Deirdre Logue, That Beauty, video still, 2005

Notes from the Worry Room

Deirdre Logue
Exhibition runs April 4 2017 - May 13 2017
Reception: April 7 2017: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Copresented by: A Space Gallery, ., Images Festival
Book Launch: "Beyond Her Usual Limits: The Film and Video Works of Deirdre Logue, 1997 to 2017" on Saturday, April 22nd, 3pm to 5pm at The Commons, 401 Richmond. Co-published by Oakville Galleries and Open Space Victoria in partnership with A Space Gallery, Gallery 44 and Images Festival. Covering two decades of Logue's output, this monograph brings together texts and documentation from a wide variety of the artist’s exhibitions and projects over the years, alongside a series of newly commissioned texts.

A master of her mediums, small gauge film and video, and a novice at her subject matter—primarily herself—Deirdre Logue will show work at A Space Gallery beginning with the era in which she was on the organization’s board of directors. Spanning nearly 20 years, the exhibition chronicles Logue’s compelling self-portraits as well as her handling of all aspects of the production and post-production process.

Logue performs silent and spoken breath; she climbs, crawls, licks, suckles, eats, drinks, suffocates, gets hit on the head, and falls. She records her infectious, beautiful dancing and explains that she worries so much it might be the end of her. Then she worries herself in-between the mattress and box spring of a made bed. She does not tell us what is wrong, per se; what she does suggest are inevitable and repetitious disasters. Logue utters discomforting phrases and wraps them in the warmth and beauty of hand-processed celluloid. 

Deirdre Logue is the 2017 Canadian Artist Spotlight at the Images Festival. This exhibition is part of a larger celebration of Logue's practice which includes additional exhibitions in the A Space Gallery vitrines, Gallery 44 and Tangled Gallery, as well as a single-channel screening during the Images Festival.

Deirdre Logue holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and an MFA from Kent State University. Recent solo exhibitions of her award winning film and video work have taken place at Open Space (Victoria), Oakville Galleries, the Images Festival (Toronto), the Berlin International Film Festival, Beyond/In Western New York, YYZ (Toronto), and articule (Montreal). Logue has contributed over 25 years to working with artist-run organizations dedicated to media arts exhibition and distribution. She was a founding member of Media City, the Executive Director of the Images Festival, Executive Director of the CFMDC, founding member of the Media Arts Network of Ontario (MANO) and is currently the Development Director at Vtape. She is a champion of artist rights and has held numerous positions with organizations such as CARFAC National and the Independent Media Arts Alliance. Logue has been a member of the Independent Imaging Collective (the Film Farm) with Phil Hoffman since 1999 and directs the FAG Feminist Art Gallery with her partner, collaborator and artist Allyson Mitchell.


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