Hello! My name is Humboldt Magnussen, and I am the new Xpace Blog coordinator! I will be posting interesting calls for submissions, job postings, interviews with artists, and upcoming events I think are “must sees” in Toronto. Today is my first day and I am excited to work for Xpace Cultural Centre, along with Amber, Alicia, and Cameron which I will now refer to as the XMEN. Now that I am an XMEN I should introduce myself:
I am a graduate student at OCAD University where I study Interdisciplinary Art Media and Design. My practice is all over the map, I like to make drawings, sculptures, and performance art. I make basically anything as long as you find the art materials on the side of the curb or can buy it from Dollaramma. I am from rural Saskatchewan originally, but moved around for school, first to Montreal to study at Concordia University where I obtained my BFA and then later Malmo Sweden for a year abroad. Now in Toronto I spend a lot of my time in my studio making art, or riding my bike around from gallery to gallery. If you have something you think I should check out, or blog about send me an email.
Last Friday Xpace had the opening for the exhibition “Betrayal of the Proper Medium” which was curated by Andrew Remington Bailey. I arrived late to the party and was surprised how many people where still there looking at the mesmerizing screen savers and sometimes humourous work by the five artists including: Andrew Remington Bailey, Reid Jenkins, Patrick Kryzanowski, Pat Navorro, and Michael Wirth Broff. If you haven’t been to the show I suggest checking it out with a friend, because there are a lot of great conversation starters especially with the digital collage prints by Reid Jenkins.
During the opening the work in the main window expanded out into the streets with colourful light flashing from spheres of ice by Anuta Skryqnychenko, I enjoy the use of materials that seem other worldly but familiar at the same time. While Lili Huston-Herterich transformed the project space into a homey atmosphere complete with carpet, stools and kimonos. Inviting you to sit down and complete one of the several half made friendship bracelets.
There are several calls for submissions, which I would like to give you a heads up about. I think you always want to be in a state of applying for things and not in a state of waiting for the results. Even if you don’t think you will get it, APPLY you might surprise yourself.
The Deadline is “postmarked” for this Friday October 25th for M:ST (Mountain Standard Time ) performance art festival in Calgary, Alberta.
“Local, national and international artists are invited to submit proposals for performative works and lectures to be presented as part of the M:ST 7 Festival in October, 2014. M:ST encourages the submission of innovative performative works, media/audio works, site-specific works, public interventions and lecture/panel based proposals.”
Visit the Link for complete info
Co-presented by Xpace and FADO The Emerging Artists Series 2014 is an excellent opportunity for local performance artists to have their work showcased.
Deadline date: December 15, 2013; City: Toronto, Canada
FADO Performance Art Centre: Emerging Artists Series 2014
Curated by Kate Barry
Durational performance is mode of live art where the artist works
directly with the medium of time. Over the course of hours, days
or longer the performer and the audience can experience a
physical, mental, spiritual and/or emotional transformation.
Durational performance functions to bring the performer and the
audience into the moment; time is made palatable and
visceral. Artists like Teching Hsieh, Alastair MacLennan, and
most famously, Marina Abramovic, demonstrate how durational
performance art can use mental and physical endurance to
challenge the commoditization of art by offering an experience
of art that is ephemeral by nature.
FADO is seeking proposals of durational performance works from
emerging artists to be presented in our 2014 edition of the
Emerging Artists Series, entitled 11:45PM. Performances should
be a minimum of 6-hours and a maximum of 4-days. FADO and
Xpace define emerging artists as those who are 2-3 years out of school, are at the beginning stages of their careers, and have not yet had the opportunity for a professional presentation of their work.
Link -> http://www.performanceart.ca
If you are an emerging Canadian Artists who makes photo-based work Gallery 44’s has a call for submission for the annual emerging artist exhibition.
Deadline: Friday, December 6, 2013 – 5pm
Proof is Gallery 44’s annual exhibition of photo-based work by Canadian emerging artists reflecting a range of current concerns and practices in contemporary photography from across the country
In celebration of WorldPride 2014, which will be hosted by Toronto from June 20 – 29, 2014, Proof 21 will focus on LGBTTIQQ2SA* culture, community and discourse. In keeping with WorldPride 2014 Toronto’s mission, Proof 21 will also provide a platform for highlighting human rights issues and activism.
The call is open to artists/projects that explore (including but not limited to): identity, gender and sexual politics and constructs; the politics of representation; the challenging of gender binaries; subversion of heteronorms; questioning of widely held social codes.
Link -> http://www.gallery44.org/proof21call
Modern Fuel General Call
Modern Fuel, which is an artist’s run center in Kingston, has their annual call deadline on February 1.
Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre facilitates the presentation, interpretation, and production of visual and time-based arts. Our exhibitions engage with an array of approaches to contemporary aesthetics, and cover a broad scope of conceptual, formal, socio-political and cultural questions. We welcome proposals for solo and group exhibitions, as well as performances, curatorial projects, collaborations, lectures, workshops and other events.
While submissions for general consideration are accepted on an on-going basis, proposals are reviewed by Modern Fuel’s programming committee soon after our annual deadline of Feb 1st. At this time we are moving to an email only submissions policy, and files (combined no larger than 6 MB) can be sent directly to email@example.com. Please note that applications for exhibitions (both solo and group) may be considered for inclusion in group exhibitions that are curated by our Artistic Director and Programming Committee. Successful applicants will be notified by Modern Fuel on or before April 1st
TRINITY SQUARE VIDEO IS HIRING!
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Trinity Square Video is a not-for-profit centre that provides artists and community organizations with video production/post-production support and services at accessible rates. Here since 1971, TSV is committed to providing a broad spectrum of services related to video: workshops, screenings, gallery exhibitions, artist residencies, festival sponsorships and community partnerships. The Executive Director is responsible for the successful leadership, development and management of the organization according to the strategic direction set in partnership with the Board of Directors. He/She manages staff, oversees finances and operations, and reports to the Board. The successful candidate is creative, very energetic, organized and self-motivated. The ability to multi-task and work within a team structure is vital.
Link -> http://trinitysquarevideo.com
Koffler Gallery Assistants 2 Part-Time Positions
The Koffler Centre of the Arts seeks two experienced, creative, and energetic Koffler Gallery Assistants for 2 part-time positions at its new downtown venue at Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto
Deadline October 25
The Koffler Gallery offers a dynamic forum for the presentation of contemporary art, featuring a year-round program of exhibitions by Canadian and international artists in all stages of their careers. Reflecting diverse cultural, material and aesthetic orientations, the program highlights the contemporary Jewish experience in a unique framework that invites a comparative examination of narratives among people of varied heritages within a larger discussion of identity, memory and place. The Gallery is part of the Koffler Centre of the Arts, a Jewish cultural institution with a broad mandate to serve all, and present a wide range of multidisciplinary artistic programs through a global lens in a specifically Canadian context. The Koffler Gallery Assistants report to the Curator of the Koffler Gallery, also working closely with the Curator of Education of the Koffler Centre of the Arts as part of a small team that builds the Koffler’s programmatic content and audiences. They are responsible for supervising the gallery space during public hours, providing tours and information to visitors, and developing and leading educational programs for schools and special interest groups. A total of up to 35 hours/week will be split between the two positions, Wednesday to Sunday plus occasional evenings.
Xpace Cultural Centre
Xpace is also hiring, woot if you want to be an XMEN apply for this job
Xpace is looking to hire a Programming Coordinator to join the XMen Team.
Xpace Cultural Centre is a membership driven artist-run centre supported by the OCAD Student Union and dedicated to providing emerging and student artists with the opportunity to showcase their work in a professional setting. We program contemporary practices that respond to the interests and needs of our membership. As we program with shorter timelines this allows for us to respond to contemporary issues in theory and aesthetics, keeping an up to the minute response to what is going on directly in our community.
The Programming Coordinator will work closely in collaboration with the Director, other Programming Coordinator, Volunteers, Interns and OCAD U students, to manage, plan and execute internal and external exhibitions for Xpace’s various exhibition spaces and events. In the role of Programming Coordinator you will act as a liaison between the OCAD student body, local and national arts organizations, artists and the general public for all information pertaining to Xpace.
This position is a full-time, 1-year potentially renewable contract commencing Mid-November 2013. The position starts at $13.50/hour at 30 hours per week. Benefits are available after a three-month probationary period.
Must See Exhibitions
This weekend is of course Art Toronto, Toronto’s International Art Fair will be an exciting and perhaps overwhelming experience. Since there will be galleries from all around the world showing their best artists. I am excited that this year is the first year OCAD University will have a both (number1404). Featuring work by past graduates including Marc De Pape, Vanessa Maltese, and Alex Haagaard just to name a few.
Daniel Faria Gallery is opening Derek Liddington’s “Modern Love” exhibition Friday October 25th 8 to 10. Derek’s last show at the gallery featured a real 68 Mustang a ballet dancer, and an opera singer. So I have no doubt in my mind that this exhibition will have something unexpected in store.
In his current body of work, Liddington continues to mine Constructivist imagery and symbolism. A personal narrative pushes collective revolutionary accounts to the brink, bordering on abstract fluidity and individualism. Liddington describes his work as “explorations of moments of love, violence, tension and passion as a means of understanding larger social and cultural dynamics developed in those histories that run parallel to periods of unrest and revolution.” Simple Constructivist forms are complicated by vibrating edges and blurred planes. Using drawn or textile-based geometric forms, Liddington investigates tension as a means for uncovering moments of violence and passion.”
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