Cate McGuire​



  

Cate McGuire is a visual artist who uses various media to build worlds that mimic the natural, the built and the imaginary. Her goal is to provoke reflection and to spark cultural memory by re-animating existing images and creating new ones. She has a varied and extensive background in art and design, including a bachelor of fine arts degree from Concordia and a post-graduate degree of architecture from UBC.

McGuire has shown her work at various venues including two recent solo shows at the Red Head Gallery in addition to the Artist Project, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Elora Centre for the Arts, the Gladstone Hotel, and the Latcham Gallery. She was recently awarded best of Mixed Media at the Riverdale Art Walk and Best of Paper at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.
  

All the air in the room, Redhead Gallery Summer 2017, Installation view

projects​​

  1. Outdoor Shows
    Outdoor Shows
  2. Architectural configurations in Space
    Architectural configurations in Space
  3. Echoes duo exhibition at Project Gallery with James Nye 2015
    Echoes duo exhibition at Project Gallery with James Nye 2015
  4. Lost Time Solo Exhibition at Red Head Gallery
    Lost Time Solo Exhibition at Red Head Gallery
  5. All the Air in the room Solo Exhibition 2017 at Red Head Gallery
    All the Air in the room Solo Exhibition 2017 at Red Head Gallery
  6. Digital Prints
    Digital Prints

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Education

2016                                       Introduction to Digital Photography, Continuing Studies OCAD University, Toronto
                                                Post-Graduate degree of Architecture, Honours student, AIA Henry Adams Medal of Honour, Wesbrook Scholar,                                                                  University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia
                                                Bachelor of Fine Arts, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec
1988                                        Participant at Banff Centre for the Arts, Summer Session, Banff, Alberta
1983-1985                              DEC in Creative Arts, John Abbott College, Ste Anne de Bellevue, Quebec
1981-1982                              Graphic Design, George Brown College, Toronto


Exhibitions                        
               
2017                                        All the air in the room, Solo Exhibition, Redhead Gallery, Toronto, Ontario                                       
                                                Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Ontario (Best of Paper Award)
                                                Riverdale Art Walk, Annual Juried Exhibition, Toronto, Ontario (Best of Mixed Media Award) 
  
2016                                       Lost Time, Solo Exhibition, Redhead Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
                                                Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto
                                                Riverdale Art Walk, Annual Juried Exhibition, Toronto (Best of Mixed Media Award)
                                                Annual Art Show, Latcham Gallery, Stouffville, Ontario (Juror’s Choice Award)
                                                Black &White Ball IV, Juried Salon, Propeller Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2015                                       The Art Marketplace, ARTBOMB Promo, Spoke Club, Toronto
                                                Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto
                                                Riverdale Art Walk, Annual Juried Exhibition, Toronto, Ontario
                                                Annual Art Show, Latcham Gallery, Stouffville, Ontario
                                                Echoes, Two-person Exhibition with James Nye, Project Gallery

2014                                       The Fire Burns Itself, Juried art exhibition and burning, Afterhours Projects, Toronto
                                                Deck the Walls, Holiday Salon, Project Gallery, Toronto
                                                ARTBOMB at Tangerine and Telus, twin corporate exhibitions, Toronto
                                                The Economics of Buying Art, ARTBOMB Promo, Spoke Club, Toronto
                                                Frontier, curated by Devan Patel, Project Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
                                                Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto
                                                Riverdale Art Walk, Annual Juried Exhibition, Toronto, Ontario
                                                Artcetera Event, Juried Fundraiser, Elora Centre for the Arts, Elora, Ontario
                                                Salon Show, Project Gallery, Toronto
                                                Annual Art Show, Latcham Gallery, Stouffville, Ontario

2013                                       These Post, Neo-Pop-Like Times, Juried Salon, Walnut Contemporary, Toronto
                                                Steamwhistle Art Event, ARTBOMB promo, Steamwhistle brewery, Toronto
                                                The Economics of Buying Art, ARTBOMB promo, Spoke Club, Toronto
                                                Architexture, Curated group show, Project Gallery, Toronto
                                                Speakeasy Juried Exhibition, AWOL Gallery, Toronto
                                                Shifting Ground, the Annual, curated by Katherine Dennis, Gladstone Hotel
                                                Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto
                                                Riverdale Art Walk, Jimmie Simpson Park, Toronto
                                                Elora Centre for the Arts Juried Fundraising Art Auction, Elora, Ontario
                                                The Artist Project, Better Living Centre, Toronto, Ontario

