Jade Rude
UNFIXED

March 26 to April 23, 2016

Over the past ten years Jade Rude has developed a practice exploring the boundaries between visual perception and physical presence. Her work is characterized by its use of abstract forms based on geometric principles and her propensity to work with industrial materials such as mirrored acrylic and anodized aluminum. In harnessing the seductive qualities of these elements and their highly reflective surfaces the artist draws the viewer in and implicates them in the act of looking.

The works presented in UNFIXED place an emphasis on the act of looking, in some cases by giving form to the otherwise unacknowledged and indeterminate spaces that appear often in our field of vision. The series of abstracted shapes in Safe Places are based on the various angular shadows cast by architectural features and assembled furniture in the artist's apartment. Once removed from their original source and cut from black acrylic mirror, these dark silhouettes destabilize perceptions of two and three-dimensional space. Other works in the exhibition dive further into considerations of what constitutes form and the degree to which an object can deny its apparent fixity.

Jade Rude is a contemporary artist who works in a variety of media including sculpture, installation, photography and video. Her work addresses surface aesthetics and employs perception-shifting tactics to playfully examine the relationship between reality and representation. The artist has studied at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, the College of Art and Design in Norwich, U.K., and the University of of Oslo in Oslo, Norway. Recent exhibitions and projects include Showroom at the Art Museum, Toronto (2016), The Golden Solid, a solo exhibition at YYZ Artist's Outlet, Toronto (2015), Surface and Stratagem at Division Gallery, Toronto (2015), W: art the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Toronto (2015) and Instant Messaging and Other Texts, a project for the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) Vitrines, Toronto (2014). In addition to exhibiting across Canada, the artist has also participated in group exhibitions in the US, England, Japan, Australia, Argentina and Columbia. Her work appears in numerous public and private collections in Canada and beyond.