ArtSlant - Recently added http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/show en-us 40 Barbara Astman - Corkin Gallery - September 2nd - October 11th <p style="text-align: justify;">Please join us on Wednesday September 2, from 6-8 pm to celebrate the opening of Barbara Astman's exhibition.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Refreshments will be provided, and the artist will be in attendance. In "I as artifact", Barbara Astman presents a collection of haunting, mask-like representations of the artist, evocative of other cultures. Another type of Barbara Astman's self-portraits.</p> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 18:34:25 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list Sarah Creagen - Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects - August 20th - August 30th <p class="separator" style="text-align: justify; margin: 0px; color: #000000; clear: both;"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Katharine Mulherin and NO FOUNDATION are pleased to present the premier solo exhibition of work by Sarah Creagen.</span></p> <p class="separator" style="text-align: justify; margin: 0px; color: #000000; clear: both;"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin: 0cm 0cm 16.8pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Creagen's drawing practice focuses on figuration and narrative. Using graphite and watercolour in this series, she layers and fragments the human body as a form of visual language for a range of interpersonal experiences and everyday moments. The tentative lines search over and around the bodies, alluding to themes of tenderness and closeness as well as emotional instability and dissolution. The tornadoes are a fluid fixture in the work; they act as bodies, as emotions and experiences, and as covers. The frailties of each representational form can be read as an embodied portrait, and an account of a relationship or exchange. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin: 0cm 0cm 16.8pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"><em>Tornadoes </em>explores personal narrative using the poetic device, pathetic fallacy; the practice of attributing human emotion or responses to nature, inanimate objects, or animals. The term was first coined by John Ruskin in <em>Modern Painters </em>(1843-1860), as a critique of artists failing to represent truth, and instead concerned with representing a sentimental and emotional interpretation. <span style="color: #000000;">Creagen's work confronts the negative associations of ascribing emotional expression to natural phenomena and embraces the vulnerabilities, concessions and sense of yearning i</span>nherent in </span><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"><span style="color: #000000;">this act.<br /></span></span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"><span style="color: #000000;">&nbsp;</span></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">- Sarah Creagen, 2015, with</span> contribution by Penelope Smart</div> <div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"><em><span style="font-size: small;">Sarah Creagen is an artist currently based in Toronto. Creagen grew up Halifax and graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design University in 2011 with a BFA in Painting and Drawing. She attended a month long residency at the Vermont Studio Centre in 2013, and has been included in recent group exhibitions: That's So Gay: Say It To My Face curated by Elisha Lim, The Biennial Juried Exhibition at the Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, and Get Noticed at Red Head Gallery curated by Erin Stump and Powell MacDougall. Creagen will be starting her MFA at Hunter College in New York, Spring 2016. Tornadoes is her first solo show.</span></em></span></div> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:28:39 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list - Olga Korper Gallery - August 26th - September 26th Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:13:51 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list Amy Bowles - Paul Petro Contemporary Art - September 11th - October 10th <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Working within the mediums of painting and sculpture Morley Shayuk and Amy Bowles individually engage and challenge consumptive behaviours by offering ambiguous strategies for transformation and personal growth. Together, Shayuk and Bowles redress transatlantic post-colonial themes through the wisdom, power and persistence of Nature. </span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> A series of small abstract oil paintings by Morley Shayuk observe the virtues of the organic shape. Compositions are disturbed by rigorous reshaping of surface and form, which explore the garden and facilitate creative renewal. Themes of nature become ornamental, objectified and controlled through experimental working methods. Morley Shayuk lives and works in Toronto.