Vessna Perunovich’s practice encompasses drawing, performance, video, sculpture, painting and installation. Individual yet nonetheless interrelated, her work is defies a simple categorization. Perunovich’s subject matter grapples with issues of personal intimacy and societal constructs; her work is autobiographical and at the same time universal. It dwells, emotionally and philosophically, on the subject of boundaries, both physical and psychic, orchestrating a fine balance between confinement and content. Perunovich’s works are connotations of meanings, suggesting that they can wear the conceptual clothing necessary to expressing inexpressible feelings for things that are inexplicable.
Perunovich (born former Yugoslavia) is a Toronto-based visual artist and has exhibited at international biennales in Cuba, Albania, Portugal, UK, Montenegro and Greece. Her survey solo exhibition, Borderless, recently toured galleries and museums in countries of the former Yugoslavia, including the Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina in Serbia and Museum of Contemporary Art Republic of Srpska in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Her recent exhibitions include, Neither Here Nor There, at Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Borderline, at Angel Gallery in Toronto, Canada; performance project, The Web, at Grimmuseum in Berlin, Germany and video installation, Open Ended, as part of HT&B exhibition in Hamilton, Canada. Perunovich is the recipient of many grants and awards including the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts award in 2005 and the Chalmers Development Grant in 2011.
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Residents from Canada
Steffani Jemison is an interdisciplinary artist whose work considers issues that arise when conceptual practices are inflected by black history and vernacular culture. Jemison uses rigorous formal methods to explore her interests in the politics of serial form, the limits of narrative description, and the tension between improvisation, repetition, and fugitivity. One body of mixed media works employs acetate as print medium, glazing, or support; another uses transcription of found and staged conversations as a generative process. Steffani also organizes social and archival projects; the most recent of these is her collaboration with Jamal Cyrus, Alpha’s Bet Is Not Over Yet, an exhibition, reading room, and discussion space inspired by the politics of early 20th century African American periodicals.
Steffani Jemison (born 1981, USA) received a BA from Columbia University and an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2011, her collaborative project, Alpha’s Bet Is Not Over Yet, was presented at the New Museum of Contemporary Art; she also participated in exhibitions, screenings, and readings at ThreeWalls, Southern Exposure, Carol Jazzar Gallery, the Houston Museum of African American Culture, and other venues. Her work will be included in forthcoming exhibitions at Real Art Ways, LAXART, and the Studio Museum in Harlem. She has participated in artist residencies at Project Row Houses, the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Jemison is the editor of Future Plan and Program, a publishing project featuring literary works by visual artists.
Residents from United States
Hector Arce-Espasas uses images that are inherent to the geographic and cultural milieu of the tropics. He appropriates and transfigures some of these images in order to transgress their current symbolic meaning in a sensuous play of conflicting alliances. The images lure and repel while playing with the idea of the pineapple as the easily attainable commercial fruit of ‘tropical paradise’.
Hector Arce-Espasas (born 1982, San Juan, Puerto Rico) completed an MFA at Hunter College, 2011. Following this, Arce-Espasas was nominated for the Rema Hort Mann Foundation. He has also participated in various exhibitions including the Swiss Institute’s Dark Fair, Museu da Cidade, Lisbon; Marvelli Gallery, New York; Contemporary Art Society; London; The Green Gallery, Milwaukee; and University Galleries at Illinois State University.