Exhibition Dates: September 22 - October 29, 2011
Reception: Saturday, September 24, 2-5pm
TORONTO, Sept. 9, 2011 /CNW/ - The gallery is pleased to announce our
first solo exhibition of work by Fausta Facciponte. "Sleepy Eyes" is a
series of doll portraits that explore the human condition as a
'material thing'. Through the examination of objects - how they decay,
how they are preserved, forgotten and passed along from one owner to
the next - the work raises questions about the nature of our physical
existence and our likeness to material goods.
In this series, old vinyl dolls that have been discarded by girls and
boys are salvaged. The face of the doll is presented in the deadpan
style of photography; the image is large scale, highly detailed, with a
clean clinical approach. Believed to be the earliest known toy, dolls
are objects that are usually associated with children and play, but
these objects also represent the human form. Children often bestow a
power into these objects - to be their keeper of secrets, confidant and
protector. In many cases, these objects are an extension of the owner:
a portrait of the inner self. By reclaiming used and inexpensive dolls
from thrift stores, garage sales and online auctions, these discarded
objects evoke a feeling of terminated love and abandonment. Through
this investigation, these works challenge and address our notions of
representation and our existence through material objects.
'Sleepy eyes' is a term used to describe a doll with moveable eyes. The
earliest 'sleepy eyes' from the 19th century used weights or wires and later on simpler mechanisms were
developed. The open and shut eyes were developed to create more
life-like dolls but the term also suggests the human need for sleep.
Facciponte graduated with an Honours degree in Fine Art from the
University of Toronto in 1990. She has received various awards: the
Toronto Image Works Award, the Talens Bursary Award and the D.L.
Stevenson & Sons Artists Award. Facciponte's work can also be found in
the permanent collections of the McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton; Art
Gallery of Peel, Brampton; Sheridan College Collection, Oakville; and
many private collections.
This project was made possible by a grant received from the Ontario Arts
SOURCE Stephen Bulger Gallery
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Stephen Bulger Gallery
1026 Queen Street West Toronto Canada