Peter Kingstone, Party 2009, Digital Print, 14" x 19"
September 17–November 7, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 5-8 pm
Pari Nadimi Gallery is pleased to announce a major solo exhibition by Toronto-based installation artist Peter Kingstone.
For his first solo exhibition at Pari Nadimi Gallery, Peter Kingstone will present a new installation work entitled Them!. Kingstone’s Them! works with the idea that the horror film Them (1954) is a documentary. Them! (1954) is a horror film about the meeting of giant ants and humans in the New Mexican desert. Kingstone’s installation does not talk about an inter-species war, but instead investigates ideas of community. The exhibition is comprised of three different pieces working together in the gallery. Suburb is a living sculpture, a 3 foot by 3 foot ant farm, where the ants live amongst a miniature suburban landscape, the twelve 19” x 14” photographs supposes that giant ants have been able to live within human communities and Them!: Dr Medford’s Story is a 45 minute video that discusses the ant world and the human community. The exhibition proposes a radical rethinking of the way life is lived. The concept of community is questioned with a new proposal in its place.
Kingstone’s work has been exhibited across Canada and throughout the United States. He won the Untitled Artist Award in 2005 for his installation The Strange Case of Peter K. (1974-2004). His most recent installation, 100 Stories About My Grandmother has been exhibited in Toronto at TPW (2008), Eastern Edge, St. John’s, Newfoundland (2009), Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, New Brunswick (2009), Latitude 53, Edmonton, Alberta (2009), Ace Art, Winnipeg, Manitoba (upcoming, 2009). Kingstone holds a Philosophy/Cultural Studies Degree from Trent University in Peterborough (1997), and a Masters of Fine Arts from York University, Toronto (2004).