Jessica Bradley is pleased to present Tricia Middleton’s first solo exhibition at the gallery. Since she began exhibiting in the mid-2000s, the eccentric materiality of Middleton’s work has drawn critical attention. She combines synthetic and natural objects in sculptures and immersive installations of luxurious excess and dystopian decay. Working through processes of accretion and sometimes recycling existing works into new configurations, Middleton uses contemporary materials such as tin foil, glitter, cardboard and discarded bottles. Her distinctive use of colour ranges from moody blues to lurid purples. Her sculptures are coated with congealed rivers of wax cascading in painterly drips. Middleton will show several new works developed during a recent residency in New York City.
Tricia Middleton received the Victor Martyn Lynch Staunton Award in 2010 and is currently completing a residency in Paris. She has had solo exhibitions at the Oakville Galleries (2012); Mercer Union, Toronto (2011); Artspeak, Vancouver (2011); Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge (2009) and the Musée d’art Contemporain, Montréal (2009). Her work has been included in several group exhibitions including Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton (2012) and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto (2014); Nothing to Declare: Recent Sculpture from Canada, the Power Plant, Toronto (2010); the Québec Triennial, Musée d’art Contemporain, Montréal (2008) and De-con-structions, the National Gallery of Canada (2007). Middleton attended Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver and completed her MFA at Concordia University, Montréal. She currently lives and works in Montréal.