Birch Contemporary

Shannon Garden-Smith: Brick in, brick up, brick over and over

Bricks are most often accompanied by other bricks. They are objects which become productive through repetition—brick by brick. Despite their reputation for firm, immobility, bricks have action built-in. To be precise, they are verbs as much as objects: closing, paving or facing by bricking in, up or over.

With Brick in, brick up, brick over and over, Shannon Garden-Smith presents a series of sculptures which disorient the work bricks do. Using domestic decorative fillers and foregrounding a tactile, repetitive process, Garden-Smith offers up objects which hold too much and too little in an attempt to resist predetermined, productivist ends.     

Shannon Garden-Smith is a Guelph/Toronto-based artist. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto in 2012 and is a current MFA studio art candidate at the University of Guelph. She has recently exhibited at 8-11 Gallery (Toronto), Y+ Contemporary (Scarborough) and Kunstverein am-Rosa-Luxembourg-Platz (Berlin).