</span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> New ceramic works by Amy Bowles signal an earthly invitation. Terracotta and white earthenware clay renderings of garden dwellers harken back to Bowles's rural English childhood. Thatched and cobbled motifs deny the bucolic chocolate box environs of rural south west England for the fearful potential of the calling of the underworld. Amy Bowles studied ceramic design in Cardiff, Wales, and lives and works in Toronto. </span><br /> <br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> <em>Walking into a forest, one is called into another dimension by faces that peer out and silently beckon; with soundless, open mouths, a stare, a reaching hand. Here, textures and bodies morph with significant purpose, signalling invitation. I am here. I can see you looking for me, but I am invisible.</em></span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> --Amy Bowles, June 2015</span></p> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:12:55 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list Morley Shayuk - Paul Petro Contemporary Art - September 11th - October 10th <p style="text-align: justify;">Working within the mediums of painting and sculpture Morley Shayuk and Amy Bowles individually engage and challenge consumptive behaviours by offering ambiguous strategies for transformation and personal growth. Together, Shayuk and Bowles redress transatlantic post-colonial themes through the wisdom, power and persistence of Nature. <br /> <br /> A series of small abstract oil paintings by Morley Shayuk observe the virtues of the organic shape. Compositions are disturbed by rigorous reshaping of surface and form, which explore the garden and facilitate creative renewal. Themes of nature become ornamental, objectified and controlled through experimental working methods. Morley Shayuk lives and works in Toronto.<br /> <br /> New ceramic works by Amy Bowles signal an earthly invitation. Terracotta and white earthenware clay renderings of garden dwellers harken back to Bowles's rural English childhood. Thatched and cobbled motifs deny the bucolic chocolate box environs of rural south west England for the fearful potential of the calling of the underworld. Amy Bowles studied ceramic design in Cardiff, Wales, and lives and works in Toronto.</p> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:11:57 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list Stephen Appleby-Barr - Nicholas Metivier Gallery - September 17th - October 10th <p style="text-align: justify;">Nicholas Metivier Gallery is pleased to present <em>Sigillum</em>, an exhibition of new paintings by Stephen Appleby-Barr. The exhibition will open on September 17 and will be on view through October 10 with a reception for the artist on Thursday, September 17 from 6 &ndash; 8 PM. The exhibition is accompanied by Mark Kingwell&rsquo;s essay, &ldquo;<em>I See for Miles: Stephen Appleby-Barr&rsquo;s Fantastic Vistas</em>&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> Over the last seven years, Stephen Appleby-Barr has quickly developed his mastery of oil paint, mimicking a wide array of classical techniques while simultaneously subverting them. Appleby-Barr inserts elements of personal reference &ndash; his acquaintances and collection of artifacts &ndash; into historical tableaus to create new narratives that bounce between past and present, reality and fantasy. The paintings comprising <em>Sigillum</em> explore a wide range of themes such as death, joy and journey. This is Appleby-Barr&rsquo;s third solo exhibition at the gallery and marks the next chapter in an ongoing conversation with art history. Goya, Bosch, Vel&aacute;zquez, Rembrandt and Sargent are just a few of the artists he invokes in these latest paintings.<br /> <br /> In preparation for this exhibition, Appleby-Barr made studies from several international museums including the Metropolitan Museum in New York, Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Victoria and Albert Museum in London and Les Invalides in Paris. His drawings of Napoleonic military uniforms from Les Invalides provide an armature for his portraits of his artist friends including Sophie Blumenthal, Chloe Wise, Derrick Guerin and Rob Weir. While the colour and detail in Appleby-Barr&rsquo;s renderings is awe inspiring, the connotations of the embellished ensembles - colonialism and conformity - are unsettling and contradict the ideals of the tattooed and pierced subjects that don them. With this juxtaposition, Appleby-Barr displaces the historical reference point to which many of his images owe their origins.<br /> <br /> Significant shifts have taken place in Appleby-Barr recent works. Firstly, his cast of animal-human hybrid characters, (Punchclaw the cat, Pantyhose the doll and Cuniculus the rabbit), are still present but portraits of Appleby-Barr&rsquo;s friends in purely human form take center stage.&nbsp; Secondly, Appleby-Barr worked collaboratively alongside artist Diana Lynn Vandermeulen for the first time to create collages, which helped inform the atmospheric backgrounds for many of the paintings. Lastly, Appleby-Barr&rsquo;s new repertoire of subjects and settings has inspired looser and more gestural brushwork. While his remarkable use of light and detail remains in full force, the physicality of the paintings is on display and reflects the qualities and potential of the medium itself.<br /> <br /> <em>There are elements of the uncanny in Appleby-Barr&rsquo;s now extended painterly universe, but I think he has achieved, especially with this most recent work, something much more unusual and interesting. The new work actually dwells in the suspended phenomenological pocket of the fantastic, refusing to resolve into either the relative safety of mere marvels or the dark valleys of the uncanny. Created with thaumaturgical wonder (hence &ldquo;sigillum,&rdquo; meaning both figurine and magic seal), they deploy mounted and standing bodies across a glowing plain of visual beauty.