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Younger Than Beyoncé Gallery says
THOUGHTBAGS
(Or, Every Image is a Gushing Sack of Ideas)

Opening Reception: September 25, 7pm-midnight
Join us for art, drinks, and impeccably "curated" snacks.

Featuring works by:
Ben Compton
Naomi Dodds
naakita feldman-kiss
Phuong Nguyen
Laura Simon
Jessica Vallentin
Curated by Alison Cooley

Exhibition runs September 23-October 10, 2015

YTB Gallery
563 Dundas Street East, Suite 201

THOUGHTBAGS (Or, Every Image is a Gushing Sack of Ideas) brings together the work of six Toronto artists, taking the life of knowledge as its starting point. Borrowing a term from Kurt Johannessen’s performative lecture practice, THOUGHTBAGS queries ideas and their transmission through collective experience.

The Internet has soaked us in the knowledge that an idea is a virus— it is self-replicating, self-interested, it travels across vast expanses of space, passing from person to person. Viral ideas manifest as memes, tropes, stories, images that grow a life of their own through transmission. And yet, far pre-internet, the proto-scientific concept of aether was offered as a material explanation for the movement of everything from light to gravity to thought. Still (sometimes against our better judgment) we speculate about the substance that mediates our ideas.

The artists assembled in THOUGHTBAGS engage in that speculation, probing the role of iconography and narrative in the diffusion of ideas. A proliferation of Laura Simon’s Pikachu forms explore the formal identity of pop culture characters, crowd-sourced stories form the body of naakita feldman-kiss’s inquiry into shared and anonymous narratives, and Naomi Dodds mechanically reconfigures film footage, manipulating the conventions of cinema. Other works experiment with the felt dimension of ideas, from Jessica Vallentin’s perfumes created from the scents of people close to her, to Ben Compton’s bizarre ode to Dollarama and its visual signifiers, to paintings by Phuong Nguyen that examine the colonial history of Chinoiserie and its contemporary expression in an age of mass production. Together, they respond to the strange and interconnected lives of ideas, and the migration of images and stories as sticky, imperfect vessels for thought.

YTB Gallery is a nomadic, D.I.Y. gallery for emergent and experimental art practices. YTB provides discursive space for critical conversations and risk-taking through new configurations of audience, artists, and community. YTB Gallery has been made possible by the generous support of The Daniels Corporation and Toronto Community Housing. Specials thanks to the Art Gallery of Mississauga for technical support for this exhibition.
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