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.
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.
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.