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The Collaborationists: Jennifer Marman & Daniel Borins

Organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Hamilton and The Robert McLaughlin Gallery in collaboration with the Southern  Alberta Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Windsor

November 16, 2013 - January 26, 2014

Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins have practiced art together since 2000. The work that has emerged through this partnership includes kinetic sculpture, installation, painting, and multidisciplinary art. It is collaborative in more than one sense—it does combine the expected artistic act of the duo working together, however it also addresses narrative overtones such as being conniving conspirators, or a confrontation between opposing views. The resulting work is a series of  encounters, questions, and examinations of contemporary art and culture.

Their work has been described as accessible, engaging, and free of pretense, yet still it can be considered complex in concept. In one example, Pavilion of the Blind, the visitor confronts an energetic sculpture that is at once an imposing architectural structure and a playful abstract composition. As the blinds move and reconfigure, a colourful array of panels congregate into different formations. An underlying question is a theoretical examination of what constitutes a contemporary artwork, and this is reinforced by the paintings also included in the exhibition.

Politics, pop culture, the avant garde, and modernism, are all referenced in this refreshing and playful exhibition.

Curated by Linda Jansma and Melissa Bennett