</em><br /> &ndash; <em>Mark Kingwell, excerpt from</em> &ldquo;<em>I See For Miles: Stephen Appleby-Barr&rsquo;s Fantastic Vistas</em>&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For more information on this artist <a href="http://metiviergallery.com/artists/stephen-appleby-barr/Paintings" target="_blank">click here</a>.<br /> To read Mark Kingwell's essay on the exhibition&nbsp;<a href="http://metiviergallery.com/artists/stephen-appleby-barr/press" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:09:22 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list Pernan Goni - Art Metropole - August 1st - August 29th <p style="text-align: justify;">This work will be on view at Art Metropole throughout the month of August as part of the AXE HEAD Art Exchange Project.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Spanish artist Pernan Goni divides his time between Bilbao and Barcelona, and has collaborated on projects with the Bilbao Guggenheim and the Cervantes Institute in Istanbul. He also self-publishes artist&rsquo;s books and zines. This marks the first appearance of his work in Canada. In his drawings, Goni assumes an alter ego, Alexis Hojaldre, which frees him to produce for his own pleasure rather than sale. Here, he brings together a myriad of forms that suggest what he calls &ldquo;a reverie made real&rdquo;.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Axe Head Art Exchange Project is a year-long initiative involving six artists and six institutions each from Toronto and Bilbao, Spain. A work by Toronto artist Jacob Robert Whibley is currently on view at the art, design and architecture bookshop ANTI~ in Bilbao. Learn more at <a href="http://www.armar.pro" target="_blank">www.armar.pro</a> or pick up a brochure at Art Metropole.</p> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:00:02 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list Steven Beckly - Art Metropole - September 3rd - September 26th <p style="text-align: justify;">Art Metropole Window Display by Steven Beckly<br /> Two Chromogenic transparencies installed in the Art Metropole shop window.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Studio Light in Two Parts</em> focuses on the complexities of light and its ability to ephemerally activate moments within the transitory working space of the artist studio. Shifting sunlight travelling across walls, windows, prints, bodies, and objects is made subject and reflects the dualities inherent in light and its intimate relationship with photography.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Steven Beckly</strong> works predominantly with photography and publications to investigate the complexities of intimacy and relationships. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. He currently lives in Guelph, where he is an MFA Candidate at the University of Guelph.</p> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:57:43 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list - Art Metropole - August 1st - August 29th <p style="text-align: justify;">A large selection of current and previous zine publications from Innen collected and displayed in AM&rsquo;s front window space. All items are available for sale.<br /> Innen zines at Art Met &ndash; <a href="http://artmetropole.com/search?q=Innen" target="_blank">Browse Now</a></p> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:56:10 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list bradley wood - Angell Gallery - September 11th - October 10th <div class="text"> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>ANGELL GALLERY</strong> is pleased to present <strong>ARMCHAIR TABLEAUX</strong> a solo exhibition by New York-based painter <strong>BRADLEY WOOD</strong>. This will also be the first exhibition in Angell Gallery&rsquo;s new location at 1444 Dupont St., Unit 15. The show runs <strong>September 11 to October 10, 2015</strong>, with an opening reception on <strong>Friday, September 11, 6:00 to 9:00 PM</strong>. &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Bradley Wood&rsquo;s star is on the rise. Selected in 2014 by Saatchi Art Chief Curator, Rebecca Wilson, for the prestigious Artists to Invest In series, Wood is turning heads with his luscious oil paintings of opulent interiors and their imagined fabulous occupants.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">While inspired by the visceral, expressionistic painting style of early modernist Chaim Soutine and the intimate domestic interiors of Post-impressionists Pierre Bonnard and &Eacute;douard Vuillard, Wood&rsquo;s update of the &ldquo;conversation piece&rdquo; (traditionally an informal group portrait set in a domestic space), has a postmodern canniness.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Mining the history of visual culture, Wood draws ideas from such diverse sources as French Baroque painter Nicolas Poussin, vintage European porn, fashion magazines, film sets, and memories of bits of clothing or corners of interiors.