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Fictions and Legends: Heather Goodchild and Jérôme Havre

Date Dec 11, 2013 - Apr 13, 2014
Artist Heather Goodchild and Jérôme Havre
Curated by Sarah Quinton

Exhibition Overview

Fictions and Legends highlights the imaginative worlds embodied in the work of Heather Goodchild and Jérôme Havre, two artists who use visual storytelling to invent biographical and mythical histories that hint at the presence of secret societies and systems of belief, mystical practices and alternative cultural codes. Integrating diverse materials and practices including sewing, rug hooking, drawing, photography and sculpture, both artists tease out our deepest collective cultural experiences, practices and beliefs by proposing evocative truths in the form of fictions and legends.

The exhibition is organized by the Textile Museum of Canada with the support of the Anne Angus Contemporary Program Fund.

Additional Information

About the Artists Heather Goodchild was born in Toronto in 1977. She completed her Bachelor of Applied Arts in Fashion Design at Ryerson University in 2000. Goodchild has exhibited her work in Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and across Canada, including Toronto, where she is represented by Katharine Mulherin Gallery. She was the Artist in Residence at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2012, and is a recipient of the 2014 Canada Council for the Arts studio residency in Paris. Jérôme Havre was born in France in 1972, and lived in Berlin and Montreal before his recent move to Toronto. Formally educated at the École Supérieure Arts Textile Neuville-Conte and the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, he has studied textiles, painting, sculpture and the history of fine art. In the last decade, Havre has exhibited throughout Europe, Africa, and North America. He is represented by Donald Browne Gallery, Montreal.

Related Programs and Events

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Opening Reception: Fictions and Legends: Heather Goodchild and Jérôme Havre
Wednesday December 11, 2013 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Join us for the opening reception of Fictions and Legends: Heather Goodchild and Jérôme Havre. Artists Heather Goodchild and Jérôme Havre will be in attendance.

Exhibition Tour
Wednesday January 15, 2014 from 6:30 pm
Join Sarah Quinton in the gallery for a discussion of the narratives and traditions at work in the exhibition, particularly in relation to the multisensory qualities of the installation.

Talking Points: A Special Cocktail Reception with Kenneth Montague and Jérôme Havre
Wednesday February 26, 2014 at 6 pm
Kenneth Montague, director of Wedge Curatorial Projects, and artist Jérôme Havre will lead a gallery walkthrough followed by a conversation providing an overview of the artist’s influences and references in a context of black representation in contemporary visual arts. This event is held as part of Black History Month.

TMC Members $10, Non-members $12. Advance registration is required, space is limited. To register, call 416-599-5321 x2228.

MARCH BREAK PROGRAM: Sculptural Selfies with Jérôme Havre
Wednesday March 12, 2014 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Share a story about yourself by making a soft sculpture of your own likeness using stockings, plastics and recycled textiles in this special workshop with artist Jérôme Havre. Open to adults and children (age 8 and up), the workshop provides an opportunity to share sewing, patchwork and collage skills across generations. This is a bilingual program, offered in French and English. Includes a tour of the exhibition.

$8 for children, $15 for adults (includes admission to the Museum). Advance registration is required, class size is limited. To register call 416-599-5321 x2228.

Heather Goodchild, <i>Get Behind Me</i>, 2013, wool, burlap. 91 x 157 cm
Jérôme Havre, <i>Untitled (Hybrid Series)</i>, 2010, fabric, kapok. 75 cm tall. Photo: Paul Litherland
Jérôme Havre, <i>Untitled (Hybrid Series)</i>, 2010, fabric, kapok. 63 cm tall. Photo: Paul Litherland
Heather Goodchild, <i>I will come to you in a thick cloud</i>, 2013, wool, burlap. 91 x 157 cm. Photo: Naomi Yasui
Heather Goodchild, installation view. Photo: Naomi Yasui
Heather Goodchild, installation view. Photo: Naomi Yasui
Jérôme Havre, installation view. Photo: the artist
Jérôme Havre, installation view. Photo: the artist