ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 - Gardiner Museum - September 2nd - October 14th <p style="text-align: justify;">The Gardiner Museum presents the 4th&nbsp;Annual&nbsp;<strong>RBC Emerging Artist People&rsquo;s Choice Award</strong>&nbsp;from September 2 to October 14, 2014. Supported by the RBC Emerging Artists Project, the $10,000 award &ndash; voted by the public at the exhibition and online &ndash; honours a Canadian artist (or permanent resident) who has been out of school and practicing professionally with clay as part of his/her artist practice for seven years or less. A national panel of artists, curators and arts educators nominated the five exceptional artists.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Online voting begins Wednesday, September 3 at 12 noon and ends Sunday, October 12 at 11:59 pm.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>You can also vote at the exhibition from September 2 to October 12.</strong></p> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:26:37 +0000 Michelangelo Buonarroti - Art Gallery of Ontario - October 18th - January 11th, 2015 <h3 style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">AGO offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see works on paper by Michelangelo.</span></h3> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Michelangelo Buonarroti</strong>&nbsp;(b. 1475), one of the world&rsquo;s most celebrated artists, pays a visit to Toronto this fall at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). Despite his enduring fame, Michelangelo was dogged by relentless struggle, disappointment and even defeat throughout his 77-year career. Due to the fickle demands of important patrons, many of his most ambitious projects remained unfinished. Revealed through a selection of rare drawings,&nbsp;<em><strong>Michelangelo: Quest for Genius</strong></em>&nbsp;tells the story of a Renaissance master and the frustrations of his creative process.&nbsp;<em><strong>Michelangelo: Quest for Genius</strong></em>&nbsp;opens in Toronto on Oct. 18, 2014, and runs until Jan. 11, 2015.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Organized by the AGO in collaboration with the Casa&nbsp;Buonarroti, Florence, whose collection is formed from Michelangelo&rsquo;s own, the exhibition centres on a loan of 30 drawings by Michelangelo&rsquo;s hand. These drawings are among the best of the esteemed Casa&nbsp;Buonarroti&rsquo;s collection and represent the range of Michelangelo&rsquo;s work. Dating from before and after the completion of the Sistine Chapel, the works on display include preliminary drawings&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;both architectural and figural sketches&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;as well as presentation drawings.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Organized thematically, the exhibition takes a critical look at the notion of the genius at work, locating the creative search at the axis of ambition, exploration, frustration, defiance and unrealized dreams. Drawings will be grouped according to these issues. Developed by Lloyd DeWitt, curator of European Art at the AGO, and David Wistow, interpretive planner,&nbsp;<em><strong>Michelangelo: Quest for Genius</strong></em>&nbsp;will feature computer animations that bring to life some of Michelangelo&rsquo;s most ambitious and ultimately unfinished designs.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;This exhibition offers a direct and personal encounter with extraordinarily rare works that almost never travel by this great artist&rsquo;s own hands,&rdquo; said DeWitt. &ldquo;We are thrilled and honoured to work with the Casa&nbsp;Buonarroti&nbsp;to bring these precious works on paper to Canada and to tell the real story behind their making, debunking the myth that genius is easy and great work untroubled. What they tell us about the motivations of a genius and the creative process is incredibly revealing.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;The drawings are an inspiration. Creativity is a basic human activity,&rdquo; said Wistow. &ldquo;No matter what our background we can relate to the blood, sweat and tears behind Michelangelo&rsquo;s masterpieces.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition also examines the significant influence that Michelangelo had four centuries later on the French sculptor&nbsp;<strong>Auguste Rodin</strong>&nbsp;(b. 1840). For Rodin, whose greatest works were routinely rejected by the press and public alike, Michelangelo represented a spiritual and artistic father figure. Rodin was 36 when he produced his first major sculpture, inspired by Michelangelo&rsquo;s evocative and emotional presentation of the human body. Nine sculptures from the AGO&rsquo;s collection will be on display, including representative works from the&nbsp;<em>Burghers of Calais</em>(1884-1917) and his final commission, the work for which he suffered the most criticism,&nbsp;<em>Balzac</em>&nbsp;(1898).