Open Studio Gallery

Kristie MacDonald

Home and Away

DATE

February 11, 2011March 26, 2011

Opening Reception

February 11, 20116:30 - 8:30 PM

exhibitions

  • Kristie MacDonald, Incomplete Archive: Speculative Forgeries of Cards 1, 2 and 5 (detail), 2010
  • Kristie MacDonald, Home and Away
  • Installation view of Incomplete Archive: Speculative Forgeries of Cards 1, 2 and 5 (detail), 2010
  • Installation view of Incomplete Archive: Speculative Forgeries of Cards 1, 2 and 5 (detail), 2010
  • Installation view of Incomplete Archive: Speculative Forgeries of Cards 1, 2 and 5 (detail), 2010
  • Installation view of Incomplete Archive: Speculative Forgeries of Cards 1, 2 and 5 (detail), 2010
  • Installation detail of Still heading north., found dresser, found post card, press felts, wood, steel, Plexiglas, rubber, Installation variable (Dresser with drawers closed measures 3’ 2” in Length, 22” in height, and 31” depth), 2009-2010
  • Installation view of Still heading north., found dresser, found post card, press felts, wood, steel, Plexiglas, rubber, Installation variable (Dresser with drawers closed measures 3’ 2” in Length, 22” in height, and 31” depth), 2009-2010
  • Installation detail of Still heading north., found dresser, found post card, press felts, wood, steel, Plexiglas, rubber, Installation variable (Dresser with drawers closed measures 3’ 2” in Length, 22” in height, and 31” depth), 2009-2010
  • Installation view of Home and Away by Kristie MacDonald

From February 17 to March 26, 2011, Open Studio presented Home and Away, a solo exhibition by Toronto-based artist Kristie MacDonald. The exhibition was accompanied by a text by Toronto-based artist and writer Jen Hutton.

Combining installation, printmaking, sculpture – and even a fully functioning printing press installed in a set of dresser drawers – Kristie MacDonald’s Home and Away explores the personal archive, while referencing institutional collections through archival and musicological materials. Home and Away incorporates two installation pieces that are premised on that humble reminder of holidays past, the postcard. The work begins from postcards that MacDonald has found and purchased from flea markets; in MacDonald’s hands, the postcards become not only reminders of vacations in faraway places, but meditations on the public/private nature of their messages, potential sites for forgeries and fakes, and objects that channel our propensity to continually reconstruct meaning in remembered events. According to the accompanying essay, MacDonald “reinscribe[s] meaning to these cards by filling in the blanks that they are unable to fill on their own.

Kristie MacDonald holds a BFA from York University, where she studied visual art and art history. She is currently a candidate for the Masters of Information degree at the University of Toronto, specializing in Archival Studies, and devotes a significant portion of her time to Museum Studies. This is her first solo exhibition in Toronto.

Jen Hutton is a Toronto-based artist and writer.