Trinity Square Video is excited to announce the inaugural exhibition for our new gallery on the first floor of 401 Richmond Street West: sub-fusc love-fest, the first Canadian exhibition of work by London-based artist/poet Heather Phillipson. Co-presented with Images Festival, sub-fusc love-feast incorporates video, text, and audio within an elaborately maximalist sculptural landscape. Through large, synchronised projections and out-scaled generic prints suspended at varying heights and obtruding precariously, the artist challenges ideas of nature as something at a remove from humans. In an era of extreme ingestion, distribution and spectacle, Phillipson amasses multiple representations of the ‘natural’ world, abutted by our bodies, taking multiple routes through sex, consumption and waste. Phillipson gives voice to the animals, plants and land-masses, who answer back, demanding that we observe their agency and sensuality, betraying complex human interactions with the environment as it is, and as we conceive it. The opening of this exhibition will mark the first phase of Trinity Square Video’s launch of our new home for Media Arts.
Presented in collaboration with the Images Festival, April 14 – 23, 2016. For more information visit imagesfestival.com
Heather Phillipson works across video, sculpture, drawing, music, text and live events. In 2016, Phillipson will present solo projects at Whitechapel Gallery London, Trinity Square Video Toronto, Frieze Projects New York, and the 32nd Sao Paolo Biennale. Recent solo exhibitions include: Schirn Frankfurt; the Istanbul Biennial; Performa New York; Sheffield Doc/Fest (with Serpentine Galleries); Opening Times (otdac.org); Bunker259, New York; Dundee Contemporary Arts; Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; and a video commission for Random Acts, Channel 4 television. Recent events include: Assembly, Tate Britain; the flavour of cooling enormities, Serpentine Gallery; Nuovo Monde, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, and BOG-STANDARD REFRESHER, a live music event at the ICA, London. Phillipson is also an award-winning poet and has published three collections of poetry: a pamphlet with Faber & Faber in 2009; NOT AN ESSAY (Penned in the Margins, 2012); and Instant-flex 718 (Bloodaxe, 2013), which was shortlisted for the 2013 Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize. She was named a Next Generation Poet in 2014 and was Writer in Residence at the Whitechapel Gallery in 2015. Her work is held in a number of public and private collections.