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Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky make sculptural still life, attenuated by an emphasis on process and materiality. Whether generated by laborious working methods, held together by propping or balancing, or constructed from ephemeral material, their works focus attention upon coming into and out of existence. In them, traces of hand embossing and accumulated paint and plaster drips function as almost-frozen records of the passage of time. By posing their very real vulnerability, temporality and open-endedness as an ambiguously bracketed off ‘life’, the works attempt to picture the world in which they are happily embedded. This self-picturing, wrapped up as it is with a necessarily exaggerated mimicry, is realized as a kind of earthy comedy.
Rhonda Weppler (born in Winnipeg) and Trevor Mahovsky (born in Calgary) are New York- and Toronto-based artists, respectively, who have worked collaboratively since 2004. Both artists have MFA degrees from the University of British Columbia, where they met in 1996.
They have exhibited in galleries and museums internationally, including the National Gallery of Canada, Vancouver Art Gallery, LABoral in Gijon, Dos de Mayo in Madrid, the Power Plant in Toronto, Musée d’art Contemporain in Montreal, Tokyo Wonder Site, and loop-raum in Berlin.
Weppler’s work has also been exhibited at the Palazzo delle Papesse in Sienna and COCA in Seattle. Mahovsky’s work has been shown at the Queens Museum of Art in New York, and he has written for catalogues and journals such as Artforum and Canadian Art.
Their work is represented in public collections, including the Musée d’art Contemporain de Montreal and the National Gallery of Canada.