•Call for Vendors Annual Zine and Maker Fair
First come first serve !
We are now accepting submissions from artists and designers for the fifth annual Christmas Zine & Maker Fair. Held at the Xpace Cultural Centre on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20th, from 12-6 pm, this year’s theme is CHRISTMAS COCONUTS + CLUB MED. We are not limited to selling zines: comics, small press, prints, t-shirts and tote bags, jewelry, crafts and other handmade multiples are welcome!
Tables are free, but only available on a first come, first serve basis. Cancellations require a week’s notice. Should this happen, we will notify those on the waiting list.
Handmade holiday gifts
Admission is free, sunscreen served for all!
See you there, if you dare!
• FEAST Toronto Call For Proposals
Deadline: Saturday December 13, 2014.
FEAST (Funding Engaging Actions with Sustainable Tactics) Toronto is a series of community dinners and micro-funding events. During each dinner, artists, designers and groups are invited to present proposals for art- or design-based projects. Everyone attending the dinner votes on which project they would like to fund, and the project with the most votes is given a grant from the money raised from the ticket sales. The grant winner(s) will be invited back to the next FEAST to present their completed project.
Additional Information: LINK
•External Space at XPACE Cultural Centre
Our External Space is located on the OCAD University Campus in the Learning Zone. The External Space offers opportunities for media based works, with an emphasis on video, animation, or sound pieces. Screened on a video monitor in the Learning Zone, and hosted on the homepage of our website, exhibitions typically last 6 weeks.
Xpace Cultural Centre is looking for submissions of new or existing video work to be exhibited in our External Space during our 2014/2015 Programming Year.
Xpace does not accept submissions over email. Please make sure to include hardcopies of all written material and a clearly labeled disk or USB drive with support images.
Submissions to the External Space will be accepted on an ongoing basis. Applicants will be notified within a 2-3 month period.
Additonal Information: LINK
• 2014-2015 Exhibitions
at Daniels Spectrum Hallway Galleries in Regent Park, Toronto
Deadline: December 14, 2014
Daniels Spectrum: a cultural hub in Regent Park, is currently seeking exhibition proposals for the 2015-2016 season of Hallway Galleries programming. This is a unique opportunity for emerging and mid-career curators to present exhibitions from local artists that not only reflect the multifaceted culture of the Regent Park community but also encourage dialogue and celebrate the importance of arts and culture. We also welcome the opportunity to collaborate with other arts and community organizations. The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2014.
The Hallway Galleries at Daniels Spectrum encompass more than 2,500 sq.ft. of exhibition space on the first and second floors and are open to the public daily (Mon–Fri 8 am–9 pm, Sat–Sun 10 am–6 pm) with free admission. The nature of the space lends itself to casual browsing by people who work in the building, attend events and classes, or hang out in the lounge. More than 40,000 people from across the city visit the facility each year.
Exhibitions in the Hallway Galleries have included Building Black by Lego artist Ekow Nimako, Outburst’s(mus)interpreted, curated by young Muslimah women, and the upcoming Remnants of Regent Park by the Cabbagetown Regent Park Community Museum.
Note: No commissions are taken for sales generated via the exhibition and works submitted do not have to be available for sale. Artists may display prices and contact information beside their images.
Curators can submit their application through an online form which will ask for:
• A physical description of the proposed exhibition, including: number of works, space required, equipment needed and/or provided, any unusual installation requirements (1 page max)
• An artist statement or curatorial statement (1 page max)
• A curriculum vitae, resume or biography of the curator and artist(s) involved
• 10-12 images that are representative of the works you would like to display
• An image list indicating artist name, title, medium, dimensions in inches and year
• Any other supporting material you would like to include, ie. web links, reviews, catalogues
The form takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.
Click here to fill out the Online Application Form. Incomplete submissions will not be accepted.
The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2015. All applicants will be notified of next steps in February 2014.
