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Jon Sasaki: Good Intentions


Jon Saski: Good Intentions

January 13 - February 24, 2010

Doris McCarthy Gallery

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Jon Sasaki

Good Intentions

January 13 - February 24, 2010

Doris McCarthy Gallery

University of Toronto Scarborough

Curated by Ann MacDonald

Co-produced with the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery and Kenderdine Art Gallery

Opening Reception & Artist's Talk Wednesday, January 13, 5 - 9 pm

Talk to be delivered at 7 pm

Free Sno-Kones, performances by U of T Scarborough students and the unveiling of the new DMG mascot!

Take the bus! Free shuttle bus to the DMG departs 401 Richmond St. W at 6 pm, returning at 9 pm

Kick off 2010 with Good Intentions!

Utilizing video, objects, performance and installation, Jon Sasaki explores themes of failure, tragedy and pathos - with dry, comic delivery. In his work, the inherent possibility for failure becomes an opportunity to find beauty, or to discover a sweetened sense of the human condition. It's about trying ..... really, really hard.

Sasaki is a self-described romantic-conceptualist who pays homage to always looking on the bright side. Good Intentions will include Sasaski’s new work, Crossroads. Produced in Clarksdale, Mississippi, the video documents the Clarksdale Crossroads, where legendary blues icon Robert Johnson made the choice to ‘sell his soul to the devil’ in exchange for extraordinary guitar skills. This Faustian tale is rich with ideas that Sasaki has been working with for some time - aspiration, tragedy, success, failure, ambition, choice and fate - which will also play out in Sasaki’s installations and performative collaborations with University of Toronto Scarborough students throughout the exhibition.

Good Intentions is generously supported by the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts.


Jon Sasaki’s work has been presented in solo exhibitions at Centre Clark (Montreal), Gallery TPW (Toronto), The New Gallery (Calgary), and Latitude 53 (Edmonton). He has participated in recent group exhibitions at VOX (Montreal), the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (University of Toronto), the Owens Art Gallery (Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB), Simon Fraser University Gallery (Burnaby, BC), as well as the 2006 and 2008 editions of Toronto’s Nuit Blanche. An upcoming solo exhibition will be presented at 126 (Galway, Ireland). Sasaki was an active member of the Instant Coffee art collective between 2002 and 2007; he lives and works in Toronto.

Concurrent to his exhibition at the DMG, Jon Sasaki is showing at Jessica Bradley Art + Projects (Toronto). Unabashed Optimism runs January 9 - February 6, 2010.


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