ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 David Hanes - Birch Contemporary - April 17th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Sat, 05 Apr 2014 17:50:19 +0000 Julie Favreau, Jean-Fran├žois Lauda, Grier Edmundson - Erin Stump Projects (ESP) - April 17th 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Sat, 05 Apr 2014 16:31:05 +0000 Milena Rogli - Gallery 1313 - April 17th 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">In my paintings, I am interested in creating compositions out of clutter; representing precarious states within transitory urban landscapes by merging abstraction and representational elements. This aspiration comes from a desire to capture a feeling or mood based on a constantly changing environments while, at the same time, referencing my personal history. Unstable urban landscapes become a subject for me to reorganize and transform through painting in order to activate affective responses from the viewer. Throughout the painting process I wonder&hellip;How can I; as a painter, reconstruct a precarious state -by using the medium of oil paint on a two-dimensional surface? Which strategies will I use to propose a visual tension between order and chaos through the exploration of paint application?</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">My research develops through personal interactions and observations of transitioning urban spaces. Working between image and paint application, trial and error make up the foundation for my studio practice. When working, I deliberate on how to equally find harmony and tension between image and painting. I begin by zooming in and creating tightly packed frames (with the use of my cellular phone) and I fix a composition. Out of this process, a form of abstraction occurs; objects appear larger, are not easily recognized and forms are altered from their original state. There is an immersive quality; the cropped and zoomed images accent the abundance of clutter and tension of the scene it was taken from. Therefore, the photographic image is keynote in the first stages of manipulating the forms; the subject is from the real world but becomes blurred and shifted through a digital device. The image then supplies a layout for each painting. The image presents an arrangement of the many details; the material objects, the contrast of shadows and highlights, the varying textures and tonal values, they all provide interesting matter for me to tackle through paint application. Overall, the image fixes and holds an otherwise fleeting, temporary moment while providing a composition to undertake.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The relationship between figuration and abstraction in my work acts as an apparatus to present oppositional elements. Some forms are rendered and painted with a similar likeliness to the image then juxtaposed by forms that have been distorted through exaggeration of scale or colour and at times by using multiplication and repetition. I want to suggest to the viewer, even if vaguely, my influences and narrative. I want to allude to them, while at the same time pulling back from a literal depiction of them. Playing with contradictions will lead to various interpretations of the work. For example, I incorporate aspects of darkness and light, opaqueness and transparency, hardness and softness; the differing approaches create tension in order to stimulate a response. As a painter, I want to appropriate various precarious scenes by using painting as a tool to communicate an emotional consciousness; to suggest fragility and vulnerability between individuals, objects within urban environments.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Milena Roglic is a Toronto-based painter and a MFA candidate from York University (2014). She holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing from Concordia University (2004).</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:10:33 +0000 Kelly Wallace - Georgia Scherman Projects - April 17th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Sat, 05 Apr 2014 12:10:08 +0000 Jason Deary - KATHARINE MULHERIN - NO FOUNDATION - April 17th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:54:49 +0000 Michael Antkowiak - LE Gallery - April 17th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:41:23 +0000 Shirley Wiitasalo - Susan Hobbs Gallery - April 17th 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p><span style="color: #928b8e; font-size: x-large;"><strong style="font-size: large;">Shirley Wiitasalo</strong></span></p> <p><strong>17 April - 24 May 2014</strong></p> <p>Toronto, ON &ndash; <strong>opening on Thursday, 17 April from 7 to 9 p.m., and continuing through to 24 May 2014</strong>, Susan Hobbs Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Shirley Wiitasalo.</p> <p>Shirley Wiitasalo&rsquo;s paintings demonstrate what critic Barry Schwabsky has called, in his catalogue essay for her 2001 solo exhibition at The Power Plant, &ldquo;the ineffability effect.