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">AGO members will be offered&nbsp;<strong>free admission</strong>&nbsp;to&nbsp;<strong><em>Michelangelo: Quest for Genius</em></strong>&nbsp;and an exclusive preview in the days leading up to the exhibition&rsquo;s public opening. More information on the benefits of AGO membership can be found at&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:21:06 +0000 Louis Boudreault - Thompson Landry Gallery - The Cooperage - September 19th - October 12th <p class="texte-reg-tor" style="text-align: justify;">Louis Boudreault is renowned for his uniquely layered portraits, created with paper and graphite, that honour the living and immortalize the dead. He was born in 1956 at Havre-Aubert, &Icirc;les de la Madeleine in Qu&eacute;bec. After studying literature and theatre, he left home and enrolled at the &Eacute;cole du Louvre in Paris to study fine art. In 1991, he began to work as a full time artist. In 1998 Boudreault made the significant move back to Qu&eacute;bec, where he established his studio in Montr&eacute;al.</p> <p class="texte-reg-tor" style="text-align: justify;">Most recently he is known for creating works that depict the faces of some of the most legendary figures in history, not as we instantly recognise them, but instead from when they were children. In contemporary art we are well accustomed to images that celebrate equally contemporary heros and heroines of all kinds. We are also familiar with the fascination of old photographs. Louis Boudreault&rsquo;s enlarged portraits speak of memories and destinies and appeal to our innate sense of the sacredness of genius and power. They show genius and power in embryo, but unmistakably present. This is what makes them particularly memorable, and they linger in the mind.</p> <p class="texte-reg-tor" style="text-align: justify;">In his latest series, WANTED, Boudreault depicts these famous figures, as adults, in mug shots. This exciting new body of work portrays icons who have for one reason or other have spent time in prison. These works are immediately very impressive in scale, setting the subject in the time they were arrested, adding details such as the name of the prison, the height scale, and an ominous light suggesting an interrogation room. In WANTED, Louis Boudreault reveals to us that even the very best people have spent time in &rdquo;the box&rdquo; we know as prison.</p> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:13:49 +0000 John Scott - Nicholas Metivier Gallery - September 11th - October 11th <p style="text-align: justify;">Nicholas Metivier Gallery is pleased to announce&nbsp;<em>Dark Star</em>, an exhibition of new works by John Scott. The exhibition will open on September 11 and will be on view through October 11 with a reception for the artist on Thursday, September 11 from 6&ndash; 8 PM.<br /><br />This fall marks two important milestones in Scott&rsquo;s distinguished career; his fifth solo exhibition opens in September at Nicholas Metivier Gallery and his first comprehensive survey exhibition,&nbsp;<em>Dark Commander &ndash; The Art of John Scott</em>, opens in October at the Faulconer Gallery in Iowa. The survey will include over 60 drawings, canvases and sculptures from the early 1970s to present day including a re-fabrication of&nbsp;<em>Europe</em>, a seminal sculpture by Scott exhibited at The Powerplant in Toronto in 1991. Daniel Strong, Associate Director and Curator at the Faulconer Gallery, discovered Scott&rsquo;s work in 2010 at Nicholas Metivier Gallery&rsquo;s booth at Pulse art fair, New York. He has been at the helm of organizing Scott&rsquo;s survey exhibition and promoting his work in the United States ever since.<br /><br />Over the last 40 years, Scott has developed a devout following for his raw-edge drawings about the dark, often callous, world we live in. The work&rsquo;s appeal lies in Scott&rsquo;s disarmingly childlike visual language that is embedded with remarkably sharp intelligence, insight and wit. In preparation for his exhibition at Faulconer Gallery, Scott sifted through his archive of earlier works.&nbsp; This process inspired Scott to revisit some of his most iconic images about war, technology and the human condition. In his latest body of work, Scott uses these timeless themes and revitalizes them with contemporary subjects. Perhaps the most compelling of these new characters is&nbsp;<em>Innocent Pope</em>, Scott&rsquo;s wheelchair rendition of Francis Bacon&rsquo;s visceral interpretation of Diego Vel&aacute;zquez&rsquo;s painting,&nbsp;<em>Portrait of Pope Innocent X.</em><br /><br />The title of the exhibition,&nbsp;<em>Dark Star</em>&nbsp;- an object composed of dark energy that outwardly resembles a black hole &ndash; is a nod to Scott&rsquo;s long-time fascination with space and science. The oxymoron also references the sinister side of our notions about heroes. In his drawing and canvas of&nbsp;<em>Iron Mike</em>, (Mike Tyson), Scott highlights the vulnerability of this fallen athletic giant. Tyson&rsquo;s boxing gloves are lowered and he dons bunny ears, (a trademark symbol of Scotts&rsquo; representing humans&rsquo; likeness to scared animals). These, as with many other works in this exhibition, are poignant examples of Scott&rsquo;s everlasting creativity and timeless voice.