As we just posted about Allan Switzer's forthcoming exhibition, we thought an appropriate follow up posting might be to highlight another exhibition that may dabble in crossover with the themes and ideas of Switzer's work. Plus the title is really a killer diller!  We know it isn't local, but if you are in the area, definitely worth stopping in we suspect.

XIT-RM | Cindy Blazevic
November 15, 2012 – January 5, 2013

PillBilly is a pop culture term that references the condition of addiction and medication. Blazevic is interested in the notion "that we are all dependent, that we are all pillbillies in a broader, medical sense." The artist believes that one is not born anxious, or in pain; one becomes that way. PillBilly Fantasia, then, is a kind of Promised Land – the promise to fix anything and everything with a pill.


Thursday, November 22, 6 pm – 7 pm, Valley of the Dolls – A Reading | Performance
Join artist Cindy Blazevic for an interpretive reading | performance of Valley of the Dolls, by novelist Jacqueline Susann, the quintessential narrative of addiction, lifestyle and human foible.

Saturday, December 15, 1 pm, PillBilly Explored and Explained
Dr. Jonathan Fiddler M.D. gives a presentation on prescription drugs, cultural meanings, other musings of addiction which are referenced in the XIT-RM | PillBilly Fantasia. In Dr. Fiddler's words: "Healthcare is the Jenna Maroney of Canadian political issues, hogging the vast majority of adulation from the voting public with spending to match and, like the fictional Ms. Maroney, it is a busy spectacle but perhaps not the best way to get the job done."
About the XIT-RM

Emerging and established artists in the Greater Toronto Area and the Mississauga region are showcased monthly in the Project Room. Six artists annually are selected with a published catalogue and accompanying critical text. Exhibitions are selected by the Curator that honour the Mission and Mandate goals of The AGM.

The emphasis is on contemporary art and critical engagement. The exhibition space is dedicated to the vision of highlighting regional talent. The exhibition features its own opening/vernissage and also ties closely with regional universities and link in with the educational components of the AGM Resource Room and the new Artist Professional Practices Series.

About The Art Gallery of Mississauga

The Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) is a public, not-for-profit, art gallery located in the Mississauga Civic Centre, across from Square One Mall. The AGM is proud to admit people free of charge, serve communities, and provide positive visual art experiences for all visitors.

The Mission of the AGM is to promote awareness and the appreciation of the visual arts through the operation, development and growth of a public, not-for-profit art gallery. The mandate of the Gallery is to "bring art to the community and the community to art."

2012 marks the AGM's 25th Anniversary. The AGM is pleased to take this opportunity to introduce even more innovative and exciting art exhibitions and programming to the Mississauga community. This year, the AGM launches its Education and Programming philosophy: ENGAGETHINK and INSPIRE. These principles, combined with Creativity and Imagination reflects our high level of compassion and appreciation for the artist process, provide the highest quality intellectual introduction to critical thinking and instruction. In 2012, the AGM retained the services of Lord Cultural Group for a facility planning study with the goal of expanding the gallery. On-view at the XIT-RM is Cindy Blazevic: PillBilly Fantasia. Check the AGM website often, or contact the Gallery to stay up-to-date on the latest initiatives.

The XIT-RM is sponsored by the RBC Foundation.

Directions to the AGM, as well as transit routes and other information, can be found on the website.

For more information, please contact the Art Gallery of Mississauga at 905 896 5088 or visit artgalleryofmississauga.com.