The NetherMind collective organized four influential exhibitions in Toronto from 1991–1995, in which the original group of eleven artists focused on creating sculptures and installations in response to unique post-industrial environments. The current group of eight artists has remained individually active in the Canadian and international art scene, but it is a shared sense of camaraderie and affinity for making works that address aspects of the physical that brings them together again. Their sculptures and installations tend to be interactive or experiential and appeal directly to the senses through tactility, sound, light or movement. The group also shares a sense of dark humour, absurdity and perverse playfulness in the way that they juxtapose unexpected materials, forms and concepts. For this reunion tour, the group will debut new works made in direct response to the spaces at UWAG, ironically, the original site of Waterloo Manufacturing.
Photography: Robert McNair
Tom Dean (Canada, 1947) is a multidisciplinary artist. His work includes texts, video, sculpture, prints, and multidisciplinary performances. He received his BFA from Sir George Williams University; now Concordia University. He has exhibited across Canada and internationally since the late 1960s including a solo exhibition at the 49th Parallel Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art, New York (1985) and represented Canada at the Venice Biennale (1999). His work can be found in the collections of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, University of Lethbridge and The Canada Council Art Bank. In 2001, he was the recipient of a Governor General’s Visual Arts Award. The artist currently lives and works in Toronto. Tom Dean is represented by Edward Day Gallery, Toronto.
John Dickson (United Kingdom, 1961) is a sculptor and installation artist. He received his MFA from York University and a BFA from Queen’s University. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally and recently created installations for the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, and the Young Gallery at the AGO. His work is in public and private collections including the City of Toronto, the Tree Museum, and the Agnes Etherington Art Gallery. He is the recipient of numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council as well as an award from the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts. He currently lives and works in Toronto. John Dickson is represented there by Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto.
Catherine Heard (Canada, 1966) is a graduate of the Master of Visual Studies program at the University of Toronto and holds an undergraduate degree from the Ontario College of Art. Her work interrogates the histories of science, medicine and the museum. Simultaneously attractive and repulsive, her work delves into primal anxieties about the body. Catherine Heard gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council. She lives and works in Toronto. Catherine Heard is represented by Edward Day Gallery, Toronto.
Greg Hefford (Canada, 1964) is a multimedia artist. He received his BFA from York University and his B. Ed. from the University of Toronto. He has exhibited locally and internationally in Toronto, Buffalo, Shanghai and Bangkok, and is a recipient of many grants including a Canada Council B grant. He works primarily with intervention and installation; often adopting commercial signage and using it to sublimate a more personal content. He is currently writing a semi-fictional book entitled ‘Lost Love and Pornography’. The artist lives and works in Toronto.
Mary Catherine Newcomb (Canada, 1954) is a sculptor. She received an MFA from York University and a BA from University of Waterloo. She has exhibited her work internationally and has recently exhibited at Loop Gallery, Toronto and the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery. Her work is in public and private collections including the University of Waterloo, MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, Region of Waterloo, and Canada Council Art Bank. She is the recipient of grants and awards from the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council, Waterloo Region Arts Fund and the K.M. Hunter Foundation. She currently lives and works in Kitchener, Ontario. Mary Catherine Newcomb is represented by Loop Gallery, Toronto.
Reinhard Reitzenstein (Germany, 1949). He is a multidisciplinary sculptor and installation artist who studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently as part of Beyond/In Western New York Biennial, Buffalo, NY; Paysages Ephemeres, Montreal; Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto; and The Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo. His work is represented, in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, Lutz Teutloff Sculpture Garden, Germany, Art Gallery of Hamilton, University of Toronto, Government of Canada, Fidelity Investments (Boston), Larkin Group (Buffalo), and is in numerous private collections in Canada and abroad. Since 2000 he has been director of the Sculpture Program at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He currently lives in Buffalo, NY, and Grimsby, Ontario. Reinhard Reitzenstein is represented by Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto.
Lyla Rye (Canada, 1964) is a video and installation artist based in Toronto. She received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BFA from York University after studying Architecture at the University of Waterloo. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including recent solo exhibitions with the Koffler Gallery at Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto (Swing Stage, 2011) and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (Erratic Room, 2010). Her work is in the collections of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Cadillac Fairview Corporation, Robert McLaughlin Gallery and York University. She has received numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council. The artist lives and works in Toronto.
Max Streicher (Canada, 1958) is a sculptor and installation artist. He received his MFA and BFA from York University. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally and has recently completed site-related works for the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Gallery Maskara in Mumbai, India and at the Centre Culturel Saint-Exupéry in Reims, France. His works are in the collections of museums such as the ESSL Museum, Vienna, Austria, University of Toronto Art Centre and Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton. He lives and works in Toronto. Max Streicher is represented by Galerie Eric Mircher, Paris; Gallery Maskara, Mumbai; and Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York.