Commissioned Artist Videos for the Online Screen Space

Carole Conde Karl Beveridge, Jim Miller, Jorge Lozano
Exhibition runs January 4 2021 - March 31 2021

A Space gallery has commissioned a small program of short videos specifically for the online screen space during the pandemic by artists who have recently shown in our space. We will unveil one at a time on our website over the next few months in the hopes that sharing works from our community will help us feel more connected. While we cannot gather now, we look forward to sharing experiences in the gallery again. 





Carole Conde and Karl Beveridge live and work in Toronto. They have collaborated with various trade union and community organizations in the production of their staged photographic work over the past 40 years. Their work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally. Recently their work has been included in exhibitions: Really Useful Knowledge, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid; the Noorderlicht Photofestival, Groningen, Holland; Toronto: Tributes and Tributaries, Art Gallery of Ontario; Public Exposures, jointly held at A Space Gallery, Trinity Square Video, YYZ Artists Outlet, Prefix ICA, and Urban Space, Toronto; and Bienal do Mercusol, Porto Alegre, Brasil. Carole and Karl have been active in several labour arts initiatives including the founding of the Mayworks Festival in Toronto and the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre in Hamilton, Ontario. They received an Honourary Doctorate from OCAD University in 2010, and NSCAD University in 2015; the Cesar Chavez Black Eagle Cultural Award from the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Canada, in 2011; and the Prix de mérite artistique from the Universite du Quebec a Montreal (UQAM) in 2013.
An artist and cultural producer with a focus on community engagement, Jim Miller is recognized for award-winning work in a range of media. As a visual artist and curator his works in the 1980s and ’90s toured across Canada and internationally. These include his installation, Poison Pen: A Story of Wrongful Dismissal (1986); and the group exhibition and publication, Issues of Censorship (1985), the national touring project co-curated by members of the A Space exhibition committee. In the mid-1990s he began working in film and video with his longstanding collaborative partner, writer-director Roz Owen. Their recent feature drama, Trouble in The Garden had its national broadcast premiere on CBC in November 2020 and is now freely available to stream online at GEM. Their first feature was the 2012 documentary, Portrait of Resistance: The Art & Activism of Carole Conde & Karl Beveridge. Jim’s work and friendship with Carole and Karl stretches back to the mid 1980s and their involvements with A Space and the Independent Artists’ Union. In 2016 he curated and co-organized Public Exposures, a community-based Conde and Beveridge retrospective that was presented at A Space and four other galleries at 401 Richmond. This was the city’s first major reckoning with the pioneering work of these Toronto-based artist-activists since their 1976 show It’s Still Privileged Art at the AGO. In the Fall of 2020, Carole and Karl invited Jim to join them in a collaboration seeded by one of their own recent photo works. The result is Virulence (2020), their new short video that was made during —and grapples with— the Covid-19 pandemic.
Jorge Lozano has been working as a film and video artist for the last 20 years and has achieved national and international recognition. His fiction films have been exhibited at the Toronto Film Festival and at the Sundance Film Festival amongst others. His experimental work has been exhibited at many international festivals and galleries. Lozano has expanded his practice to the organization of many cultural and art events, the creation of aluCine, Toronto Latin Media Festival and facilitating self-representations video workshops for marginalized Latin and non- Latin youth in Canada since 1991 Colombia 2005-2009 and Venezuela 2005. Unquestionably new technologies for the production and exhibition of film and video are more accessible to artist, creating a visual explosion in the use of image and sound in the arts. The emergence of multiple screens and interactive works has changed the way we perceive film and how we perceive linear and non-linear narrative in film and video. In his work he sees the use of multiple screens as a device to speed up the narrative flow to conceptually give sequences momentary independence while serving the practical needs of the whole film. This enactive approach of using dynamic fragmentation impiies the mental ability to grasp something as an invariant under a diversity of aspects and perspectives. His latest works have been using multiple screens in order to achieve larger-scale patterns of meaning to create works that interconnect the brain, the body and the environment (art works) at multiple phenomelogical levels.


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