Cuties Who Are Nice


presented by the Magenta Foundation and KONTORT
featuring artists Ellen Bleiwas, Laura Hudspith, Megan Ellen MacDonald, and Luca Soldovieri

Cuties Who Are Nice show card 2019

The Magenta Foundation has launched the inaugural program for the Incubator Curatorial Summer Workcamp, which has taken place over the past three months. This program offers a free opportunity for students and recent graduates to learn curation. Working with industry experts, this hands on experience provides students with the opportunity to build an exhibition from conception to implementation.

 

EXHIBITION HOURS: October 4-5 and October 9-10 from 1pm to 6pm

CLOSING RECEPTION: Thursday, October 10 from 7pm to 10pm

CLOSING RECEPTION: Thursday, October 10 from 7pm to 10pm

Join us on Thursday, October 10 from 7pm to 10pm for the closing reception of Cuties Who Are Nice. Ellen Bleiwas, Laura Hudspith, andMegan Ellen MacDonald will be in attendance. For more information, please visit our Facebook event page.

EXHIBITION STATEMENT 

THE MAGENTA FOUNDATION in conjunction with KONTORT present Cuties Who Are Nice, an exhibition featuring the work of four artists:Ellen Bleiwas, Laura Hudspith, Megan Ellen MacDonald, and Luca Soldovieri. This is the inaugural exhibition presented by the Magenta Foundation Incubator Curatorial Summer Workcamp.

 

The artists in Cuties Who Are Nice observe the value of objects and the desire to give them meaning. Via two-dimensional and three-dimensional mediums, Cuties Who Are Nice tempts the viewer with desire for a stolen tactile moment with the objects.

This exhibition presents “pretty little art from pretty little women” to illustrate the charged weight of material and object. Engaging with organic and constructed materials, the artists in Cuties Who Are Nice explore the unfamiliarity into what we think we already know. Working in “domestic spaces,” simple objects such as a bedroom, a love letter, or a curtain expose their true strangeness and abnormality. 

Cuties Who Are Nice celebrates the strength, ability, and contributions of four female artists who subvert attitudes and behaviours in their work.

Ellen Bleiwas addresses the relationship between bodily experience and psychological changes of state. Her consciousness-shifting sculptural spaces and forms offer both mindful experiences and tactile temptations.

Laura Hudspith is a Toronto based interdisciplinary artist working in sculpture, installation and video. With an interest in merging civic conviction with artistic intent, curious arrangements, and seductive visuals give way to an experience of an equally personal and political nature, both provocative and antidotal. 

Megan Ellen MacDonald is a Toronto based artist working in the medium of oil painting. Her work explores themes of gender and power dynamics by creating a visual language of still life out of things considered diminutive and feminine. The still-life arrangements in these vibrant works depict intimate and destructive relationships between objects as an exploration of what it means to embrace femininity as agency.

Luca Soldovieri was born in Chicago and is a Toronto/Halifax based artist. She is a multidisciplinary artist investigating the ephemerality of personal experiences. Solovieri reappropriates and subverts various family heirlooms to point towards experiences in their most fundamental state. 

For additional information, or to inquire about this exhibition, preview opportunities, or general gallery questions, please contact us atmagentacuratorialincubator@gmail.com

KONTORT
86 Miller Street
Toronto, Ontario
416-654-9515

Gallery Hours: October 4-5 and October 9-10 from 1pm to 6pm
Closing Reception: Thursday, October 10 from 7pm to 10pm

With Special Thanks to our Sponsors:
TD - The Ready Commitment
Kevin Crigger

Presented by:
The Magenta Foundation
KONTORT