ArtSlant - Closing soon en-us 40 - CAMPBELL HOUSE MUSEUM - March 26th, 2013 - March 28th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">Dora-nominated Toronto theatre company Down n’ Out Productions is bringing Ontario heritage sites and museums alive this spring, with a new play based on life in Upper Canada during the War of 1812. From March 26 to 28, the company is thrilled to be returning to Campbell House Museum for a brief engagement prior to touring the province, following their completely sold-out January run during Winterlicious 2013.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The company's original play <i>When the Ice Breaks</i> explores the inner workings of one prominent York household during the winter of 1813, offering audience members a unique perspective on the events of the war, as experienced by the common settler. One domestic servant’s personal story of sacrifice and redemption comes alive in an intimately staged production written by Madeleine Donohue, featuring performers Nathan Carroll, Mary Krohnert, Carys Lewis and Clinton Walker. Directed by Aaron Willis (Convergence Theatre), the production is 80 minutes long, and is appropriate for audiences ages 10+.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This recent venture marked Down n’ Out’s fourth partnership with the Sir William Campbell Foundation, having previously joined forces for<i> The Dining Room</i> and <i>All in the Timing</i>. This production is made possible in part by the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Ontario Arts Council. </p> <p>Tickets: $20</p> Sun, 24 Mar 2013 13:25:52 +0000 Mark Delong, Joseph Hart - Cooper Cole - February 28th, 2013 - March 28th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>COOPER COLE</strong> is pleased to announce a two-person exhibition featuring new paintings and works on paper by artists Mark DeLong and Joseph Hart.<br /> <br /> Through a series of new oil paintings on canvas, Mark DeLong continues his examination of Modernist inspired tendencies. A vibrant palette, graphic shapes, and thick impasto collide to reinterpret classic motifs: the human figure, landscape, a still-life arrangement, or an off-kilter Rube Goldberg machine. A premium on composition and design are evident in DeLong's paintings, showing careful (albeit casual) consideration for color relationships, movement and rhythm.<br /> <br /> Similarly fascinated with the impact of compositional hierarchies, Joseph Hart presents a cohesive suite of works on paper that incorporate a variety of approaches including painting, drawing, and cut paper-collage. With an emphasis on gestural line and form, Hart creates visual moments that are alternatively calm and chaotic, that push and pull, ultimately leading to awkward yet resolved configurations. Layering color and marks, folding, cutting, editing, destroying and building back up the image play essential roles in his practice. Where DeLong's geometry and heavy use of color dominate the picture plane, Hart's aesthetic restraint simplifies it, producing thoughtfully scrawled abstractions that explore impulse, boundaries and incidental versus articulated mark making.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Mark DeLong</strong> (b. 1978 in New Brunswick) is a self taught artist working in a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, sculpture and video. His work has been displayed at Colette, Paris; Bee Studios, Tokyo; Spencer-Brownstone Gallery, New York; Abel Neue Kunst Gallery, Berlin; Perugi Art Contemporenea, Padova, Italy; Museum Of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; LES Gallery, Vancouver; Little Cakes, New York; and COOPER COLE in Toronto. Delong has collaborated with such artists as Paul Butler, Jason McLean, Jacob Gleeson, and Geoffrey Farmer. His work has been seen in Border Crossings and Canadian Art Magazine and he has published books with Nieves, Switzerland; Seems Books, and TV Books in New York. DeLong currently lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Joseph Hart</strong> (b. 1976 in New Hampshire) is a Brooklyn, New York-based artist. He received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1999. Hart's paintings and drawings have recently been exhibited at Galerie Vidal Saint Phalle in Paris, and Halsey Mckay Gallery in New York. Hart's work has also been included in notable group exhibitions at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Alexander &amp; Bonin, CRG Gallery and Klaus Von Nichtssangend Gallery in New York, amongst others.