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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