Oh, Grow Up Already: New works by Marisa Hoicka

June 21st – (pedestrian) Sunday June 26
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 23, 7pm-11pm

The White House Studio Project is pleased to present Marisa Hoicka’s series of new paintings in her solo show, Oh, Grow Up Already. Hoicka uses audiences within her paintings as a point of departure from which to extend the boundaries of painting and performance art. In these dreamlike historical narratives of domestic environments, the “performers” and “audiences” are intermingled. Which is which often remains undetermined. Her work asks, if neither performer nor audience can see the other is it still a performance? Can an interaction be a performance? Is a performer with an imaginary audience really performing?

In a surreal yet pragmatic way Hoicka’s work explores young people’s relationships– or lack thereof– to labour and love. Her work explores insecurities about gender, sexuality, and responsibility. It reflects people’s never-ending quest for desire and comfort and rejection of the undesirable and uncomfortable. She bridges the fantasy and reality of these relationships by creating work that is simultaneously disgusting, beautiful, and humorous.

Hoicka is an emerging artist working in a variety of media including painting, performance art, fibres, and breakdancing. She recently graduated with a BFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University. She has had professional showings of her work in galleries such as Gallery 401 and Art Mur, and was featured in FADO’s 2011 Emerging Artist Series. Hoicka is currently based between Toronto and Montreal.

Gallery sitting hours
: Tuesday-Saturday 5pm-7pm, Pedestrian Sunday 12pm-7pm

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