What the Plants Heard

Z'otz* Collective (Nahúm Flores, Erik Jerezano, Ilyana Martínez)

November 21 - December 24, 2014

What the Plants Heard

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Z’otz* Collective was formed in Toronto in 2004 by three artists of Latin American heritage. In a shared studio, they meet weekly to collaborate on multi-media works which incorporate drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, and site–specific drawing installations. The group’s quirky and often outrageous images examine, with humour, the experiences of displacement, transition and transformation.

The artists began working in terracotta at an art residency (Terra) in Kikinda, Serbia in 2007. Since then, they have incorporated ceramic pieces along with charcoal, pastel and paper collage, into their installations. 

Through the wording of their titles, the Collective give hints to the tales contained within them, but leave space for the viewer to invent his or her own stories or concepts. In this way, the viewer is part of the collaborative process.

In 2005, their work traveled across Canada in a suitcase and was exhibited at ODD Gallery in Dawson City, Yukon. For consecutive years, Z’otz* received awards at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (Watercolour 2006, Drawing 2007.) The trio has shown work at multiple public galleries (Cambridge Galleries, Durham Gallery, Thames Gallery, Esplande Art Gallery and MacLaren Art Centre, among others). All three members have been awarded grants from the Pollock–Krasner Foundation for their individual practices. 

* Z’otz is the Mayan word for “bat”.

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