ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 - Art Gallery of Ontario - March 28th 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Jean-Michel Basquiat took the New York City art world by storm in the early 1980s and gained international recognition for his powerful and expressive works that confronted issues of racism, identity and social tension. On the occasion of the first major retrospective of the artist's work in Canada, we gather artists, writers, historians, and other creative thinkers together to consider the legacy of Basquiat&rsquo;s work, and its continued relevance. How can we extend Basquiat&rsquo;s groundbreaking artistic approach to confront issues of racism, class struggle, social hypocrisy, while challenging perceptions and opening up new dialogues?</p> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 09:18:26 +0000 Hannah Pertsovsky - Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects - April 2nd 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">NO FOUNDATION presents<em> Drained Pool </em>by Hannah Pertsovsky<em>.</em><br /> <br /> Drained Pool is an inquiry into the communicative potential of inanimate objects that is revealed through physical impact. The sculpture series works to deconstruct the concept of degenerating matter through duration and kinetic motion. Pertsovsky endeavors to study how materials naturally change over time, highlighting growths and entropies that often occur within our peripheries of sight. Through her examination of industrial material, the work invites a consideration of the slow ruptures of form, pursuing the basic physical principles that all matter is subject to. The weightiness of the works and their physical movements establish gestures akin to that of the abject, base elements of the human body by creating a material relationship between the work and the viewer. In magnifying the primordial forces such as gravity, balance, weight, stretch and rotation, these moments of change are illuminated.<br /> <br /> <em>Hannah Pertsovsky is a sculpture artist living and working in Toronto, Ontario. Pertsovsky's work has been included in group and solo exhibitions throughout Toronto and Florence, Italy. While completing an independent study in Florence, Pertsovsky participated in two group exhibitions, and has since shown her work in solo shows in Toronto at The Gladstone Hotel Gallery. Additionally, Pertsovsky's work has been featured in a variety of other group exhibitions throughout Toronto at Project Gallery and other independent venues through her work with Carrier Arts Collective.</em><em>Pertsovsky's work aims to critically reposition habitual physical interactions with the material surround, accessing the relationships between human bodies and inanimate objects.Through the employment of industrial materials such as plastics, metal, wood and motors, Pertsovsky's sculptures take the form of kinetic and static apparatuses in an attempt to uncover the principles that exist within all worldly matter. Investigating the physical capabilities, limitations and endurance of specific materials, Pertsovsky questions how the mutability in form can act as a tactile measurement of time.</em></p> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 17:11:12 +0000 Samirra Sada - Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects - April 2nd 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">No Foundation presents <em>I'm just saying you could do better </em>by Samirra Sada.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">I'm just saying you could do better. An over share, TMI sculptures. Too much information to process, too many things to look at. Too much not in the way of negative. Too much to enforce the overwhelming. I'm just saying you could do better. Heavily layered in object and content. The sculptures do not deliver each thought, idea and feeling logically or with answers, instead they pile high, weighing heavily, seeping in all directions. I'm just saying you could do better. Embracing the absurd the sculptures speak to performance of identity and failure with a blunt humour, providing no answers just thoughts, musings, observations and of course so many feelings. I'm just saying you could do better. Sculptures that are so wrong they're right. Drawing you in, keeping you there, so you have no choice but to consider the work. I'm just saying you could do better.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Samirra Sada is a multidisciplinary artist who uses her strong connection with materiality to explore themes of performance, identity and failure throughout her work. Making works that are simultaneously funny and sad Sada investigates the universal and poetic dimensions of failure in hopes of creating works that although bizarre and abstract in appearance are somehow intensely relatable. Using pop culture as a catalyst in her work Sada's most recent sculptures use the isolated pop lyric to help speak to the many contradictions that take place in the performance of identity and the inevitable failures happening within these performances. Taking an absurdest approach Sada's work offers no answers, only thoughts, questions, ideas and of course so many feelings. </em></p> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 17:12:56 +0000