87 Wade Ave, Art Toronto

October 27th - October 30th, 2017

Franz Kaka is pleased to present 87 Wade Ave, a project for Art Toronto 2017.


Franz Kaka is an independent project space that works closely with artists to develop and present solo and two person exhibitions in Toronto, Ontario. In response to recent gallery closures and a dwindling availability of viable real estate options, the gallery is only open bi-monthly, sharing its space with another project-based gallery, Towards, and functioning in effect as a “time-share.” This ad hoc model emerges at a time when other similarly situated projects have arisen in and around the city (Roberta Pelan, The Loon, Bunker 2, Little Sister, Carl Louie in London, Ontario) and Montréal (soon.tw, Raising Cattle, CK2, Vie d’ange), each project exhibiting a certain amount of dexterity as a means of managing their own particular precariousness. Our participation in Art Toronto presents an overview of some of the practices included in previous and upcoming Franz Kaka exhibitions, featuring new and recent works by Vanessa Disler, Paul Kajander, Laurie Kang, Kim Neudorf, Veronika Pausova, Scott Rogers, and Alex Turgeon.


With each exhibition, Franz Kaka has invited a writer to produce a new text to sit alongside the project in an effort to extend these conversations beyond the dimensions of the gallery. Continuing this investment in the potential of writing in relation to contemporary art, we have invited three collaborators sympathetic to these explorations to produce new texts that will be offered in conjunction with Franz Kaka’s participation in Art Toronto. Catherine Telford-Keogh, Katie Lyle, and Jacquelyn Ross, as well as gallery director Aryen Hoekstra, will each produce a new short fiction, all sharing the common setting of Franz Kaka’s gallery space. Daily readings will occur, and a new text will be available each day of Art Toronto as a takeaway.


Vanessa Disler (b. 1987, Vancouver, Canada) is currently based in Brussels. In 2016 she was a resident at Wiels Centre for Contemporary Art in Brussels. Recent solo and group exhibitions include Damien and the Love Guru, Brussels; CC Stroombeek, Grimbergen; Soloway, Brooklyn;  Evelyn Yard Gallery, London; and Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam. Disler is currently working on solo exhibitions that will open this year at Pavilion der Ruhigen, Zurich and at Wiels Project Room, Brussels. From 2013 - 2015 Disler was a resident at De Ateliers, Amsterdam. Since 2010 she has also worked with Nicole Ondre under the alias Feminist Land Art Retreat .


Paul Kajander's (b. 1980, Vancouver) practice encompasses video, sculpture, installation, photography, sound, performance and drawing. His work has been shown in various exhibition contexts, including the New Media Society; Vancouver, the Hammer Museum; Los Angeles, The SFU Audain Gallery; Vancouver, Daniel Faria Gallery; Toronto, the Seoul Museum of Art; Seoul, The Real DMZ Project; Cheorwon-gun, Art Sonje Center; Seoul and the Western Front; Vancouver. He recently relocated to Guelph, Ontario.


Laurie Kang (b.1985) works in photography, sculpture, installation and video. Recent and forthcoming exhibition sites include LVL3 (Chicago), The Loon (Toronto), Topless (New York), Wroclaw Contemporary Museum (Wroclaw), Raster Gallery (Warsaw), Camera Austria (Graz), Parisian Laundry (Montreal), 8-11 Gallery (Toronto), and The Power Plant Gallery (Toronto). In the fall of 2016, she was the artist in residence at Interstate Projects in Brooklyn, NY. She holds an MFA from the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College.


Kim Neudorf is an artist and writer based in London (ON). Her writing and paintings have appeared most recently in mind mouth a collaborative exhibition with Jenine Marsh at Forest City Gallery, London; sotto at Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, Kingston; Para//el Room at DNA Artspace, London; Paravent, curated by Sky Glabush, London; the fold-up, the get-up, the move about at Evans Contemporary Gallery, Peterborough; and The Room and Its Inhabitants at Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto. In the Fall of 2014 she curated balloon / portal / starres / fiends at DNA Artspace in London, an exhibition of works responding to a short story by Donald Barthelme. In 2011 she was a finalist in the RBC Canadian Painting Competition.


Veronika Pausova was born in Prague, Czech Republic and lives and works in Toronto, Canada. Pausova received her BFA from Glasgow School of Art in 2009 and her MFA in painting from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013. Recent solo exhibitions include Forest House, Tatjana Pieters, Ghent, Belgium; Elope by Mere Thread, Páramo Galeria, Guadalaja Mexico; Chests in the Current, Motel Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; and Testing the Waters, SARDINE Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Selected group exhibitions include: Sojourner Truth Parsons, Sean Steadman, Veronika Pausova, 11R, New York; Gesture Play, Simone Subal, New York; Seek Professional Help, Bureau, New York; NYC Painters, Páramo, Guadalajra; NYC Painters el Museo de los Pintores Oaxaqueños (MUPO), Oaxaca.


Scott Rogers is a Canadian artist living in Glasgow. He completed an MFA at the Glasgow School of Art and an exchange with Simon Starling’s class at the Staedelschule in Frankfurt, DE. In 2015 he was long-listed for the Sobey Art Award. Recent solo exhibitions include Collective Gallery (Edinburgh, UK), Southern Alberta Art Gallery (Lethbridge, CA), YYZ Artists’ Outlet (Toronto, CA), Glasgow Sculpture Studios (Glasgow, UK), a collaboration with Sarah Rose at Artspace (Auckland, NZ), ONO Gallery (Oslo, NO), and PM Galerie (Berlin, DE). Recent group exhibitions include the Hunterian Art Gallery (Glasgow, UK), NurtureArt (NYC, US), the Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton, CA), the Nanaimo Art Gallery (CA), Glasgow International (UK), Center (Berlin, DE), and St Paul St Gallery (Auckland, NZ). Publications include TOPO with Mason Leaver-Yap, Interior Borders with Samuel Forsythe, and Goosebumps with Mark Von Schlegell. Scott is currently the artist-in-residence at CCA Glasgow. In Autumn 2016 he will publish a new essay in The Arrowmaker 2, a journal produced by 8Fold (Munich, DE), and will screen his video ALPTRUTH at Western Front, (Vancouver, CA). With Will Holder Scott will edit an issue of the journal F.R. David while in residence at Kunst Werke (Berlin, DE) in 2017.


Alex Turgeon (b. 1988, Halifax, Nova Scotia) is a Canadian artist based in Berlin. He received his BFA from Emily Carr University in 2010. He is the founding editor of General Fine Arts, a literary arts e-journal that was published online between 2013-2016. His work has been presented at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Trans Art Triennial, Exile Gallery, Center, Spike Art, After the Eclipse, Blackland, Import Projects (Berlin), Proxy Gallery and Brown University (Rhode Island), as part of Poetry as Practice online exhibition hosted by Rhizome and the New Museum (New York), Contemporary Art Centre (Vilnius), French Riviera (London), Toves (Copenhagen), the AIRBNB Pavilion for the 2014 Architecture Biennale (Venice). Upcoming presentations include Tunnel Tunnel (Luasanne), Tate (Liverpool) and Clearview Ltd. (London). His recent essay “A Little House” will be included in a collection of stories published as part of the 15th Istanbul Biennial 2017.


Image: Scott Rogers, Like Water in Water, 2014 (series ongoing). Purchased, borrowed, found, and stolen metal water bottles. Photo: Max Slaven

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