ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 Camille Rojas - Stephen Bulger Gallery - July 31st 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p><em>Simulacra &amp; Muse</em> runs from July 28th - August 1st.<br /><br />Location: CAMERA (Stephen Bulger Gallery)<br />Reception: Friday July 31st 7-9pm</p> <p>_______________________________________________<br /><br /></p> <p>The real birth of this project started as an accident in the late 2000s. During that time, at the beginning of our friendship, Nathan and I were frequently asked if we were brother and sister. Initially we declined but after many outings together we noticed a pattern of speculation form, saw the potential for play, and finally &lsquo;became&rsquo; fraternal twins. These performances consisted of precise body language (after it was noted to us that our movements and gestures, though unplanned, complimented each other&rsquo;s) and the creation of spontaneous psuedo-histories of us. The project was finally manifested in photographic form in February of this year.<br /><br />This series of photographs is based on Jean Baudrillard&rsquo;s Simulacra and Simulation as well as the centuries&rsquo; old tradition of the artist&rsquo;s muse. It addresses the power of performance and truthfulness both in a lens-based environment and beyond the image.<br /><br />This exhibition is the debut of an ongoing project that will be self-published in book form some years from now.<br />_______________________________________________<br /><br />Camille Rojas (born in Toronto, 1993) is a Canadian-Colombian multidisciplinary artist. Her practice includes photography, motion picture film, dance, drawing, and painting. Her work lies within the realm of portraiture, recently exploring personal relationships, the artist as subject, and human mortality. She is currently in the process of completing her BFA in Photography at Ryerson University&rsquo;s School of Image Arts.</p> <p>(Special thanks to Maximum Exposure and the Stephen Bulger Gallery for the award)</p> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 16:26:08 +0000 Amy Brener, Clint Enns, Jay Isaac, Fabienne Lasserre, Rachel MacFarlane, Ella Dawn McGeough - Nicholas Metivier Gallery - August 6th 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Nicholas Metivier Gallery is pleased to present <em>Broken Colours</em>, an exhibition guest-curated by Ben Portis.&nbsp; The exhibition will open on July 23 and will be on view through August 22 with an opening reception on Thursday, July 23 from 6 &ndash; 8 PM.&nbsp; The gallery will also host a special talk with Ben Portis and the artists on the evening of Thursday, August 6 between 6 &ndash; 8 PM.<br /> <br /> <em>Broken Colours</em> features six artists whose works employ colour as a near material.&nbsp; It considers how a schismatic chromatic composition might lead to an integrated structural form, and vice versa.&nbsp; <strong>Amy Brener</strong> (Brooklyn), <strong>Clint Enns </strong>(Toronto), <strong>Jay Isaac</strong> (Toronto), <strong>Fabienne Lasserre</strong> (Brooklyn), <strong>Rachel MacFarlane</strong> (Toronto/New Brunswick, NJ) and <strong>Ella Dawn McGeough</strong> (Toronto) are all Canadian.&nbsp; With the exception of MacFarlane, who is currently represented by the Nicholas Metivier Gallery, none of the artists currently have gallery representation in Toronto, hence their art has been little seen here. Each artist works in a hybrid manner.&nbsp; The visitor to <em>Broken Colours</em> will encounter combined elements of painting and sculpture, painting and photography, photography and language, or photography and film in any individual practice.<br /> <br /> Guest-curator <strong>Ben Portis</strong> has responded to a <em>carte blanche</em> invitation from Nicholas Metivier to elaborate on an original idea at the gallery.&nbsp; As this disparate artistic group of artists came together in Portis&rsquo; mind, he considered each to be a <em>bricoleur</em>, a term introduced into modern parlance by the great French anthropologist, Claude Levi-Strauss.&nbsp; A <em>bricoleur</em> creates or constructs using whatever is at hand.&nbsp; With a quirky, fortuitous and misbegotten sense of the French language, with which he has only a rudimentary grasp, Portis etymologically teased apart the word into <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em>bris&eacute;e</em></span> (broken) and <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em>couleur</em></span> (colour).&nbsp; This malapropism led to the perfectly apropos exhibition title.<br /> <br /> The core premise of <em>Broken Colours </em>is likewise idiosyncratic.&nbsp; The exhibition&rsquo;s origin draws on Portis&rsquo; initiation to visual arts.&nbsp; As a student, without prior training in studio techniques or practices, he latched on to sculpture assemblage which encouraged the use of readymade objects and forms near at hand.