Ron Giii

Ron Gillespie was born in 1944 at New Westminster, BC. His earliest training in art took place in 1962-64 at H.S.C. Prince of Wales College, Nairobi, East Africa. He graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1975 and established a signifant performance art practice during the 1970's. By the early 1980s he had moved into drawing while retaining a strongly performative element in the compositions. Philosophy, geometry and the anti- modern figure prominently in the work with influences including Artaud, Darwin, Hegel and Spinoza.

Exhibition History
2014
2013
  • Papier 13, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
2012
  • Papier 12, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
  • Hegel's Salt Man, Survey exhibition, Doris McCarthy Galery, University of Toronto (with catalogue), Toronto
  • Throwing Words Off A Bridge, Paul Petro Contemporary Art
2006
  • The Identification Theater, (performance with Veronica Hunik, ABC No Rio, New York, NY
  • On Representation, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
  • The Atomic Theater, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
  • Independent Curator's Selection, Headbones Gallery, Toronto
2004
2003
2001
  • Hydrogen, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
  • Group show, The West Wing gallery, Toronto
  • Drawings in new acquisitions show, Art Gallery of Ontario. Toronto
1999
  • Drawings accepted into Edmonton Art Gallery
  • Group show of photographs at Sayde Bronfman Centre, Montreal
1998
  • Group show at Tableaux Vivant Gallery, Toronto
1997
  • Wrote text for ABC No Rio performance, Chocolate Soup
  • Drawings accepted by Windsor Art Gallery.
  • Piano CD recording, Ron Giii Playing Solo, published by Random Parallel Gallery, Toronto.
1996
  • Published text in New York entitled, What Language Are We Having for Dinner?, collaboration with Bruce Eves.
  • Recent acquisitions show, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.
  • Drawings accepted into Carlton University Art Gallery, Ottawa.
1993
  • Heavy Mental (group show, cur. Philip Monk) The Power Plant, Toronto (catalogue)
1992
  • The Geometry Shop, Evelyn Aimis Gallery, Toronto
1991
  • The Bourgeois Opera, Evelyn Aimis Gallery, Toronto
1990
  • The Anti-Conscious, The Atomic Theatre, Evelyn Aimis Gallery, Toronto
1989
  • The Gas Works, Evelyn Aimis Gallery, Toronto
1988
  • Body Is A Loaded Word (group show), Evelyn Aimis Gallery, Toronto
1987
  • The Dictator's Opera, Cold City Gallery, Toronto (brochure)
1986
  • The Atomic Theatre and The Dictator's Opera, 49th Parallel, New York (brochure)
1983
  • New Acquisitions exhibition, Ottawa.
  • Group show at Power Plant Gallery, Toronto.
1982
  • Founder of TRY Organization Theatre Co. for ex-mental patients
  • Produced, directed and wrote text for production of The Outer and Inner Universe performed by members of TRY Organization, Art Resource Culture Gallery, Director, Derek Dowden, Toronto
  • Produced, directed and wrote text for Schizophrenic Opera, TRY Organization Theatre Co. Joseph Workman Auditorium, Toronto
  • Wrote text House with no Rugs, performed by TRY Theatre Co. Cameron Tavern, Toronto
  • TRY Organization Performance at Rivoli Rest, Toronto
1981
  • Lecture and Performance at Remont Gallery, Warsaw, Director Henry Gajewski
  • Performance Reading from Text on Polysexuality, Published by Semiotexte, New York Mercer Union Gallery, Toronto
1980
  • Contexual Performance and reading of text, entitled Jupe, A Space Gallery, Director, Peggy Gale
1979
  • Appointed Director of Television Production Studio, Toronto
  • Organized, Language Art Performances, Poetry readings, video screenings, Performance Art Open Exhibits
  • Produced, directed and wrote script for Video Body Art Performance entitled, Belt 23 mins, colour, æ inch format.
  • Video Tape Body Art Performance shown on European tour of Missing Associates, Lilly Eng and Peter Dudar
1978
  • Group Theatre Performance, Alternative Space, Detroit City
  • Contextual Performance, CEAC Gallery Toronto
  • Invited to attend International Performance Festival, Remont Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
1977
  • Performance at London Art Gallery Feb 16th
  • Contextual Art Performance, Franklin Furnace Gallery, New York, Director, Martha Wilson
  • Behaviour Performance, Pier 52, New York, March 24th
  • Wrote text The Last Individual, performed on Pearl St. CEAC Gallery, Toronto
  • Text on Marxism and Alienation published in ACE Magazine, CEAC Gallery , Toronto
  • Performance, Lecture, Seminar at Joseph Beuys, Free International Univ. Documenta 77, Kassel, Germany
  • Performance, Lecture, Seminar, Univ. of Lecce, Italy, Leece., Director Franco Geli, Publisher of Genetic Art Magazine
1976
  • Spontaneous People Show, Organized and performed at CEAC Gallery, Toronto
  • Perception Room (design) Summer of 76, CEAC Gallery, Toronto
  • Body Art Performance, entitled Katchibatta, CEAC Gallery, Toronto
  • Body Art Performance, entitled, The Biological Beggar, CEAC Gallery, Toronto
  • St. Petri Lund, Sweden, Director, Jan Sellen
  • Body Art Performance, Kunstmarkt, Dusseldorf Art Fair, W. Germany
  • Body Art Performance, Lecture with students of Ferrara University, Museo de Arte Moderna, Director, Lola Bonara
  • Body Art Performance at the ICC, Antwerp, Belgium
  • Body Art Performance at Salvatore Ala Galleria, Milan, Italy, Director of Gallery, Salvatore Ala, Nov 2nd
  • Screening of Super 8 mm film of Body Art Performance on Marlene Elasz CEAC Gallery, Open Screenings, Toronto
1975
  • Founder of Shitbandit Organization
  • Organized show of Performances Art, drawings, sound recordings, video screenings, body-art, texts and installations. Gallery 76, Toronto
  • Art Gallery of Ontario Chair Show Curated by Alvin Balkind, installation work
Permanent Collections
  • National Gallery of Canada
  • Museo de Ferrara, Video Franklin Furnace Archives, Video (Museum of Modern Art, New York)
  • York University Library Archives National Gallery of Canada
  • Art Gallery of Ontario Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Edmonton Art Gallery Windsor Art Gallery
  • Ronald Feldman Art Gallery, New York Carlton Art Gallery, Ottawa
  • Art Metropole, Toronto
  • Carlton University, Ottawa
  • Jessica Bradley, Toronto
  • Ricco-Maresca Gallery, New York
Education
1962-64
  • H.S.C. Prince of Wales College, Nairobi, East Africa
1972-75
  • Ontario College of Art, Hons. A.O.C.A. (Lieut. Gov. Gen. Medal)