Annette Kelm, Backstage, 2004, c-print, 4 parts, 42.2 x 150.4 x 3.3 cm each, Collection of Joe Friday & Grant Jameson, Courtesy of the artist and KÖNIG GALERIE

Flower Petal Tongues




Galleries, Museums

Opening Reception
Friday, September 14th, 7-9 PM

Exhibition Tour with Corrie Jackson
Saturday, September 15th, 3 PM

Griffin Art Projects is pleased to present our fall exhibition, Flower Petal Tongues, curated by RBC Senior Curator Corrie Jackson.

The exhibition presents work resulting from or inducing the action of performance, either as text, documentation, or objects. All works are selected from private collections from across Canada, furthering the element of the ongoing, intimate performance of living with works of contemporary art. In this way, the exhibition explores the sensual awareness of viewership, the echoing of the object in the body. The investigation, presented here through a selection of works, draw from the artist’s own interest in performance, spectatorship, and durational viewing. The pieces themselves draw upon the intimate act of looking and the durational dialogue that springs between the viewer and the object.

Questions arise of whether one performs while in the act of looking. Is it a passive observation, a gesture, which can be isolated within ourselves but also incorporates our bodies, our politics, and our experience - asking us to draw from all this in our action of understanding. Considering the role of the Griffin foundation as a space that actively considers the distinctions between private and public audience through its focus on collections, the exhibition looks to extend this consideration into the role of intimacy in viewership.

The exhibition includes work by Valérie Blass, Cynthia Daignault, Sharon Hayes, Maria Hupfield, Annette Kelm, Germaine Koh, Liz Magor, Jenine Marsh, Judy Radul, Jana Sterbak, Janet Werner and Joyce Wieland. We will also produce a brochure for the project with essays by Corrie Jackson and Anouchka Freybe.

Corrie Jackson, RBC Senior Curator, joined RBC in 2014, overseeing the management and strategy of the RBC Corporate Art Collection. Previ­ously she worked at the University of Toronto art Museum, at Sotheby’s Canada, and as an independent curator. She finished her Masters in Visual Studies, Curatorial Practice at the University of Toronto with a focus on contemporary Canadian artists. Jackson’s curatorial interests focus on cross-generational dialogues and developing the role of collections as accountable and inclusive narratives.

Griffin Art Projects is open Saturdays, 12-5pm and by appointment. For more information on this or any of our programs, please contact or visit our website,