Union Gallery

upcoming exhibitions

Main Space | Curated by Robin Alex McDonald: "Without Repair"

May 19 - August 4, 2018; Opening Reception: May 23, 2018, 6:30-8pm

“Similarly, it seems, for the lover’s anxiety: it is the fear of a mourning which has already occurred, at the very origin of love, from the moment when I was first “ravished.” Someone would have to be able to tell me: ‘Don’t be anxious any more – you’ve already lost him.’” – Roland Barthes, A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments

The discovery of love is always already bound up with its loss. As a new lover once reminded me amidst the fervor of my limerence: “this will end in one of two ways; we will break up, or one of us will die.” Sooner or later, to fall in love is to be forced to reckon with what that love may become; a contemptuous text message, a lonely ride home, the drama of an Elizabethan madrigal...

Perhaps it is in the name of repressing what Barthes names the “lover’s anxiety” that we so rarely explore the terrain of the after-love without redeeming it – that is, without using it as a narrative device for the staging of love’s return (in romantic comedies, for instance, “boy” only loses “girl” so that “girl” may return to “boy.”) Refusing to submit to the tyranny of optimism that posits love as the cornerstone of the “good life,” Without Repair wonders what kinds of affects, knowledges, and insights might come to light when we actively work to embrace the scene of defunct loving.

Featuring work by Jon Sasaki (Toronto, ON), Evelyn Ricky (Montreal, QC), Tammy Rae Carland (Oakland, CA), Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay (Edinburgh, SCO), Allison L. Wade (New York City, NY), and Karilynn Ming Ho (Toronto, ON).

Robin Alex McDonald is an independent curator, writer, and doctoral candidate at Queen’s University. Their interests span feminist, queer, and trans politics; theories of relationality, collectivity, love, and ‘the social’; art-as-activism; and visual culture theory. They are a co-founder of Turbines Curatorial Collective and Chipped Off Performance Collective.

Project Room | Nelly Matorina: "Don't Forget to Call"

May 19 - August 4, 2018; Opening Reception: May 23, 2018, 6:30-8pm

Don’t Forget to Call is a solo exhibition by Kingston artist Nelly Matorina that features a seven-channel video installation composed of seven “calls” to Matorina’s grandparents and other deceased ancestors. This installation extends ones familiarity with telephone mediation into mediation with another realm. The works is subtitled in English with certain extracts left private. The videos are displayed on tablets/portable DVD player and red yarn knits the ancestors’ videos together to illustrate their connections to each other.

Nelly Matorina is an interdisciplinary artist working in video and installation. Her work explores the sublime or magical elements of the following topics: language, migration, prayer, and intersections between science and art. Recent projects are Human-Brain Communication and Concerning Features.