Smokin' In the Boys Room

Friday, October 12, 2012 to Wednesday, November 14, 2012

In the Main Gallery, Modern Fuel presents Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room, a multi-media exhibition curated by Michael Davidge that includes the work of the artists Christopher Arnoldin (Toronto, ON), Jo-Anne Balcaen (Montreal, QC), and Matt Rogalsky (Kingston, ON), each abstracting from rock and roll in their own way. Rogalsky’s “Discipline” focuses on the electric guitar as the iconic instrument of the 20th century and an object of obsession. In the installation, twelve electric guitars represent the 12 tone equal tempered scale. Arnoldin’s “Progress Bar 3:52” is a new series of paintings based on images from an iconic eighties music video, “Looks That Kill”, by the pioneering hair metal band Mötley Crüe. Jo-Anne Balcaen’s work explores the relationship between rock music and fandom and the manner in which rock and roll iconography commercializes desire. The exhibition toys with the performance of gender through the unconventional use of typical rock moves.

Christopher Arnoldin is a Toronto-based artist whose recent work uses Internet video sites and digital ‘snapshot’ photography as a source or reference for painting. He graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1998 and received a Masters of Fine Arts from Concordia University in 2001. One of his thesis exhibitions, tilted Attention Human Resources, was exhibited in his bedroom.

Jo-Anne Balcaen is a Montreal-based artist working primarily in video, sculpture and installation. Since the mid-1990s, her work has been shown in galleries across Canada as well as in Europe, and in the US. Recent solo exhibitions include Sound Ideas at Centre Clark, Montréal, and The Longer I Wait, the Better it Feels, at Eastern Edge Gallery, in St. John’s.

Matt Rogalsky is a composer and media artist who often focuses on the exploration of abject, invisible/inaudible, or ignored streams of information. Recent sound installations include ANT/LIFE/ART/WORK, listening in to the sound world of thatching ants, and Memory Like Water, exploring the flow and malleability of memory. Rogalsky is Assistant Professor in the School of Music at Queen's University.

Matt Rogalsky wishes to acknowledge the support from Renaissance Music and Kingston Soundworks that made the exhibition of his piece possible.

Exhibition brochure, and accompanying essay by Michael Davidge can be found here