Exhibition | Western Front – Cut


Western Front | Cut

Exhibition: November 13 – December 19, 2015
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 12-5pm
Free AdmissionOn the cover of The Slits 1979 album Cut, Viv Albertine, Tessa Pollitt,
and Ari Up stand shirtless, covered in mud, exuding a look of defiance.
It’s a complicated thing to look at an image, to consider what it
represents and how it circulates. The artists in this exhibition are
engaged in a conversation about positions of looking, about subtraction
and addition, about time and accumulation. Annie MacDonell makes
films and photographs. Lis Rhodes makes films. The Slits made punk
music. Elizabeth Zvonar makes collages and sculptures.

Artist Biographies:

Annie MacDonell is a visual artist working with photography, film,
sculpture, writing, performance and installation. MacDonell’s work often
begins in appropriation and spirals off into critical and self-reflexive
meditations on the constitution, function, and circulation of images in
the 21st century. She received a BFA from Ryerson University’s School
of Image Arts in 2000, followed by graduate studies at Le Fresnoy,
Studio National des Arts Contemporains, in Tourcoing, France. Recent
performances have been presented at le Centre Pompidou in Paris,
and the Scotiabank Contact Festival in Toronto. Recent solo shows
have been held at Mulherin New York, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the
Art Gallery of Windsor and Mercer Union in Toronto. She has
participated in recent group exhibitions at la Bibliotheque National in
Paris, The Power Plant, Toronto, MOCA Cleveland, the Daegu Photo
Biennale in South Korea and Le Grand Palais, Paris. In 2012 she was
shortlisted for the AGO AMIA Prize for Photography, and in 2012 and
2015 she was longlisted for the Sobey Art Award. She teaches in the
photography program at Ryerson University and her work is
represented by Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art.

Lis Rhodes is a major figure in the history of artists’ filmmaking in
Britain and was a leading member of the influential London
Filmmakers’ Co-op. In 1979 she co-founded Circles Women’s Film and
Video Distribution, the first British organization to distribute the work of
women film and video artists. She currently lives and works in London,
where a survey exhibition of her career, Lis Rhodes: Dissonance and
Disturbance, was held at the ICA in 2012. Her films are distributed by

The Slits were a punk band from London active between 1976 and
1982 then again between 2005 and 2010.

Elizabeth Zvonar graduated from Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design in
2001. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Canada at
Artspeak, Western Front, Contemporary Art Gallery, Mercer Union,
Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, Vancouver Art Gallery, Oakville
Gallery, and Presentation House, among others. She has exhibited
internationally in New York, Australia, Japan and Belgium. In 2008,
Zvonar was the inaugural artist at the Malaspina Print Research
Residency and was an Artist in Residence at the Banff Centre for the
thematic residency Cosmic Ray Research. Zvonar received the 2009
City of Vancouver Mayor’s Award for Emerging Visual Artist; in 2011
she was presented with the Emily Award for outstanding achievement
by an Emily Carr alumna. From 2012-15 Zvonar held the post of City of
Vancouver Artist in Residence. Most recently, she presented the solo
exhibition The Challenge of Abstraction at Daniel Faria Gallery in
Toronto. Zvonar was the 2015 recipient of the Shadbolt Foundation’s
VIVA award.