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Alison S.M. Kobayashi

Alison S.M. Kobayashi Fills in a Family’s Blanks at Gallery TPW

ALISON S.M. KOBAYASHI’S WIDE-RANGING EXHIBITION AT GALLERY TPW HAS THE ARTIST ASSUMING MULTIPLE ROLES

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Juliette, age 7. Courtesy of Famous Players, 130 W. 56th St. N.Y.C. (detail), part of Alison S.M. Kobayashi’s multidisciplinary exhibition at Gallery TPW

FEBRUARY 13 TO MARCH 26 The artifacts of unknown lives have long informed the artistic practice of Alison S.M. Kobayashi. Her videos, drawings and performance works are inspired by everything from love letters to answering machine tapes—other people’s ephemera that Kobayashi has purchased, that’s been given to her, or that she’s simply come across in the course of collecting. The Toronto artist’s latest effort, now showing at Gallery TPW, takes as its point of departure two obsolete audio spools with recordings of a New York family from the early 1950s. By combining period research and creative reenactment, Kobayashi pieces together a compelling new narrative, imagining fictional—but still plausible—personal histories for a set of complete strangers, while playfully prodding at notions of documentation, memory and identity.  —Craig Moy

• Gallery TPW, 170 St. Helens Ave., 416-645-1066; gallerytpw.ca
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