In Transit will include four new bodies of work.
Rounds, a group of 16 drawings, is the latest series in an ongoing exploration of the futility of knowledge production. The drawings are created when MacGregor is in transit, either on a plane or train. Information about the journey is drawn out and then obliterated over the duration of the travel.
Post Post is a new series of paper constructions that repurpose magazines received through the post. Artforum, Canadian Art, and other publications have been taken apart, glued back together and taken apart again. Making through unmaking, undoing the done.
Watchers Watched is a new series of photos created in conjunction with Lewis Nicholson. MacGregor and Nicholson have created a diverse body of work over the last 25 years that has been presented at galleries such as AGYU, Oakville Galleries, and The Art Gallery of Ontario. For this current series, they have captured moments in museums, focusing on the specifics of the embodied spatial practices of patrons and employees.
Point Two Percent is a mixed media multiple created on the occasion of Canada 150. These works are an unapologetic condemnation of the Canada 150 celebrations in light of Canadian governmental policy towards indigenous peoples. Arthur Manual’s book Unsettling Canada is the inspiration for this series, which states that indigenous peoples only have control of .2% of Canadian territory. The 10 dollar bill is the jumping off point to visually represent the disproportionate amount of land controlled by First Nations in relation to the size of indigenous populations.
Gwen MacGregor is a visual artist and cultural geographer working across a contemporary art practice and geographic scholarship. She has artworks in collections such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, Oakville Galleries, and the Royal Bank Collection. She has participated in numerous international art residencies including the International Studio Curatorial Program in New York and is a Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Award holder. MacGregor has an Honours BA from York University, a Master’s in Geography from The University of Toronto and is a PhD Candidate in Geography with an SSHRC doctoral scholarship. Her dissertation explores the constructions and contestations of nationhood in contemporary art practices presented at The Venice Biennale and Documenta.