Winter Programming Opening Reception at Xpace Cultural Centre
2303 Lansdowne Street
Thursday January 30th 7:00 to 11:00pm
Please join us for our first round of exhibitions in 2014 for our on-site gallery spaces. There will be snacks, drinks and the artists will be in attendance.
Window Space – Chalk Form Census By Alison Snowball
A series of questions is posed, one at a time, on a chalkboard installed in a street level window. Citizens passing by are invited to contemplate or respond to the question, which changes at regular intervals over the month long project timeframe. Extending the reach of the census, the question is simultaneously posted online through social media [#chalkformcensus], thereby also providing a platform for responses.
Main Space – Posts and Pillars
Curated by Jennifer Simaitis and Stefan Hancherow
Artists: Alexis Boyle, Andrew Buszchak, Emily Davidson, Aryen Hoekstra and Miles Stemp
Posts and Pillars is a group exhibition that interrogates notions of post-utopian futures, survival, and art after capitalism
Project Space – An Expedition
Sam Cotter and Fraser McCallum
An Expedition is drawn from traditions of anthropology, exploration and field study, to re-evaluate the urban landscape in the spirit of a 19th century expedition. In An Expedition Cotter and McCallum cast themselves as 19th century explorers setting foot in the strange landscape of Leslie Spit and analyzing it through scientific experiments and field studies.
External Space (located on OCADU campus in the Learning Zone)
Toronto Harbourfront By Marjan Verstappen
Before Toronto was a city, the dominant force over the landscape was water. Water ran to the lake, banking up soft shores of sand and silt. Now the lake shore speaks of fluxes of trade and capital, the influence of bureaucracy. It is easy to see our landscape as static and permanent, but this video tells the story of Toronto Harbour, in all its shapes.
*Toronto Harbourfront is also currently available for viewing at xpace.info
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To Tell of Things Changed
Group Exhibition at PM Gallery 1518 Dundas St. W
Thursday January 30th 6:00 to 10:00pm
Please join us on Thursday, January 30th from 6-10pm at PM Gallery for the opening reception and catalogue release party for “to tell of things changed”, the 2014 York University 2nd Year MFA exhibition
“‘to tell of things changed’ is a group exhibition of works by York University second-year MFA students, Mary Grisey, Christie Kirchner, Amelie Jerome, Milena Roglic, Amanda Clyne, Gord Bond and Teresa Carlesimo. It is a meditation upon the transformations, whether subtle or drastic, that take place within the space of an intensive two-year sustained engagement with practice.
Complete facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/241304172703633/?
Up in the Clouds By Megan Ellen MacDonald
At #Hashtage Gallery 801 Dundas St. W
Thursday January 30th 7:00
In “Up in the Clouds”, MacDonald relays the narrative of the cat portrayed as an omnipresent being within the romanticized landscapes. The repetition of this subject throughout the series echoes the iconography and symbolism that was overtly placed throughout 19th century landscape works produced by the Hudson River School. The craft of each piece and the ornate framing that accompanies each portrait in the series begs to be taken seriously, only to be undermined by the subjects within them.
Full Facebook Event https://www.facebook.com/events/658654187518567/?
Oh, ou, ohh, o, By Tessar Lo and La Brosse du Peintre by Ted Gahl
At Cooper Cole 1161 Dundas St. W
January 31st 7:00
COOPER COLE is pleased to announce a solo exhibition from Tessar Lo and Ted Gahl
Tessar Lo (b. 1984, Jakarta, Indonesia) graduated from Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, in Toronto. He has exhibited internationally at Jaski Art Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Door Studios, Paris, France; Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, USA; and Atticus Gallery, Barcelona, Spain. Most recently he was included in the group show One, and Two, and More Than Two curated by Micah Lexier at The Power Plant in Toronto, Canada. Tessar Lo currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada..
Ted Gahl (b. 1983, Connecticut, USA) creates intuitive paintings and objects of varying scale, embedding and juxtaposing personal imagery of the present alongside art historical influences of the past. Gahl’s paintings often read as elements of subconscious activities – reveries, dreams, and memories, while being firmly grounded in the act of painting itself. Gahl’s work has been shown at Queens Museum of Art, Halsey McKay, and Storefront Bushwick, as well as at Green gallery in Milwaukee, Middlemarch in Brussels, Dan Graham in Los Angeles, and Cirrus in Los Angeles. Gahl is represented by DODGEgallery, NY, and lives and works in Connecticut, USA.
Facebook link for Tessar Lo https://www.facebook.com/events/647078162005787/?
Facebook link for Ted Gahl https://www.facebook.com/events/450264981766123/?
Horse by Jill Greenberg
At O’Born Contemporary 131 Ossignton Avenue
January 31st at 6:00 to 9:00pm
In creating Jill Greenberg: Horse, the artist returns to her original muse. A perennial obsession now shared with her young daughter, the horse began to ignite in the artist consideration of how the bit, halter, and bridle are used to harness and control these animals. Having found scholarly literature comparing the way horses function in society to the means through which women have historically been oppressed, the “scold’s bridle,” a medieval punishment for mouthy women, became a point of intrigue and commonality. Beyond the tension captured between majesty and restraint in the photographs presented here, the artist articulates the narrative of paradoxical power and limitation through a sculptural maquette, entitled “The Collision of Emily Wilding Davison”. Imbued with the spirit of the feminist imperative, this female historical figure is depicted in her final moments-interrupting an Epsom Derby race in 1913 in order to pin a suffragist flag upon King George V’s horse.
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Art Exhibitions to see this weekend
Open House by Tough Guy Mountain
At Narwhal Projects 2988 Dundas St West
January 23 – 26, 2014 open daily from 12 – 5 pm
Narwhal is proud to present Open House, Another Project with Tough Guy Mountain as part of the fourth annual Toronto Design Offsite Festival. Tough Guy Mountain is an exciting new media lab, brand interface studio, and art problem solutions company and that will showcase their ideas with a free open house event on Wed Jan 22 6-10pm as part of the 2014 TO DO Festival launch. The Toronto Design Offsite Festival showcases the best in Canadian design at exhibitions and events across the city, from unexpected prototypes to immersive installations
Complete info at http://narwhalprojects.com/
Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline at Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects
Mangle & Plexus January 23 – March 16
1086 + 1086 Queen Street West
MANGLE & PLEXUS presents a sequence of paintings made using a generative system of stencils and scripted mark-making procedures. Enacting painting as a performative field, these works figure a de-centered entanglement of agencies in which artist, materials, and the contingencies of process play symmetrical roles in the work’s realization. Collectively, the paintings elaborate an emergent grammar of programmed gestures, whose interactions unfold immanent propositions.
Complete information at http://www.katharinemulherin.com/dynamic/exhibit_artist.asp?ExhibitID=566&Exhibit=Current