Gillian Iles                                        gillian_iles@hotmail.com


Potential Disasters, Minor Upsets and Small Victories   Sept 26 - Oct 13  2006     Galerie St. Ambroise    Montreal  Canada                                                                                                                                                   www.galerie-st-ambroise

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Potential disasters, minor upsets and small victories examines the creation and manipulation of intellectual space. 

Individuals create this space when provided with only partial information describing a sequence of events leading to a final outcome.  This intellectual space fills the void left by missing information about the Event.  A viewer creates this space when presented with a situation that indicates a change in state has occurred or is about to occur. The nature of the conclusions drawn in this intellectual space is influenced by how the subject is presented to the viewer.

Tabloid headlines, FrontPage pictures and heroic glorification help to shape public perception of events occurring around them.  In accordance, documentation of an event relies upon the deliberate handling of point of view, viewer placement, scale and context to captivate and elicit an intended response from the audience.  The communicable potential of a situation determines its relative significance.

Potential disasters, minor upsets and small victories applies theses ideas, imposing significance through devout attention to a series of innocuous subjects. It is not the subject itself, but the series of events surrounding its present state that is cause for its significance. The viewers find themselves seeing the beginning or end stage of an equally potential cataclysmic or minor Event.  By their very existence the paintings allude to the fact that they depict a significant Event.
The subject’s portrayed state alludes to that momentary yet ultimately significant instant when the Event occurs.  The allusion to that fleeting moment draws it out and imbues the Event with importance.  The temporal nature of the Event achieves an invisible presence, awkwardly sitting forefront in the viewers’ minds.  It is not what is seen, but what is not see that occupies their intellectual space.
Borrowing techniques used by the media, appropriate scale and viewpoint were considered to influence viewer perception and creation of their intellectual space and the ultimate conclusions it contains.

Curriculum Vitae

Solo Exhibitions

2006    Potential disasters, minor upsets and small victories, Galerie St. Ambroise, Montreal, Quebec.   
2005    two-person, Quiver Projects, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, Ontario.
2003    Suggestions for achieving a successful childhood and an ideal life (new drawings), Kabat 
             Wrobel Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
             Want to be, Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto, Ontario.       
2002    Party Face, Katharine Mulherin Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
2000    Room, Loop, Toronto, Ontario  (2 person exhibition).
1999    Mostly Water, Bus Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
             Unconditional Love, among other things,  PROPELLER, Toronto, Ontario.
             This Seat Is Taken, PROPELLER, Toronto, Ontario.
             Recent Work, Peter Pan Restaurant, Toronto, Ontario.
1997    (figure)n, PROPELLER, Toronto, Ontario.

Group Exhibitions


2006    Propeller turns 10, Propeller Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
             Square Foot 5, AWOL Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
             AAFNY, The Metropolitan Pavillion, New york, New York.
2005    Square Foot IV, Project Spaceman, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
             AAFNY, AWOL Gallery, Pier 92, NewYork, New York.
             Square Foot, AWOL Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
             Mixer03, Mix Magazine, Mind Control Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
2004    Centre of Attention, 376 Dufferin St., Toronto, Ontario.
             Square Foot, AWOL Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
             AAF NY, Quiverprojects, Pier 92, New York City, New York.
             Mixer02, Mix Magazine, Mind Control Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
2003    Supernumary, Fanny Larouche Artspace, Toronto, Ontario.
             AAF NY, Quiverprojects, Pier 92, New York City, New York.
             Mixer, Mix Magazine, Mind Control Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
             Square Foot, AWOL Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
             Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, Ontario
2002    WhOLE, 376 Dufferin St., Toronto, Ontario.
             Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, Ontario.
             Eclectique, Gallerie 418, Montreal, Quebec.
2001    Standard, 376 Dufferin St., Toronto, Ontario.
             Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, Ontario.
2000    Loop Inaugural Exhibition, Loop, Toronto, Ontario
             Drawing 2000, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
             Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, Ontario.
1999    Personal Grounds, 431 King St. W., Toronto, Ontario.
             SPF 30, MEG Gallery, Toronto, Ontario  (3 person exhibition).
1998    screen2, curator Stuart Reid (curator, Mississauga Living Arts Centre), PROPELLER, Toronto, Ontario.
             The F Word,  PROPELLER, Toronto, Ontario.

Published Reviews

2006    Eye Weekly, David Balzar, August 17, 2006.
2005    Now Magazine, August 28, 2005.
             The National Post, August 20, 2005.
2003    Now Magazine, Thomas Hirschmann, December 18, 2003.
             MIX Gallery, MIX Magazine, Fall 2003.
             Gallery Going, Gary Michael Dault, The Globe and Mail, June 7, 2003.
             Surface and Symbol, Andrea Raymond, July/Aug 2003.
2002    Now Magazine, Thomas Hirschmann, Nov 28, 2002.
2000    At the Galleries, Thomas Hirschmann, National Post, Sept 2, 2000.
             Gallery Going, Gary Michael Dault, The Globe & Mail, Aug 28, 2000.
             Gallery Going, Gary Michael Dault, The Globe & Mail, Mar 18, 2000. 
1999    Gallery Going, Gary Michael Dault, The Globe & Mail, Aug 21, 1999.
             Now Magazine, Sisi Peneloza, Aug 12, 1999.

             Toronto Life, Betty Ann Jordan, August 1999.
             Artfocus, Elizabeth Fearon, Fall 1999.
             EyeWeekly, R.M. Vaughan, April 29, 1999.
             Now Magazine, Sisi Peneloza, Apr 22, 1999.
1998    Now Magazine, Deirdre Hanna, Apr 23, 1998.

Education

1997    AOCAD(Hons.) - Painting and Drawing Program, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Ontario.
1993    General Biological Science degree, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario.

Awards

2001    Portraiture Award, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.
2000    Best Painting Award, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition; Jury Award, Drawing 2000, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto,                        Ontario.
1997    NCR Canada Limited Best Student Award, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition; Mrs. W.O. Forsyth Scholarship - 4th year                 women painters, OCAD; Richard J. Lemieux Memorial Fund Scholarship, OCAD; OCAD Student Union Award - Art               Category, OCAD.
1996    Dorothy Stevens Award, OCAD.
1995    Eric Freifeld Scholarship - figure draughtsmanship, OCAD.
1994    OCA Alumni Award - foundation studies, OCA

Art Instruction

2005                      Faculty Steering Committee Member, Toronto School of Art, Toronto, Ontario.
2004 – 2006        Faculty Advisor, Independent Studies Program, Toronto School of Art, Toronto, Ontario.   
2004 – present    Instructor –Painting and Drawing, Department of Illustration,
                               Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario.
2003 – present    Instructor – Figure Painting, Life Drawing, Basic Painting, Youth Studio,                                                                                        Toronto School of Art, Toronto, Ontario.
2002 –2004         Instructor - Portraiture, Painting, Youth Painting, ArtWorks Art School, Toronto, Ontario.

Lectures

2005    Painting Judge – Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, Ontario.
2005    Guest Artist Lecture – Don Valley Arts Club, Toronto, Ontario.
1998    Guest Artist Lecture and critique, 4th Year Thesis class, College of Art, Drama and Music, McMaster University,                        Hamilton, Ontario.

Memberships

2000 - 2001    Founding member of Loop, artist collective and gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
1996 - 2000    Founding member & Board of Directors member (Scheduling Chair, Maintenance Chair) of PROPELLER,                               Artist-Run-Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.