Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario
January 18 – June 2, 2019
Emma Aurelia, Shelbey Dodds, Amy Duval, Avis Yu Han Ho, Brianna Gluszak, Jared Last
Curator: Emma Piirtoniemi
skew-whiff adjective [ after verb ] uk /ˌskjuːˈwɪf/ us /ˌskjuːˈwɪf/ UK informal. sloping instead of straight, or wrongly positioned: You've got your hat on skew-whiff. Bending, twisting and curving. -Cambridge Dictionary
The term skew-whiff refers to the notion of things being off balance; a lighthearted description of the dishevelment that invariably comes with much of life. As a premise for making and exhibiting art, skewed perspectives and unconventionality in regard to concept, material, or process, present a stimulating platform for exploration. With this in mind, the participating artists, all Artists-in Residence at Harbourfront Centre’s Craft and Design Studio, experimented with their respective artistic vocabularies to produce new modes and methods of making. The resulting works reflect their questioning, research, and insightful observations as they investigated ideas such as purpose (or lack thereof), perception, distortion, patterns, and relationships. The works deliver perceptive, playful metaphors and meditations on contemporary, mashed-up, skew-whiff culture.