May 30 – June 17, 2018
Propeller gallery presents our much-anticipated annual guest-curated exhibition! Each year Propeller invites a prominent figure within the arts community to contribute their knowledge and experience in developing a theme and selecting works for a completely unique exhibition. This year we have the great pleasure of hosting Toronto-based curator and gallerist David Kaye of David Kaye Gallery. The artworks featured in this exhibition have been chosen by David Kaye based on how the artwork responds to the theme “Masterpiece and Memento”.
Katja van den Enden
Vanessa Le Page
“In 1998 I was asked to curate an exhibition with the Harbourfront Studio Residents. I asked the artists to think of an iconic image that would best represent them once they had reached their ‘ultimate due-date’. Twenty years later the importance of this issue continues to resonate with all of us. In conjunction with this earlier concept, I also want to build on last year’s exhibition theme – The Annual Guest Curated Exhibition by Olga Korper and Taiga Lipson, entitled ‘Live Longer, Piss Off Your Heirs’. These curators suggested that by living longer you might “piss off your heirs.” With these two issues in mind, I hope the premise of the current exhibition continues the conversation started in last year’s works.
For this exhibition, I am asking how the artist in this equation, would wish to be remembered in the future by generations to come. What artwork, to date, from an artists oeuvre would they choose to be remembered by in perpetuity? What would the ‘brand’ message be? What form would the memento (e.g., smaller version of your signature piece) take – the object that would allow all viewers to share in a form that highlights your illustrious career?”
– David Kaye
David H. Kaye holds an A.O.C.A. from the Ontario College of Art (1972), a B.A. from the University of Guelph (1978) and an M.F.A. from the Cranbrook Academy of Art (1980). He managed Prime Gallery, Toronto from 1984 to 2002. He worked at Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto from 2002 to 2006. He then opened the DAVID KAYE GALLERY, Toronto in April of 2006 to exhibit objects and painting.