ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 - Art Gallery of Hamilton - February 13th, 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">The feature documentary <i>United States of Africa</i> follows African hip hop pioneer Didier Awadi as he crafts a new album that shines a light on black revolutionary leaders - from Kwame Nkrumah to Thomas Sankara, from Malcolm X to Cheikh Antah Diop-who fought for the dignity of the African people, and for an independent united Africa. On a sprawling musical journey that takes him to some 40 countries, Awadi meets hip hop artists Smokey (Burkina Faso), M-1 from Dead Prez (United States) and Zuluboy (South Africa). His travels spark deeper reflection on the power of music and the potential for real political transformation on the continent: For any change to happen in Africa, engagement must go beyond music, beyond hip hop . United States of Africa takes the viewer into the heart of Africa, painting a hopeful and compelling portrait of a continent whose politically aware youth is refusing to lie down and accept the role of victim. The film is a call for Africans of all generations to take a stand, and take control of their continent and their destiny.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>Director:</b> Yanick Létourneau <br /><b>Country:</b> Canada, 2012 <br /><b>Language:</b> English <br /><b>Genre:</b> Documentary <br /><b>Runtime:</b> 86 min <br /><b>Rating:</b> PG</p> Sun, 03 Feb 2013 08:51:52 +0000 Bonnie Devine, Dylan Miner - The Power Plant - February 13th, 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>FREE</strong> Members, $12 Non-Members</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /> In conjunction with our current exhibition <a href=",-Hip-Hop-and-Aboriginal-Culture.aspx?&amp;utm_campaign=PPenews&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=nonmembers&amp;utm_content=beatnation" target="_blank"><b><i>Beat Nation</i></b></a>, Bonnie Devine and Dylan Miner will discuss the emergence and significance of the artist/activist in historic and contemporary Indigenous aesthetic practice. <strong>Devine </strong>is a member of the Serpent River First Nation of Northern Ontario (Anishinaabe/Ojibwa), and the Founding Chair of OCAD University’s Aboriginal Visual Culture Program. <strong>Miner </strong>(Métis) is a border-crossing artist, activist, historian, curator, and professor whose work <i>Anishinaabensag Biimskowebshkigewag</i> is included in <em>Beat Nation</em>.</p> <p> </p> Sun, 10 Feb 2013 06:41:48 +0000 Coco Fusco - Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art - February 14th, 2013 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Interdisciplinary artist <strong>Coco Fusco</strong> speaks about her recent work on the Plaza de la Revolución in Havana, contextualizing the plaza’s politically charged nature and its recent symbolic appropriation by activists and artists in relation to broader struggles over public space in Cuba. Her lecture is accompanied by a screening of her compelling new video, <em>La Plaza Vacia</em>.<br /> <br /> Moderated by <strong>Sally Frater</strong>, independent curator and arts writer. Co-presented by Latin American-Canadian Art Projects (LACAP) and Third Space Art Projects.<br />  <br /> <strong>About Coco Fusco</strong><br /> Coco Fusco is an interdisciplinary artist and writer, as well as the Director of Intermedia Initiatives at Parsons The New School for Design in New York. She received a BA in Semiotics from Brown University, an MA in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University and a PhD in Art and Visual Culture from Middlesex University. Since 1988, she has performed, lectured, exhibited and curated around the world. Her works have been exhibited at the Tate Liverpool, the Museum of Modern Art (New York) and MACBA (Barcelona), among other institutions. Her performances and videos have been presented at InSite, the London International Theatre Festival, Performa, Transmediale and VideoBrasil, as well as in the biennial exhibitions of Johannesburg, Kwangju, Mercosul, Shanghai, Sydney and the Whitney (1993 and 2008). Fusco is the author of <em>English Is Broken Here</em>:<em> Notes on Cultural Fusion in the Americas</em>, <em>The Bodies that Were Not Ours and Other Writings </em>and<em> A Field Guide for Female Interrogators</em>. She is also the editor of <em>Corpus Delecti</em>:<em> Performance Art of the Americas </em>and<em> Only Skin Deep</em>:<em> Changing Visions of the American Self</em>. A recipient of a 2012 USA Artists Fellowship and a 2003 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, she is represented by Alexander Gray Associates in New York.