Included within the PLATFORM Speaker Series, POWER TALKS are a series of lectures organized in partnership with the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery.

Since 2006, the Power Plant has partnered with Art Toronto to present influential art-world figures who discuss their projects, preoccupations and ideas in the context of the city’s largest art fair. Participants range from leading collectors, advisors and dealers to internationally renowned museum directors, curators, critics, scholars, and artists.

For an archive of past talks, please visit the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery archive.

See below for the full schedule of POWER TALKS for Art Toronto 2017.


POWER TALK: Charles Gaines, Systems, Structures and the Politics of Subjectivity

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

Charles Gaines

In this talk, Charles Gaines will discuss his early work in systems and numerals to his most recent work with language and representation. This will include a discussion of ways the work rethinks notions of subjectivity and how they are manifested in works of art. Additionally, there will be a discussion about the fine difference between chance and arbitrary judgments on the one hand and expressive and intuitional judgments on the other, both sharing the characteristic of being indeterminate, and how works of art can uniquely interrogate this difference.