BROADBENT SISTERS
Nowhere, Now Here

The Fourth Technology of Magic

FEBRUARY 3 to MARCH 18

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, February 3 from 7 to 9 p
Join us on February 3 for the opening of “Nowhere, Now Here: The Fourth Technology of Magic.” For more information, please visit our Facebook event page.

PERFORMANCE: Friday, March 10 from 8 to 10 p
Join us on March 10 for a special live performance by the Broadbent Sisters. For more information, please visit our Facebook event page.

ARTIST STATEMENT:
Returning to their meditative pen drawing practice, the Broadbent Sisters have formed hypnotic images of illuminated desert ground. Enraptured by the naturally strewn debris across the desert floor following a flash flood, the Sisters have created a series that stitches together a narrative of glowing rocks, releasing money, rising bodies, and whitening bones bleached by the desert sun. The repetitive strokes of pen marking become a meditation, forming mystical landscapes and visions of abundance. This ritualized, mindful act of creation offers the viewer a more in-depth awareness of the vast wonderment of the fertile ground of the desert floor. Side by side, the Sisters symbiotically draw together, in absence of a specific trajectory, allowing the images to organically unfold. Oneness is a predominant consideration in their practice as a means to investigate and experiment with non-verbal communication. The Sisters continuously strengthen their intuitive muscles, resulting in work that exemplifies trust and connectedness.

The Broadbent Sisters also engage with performance as a means to embody spaces, and, at the same time, activate the images of the pen pieces. Their recently recorded desert performance, resulting in the exhibition film “Midnight Forms,” served as the lens through which to see the landscape and images that are “Nowhere, Now Here.” This accumulative practice and intention make space for the fourth technology of magic: Forming.

BIOGRAPHY:
Joy and Rose Broadbent are multidisciplinary artists based in Toronto. Together, the Broadbent Sisters transform the domestic into dreamlike realms where sparkles are swept and spaces are cleared. They use performance and installation to create interactive experiences that transform lowly everyday objects into mystical artifacts. Their unfolding art practice, “Clearing Spaces,” examines themes of domestic life, meditation, femininity, religious ritual, and pop spirituality. They have produced multiple exhibitions in the series “Clearing Spaces,” which have been shown internationally at: the Festival Du Nouveau Cinema, TRAFO Centre for Contemporary Art, the Art Gallery of Ontario, HUNTCLUB, the Gladstone Hotel, the Drake Hotel, and as part of Sunday Drive Art Projects. Joy and Rose find collaboration to be a unique venue for distilling the essence of form and exploring telepathic ways of creating.

In a recent interview with the Broadbent Sisters, Hermann & Audrey say that Joy and Rose are "strongly connected” and that their multidisciplinary and meditative approach to art creates a fresh and unique experience for the community. Delving in everything from painting to performance and sculpture, the Broadbent sisters transform everyday spaces into magical and nurturing realms where sparkles are swept and energy flows."

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS/THANKS:
The Broadbent Sisters would like to thank Jordan Söderberg Mills, Rik Dekker, Studio 835, and Katzman Contemporary for their support of this exhibition.

 

For additional information, or to inquire about this exhibition, acquiring work, or general gallery questions, please contact us at info@katzmancontemporary.com.