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Non-Place | a show by Alexandra Beriault + Abbas Rizvi

In Non-Place, Alex Beriault and Abbas Rizvi study potential spatial contexts that are absent from reality. Beriault’s scored etchings into metal operate as records of thought engraved into tangible surfaces. Her productions of simplified architectural blueprints present the preliminary foreshadowing of potential installations. Rizvi’s works convert seemingly arbitrary snapshots of forms in flux into events of precious obscurity. Alluding to the agency of the viewer to assign significance to a transitory moment, Rizvi focuses on our tendency to overwrite the cumulative nature of action and experience. Through their converging approaches, Beriault and Rizvi embellish upon what constructs the boundary of an experience.


Alexandra Beriault holds a BFA in Sculpture and Installation from OCAD University, graduating as the recipient of the 2014 Sculpture/Installation Medal. Over the course of her studies, she has developed a practice where the objects and circumstances she creates manifest as burdensome or purgatorial experiences.
Beriault’s work has been featured in various publications including The Varsity (University of Toronto), C Magazine, and The Senses and Society. She has performed solo and collaborative projects at The Artist Project, The Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Toronto International, and the Ontario Science Centre, and has participated in performance festivals in Italy, Newfoundland and Toronto. Beriault currently lives and works in Toronto.
Abbas Rizvi is an artist working in the mediums of drawing and painting. In his current work, an ambiguation of scale and the exploration of resonant structural echoes serve as an attempt to tap into potential universal patterns.  By eliminating the explicit connection to our corporeal form whilst suggesting figuration in spatial architecture, Rizvi attempts to draw out the viewers’ understanding of the tension present between repetitive indicators of generalized form, and their role in the ‘whole’.
Born in Iran and raised in Pakistan, Abbas Rizvi studied Biology at The University of Toronto before completing his Bachelors in Fine Art in Drawing and Painting at OCAD. He has participated in exhibitions such as the OCAD Alumni Exhibition, The Mercedes Benz Annual Exhibition, Hazelton Lanes Art Festival, and been featured in The Hart House Review. He currently works at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery and maintains his professional artistic practice in Toronto.

Join us for the Opening Reception of this show on March. 24 7-10pm in our 4th floor Gallery!