</p> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 08:18:42 +0000 Werner Liebmann - John B. Aird Gallery - March 5th, 2013 - March 29th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">With his latest series of works in gouache, artist Werner Liebmann continues his exploration of "What is painting, what is a picture?" He finds that the term "painting" is readily used to define works from unrelated disciplines such as photographs, sculp-tures and even installations, especially when the colours used are remiscent of painting. For Liebmann, a painting represents an opinion of reality that excludes movement. It is to be understood as a substrate of the essential: it is a philosophical generalization con-taining time as a formula, thus it captures the beginning and end simultaneously.<br /> <br /> Werner Liebmann (1951) is a Berlin-based artist and professor of painting at the Art Academy Berlin-Weissensee. After graduating with a degree in chemistry from Martin Luther University in Halle in 1973, he worked in the industry for several years. In 1976 he gave up his profession to pursue his passion for the arts. After studying painting and graphics at leading art schools in Germany, he taught art in Dresden in from 1986 to 1992. In 1993, he moved to the Art Academy in Berlin, where he has remained ever since. He has exhibited extensively, in both group and solo shows, in his native Germany and abroad in major centres stretching from London to Seoul to Vancouver.</p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 12:29:32 +0000 Gita Hashemi - A Space Gallery - March 1st, 2013 - March 30th, 2013 <p>Gita Hashemi's artworks in <strong><em>Time Lapsed</em> </strong>detail principal historic events in Iran, distilled through a unique web of analysis and channeled into insights that are ultimately as personal as they are historic and political. Consisting of three significant interactive and participatory artworks-performance and video installation<i style="font-family: Helvetica,Verdana,Arial; font-size: 11.8182px;"> Ephemeral Monument</i> (2008), hypermedia narrative CD-R<i style="font-family: Helvetica,Verdana,Arial; font-size: 11.8182px;"> Of Shifting Shadows</i> (2000), and a new site-specific installation and performance<i style="font-family: Helvetica,Verdana,Arial; font-size: 11.8182px;">Headquarters: Pathology of an Ouster</i> and<i style="font-family: Helvetica,Verdana,Arial; font-size: 11.8182px;"> Ouster Remixed</i>-this exhibition puts contemporary Iran in context through the perspective of colonial violence and trauma. Connecting this history with other lives that were injured by colonialism around the world, Hashemi's work creates a venue for collective remembrance, understanding and solidarity, and charts a new territory in (hi)story-telling that is inclusive, mindful and empowering. Hashemi highlights the shared humanity that connects us together regardless of individual locality, national identity or geopolitical struggles.</p> <p><b style="font-family: Helvetica,Verdana,Arial; font-size: 11.8182px;">BIOGRAPHIES</b></p> <p>Born in Shiraz, Iran,<b style="font-family: Helvetica,Verdana,Arial; font-size: 11.8182px;"> Gita Hashemi</b> is an award-winning transmedia artist, curator and writer whose practice is concerned with historical and contemporary issues. She routinely engages in direct relations with audiences by creating immersive environments and employing collaborative, performative and participatory approaches. Most recently, she exhibited in a solo show at the Red House Centre in Sofia in 2011, at 2012 Electrochoc Festival in Lyon, and at Luggage Store Gallery in San Francisco in 2013. She has taught time-based art, (new) media and cultural studies at York and Ryerson Universities and University of Toronto. Since she entered the School of Fine Arts in Tehran University shortly after the 1979 Revolution, her motto has been: the personal is poetic, the poetic is political, the political is personal.</p> <p>OUSTER REMIXED<br /> Performance by Gita Hashemi with Sarah Abu-Sharar, Jennifer Cypher, Niloofar Golkar, Ali Mustafa, Nara Nadesan, Parvin Samadzadeh <br /> <br /> Friday March 1, 7:30 PM ET (Doors open at 6:30 PM)<br /> Performance is 70 minutes and is in English.<br /> Seating is limited. Doors close at 7:30 sharp.<br /> Please help us keep the gallery scent-free for this performance. <br /> Accessible space.</p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 22:48:02 +0000 Heather Keung, Michael Connor - A Space Gallery - March 1st, 2013 - March 30th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">Four kinetic sculptures interpret early clock mechanisms called escapements from 13th century Europe and Asia. These machines are not powered by electricity, but instead through seconds of engagement with the viewer. With a simple pulling action, energy is stored in a suspended weight and slowly released through a delicate self-reversing movement. These sculptures are made from found materials such as bike wheels and reclaimed wood from our home. What could be seen as inaccurate time keeping machines are rather meditations on mechanical movement and gravitational power.