place among detailed landscapes, still lifes, parlours, bedrooms, beaches and broken forms, often becoming another surface for painterly intervention. In works such as Suite, the figure is copied and rotated, cut and partially pasted onto another layer. Her shoe, her knee, her arm, in deep crimson red are doubled, a small portrait in the upper left corner gazes upon the scene. There There is a house of mirrors.

Janet Werner (b. 1959, Winnipeg, Manitoba) lives and works in Montreal, Quebec. She received her MFA from Yale University (New Haven). Solo exhibitions include the Musée d’art contemporain de Montreal (Montreal), Art Gallery of Guelph (Guelph), Anat Ebgi (Los Angeles), Whatiftheworld Gallery (Cape Town) and Plug In ICA (Winnipeg). Group exhibitions include AXENEO7 (Gatineau), MASS MoCA (North Adams) and Arsenal contemporary (New York). A solo survey exhibition organized by the Kenderdine Art Gallery, University of Saskatchewan, toured to five locations in Canada from 2013-2015, including the Esker Foundation (Calgary) and Galerie de l’UQAM (Montreal). Werner’s work is in the collection of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Musée d’art contemporain de Montreal, The Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), the Canadian Embassy in Berlin, University of Lethbridge (Alberta), Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Mendel Art Gallery and numerous private and corporate collections.

Soft Options, Hard Edges

April 30 – June 13, 2021

Stephanie Temma Hier - Bradley Ertaskiran Gallery

Stephanie Temma Hier, Skipping Mind, 2021
Oil on linen with glazed stoneware sculpture
175.5 x 223.5 x 18 cm (69 x 88 x 7”)

Bradley Ertaskiran is thrilled to present Soft Options, Hard Edges, a solo exhibition by Stephanie Temma Hier taking place in the bunker. The artist’s hybrid ceramic-paintings look good enough to eat. A stack of huge glossy crabs overtakes an oil painting of two hands massaging one other. A shiny red apple wraps around a perfectly aligned set of gleaming teeth and gums wet with saliva. An unholy mess of dirtied sneakers—when viewed from a distance—resemble mussels stuck onto the edges of a large canvas depicting a crisp, formal place setting. A mouth opens wide atop rows of hanging sausage-links, both tantalizing and slightly unsettling. Food or not food, all appear ambrosial, seducing with their lustrous glazes and excess. These weird pairings record the processes of consumption: before, during and after the act. Sensory pleasures abound, their classical renderings lure in the hungry gaze, eyes that eat pictures.

Stephanie Temma Hier (b. 1992, Toronto, Canada) lives and works in New York. She holds a BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design University (Toronto), and studied at the Academy of Art Canada (Toronto). Recent solo exhibitions include Gallery Vacancy (Shanghai), David Dale (Glasgow), Franz Kaka (Toronto), Y2K Group (New York), Downs and Ross (New York), Neochrome Gallery (Turin). Recent group shows include Nino Meir Gallery (Los Angeles & Brussels), Arsenal Contemporary Art (New York), Fisher Parrish (Brooklyn), Three Four Three Four (Brooklyn), Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran (Montreal), Thierry Goldberg (New York), Galerie Plus One (Anvers), Anonymous Gallery (Mexico), Bureau (New York), The Kitchen (New York), Museo della Frutta (Turin), The Power Plant (Toronto), Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), and Johannes Vogt (New York). Hier was a finalist for the RBC Painting competition in 2016 and 2018 and is the recipient of multiple grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, and has participated in residencies at Hospitalfield (Scotland) and Shandaken: Stormking (New York).

The gallery is open to the public Wednesday to Friday from 11am to 6pm, Saturday from noon to 5pm and by appointment outside of regular opening hours. Please note that wearing a mask is mandatory to visit the gallery.

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