Additional Information: Link Here
Art Shows + Talks
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
○ Artist Talk with Lili Huston-Herterich
Lili Huston- Herterich was raised in Chicago and lives and works in Toronto. Most recently, she has exhibited the installation ‘The current of the hidden underground stream that passes through our bellies and on to yours’ for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2014 and co-curated ‘Don’t Call it a Breakdown, Call it a Breakthrough!’, a site-specific one day exhibition with collaborator Nadia Belerique. With a background in photography and image making, her studio practice is rooted in everyday forms and their inherent connotations, and often takes a multidisciplinary form. Her installations regard the tendencies of space and how it shapes the movement within it. Huston-Herterich has recently exhibited at Birch Contemporary (Toronto), Gallery 44 (Toronto), Marisa’s Gallery (New York), and OCAD University (Toronto). She will be exhibiting a collaborative exhibition with Nadia Belerique and Laurie Kang at The Power Plant (Toronto) in 2015.
○ Pedro Reyes: Humour as Agent
The Faculty of Art of OCAD U is pleased to present a public talk by artist Pedro Reyes, the university’s 2014 Nomadic Resident.
In 2008, Reyes initiated the ongoing Palas por Pistolas where 1,527 guns were collected in Mexico through voluntary donation campaign to produce the same number of shovels to plant 1,527 trees. This led to Disarm (2012), where 6,700 weapons were transformed into a series of musical instruments. In 2011, Reyes initiated Sanatorium, a transient clinic that provides short unexpected treatments mixing art and psychology. Originally commissioned by the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, Sanatorium has been in operation in Documenta 12, Kassel (2012); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2013); and The Power Plant, Toronto (2014). Reyes lives and works in Mexico City.
Toronto, Ontario, M6K 2K6
Thursday, November 20, 2014
○ Jenn Mann “Q & A” Opening Reception
Who am I? Who are you? What does my life mean? Why am I alive? – these complex questions are explored in Jen Mann‘s new series of works entitled Q&A; a collection of visual metaphors exploring identity, existence, relationships, life and death.
Each image is an exploration into existence, often expressed through a pun or play on words, in a visual narrative, that draws on popular culture as a from of communicating complex thoughts in an informal way. Mann looks deeply at identity and relationships, and how we understand others through understanding ourselves.
About the Artist
Jen Mann is a Toronto based figurative painter, who received a B.F.A from Ontario College of Art and Design. Mann’s paintings deal mainly with themes of Identity and Relationships. Mann has exhibited in numerous shows across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Mann is a recent recipient of the Emerging Artist Grant for the Ontario Arts Council.
Neubacher Shor Contemporary
5 brock Ave,
Toronto, Ontario, M6K 2K6
○ DETH TO ART
DETH explores hopeless modes of production, techno-saturation and naturalized techno-fetishism.
Featuring visual art by DETH records recording artists:
Aaron Cunningham (SINS)
Emad Dabiri (SΛRIN & HUMAN PERFORMANCE LAB)
Matthew Cangiano (VIERANCE & HUMAN PERFORMANCE LAB)
Kathryn Frances Warner (VIERANCE)
8 – 12 pm
The White House Studio Project
277.5 Augusta Avenue,
Robert Kananaj Gallery is starting a program of residencies for Canadian and international artists
to support professionals in the visual arts, including artists, curators and critics, in furthering
their artistic practice in an international context.
Our first one month residency: 17 November to 16 December 2014, features Torsten Richter,
accompanied by solo exhibition of his drawings; 20 November to 31 December 2014
Reception: Thursday 20 November 2014, 4pm 7pm. Torsten is a recent graduate in drawing from
the Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.
4 -7 pm
Robert Kananaj Gallery
172 St Helens Avenue,
○ Michael Bowness
New constructs by Michael Bowness
November 20 – December 7, 2014
Opening: Thursday, November 20 from 6-8 p.m.
1160 Queen St,
○ Marjorie Campbell: Imagined Winter
Alison Milne Gallery is pleased to present Marjorie Campbell’s first solo exhibition Imagined Winter. Focusing on the intention or persona of an animal, Campbell explores the possibilities of felt in a soft and gentle world where life is heightened and magic exists.
As wool is pulled and forms are sculpted, alluring and complex worlds emerge, and the persona of the animal reveals itself. Inanimate objects that conjure movement and possess intent are of interest to the artist.
