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Spencer Julien's work is an exploration of the ownership of knowledge. Within this paradox of certainty, they research as a form of art, and the archive fosters language as visual communication. The relationship built between the artist, source material, and the viewer, resolves itself as an ongoing product. Personal experience deconstructed through meticulous processes allows Julien to ask universal questions regarding self, time, and value — archival experiences providing equal amounts of certainty and doubt, with a defined process leading to a constructed abstract existence.

Time, energy, and passion culminate in perceived value. However, if the task at hand doesn’t have a predetermined personal value, will the actions result in an increased quality of being or enjoyment? As processes are employed in daily life to perform, convey, or empathize, this work examines the patterns found in-between process and product, in an attempt to ascertain motive. The development of processes, while systematic, is extremely personal and unassumingly serve the purpose of self-actualization. While navigating the complexities of decision making and desired result, the actions themselves come into question, and their role in both protection and self-defence form a bond based in irony. Through Julien's practise, they explore the space in between process and product. Questioning both the motive behind action and the value of a result, implied meaning becomes a playground for extrapolation.

Spencer Julien is an artist and curator from Toronto, currently practising in London, United Kingdom. Their work has been exhibited across Canada, the US, and the UK and they have received awards from TIFF, the Government of Canada, and the Governor General of Canada for their work in arts and culture. Julien is a graduate of Etobicoke School of the Arts, and currently attends University of the Arts London. 

We would like to acknowledge that the land on which we are situated is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, Wendat, Anishinabek Nation, Métis Nation, and most recently, the territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. The territory is the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. This territory is also covered by the Upper Canada Treaties. Today, the meeting place of Toronto (from the Haudenosaunee word Tkaronto) is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work in the community, on this territory.

Earlier Event: June 23
INTERCONNECT Residency Exhibition