Lazy River
Camille Rojas, Polina Teif, Chris Boni, Skawennati, Madelyne Beckles, Cindy Ji Hye Kim, Jack Lambert, Josep Maynou
Saturday, October 21, 2017 3pm

First hoist yourself up to the seventh floor plus one half, Second worm your way through the tunnel found behind the little door to the side of the room(1) Third,

Look alive –

the Palms here are not quite palms,

the water lets off this stink but it runs, always flows.


this little ecosystem makes pretend the weariness is material

configures endlessly, acclimatizing ,  familiarizing itself with you. molds quietly its image to your favour, lingers the modification in your wake.  

From time to time it might haunt you how these palms used to be conifers, big  tall  umbrella-pine  and how even earlier, well, they weren’t really trees at all.  But there isn’t much time to hold that, not sure if it will be of use here either.  The palms are tenable, grasp-able but you’ll notice how an outstretched arm proves inept at showing their exact nature today, right this moment. Lulled.

this little ecosystem makes real good to pretend the weariness is material.

configures endlessly, acclimatizing ,  familiarizing itself with you. it will self-start over when it has to, use the same channel for the flow but install brand new kitchen sinks where the palms were.  Someone you recognize finds their way in, this is comfortable. ache in the jaw discloses to you your frozen smile. it might dawn on you how you chose this, do you now marvel in how funny you are?

full of life, passing as living, a sedated charisma hints how you might be able to move in, stay,

be alive here

and then after about 15 minutes you’re spit out into a ditch on the side of the new jersey turnpike.(2) low battery: your mac will sleep soon unless plugged into a power outlet.

dance of death (lazy river), text from kate kolberg

(1),(2) with allusions to charlie kaufman’s being john malkovich

Participating artists:

Camille Rojas
(b. 1993, Toronto) is a multidisciplinary artist working with film, photography, installations, and dance. Shifting her position between camera operator and subject, she documents dancing bodies in public and domestic spaces that dissect concepts and emotions. Camille holds a BFA in Photography from Ryerson University (2017) and recently completed a sub-residency through EMILIA-AMALIA working group at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Rojas lives and works in Toronto.

Polina Teif
is a multidisciplinary artist, photographer and filmmaker. She received her BFA from the University of Toronto with emphasis on Visual Studies and Semiotics and currently pursuing an MFA in Film Production at York University with interest in experimental and documentary practices.

Chris Boni
(b. 1987) has an image-making background in visual arts, focused on painting and sculpture. From 2010 onwards he started independently producing videos, narrative shorts and feature length films. "a performance 19:59" 2011, is his earliest video work made in a Vancouver apartment which had been turned into a gallery for 3 days. Poetry, dance, and absurdist reactions cause a stir as well as flight from the art both made and exhibited. He is currently completing an MFA in Film Production from York University.

Born in Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, Skawennati graduated with a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal, where she is based. She is Co-Director of Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC), a research network of artists and academics who investigate and create Indigenous virtual environments. Their Skins workshops in Aboriginal Storytelling and Experimental Digital Media are aimed at empowering youth. In 2015 they launched IIF, the Initiative for Indigenous Futures. Her work has been included in major exhibitions including “Now? Now!” at the Biennale of the Americas; and “Looking Forward (L’Avenir)” at the Montreal Biennale. She has been honored to win imagineNative’s 2009 Best New Media Award as well as a 2011 Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship. Her work in is included in both public and private collections.

Madelyne Beckles
is a Toronto-based artist whose practice centers on the performativity of narcissism and self-deprecation. Consumption, overt-sexuality, shame, and guilt are recurring themes in her work that she attempts to deconstruct using a critical race feminist frame work through the use of her body, academic texts, ubiquitous objects, and video works.

Josep Maynou
(b. 1980, Barcelona) is a Berlin / Barcelona / Morocco based artist working in drawing, sculptural assemblage, textile, video, and performance. His multidisciplinary approach comes together as a form of contemporary storytelling that situates itself beyond the traditional art formats, often leading to installations in contexts such as TV repair shops, private apartments, abandoned spaces, laundromats or second-hand stores. Maynou studied Fine Arts at UB (Barcelona), Facultade de Belas Artes Porto (Porto) and Middlesex University (London). His work has been shown internationally- including University of Oxford (UK), PS122 (NYC), with Beverly’s at the Material art fair (Mexico City), Louis 21 (Palma de Mallorca),Bombon projects (Barcelona), Galerie Suvi Lehtinen, and Transmediale (Berlin), and recently in ‘Pane per Poveri’ a collaborative project that ran during the opening of the Venice Biennial (Venice, Istanbul, Athens).

Cindy Ji Hye Kim
(b. 1990, Anyang, South Korea) lives and works in Bronx, New York. She received her B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2013 and her M.F.A. from the Yale University School of Art in 2016. Her work has been featured in solo presentations at Helena Anrather, New York and YYZ Artists' Outlet, Toronto. She has shown in group exhibitions at Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson; Thierry Goldberg Gallery, New York; 1969 Gallery, New York; Mulherin, Toronto; FJORD Gallery, Philadelphia; and Topless, Rockaway Beach. Kim has been awarded residencies from The Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta; Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont; Ox-Bow, Saugatuck, Michigan; Grin City Collective, Grinnell, Iowa; and Salem Art Works, Salem, New York.

Jack Lambert
Graduated with a BFA from School of Visual Arts in New York City. He currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.