Living Room/Amanda McCavour & As Seen on Tumblr/Ambivalently Yours

Living Room
Amanda McCavour

As Seen on Tumblr
Ambivalently Yours

Until July 1: In/Visible
Charlotte Wilson-Hammond

Living Room (installation) Amanda McCavour

ARTsPLACE Gallery will be hosting two artists for July; Amanda McCavour and Ambivalently Yours. Both artists will be present at the opening on Sunday, July 8, 1-3pm and both artists are offering workshops during the exhibition period (details below).

Amanda McCavour is a Toronto-based artist who works with stitch to create large-scale embroidered installations. She is interested in thread’s assumed vulnerability, its ability to unravel, and its strength when it is sewn together. McCavour uses a sewing machine to create thread drawings and installations. By sewing into fabric that dissolves in water, she can build up stitched lines on a temporary surface. The crossing threads create strength so that when the fabric is dissolved, the thread drawing can hold together without a base. With only the thread remaining, these images appear as though they would be easily unraveled and seemingly on the verge of falling apart, despite the works raveled strength.

Through an exploration of line and its 2-d and 3-d implications, stitch is used in her artwork to explore various concepts such as connections to home, the fibers of the body and more formal considerations of thread’s accumulative presence. Amanda’s work explores embroidery’s duality- it’s subtle quality versus its accumulative presence and its structural possibilities versus its fragility. Through experimentation and creation within her studio, she continues to investigate line in the context of embroidery, drawing, and installation.

McCavour shows her work in galleries nationally and internationally with solo exhibitions in 2017 in Okotoks (AB) St. Catharines (ON), Seattle (WA), State College (PA), Auburn (NY) and Toronto (ON). She recently completed residencies at Harbourfront Centre’s Textile Studio in Toronto, at Maison des Metiers D’art de Quebec in Quebec City and the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture in Dawson City, Yukon. McCavour has received numerous awards and scholarships from The Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council, The Toronto Arts Council, The Handweavers, and Spinners Guild of America, Craft Ontario, The Ontario Society of Artists, The Surface Design Association and The Embroiderers Guild of America.

Online Press:
http://amandamccavour.com/?page_id=55
http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2018/03/stitched-sculptural-installations-by-amanda-mccavour/
https://mymodernmet.com/embroidery-art-installations-amanda-mccavou

Under the pseudonym Ambivalently Yours, this Montreal-based artist explores ambivalence within a multimedia web-based practice inspired by her feminist questions and online interactions. Her work aims to highlight the potential for political resistance and emotional empathy that exists within conflicting emotions.

Her meticulous online engagement as Ambivalently Yours has resulted in a large social media following (over 60K on Tumblr, 54K on Instagram, 9K on Facebook, 2K on Twitter) and her interactions with her online community directly influence and participate in her practice.

Ambivalently Yours earned a BFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University in Montreal and an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. In 2015, she was the recipient of the Québec Arts Council Residency Exchange grant held at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, UK. In the same year, she was also awarded the emerging artists New Media Production Residency at Oboro artist-run center in Montreal, where she completed her short film “Drawn Together”, distributed by Groupe Intervention Vidéo in Montreal, and recently acquired by the Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec.

In 2016, she was profiled by the CBC for their Exhibitionist television series which was broadcasted both online and on national television. Ambivalently Yours has organised and hosted several feminist community events, lectures and workshops both in Canada and abroad. Her digital and physical work has been exhibited in North America, Europe, and Australia, shared virally on the Internet and featured in news media such as the Huffington Post, Dazed, CBC, Buzzfeed, Cosmopolitan, The Globe and Mail, Artnet, as well as teenage blogs and zines worldwide. Her site-specific installation entitled “As Seen on Tumblr” is currently touring across Canada, and her feminist podcast “Rebelliously Tiny” was just crowd-funded into its second season.

Press
http://www.ambivalentlyyours.com/press/

Amanda McCavour’s Living Room will open on Sunday, July 8, 1 – 3 pm.

Take a workshop with Amanda at ARTsPLACE – August 25 & 26
Experimental Surfaces: Machine Stitching, Water Soluble Stabilizer and Unexpected Materials with  Amanda McCavour
2-day Workshop
August 25 & 26 10 am – 4 pm
$155 ARCAC / SOFAAR members
$175 for Non-member
PLUS materials fee $35 per person.
Maximum 13
Each participant must bring a sewing machine.
Includes a tour of Amanda’s Exhibition, at ARTsPLACE, ed by the artist.
Information and registration HERE

Ambivalently Yours  in our Library Space, opening Sunday, July 8, 1 – 3 pm.

Join the artist on Friday, July 6, 4 – 6 pm. Inspired by the idea that talking and making collectively in a safe setting can facilitate and inspire feminist action, artist Ambivalently Yours invites members of the public to join her for a collaborative drawing workshop on July 6th, 2018. This activity will mirror aspects of the artist’s online practice which uses drawing, personal experience and anonymity as a means to expand the limits of empathy and feminist discussions.

Aspects of the workshop will be added to artist’s ongoing site-specific installation entitled “As Seen on Tumblr” which will open at ARCAC on July 8th. This workshop is open to participants of all ages, gender identities, and artistic levels. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration required for numbers, email arcac@ns.aliantzinc.ca

ARTsPLACE recognizes the support of the Province of Nova Scotia through the Department of Communities, Culture, and Heritage.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

Charlotte Wilson-Hammond’s Exhibition is also supported by Arts Nova Scotia.