&rdquo; Her paintings hold a certain inscrutable power, of image and non-image, of feigned &ldquo;haphazard&rdquo; marks that are actually the result of a deliberate and selective working practice. In this exhibition, she presents two suites of paintings, all of which were created using a transfer process. Among the paintings on the first floor, bold colours like teal, orange, and pink fill each frame, each one interrupted by distinct floating fields held in place by ribbon-like boundaries. In the paintings on view on the gallery&rsquo;s second floor, Wiitasalo has laid down parallel bands of black paint over metallic silver grounds. Variations in the opacity of the paint or the pressure of its application cause the stripes to undulate and fold as they run across the canvas. Here, the eye strains to see the residual ghost of an image, but as always, Wiitasalo&rsquo;s paintings prefer not to divulge any of their secrets. They remain comfortably, and agreeably, elusive.</p> <div>Shirley Wiitasalo was born in Toronto and continues to live and work here.&nbsp; Recent exhibitions include Goodwater, Toronto; Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax; Galerie Ren&eacute; Blouin, Montr&eacute;al and Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton.&nbsp; In 2000, The Power Plant hosted a major exhibition of her work, and produced a catalogue with an essay by Barry Schwabsky.&nbsp; Her work is held in the collections of the Art Gallery of Ontario; Mus&eacute;e des beaux arts, Montr&eacute;al; Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Mus&eacute;e d&rsquo;art contemporain de Montr&eacute;al; Art Gallery of Hamilton; Department of Foreign Affairs and numerous private collections. In 2011 she received the Governor General&rsquo;s Award in Visual and Media Art. She teaches in the Department of Visual Studies at the University of Toronto.</div> <p>Susan Hobbs Gallery is open to the public Wednesday to Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and by appointment. The gallery is located at 137 Tecumseth Street, Toronto.</p> <p>For more information about this exhibition or the Susan Hobbs Gallery, please call (416) 504.3699 or visit <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a>.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:12:03 +0000 Adad Hannah - Koffler Centre of the Arts -Koffler Gallery - April 24th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Vancouver-based artist Adad Hannah has earned an international reputation for his video-recorded tableaux vivants that often reference art history and paradigms of museum practices. Staging models to hold poses for an extended time, he deconstructs the photographic image, drawing attention to the inherent performance and production of meaning.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In this new body of work, Hannah shifts focus to his personal history, re-animating a &ldquo;frozen moment&rdquo; captured eighteen years before he was born. His starting point is a yellowing photograph of his grandmother painting a portrait of his mother at an art club on an American military base in Kodiak, Alaska in 1953. Hannah works in dialogue with his mother, the subject of the original photograph and an artist herself, collaborating to expand the moment under observation through a complex video and still installation. Integrating a mock-up of the studio setting in the original photograph and other findings from the family archive, Hannah breathes new life into the found image. Positioning for the first time a family member as collaborator rather than as subject or model, Hannah pushes his practice deeper than ever into the exploration of the most popular genre of photography &ndash; the family snapshot.</p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 12:26:59 +0000 Lauchie Reid - Narwhal Projects - April 24th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p>Narwhal is proud to present <strong>Hyacinths and Thistles</strong>, a solo exhibition by Canadian artist Lauchie Reid.</p> Sun, 02 Mar 2014 09:30:39 +0000 Gordon Parks - Nicholas Metivier Gallery - April 24th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:01:57 +0000 Lara Almarcegui - Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art - April 24th 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM <p><strong><span style="font-family: Helvetica,Geneva,Arial,SunSans-Regular,sans-serif;">Gina Badger</span></strong><span style="font-family: Helvetica,Geneva,Arial,SunSans-Regular,sans-serif;">, moderator</span></p> <div align="left"> <div align="left"> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br style="font-family: Helvetica,Geneva,Arial,SunSans-Regular,sans-serif;" /> <span style="font-family: Helvetica,Geneva,Arial,SunSans-Regular,sans-serif; font-size: small;">The Spanish-born, Rotterdam-based artist speaks about processes of urban transformation and the potentialities of urban wastelands. Moderated by Gina Badger, artist, urban ecologist and editorial director of <em>Fuse</em> <em>Magazine</em>.