Exhibition | Katie Bethune-Leamen: La douche écossaise | Contemporary Art at Susan Hobbs Gallery | Toronto | Art Week

Katie Bethune-Leamen: La douche écossaise

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Thursday, 28 November 2019 to Saturday, 25 January 2020
Thursday, 28 November 2019 - 6:00pm

Toronto, ON – Opening on 28 November 2019 from 6 - 8pm and running until 25 January 2020, the gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Katie Bethune-Leamen.

In La douche écossaise, Katie Bethune-Leamen thinks across a multitude of references: squashed Crush cream soda cans, the propositions of shrimp, the green of Art Nouveau ceramics, honeydew Melona bars, glazed hams, the windows in the Diego Rivera Museum, bathroom design, among others.

Comprised of new installation, sculpture, and wall-based works in a range of materials including porcelain, bronze and aluminum, marble and printed imagery, the exhibition takes its title from a 19th century term originally used to describe a spa treatment of alternating hot and cold water. Encountered by the artist in her research into the Théâtre du Grand-Guignol—Paris’s storied populist theatre of the shocking and schlocky (1897-1962)—the term was used as a metaphor to describe the theatre’s nightly bill of short plays that alternated between light-hearted, romantic or sexy fare, and psychological, visceral horror. 

Bethune-Leamen’s installations thrum with experiences of particular public spaces, vernacular visual language and encounters with objects. Interested in the resonance of being in the material world, and in the affect of relationships with certain objects and visual information, the works both express these experiences and create a forum for more of the same.

For more information please contact the gallery or visit our website.

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Katie Bethune-Leamen was born in 1973 in Vancouver, British Columbia, and holds a BFA in Art History and Studio Art from Concordia University. She completed her MFA at the University of Guelph in 2003. Recently, she has had solo exhibitions at the University of Waterloo Art Gallery (2018) and DNA Artspace, London, ON (2017). Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Aldea, Bergen, NO (2019), Thames-Side Gallery, London, UK (2018), Parisian Laundry, Montreal (2015), among others.

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Susan Hobbs Gallery is open to the public Wednesday to Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and by appointment.  The gallery is located at 137 Tecumseth Street, Toronto.

For more information about this exhibition or the Susan Hobbs Gallery, please give us a call at (416) 504.3699 or visit www.susanhobbs.com.

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137 Tecumseth Street, Toronto, Ontario, M6J2H2

Other shows from Susan Hobbs Gallery

Sandra Meigs: The Little Lost Operas
03/13/2020 to 07/25/2020
Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky
01/31/2020 to 03/07/2020
Katie Bethune-Leamen: La douche écossaise
11/28/2019 to 01/25/2020
Beth Stuart - DAMMA Paintings V1: Dependent Origination
10/17/2019 to 11/23/2019



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