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Heather Keung graduated from OCAD University. Her artistic practice includes video, installation and performance art and is inspired by the conditioning of the mind and body through physical training and environment. In addition to her artistic practice, she has been an active contributor to the arts community and Artist-Run-Centres in Toronto for over ten years. Keung is currently the Artistic Director at the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.<br /> <br /> Michael Connor attended OCAD University's Integrated Media program, graduated from the Sheridan Arts program, and the Centre for Skills Development and Training. He is a carpenter and home builder, and has professional experiences ranging from bicycle mechanic to web-based programmer. He is interested in exploring renewable energy systems, working with small engines, making video art and music.<br /> <br /> Together they have recently shown their work at the MOCCA, Pleasure Dome, Art Gallery of Mississauga and Toronto Free Gallery.</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 10:58:26 +0000 Tim Zuck - Barbara Edwards Contemporary - February 15th, 2013 - March 30th, 2013 <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 23:59:33 +0000 - Glendon Gallery - March 19th, 2013 - March 30th, 2013 Tue, 05 Mar 2013 23:53:57 +0000 Megan McCabe - LE Gallery - March 8th, 2013 - March 30th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">Megan McCabe’s newest series of paintings feature the presence of a sole figure in a number of familiar environments, isolated from the comfort of the group dynamic typically explored in her work. Following McCabe’s continued study of the figure in the landscape, <em>Yesterday’s Stone</em> addresses McCabe’s fascination with the experience of stillness, be it calm or frenzied, produced by the environments we find ourselves occupying. The uncertain nature and intention of McCabe’s figures, confronted with the immensity of the world around them, provides a unique opportunity to consider and reflect upon the range of physical and psychological responses we negotiate daily. <em>Yesterday’s Stone</em> marks the fourth solo exhibition for Megan McCabe with LE Gallery. McCabe holds a BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design University.</p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 14:05:03 +0000 Mischa Kuball - McMaster Museum of Art - January 25th, 2013 - March 30th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">Platon’s Mirror, a touring exhibition developed by the artist and the Goethe-Institut, has been shown through the Goethe-Instituts Sydney, Krakow, Bucharest, Sofia, London, Lisbon, Belgrade, ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art Karlsruhe, and Kunsthalle Düsseldorf.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Platon’s allegory of the cave in the 7th book of The Republic is one of the most influential texts of European literature. The distinction he makes between a “false” reality of apparition and a “true” reality, accessible only to the enlightened, had a huge influence on the entire philosophy of the Renaissance and remained a major theme for the philosophy of the 20th Century.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Artist Mischa Kuball integrates Platon’s allegory in his work Platon’s Mirror. In very simple yet highly effective installations utilising projectors, silver foil, photographs and videos, Kuball creates spaces that can be considered analogous to the situation in Platon’s text about the cave. Through his light installations, Kuball questions whether ratio and the intellect are still useful when it comes to comprehending a distinction between reality and apparition. In this sense, his work can be seen as an attempt to question anew the classic connection between the metaphor of light and the idea of Enlightenment.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>Mischa Kuball </b>(*1959) lives in Düsseldorf and holds the Chair of Media Art: Holography and light art at the Kunsthochschule für Medien Cologne. Since 1984, he has been working in public and institutional spaces, has received notable awards and scholarships and has been teaching at various universities and art schools. Using mainly the medium of light – in installations and photography – he explores architectural spaces and contributes to social and political discourses.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Platon’s Mirror, a touring exhibition developed by the artist and the Goethe-Institut, has been shown at the Goethe-Instituts Sydney, Krakow, Bucharest, Sofia, London, Lisbon, Belgrade, ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art Karlsruhe, and Kunsthalle Düsseldorf.