Q: Are you an undertaker? A: No Q: Are you a service provider? A: Yes

Q: Are you an undertaker? A: No Q: Are you a service provider? A: Yes

Amanda Nedham

From November 7th to November 29th
Opening November 7th, 2014 from 6-9pm

Amanda Nedham returns to Toronto after completing her graduate studies at RISD for her 5th solo exhibition at LE Gallery. This exhibition continues her interest in pursuing alternative narratives told through the collision of objects, but maps out a more intimate landscape, trading in the wonder of the museum artifact for the comforts and fear of the familiar. Scarves, cars, cinema, cigarettes and popcorn are all vehicles for vanitas, here re-cast as anticipatory memorials for the future dead. Born out of conversations about one’s favourite things, the elements in these drawings began to take shape a grounding for pre-memorials. These pre-memorials serve as meditations on relationships with those loved ones, borrowing from fashionistas and dictators alike, “because if it is good enough for a dictator it is good enough for my dad”. The engagement with sculpture and the hand-made object reflect a desire to expand upon the aesthetics of documentation to create the thing itself – the car that becomes a reliquary, the drawing that becomes a poster. The title, from a conversation in the studio with Jan Verwoert, comes from a moment where the shift of focus was realised to not be on death but life.

Amanda Nedham, currently based in Brooklyn holds a BFA from OCADU, and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Nedham has exhibited in Canada and the USA, with upcoming exhibitions in Copenhagan, and New York.