</span></p> </div> </div> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 09:27:56 +0000 Laurie McGugan - Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts - April 24th 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">An exhibiton of a series of oil on gilcee photographs. Inspired by explorations of gravel pits in Ontario.</p> <div style="text-align: justify;">InQuarries is a response to a visit I made to gravel pits in rural Ontario in 2010. It is ahidden world, encircled by landscaped burns that block the public&rsquo;s view. In the gravelpit itself, men were moving gravel around with trucks and loaders like children playingin a big sandbox. My work unveils this hidden world and plays with this idea by painting large scale pails and shovels and other toys into the scene. The result provides acomment on scale and innocence.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">I find it intriguing when art plays a role in a conversation about public issues, creatinga platform or context yet not supporting either side of the issue. By injecting the idea ofplay, this allows the viewer approach the subject from a different direction.Technically, I have juxtaposed the digitally produced image with the objects on thesurface rendered in oil. The contrast is apparent only in real life, and a comment on how photographic images are routinely manipulated. <div><br />Laurie McGugan studied art and art history at McMaster University. She hasparticipated in exhibitions in public art galleries and artist run centres in Ontario. Lauriehas shown her work across Canada, and internationally and has completed temporaryand permanent public art installations in Kingston, Bloomfield, Edmonton and Toronto,including Circle of Trees in Woodbine Park, Toronto.</div> </div> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 10:06:01 +0000 Gwen Tooth - Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts - April 24th 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM <div style="text-align: justify;">Gwen Tooth, TSUNAMI, An exhibition of acrylic paintings expressing the destructive energy of tsunami waves. Nature is in control. Artist in Attendance: April 26, 27, May 3, 4</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><br />For this show, &ldquo;Tsunami&rdquo;, I have followed along in my exploration of expressing the soul, energy and movement of bodies of water. &nbsp;This &ldquo;Tsunami&rdquo; series has been a natural progression for me as I move through different experiences with water.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><br />My first solo series, &ldquo;Rhythms of the Sea&rdquo; explored images that were painted intuitively, but which expressed the feelings and kinetic energy involved with sunrises and sunsets as viewed for lengthy periods until they became ingrained into my subconscious.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><br />This current exploration into the destructive and damaging forces of tsunami walls takes me further into the dark side and danger of uncontrollable walls of water. &nbsp;I have incorporated bits of gold foil, and many types of textured mediums, such as black lava, resin sand and glass beads to express the nature and power of the churning and fast-moving wall of water as it picks up debris, crunches prized possessions, and stirs up the ground beneath it. This is the force of total destruction. &nbsp;With the installation of these paintings in close proximity, I am creating the feeling that nature is in charge, not humans.</div> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 10:08:49 +0000 Group Show - Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography - April 25th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <div style="text-align: justify;"><em>Supporters Preview</em> is exclusive to friends of Gallery 44 who have or would like to contribute $50 or more, and includes a cocktail tour of the exhibition and advance sale, along with treats from chef Ryan Su of Gastrunamy.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Particiapting artists*</strong></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Marc Audette, Kotama Bouabane, Edward Burtynsky, Robin Collyer, Robyn Cumming, Chris Curreri, Dianne Davis, Alexis Dirks, Pete Doherty, Keesic Douglas, Tori Foster, Melissa General, Elisa Julia Gilmour, Randy Grskovic, Chris Ironside, Laurie Kang, Brendan George Ko, Anthony Koutras, Beth Lesser, JJ Levine, Marc Losier, Kristie MacDonald, Matt Macintosh, Virginia Mak, Sanjay Mehta, Andrew B. Myers, Chris Shepherd, Greg Staats, Ian Willms, and more!