</p> Sat, 05 Jan 2013 00:43:25 +0000 Wyn Geleynse, Mischa Kuball, Shaun Gladwell, Paulette Phillips - McMaster Museum of Art - January 24th, 2013 - March 30th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">Presenting a robotic review by Dr. David Harris Smith, McMaster University and Dr. Frauke Zeller, University College London</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>About the Mind</em> explores the concept of “mind” through the work of four internationally acclaimed visual artists: Wyn Geleynse and Paulette Phillips (both from Canada), Shaun Gladwell (Australia) and Mischa Kuball (Germany) .</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">As a group exhibition, <em>About the Mind</em> mirrors the complexity and continuing debate on theories of how we may think, including philosophical, psychoanalytical and forensic approaches.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For<strong> Mischa Kuball</strong>, Plato’s allegory of the cave presented an artistic challenge—how to create a “philosophical environment”—and an opportunity to engage the problem of reality at a time when it is viewed almost exclusively in sociological and political terms.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Wyn Geleynse</strong> has revisited an earlier-made gallery space model that will host a new video and, in miniature, a “modeled experience” that presents the potential of narrative through images in the “cave of the mind.”</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Paulette Phillips</strong> trained and was licenced in lie detector operation for her video work <em>The Directed Lie</em>. Using her interrogation and testing skills, she has conducted more than 230 interviews, creating an archive of the art world. Phillips wrote “The body betrays the mind; through actions that subsequently require lying to cover up and through tremors that belie denial.”</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Shaun Gladwell</strong>’s kinetic-video sculpture <em>Endoscopic Vanitas</em> incorporates a live endoscopic camera that probes a rotating human skull (first shown at the 2009 Venice Biennale). Curator Blair French wrote: “Here literally sits the now empty site of consciousness and subjectivity—the space of Plato’s cave upon which surfaces we may project traces of our own ideal forms.”</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>David Harris Smith</strong>, an artist and assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia at McMaster University, has been invited into the exhibition mix. Dr. Smith will introduce a roving, non-intrusive small robot titled <em>mykulturbot 1.0</em>, developed in collaboration with Dr. Frauke Zeller, Marie Curie Research Fellow, Dept. of Information Studies, University College London, UK. The robot will “review” the exhibition works, relaying text-captioned photos of its point-of-view on the displayed works.</p> Sat, 12 Jan 2013 07:06:31 +0000 Peter Harris - Mira Godard Gallery - March 2nd, 2013 - March 30th, 2013 <p><img src="" /></p> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 03:12:26 +0000 Alex Fischer, John Monteith, Petrina Ng, Callum Schuster - O'Born Contemporary - March 1st, 2013 - March 30th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition brings the works of <em>Petrina Ng</em>, <em>John Monteith</em>, <em>Alex Fischer</em>, and <em>Callum Schuster</em> into a conversation regarding the translation of geographies that are foreign, ideologies that are suspect, and modes of technology to which we find ourselves unwittingly beholden. The arrow of understanding, as Translation permits, rarely points in one direction, however. The exhibition also provides recourse into how translations can abet the fetishization of objects, enabling simple daily acts and experiences to suddenly become monumental.</p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 12:51:12 +0000 GERALD FERGUSON - Olga Korper Gallery - March 2nd, 2013 - March 30th, 2013 Wed, 20 Feb 2013 12:33:21 +0000 Clive Holden - Stephen Bulger Gallery - March 2nd, 2013 - March 30th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">The gallery is pleased to announce our first solo exhibition of work by visual artist Clive Holden.  “Media, Mediated” features prints as well as new media installations that explore dynamism, variation, and renewal.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">As part of Holden’s creative process, he mimics the seemingly random order found in nature. The result is that the final part in the creation of his new media works can be witnessed, live, through the use of randomization algorithms. His original materials (brief film segments or snap shots, for example) are "mediated" through their use in several related but distinct media. In this way, the relationship between art media and genres, and the charged spaces they create, informs the results on all sides. He hacks web technology to create complex patterned projections and media wall installations, and by watching these works' continually re-mixing juxtapositions (they can never be viewed the same way twice), the art itself teaches him how to complete each related print.