Tricia Middleton, Nadine Faraj, Rebecca Storm and Jana Sterbak
July 13-September 23 at Never Apart (Upper Gallery)
Vernissage: July 13, 6pm
Art POP and Never Apart present G.R.O.S.S., a group show featuring artists Tricia Middleton, Nadine Faraj, Rebecca Storm and Jana Sterbak. Who decides that we can't make a mess? Or what kind of mess we can't make? This all-female exhibition revels in the guck, ooze, rot, leaks, and stray hairs. Working in diverse practices ranging from sculpture, photography to painting, these four artists have no qualms about getting gross. We get flashes of morbid decay, monstrous overgrowth, carnal slime and grotesque (female) bodies – suggesting various states of degradation but also transformation. We wonder, where does revulsion become attraction? Are these works unfeminine? And ultimately, why stay with entry-level tastes like cheese pizza when you can eat sh*& like raw oyster the size of your face?
Curated by Robb Jamieson and Tao Fei
Tricia Middleton was born in Vancouver and currently lives and works in Paris. She completed her MFA at Concordia University in 2005.
Nadine Faraj is a New York-based artist. She received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2015, and her BFA from Concordia University in 2002.
Rebecca Storm grew up in the Pacific Northwest and now lives and works in Montreal. She is a contributor, in-house photographer and assistant editor for Editorial Magazine.
Jana Sterbak was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia and immigrated in 1968 to Canada as a teenager with her parents. In 2012 she was awarded a Governor General's Award for Visual and Media Arts.