<br />  <br /> <strong>About Sally Frater </strong><br /> Sally Frater is an independent curator and arts writer. She holds an Honours BA in Studio Art from the University of Guelph and an MA (with Distinction) in Contemporary Art from the University of Manchester and Sotheby's Institute of Art. In her curatorial practice, she is interested in exploring issues of identity, history, memory and environmental criticism, as well as issues of representation and equity in gallery and museum practices. She has curated exhibitions for the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at the University of Toronto, the Art Gallery of Peterborough (Peterborough, ON) and the McMaster Museum of Art (Hamilton, ON), among others. Her writing has appeared in catalogues for the Studio Museum in Harlem (New York) and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (Victoria, BC) and in periodicals such as <em>Artforum Online</em>, <em>Border Crossings</em>, <em>C Magazine</em>, <em>Fuse</em> and <em>Prefix Photo</em>, among others. She has presented at conferences at Ryerson University (Toronto), Carleton University (Ottawa) and McGill University (Montréal). A member of IKT and ICI, she is currently a Core Critical Studies Fellow at the Glassell School at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and a resident at Project Row Houses (Houston).<br />  <br /> <strong>About the Urban Field Speakers Series</strong><br /> <em>Programmed by Janine Marchessault and Scott McLeod and presented by Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art in association with the Visible City Project and Archive of York University</em><br /> The Urban Field Speakers Series centres on the role of art in transforming the experience of the city. Through lectures, audio-visual presentations and discussions, it explores how creative practices can help improve the quality of urban life and planning in Toronto and around the world. This series of monthly events brings together an array of international and local participants, including artists, architects, curators, designers and scholars, who are working at the intersections of technology, communications and aesthetics. Reflecting a broad range of perspectives and practices, the events build upon each other to inspire dialogue on the role of the city in art, and art in the city.</p> Sun, 10 Feb 2013 06:06:20 +0000 Angela Washko, Myfanwy Ashmore, Jeff Donaldson - Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts - February 14th, 2013 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Propeller is proud to host 'Vector: Game + Art Convergence" Preview Night.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Vector is an exciting new festival showcasing works that situate video games as the tools and inspiration for contemporary art making.</p> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <div>During the Preview Night, Vector curators Skot Deeming, Clint Enns, Christine Kim, Mohammed Mohsen and Katie Micak will discuss the festival's mandate and offer a sneak preview of what you can expect at Vector in February. </div> <div> </div> <div>A 4 day festival and symposium featuring exhibitions, screenings, performances, panels and workshops, Vector Game + Art Convergence will run from <strong>February 21- 24, 2013 at Interaccess Electronic Art Centre, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts and Bento Miso</strong>.  Ticketing information for the festival will also be made available during this preview night.<br /> <br />Vector will be showcasing works across all media, and will feature a host of regional, national and international artists.  Come join us in the conversation about the relationships between games and contemporary art practice.</div> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;">A reception will follow the preview.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;">For more information on <strong>Vector</strong> please visit:</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Featured artists:</strong></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Performance previews of Toronto’s own <strong>Toca Loca</strong> and New York City’s <strong>Foci + Loci, </strong>Engines of Performance situates machinima (and games engines) as tools for live performance.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Angela Washko:</strong> Washko most often explores the territories of advertising psychology and perceptions of women created in a variety of media. Her works (whether she is mobilizing her community or making works of visual art) are a call-to-action. She recently founded the Council on Gender Sensitivity and Behavioral Awareness in World of Warcraft.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Myfanwy Ashmore</strong> is a Toronto based artist who studied at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design, in 1990, graduated from the Sculpture-Installation department at the Ontario College of Art in 1996, and received her MFA from York University in 1998.  