Roula Partheniou: House & Home & Garden

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Matthew Hyland

Matthew Hyland

Matthew Hyland has been director of Oakville Galleries, since 2008. Educated in women’s studies and cultural studies at York University and the University of Victoria, respectively, Hyland has been with Oakville Galleries since 2006. Prior to joining the staff at the Galleries, Hyland held positions at the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre and the City of Toronto.

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Oakville Galleries is pleased to announce the opening of our spring exhibitions—House & Home & Garden, a site-specific installation by Toronto-based artist Roula Partheniou.

For several years now, the playful sculptural work of Toronto-based artist Roula Partheniou has engaged the complexities of human perception. Deftly manipulating visual cues of colour, form and scale, Partheniou creates objects that sit coyly between abstraction and reproduction—while they may resemble familiar items at first glance, closer examination reveals subtle surprises.

In House & Home & Garden, her first solo museum exhibition, Partheniou presents an installation environment that skews our perception of the materials of everyday life. Providing a unique context and architecture for Partheniou’s practice, Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens—formerly a private home—becomes a space in transition. Rooms seemingly undergoing renovation are joined by uncanny sculptural objects that evoke the activities of both residents and contractors. Seamlessly blending actual and fabricated construction materials, and presenting replicas of once-functional objects like light bulbs, candle sticks and toys, Partheniou proffers a scene poised between the order of daily routine and the chaotic upheaval of change.

About Roula Partheniou

Roula Partheniou received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Guelph in 2001 and currently lives and works in Toronto. She has exhibited throughout Canada and internationally, with recent exhibitions at MKG127, Toronto; The Power Plant, Toronto; Plug In ICA, Winnipeg; Museum of Bat Yam, Israel; AHVA Gallery, Vancouver; and MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts. Her work is held in numerous private collections, in the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives and in the corporate and institutional collections of Munich Re, Bank of Montreal, TD Bank and The University of Toronto. She is represented by MKG127, Toronto Canada.

Roula Partheniou: House & Home & Garden installation will be located at Gairloch Gardens from March 29th until May 24, 2015. This event is generously sponsored by Trafalgar Brewing Company and Whole Foods Market, Oakville.

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