Campbell explains: “As I add wool and start to grow the structure, I have moments of seeing where the animal comes into focus, and brings stories with it. These stories are the seeds for the environments the animals live in: gathering places of gentleness and mystery.”
Ultimately, Campbell seeks to invite the audience to experience nature’s inherent harmony, “where the small things make the big things happy and the big things protect the small things”.
Alison Milne Gallery
198 Walnut Ave,
○ Opening Reception: Williamson Chong “Living Wood” & “On Architecture and Structure”
Please join us on Thursday November 20, from 6-8pm to celebrate the opening of Prix de Rome recipient Williamson Chong’s exhibition “Living Wood”.
Williamson Chong, the architecture and design office of Betsy Williamson, Shane Williamson, Donald Chong, creates work that situates digital fabrication and wood construction in a broader cultural context, linking together theories of design and technology with ecological aspects of building and construction.
The work in “Living Wood” exhibition explores wood’s material history by extracting artifacts from a digital exploration of the effect of mass movements in the landscape on the growth and form of trees.
The exhibition “On Architecture and Structure” will include works by:
Appetizers and refreshments will be provided, and the architects will be in attendance.
6 – 8 pm
7 Tank House Lane,
○ Prefix Photo Magazine: Release Party and Anniversary Celebration
Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art is pleased to celebrate the release of the thirtieth issue of Prefix Photo magazine. On the subject of object lessons, the issue features Leah Modigliani on the photographic work of Michael Snow; Blake Fitzpatrick and Vid Ingelevics exploring the significance of the post–1989 Berlin Wall; and Celina Jeffrey on the video work of Sylvia Safdie. It also includes a literary feature by Laurie Davis; portfolios by Bani Abidi, Michel de Broin, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, and Gaye Jackson; book reviews by Scott McLeod, Sarah Munro, Shaun Pett and Ellyn Walker, and much, much more. Many of the contributors will be present.
The release of the thirtieth issue of Prefix Photo marks the magazine’s fifteenth anniversary of continuous publishing. To mark the occasion, Prefix Photo is pleased to supplement its thirtieth issue with a commemorative poster, 30 for 30. Produced with exceptional artistry by the staff of Daniel Ehrenworth Photography, Underline Studio and Transcontinental, it features photographs of the prized possessions of thirty individuals who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes on the magazine, past and present.
Lastly, on the occasion of the release of the magazine, Prefix ICA is pleased to host the closing reception of Pellejo, an exhibition curated by Scott McLeod and featuring the work of Los Carpinteros.
7 – 10pm
Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art,
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 124
Friday, November 21, 2014
○ Unhealthy, Badly #2 Remedies
Unhealthy, Badly is back!
Some of the most exciting artists in the city will be presenting new works about health and illness. There will be installations, music, videos, food, plants, poetry and more.
We can’t promise a cure, but we can soothe your ailments a little while.
Get ready for new works by Amy Siegel, Sean Donald, Georgia Webber, Taylor Doyle, Kara Stone, Adrianna Disman, Lido Pimienta, Alexis Eastman, Alex Cohen, Keegan Thomas Young, Claire Caldwell and Maisie Jacobson. Cookies by Celia the Celiac!
Unhealthy, Badly is an interdisciplinary performance project curated by REAL GOLD Productions (Gabrielle Marceau and Maisie Jacobson).
“Illness is the night side of life, a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place.”
– Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor
There is a set of stairs at the entrance and as such Videofag Gallery is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible.
187 Augusta Avenue,
○ November Programming Opening Reception
Please join us for our upcoming November round of exhibitions. There will be snacks, drinks and the artists will be in attendance.
November 21 – December 19
Extensions explores the connection we have with objects that we hold on to but do not use in our daily lives. Using the framework of wunderkammerns, Extensions examines storage spaces as accidental cabinets of curiosities containing objects of interest, both specific to the individual, but also general categories of objects relevant to the collective. The incidental placement of objects of value alongside forgotten trash, accumulations of objects associated with function, or with nostalgia and memory, are all commonplace in these collections. Using abstraction to remove literal interpretation, this installation encourages the viewer to go beyond surface perception by exploring the layers of connections and associations that we have with objects.