She was nominated and short listed for the prestigous 2003 K.M. Hunter award through the Ontario Arts Council, and has continued to make work that is difficult to distribute; that sometimes exists in an undefined space, or has not been exhibited until much later when there are appropriate venues.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><strong>noteNdo AKA Jeff Donaldson</strong> has been glitching in real-time since 2001. His hardware modifications of 8bit NES and 16bit SEGA Genesis/Master Systems have shown all over the world in the contexts of Glitch Art, Game Art and New Media Art. noteNdo is based in NYC.</div> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 22:37:44 +0000 Steven Evans - RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE - February 14th, 2013 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Steven Evans, photographer, collector and specialist in 19th century photography, has discovered and brought long lost practitioners back into the light. Steven is the generous donor of a range of albumen prints to the RIC Collection by figures important in the history of photography. Using these original prints he will speak about their place in the revolution in visual culture delivered by photography in the decades after the announcement of its invention in 1839.</p> Sun, 10 Feb 2013 06:48:49 +0000 Carrie Chisholm, Janice Colbert, Stewart Jones, Pamela Rosales, Paul Robert Turner, Erin Vincent, Scott Waters - AWOL Gallery and Studios - February 15th, 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Wed, 13 Feb 2013 17:21:04 +0000 Tim Zuck - Barbara Edwards Contemporary - February 15th, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Barbara Edwards Contemporary</strong> is pleased a present a solo exhibition of new work by Tim Zuck. Inspired by his collection of produce stickers amassed over twenty years, Zuck deals with high/low culture themes, claiming no hierarchy. The rudimentary still-lifes are commonplace, yet they connect with Zuck’s eye and continue to fascinate.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Zuck earned a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. He has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including the internationally touring Tim Zuck: Learning to Talk (2002-3) and Tim Zuck: Still Life in Landscape (1997-8). His works have been exhibited at the National Gallery of Canada; Art Gallery of Ontario; Art Gallery of Nova Scotia; Yukon Arts Centre Gallery, Whitehorse; Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff; Back Sang Gallery, Seoul, Korea; Expo ‘93, Taejon, Korea and the Canadian Embassy Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Zuck's works are held in numerous private collections and public institutions including the National Gallery of Canada, Canada Council Art Bank, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Museum London and Art Gallery of Ontario.</p> Sun, 03 Mar 2013 23:59:34 +0000 Risa Horowitz - MKG127 - February 16th, 2013 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">For her third solo exhibition at <b>MKG127</b>, <b>Risa Horowitz </b>presents her ongoing research as a novice amateur astronomer and astro-photographer, and her first collection of drawings. The work arose from her experience of seeing Saturn through a telescope for the first time in May 2010 - a profound and sublime personal experience that raised questions about the incomprehensible scale of the universe and our ability to make sense of that scale in concrete or intuitive ways. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Horowitz will capture one photograph of Saturn through a telescope for each year of the planet's orbit around the sun: 29.42 years, with images from 2011 and 2012 included in the exhibition. The suite of 29 drawings depicts Saturn at three fields of view, at midnight on the day of its opposition – its nearest annual approach to earth, directly opposite the sun – from 2011 to 2040.<br /> <br /> <b>Risa Horowitz </b>recently relocated to Saskatchewan where she is assistant professor in the visual arts department at the University of Regina. Her work has been exhibited across Canada in a variety of public galleries and artist-run-centres, as well as internationally in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the Ukraine. Horowitz has received numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and several provincial funding bodies, and was the 2006 recipient of the K.M. Hunter award for excellence in Visual Arts.. Work from the Imaging Saturn project is also currently being exhibited at the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina (until April 2013).