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This motley crew of ingredients is mashed and processed through Wood&rsquo;s unique vision and technical virtuosity. Using his fingers as well as a brush, Wood revels in what he describes as the &ldquo;viscosity and luscious butteriness of oil paint.&rdquo; Furniture, fixtures and figures appear as if reflected in a funhouse mirror, as undulating swirls of paint in rich baroque hues assemble into deliciously decadent scenes of lanky fashionistas lounging in luxury. Rendered in a delirious raking perspective, these intriguing interiors spill towards us, as their decadent inhabitants invite us to take a bite of their exquisite forbidden fruit.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Bradley Wood</strong> has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, studied art and design at the Art Center in Montreux, Switzerland, and new media and installation at CalArts in Valencia, California. He has had solo exhibitions at Saatchi Art at Parasol Projects in New York City and at Parts Gallery in Toronto, and has been in numerous juried group shows in U.S., as well as in the Kim Dorland curated I &hearts; Paint at Angell Gallery in Toronto. Wood&rsquo;s paintings hang in the Raines Law Room in Manhattan, and he recently completed a 17 painting installation for the Peacock at the William Hotel, also in NYC.</p> </div> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:54:59 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list Napoleon Brousseau - Angell Gallery - September 11th - October 10th <p style="text-align: justify;">Shadow catcher &mdash; in the case of a lesser artist, that phrase could describe the facile products of a New Age dabbler. But Napoleon Brousseau stalks his netherworld prey with a razor sharp edge, peeling back the skin of respectability to reveal the primal spirit at the core.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Brousseau has worked in painting, sculpture, installation, electronics, video and digital media over the course of his thirty-year plus career. But drawing holds a special place within his practice, as it is the most direct route to the unconscious. Acting as conduit rather than composer, Brousseau sometimes uses both hands to draw, recalling the Surrealists&rsquo; &lsquo;psychic automatism&rsquo; and their desire to circumvent reason in order to find the irrational, that place where the Shadow resides.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In Jungian terms, the Shadow represents the dark, primordial, and often unacknowledged, side of the self. Yet the Shadow is also associated with creativity. As suppressing or projecting the Shadow only serves to make it nastier, Brousseau, the artist/shaman, seeks instead to uncover its secrets.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Sometimes its missives are surprising and mysterious, even to the artist, as when the knees of the deer/woman in <em>Goddess of the Ways</em> morphed into sperm whales. But Brousseau goes with what comes. In <em>Labrys Angels,</em> the space between the mirror image goddesses emerged as a blood-red labrys, the double-headed axe that freed goddess Athena from her father Zeus&rsquo;s forehead.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Liberating the female within the male is among the psychic exorcisms that Brousseau performs as he navigates through territory rife with chimeras, multiple identities and opposing forces. Yet while his drawings are black and white, literally and metaphorically, Brousseau also pries opens the door to the grey area, the Shadow&rsquo;s haunt, a place free from the censoring mind. Suspend judgment, all ye who enter here.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Beauty and beast, pleasure and pain, attraction and repulsion, each are equal partners in Brousseau&rsquo;s picture of the teetertotter of life. Bound figures, such as the woman/animal in <em>Rabbit Sadhu</em> (a sādhu is a Hindu ascetic) suggest repression but also the necessary, and ultimately beneficial, trials that are part of the self&rsquo;s journey. <em>The Tower</em>, with its tumbling man, is inspired by a tarot card that can signify either destruction or liberation. Brousseau&rsquo;s tower encompasses a high heel shoe (one of his recurring motifs) vaginal lips and an animal&rsquo;s hind legs, revealed as a result of his mission to expose those libidinous impulses lurking beneath the propriety surface.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Brousseau&rsquo;s depth of vision is matched by his deep space black, achieved through a canny combination of material and method. Using the evocatively named Siberian Fir charcoal, Brousseau applies a layer, vacuums it, then applies another, repeating this process until he reaches the desired saturation. Gazing into the dead black eye sockets of the ghastly vamp in <em>Death Tube</em> is akin to looking into a black hole &mdash; you just might not come back.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">While we may at first shy away from the more uninhibited expressions of Brousseau&rsquo;s psyche (<em>Gorilla Pussygasm</em>, anyone?), braving the challenges of his no holds barred attack offers the possibility of cathartic release, one that will leave us, as the title of this body of work promises, <em>In the Black</em>.</p> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:53:46 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list