Our Director of Exhibitions, Noa Bronstein is currently blogcasting live from the Banff Centre where she is participating in the thematic residency program.
Amidst the mountains of inspiration and artistic types, Noa has agreed to give us the inside scoop. First up: an interview with fellow artist Banff resident Katerine Dennis.
Noa Bronstein (NB): You recently graduated from OCAD and already have some really interesting projects to your name. Tell me a bit about your curatorial project at the AGO.
Katherine Dennis (KD): In 2012 I had the pleasure of working at the Art Gallery of Ontario on my MFA thesis. The exhibition, NOW: A Collaborative Project with Sean Martindale and Pascal Paquette took place in the AGO’s Toronto Now series from January 20th to April 1st.
Leading up to the project I worked closely with Martindale and Paquette to develop a site-specific project that responded to the Young Gallery (located in the AGO’s Frank restaurant) as a place of contested public space. To approach this project the three of us met with the Frank Restaurant manager and the AGO gift shop managers to learn from their experiences with the gallery and to work in partnership.
The close working relationships that developed between the artists, myself as curator and the various departments of the institution allowed for an in depth response to the space that manifested in artworks, interventions, and various public and private programs. For this reason the exhibition was not static but rather continued to develop and evolve in response to the people who inhabited the space, often along side the artists who frequented the gallery.
N.B: What are you working on in Banff?
K.D: As part of a thematic residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts I am working on an upcoming exhibition in the fall of 2013. This exhibition is co-curated by Andrea Fatona. We are working with five talented Canadian artists, Mary Anne Barkhouse, Wendy Coburn, Susan Gold, Brendan Fernandes and Jerome Havre. Banff has allowed me the luxury of time and space to think about how works by these artists will be framed and presented in this, currently untitled, exhibition.
Stay tuned to see more Live From Banff!