2012                                       Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto
                                                AWOL Square Foot Show, Twist Gallery, Toronto
                                                The Artist Project, Queen Elizabeth Building, Toronto

2011                                        The Artist Project, Toronto
                                                Summer Salon for Pentimento Gallery, First Canadian Place Gallery, Toronto
                                                AWOL Square Foot Show, Twist Gallery, Toronto

2010                                       The Artist Project, Queen Elizabeth Building, Toronto
                                                Summer Salon for Pentimento Gallery, First Canadian Place Gallery, Toronto

Press
2013                                       [Best of] 10 Artists to check out at the Artist Project 2013, Blog TO, Kate Fane
                                                http://www.blogto.com/arts/2013/02/10_artists_to_check_out_at_the_artist_project_2013/

  
  
Lost Time

It is inescapable. As we get older the world around us is not the world that we grew up in.  We move from home to home and the people are not the same people that we have always known.  People and places come and they go, they disappear, and change is a constant. All of the personal connections that we have are spaces.  Some of them feel like home, and some don’t. This body of work is an attempt to build those spaces (people, places, memories, homes) using fragments of photographs from popular magazines.

Magazines are ‘old school’ media, tangible ephemera in an age of digital mist.

We all hold worlds in our minds and in our memories. The things that we have seen, the experiences we have had and the people that we have known make up who we are, and people know us by how we behave and the choices that we make. Those of us born in the last century are fortunate enough to have had so many images and objects lying around to remind us of times that have passed. We have been and still are surrounded by media and objects and environments and they are each a perfect reflection of the time and place in which they were made and the people who made them.  Those popular images become a language for talking about those times using pictures.

Each image is frozen at a moment where everything is integrated, inside and outside, indoors and out, thought and memory spliced, as well as time and place.  There is a dollhouse-like quality because the painted glass frame acts as a hole in the wall, revealing what is happening in the space on the other side. When they work, they are believable, like a good story.




All the air in the room


Something is around the corner.
A piece of fabric moves in the wind. 
The curtains part to reveal a room.
There is a sheet winding through.
Trust your intuition.

We navigate through currents – something in the wind.

Curtains shelter and protect.
They signify home and domestic comfort.

They allow or do not allow us access to the view (inside or out). Draperies are fabric. They frame and enhance, they are window dressing. Life has been compared to a series of rooms. Living room, dining room, bedroom, hallway, kitchen, closet, attic, basement.

We have been deluged with the language of fear in all aspects of the media. The trouble with letting others have the floor is that then they are able to direct the conversation. It is  difficult for some of us to speak as clearly or as loudly. We each have our own reasons for being quiet, inarticulate or afraid to speak. 

Much of our lives are lived in our own heads. So much of what we spend time thinking about is directed by outside forces through other people or various media sources. Sometimes we need to take control of this and to make sense of it in our own way.

There is a trope in film of a piece of fabric that moves in the wind, usually it is stuck on a barbed wire fence or involves a curtain blowing in or out of a window. It signifies apprehension, lack of control or impending doom.

Pictures have a language. They are revealing in their own way. What is the emotional tenor of an image? How is it read?
In these images, each element is communicating. Think of it intuitively, the way you understand body language. The frame is a part of the story, the colour, and every element of the composition.

  
Echoes
   

Lately, I have been looking at rooms as ways to look at landscapes.  I realized that the room/containers that I have been making are ways to frame the relationships between inside and outside and all that that implies.  Relationships between us and our spaces and the places around the built space are complicated.  I find that interesting in so many ways.

In these pictures I am literally looking at landscapes through architecure. The architecture is a frame but the room is a window and the lanscape is a container and so on. Everything is defined by what binds it and what it holds.

Most of the images are collage. They are pieced together and glued, not digitally reproduced, because the original fragments have a quality that is easily lost in translation.  It works for me to use a lot of magazine photography because there is an overly perfect quality about them as well as the fact that they usually reveal a lot about what people are looking for in terms of ideal lifestyles.  By taking them apart and putting them together in new ways, using images from different time periods and different print media, they can be transformed, I hope, into something more than the sum of their parts.  There is a lot of emotional residue in the particular collage fragments.  Some of them I have saved for any years in files and in boxes.  In these images, there is more than a little nostalgia for lost spaces and places that will never be.