</p> Sun, 10 Feb 2013 05:55:36 +0000 Ryan Park - MKG127 - February 16th, 2013 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">In <b>MKG127</b>'s front space, <b>Ryan Park </b>presents <b>Twins</b> which includes new photographs and a video that continue <b>Ryan Park</b>'s interest in variations in form, states of being, and the passage of time as evoked through common-place objects and actions. The works in the show present pairs of what began as identical objects but have accumulated the marks of different histories. Two cardboard boxes photographed in a cardboard setting reflect evidence of repeated use, their ideal cubic forms bearing marks of function, wear, and decay. In the video, two fans alternate between periods of idleness and activity, turning on to exhaust smoke out of a window.<br /> <br /> Toronto based artist,<b> Ryan Park </b>starts from a commitment to art making in close communication with moments encountered in everyday life. He approaches each project open to the material, contextual and poetic possibilities suggested by specific subjects. The pared-down elements in the works are simultaneously matter-of-fact and suggestive, oscillating between serious and playful, clinical and poetic, analytical and emotional. His interdisciplinary practice results in a variety of media including videos, photographs, and manipulations of found materials that suggest presences and absences, urges and constraints. He has exhibited across Canada and internationally and currently has work in exhibitions at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (Toronto), Foyle Arts Centre (Northern Ireland), and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (USA). Ryan previously exhibited at <b>MKG127</b> in the exhibition A to B in 2010.</p> Sun, 10 Feb 2013 05:58:45 +0000 T. Pica - TeodoraART Gallery (T-ART) - February 16th, 2013 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Sun, 10 Feb 2013 00:28:56 +0000 - Art Gallery of Hamilton - February 17th, 2013 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Begun in 1894 the Women’s Art Association of Hamilton is one of Hamilton’s oldest and most important art associations with ties to the Art Gallery of Hamilton from its early years. The strong relationship between WAAH and the AGH continues through the annual hosting of an exhibition of work by WAAH Members, carefully selected by a jury. Visitors will appreciate the richness of technique, style and themes present throughout the exhibition and will an opportunity to see work by seasoned artists as well as newcomers. This popular exhibition is an important means through which the AGH celebrates our longstanding relationship with the WAAH, and we are pleased to present the 117th annual exhibition this year.</p> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 04:06:05 +0000 Althea Thauberger - The Power Plant - February 17th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Sarah is a Toronto based actor, director, and producer, and she is the Artistic Director of Soup Can Theatre, a local independent theatre company. She holds an Honours - Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from York University, and received York’s Mira Friedlander Award for her achievements in theatre writing, criticism, world and Canadian theatre studies. For Soup Can Theatre, she has directed <em>Marat/Sade</em> (Nominee – Best Direction of a Musical, 2011 Broadway World Toronto Awards), <em>Love is a Poverty You Can Sell</em> (2012 Next Stage Festival, 2010 Toronto Fringe Festival &amp; Best of Fringe), and produced <em>Antigone</em> (2012 Toronto Fringe Festival). Thorpe will speak about our current exhibition <em>Marat Sade Bohnice</em>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">She will discuss our current exhibition <a href="" target="_blank"><em><b>Marat Sade Bohnice</b></em></a>. </p> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 04:13:03 +0000 Clare Twomey - Gardiner Museum - February 20th, 2013 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">The Gardiner Museum welcomes British contemporary artist <strong>Clare Twomey</strong> next Wednesday as she discusses her one-day installation, <em>Trophy</em>, produced for the Victoria and Albert Museum. Best known for her interactive museum interventions, she will also discuss more recent performative installations utilizing clay processes and traditions.</p> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 02:47:07 +0000 Jen Mann - Neubacher Shor Contemporary - February 20th, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Emerging Canadian artist Jen Mann's latest paintings will be exhibited in a solo show in Neubacher Shor Contemporary's West Gallery from 20 February to 23 March 2013. Inspired by the circus, illusions, dreams and the innocence and playfulness of childhood, Strange Beauties explores beauty and its fringes. Capturing sincere moments between Mann and her subjects, the paintings in this exhibition evoke a naïve and unfiltered sense of beauty akin to that experienced in childhood. Using colour and saturation to foreground elegant and alluring elements in otherwise odd and unglamourous images, Mann captures the world through "rose-coloured glasses." An intense stare, a blink, a sideways glance- and in some works, the collision of these gestures-create a deep sense of intimacy and honesty amidst the surreal images.