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Stop the Clock and Open Every Window
Exhibition at YYZ Artists' Outlet (Toronto, Canada)
Saturday, January 18th- Saturday, March 14th, 2020
Opening Reception January 17th, 2020

About the Exhibition: Stop the Clock and Open Every Window brings together Sylvia Matas’ work in drawing, video, and bookworks. The works in this exhibition present foreboding fragmentary narratives that question the limits of perception and what lies beyond those limits. The presence of people is indirect: a distant vehicle, billows of smoke, tracks left in the snow. In these landscapes partially emptied of human presence there is a palpable sense of uncertainty. Something has happened or is about to happen. Images hover between existence and disappearance, past and future, emergence and disintegration. There is a suggestion of something impending that is perhaps right around the corner. They sky is about to grow dark, buildings get consumed by plants or fall apart, a distant car approaches, but is perpetually out of reach. Suspended moments intersect, expand and contract, blurring the boundaries between places and times, between the mind and the external world.


Behind the Sun
Exhibition at Gallery 44 (Toronto, Canada)
Friday, November 1, 2019 to Saturday, January 4, 2020
Opening Reception November 1, 6:00PM to 8:00PM

About the Exhibition: Sylvia Matas’ work collapses physiological and psychological realms. Her drawings, writing, and videos exist within thresholds — the edges of lakes, forests and roads, when dusk transitions day into night, autumn to winter, when the conscious and unconscious mind briefly collide, when sleepwalking takes over. It is within these in-between regions that Matas’ lone narrator speaks, blurring the space between the mind and the external world. An ominous atmosphere prevails as the narrator – and viewer – wait. Memories are recounted, distorted, questioned. Time passes but has stopped.
(text by Heather Rigg, curator)


Days of Reading: beyond this state of affairs
Group Exhibition at Plug In ICA (Winnipeg, Canada)
Shannon Bool • Natalie Czech • Fabiola Carranza • Raven Chacon (with Laura Ortman and Suzanne Kite) • Leah Decter • Sameer Farooq & Jared Stanley • Theaster Gates • Hassan Khan • Ken Lum • Sylvia Matas • Jeanne Randolph.
Curated by Sarah Nesbitt and Jenifer Papararo
Structured around general notions of indexing, collecting, cloaking and the reveal with a focus on material and an overlay of poetry – the exhibition is grounded in the use of text, often found, poetry, and the everyday, with historical and political narratives interwoven as material.
September 30th-December 30th, 2018


A huge space, largely empty will be presented in the Gallery 1C03 foyer (Winnipeg, Canada)
March 1st- July 25th, 2018
Gallery 1C03 is pleased to present a deconstructed bookwork by local interdisciplinary artist Sylvia Matas in its public foyer. A huge space, largely empty is a non-linear narrative of photographs, drawings, and writing that revolves around an unnamed lake. On the first page, a character picks up a stone on a night walk in the country and throws it into a lake. At the end of the book someone approaches a lake where a hole has mysteriously formed in the ice. In between those two pages there are references to sleep, dreams, insomnia, memory, and spatial disorientation.

  Twin Poems
Two Person Exhibition at Lantern Gallery (Winnipeg, Canada)
January 5th-27th, 2018


Night, Streets, the Lantern
Group Exhibition at Lantern Gallery (Winnipeg, Canada)
October 6th-October 29th, 2017


Group Exhibition
This Must be the Place at LKA+P (Winnipeg, Canada)
February 17th - March 17th, 2017

  In Every Direction
Two person exhibition at the Maclaren Art Centre (Barrie, Canada)
December 8th, 2016 - March 12th, 2017
Curator: Renée van der Avoird
Reception: Thursday, December 8th, 7 to 9 pm
  Nocturne VII will be on display at Parlour as part of send+receive (Winnipeg, Canada)
September 16th- October 26th, 2016
 is an international festival that investigates the disciplines of experimental music and sound art, and is one of the longest
standing media arts festivals in North America focusing exclusively on sound-based work.
Plug In ICA is showing 3 of my recent videos (Winnipeg, Canada)
March 21st- June 5th, 2016
press release
My work will be featured at Papier 16 Contemporary Art Fair (Montreal, Canada)
with Lisa Kehler Art + Projects booth A03
April 21 - 24, 2016

Article on Artwort
January 20th, 2016

  Group Exhibition
They Picked it. They Made it.
LKAP (Winnipeg, Canada)
December 9th-24th, 2015
  Article on Socks Studio
December 2nd, 2015
My work is included in Volumes- an anthology of writings on contemporary artists’ engagement with sound and music.
Released by Blackwood Gallery in Mississauga Ontario, edited by Martin Arnold and Christof Migone.
August 19th, 2015
  Exhibition Review
A Certain Distance reviewed in the Winnipeg Free Press
August 6th, 2015
  Solo Exhibition
A Certain Distance at Lisa Kehler Art + Projects (Winnipeg, Canada)
July 25th- August 22nd, 2015
  Papier 15
My video The Window will be featured with Lisa Kehler Art + Projects at
Papier 15: contemporary art fair
(Montreal, Canada)
April 23rd- April 26th, 2015

vast, constant, irreversible at MKG127 (Toronto, Canada)
October 18th- November 15th, 2014


Group Exhibtion
Actual (Winnipeg, Canada)
July 24th- August 30th, 2014


The catalogue for Looking Up: Contemporary Connections with Inuit Art now available at the Winnipeg Art Gallery
February 16th, 2014


Group Exhibtion
Resonant Field at TRUCK Contemporary Art (Calgary, Canada)
January 10th- February 8th, 2014


Review for Looking Up in the Winnipeg Free Press
January 2nd, 2014


Group Exhibtion
Looking Up: Contemporary Connections with Inuit Art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (Winnipeg, Canada)
December 21st, 2013- March 16th, 2014


review for my solo exhibition 'A Forest' in the Winnipeg Free Press
January 31st, 2013


Solo Exhibition
new work A Forest, presented by ONENIGHTSTAND (Winnipeg, Canada)
February 1st, 2013

read an interview about the project


Volume: Hear Here in Art Toronto


Group Exhibition
Volume: Hear Here at the Justina M. Barnicke gallery (Toronto, Canada)
January 17th- March 10th, 2013

  Solo Exhibition
Drawing on display at Parlour (Winnipeg, Canada)
January 11th- February 21st, 2013
  Artist Talk
Friends of the Park (Wasagaming, Canada)
October 6th, 2012
Article in the South Mountain Press
September 28th, 2012
  Artist in Residence
I will be Artist in Residence at Riding Mountain National Park (Manitoba, Canada).
September-October, 2012.
Border Views article on my work in Border Crossings Magazine, Issue 123: Dreams and the Spaces in Between.
August 28th, 2012

My bookwork In Every Direction is short-listed for the 'AGYU Artist Book of the Moment'.
August 2012


Group Exhibition
In Every Direction on view as part of Nuna (now) at Ace Art (Winnipeg, Canada).
May 17th-24th, 2012


Bookwork Launch
Launch and bookwork exhibit with Michael Benjamin Brown of In Every Direction and WINTERHOUSES at Uturdur (Reykjavik, Iceland).
May 12th, 2012


Bookwork Launch
Launch and bookwork exhibit of In Every Direction at Plug In ICA (Winnipeg, Canada).
March 24th, 2012

  Bookwork Launch
Launch and bookwork exhibit with
Michael Benjamin Brown of In Every Direction and WINTERHOUSES at AKA Gallery (Saskatoon, Canada).
March 20th, 2012
  Group Exhibition
Like-Minded at Plug-In ICA (Winnipeg, Canada).
January 28th- March 25th, 2012