Canadian Pavilion – 55th Biennale di Venezia. June 1st – November 24th 2013

Canadian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale
May 26, 2013 5:29PM

The National Gallery of Canada and Canada Council for the Arts recently announced Shary Boyle as Canada’s chosen representative to the prestigious 55th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia. Shary Boyle's installation at the Canada Pavilion is presented by RBC Wealth Management and supported by major sponsor Aimia.

One of Canada’s most original artists, Shary Boyle will create major new work for her solo presentation, which will be unveiled during the Vernissage 29 – 31 May 2013. Known for her bold use of fantasy fictions to explore human psychological and emotional states, Boyle works in a range of media including performance, sculpture, film and immersive installations and employs a high level of hand-made craft in her practice. She mines art history, popular lore and ancient mythologies to create a unique symbolic language.

Boyle’s work is fuelled by concerns about class and gender injustice. Her work embraces hybridity in all its forms, challenging the traditional boundaries between human and animal, life and death, male and female. From sculpture to projection she translates her personal vision of sexuality, relationships and human vulnerability through a poetic and humane lens. Boyle also creates immersive multi-sensory performances and has collaborated with musicians including Peaches, Feist, Christine Fellows and Doug Paisley.

Boyle, who is based in Toronto, was chosen by a national selection committee under the organisational oversight of the National Gallery of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts, who are working in partnership to organise the official Canadian participation at the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Shary Boyle’s presentation will take place at the Canada Pavilion in the heart of Venice’s historic exhibition grounds in the Giardini di Castello, 1 June – 24 November 2013.

Marc Mayer, Director and CEO of the National Gallery of Canada, said:

“One of Canada’s most innovative mid-career artists, Shary Boyle’s practice spans a diversity of media, including fine craft, drawing and experimental performance often in collaboration with established musicians. A consummate object maker, her finely honed skills are disquietingly wed to a beguilingly poetic tone and a thoroughly contemporary sensibility”

The official Canadian participation at the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia will be made possible by the generous financial assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts, a long-standing champion and partner of Canada’s representation at Venice, as well as its Presenting sponsor, RBC Wealth Management and major sponsor, Aimia. 

Canadian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale
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