In conjunction with Vanessa Maltese's solo exhibition 'Fact or Fiction' at Cooper Cole, the artist will be in conversation with Magdalyn Asimakis, our Director of Research, about her new work.
In her practice, Maltese (b. 1988, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is interested in questions of visual and cognitive perception, specifically pareidolia— the psychological phenomenon in which recognizable patterns are identified in unrelated contexts. Each of her new works in Fact or Fiction—which include painting, sculpture, and video—deploy varied forms of visual trickery as a way of questioning the relationship between perception and truth.
Maltese received her BFA from OCAD University in 2010. She is the National Winner of the 2012 RBC Canadian Painting Competition and has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions across North America. Most recently, she has exhibited at Mickey Gallery, Chicago (2020); Night Gallery, Los Angeles (2019); The Power Plant, Toronto (2018); the National Gallery Library and Archives, Ottawa (2017); Carl Louie, London ON (2017); Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York (2016); Greenpoint Terminal Gallery, New York (2016); Art Museum of the University of Toronto, Toronto (2016); Cooper Cole, Toronto (2014); and Erin Stump Projects, Toronto (2012). Her monumental public artwork “subject to change” can be seen at RBC’s Waterpark Place in downtown Toronto. Maltese currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.