Night work

Mark Clintberg

Sep 12 - Oct 29, 2015

Opening: Sep 12, 7pm-10pm

Night work is a solo exhibition by Mark Clintberg that brings together a series of new and existing projects, each of which focuses on the transition between day and night, and on shifting economies and uses of space after dark. Through a series of immersive installations and print multiples Clintberg asks the viewer to reconsider their emotional attachments felt toward individuals and institutions, and to consider the physical and psychological marks they leave on us.


As part of Night work, Clintberg will unveil a new public artwork.

Ghost, a large illuminated neon sign, functions as a point of reflection and response for the interconnected histories of the City of Peterborough and General Electric Canada. The multinational corporation has been a staple of the Peterborough community since 1892 when its “Canadian Works at Peterborough” manufacturing facilities opened, becoming the first plant in Canada for the company. At its height, the Peterborough operation was easily the city’s largest employer, with the factory operating 24 hours a day, and was in no small part responsible for the city’s well-known “Electric City” moniker. However, as the North American manufacturing sector fell on increasingly hard times in the late 20th century, General Electric dramatically scaled down production at its Peterborough facilities. As production declined, unemployment in the city rose significantly creating a depressed local economy. While the company still maintains operations in Peterborough, the corporation’s presence in Peterborough is a shadow of its former self. Clintberg’s work reflects on this absence, and is imbued with a sense of both longing and loss.

Ghost will be installed in two locations across Peterborough. First the work will be installed on the southwest corner of Artspace’s rooftop, overlooking the corners of Simcoe and Aylmer Streets, and facing the expansive grounds of the General Electric plant located a few short blocks away. In early October the work will be relocated to the rooftop of Trent University’s Bata Library in the city’s north end. In the early 1960s General Electric donated the land on which the University’s main campus was built. In addition to this contribution, over 10,000 General Electric employees deferring a percentage of their paychecks with the corporation agreeing to donate a dollar-for-dollar value to assist in the establishment of the University.

By situating Ghost at these locations, Clintberg’s work draws attention to a shared history between the community and corporation, while situating our understanding within a contemporary perspective. Rather than function as a critique of this history, the work acts as a meditation on the possibilities that lie ahead.

Artist Talk

Saturday September 12, 4-5pm
Trent University – Champlain College Council Chambers
1600 West Bank Drive


Prior to the exhibition opening, Clintberg will be holding an artist’s talk. The talk will take place at Trent University’s Champlain College Council Chambers from 4-5pm on Saturday September 12. The talk has been generously supported by Trent University’s Champlain College, Lady Eaton College, and the School for Study of Canada – Undergraduate. This is a free event open to all members of the public.

Mark Clintberg is an artist who works in the field of art history. He completed his Ph.D. at Concordia University in 2013, and he is an Assistant Professor at the Alberta College of Art + Design. His work explores the materiality of text and the public display of subjective feeling. Collections featuring his work include the National Gallery of Canada, the Edmonton Arts Council, and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. His work has recently been shown at The Rooms, Doris McCarthy Gallery, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Dunlop Art Gallery, Western Front, and the Fogo Island Inn. Journals and periodicals that have published his writing include The Senses & SocietyC MagazineETC., BlackFlash, Canadian Art, The Art Newspaper, Border Crossings, the Fillip Review, Photofile, Arte al Dia International, and Magazine. He has contributed several essays to exhibition catalogues, including: Romantical: Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay (Owens Art Gallery); The Domestic Queens Project (FOFA Gallery); Jonathan Kaiser’s Celestial Bodies (Art Gallery of Alberta); and David Spriggs: archeology of space (Southern Alberta Art Gallery). In 2013 he was short listed for the Sobey Art Award. He is represented by Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain.

Opening: Sep 12, 7pm-10pm


Please join Artspace on Saturday September 12, 2015 from 7-10pm as we celebrate the opening on Mark Clintberg's Night work.