Marissa Alexander. The Dancers (Detail), 2021. Hand-rolled clay tiles and various glazes.

Marissa Alexander. The Dancers (Detail), 2021. Hand-rolled clay tiles and various glazes.

The Dancers

Marissa Alexander

Curated by Melanie Egan

June 12 – July 25, 2021

Big Vitrine (facing onto Ontario Square)
235 Queens Quay West, East Side

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We are currently dancing alone due to the pandemic, but oh how we are looking forward to dancing together again. It’s Spring! A time when we turn our faces to the warming sun, anticipate budding flowers and shed our winter clothing. Artist Marissa Alexander, with her joyful installation of tiles, celebrates Spring and invites us to dance.

Clay tiles have been made for millennia, first as a construction material and later as decorative additions that grace the interior and exterior of buildings. Running the gamut from monochromatic to densely decorated and geometrically patterned, tiles create atmosphere and tell stories.

Marissa understands the power of materials and process to transform and communicate ideas. Known primarily for her sculpture and functional work with highly ornamented surfaces, she translates her expressive imagery onto a series of tiles. Embracing the decorative and narrative, Marissa creates a jubilant mood.

Her installation is infused with the pleasure of movement. Bright and lively patterns adorn her figures as they sway, bop, whirl and twirl, and get down with delight in a lush landscape. To stand in the presence of Marissa’s installation is to feel your spirits lift and be tempted to join in the dance.

— Melanie Egan, Curator

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