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Joe Fleming: The Escape Club

Joe Fleming: The Escape Club

October 12 – November 11

General Hardware Contemporary is pleased to present Joe Fleming’s solo exhibition The Escape Club.

Excerpt from exhibition text by Graham Gillmore, 2017 

Discarded scraps of signage – billboards, movie posters and awnings are incorporated into the mix, loosely anchoring the imagery with pop culture references, but these snippets of information never reveal what they once were, leaving the viewer pleasantly lost in a forest of abstract signs. These appropriations give narrative weight to raucous painterly gestures, as well as introducing what Patrick McGrath in the novel ‘Port Mungo’ refers to as ‘…(painting) to be primarily a vehicle for the externalization of psychic injury’.

But it is paintings’ potential, as well as it’s exhausted past that makes these images resonate, giving them their bloodline, as they coerce history into fantasy. If the shock of the new has been demoted to modernity, Fleming’s paintings strive for irreverent sophistication without tagging the Mona Lisa with a moustache.

Joe Fleming has exhibited internationally for over 18 years with solo exhibitions in Singapore, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and New York City. He has lectured at universities in Canada, the United States and South East Asia since 1993. His paintings are included in many public and private collections such as: BMO Financial Group, Trimark Mutual Funds, Honeywell Bull, Prince Waterhouse Coopers (Malaysia), HSBC Bank, A.T. Tolley Collection, Australian High Commission, Canadian High Commission (Kuala Lumpur), the Art Gallery of Edmonton, the Museum of Civilization (Hull, Quebec) and the Holocaust Museum (LA). Fleming has exhibited in several international art fairs: Art Stage (Singapore), FIAC (Paris), Arte Cologne (Germany), Scope (New York and Miami), Papier (Montreal) and TIAF (Toronto). He has received recognition for his work in Carte Blanche 2: Painting – a survey of new Canadian painting (The Magenta Foundation), 60 Painters in Canada, The Artist’s Studio (by Joseph Hartman), Imago Mundi, Design Lines Magazine, Azure Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Now Magazine, CBC, Chelsea Now and The Wall Street Journal Magazine. Joe Fleming lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

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Art Toronto
October 26 – October 30
Booth C77

Art With Heart Auction
October 17 at the AGO
GHC artists included: Alex Bierk and Caroline Larsen
Proudly supporting Casey House

Nicole Collins
Furthest Boundless

Koffler Centre of the Arts
January 18 – March 18, 2018

Disappearing Act
Thames Art Gallery
September 8 — November 5, 2017
Featuring GHC artist Mark Crofton Bell alongside Abbas Akhavan, Barbara Astman, Rebecca Belmore, Millie Chen, Irene Loughlin, Teresa Margolles, and Mark Ruwedel. Ana Barajas, curator.

Tradition Transformed
Group exhibition including work by GHC artist Sarah Sands Phillips
Orillia Museum of Art and Art History
September 23 – November 26, 2017
Reception: September 29, 7—9pm

Great and North
Imago Mundi, Group Exhibition
August 29 – October 29, 2017
Campo S. Stefano, 2945, 30124 San Marco, Venice
GHC artists Included: Alex Bierk, Mark Crofton Bell, Nicole Collins, Michael Davidson, Joe Fleming
and Caroline Larsen.
Curators: Francesca Valente and Jennifer Karch Verzé

Publication text by: Peggy Gale

Lyla Rye’s video Overshadow was recently screened at Filmideo, Index Art Centre, Newark, New Jersey, Aucklands International Film Festival, New Zealand, Seattle Transmedia and Independent Film Festival and Nuit Blanche, Saskatoon and Nuit Blanche, Winnipeg at the Manitoba Museum.
Additional Screenings:
July 21, 2017 — July 20, 2018
The Cube Art Project, Lincoln, Nebraska

Lyla Rye review by Stephanie Cormier

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