&nbsp; Later, he discovered personal form-making and began to explore its invention with the rapid, mutable media of oil paints.&nbsp; Portis retained a sculptor&rsquo;s sense of gravity, volume and balance, properties that he trans-substantiated and ascribed to the choice and application of painted colours.<br /> <br /> The conversation between sculpture and painting has been central to modern art, embodied in a single figure, such as Pablo Picasso, or an intimate rivalry, such as that of Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns.&nbsp; The first artists considered for <em>Broken Colours</em>&mdash;<strong>Brener</strong>, <strong>Isaac</strong>, <strong>Lasserre</strong> and <strong>MacFarlane</strong>&mdash;sculptor, painter, sculptor, painter respectively, demonstrate the tendency to imbue these proud traditions, with which they strongly identify, with the most alluring or degrading contaminants.&nbsp; <strong>Brener</strong>&rsquo;s cast resin monoliths incorporate translucent pigments and opaque shards of mirror or concrete. <strong>Isaac</strong>, a rag-and-bone man by family trade, instills magpie encrustation and cluttered accumulation into his modernist compositions.&nbsp; <strong>Lasserre</strong> winds strips or collages patches of multi-hued textiles to form taut appliqu&eacute; skins over organically inspired minimalist cores and armatures.&nbsp; This process results in sculpture that registers as both hard and soft, with determined surface and indeterminate depth.&nbsp; <strong>MacFarlane</strong> has long-created miniature maquettes in her studio as the basis of dense, quasi-landscape or still life paintings, which appear so utterly unfamiliar as to verge on abstraction.&nbsp; For <em>Broken Colours</em>, her research device of the maquette fledges into a three-dimensional, composite tableau.<br /> <br /> Today, the sculpture/painting dialectic expands into a kinesthetic array of media and sensations.&nbsp;<em> Broken Colours</em> also encompasses artists whose primary modes are cinematic and conceptual.&nbsp; <strong>Enns</strong> has a mathematician&rsquo;s rapture with chaos and submits vernacular Internet video and found photography to crystalline micro-faceting or random decomposition.&nbsp; From this process he retrieves a new class of image built out of the granular electronic and chemical bits that correspond to modern colour.&nbsp; <strong>McGeough</strong>&rsquo;s works almost eschew colour altogether, dominated by black.&nbsp; One work saturates horoscope-like phrases that attribute sentient desire to various colours in monotone smog.&nbsp; Another featuring photographic details of a mound of black paint nonetheless reflects glints of radiant light.<br /> <br /> To read Ben Portis' essay about the exhibition, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:54:28 +0000 - Art Metropole - August 15th 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Art Metropole is pleased to host an afternoon gathering to kick-off Zine Dream 8 and the launch of new Zine Dream editions by artists Daniel Luedtke (Chicago) and Noel Friebert (Baltimore).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /> The zine fair will be bigger and better than ever this year! Featuring over 90 exhibitors of self published art books, comics, crafts, music, zines and much more. The fair is PWYC and happening Sunday, August 16th from 12-7pm at the Great Hall, Toronto.</p> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:50:14 +0000 Abbas Akhavan - Mercer Union - A Centre for Contemporary Art - September 12th 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Mercer Union is delighted to present a solo exhibition by Abbas Akhavan entitled&nbsp;<em>Variations on a Garden</em>&nbsp;opening on Saturday 12th September 2015.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Abbas Akhavan&rsquo;s practice ranges from site-specific ephemeral installations to drawing, video, sculpture and performance. The direction of his research has been deeply influenced by the specificity of the sites where he works: the architectures that house them, the economies that surround them, and the people that frequent them. The domestic sphere, as a forked space between hospitality and hostility, has been an ongoing area of research in Abbas&rsquo; practice. Recent works have shifted focus, wandering onto spaces and species just outside the home &ndash; the garden, the backyard, and other domesticated landscapes. Akhavan is the recipient of Kunstpreis Berlin (2012), Abraaj Group Art Prize (2014) and is currently short listed for the Sobey Award (2015).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition is presented with leading support from Partners In Art</p> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:50:16 +0000