November 21 – December 13
Curated by Joële Walinga
Anna May Henry, Alicia Nauta, Natalie Logan, Madelene Veber, Meg Remy, Geetha Thurairajah
OUGHT compiles the variety of suggestions posed by parents to their artist children in misguided attempts to support, encourage, or simply understand. OUGHT exhibits the materialization of these sometimes ridiculous ideas, as artists actually attempt to create or fulfill what was suggested of them. The show illustrates examples of non art-world or art-educated ideas of the function and aesthetic of art, while simultaneously illuminating the underlying encouragements and discouragements that exist at the foundation of the woman artist.
November 21 – December 13
The Artists in Her Studio (After Jane Eyre)
SAS (Sagan MacIsaac, Arielle Gavin, Sarah Butterill)
Performance as part of SAS’ exhibition will take place at 8pm in the projection space the night of the opening.
This exhibition follows the collective SAS (Sagan MacIsaac, Arielle Gavin, and Sarah Butterill), a fictional persona and celebrity artist who has been commissioned to design a Jane Eyre-themed amusement park. The imagined park pays tribute to Charlotte Brontë’s seminal Victorian novel through rides and amusements based on passages from the book. Thornfield Unbound, named after the estate in the novel, is slated to open in 2015, in Whistler, B.C. This exhibit recreates SAS’ studio, showcasing her design process, including mood boards, sketches, dioramas, and behind-the-scenes videos of the in-progress park. SAS will be in attendance at the opening reception, inhabiting her workspace.
Theory Boner: Curated Library by Jenna Lee Forde and Mary Tremonte
Launches November 21 and will be part of Xpace’s permanent curated Library collection
The books and reader we ( Mary Tremonte and Jenna Lee Forde ) are curating for the Xpace curated library are based on the following Theory Boner values and feminist practices:
Our Theory Boner is turned on by cultural and political theory that makes connections between feminist art and marginalized subjectivities. However, we realize that accessing cultural and political theory is a privilege. THEORY BONER ZINE is our attempt to decentralize the power and privilege that sanctifies theory in the academy by creating an opportunity for access and engagement by artists for artists. With intention, Theory Boner is about a turned on relationality; it is our desire see feminist and anti-oppressive theory become integral to artistic subjectivities. Not just a zine, but also a turned on community of artists interested in a philosophy and practice of feminist art.
Opening 7 – 11 PM
XPACE Cultural Centre
303 Lansdowne Ave.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
○ Liss Platt dis/order & Tegan Moore Specs
MKG127 is very pleased to present dis/order, an exhibition of new work by Liss Platt and in MKG127’s Front Space, Specs a site specific project by Tegan Moore.
Liss Platt’s second solo show at MKG127 represents a continuation of her interest in bringing elements of the everyday, along with personal and autobiographical content, into an aestheticised and conceptual art practice. For Platt, junk drawers are a site of contained chaos, the place where people stash things that they don’t know what to do with but can’t quite throw out. As such, they provide a distinct entry point to portraiture. Additionally, the process of sorting, arranging, and photographing the junk drawer contents is an investigation into Platt’s impulse to organize and control as well as a response to her father’s hoarding. As with much of her, work she hopes to encourage viewers to reconsider familiar objects and to find in them metaphoric and expressive content.
In MKG127’s Front Space, Tegan Moore presents Specs, an exhibition of new work that is an extension of her material investigations into how weather and climate control is consumed and mitigated. A dry and delicate aesthetic surfaces from slight sculptures and print work informed by the artist’s notes on MKG127’s heating and air conditioning unit. After gleaning discarded elements, insulators, and structural components from mechanical devices, methods of melting, slicing, tumbling, and over-touching are applied among others. Moore collaborated with Minneapolis-based poet Emily Fedoruk to produce a diagram resembling the dimensional data-sheet provided by the manufacturer, Applied Comfort Products. Fedoruk’s own research in critical geography and cultural studies overlaps with Moore’s to draw connections between the building envelope, social space, the technical object, and metrical language.
Opening 2-5 PM
1445 Dundas St. W.