you can’t spell slaughter without laughter
January 19 – February 18, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 19, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Gallery TPW is pleased to present a solo exhibition by emerging artist Christine Negus. Negus’ works range from ephemeral objects, including glittery party banners, neon signs and artificially flowered memorial wreaths, to video works steeped in sweet sadness. At the centre of you can’t spell slaughter without laughter is a constellation of short but intense, single channel videos and digital-animations investigating nostalgia and loss through humour and difficult irony. Here children tell terrible stories, pop songs become awkward and painful poetry, night stars are watching us, and small traumas play out within a larger view of the cosmos.
Based in London, Ontario, Christine Negus has an MFA from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. She has exhibited her work internationally, with notable exhibitions and screenings including the Montreal Underground Film Festival, Cambridge Galleries, The Art Gallery of York University, Xpace Cultural Centre and the Images Festival where, in 2008, she won the National Film Board of Canada’s Best Emerging Video/Filmmaker.