For this year’s presentation at VOLTA 12 in Basel, PATRICK MIKHAIL GALLERY is pleased to present FORCE & RHYTHM a unique art viewing experience by PMG artists OLIVER PAUK and MICHAEL VICKERS. 


The two-person, site-specific installation FORCE & RHYTHM encourages exploration, investigation, and interactivity within a special presentation of new work by gallery artists Michael Vickers and Oliver Pauk. With a shared interest in questioning relationships between materials, activations of space, and mechanical processes, the two-artist booth will playfully explore visual trickery, dimensionality, and the function of the contemporary art object. Both artists will exhibit new bodies of work that share an aesthetic sensibility while offering multiple perspectives onto their surroundings, but also unto themselves and their own creation. For Vickers, we witness the evolution of a practice that works within the interstices between painting, sculpture, and installation. While Pauk treads similarly blurred divisions between the physical and the digital, the literal and the intangible. 


The project by Pauk and Vickers will offer a unique, conceptually rigorous, and engaging presentation that questions the divisions between varying mediums, dimensions, and realities. The artists aim to bid intrigue, wonder, and intellectual playfulness in a presentation of remarkable objects that ignites conversation surrounding production, technology, and contemporary art making.


VOLTA 12 takes place in Basel, Swtizerland, from June 13 to 18, 2016. during Art Basel week.  VOLTA, the renowned art fair for new international positions, debuted in Basel in 2005 as a collaboration between dealers and friends. The aim was to secure a platform for international galleries beyond young art stalwart Liste and market heavyweight Art Basel. Concerns and aspirations of the exhibiting gallerists have been first and foremost since VOLTA's inception; in combination with the curatorial mind of Artistic Director Amanda Coulson, eclectic and dynamic presentations with a strong focus on solo presentations find a stage as refined as at the main fair. 


MICHAEL VICKERS holds an MA in Contemporary and Modern Art History from the University of Toronto (2013) and an Honors BA from the University of Ottawa (2009). Currently Toronto-based, his work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. He has appeared in solo and group exhibitions at: TIFF Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto’s Mercer Union, Katzman Contemporary, Drake Hotel, Nuit Blanche, Art Spin, and Toronto Image Works Gallery; The Warkworth Art Project, Warkworh, ON; Truck Contemporary, Calgary, Alberta; Queen’s Museum of Art, New York, N.Y.; Sienna Art Institute, Sienna, Italy; The Billboard Arts Project, Chicago, IL; and the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.  Critical discourses and reviews have appeared in ESSE Magazine, The Toronto Star, and Canadian Art magazine online.  His work has been presented in the exhibition MONTREAL PREVIEW at Patrick Mikhail Gallery, and in the sculpture garden at Feature Contemporary Art Fair in Toronto, both in October 2014.  Other presentations at Patrick Mikhail include The Triumph of the Therapeutic, 10 YEARS, and PAPIER 2015 and PAPIER 2016 Art Fairs.  He has also exhibited his work in special projects at the Art Gallery of Ontario in November 2015 and April 2016. 


The work of OLIVER PAUK has been featured in exhibitions and projects in numerous national and international venues including: Art Gallery of Ontario; Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF); Toronto’s Gardiner Museum; Art Gallery of Mississauga; York University; 2012 Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival; Drake Hotel in Toronto; Berlin’s Strychnin Gallery; Gallery 44; and Sunday Drive Warkworth. He is the Founder and Director, AKIN Collective in Toronto. Reviews and critical discourses of his work have appeared in the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Canadian Art online, TOM* Magazine, TVO’s The Agenda, CBC Radio, Art F City, Ion Magazine. He is the recipient of the 2014 Award of Excellence in Exhibitions from the Ontario Museum Association. His work first debuted at Patrick Mikhail Gallery in Montreal in the exhibition The Triumph of the Therapeutic in August/September 2015.


Both Vickers and Pauk currently appear in Patrick Mikhail Gallery’s anniversary exhibition 10 YEARS and at Montreal’s PAPIER 16 art fair. In September 2016, Oliver Pauk and Michael Vickers launch the gallery’s fall exhibition season with a new site-specific collaboration.


On Thursday, April 21, 2016, Oliver Pauk and Michael Vickers present a new Artist Project site-specific installation as part of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Midnight Massive Party.



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AGO Midnight Massive Party:


To view PMG Editions works by Pauk and Vickers:








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