The Spotlight
Artist statement
Denise Hawrysio, 2007

Founded in 1927, The Spotlight is the entertainment industry’s primary casting resource. When I
acquired several 1987 editions some years ago, I began by cutting out the faces and rebinding the
books; subsequently, video, carbon copy drawings, photographs and site-specific installations have

This re-casting of these Spotlight directory evokes the spirit of surrealist collage, embracing Andre
Breton’s definition of Surrealism as a disruptive “juxtaposition of two more or less disparate realities”
however this idea of the disturbing ‘third’ image a few steps further by combining a larger succession
of fragmentary images together.

BORN        Toronto, Canada, lives in London, UK

MFA, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, USA, 1985
  BFA (Hons), Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, 1981

  Situtational Prints, Open Studio, Toronto, Canada, 2009
  News in Briefs,  36 Bedford Row Gallery, London, 2009
  Situational Prints, Danish Graphic Assoications, Copenhagne, 2009
  Situational Prints, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Scotland, 2008
  Situational Prints, Simon Fraser University Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, 2007
  Hello my name is Jenny, MOCA, London, UK, 2005
  Live or Die, Zsa Zsa Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 2004        
  A city where the traffic lights are a place of contemplation, RACA, Copenhagen,
  Denmark, 2004
  The Way Things Don’t, Five Years, London, UK, 2002
  In the full light of reason, Dare-Dare Gallery, Montreal, Canada, 2001
  A Catalogue of Errors, The Floating Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada, 2001
  Grasping and Clinging, Project 304, Bangkok, Thailand, 2000
  Safe for all Surfaces, Five Years, London, UK, 2000        
  The Other Journey, The Other Gallery, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Canada, 1997
  The Tannery Project Space, London, UK, 1995
  Forum Bilker Stra, Düsseldorf, Germany, 1994
  Galerie Articule, Montréal, Canada, 1992
  Clove Gallery, London, UK, 1991
  Art & Text, Inset 2, The Showroom, London, UK, 1990
  Helen Pit Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, 1989

  Hawrysio/Mason, Danske Grafikers Hus, Copehange, Denmark, 2009
  Common Wealth, MKG Gallery, Toronto, 2009
  New Prints 2009/Spring, International Print Center New York, New York, 2009
  Transcentric, Lethaby Gallery, Central St. Martins of Art and Design, London, 2008
  New Prints 2008/Spring, International Print Center New York, New York, 2008
  BIMPE, The Society for Contemporary Works on Paper, Vancouver, 2008
  Analogue & Digital, Fieldgate Gallery, London, UK, 2007
  Spring Faculty Exhibition, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 2007
  If it didn't exist you'd have to invent it., The Showroom, London, UK, 2006
  15/1 (3), Overgaden, Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2006
  Hearing Voices, The Brunei Gallery, University of London, UK, 2005
  Drawing Life; the art and act of drawing, Surrey Art Gallery, Canada, 2005
  What is the book, Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY. Fisher Arts Centre, Bard College,
  NY., 2004
  The Book Show, The Nunnery, London, & 3W Gallery, Grasmere, England, 2004
  15/1 (2), 1,000 000mph, London, UK, 2003
  6th Annual Splice This Festival, Toronto, Canada 2003
  The Lux Open, Smartlab, Royal College of Art, London, 2003
  Space Men, MOT, London, UK, curated by Chris Hammond, 2003
  Snapshot, The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, USA, 2002, (touring exhibition)
  X-mas, Outline, Amsterdam, Holland, 2001
  Denise Hawrysio and Mark Bell, Mercer Union, Toronto, Canada, 1999
  Lapsus, Five Years, London, UK, curated by John Roberts, 1999
  Recent Acquisitions, Surrey Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, 1998
  The Marketplace of Ideas, Wriston Art Galleries, Appleton, Wisconsin, 1998
  External Affairs, Canada House, London, 1998
  The Space of the Page, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, 1997
  Answer Affirmative Or Negative, Art Metropole, Toronto, Canada, 1997
  The Pleasure of Aesthetic Life, The Showroom, London, UK, 1996
  Disneyland After Dark, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany, 1996
  For the Voice: Sound and Silence, Chelsea School of Art, London, UK, 1996
  Disneyland After Dark, Uppsala Konstmuseum, Uppsala, Sweden, 1996

