June 16, 2023

Jen Aitken: The Same Thing Looks Different – Solo Exhibition at The Power Plant

Opening: Thursday, June 22, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Mark your calenders! TrépanierBaer is pleased to announce Jen Aitken’s first major institutional solo exhibition at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery. Curated by Adelina Vlas,  The Same Thing Looks Different, features both new and recent works. Primarily working in sculpture, Aitken’s practice considers how we relate to space, form, and material as we move through our urban environment. Common building materials—concrete, wood, and fibreglass—are formed into unexpected and ambiguous configurations that engage the viewer’s body and interact with the gallery’s architecture.

Aitken will also debut Lexicon! her first video installation, animating the geometric language of her sculptures into an immersive prelude to the exhibition. If you are in Toronto, this show is not to be missed. 

Jen Aitken’s work will also be included in a group exhibition TrépanierBaer will present for the summer months. Stay tuned for more details. 

For more information about Jen Aitken: The Same Thing Looks Different, and The Power Plant’s programming, please click here.


Jen Aitken was born in Edmonton, Alberta. She grew up in Toronto where she currently lives and works. She received her MFA in 2014 from the University of Guelph, Ontario, and her BFA in 2010 from Emily Carr University in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Aitken’s work has been exhibited at various galleries in Canada and the United States, and she has participated in numerous residencies.  Recent solo exhibitions include: 3, 4 1/2, 7 1/2, 12 at Royale Projects, Los Angeles (2020); and Kaloune, YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Toronto (2017).

Recent group and two-person exhibitions include SCULPTURE at TrépanierBaer (2022);  Des horizons d’attente  at the Musee d’art contemporain de Montréal (2021); Architectonic Transmissions, with Caroline Monnet at Arsenal Contemporary Art, Toronto (2021); and  Paper Routes—Women to Watch 2020 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC (2020), to name a few.

In the summer of 2022, she held the RBC Emerging Artist Residency at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario. In 2019, she participated in the Eastside International Artist Residency in Los Angeles, and the A-Z West Work Trade Residency at Joshua Tree, California; and in 2018 she held a fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont.  Her work is part of numerous private and public collections such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, and the Kamloops Art Gallery.

Image Credit:
Altered Cylinder B (Crouching), 2023
Epoxy resin and fibreglass cloth 
53 ” x 43″ x 44″
*Photography credit for Altered Cylinder B (Crouching), 2023 – Toni Hafkenscheid