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Opening Receptions: Dave Dyment: Pop Quiz & Juan Ortiz-Apuy Fountain Mist

January 11, 2019

The Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University presents two new exhibitions: Dave Dyment: Pop Quiz & Juan Ortiz-Apuy Fountain Mist

Opening Reception: 11 January, 2019 7:30 pm
Followed by karaoke at Thunder & Lightning Ltd., 23 Bridge Street


Dave Dyment: Pop Quiz
11 January – 20 February 2019
Artist Talk: Saturday 12 January 4:00 pm

Curated by Lucy MacDonald

Pop Quiz is a collection of every question posed in the lyrics of every song in the artist’s music collection.

Originally intended as a bookwork, the piece first existed as a looped video. Each time the work is exhibited it is updated to include new questions from more recent additions to the collection. At first just twelve minutes, the video is now almost four hours long.

Pop Quiz will be presented in a near continuous loop, activating the gallery’s picture window and projecting outward onto campus from dusk to dawn. The work will be on view in the gallery during daylight opening hours along with the bookwork version published in 2010.

The exhibition is accompanied by an Occasional Paper featuring an interview with the artist by guest writer, Geordie Miller.

Dave Dyment is a Toronto-based artist whose practice includes audio, video, photography, performance, writing and curating, and the production of artist’s books and multiples. His work mines pop culture for shared associations and alternate meanings, investigating the language and grammar of music, cinema, television and literature, in order to arrive at a kind a folk taxonomy of a shared popular vocabulary. Recent projects include ’Ere Long Done Do Does Did, a bookwork compiling source material for Smiths songs, and a remake of Night of the Living Dead using footage of the horror classic being watched in other films.

Dyment’s work has been exhibited across the country and sits in many private and corporate collections, and in the libraries of the AGO, the National Gallery of Canada, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Examples of his work can be seen at www.dave-dyment.com, or heard on the YYZ Anthology Aural Cultures and the Art Metropole disk New Life After Fire, a collaboration with Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth. He is represented by MKG127.


Juan Ortiz-Apuy: Fountain Mist
11 January to 6 March 2019
Artist Talk: Wednesday 9 January 7:30 pm

Curated by Emily Falvey

In Fountain Mist, Juan Ortiz-Apuy uses stock images and objects to explore ideas of animism, commodity fetishism, and sympathetic magic. Borrowing from the visual language of advertising and product display, Ortiz-Apuy orchestrates a fascinating mise en scène in which clichés of freshness, naturalness, exoticism, and purity join empty bottles and dispensers, stock photographs, 3D models, and components from IKEA’s BESTÅ storage system series. Together they enact the spectacular drama of the commodity form, through which consumer products appear to be autonomous, living creatures with feelings and agency, while the life-force that goes into producing them is obscured and forgotten.

Juan Ortiz-Apuy was born in Costa Rica in 1980 and has lived and worked in Montreal since 2003. He has a BFA from Concordia University (2008), a Post-Graduate Diploma from The Glasgow School of Art (2009), and an MFA from NSCAD University (2011).

Ortiz-Apuy’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across Canada and internationally, including at the IKEA Museum (Älmhult, Sweden), Museum London (London, ON), Les Abattoirs, Musée – FRAC Occitanie Toulouse (France), TRUCK Contemporary Art (Calgary), Gallery 44 (Toronto), Gallery TWP (Toronto), Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran (Montreal), The MacLaren Art Centre (Barrie, ON), A Space Gallery (Toronto), and Manif d’art 7: The Québec City Biennial (Quebec). His work has been reviewed in various publications, including Canadian Art, Le Devoir (Montreal), The Montreal Gazette, The Telegram (St. John’s), The Toronto Star, and MOMUS. Ortiz-Apuy recently completed artist residences at The Vermont Studio Center (USA), The Frans Masereel Centre (Belgium), and the IKEA Museum (Sweden). Upcoming projects include solo exhibitions at OPTICA Centre d’art contemporain (Montreal), and Centre d’artistes Vaste et Vagues (Carleton, QC).


This event is free and all are welcome to attend.

The Owens Art Gallery acknowledges the generous support of all its funders, including Mount Allison University, Canada Council for the Arts, the New Brunswick Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, the Town of Sackville New Brunswick and the Friends of the Owens.


Venue Access

Owens Art Gallery:
The stairs to the Owens from the entrance nearest the University chapel have a handrail. There is also a ramp access at this entrance, however, the ramp is steep. The stairs to the Owens entrance off York Street do not have a handrail.

The main floor of the Owens is wheelchair accessible. Our second floor gallery and bathrooms, located in the basement are not accessible. Two flights of stairs lead to each of these floors.

The Owens welcomes guide dogs and other service animals. Large print copies of wall labels are available at the front desk for use in the galleries.

There are two reserved accessible parking spaces on the York Street side of the building and one in the circular driveway adjacent to the building.

For further information please contact the Owens front desk, 506-364-2574.

Thunder and Lightning Ltd.:
Main entrance is up two and a half steps from flat patio. Main bar has two single-occupancy gender neutral bathrooms, not wheelchair accessible.


January 11, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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