Jon Sasaki

Wishing for Three More Wishes

June 22 – July 24, 2007

Opening Reception: Friday, June 22, 2007, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Gallery TPW is pleased to present a solo exhibition by emerging Toronto artist Jon Sasaki. With deadpan humour and considerable joie de vivre, Sasaki’s work touches on themes of skepticism, containment, pathos and futility. Each piece in Wishing for Three More Wishes stands alone as a fragment of a bigger, funny, yet sad picture. An assembly of new work, the exhibition includes: A celebration of perseverance in the face of probable failure as a video depicts the artist attempting to climb an unsupported ladder; Sasaki’s first oil painting, completed at age 15, is now encased in bronze, memorialized like a first pair of baby shoes; a collection of silver “Best Friend” pendants attest to the desire to forge meaningful relationships while recognizing the difficulty in locating where exactly that meaning resides.

Jon gratefully acknowledges the support of the DMS at the University of Guelph for this exhibition.

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Artist Biography

Jon Sasaki’s videos have been presented at the 50th Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Eyebeam Gallery (NYC), and the Rooftop Films (Brooklyn) screening series. His work has been included in projects for Digifest (The Design Exchange, Toronto), and the Playlist Thursday event series at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, (Toronto). He is member of the Instant Coffee art collective (on leave), and currently lives and works in Toronto.