Sandra Brewster, Untitled (Straw Mat), 2018

Token | Contemporary Ongoing

Sandra Brewster
Exhibition runs January 25 2019 - March 9 2019
Opening: January 25 2019: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Essay by Nehal El-Hadi

This solo exhibition of the work of Sandra Brewster is comprised of a new series of installation based re/presentations of objects collected from home and the intangible linkages between them.

Sandra Brewster is a Canadian multi-disciplinary artist based in Toronto. Her drawings, paintings, collage, installation and video work have been exhibited nationally and abroad.

Her recent photo-based gel transfer works reference a movement from one place to another place through metaphor and image manipulation. Brewster draws inspiration from her own personal travels as well as the stories told by a generation of Caribbean folk - like her Guyanese parents - who left their homes in the 1960s to pursue a "better life" in Canada. Immigration programs facilitated entry into the country. In her work, the resultant change due to migration is likened to an imprint, where pieces of the whole are kept in place and others are left behind. This imprint, for Brewster, also presents a nature of identity, along with a relationship with home, as non-static, influx.

Upcoming solo exhibitions include YYZ Artists's Outlet and Or Gallery in Vancouver (2019). Brewster's work has been exhibited in Toronto at Mercer Union, Prefix Gallery and the Royal Ontario Museum. Her work will be exhibited at Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan. Recent group exhibitions include LagosPhoto Festival 2018 in Nigeria, Musee des beaux arts in Montreal, Thames Gallery in Chatham, Aljira Contemporary Art Center in New Jersey, Art Gallery of Windsor, Eastern Edge Gallery in Newfoundland and Allegheny Art Galleries in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Brewster's exhibition It's all a blur... received the Gattuso Prize for outstanding featured exhibition of CONTACT Photography Festival 2017. She is the 2018 recipient of the Artist Prize from Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts and is 2018 Artist-in-Residence at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Brewster holds a Masters of Visual Studies from University of Toronto and a BFA from York University. She is represented by Georgia Scherman Projects.


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