The Ministry of Artistic Affairs
Access: FASTWURMS & Sandy Plotnikoff at Paul Petro
Access: FASTWURMS & Sandy Plotnikoff at Paul Petro
November 7th, 2012 7:00pm - November 7th, 2012 9:00pm
Join the Ministry for an intimate introduction and tour of two current exhibitions by artists FASTWURMS & Sandy Plotnikoff led by gallerist Paul Petro.

Formed in 1979 by Kim Kozzi and Dai Skuse, FASTWURMS is the trademark and joint authorship of these Toronto/Creemore- based multidisciplinary artists whose artwork melds high and popular cultures, bent identity politics, social exchange and a Witch positive DIY cinematic sensibility.

FASTWURMS has exhibited and created public commissions and installations, performance, video and film projects, across Canada and in the United States, Europe, Brazil, Korea, and Japan.

Sandy Plotnikoff adapts foil-stamping into studio practice, making freeform collages and multiples. His recent projects include Foil Problem at Paul Petro Contemporary Art, the 11:11 collaborative installation at the Art Gallery of Ontario and three public works commissioned for the 2010 Cultural Olympiad in Vancouver. Plotnikoff studied at NSCAD (BFA 1997) and has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council, as well as the Joseph S. Stauffer Prize (2001).

Paul Petro (born Toronto, 1958), curator and gallery owner, has operated his Toronto-based gallery since 1993 and programmes works by contemporary Canadian and international artists. He is also past President of the Board of Directors for C Magazine (2001-2009), a quarterly international contemporary art publication in its 26th year. He holds an Hon. B.A. in English literature from Glendon College (Toronto, grad. 1981). Prior to opening his own gallery he was engaged as a practicing artist and independent curator and sat on many arts council advisory boards and juries. He has been extensively involved in the artist-run sector in Canada including the Programming Committee at A Space, Toronto (1986-89) and is a Founding Director of Inter/Access (1983), an artist-run centre in Toronto providing training and exhibition space for artists working in electronic media. He was the Director of Evelyn Aimis Fine Art (1986-93), a private international contemporary art gallery in Toronto. In his gallery he has collaborated, produced and presented close to 300 cultural projects including the video and photography-based installation Basic Canadian (2000) with New York-based artist Rainer Ganahl and is currently pursuing the publishing of this project in book form.

Paul Petro
980 Queen West
Toronto, Ontario, M6J 1H1
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