2019 Exhibits


Jeff Bierk: CURTAIN        

January 17 to March 10, 2019
Opening reception: Thursday, January 17th at 7:00 P.M.


In this exhibition, Toronto-based artist Jeff Bierk photographs friends and family to question how photographs of past events and experiences produce meaning. He pairs a series of photographs taken in hospitals between 2009 and 2010 with current photo-based projects. The result is a layering of memory that is at once beautiful and distorted. Bierk was first acquainted with hospital curtains when both his parents were hospitalized; soon after, his then-partner was regularly admitted to hospital due to serious illness. At this time, Bierk began shooting photographs of hospital curtains as a means of coping with the trauma he had long-associated with hospital spaces. By returning to these objects as only the living can, by seeing them as both photographs and lived experience, Bierk finds new possibilities for emotional exchange with the departed. “These seemingly lifeless, inanimate folds of fabric say much more to me,” he writes. “They embody the personal loss I have experienced and my incessant desire to search for the beauty in the realities of life.”


Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant would like to acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnaabeg, and Haudenosaunee Peoples. Brantford is situated on the Haldimand Tract, land promised to Six Nations, which includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.

Jeff Bierk: CURTAIN is a travelling exhibition organized and presented by the Grimsby Public Art Gallery in association with Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant and curated by Matthew Ryan Smith.

Related Programs

  • Exhibition opening reception with artist in attendance, Thursday, January 17th at 7:00 P.M.

Media image: Jeff Bierk, Untitled #17, digital photograph (2015)