Aesthetic Alchemy: Soft Turns

Friday, October 17, 2014 to Saturday, October 18, 2014

Image: Soft Turns, excerpt from P-19720 (2013). 

Modern Fuel is pleased to present an artists' talk and workshop by Toronto-based collaborative duo Soft Turns. Held in conjunction with Your Own Grad School, Soft Turns will give a screening and talk Friday, Oct 17 at 7pm, and lead a critique on Oct 18 at 1pm. More details to follow. 

A review of their 2013 exhibition at O'Born Contemporary can be found in Canadian Art here


Soft Turns is the collaborative effort of artists Sarah Jane Gorlitz and Wojciech Olejnik. Currently based in Toronto, Canada, they have been collaborating on video installation and stop-motion animation since 2006. The idea of an encounter with something, as an ever-changing space between the foreign and the familiar, the accessible and inaccessible, is a central theme of their practice. Their collaborations employ found objects, common, easily available materials (i.e. paper and plywood), D.I.Y. methods, and experimentation as much as intuition to make stop-motion animations and installations that invite viewers into an active encounter with a narrative, subject or space.

Wojciech (MFA University of Waterloo 2002) and Sarah Jane (MFA Malmö Art Academy 2011) have received support from the Swedish Edstrand Foundation, as well as numerous grants from the Toronto, Ontario, and Canada Arts Councils; including the Joseph S. Stauffer Prize in 2008 and a 2013 CCA Paris Residency. In 2011 they were featured in the Fall issue of Canadian Art. They have exhibited frequently in Canada and internationally; having recent solo exhibitions at YYZ (Toronto), Southern Exposure (San Fransisco), Foundation 3,14 (Bergen), Skånes konstförening (Malmö) and Greusslich Contemporary (Berlin), and significant group exhibitions such as SESC_Videobrasil 18th and 17th International Contemporary Art Festival (São Paulo), Now&After '12, Museum of Modern Art (Moscow), Interaccess (Toronto), Dortmund Bodega (Oslo), Soap Factory (Minneapolis), and in early 2014, Oakville Galleries (Oakville).

This talk and workshop is part of Modern Fuel's Media Arts project Aesthetic Alchemy, and supported by a grant from the Ontario Arts Council.