September 9 - October 15, 2016

Exhibition Text

COOPER COLE is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Andrea Pinheiro, the artist’s third with the gallery.

An amassment of resources may make a person rich, a wealth of experience may render a person wise, and too much of anything can be problematic, at times even distressing. Experiences with and involvement in such excess may require adjustment, change, and healing. The incidental occurrences, trappings and restlessness of daily life are explored through Circumstantial Evidence: they’ve insidiously informed and interrupted Andrea Pinheiro’s practice. Multiple experiences of time are united and compressed into the same instant where uncertain futures and anxiety over stewardship and inheritance emerge. The volatility of experiences, happenings and legacies are laid bare.

The artist’s relationship with the building that houses her studio has brought her into contact with objects which she has inherited, had to live with and care for – remnants of past times, inhabitants and situations, whose presences have crept into the work, paralleling changes in the studio. Landscapes, antlers, plants and industrial relics reference the weighty history of this place and time, and link to their situation in Northern Ontario. An inescapable sense of second hand-ness haunts this space and this work, reflecting what has at times been an uncomfortable, object-burdened and obstacle-riddled existence for the artist, in a place where the residues of past times cast inescapable shadows on the present and future.

Pinheiro reasserts her presence into the work, however, through the poignant ordering of the objects, her hands’ interventions across the surfaces of photographs, and the reference to her body as a measure. The overworking of the images offers parasitic clues to the meanings and happenstance interpretations buried within them, and to the relationships she has struck up – with the studio, the confounding objects that occupy it, and with this place. Salt, paint and rocks prevent full immersion into the image-space by stripping away tone, complicating the interpretation of depth and content, in much the same way that accumulated artifacts act as barriers to movement, access and progress in real time and space. Pinheiro’s meddling prevents the audience from fully receiving her messages or solving her scenes, leaving them to question what they’re seeing and draw their own conclusions. There is an invitation into this devised world, but only so far. This is a cautionary tale, of sorts, calling attention to the consequences of personal involvement into those circumstances in which we find ourselves.

– Miranda Bouchard, 2016

Andrea Pinheiro (b. 1982, Kingston, Canada) is an artist and curator working in photography, print, mixed media, paint, video and installation. She has exhibited across Canada and internationally at such venues as The Art Gallery of Ontario, COOPER COLE, Toronto; Republic Gallery, Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver; The Art Gallery of Alberta, FAB Gallery, Enterprise Square Gallery, SNAP Gallery, Edmonton, Canada; Southern Graphics, Knoxville; NEPO House, Seattle, USA; and Or Gallery, Berlin, Germany. She has completed a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff and a curatorial residency at the Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver, Canada. She is an Assistant Professor at Algoma University and is also the director of 180 Projects, an experimental exhibition space. Pinheiro currently lives and works in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada.

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