M.F.A., University of Western Ontario, 2005
AOCAD, Ontario College of Art and Design, (Sculpture and Installation), 2003
Anna Madelska works collaboratively with Jason Hallows under the name Parker Branch. The project grew out of a small storefront in London, Ontario, in which the duo mounted over 30 exhibitions (2007-2014) that explored the meaningful interplay of found artifacts, natural objects, ephemera, and artists work. The emphasis of these exhibitions was the generative potential in these groupings. The artists have playfully suggested that they are more interested in the spaces between the objects than the objects themselves. Since the closing of the brick-and-mortar location, the project has continued in gallery exhibitions, and begins to approach sculpture as the artists have become increasingly involved in complicating their display strategies and manipulating the objects exhibited. A 100-page survey of the first 6 years of the project, Has Things In Common, 2015, was published by McIntosh Gallery and features texts by E. C. Woodley and Jen Hutton.
PLACED HERE BY MEMBERS, offers images and objects that are constellated around community organizations, and the trappings of spiritual and physical work, specifically the spaces occupied by such work meeting houses, lodges, church basements. Simple wooden benches are arranged into groups, evoking impromptu gatherings, friendly societies, trade unions, and upstart religious organizations. Throughout are images of labor unions, strikes and protests. Sculptural forms in salt and stone and found objects stand in for altars, but also lecterns. Several denim aprons, some of which are used, worn, and repaired, are used in the exhibition both as sculptural material and displayed artifacts. The word occupation is a useful entry point. Taken temporally, it suggests one's labour, how time is spent, what one does. Spatially it implies a strategy of dissent, the forceful take-over of a location. In taking on their subject matter, Madelska and Hallows employ occupation as an artistic strategy. A series of themes are inhabited, like a space, a home, or a host body, and operated within and then manipulated. The contents are churned, folded, and complicated by their proximity.
All images are from PLACED HERE BY MEMBERS.
HUNTER AND COOK, Summer 2011 issue. PARKER BRANCH Feature written by Christine Walde.
Palimpsest Magazine, Issue #2: Medicine, 2010. PARKER BRANCH artist work.
SYPHON, issue 1.3, 2010. PARKER BRANCH artist work.
Awards and Grants
London Arts Council CAIP Grant (2012)
London Arts Council CAIP Grant (2011)
Off-Site No.1, WWTWO, Montreal. 2012
Sediment, G Gallery, Toronto. 2012
(OVER), PARKER BRANCH, London. 2012
Judy Reeve, PARKER BRANCH, London. 2012
SPEED FLEX FIBRE FACE, PARKER BRANCH, London. 2011
PUPIL GAUGE, PARKER BRANCH, London. 2011
TIRED PIGEONS TUMBLE, PARKER BRANCH, London. 2011
Outside Context, James Buttrum and Son, Hamilton. 2011
LAURENTIAN, SIERRA, THE RUSHMORE, PARKER BRANCH, London. 2011
MUSCLE TOPS, PARKER BRANCH, London. 2011
Foundations of Visual Art