SANDRA HAAR



CURRENT PROJECTS

Longitude + Latitude is my newest work-in-progress. I have been developing material collected several years ago at a Holocaust archive and research centre in Paris – and working with lithographer Pudy Tong to realize its printed form. This incarnation includes several portraits and fragments from witness testimonies.


Longitude + Latitude (in progress)

EXHIBITIONS:

Recently on view at Embodied Resistance (exhibition of the Feminist Art Conference 2017), Great Hall, OCAD University (Toronto), January 10-21, 2017. During the conference, I participated in a panel discussion on the work and its relation to the topic of secrets and systemic violence.


A visual meditation on the act of viewing, Permitted takes as its subject a scene from a first-run feature viewed in a Tel Aviv cinema. The series depicts, from memory and from re-viewing, the climactic scene of this filmic love story (Yossi, dir. Eytan Fox), featuring two men in intimate interaction. A remembered version of the scene, re-enacted with two models, is overlaid with representations from the original.


Permitted, no. 30

EXHIBITIONS:

Selections from Permitted (6) were on view as part of Paper Thin, curated by Laura Margita, Gallery 101 (Ottawa), May 21 - June 25, 2016.

Selections from Permitted was on view in the George Gilmour Members’ Gallery, Open Studio (Toronto), September 11 - October 10, 2015.

Selections from Permitted, George Gilmour Gallery, Open Studio


RECENT PROJECTS

Galut and crown are two bodies of work that are based in popular icons and idioms, rooted in Jewish themes, and engage linguistic variation in the diaspora. The Galut serigraphs use popular culture and language to view aspects of contemporary Jewish identity, featuring transliteration as a metaphor for authenticity and identification. Each print features a sampling of performers, advertisements and other popular culture artifacts, wherein gestures, style and practices become markers of visibility. The prints feature texts in English/Hebrew translation and transliteration. The crown series brings together the exalted and the debased to explore the transformation of states of being within subjective, interpersonal, cultural and spiritual realms. Exile and yearning are the central themes. The images are photo-based, and are produced by drawing, papercut or digital processes before final production as serigraph. Textual litanies featured are composed directly from or inspired by personal sources, prayer texts and scholarly works.

Galut|crown, west and north walls
Galut|crown, north wall
Galut|crown, north and east walls

EXHIBITIONS:

The crown series was on view as part of Paper Thin, curated by Laura Margita, Gallery 101 (Ottawa), May 21 - June 25, 2016.

crown series, Gallery 101

Untitled (“I talks”) – no. 2 and Untitled (red-hot), from the Galut serigraphs, were exhibited in PRINT 2015, juried by Sandra Brewster and Penelope Stewart, John B. Aird Gallery (Toronto), July 28 - August 21, 2015.

Galut | crown was exhibited at the North York Central Library (Toronto), July 3 - 30, 2013. Funding support received for this exhibition from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.


A Book of Longing is a fold-out artist’s book that explores the complicated knot of emotional longing and sexual desire. It conjures up memories and fantasies; it represents tokens of affection and objects of yearning; it evokes interaction with the lover, the self and the lover-in-one’s-self. Personal effects, sexual joinings, clasped hands, candy hearts, gestural portraits and a poetic text, appear in succession and combination as the pages of the bookwork are unfolded, inviting the viewer to consider different layers of experience and understanding. A subtle and evocative rhythm is created through the use of images in series and a loosely narrative format. A Book of Longing is eight pages (recto and verso) with cover page, credits page and cover. The original edition was screenprinted on paper and hand-bound on dyed vellum tapes by Reg Beatty.

a Book of Longing, pages 7 (verso) & 8 (recto), partially unfolded
a Book of Longing, pages 7 (verso) & 8 (recto), unfolded

EXHIBITIONS:

Book | Print, curated by Astrid Ho, Open Studio Print Sales Gallery (Toronto), May 13 - June 11, 2016.

A Book of Longing was exhibited (with comfy chair) at Fleishman Gallery (Toronto), March 10 - April 27, 2012.


a Book of Longing, covera Book of Longing, interiora Book of Longing, pages 4/5

The popular edition of a Book of Longing (above) was offset-printed in April 2012.


The Permitted series, untitled (red-hot) and untitled (Shauna’s tattoo) from the Galut serigraphs, and a Book of Longing (original edition, popular edition and individual pages), are available through Open Studio Print Sales Gallery.

A Book of Longing (popular edition) is available through the Eyelevel Bookstore (Halifax).

All works are available through the artist.


THE ARTIST

Sandra Haar is a Toronto-based artist and printmaker, who works in installation, bookwork and flat formats. Her artistic practice focusses on subjectivity and representation, addressing erotics, the body, social location and translation, among a range of personal and cultural concerns. Ms. Haar’s art has been exhibited locally and nationally, including Gallery 44 (Toronto), Forest City Gallery (London) and La Centrale (Montréal), published in several periodicals and anthologies, including The Girl Wants to: Women’s Representations of Sex and the Body (Coach House Press), and sold through Librairie Formats (Montréal), Printed Matter (New York) and Art Metropole (Toronto), among other venues. Recent exhibitions include Eyelevel Reshelving Initiative 7 (Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax) and DRAWING 2016 (John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto). Reviews and articles on her art have appeared in a variety of arts and general publications, including the collection Textura : l’artiste écrivant / the artist writing. Her occasional writing on Jewish themes has appeared in Bridges, Canadian Woman Studies / les cahiers de la femme and Tessera. Her works are held in private collections. Ms. Haar is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art (New Media Arts) and the University of Guelph (General Arts), and is a member of Open Studio (Toronto). Her work has been supported by the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council.


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