Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art: Titiq Kayumanggi by Patrick Cruz and A Greenhouse. Evening by Ray Fenwick, April 14 - June 4

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art presents two inaugural solo exhibitions

Titiq Kayumanggi (Brown Gaze)

By Patrick Cruz

A Greenhouse. Evening

By Ray Fenwick

Please join us for the Opening Reception on Thursday, April 13 | 8-11pm

The exhibitions run from April 14 to June 4, 2017.

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the launch of our spring program with two solo exhibitions by award winning Filipino-Canadian artist, Patrick Cruz and beloved Winnipeg artist Ray Fenwick. This marks Fenwick's first solo exhibition in a public art institution and Cruz's first major exhibition in Winnipeg. Both artists will transform one of Plug IN's galleries into immersive environment.

The exhibitions launch with an opening reception on Thursday, April 13 from 8-11pm with both artists in attendance. On Saturday, April 15, Patrick Cruz will give an exhibition tour in Tagalog at 2pm, followed by an artist talk in English at 3pm. For more detailed information on each exhibition see below and visit www.plugin.org. For media inquiries contact Sarah Nesbitt at sarah@plugin.org.

Patrick Cruz

Titig Kayumanggi (Brown Gaze)

April 14 to June 04, 2017

Marking his first solo exhibition in Winnipeg, Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is pleased to present Titig Kayumanggi (Brown Gaze) by Patrick Cruz who is known for his bold gestural style, bright colors and immersive spaces.

For this exhibition at Plug In ICA, animated patterned paintings line the walls and floor of our street front gallery, enveloping the space and its visitors. A personal history of immigration from the Philippines to Canada is a story traced on the surface of Cruz's canvasses, made visible through the accumulation of line, colour and gesture, stacked and amassed into an immersive installation. Titig Kayumanggi (Brown Gaze) is the artist's gaze – his perspective stylistically melded into a densely cluttered and unified world of painted lines and bold colours, collaged videos, and stacked objects.

Patrick Cruz is a Filipino-Canadian multidisciplinary artist known for his immersive painting, vibrant colour pallet, assemblage installation style and gestural lines. Influenced by his personal experience of migration to Canada in 2005, Cruz harvests the detritus of capitalist society as actor and point of reflection on globalization, displacement and migration. In 2015, Cruz won the 17th Annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition. He has shown across North America, Europe and Asia with recent exhibitions at Projet Pangee, Montreal; Centre A, Vancouver; Project 20, Quezon City, Philippines; and Multiplex, Portland. His work can be seen currently at the Art Gallery of Alberta, and was presented in 2016 at the Mexico Material Art Fair. In addition to his solo work, Cruz has collaborated on numerous occasions including screenings and performances. His work has been collected by the RBC, TD Bank, and private collectors in Manila, Hongkong, Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Florida.

Related Programing:

Thursday, April 13 | 8 — 11pm Opening Reception

Saturday, April 15 | 2pm Tagalog eksibisyon tour ni
Tagalog Exhibition Tour with Patrick Cruz

Saturday, April 15 | 3pm Artist Talk and Exhibition Tour with Patrick Cruz

Thursday, April 20 | 7pm Performance by Casey Mecija

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Ray Fenwick
A Greenhouse. Evening

April 14 to June 04, 2017

The title, "A Greenhouse. Evening" is a description setting the scene for Fenwick's solo exhibition at Plug In ICA, which is both elaborate installation and improvisational performance.

Fenwick's "greenhouse" is a self-contained structure positioned in the "evening" - a dimly lit room. This staged scenario is set for visitors to enter and engage with a series of actions and the potential for conversation. What defines a conversation is part of Fenwick's subject, which he stretches to absurd ends within A Greenhouse. Evening to the point that the walls might speak and the plants will understand and grow.

Ray Fenwick is an interdisciplinary artist working in performance, video, sound and typography. Known for eccentric, often immersive and durational performances that explore language, voice, and communication. His performance work lies somewhere between experimental comedy and sound art. In addition to his solo work, Fenwick collaborates with Halifax-based artist Mitchell Wiebe in Pastoralia, an art, performance and music hybrid that acts as a meeting point between the practices of the two artists. Fenwick completed his MFA Degree at the University of Manitoba, and has exhibited in both Canada and the United States. Pastoralia has performed at unexpected venues including the opening of Mass MoCA's Oh Canada exhibition, North Adams Massachusetts, Halifax's Nocturne festival, and at the recent Saltbox performance festival in Newfoundland. His work has also been exhibited in Galerie Sans Nom, Moncton; Grenfell Art Gallery, Corner Brook; Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge; Truck Gallery, Calgary; and Plug-In ICA, Winnipeg. This exhibition marks his first solo exhibition in Winnipeg.

Related Programing:

Thursday, April 13 | 8 — 11pm Opening Reception

Thursday, June 03 | 9pm Closing Performance with Pastoralia

Images captions: Patrick Cruz, External Packaging, 2017. Digital collage; and Ray Fenwick, A Greenhouse. Evening, 2017. Digital image.

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Plug In ICA extends our gratitude to our generous donors, valued members and dedicated volunteers with special thanks to our Director's Circle.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council. We thank the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for their support of our 2016 and 2017 program, as well as Investors Group and Wawanesa Insurance for the direct support of our youth programs.

Plug In ICA relies on community support to remain free and accessible to all, and enable us to continue to present excellent programs. Please consider becoming a member of Plug In ICA and a donor at https://plugin.org/support or by contacting Angela Forget: angela@plugin.org

For media inquiries please contact: Sarah Nesbitt at sarah@plugin.org or by phone at (204) 942-1043

For general information please contact: info@plugin.org. For media inquiries please contact Sarah Nesbitt: sarah@plugin.org