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The balance between cinematic montage and visual motif is expressed in different ways through each medium. His installations (and also net art works viewable at are data-driven. They have no fixed duration and use cutting edge as well as lo-fi technology (such as HTML5, javascript, GIFs and film frame blow-ups), resulting in new hybrid forms. The often sequential polyptych prints also express this dynamism, containing charged movement that is expressed spatially.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Holden’s best-known work to-date is the multi-disciplinary project “Trains of Winnipeg” (2001 to 2006). The project includes an award-winning feature-length cycle of films that was exhibited internationally. His films have been screened at: the International Film Festival Rotterdam; Images Festival, Toronto; transmediale, Berlin; Anthology Film Archives, New York; the London Film Festival; the Danish Film Institute, Copenhagen; Kino Arsenal, Berlin; and the Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Currently, Holden is continuing his work on “U Suite,” a project that began in 2006 and will be completed in 2020. He explores 21st century views on utopianism in its broadest sense. The theme of humanity’s relentless hope, as dramatized by the continuous renewal found in nature, runs throughout the project. So far, “Chapters” and individual elements of the project have been exhibited at the Toronto International Film Festival; Foreman Art Gallery of Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke; Light Industry film series, Brooklyn; Holland Festival, Amsterdam; Images Festival, Toronto; Platform Centre for Photographic + digital arts, Winnipeg; and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Holden’s installation, “UNAMERICAN UNFAMOUS”, curated by Gaëlle Morel, is also on view on the Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall at the Ryerson Image Centre until April 14, 2013. Holden asks, “Is it un-American to be unfamous? Are Americans failures if they die without fame?” Drawing from the Black Star Collection at Ryerson University, he uses the “unfamous” as an organizing principle in this selection of one hundred image details and faces in an innovative new media work that balances time-based and non-time based art forms.</p> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 07:37:12 +0000 Anthony J. Batten - Westmount Gallery - March 2nd, 2013 - March 30th, 2013 Wed, 20 Feb 2013 13:21:37 +0000 Scott Waters - YYZ Artists' Outlet - January 12th, 2013 - March 30th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">Throughout 2011 Scott Waters followed The Third Battalion of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry as they trained for and were deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, for the start of Canada’s post-combat training mission in that country. <em>ROTOZERO</em> is a project created through the auspices of The Canadian Forces Artist Program, but whose central characteristic is one of contemplation.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>ROTOZERO</em> is less a document of a mission and more a consideration of how we recall and construct stories. Incorporating painting, photography, text panels, and found objects, it is an assemblage of tangible objects which act as proxy for the narrative drive — a narrative drive which, in this case, is based on the anticipation, boredom, frustration, terror, and sense of expectation that are markers of the training mission to Afghanistan.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>SCOTT WATERS</strong> received his BFA from The University of Victoria, his MFA from York University, and served as an Infantry soldier in the Canadian Forces. Recent solo exhibitions include Rodman Hall, The Art Gallery of South Western Manitoba, and The Alternator Gallery. Publications include <em>the illustrated memoir</em>, <em>The Hero Book</em> (Conundrum Press), <em>the anthology, Embedded on the Homefront</em> (Heritage House), with features in Border Crossings, Public, and Legion Magazine. A two-time participant in the Canadian Forces Artist Program, Waters has received funding from The Ontario Arts Council and The Canada Council for the Arts. He was recently awarded The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Waters is represented by LE Gallery, Toronto.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Scott Waters would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to The Third Battalion of The Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, especially Maj. Kevin Barry, Maj. Quentin Innis, CSM Rich Davey and Lt. Coady Summerfield. Without the battalion <em>ROTOZERO</em> would not exist. Without the help of these individuals, it would have been immeasurably inferior.</p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 00:38:16 +0000