ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 Joseph Tisiga - Diaz Contemporary - September 8th 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Mon, 15 Aug 2016 17:43:05 +0000 Ric Evans - Nicholas Metivier Gallery - September 8th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Nicholas Metivier Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of paintings by Ric Evans. The exhibition will open on September 8th and run until September 24th with an opening reception on Thursday, September 8th. This is Evans&rsquo; fourth exhibition at the gallery.<br /> <br /> Central to Ric Evans&rsquo; practice is colour and form. Evans&rsquo; work is informed by his surroundings, deriving shapes from various spaces that he finds between buildings, chairs, parked cars and other moments in everyday life. These shapes become what he describes as an armature to hold his idiosyncratic combinations of colour that create his distinct geometric compositions.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> In his latest works, Evans&rsquo; use of colour and form is more intuitive and arresting than ever before. For the canvases, Evans begins with a straight edge template, such as a trapezoid or triangle, in the center of each painting. Then, building outwards, he attaches boldly coloured rectangles that skim or leave narrow passages between the outer edges of the form and the parameters of the canvas. The freely floating placement of a recurring motif within its rectilinear confines is exemplary of the more minimal and confident direction of Evans&rsquo; work in recent years. Evans employs industrial copper or his signature black paint to add weight and dimension to his flat surfaces.<br /> <br /> Alongside Evans&rsquo; canvases are a series of shaped panel paintings. Evans has been making these works since the early 1980s however his recent renditions are his most eccentric and playful to date. The works entitled, <em>The Flow of Surprise</em>, are anthropomorphic in shape and grouped into diptychs and triptychs to highlight optical illusions that play with our perception of space and scale. <em>The Changing Nature of Location</em> series are more simplified forms resembling shields or plaques. Evans often applies the paint on the panel works with a palette knife to enhance the materiality of the object as well as reveal the hand of the artist.<br /> <br /> <em>The particularity of Ric&rsquo;s paintings has been how he constructs, using coloured and<br /> textured shapes, a succession of relationships that are always in tension, and which<br /> we can seize them only piecemeal, and then strive to put them wholly together. The<br /> experience of painting has never been a passive one, as its distractors have claimed, but<br /> Ric&rsquo;s painting thrives on immersing its viewers in experiences of change, dislocation and<br /> decenteredness. Their world remains in flux, imagined orders emerging, dissolving and<br /> remerging.</em> &ndash; Roald Naasgard<br /> <br /> Ric Evans is one of Canada&rsquo;s preeminent abstract painters, having worked in the genre of geometric abstraction for the last forty years. His work is included in many corporate and museum collections in Canada including the Art Gallery of Ontario. In 2015, Evans completed a large-scale commission for a prominent lobby location in one of the Toronto Dominion Towers in downtown Toronto. Evans was included in the internationally renowned curator, Roald Nasgaard&rsquo;s highly acclaimed anthology, <em>Abstract Painting in Canada</em> (Douglas &amp; McEntyre, 2008).<br /> <br /> For more information on this artist, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Opening reception:</span> Thursday, September 8, 6 - 8 PM<br /> Essay by Roald Nasgaard</p> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 17:53:29 +0000 Mark Ruwedel - Olga Korper Gallery - September 8th 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Mon, 15 Aug 2016 17:58:36 +0000 Derrick Piens - Angell Gallery - September 9th 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Tue, 19 Jul 2016 17:10:42 +0000 Duane Linklater - Mercer Union - A Centre for Contemporary Art - September 9th 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Mercer Union is delighted to present a solo exhibition by Duane Linklater titled <em>From Our Hands</em>. This is Linklater&rsquo;s first solo institutional exhibition in Toronto and is the third in a series of commissioned solo exhibitions at Mercer Union generously supported by Partners In Art.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Duane Linklater is Omask&ecirc;ko Cree from Moose Cree First Nation in Northern Ontario. Born in 1976, he holds bachelor&rsquo;s degrees in fine art and Native studies from the University of Alberta (2005) and a master&rsquo;s degree in film and video from the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College (2012). His work is currently on exhibition in a two-person exhibition <em>Parallel Excavations</em> (w/Tanya Lukin Linklater), Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta. His collaborative film project with Brian Jungen, <em>Modest Livelihood</em>, was originally presented at the Walter Phillips Gallery at The Banff Centre in collaboration with dOCUMENTA (13) with subsequent exhibitions of this work at the Logan Centre Gallery at the University of Chicago (curated by Monika Szewcyyk), Catriona Jeffries Gallery in Vancouver and at the Art Gallery of Ontario (curated by Kitty Scott). Recent solo exhibitions include; <em>Salt 11: Duane Linklater</em>, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City (2015); ICA@50: It means it&rsquo;s raining, ICA, Philadelphia (2014); <em>Decom&shy;mi&shy;sion</em>, Maclaren Art Cen&shy;tre, Bar&shy;rie, Ontario (2013);&nbsp;<em>Learn&shy;ing</em>, Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto (2013); <em>Some&shy;thing about encounter</em>, Thun&shy;der Bay Art Gallery, Ontario (2013); <em>Grain(s),</em> in col&shy;lab&shy;o&shy;ra&shy;tion with Tanya Lukin Lin&shy;klater, Images Fes&shy;ti&shy;val co pre&shy;sen&shy;ta&shy;tion with Museum of Con&shy;tem&shy;po&shy;rary Cana&shy;dian Art, Toronto (2013);&nbsp;<em>Sec&shy;ondary Expla&shy;na&shy;tion</em>, The New Gallery, Cal&shy;gary (2013);&nbsp;<em>Beothuck Build&shy;ing</em>, Or Gallery, Van&shy;cou&shy;ver (2012); <em>Rasp&shy;berry Cargo</em>, Fam&shy;ily Busi&shy;ness Gallery, New York (2012);&nbsp;<em>Unti&shy;tled (A Blue&shy;berry Gar&shy;den for Bard Col&shy;lege)</em>, on-site out&shy;door project,&nbsp;CCS&nbsp;Bard/Hessel Museum, Annan&shy;dale on Hud&shy;son, New York;&nbsp;<em>Jour&shy;ney Through</em>, White Water Gallery, North Bay, Ontario (2011). Linklater won the Sobey Art Award in 2013 and lives in North Bay, Ontario.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>From Our Hands</em> is the third in a series of large scale commissioned projects produced and presented by the gallery with leading support from Partners In Art.</p> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 17:11:03 +0000 Leigh Bridges - Paul Petro Contemporary Art - September 9th 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Atmospheric Resonance&rdquo;, in addition to referring to the optical experience of luminous colour, is a natural terrestrial electromagnetic phenomenon driven by fluctuations in global lightning storm activity. Also called &ldquo;Schumann Waves&rdquo;, this vibration is believed by some to have an effect on human circadian rhythm, binding the earth&rsquo;s cycles with those of the body.<br /> <br /> Following from past work inspired by notions of the sublime&ndash;and considerations of the nature/culture dialectic associated with that term&ndash;this new body of work explores the intersection of modernist form, landscape, and backyard do-it-yourself technology. In a series of pared down paintings depicting provisional architecture and geometric form, imperfect yet functioning structures connote a practical, intimate and evolving relationship between user and environment. Complementing the paintings are sculptural forms based on a functioning flat packed and folded cook stove design utilizing radiant colour and tone to generate "heat", instead of the prescribed reflective foil. Inspired by systems that harness sun, wind and water, the poetic potential to represent connection with natural cycles in our everyday life is investigated.</p> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 17:14:12 +0000 David R. Harper - MKG127 - September 10th 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Mon, 15 Aug 2016 17:49:43 +0000 Barbara Steinman - Olga Korper Gallery - October 8th 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Mon, 15 Aug 2016 17:59:41 +0000 John Massey - Diaz Contemporary - October 13th 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Mon, 15 Aug 2016 17:43:24 +0000 Mélanie Rocan - Paul Petro Contemporary Art - October 14th 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>M&eacute;lanie's new work simultaneously is capturing a beginning and an end like flowers growing along those dying.</em><br /> <br /> -- Shaun Morin (artist and M&eacute;lanie Rocan's partner)<br /> <br /> "<em>For Tomorrow</em> showcases new oil paintings on canvas, three sculptural works and a new intaglio varied edition print with hand painted watercolour. The work in the exhibition equally takes a look at the reality of our world and at the same time tries to find hope. The work often takes tragic and foreboding themes and finds the beauty and optimism within. <br /> <br /> "In <em>Beaming</em> the title suggests the subject of devolution of nature, the impending fear of natural catastrophe or disasters, the sun exploding on itself. Yet it is combining humor with tragedy, a dark humor that the sun is smiling back on us, knowing it's own strength. Yet at the same time there is a pleasing appearance to the work. It&rsquo;s warm yet possibly menacing and at the same time it has the last laugh and it's beaming on us.<br /> <br /> "In the small work <em>Building A Giant</em>, the meek giant hobo is made of leftovers and people are patching together the remains. The patches and dauby painted quilted coverings are delicately and clumsily applied and are simultaneously doing both good and bad in the environment. Appealing decay wreaking havoc on the earth and showing duality breaking down. There is deception in the camouflage and the variety of layers and covers, mimicking the beauty of life and ruin. <br /> <br /> "In <em>The Grin</em> there is the illusion of being close up and distant at the same time. Some details are magnified and some are blurred. There is an over determination of space and indetermination existing in sync, a buzz and a silence existing together. The end result is that the work is viewed from an ant&rsquo;s perspective and from a giant&rsquo;s viewpoint at the same time."<br /> <br /> -- M&eacute;lanie Rocan, June 2016</p> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 17:27:37 +0000 Keith Cole, Tom Dean, Maura Doyle, FASTWÜRMS, Andrew Harwood, Olia Mishchenko, Sandy Plotnikoff - Paul Petro Contemporary Art - October 14th 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Mon, 15 Aug 2016 17:28:27 +0000