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Jen Mann is a Canadian artist living just outside of Toronto. After receiving her B.F.A. in printmaking from OCAD University in 2009, she has developed a large body of paintings exploring the subconscious and notions of freedom, perceived beauty, identity and home. Mann exhibited works in her solo show Daydream Believer at Neubacher Shor Contemporary this past summer and has been included in exhibitions in Canada and the US. <br /> <br /> She loves to garden, cook and watch movies in her free time.</p> Sun, 10 Feb 2013 05:43:10 +0000 Jenal Dolson - Neubacher Shor Contemporary - February 20th, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Inspired by poet Tova Gardner's poem <em>Yizkor</em>-from which the exhibition title was derived-Crows After Shiny Bits of Sun features emerging Canadian artist Jenal Dolson's newest figurative works. Combining mark-making with drips and pours, each painting is characterized by a sense of excess medium; the arbitrary palettes imbuing the works with a sense of controlled spontaneity. The forms in Dolson's paintings reference internal organs, ornate interiors and romantic vistas, bringing an element of humour and continuity to the works. Informed equally by the phenomenon of mimicry in the natural world and the infinite web of allusion characterizing postmodern culture, the mirroring at play amongst the works in this exhibition constructs a dialogue addressing the repetition of forms.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Jenal Dolson is an artist currently based in Toronto. She received her B.A. Hon. in Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo in 2007 and has since received the Toronto Arts Council Visual Artist Grant and the Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant. Dolson's works have been featured in solo and group exhibitions across the province. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> Sun, 10 Feb 2013 05:43:41 +0000 Group Show - InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre - February 21st, 2013 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Vector: Game + Art Convergence</strong>, a festival dedicated to showcasing contemporary game based artworks, will be running at four venues over five days from February 20th-24th. Vector will feature exhibitions, screenings, workshops, performances and round table discussions, all with the intent of creating a critical dialogue about the medium of games and its expressive potential as a contemporary art practice.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">As a partner venue for the festival, InterAccess will be presenting Other Worlds (curated by <a href="">Prostethic Knowledge</a> and <a href="">mrghosty</a>), an exhibition which addresses digital space as procedural landscape, as well as two evenings of live performance, and several workshops. Rather than creating games where prescribed routes and narratives direct player movement and action, the works featured in <em>Other Worlds</em> position the player as a digital flaneur, who is free to move in any direction they like, while occupying the position of a detached observer. Other Worlds features the Canadian exhibition debut of the The Night Journey, created by Bill Viola and Tracy Fullerton. Other artists in the exhibition include: Luis Hernandez, Alex Myers &amp; Jeff Thompson, Lea Albaugh, Arkane Kids, Ed Key &amp; David Kanaga, Alan Kwan, Cyril Lecomte-Languérand, and Axel Shokk.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In addition to <em>Other Worlds</em>, InterAccess will host two evenings of performances, <em>Playing Personae: Engendered + Embodied Performances</em>, Friday, February 22, 10pm, and <em>Engines of Performance</em>, Saturday, February 23, 10pm, which will feature live performances by Angela Washko, Daniele Hopkins &amp; Kyle Duffield, Toca Loca and foci+loci.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Over the weekend, the InterAccess studio will host two hands-on workshops. On Saturday, Feburary 23rd, local chip musicians, bossFyte, jefftheworld, and .exe, will lead <em>chip.jam</em>, a workshop which introduces lo-fi electronic music production techniques. On Sunday, Feburary 24th, join Vector Co-Director Clint Enns and NYC's notendo for <em>glitch.jam</em>, which focuses on tools for creating glitch art using battery operated video game systems.</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 17:15:35 +0000