Wednesday, September 14, 2011

FAUSTA FACCIPONTE - Sleepy Eyes

Exhibition Dates: September 22 – October 29, 2011
Reception for the Artist: Saturday, September 24, 2-5pm

The gallery is pleased to announce our first solo exhibition of work by Fausta Facciponte (b. Toronto, 1967). “Sleepy Eyes” is a series of doll portraits that explore the human condition as a ‘material thing’. Through the examination of objects - how they decay, how they are preserved, forgotten and passed along from one owner to the next - the work raises questions about the nature of our physical existence and our likeness to material goods.


Eve, 2010


Sleepy Eve, 2010

In this series, old vinyl dolls that have been discarded by girls and boys are salvaged. The face of the doll is presented in the deadpan style of photography; the image is large scale, highly detailed, with a clean clinical approach. Believed to be the earliest known toy, dolls are objects that are usually associated with children and play, but these objects also represent the human form. Children often bestow a power into these objects - to be their keeper of secrets, confidant and protector. In many cases, these objects are an extension of the owner: a portrait of the inner self. By reclaiming used and inexpensive dolls from thrift stores, garage sales and online auctions, these discarded objects evoke a feeling of terminated love and abandonment. Through this investigation, these works challenge and address our notions of representation and our existence through material objects.


Peter, 2009


Shirley, 2009

‘Sleepy eyes’ is a term used to describe a doll with moveable eyes. The earliest ‘sleepy eyes’ from the 19th century used weights or wires and later on simpler mechanisms were developed. The open and shut eyes were developed to create more life-like dolls but the term also suggests the human need for sleep.


Otto, 2011

Facciponte graduated with an Honours degree in Fine Art from the University of Toronto in 1990. She has received various awards: the Toronto Image Works Award, the Talens Bursary Award and the D.L. Stevenson & Sons Artists Award. Facciponte’s work can also be found in the permanent collections of the McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton; Art Gallery of Peel, Brampton; Sheridan College Collection, Oakville; and many private collections.


Emme, 2011

This project was made possible by a grant received from the Ontario Arts Council.








FREE Saturday Afternoon Screenings at CAMERA

3:00 PM

Join us on Saturday afternoons for a series of films selected by our featured artist, Fausta Facciponte.


September 24

THE ICICLE THIEF
Dir. Maurizio Nichetti (Italy: 1990), 90 min.

October 1

LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE
Dir. Alfonso Arau (Mexico: 1992), 105 min.

October 8

WHALE MUSIC
Dir. Richard J. Lewis (Canada: 1994), 107 min.

October 15

AMÉLIE
Dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet (France: 2001), 122 min.

October 22

NACHO LIBRE
Dir. Jared Hess (USA: 2006), 92 min.

October 29

EVERYBODY'S FINE
Dir. Kirk Jones (USA: 2009), 99 min.

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