Heaven is a Place on Earth

Opening Reception: June 13 7:00-9pm

Exhibition Dates: June 13 - July 25

Location: 184 Munro St (rear)

Heaven is a Place on Earth is a solo exhibition of new work by Adrienne Crossman that explores the potential for queerness along the spectrum of utopia to dystopia. Drawing from lesbian representation in fiction and popular culture, Crossman combines imagery and ephemera from cult narratives such as ‘But I’m a Cheerleader’ and ‘Desert Hearts’, with objects that make reference to Toronto’s own lost queer and lesbian spaces, blurring the lines between fiction and reality.

Adrienne Crossman (she/her, they/them) is an interdisciplinary artist, educator and curator working in Hamilton, Ontario. She holds an MFA in Visual Arts from the University of Windsor (2018), and a BFA in Integrated Media with a Minor in Digital and Media Studies from OCAD University (2012). Their practice investigates the liminality between the digital and the physical

while highlighting queer sensibilities in the everyday. Crossman is interested in how the terms trans* and non-binary apply to media as well as gender, and she creates queer interventions

through the manipulation of digital media and popular culture. Adrienne has completed residencies in Syracuse (NY), Montréal (QC), Artscape Gibraltar Point on the Toronto Islands

(ON), and Studio Beat (studio-beat.com), and has exhibited at: Xpace Cultural Centre (Toronto, Ontario), Idea Exchange (Cambridge, Ontario), 8eleven (Toronto, Ontario), Studio L'Eloi (Montreal, Quebec), Moscow Biennale for Young Art (Moscow, Russia), The Art Gallery of Windsor (ON), and The Wrong New Digital Art Biennale (thewrong.org).

Patel Projects is a project space and incubator that presents accessible, cutting-edge work by emerging artists and curators. The alternative arts space provides a platform for experimental practices, innovative exhibition formats and new experiences of art. With an emphasis on artistic integrity and ethical practice, Patel Projects also works on public art, programming, licensing, publishing, sponsorship, activations, and more.

Patel Projects is located at 184 Munro Street (rear entrance off of Mt. Stephens Rd.) It is open for receptions and by appointment only. For more information please contact info@patel.gallery.

Heaven is a Place on Earth

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