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Shared Pocket

  • Preston Gallery 435 King Street East Cambridge, ON, N3H 3N1 Canada (map)

We had pockets. What lovely hoards I kept in them…a small sketch-book and a very large pocket-knife; beside string, nails, horse-chestnuts, lumps of sugar, bits of bread-and-butter, a pair of scissors, and many other useful objects.*

Bits and pieces preserved in plastic panes; foamy compound pressed through the veins of a sphere; moons made plush; selvedge edges adorning circles; a curtain, a wall, a window cut into and clung onto; mesh enclosing metal and cellophane; concrete suspended in textured fabric; stones embedded in holes; a shelf stuffed with pieces of the moon; a porous cactus brushed in silver; plaster held in nylon.
In Shared Pocket, Shannon Garden-Smith and M.E. Smit-Dicks present new work, transforming Preston Gallery through a shared interest in the materiality of domestic space and abstracted forms of the body. Garden-Smith’s highly tactile, slow processes of making explore unproductiveness in order to imagine ways of doing/making/performing uncoupled from predetermined ends. Smit-Dicks works with reclaimed detritus and textiles, playing with texture, posture, and the often-mysterious materializations of surface and structure, image and medium, object and architecture, and this and that.

Garden-Smith and Smit-Dicks have worked together since 2009, both in and out of Toronto’s XXXX Collective, with Corrie Jackson and Polina Teif.

Earlier Event: September 14
Shared Pocket
Later Event: September 16
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