The Power Plant, Toronto

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29 SEPTEMBER 2017 – 13 MAY 2018
PUBLIC OPENING PARTY: Thursday, 28 September 2017, 8 – 11 PM

Michael Landy will produce a site-specific project for The Power Plant’s third edition of the Fleck Clerestory Commission Program. CURATOR: NABILA ABDEL NABI, RBC CURATORIAL FELLOW, THE POWER PLANT

Michael Landy will produce a site-specific project for The Power Plant's third edition of the Fleck Clerestory Commission Program. Landy's practice explores attitudes towards consumption, the cultural value of objects and questions of materialism. The artist is best known for his performance Break Down (2001), in which he systemically destroyed each and every one of his personal belongings with an assembly line of workers over the course of two weeks. The work was at once a critique of consumerism, as well as a personal and monumental emptying of the artist’s material possessions.

Landy’s process-based approach continues in his installation at The Power Plant. The artist will invite the public to collaborate in creating a wall of protest by sending in words, texts and slogans that represent their hopes and fears, expressing what makes them happy, angry or sad—from incidental, to monumental issues. With the help of assistants, Landy will transform selections from submitted content into red and white drawings of protest. Over the course of the exhibition, these drawings will be installed on the walls of The Power Plant's Fleck Clerestory; and as the exhibition develops, so the demonstration will grow, making visible the social conditions of a contemporary political reality. Through collaboration and accumulation, DEMONSTRATION will capture Canada's social and political landscape through the eyes of its inhabitants.

Landy’s commission at The Power Plant is the artist’s first exhibition presented in Canada.

Michael Landy (born 1963 in London, UK) lives and works in London, UK. His work has been exhibited at venues including Tinguely Museum, Basel (2016); Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2015); Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City (2014); National Gallery, London (2013); Tate Britain, London (2013); Smithsonian Hirschorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. (2013); Mudam Luxembourg (2013); Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester (2013); Swiss Institute, New York (2011); The Drawing Room, London (2011); Kaldor Public Art Projects, Sydney (2011); National Portrait Gallery, Londo (2011); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2010); Tate Liverpool (2009); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2009); de Appel, Amsterdam (2007); Tate Britain, London (2004); and Artangel Commission, London (2001). Most recently in 2017 Landy in collaboration with NEON created the large-scale participative installation Breaking News – Athens. His works are part of the collection of the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Royal Academy, London; Tate Collection, London; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.