<br /><br />The exhibition will also include two recently released lithographs. The prints were published by Scott and Nicholas Metivier Gallery and printed at Open Studio in Toronto. The images - a two-headed figure, (<em>The Disappointed Gaze</em>), and a bunny in armour, (<em>Imperious Rabbit</em>) - were resurrected after first appearing in Scott&rsquo;s artist issue of General Idea&rsquo;s publication, FILE Megazine, in 1985.<br /><br />Scott was born in Windsor, Ontario in 1950. In 2000, Scott was awarded the inaugural Governor General&rsquo;s Award in Visual Arts and Media. He has exhibited extensively across Canada for the past 30 years and is collected by almost every major institution in the country including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto and the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Scott&rsquo;s work is also held in numerous museum and private collections outside of Canada including the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Scott is currently an instructor at OCAD University where he has taught for over 30 years.</p> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:00:03 +0000 Adrian Williams - Neubacher Shor Contemporary - September 11th - October 11th Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:55:31 +0000 Tricia Middleton - Jessica Bradley Gallery - September 11th - November 8th <p style="text-align: justify;">Jessica Bradley is pleased to present Tricia Middleton&rsquo;s first solo exhibition at the gallery. Since she began exhibiting in the mid-2000s, the eccentric materiality of Middleton&rsquo;s work has drawn critical attention. She combines synthetic and natural objects in sculptures and immersive installations of luxurious excess and dystopian decay. Working through processes of accretion and sometimes recycling existing works into new configurations, Middleton uses contemporary materials such as tin foil, glitter, cardboard and discarded bottles. Her distinctive use of colour ranges from moody blues to lurid purples. Her sculptures are coated with congealed rivers of wax cascading in painterly drips. Middleton will show several new works developed during a recent residency in New York City.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Tricia Middleton received the Victor Martyn Lynch Staunton Award in 2010 and is currently completing a residency in Paris. She has had solo exhibitions at the Oakville Galleries (2012); Mercer Union, Toronto (2011); Artspeak, Vancouver (2011); Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge (2009) and the Mus&eacute;e d&rsquo;art Contemporain, Montr&eacute;al (2009). Her work has been included in several group exhibitions including Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton (2012) and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto (2014); Nothing to Declare: Recent Sculpture from Canada, the Power Plant, Toronto (2010); the Qu&eacute;bec Triennial, Mus&eacute;e d&rsquo;art Contemporain, Montr&eacute;al (2008) and De-con-structions, the National Gallery of Canada (2007). Middleton attended Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver and completed her MFA at Concordia University, Montr&eacute;al. She currently lives and works in Montr&eacute;al.</p> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:46:04 +0000 - CAMPBELL HOUSE MUSEUM - July 4th - September 7th Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:26:14 +0000 Allora & Calzadilla, Adrian Blackwell, Cyprien Gaillard, Mary Mattingly, Laurel Ptak - Blackwood Gallery - September 15th - December 7th <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><em>Falsework</em></strong><em>&nbsp;is any temporary structure used to support a permanent structure during its construction until it becomes self-supporting. Falsework was formerly built in place, used once, and subsequently wrecked. The trend today, however, is toward increasing prefabrication, assembly in large units, erection by mechanical means, and continuing reuse of forms. These developments are in keeping with the expanding mechanization of production at construction sites and in other fields</em><em>.&nbsp;</em><em>Falsework has a short service life. No rules can be formulated which relate the size of a project to the standard of design and construction. Design should provide a fail-safe system. The legal responsibility of falsework is an important public consideration. The moral responsibility is shared by everyone concerned. Special precautions and safeguards should be identified. Falsework is required to carry dead loads, imposed loads, and environmental loads that are constantly changing. The risk of collapse should be minimized. Economic solutions to a falsework problem depend on time, experience, knowledge, and the consequences of failure. Good falsework must be paid for. Special problems may arise in relation to differing rates of strain and manufacturing tolerances. Unfavourable stresses may be created. Pay attention. Too often the importance of falsework is insufficiently recognized.