Garden Gossip

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Tiziana La Melia and Maryse Larivière, "A Summer Tick" (2017). Digital print. Courtesy the artists.

Tiziana La Melia and Maryse Larivière, "A Summer Tick" (2017). Digital print. Courtesy the artists. 

September 29 - December 22, 2017

Tiziana La Melia and Maryse Larivière

Walter Phillips Gallery, Main Space
Guest curated by Peta Rake

Exhibition Opening Reception
Friday, September 29, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Artist Talk and Performance
Saturday, September 30, 2:00 p.m.

Gossip as critical thinking. Gossip in plain sight. With attentiveness, gossip moves plots in the garden, the flowers jizz and stutter. As a theoretical practice, gossip proposes a narrative of understanding. The secret social life of plants is the gossip of the gardens. The gossip of women is the gossip of the plants, that release chemical language trails through their leaves and roots. 

Walter Phillips Gallery is pleased to present new commissions by Vancouver-based artist Tiziana La Melia and Montreal-based artist Maryse Larivière. Developed during a residency in Visual and Digital Arts, the exhibition Garden Gossip brings together feminist and ecological concerns articulated through tableaus, film, painting, sculpture, and rot.

Artist Biographies

Tiziana La Melia is an artist and writer based in Vancouver. Recent exhibitions include The pigeon looks for death in the space between the needle and the haystack (2017), LECLERE Centre d'art, Marseille; Broom Emotion (2017), galerie anne baurrault, Paris; Johnny Suede (2017), Damien and the Love Guru, Brussels; Down to Write You this Poem Sat (2016), Oakville Galleries; A Pool is Water (2016), Galerie Division, Montreal; and Innocence at Home (2015), CSA, Vancouver. Her writing has appeared in Agony KlubThe Interjection CalenderOrganism for Poetic ResearchThe Capilano Review, and C Magazine. La Melia was the 2014 winner of the RBC Canadian Painting Competition.

Maryse Larivière is an artist, writer and scholar based in Montreal.  Recent exhibitions include Under the Cave of Winds (2017), Untitled Arts Society, Calgary; Echoes from the Bosom (2017), DNA Artspace, London; In Some Far Place (2017), The Rooms, St. John’s;  A Pool Is Water (2016), Galerie Division, Montreal; Down to Write You this Poem Sat (2016), Oakville Galleries; Talking Back, Otherwise (2016), Art Museum University of Toronto; Where Wild Flowers Grow (2015), Kunstverein Toronto; and L.S.D. Your Delusion, My Reality (2015), 8Eleven, Toronto. Her books of poetry include Hummzinger (2016) and Where Wild Flowers Grow (2015). Larivière is the 2016-2017 writer-in-residence at Gallery 44, Toronto, and has contributed experimental writings to a variety of platforms including C Magazine, Esse Art+Opinions and Organism for Poetic Research

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