Lawrence Weiner lecture and exhibition at the Power Plant Gallery

As part of its international lectures series, the Power Plant Gallery presents artist Lawrence Weiner, who will be speaking about his pioneering practice at 7:00pm on Thursday, March 12, 2009. Four of his past films and videos will also be screened.


This lecture accompanies an exhibition by Weiner entitled The Other Side of a Cul-de-Sac, which runs at the Power Plant from March 14 until May 18, 2009.


In 2008, the in-depth touring retrospective exhibition Lawrence Weiner: As Far As The Eye Can See forcefully established the historical significance of Weiner as a pivotal figure in the development of conceptual art. Weiner continues to be very active as an artist and with that in mind the Power Plant is proud to have commissioned him to produce the new exhibition The Other Side of a Cul-de-Sac. This exhibition highlights the continuing vitality and currency of Weiner’s sculptural practice through the commissioning of new work and by providing a striking architectural context in which to situate his works – including interior, transitional and exterior spaces and surfaces of the Power Plant building.


“It is a privilege to present The Other Side of a Cul-de-Sac, Lawrence Weiner’s most substantial exhibition of new work in Toronto to date,” says Gregory Burke, exhibition curator and Director of the Power Plant. “The exhibition builds upon Weiner’s long-term relationship with Toronto, which began in earnest in 1977 at the Centre for Experimental Art and Communication (CEAC), where he created one of his earliest sound-work installations.”


The exhibition opens with a free public reception on Friday, March 13 from 8:00-11:00pm.


A 48-page hardcover companion publication will also be available, co-designed by Lawrence Weiner and Toronto’s Hahn Studio and published by the Power Plant. The publication re-configures the works from the exhibition within the book format and features texts by Gregory Burke as well as by critic and poet Dr. Wystan Curnow.


Admission to the exhibition is free to members, $10 non-members.