Outbound for Pluto

Outbound for Pluto is the rare confluence between life partners Susan Schelle and Mark Gomes, culminating in this two-person exhibition of new, mixed media artwork. Though acclaimed for their joint public installations (Bloor/Spadina Art Park, lineage” for Jackson Square/Hamilton City Centre, “jetstream” at Pearson International Airport, ”untitled” for Prince Arthur Condominiums), Schelle and Gomes rarely have shown together. Over time, an obvious connection and through line in both of their artistic practices has emerged in the form of an ongoing conversation that continues with the latest developments from each artist’s oeuvre. While Outbound for Pluto presents two independent series of work, Schelle and Gomes collaborated on the curation of this exhibition, placing conscious attention to the architecture of the space. The result is a hyper-reverberation between the individual works that intentionally highlights, engages, and alters the gallery’s architecture. Additionally, the individual pieces in this show emphasize the physicality and materiality of the object as well as the experience of viewing them within exhibition space. Outbound for Pluto is an extension of the Schelle’s and Gomes’ voyage into the imagination that continues “out there” beyond the definitions of aesthetic discourse.

On View: October 17 to November 14, 2015

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 17 from 2 – 5 p

The artists will be present. For further details, please visit our Facebook event page.

  Susan Schelle,  flood , Video Still, 2015

Susan Schelle, flood, Video Still, 2015

  Mark Gomes,  two piece , 16” x 60” x 44”, Corian Plastic, 2015

Mark Gomes, two piece, 16” x 60” x 44”, Corian Plastic, 2015

Susan Schelle Biography:

Susan Schelle was born in Hamilton, and currently lives and works in Toronto. She is an Associate Professor in Visual Studies at the J. H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto. Working with sculpture and photography, Schelle is interested in the "manipulation of the familiar: images that deal with the phenomenon of the physical world and the customs of a particular time and place." She has completed a number of public art commissions, notably "salmon run” at the Rogers Center (Toronto), “passage” at York University (Toronto), and “laws of nature” at Court House Square Park (Toronto). She has shown both nationally and internationally, including: the Cenci Gallery, Rome, Italy; and the Freedman Gallery Albright College, Reading, Pennsylvania. Her work resides in the collections of: Air Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the National Gallery of Canada. In addition to her own work, Schelle has collaborated with Mark Gomes on several public commissions, most recently, “jetstream” for Terminal One, Pearson International Airport (Toronto). Schelle has received numerous grants from the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council, and two Urban Design Awards for her public projects. Schelle was a founding member of the collective “Cold City Gallery” (Toronto), and has served on the boards of Mercer Union and the Power Plant. Schelle is represented by Katzman Contemporary, and her work will be on display at the Feature Art Fair (Booth 108).

Mark Gomes Biography:

Mark Gomes was born in Sarnia in 1949. He has an extensive, thirty-year record for exhibiting his sculptures and installations, well documented in a series of catalogues and publications. He has shown both nationally and internationally, including: the Cenci Gallery, Rome, Italy; the Freedman Gallery Albright College, Reading Pennsylvania; and ARCO, Madrid, Spain. His work resides in several private collections and the public collections of: the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and the Department of Foreign Affairs. Gomes has developed many public art projects, using a wide variety of materials including: wood, plastic, metal, and marble. Collaborating with artist Susan Schelle, he has received several public commissions, such as the Bloor/Spadina Art Park, the Allen Subway Station, and most recently, a sculptural installation, “jetstream,” for Terminal One, Pearson International Airport (Toronto). Along with artist John Broere, Gomes co-founded the design firm Box Design Build.

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