ArtSlant - Openings & events http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/show en-us 40 VSVSVS - Mercer Union - A Centre for Contemporary Art - May 29th 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Mercer Union is delighted to present an exhibition by VSVSVS entitled&nbsp;<em>Not together, but alongside</em>&nbsp;opening on Friday 29th May 2015.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Not together, but alongside</em>&nbsp;explores the potentiality of relationships between the viewer and the artist, the collective and the individual, and the gallery and the studio. In VSVSVS'&nbsp;large scale installation sprawling through the front gallery of Mercer Union, platforms become seats, objects perform and the potentiality of action plays out. Their material exploration and unfixed nature in the work conflates the formal and the comedic. The disparate elements that comprise the installation further emphasize its makers as a group of individuals with different ideas and art practices working together. That spirit and the process of discovering alternate viewpoints extends to the gallery visitor, because the experience is a negotiation of both physical bodies in space and what it means to assess or determine: to do or undo, the separation between the studio or gallery, and experiment or art object.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">VSVSVS (pronounced versus versus versus), is a seven-person collective and artist-run centre based out of a warehouse in the Portlands in Toronto. Formed in 2010, the groups activities encompass collective art making including drawings, video works, sculpture, installation and performance, a residency &nbsp;program and exhibition space, as well as individual studio practices. The group met and began to take shape while studying at the University of Guelph in the studio arts program (one member studied Psychology), where they each received the BAs in 2010.&nbsp;Members include Wallis Cheung,&nbsp;Ryan Clayton,&nbsp;Anthony Cooper,&nbsp;James Gardner,&nbsp;Stephen McLeod, Laura Simon and Miles Stemp. &nbsp;In February 2015 the collective participated in a month long residency at Centre Bang in Chicoutimi Quebec, resulting in an exhibition at the centre.&nbsp;Recent exhibitions include Katzman Contemporary, Toronto; Niagara Artist&rsquo;s Centre, St. Catherine&rsquo;s<em>&nbsp;</em>(both 2015)<em>, Taking a part</em>, Mercer Union,<em>&nbsp;More Than Two (Let It Make</em>&nbsp;Itself), Power Plant (both Toronto, 2014); and&nbsp;<em>space&nbsp;mods</em>, Cambridge Galleries, Preston (2013).&nbsp;Recent projects include;&nbsp;<em>Coat Check</em>, Platforms Project, Art Athina (2014);&nbsp;<em>Nap Station</em>, Art Toronto;&nbsp;<em>Dunk Tank</em>, ArtSpin;&nbsp;<em>Temporary Monument</em>, Art of the Danforth (all Toronto 2014) and&nbsp;<em>1-855 IS IT ART</em>, &nbsp;Toronto&rsquo;s Nuit Blanche 2013.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Artist talk: Friday 29&nbsp;May, 7PM&nbsp;followed by opening reception</p> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 15:42:58 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list Karen Kraven - Mercer Union - A Centre for Contemporary Art - May 29th 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Mercer Union is delighted to present a solo exhibition by Montreal-based artist Karen Kraven entitled&nbsp;<em>Flip Flop, Punch Front</em>&nbsp;opening on Friday 29th May 2015.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Karen Kraven&rsquo;s works set up unexpected encounters between sculptures and images, uncanny resemblances and misleading juxtapositions.&nbsp;Kraven received her MFA from Concordia University &nbsp;in 2012, where she was the recipient of the Dale &amp; Nick Tedeschi Fellowship,&nbsp;and her BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2006.&nbsp;Recent solo exhibitions include&nbsp;the Institute for Contemporary Art at the Maine College of Art, Portland (2015),&nbsp;<em>Razzle Dazzle Sis Boom Bah,&nbsp;</em>Darling Foundry, Montreal (2014),&nbsp;<em>A Mucker and a Grinder,</em>&nbsp;Parisian Laundry (2013) and&nbsp;<em>As Above, So Below,&nbsp;</em>Centre Clark, Montreal (2014). Her work has also been shown at Centre Dare-Dare, Montreal (2010), Leonard &amp; Ellen Bina Gallery, Montreal (2011) and Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga (2011). She has participated in artist&rsquo;s residencies at The Banff Centre and with Reverse Pedagogy, Venice. From 2013-2016, she will have a Montreal Artist&rsquo;s Creation Studio at the Darling Foundry, Montreal.&nbsp;&nbsp;Kraven currently lives and works in Montreal.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Karen Kraven received her MFA from Concordia University&nbsp;in 2012, where she was the recipient of the Dale &amp; Nick Tedeschi Fellowship,&nbsp;and her BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2006.