Sunday, May 21, 2006


Tara Bursey

June 3rd-June 30th, 2006.
Reception: Saturday, June 3rd, 8-11pm.
Artist will be in attendance.

Bobby Five Gallery
1239 Queen Street West
Suite #202
(416) 538-6528

Gallery Hours:
Monday-Saturday: 12-8pm

WHITE WASH is an exhibition of sculptural work which employs garments, both found and fabricated, as a way of addressing the constructive/destructive nature of systems. Military issue undergarments, straightjackets, and lingerie are used to allude to ritual activity, and the ways in which systems and repetition are used to depersonalize and desensitize within both domestic and institutional realms.

Tara Bursey is a recent graduate of the Toronto School of Art’s diploma program, and a former student at Ontario College of Art and Design. An artist whose practice encompasses sculpture and installation as well as drawing and printmaking, Tara’s work is characterized by its ethereal quality, and an often obsessive use of repetition, pattern and delicate sculptural materials such as eggshells, garlic skin, found garments and paper. During her studies at the Toronto School of Art, Tara was the recipient of TSA’s Barbara Barrett Scholarship (2004) and Matthew David Stein Scholarship (2005). In the past two years, she has exhibited extensively throughout the city in such diverse venues as Open Studio, MOCCA, Eastern Front Gallery, Fly Gallery, Propeller Centre for the Arts, and most recently, conducted an artist’s talk entitled “Zines: A Short History of the Underground Publication” at TSA. In addition to her work as a fine artist, Tara also operates actively within Toronto’s independent music and small-press communities as a DJ, illustrator, designer and writer. She was born and raised in Toronto, Canada.

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