ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 - Nicholas Metivier Gallery - December 17th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Please join us for a 2015 season preview.</p> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:27:30 +0000 Steve Driscoll - Angell Gallery - January 9th, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <div> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>ANGELL GALLERY</strong> is pleased to present<strong> STEVE DRISCOLL: INTO THE WIND</strong>, a solo exhibition of recent works by this acclaimed painter. The exhibition is on throughout the gallery from <strong>January 9 to February 8, 2014</strong>. An opening reception will be held on <strong>January 9, 6:00 to 9:00 PM</strong>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Steve Driscoll, one of Canada&rsquo;s most innovative contemporary landscape painters, has a unique signature technique that he was been developing for over a decade. Using urethane as his medium (a challenging material that requires special ventilation and years of practice to master), Driscoll layers his surfaces with transparent and opaque colours, using a combination of pouring and brushwork techniques. China markers bring graphic and representational elements to this painterly mix.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The paintings in INTO THE WIND are evidence of Driscoll&rsquo;s continuing evolution. The sun flares, harvest moons, spring floods, fall colours and whipping winds experienced in Ontario&rsquo;s wilderness are transformed into brilliant visions in which memory and reality are fused through swirls, eddies, strokes and slashes of vivid colour. The increased emphasis on atmosphere in this body of work has brought forth expansive abstract passages of singular beauty, sumptuous, yet balanced by a representational framework that anchors these works in the avant-garde landscape tradition. Like Van Gogh&rsquo;s fabled <em>Starry Night</em>, the paintings in INTO THE WIND are landscapes of memory &mdash; as Driscoll notes, the harvest moon looms larger in our minds than in reality. The heightened colour and form in his moonscapes, sunsets and turbulent riverbanks echo our propensity to amplify and embellish our significant memories</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Driscoll&rsquo;s ever questing nature is always producingnew processes and approaches to materials. The sophisticated colour sensibility apparent in these works is the product of the artist&rsquo;s recent practice of using studies to fine-tune choices. One work features carving, a technique Driscoll used in the past, here revisited to exciting effect.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The artist&rsquo;s passion for the great outdoors is reflected not just in his subject matter, but also in his materials &mdash; namely supports made from synthetics used in state-of-the-art canoes. These lightweight surfaces both facilitate the creation of large scale works, and offer intriguing textures that Driscoll incorporates into his imagery. An iridescent pattern in a carbon-fibre support becomes the twinkling of a night sky. A surface resembling burlap suggests canvas, a nod to the paint-on-canvas landscapes of the Group of Seven, who one century ago were Canada&rsquo;s vanguard. As heir to that tradition, Driscoll&rsquo;s tribute is apt.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;Steve Driscoll is an award-winning Toronto-based painter who has had nineteen solo exhibitions and has been in group shows throughout North America. He has executed numerous commissions and has been featured in Canadian Art, dART International, The Telegram (NL), NOW Magazine, CBC TV and ArtSync TV. Publications include the 2012 monograph <em>intelligence&nbsp;with the earth,</em> with text by Gary Michael Dault.</p> </div> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:37:56 +0000 FASTWĂśRMS - Paul Petro Contemporary Art - January 16th, 2015 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>RED RUM TUT</em> is an installation of Witch fiction, secret languages and occult cant.<br /> <br /> <br /> Complex iterations of XNA semiotics, emo-argot, queer code and cipher cybernetics are treated and tricked into meta cryptolect txt.<br /> <br /> <br /> In <em>RED RUM TUT</em>, art, didactic panels and docent jargon are freed from the tyranny of instrumental and institutional reason. Viva la gran red de la vida!<br /> <br /> <br /> Love is the law.<br /> <br /> <br /> FASTWURMS 10/14/14</p> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:15:05 +0000 Andrew Harwood - Paul Petro Contemporary Art - January 16th, 2015 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">"<em>Notes From A Funeral Camp</em> is an exploration of grief and humour through the media of video, performance and installation. This exhibition examines the relationships between death, humour, play and camp and how they relate to aspects of queer spirituality and to queer communities. The themes explored in this body of work include death, nature, culture, witchcraft, play, drag, sadness and glamour. <em>Funeral Camp</em> and the questions I pose are in part one gay man&rsquo;s perspective on having survived the AIDS epidemic. As part of my research on these topics I question if it is possible to express humour and grief simultaneously in a body of work. Can works of art be simultaneously camp and deeply emotional at the same time?"<br /> <br /> <br /> Andrew Harwood is a Toronto-based artist, writer, curator, gallerist and NSCAD grad. Recent exhibitions include <em>S&eacute;anc&eacute;</em> at Platform Centre for Photographic &amp; Media Arts, Winnipeg. He is past Director at Mercer Union, A Space Gallery and General manager of C Magazine in Toronto. For the last four years, before returning to Toronto, he was the Director of Zsa Zsa West, a DIY commercial and experimental art space, in Winnipeg that promoted works in all media by queer, as well as emerging and artists from under-represented communities. <br /> <br /> Harwood will be exhibiting, <em>Notes From a Funeral Camp</em>, a multimedia installation using elements of his Univeristy of Manitoba MFA (2014) thesis exhibition at Paul Petro Contemporary Art in Toronto in January 2015. Harwood&rsquo;s works are in the collections of the Bank of Montr&eacute;al, The Toronto Dominion Bank, The University of Guelph, Queen's University and private collections in Canada and internationally.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Andrew Harwood gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Manitoba Arts Council Student Bursary Program and the Irma &amp; Irving Penn Scholarship.</p> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:15:12 +0000 Jessica Hans, Lili Huston-Herterich, Jimmy Limit - Art Metropole - January 17th, 2015 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica,Arial,'sans-serif'; font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;">With Jessica Hans, Lili Huston-Herterich, Jimmy Limit, Hannah Myall, and Christopher Schreck.</span></span></p> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:27:41 +0000 Douglas Coupland - Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) - January 31st, 2015 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM <div id="mk-text-block-383" class="mk-text-block " style="margin-bottom: 0px; text-align: left;"> <h6 style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">One of Canada&rsquo;s most provocative artists and cultural thinkers questions what our future holds</span></h6> </div> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Douglas Coupland is one of Canada&rsquo;s most celebrated contemporary artists, writers and thinkers. Through diverse media ranging from Lego to found materials, painting to installation, he explores issues which affect us all: the 21st-century condition, Canadian cultural identity, the power of language and the pervasive presence of technology in modern life. With incisiveness and humour, Coupland&rsquo;s work will inspire you to question contemporary issues and suggest new ways of seeing your world. <em>Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything</em> is everything is the first major survey of the work Coupland has created since 2000. The exhibition is a first-time partnership between the Royal Ontario Museum, ROM Contemporary Culture, and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), with works at both venues.</span></p> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:21:43 +0000