&nbsp;Recent solo exhibitions include&nbsp;the Institute for Contemporary Art at the Maine College of Art, Portland (2015),&nbsp;<em>Razzle Dazzle Sis Boom Bah,&nbsp;</em>Darling Foundry, Montreal (2014),&nbsp;<em>A Mucker and a Grinder,</em>&nbsp;Parisian Laundry (2013) and&nbsp;<em>As Above, So Below,&nbsp;</em>Centre Clark, Montreal (2014). Her work has also been shown at Centre Dare-Dare, Montreal (2010), Leonard &amp; Ellen Bina Gallery, Montreal (2011) and Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga (2011). She has participated in artist&rsquo;s residencies at The Banff Centre and with Reverse Pedagogy, Venice. From 2013-2016, she will have a Montreal Artist&rsquo;s Creation Studio at the Darling Foundry, Montreal.&nbsp;&nbsp;Kraven currently lives and works in Montreal.</p> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 15:43:53 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list Zachari Logan - Paul Petro Contemporary Art - June 5th 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Through large-scale drawing, ceramics and installation, Zachari Logan evolves a visual language that explores the intersections between masculinity, identity, memory and place. In previous work related to his current practice, Logan investigated his own body as a site of exploration. In recent work, Logan&rsquo;s body remains a catalyst, but no longer the sole focus. Employing a strategy of visual quotation, mined from place and experience, Logan "re-wilds" his body as an embodiment of nature. This narrative shift engages both empirical explorations of landscape and overlapping art-historic motifs and in&nbsp;<em>Ditches, Dandies and Lions</em>, considers the site of ditches as a place where nature meets order and social margins flourish.<br /><br /><br />Zachari Logan (born 1980, Saskatoon,SK, grad. MFA University of Saskatchewan 2008) is a Canadian artist working primarily in drawing, ceramics and installation. His work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions throughout North America and Europe, including&nbsp;<em>Eunuch Tapestry 5</em>, Leslie-Lohman Museum, NY (2015),&nbsp;<em>Sisi Boy</em>, Schleifm&uuml;hlgasse 12-14, Vienna (2014),&nbsp;<em>Folds</em>, Angus-Hughes Gallery, London Uk (2014),&nbsp;<em>Hanging Garden</em>, cur. Rhiannon Vogl, Line Gallery, North Bay, ON (2014),<em>Fugitive Garden</em>, cur. Wayne Baerwaldt, Illingworth-Kerr Gallery, Calgary AB (2013),<em>Metamorphosis / Passages</em>, Daniel Cooney Fine Art, NY (2013),&nbsp;<em>Androphilia Art Project: Vignette</em>, NAFF-Athina Collective, elCultur Art Space, Athens (2011) and<em>Beautiful Losers Project</em>, Headquarters Studio, NY (2011). Group exhibitions include<em>Faceless</em>, cur. Bogomir Doringer, De Markten, Brussels (2015), Mediamadik Fabriek, Amsterdam (2014) and Freiraum quartier21 International, Vienna (2013),&nbsp;<em>The Name of Things</em>, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon SK (2012),&nbsp;<em>Melancholia</em>, cur. Raul Zamudio, Pristine Galerie, Monterrey, Mexico (2012) and<em>When I Grow Up</em>, collaboration with Sophie Calle, Galerie Jean Roch Dard, Paris (2009). Logan has attended residencies in Paris in conjunction with Galerie Jean Roch Dard, in rural Tennessee at Sassafras ARC/Liberty, in Calgary through ACAD&rsquo;s Visiting Artist Program, in Vienna through both the Museum Quartier&rsquo;s quartier21: Artist in Residence Program and the project space Schliefmuhlgasse 12-14, in London at the Angus-Hughes Gallery and most recently in Brooklyn at the International Studio and Curatorial Program. Logan's work can be found in public and private collections worldwide.&nbsp;<em>Ditches, Dandies and Lions</em>is Logan's first exhibition at Paul Petro Contemporary Art.</p> Tue, 05 May 2015 19:16:16 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list Maura Doyle - Paul Petro Contemporary Art - June 5th 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">The form of a pot is its basic structure and shape. It can also refer to familiar forms, such as pitcher, gourd-shaped vessel, vase, or wide-mouthed bottle. The form contains a mysterious space that we can never know. If we open that space, then that space is lost (and a pot is broken).&nbsp;<br /><br /><em>Pot Diction</em>: (1) Layers of cut painted paper reimagine the secret inside spaces of historical pots. (2) A series of hand-built pots are titled as poems which describe the unique firing process for each form.<br /><br /><br />Maura Doyle lives and works in Ottawa. Her multidisciplinary practice has included video, ceramics, sculpture, book works, printed matter and drawing. Her recent work focuses on the medium of clay, prehistoric pottery and processes, which includes the traditional techniques of hand building and open flame firing. Her work has been exhibited across Canada in artist-run centres and art institutions, as well as internationally in New York, Japan, Sweden and Vienna.</p> Tue, 05 May 2015 19:18:03 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list