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Blood, Sweat, Tears

Curated by

Isabelle and Sophie Lynch

The exhibition Blood, Sweat, Tears is co-curated by Isabelle and Sophie Lynch, winners of the 2016 Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators. Blood, Sweat, Tears raises urgent, enduring questions about labour and the body. How is value created and extracted from labouring bodies? How can we re-think notions of work and productivity? How can bodies move and interact with space and materials? Through the work of contemporary artists working in drawing, video, performance, and installation, this exhibition focuses on the human body’s relationship to work and the subjective dimensions of productive and unproductive labour.

A marble rolls down a ramp and nudges a toy car. The car races down a tube, crashing into a chain of dominoes. The final domino falls and turns on a fan that extinguishes a candle. This is an example of a Rube Goldberg machine, a complex contraption that executes simple tasks in an overly complicated manner.

Kids (8 and up) will build a Rube Goldberg machine at AGG. The activity will be an exercise in working together and will engage with the themes of the Blood, Sweat and Tears exhibition, including notions of productivity and alternative ways of doing and making. All materials provided. Limited space. Register by contacting Parents are encouraged to participate.

Image detail: Kerry Downey and Joanna Seitz, still from To Do List, 2012-14 (Single channel video; time: 17:26, featuring Jen Rosenblit)


Presented by the Art Gallery of Guelph, the Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators is made possible through the support of the Centre Wellington Community Foundation’s Middlebrook Social Innovation Fund, The Guelph Community Foundation: Musagetes Fund, and through private donations.


Isabelle Lynch

Sophie Lynch


Kerry Downey (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

Joanna Seitz (Brooklyn, NY)

Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens (Montreal/Durham-Sud, QC)

Virginia Lee Montgomery (New York, NY/Chester, VT)

Mika Rottenberg (New York, NY)

Adrienne Spier (Guelph, ON)

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