Plug In ICA has the pleasure of exhibiting the pointed, humourous and often grotesque work of Lorna Mills. Under the title Echo, Reprise, Repeat we are presenting a seemingly endless rotation of her animation in the confined space of our elevator. A captive audience on the slow ride to one of four floors, will encounter Mills’ flash .gifs on quick repetition – unceasingly.
Mills is a Toronto-based artist well-known for her digital artwork and.gif-making. She is one of the first artists to describe themselves as a Net artist. Her work has a terse-edge, often subversive in its heightened reflection and pilfering of content generated and distributed on the web. She leads a generation of artists in a conversation about appropriation, copyright and authorship as she positions herself in a political forum that slips from humour to barbed critique.
Her work is often disseminated though inter-net platforms but has also been exhibited at venues such as Zayed University, Dubai; Transfer Gallery, New York; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, and at OCAD University, as part of Nuit Blanche Toronto. She has also shown work in Vancouver, London, Basel, Milan, Cologne, Amsterdam, Paris, Moscow, Hanover, and the Canadian Embassy in Berlin. Her curatorial projects include a 15-artist exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario for the opening of the exhibition David Bowie Is and the net-based project Ways of Something, which incorporates work from over 114 artists from Europe and the Americas. Mills was listed as number three on a 2012 Flavorwire list “11 Net Artists You Should Know”, and is currently exhibiting work at the Current Museum, New York and the Whitney Museum, New York.
Plug In ICA gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council. We thank the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for their support of our 2016 and 2017 program, and we extend gratitude to our generous donors, valued members and dedicated volunteers.