</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Raffle Prizes:</strong></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">50,000 Aeroplan Miles &bull; Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, 2 All access passes ($550) &bull; Artscape Gibraltar Point, Week-long Residency ($350) &bull; Sony Music Canada Inc., CD &amp; LP prize package ($305) &bull; Gladstone Hotel, accommodation and gift certificate for restaurant ($260) &bull; Toronto Image Works, gift certificate ($250) &bull; Ryerson Image Centre, publications ($250) &bull; Ontario Science Centre, 2 family passes for 10 admissions ($220) &bull; Open Studio, weekend workshop certificate ($200) &bull; Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT), workshop vouchers ($200) &bull; Luminato, tickets and publication ($150) &bull; Images Festival, tote bag and swag ($100) &bull; The Black Hoof, gift certificate ($100) &bull; Art Metropole publications ($300) &bull; Power Plant, annual family pass ($100) &bull; Steam Whistle, brewery tour passes x 8 ($80) &bull; La Palette, gift certificate ($50) &bull; Made Design Studio, photo picture frames ($50) &bull; Tintype Studio, gift certificate ($40) &bull; Prefix Photo, magazine subscription ($30)</div> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:15:25 +0000 - Gardiner Museum - April 25th 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Join <strong>The Honourable David C. Onley (Lieutenant Governor of Ontario)</strong>, <strong>Senator Nicole Eaton</strong> and <strong>Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam</strong>, as they open the <em>Spring Awakening: Gardiner in Bloom</em> weekend and celebrate our 30th Anniversary year.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Enjoy half-price admission, a vase sale in the Gardiner Shop, full restaurant and cash bar service, and, for our Gardiner Members, unlimited guest privileges to the Museum on that day. The first 150 guests will also receive seeds from Dominion House.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:15:02 +0000 Dominic Nahr - O'Born Contemporary - April 25th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>The Rift</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">I remember the first time I set foot in Africa. I landed in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, and before my heel touched the ground I had the overwhelming sensation that I was home. I was na&iuml;ve but I held on to a sense of wonder, which I allow and, really, need when first experiencing a place. Since then, I have explored the continent from east to west and north to south. The familiarity and comfort of being "home" struck me most clearly in the east where the Great Rift Valley fractures the land. Observing the geological structure, I felt my core breached and my imagination excited. Below me, a long and vast fracture tore the earth apart, the richness of the continent's minerals exploding to the surface. It remains an emotional parallel to my experience of Africa.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Rift Valley has become a startling metaphor for the balancing act upon which life on Earth is contingent. The richness of resource, originating from rainfall, deep bodies of water, fertile volcanic soil, and biological diversity, stands in violent contrast to the socio-political unrest and desperate needs of an overly dense population. Africa's people are not only at arms over land and other human necessities, but also the tribes comprising the populous of the Rift have competing loyalties and agendas.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This body of work is a journey through many parts of the Great Rift Valley, which I have called my home. It is composed of the places I went, the people I met and the beautiful and horrific magic that is held here in the cradle of life.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <h4 style="text-align: justify;">about the artist</h4> <p style="text-align: justify;">Dominic Nahr works with a strong and unwavering gaze, aiming to document and disseminate images of actions that must not be continued or forgotten. He is intent on reporting certain and unflinching narratives about natural catastrophes, civil unrest and crimes inflicted in the pursuit of protecting physical and psychological borders.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Nahr was raised in Hong Kong where he established himself as a photojournalist with South China Morning Post. He relocated to Toronto and subsequently graduated from Ryerson University in 2008.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Nahr has been honoured with several prestigious awards, including The Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award. He has been selected as one of the 'Top 30 under 30 photographers' by PDN magazine and has been exhibited at Visa Pour l'Image in Perpignan, France. Nahr was selected to take part in 2010's Joop Swart Masterclass in Holland and received grants from the Pulitzer Center and the Emergency Fund.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Dominic Nahr joined Magnum Photos as a nominee in July 2010. He is a contract photographer for Time magazine and represented by O'Born Contemporary in Toronto. Nahr currently resides in Nairobi, Kenya.</p> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 09:16:06 +0000