Mechanism of Choice

Jacquelin Heichert

State of Flux Gallery

March 20, 2021


May 8, 2021

The exhibition “Mechanism of Choice,” in the State of Flux Gallery at Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, examines and highlights different aspects of choice and decision making in everyday life through a collection of books, prints and sculptural works. The pieces within this exhibition work with game board pieces, machines and user guides; and focuses on the act of decision making where the answer or the decision is suspended at its climactic point to open up possibilities. In this way the works speak to a critical moment in time before a decision becomes resolved, the moment between a question and answer, and reveals the interior dialogues that surface when choosing or deciding.

The works speak to the anxiety that may be experienced when there are many choices for which rational factors are no longer sufficient. Ultimately, the exhibition explores logic and behaviour in the context of making a decision, and through the isolation of this critical moment in time, looks at the ways in which people interact with and make sense of the world.

About Jacquelin Heichert

Jacquelin Heichert is a Toronto based artist specializing in print media, book works and sculpture. Heichert holds a BFA from York University, Ontario and a MFA from Concordia University, Quebec. Heichert has attended several national and international artist residencies and received numerous awards including Spark Box Studio Emerging Artist Residency Award (Picton, ON), the Vermont Studio Center Residency (United States) and the Frans Masereel Centrum Printmaking Residency (Belgium) and has received the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Grant for her Master’s Degree research. Her exhibition history includes solo exhibitions at La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse (Montreal, QC), Gales Gallery (Toronto, ON), Latcham Art Centre (Stouffville, ON) and Atelier Circulaire (Montréal, QC). Heichert has been selected in group exhibitions include Eyelevel Gallery (Halifax, NS), Centre D’Exposition de Val-David (Val-David, QC), Cambridge Galleries (Cambridge, ON), Canadian Sculpture Centre (Toronto, ON), École des beaux-arts (Montreal, QC) and Kyoto International Woodprint Association (Japan).