&nbsp;</em>(1)</p> <p>-&nbsp;<strong>Christine Shaw</strong>, Director/Curator of the Blackwood Gallery</p> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:17:05 +0000 Soheila K. Esfahani - The Red Head Gallery - September 3rd - September 12th <p style="text-align: justify;">The Red Head Gallery&nbsp;is pleased to present&nbsp;<em>My Place is Placeless</em>, an exhibition by artist&nbsp;Soheila K. Esfahani.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Esfahani&rsquo;s art practice navigates the terrains of cultural translation and draws on her experience of living in both Western and Eastern (Iranian) cultures.&nbsp; Her recent practice explores the processes involved in cultural transfer and transformation by exploring the theoretical frameworks of Walter Benjamin&rsquo;s concept of translation as a departure from the original and Homi Bhabha&rsquo;s notions of the Third Space and in-betweeness. In her installations, Esfahani incorporates decorated shipping pallets, which metaphorically serve as objects of holding. These pallets are ready to move in-between and cross boundaries of places and cultures by being in a state of permanent transit.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Soheila K. Esfahani&nbsp;&nbsp;grew up in Tehran, Iran, and moved to Canada in 1992. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario and her BA in Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo. She is a recipient of grants from the Social Sciences &amp; Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund. As part of the SSHRCC grant, Esfahani participanted in a research/creation group entitled Immersion Emergencies and Possible Worlds: Engaging Water as Culture and Resource through Contemporary Art. Esfahani&rsquo;s work is represented in public and private collections including the Canada Council&rsquo;s Art Bank. She works from her studio at Kitchener&rsquo;s artist&ndash;run centre, Globe Studios.</p> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:43:49 +0000 Rhiana Sneyd, Harrison Taylor, Beverley Abramson - The Elaine Fleck Gallery - September 6th - September 28th Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:35:55 +0000 Crystal Wagner, Linda Martinello, Fiona Ackerman - p|m Gallery - September 12th - October 11th Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:31:35 +0000 Group Show - Norman Felix Inc. Art Gallery & Management - September 5th - September 25th Sat, 30 Aug 2014 10:18:52 +0000 Philip Craig - Loch Gallery - Toronto - September 6th - September 24th <p style="text-align: justify;">Philip Craig&rsquo;s continual search for new subject matter and the wish to develop his technical abilities pushed the artist first to visit England, then France, Italy, Morocco and India &ndash; all travels that not only enriched his palette but also gave him a deeper appreciation of light.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Through the years, Craig&rsquo;s extensive exploration of the Canadian landscape has led to a strong desire to imprint his vision of his own country. Paintings of lakeshores and domestic interiors reveal the intimacy of the artist&rsquo;s everyday life in Canada. From where he stands with his camera in hand, Philip gives the viewer a personal glimpse of his world.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Philip Craig&rsquo;s paintings are collected in Canada, the US, England and around the world. A renowned philanthropist, Philip donates his work in support of worthy causes and institutions. His generosity will ensure a lasting creative legacy.</p> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 10:01:06 +0000 John Kissick - Katzman Contemporary - September 11th - September 11th <p style="text-align: justify;">Trained as a painter and writer, John Kissick&rsquo;s exhibition record includes over two decades of solo exhibitions in Canada, the United States, and Germany, and his work has been featured in numerous important survey exhibitions and public collections. A mid-career survey entitled&nbsp;<em>John Kissick: A Nervous Decade</em>, curated by Crystal Mowry, toured Canada through 2012, and was accompanied by a major publication. A forthcoming touring exhibition, curated by Carl Lavoy, will commence in 2015 and continue until 2017. In 2005, he was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy for the Arts. John Kissick is also the author of&nbsp;<em>Art: Context and Criticism&nbsp;</em>(1992/6) and numerous articles and essays on contemporary art for journals and periodicals. Two recent essays &ndash; &ldquo;Elephants in the Room&rdquo; for&nbsp;<em>Canadian Art Magazine</em>&nbsp;and &ldquo;Disco and the Death Switch: Tales from Contemporary Abstraction&rdquo; for&nbsp;<em>Border Crossings</em>&nbsp;&ndash; were nominated for National Magazine Awards in 2009 and 2010. He is also the Director of the School of Fine Art and Music, College Arts, at the University of Guelph.</p> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:53:07 +0000 - Gallery 1313 - September 3rd - September 14th Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:48:16 +0000 - Gallery 1313 - September 3rd - September 14th Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:46:12 +0000