Monique Genton

(British-Colombia, Canada )

Monique Genton

Four artists imagine the world divided into nice, neat parcels. Monique Genton’s magnificent installation of colourful grassy squares reminds us of tidy lawns – the land-owner’s disciplining of nature. Toni Hakenscheid takes us into the mind of the child who possesses the world through a train set or a picture postcard – except these pictures are all from the real world! Martin Parr takes us around the globe looking for the perfect parking space. In an elaborate parody of corporate development, Mike Yuhasz encourages us to buy up all the land and resources of the Canadian North.

Monique Genton, originally from Ottawa, lives and works in Vancouver. She completed her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has studied and taught at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver. Genton has exhibited across Canada and the United States, winning awards in both countries. With a feminist interest in the everyday environment, Genton documents suburban sites where nature, displaced and disciplined into tidy green forms, is also buoyed by the optimism of Modernist design. Her current investigation of Modernist vision involves low-rise 1930s−1960s architecture as it plays out in the contemporary environment.

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Neverlands. Monique Genton, Toni Hafkenscheid, Martin Parr, and Mike Yuhasz
September 8, 2005 – October 9, 2005
Tuesday to Thursday 1:00-7:00pm, Friday to Sunday 1:00-5:00pm
Opening Thursday September 8, 2005 from 5:00-8:30pm, the artists will be present

Monique Genton, Series 6 (2003), from the series Garden City. Courtesy of the artist