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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