Martha Baillie | Malka Greene with Alan Resnick

April 16 – June 14, 2015
Koffler Gallery
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street
Curator: Mona Filip

Click here for the exhibition digital publication featuring an essay by Malka Greene

Bringing together two distinct archives, Erratics explores the tensions between memory and fiction, examining the role of photographs and words in uncovering hidden narratives. Attempting to convey two personal stories, these collections of images, texts and records reveal both the impossibility of fully knowing the past and the effectiveness of literary imagination in grappling with history.

Toronto author Martha Baillie adds further layers to her most recent book, The Search for Heinrich Schlögel, through a multi-media installation. In Baillie’s hypnotic novel, an archivist seeks the truth about Heinrich’s life through letters, documents and photographs providing glimpses into the young man’s journey from a small German town to exploring the Canadian North and finding himself lost in time. Hundreds of postcards, voice recordings and a musical composition created by Nic Gotham give material substance to Baillie’s literary plot that addresses our fraught relationship to the historic past.

In His Father Over Time, Toronto artist and curator Malka Greene mines a store of materials belonging to the late Dr. Morris Resnick – a former World War II reconnaissance photographer who avidly documented his life and times. Emulating the work of an archivist, Greene tries to piece together the threads of this private story. In parallel, Morris’s son – television writer and satirist Alan Resnick – explores his relationship with his father and family through the mnemonic device of the archive and responds with a personal series of texts. Where information may lack or memories fail to fill the gaps in time, fiction takes over.


A Featured Exhibition in the
2015 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival


Contemporary Art Bus Tour
Sunday, May 24, 2015 | 12 – 5 PM | FREE
Tour starts at the Koffler Gallery at Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw Street) and then departs for Blackwood Gallery and AGYU, returning to Shaw Street at 5 PM. Seating is limited.

Please RSVP by Friday, May 22 to:
Sarah Munro | | 647.925.0643 x 221

Erratic Narratives and Archival Diversions
Sunday, June 7, 2015 | 2 PM Artist Talk | 3 PM Round-Table Conversation | FREE
Martha Baillie, Malka Greene, Donna Bernardo-Ceriz, Dr. David Dorenbaum, Alison Pick, Maia Sutnik, Mona Filip (moderator) 

An artist-led walk-through with Martha Baillie and Malka Greene offers personal insights into the narrative and memory-steeped layers of Erratics, discussing the creative intentions that guided the development of the two projects in the exhibition. The afternoon continues with a broader conversation on the ways in which fact and fiction coalesce in the process of remembrance, examining the role of photographs and words in both uncovering and constructing memory. Donna Bernardo-Ceriz (Archivist, Ontario Jewish Archives), Dr. David Dorenbaum (Psychoanalyst and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto), Alison Pick (Author of Between Gods and Far to Go) and Maia Sutnik (Curator of Photography, Art Gallery of Ontario) join moderator Mona Filip (Koffler Gallery Director/Curator) to discuss the interaction between reality and imagination in both artistic works and human consciousness.