ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 Isabel Nolan - Mercer Union - A Centre for Contemporary Art - February 12th 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Mercer Union is delighted to present a solo exhibition by Irish artist Isabel Nolan. The exhibition,&nbsp;<em>The Weakened Eye of Day</em>, explores how light manifests as a metaphor in our thoughts, obsessions and pursuits and includes text, sculpture, drawings and textiles.&nbsp;This will be Nolan&rsquo;s first solo exhibition in Canada.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition takes its title from Thomas Hardy&rsquo;s poem&nbsp;<em>The Darkling Thrush</em>&nbsp;(1899), in which the sun, described as &lsquo;the weakening eye of day&rsquo;, is a dismal star drained of its force by a gloomy pre-centennial winter afternoon.&nbsp; The show is a material account of the strangeness of the world from the formation of the planet&rsquo;s crust to the death of the sun and the enduring preoccupation with light as a metaphor for truth.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Isabel Nolan&rsquo;s work is underpinned by a desire to examine and capture in material form the moments of intensity that can define our encounters with the objects around us; inexplicable and unsettling moments that leave us with a heightened awareness of what is means to be alive. For Nolan this exploration happens through making things &ndash; whether monumental or intimate in scale, they are presented to us as tentative and precarious markers of the experience of our place beneath the sun. Recent solo exhibitions include Launch Pad, New York (2015); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2014); The Model, Sligo, Ireland (2011); Mus&eacute;e d&rsquo;art moderne de Saint Etienne, France (2012); The Return Gallery, Goethe Institute, Dublin (2012/13); Gallery 2, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2008) and Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2005). In 2005, Nolan represented Ireland at the 51st Venice Biennale as part of a group exhibition, <em>Ireland at Venice 2005</em>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition originated at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, and will travel to the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, in June 2016.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">With generous support from</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><img class="alignnone" src="" alt="" width="300" height="52" /></p> Tue, 19 Jan 2016 17:27:29 +0000 Margaret Priest - Art Gallery of Ontario - February 19th 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>From <em>Punctum </em>to <em>Passion</em>: From <em>Less is More </em>to <em>More is Better </em>and Back Again in Drawing</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Drawing is a fundamentally philosophical act, an act of faith and a belief in magic. The moment the artist&rsquo;s first mark literally and metaphorically <em>punctures </em>the surface of a blank sheet of paper &ndash; it both affirms and denies that surface &ndash; and in so doing, it positions itself at the centre of our consciousness.&rdquo; (Margaret Priest, 2016)</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Through pencil dots, cont&eacute; dashes, charcoal stumpings, wash scumbles, ink glyphs, hatchings, scratchings and erasures, Margaret Priest invites you to examine the rich materiality and the implied metaphysics found in a group of AGO drawings by artists whose work has informed and inspired her own artistic practice.</p> <hr /> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Margaret Priest</strong> (b.1944 &ndash; Tyringham, England) was raised and educated in London, where she received her MFA from the Royal College of Art. She moved to Toronto, Canada in 1976. Known for her drawings and three-dimensional critiques of modernism and the built world, Priest works at the intersections of architecture, design, urban histories and personal memory. Since 1970, she has exhibited in museums and public and private galleries in England, Europe, Canada, Australia, South Africa, and the USA. Though retired from teaching, she is Professor Emeritus at the University of Guelph and a visiting lecturer at universities and schools of art and architecture in Canada and the USA.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Presented in conjunction with the exhibition <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Drawing, Je t&rsquo;aime</em></a></p> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:57:31 +0000 Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand, Danny Lyon - Art Gallery of Ontario - March 12th 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><em>Outsiders</em></strong>, a special exhibition of unforgettable images opening at the AGO next March, highlights photographers and filmmakers working in the United States from the late 1950s to the mid-1980s in a time of intense political and cultural turmoil. It&rsquo;s no accident that artists at the time turned to photography and film &mdash; mass media then largely &lsquo;outside&rsquo; the realm of mainstream art and its focus on painting and sculpture&mdash; to express a broader range of human experience. Photographs by some of the greatest artists of the period &mdash; Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand, Danny Lyon, and others including the anonymous visitors to Casa Susanna &mdash; depict musicians, cross-dressers, biker gangs, protests, press conferences, and even animals, bringing to light the complex social realities and the yearning for greater collective and individual equality. As part of the exhibition, the AGO will be presenting films by artists Kenneth Anger, D.A. Pennebaker, Marie Menken, Robert Frank, Shirley Clarke, Albert and David Maysles and others. Curated by Sophie Hackett, the AGO&rsquo;s associate curator of photography and Jim Shedden, manager of publishing, <strong><em>Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s - 1980s</em></strong> is organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario and presented in partnership with <strong>Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival</strong>.</p> Tue, 19 Jan 2016 17:22:05 +0000 Cynthia Greig - Stephen Bulger Gallery - April 2nd 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Tue, 02 Feb 2016 18:09:01 +0000 Thomas Ruff - Art Gallery of Ontario - April 30th 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><em>Thomas Ruff: Object Relations</em></strong> brings together close to 40 large scale works by the renowned German photographer. Working with found and collected images, Ruff manipulates them in a range of ways &ndash; cropping, enlarging and retouching, among others.&nbsp;Not only are the resulting works often grander or more mysterious in form, they also highlight the act of photography itself and its ability to transform and direct what we see. Curated by Sophie Hackett, the AGO&rsquo;s associate curator of photography, this exhibition will feature works from Ruff&rsquo;s ongoing series <em>Phg</em> (Photograms, 2012 &ndash; ongoing) and <em>Negative</em> (2014 &ndash; ongoing) as well as his acclaimed series <em>Sterne </em>(1989 &ndash; 1992), <em>Zeitungsfotos</em> (1990 &ndash; 1991) and<em> Maschinen</em> (2003). Reflecting Ruff&rsquo;s own deep engagement with the history of photography, these images will be accompanied by selections from Ruff&rsquo;s extensive personal collection of photographic materials. <strong><em>Thomas Ruff: Object Relations</em></strong>is organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario and presented in partnership with <strong>Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.</strong></p> Tue, 19 Jan 2016 17:23:25 +0000