  Simon Fraser University, Canada 2007
  MacDowell Colony, NH, USA, 2006
  University of Manchester, UK, 2001
  San Francisco Art Institute, SF, Cal, Artists book collection, 2000
  Joan Flash Artists’ Books Collection, Chicago Institute, Chicago, 1999
  The National Gallery, Ottawa, Canada, 1998
  Surrey Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, 1998
  Morey Chaplick Private Collection, Toronto, Canada, 1998
  Hajduszoboszlo Museum of Modern Art, Gyor, Hungary, 1997
  Yale University, New Haven, USA, 1997
  Museum vh Boek, Den Hagg, Holland, 1997
  AA Bronson - General Idea, Toronto, Canada, 1996
  Exeter School of Art, Exeter, UK, 1996
  Guildhall University, London, UK, 1995
  John Janssen, (private), London, UK, 1995
  Rijksgevangenis Dendermonde, Belgium, 1994
  Artists’ Publication, Eins von Hundert, Köln, Germany, 1994
  Art/Start Archives, International Ko production, Middleburg, Netherlands, 1994
  Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK, 1992/93
  Art Bank, Ottawa, Canada, 1992
  Tate Gallery, London, UK, 1990
  Chelsea Art Library, London, UK, 1990/94

  Project Grant, Canada Council for the Arts, 2007
  Artist’s Residency, Printmedia Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 2007
  Tom and Babs Putnam Print Fellowship, MacDowell Colony, N.H., USA, 2007
  Artists Fellowship, The MacDowell Colony, N.H., USA, 2006
  Grants to Artists, British Council, London, 2006
  Research Grant, Wimbledon School of Art, London, 2006
  Artists’ Residency, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Canada, 2006
  Artist’s Residency Exchange Program, Deptford/Berlin, 2004
  Artists’ residency, Gibraltar Point Centre for the Arts, Toronto, 2004
  Travel Grant, Canada Council for the Arts, Canada, 2004        
  Grants to Artists, London Arts, London, 2002
  Creative Production Grant, Canada Council, 2001
  Awards to Artists, British Council, London, 2000
  Publication Grant, Canadian Embassy, Bangkok, Thailand, 2000
  Travel Grant, Canada Council, 2000
  British Council Grant, London, 1999
  Artist in Residency, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Canada, 1997
  Travel Grant, Canada Council, 1997
  Circulation and Dissemination Grant, Canada Council, 1997
  Travel Grant, The British Council, 1994
  Travel Grant, London Arts Board, 1994
  Research Grant, University of Plymouth, Exeter, 1996
  Elephant Trust, London, 1991


Curator/organiser, 15/1 (3), Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, 2005/6
Board of Directors, Five Years, London, artists collective gallery space, with Marc Hulson, Alex
Schady, and Eddy Dorrian.  Exhibitions/events include A Promise of Happiness, What is Love?, Dark
Pop and Self Service, 1999 to 2004
Curator/organiser, 15/1 (2), 1,000,000 MPH Gallery, London, 2003
Photographer and research assistant for “Hearing Voices”, BBC radio commission and sound
installation by John Wynne at Brunei Gallery, SOAS, London, 2003 (project included travel to Africa)
Exhibition Assistant, Architectural Association, London, Either In or Out, 2002
Artists’ publication, The Lifelong Lesson, Control Magazine, by Stephen Willats, 1997
Co-organizer, Tapko , Academy of Fine Art Helsinki, site specific installation, w/ Whitehead,1997
Director/founder, Malania Basarab Gallery, London, three-year collective gallery project, 1990-93
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