image credit: Alex McLeod, Building Test Fire #4, digital print, 2009

an installation by Stacey Sproule

Stacey Sproule incorporates herself as an active component to her installations. As part of Responsive Space, Sproule will create a complete living environment within the gallery space. Through this installation she will inhabit the gallery as a creature emerging from hibernation. Sproule will create a series of handmade objects using obscure or obsolete technologies. Knitting garments for spring, nourishing herself with homemade preserves, resetting clocks, napping and indexing memories, all as a preparation for re-entering the world. This piece is meant as a period not only of preparation but also of contemplation for what the next season will bring. Through this interior space, Sproule addresses the symbiotic relationship of our human life cycles to the cycles of nature. The use of obsolete technologies speaks to a time when we as animals were still intrinsically bound to the changing of the seasons, as opposed to our modern condition in which we use technology to combat them.

Click below for more information and for a schedule of performances

As an added component to her installation, Sproule has invited arts professionals and performers to sit with her on various days during her occupation of the gallery to collaborate on specific elements of her installation.

The gala performance of All Over Again will take place during the opening reception for Responsive Space : Thursday, April 2 from 6-9pm.

Please see the following schedule of performances:

Wednesday, April 1
Sproule sitting gallery from 12 to 4pm

Thursday, April 2
6 to 9pm
Featuring: Morris Men

Friday, April 3
Sproule sitting gallery from 12 to 4pm

Saturday, April 4
Featuring: Isla Craig and her Minstrel at 1pm
Sproule sitting gallery from 12 to 5 pm

Sunday, April 5
Sproule sitting gallery from 12 to 5 pm

Monday, April 6 & Tuesday, April 7
Gallery CLOSED

Wednesday, April 8
Featuring: Michael Briand tattooing at 2pm
Sproule sitting gallery from 12 to 5 pm

Thursday, April 9
Sproule Away

Friday, April 10
Good Friday
Sproule Away

Saturday, April 11
Sproule sitting gallery from 12 to 5 pm

Sunday, April 12
Easter Sunday
Gallery CLOSED

Monday, April 13 & Tuesday, April 14
Gallery CLOSED

Wednesday, April 15
Featuring Randy Gagne remembering
Sproule sitting gallery from 12 to 5 pm

Thursday, April 16
Sproule Away

Friday, April 17
Sproule sitting gallery from 12 to 4 pm

Saturday, April 18
Featuring Neelam Kler tarot reading at 3pm
Sproule sitting gallery from 12 to 5 pm

Sunday, April 19
High Tea Potluck at 3pm
Celebration for Last Day of Show
Sproule sitting gallery from 12 to 5 pm

Stacey Sproule is a performance and installation artist with an interest in tactility. Graduated from OCAD in 2007, she has a BFA in drawing and painting and has exhibited locally for four years. Her installations have been exhibited at Wynick Tuck Gallery, Xpace, and Awkward Gallery. In 2007, Stacey Sproule and Diane Borsato collaborated on a piece for FADO. Stacey also collaborates frequently with Randy Gagne including a performance at the 2008 Toronto International Art Fair and one at 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art.

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