University of Toronto Art Centre

University of Toronto Art Centre

September 02, 2009 07:30 ET

Major Retrospective of North America’s Leading Conceptual Furniture Maker/Artist Gord Peteran Arrives in Toronto

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 2, 2009) -

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The University of Toronto Art Centre will be the only Canadian venue to mount Gord Peteran: Furniture Meets its Maker the first solo exhibition of North America's leading conceptual furniture maker/artist, Gord Peteran. This exhibition of twenty-two works shown at some of North America's most exciting museums including the Cranbrook Art Museum and the Winterthur Museum will come to Toronto, its final venue, from New York's Museum of Arts and Design. The New York Times call Peteran's work, "amusing...and conceptually provocative." The exhibition runs from September 8 to December 5 2009 and is organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Chipstone Foundation with generous support from the Windgate Charitable Foundation.

Peteran, who is Toronto based, has launched a boundary-crossing career opening up the category of furniture to an unprecedented range of psychological and conceptual content. He uses: fine cabinetry, found objects, assemblage and sculptural techniques to create a series of works that push the boundaries of what is physically possible in furniture, sculpture and art. According to Glenn Adamson, the curator of Furniture Meets its Maker: " Peteran while creating many objects from scratch, also aims for objects and processes that will, with minimal intervention, lead to the maximum shift - the most profound interrogation of the nature and meaning of the object or process inspected.

Furniture Meets its Maker will be complemented at UTAC by the smaller scale exhibition Gord Peteran Recent Works. Curated by Matt Brower, this exhibition will explore the body and the mentally prosthetic nature of our possessions.

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