ArtSlant - Closing soon en-us 40 - John B. Aird Gallery - April 2nd, 2013 - April 26th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">The John B. Aird Gallery presents the 140th Annual Ontario Society of Artists Open Juried Exhibition. The exhibition will be on view from April 2 - April 26, 2013.</p> Sun, 07 Apr 2013 00:19:05 +0000 Toni Hafkenscheid - Birch Contemporary - March 9th, 2013 - April 27th, 2013 Wed, 06 Mar 2013 12:15:41 +0000 Andy Patton - Birch Contemporary - March 9th, 2013 - April 27th, 2013 Wed, 06 Mar 2013 12:21:10 +0000 Georgia Dickie - Cooper Cole - April 18th, 2013 - April 27th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>COOPER COLE</strong> is pleased to announce a solo exhibition from gallery artist Georgia Dickie titled Stivverin'.<br /> <br /> This exhibition will debut an new body of the artist's sculptural works and feature an accompanying essay written by Lucas Soi.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Not all banalities are totally dada, but every banality hides a load of dadaistic nonsense.</strong><b><br /> <br /> <strong>- Kurt Schwitters</strong></b> <br /> <br /> Early incarnations of the Internet relied upon the user's anonymity when connecting to the virtual public. Cyberspace was an environment where the user could be who they wanted to be, rather than who they actually were. Activity was conducted in stealth, through chat rooms and instant messages. With a simple setting all browser history could be erased, leaving no trail of the sites visited and people talked to. Yet in the 21st century, Web 2.0 relies upon users creating a permanent record of their activity by uploading evidence from their everyday lives in real time. Thanks to user-generated content, social networking sites help compile this information together to identify and define people through their own efforts and actions.<br /> <br /> The German critic Boris Groys has observed that "social networks like Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Second Life, and Twitter… offer global populations the opportunity to post their photos, videos, and texts in a way that cannot be distinguished from any other conceptualist or post-conceptualist artwork."1 This "accidental audience," according to American critic Brad Troemel, has embraced the virtual tools of production and elaborated on this process of pastiche, "without any particular awareness that they are engaging with 'art' at all." 2 In the same way that people gather experience and knowledge during their lifetime, so do objects. In the material world, every object accrues a bounty of information that it holds intrinsically through time. The inherent history contained in the most banal fabricated materials accumulates the longer it is used and valued. The popular saying "if these walls could talk" is a fitting anecdote to define the historical properties of our built environment.</p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 12:39:41 +0000 John Eisler - Diaz Contemporary - March 28th, 2013 - April 27th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Observatory</em> is an exhibition of new paintings by John Eisler. Although this series continues Eisler’s process-based exploration of folded canvases and staining, the final works are much less divulging of their journey. Instead, subtle suggestions of relations to objects slowly reveal themselves through their repeated stenciled impressions upon the canvas. What results is not a painting of something, but impressions of imagined networks. Eisler’s process of image-making exists between a painterly approach and one evocative of photographic and other technological processes.<br />  </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">John Eisler received his MFA from the University of Guelph in 2008 and his BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 1997. He has previously had solo exhibitions at Paul Kuhn Arts in Calgary and the MacDonald Stewart Art Centre in Guelph, Ontario. He has also exhibited in <em>softcore HARDEDGE</em> at the Art Gallery of Calgary (2010), which also travelled to the East and Peggy Phelps Galleries, Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, CA (2011). Most recently, Eisler was part of the major exhibition of Canadian painting, <em>60 Painters</em> at the Humber Arts and Media Studios in Toronto. He is featured in the collections of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre. Eisler has exhibited with Diaz Contemporary since 2008.</p> Sun, 24 Mar 2013 13:14:40 +0000 Aleesa Cohene - Diaz Contemporary - March 28th, 2013 - April 27th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">Aleesa Cohene’s new video installation, <em>I Told You That Might Happen,</em> draws upon tenuous relationships between film-watching and our experience of present time<em>.</em> Known for her dissection, appropriation and re-contextualization of popular 1980s and 1990s Hollywood film footage, Cohene meticulously crafted this latest work from the 236 films that Gilles Deleuze discusses in his critical texts <em>Cinema I </em>and <em>Cinema II.</em><br />  <br /> <em>I Told You That Might Happen</em> explores the relationship between a dream analyst and her analysand: the former, a composite character of numerous on-screen women, and the latter, an off-screen male voice. The unraveling of the analysand’s dream and thoughts mirrors Cohene’s process of creating from disjointed fragments. <br />  <br /> Cohene’s installation invites viewers to engage themselves physically with the work’s fabricated plot. A single narrative divided into three linear parts is realized through a physical experience of journeying through three different viewing stations. The viewing experience also features accompanying sculptural work that further implicates the viewer into a bodily experience. <em>I Told You That Might Happen</em> challenges our expectations of cinematic viewing and space with insertions of physical reality that may ultimately appear more uncanny than real.<br />  <br /> Aleesa Cohene’s videos have been screened throughout North America and abroad in Germany, Netherlands, France, Sweden, Denmark, Turkey, Finland, Greece, Spain, Indonesia, Japan, Cambodia and Brazil. Recent solo exhibitions include: Sequences in Reykjaík, Iceland, Hart House at the University of Toronto and Galerie Suvi Lehtinen in Berlin, Germany. In 2011, Platform Gallery and MAWA in Winnipeg presented a multi-venue retrospective of Cohene’s work. She will receive her Masters of Visual Studies from the University of Toronto in 2013 and previously completed a fellowship under Matthias Müller at the Kunsthochschule für Medien in Cologne, Germany in 2010.<br /> </p> Sun, 24 Mar 2013 13:18:04 +0000 Group Show - Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography - April 18th, 2013 - April 27th, 2013 <p>The gallery walls will be filled with a stunning selection of photographs created by talented artists, both members and friends of Gallery 44. With highly sought-after artists, and many pieces priced below $500, artwork will be flying off the walls!</p> <p>PHOTOPIA opens to the public on <strong>Friday April 19</strong> with our hottest party of the year, featuring an exciting lottery raffle, fantastic food, signature cocktails, special guest DJ, and artwork for everyone.</p> <p>On <strong>Thursday April 18</strong>, our friends and supporters are invited to an exclusive <em>Supporters Preview</em> featuring an advance sale, wine and cheese reception, and an exhibition tour. The <em>Supporters Preview</em> is open to those who have contributed, or would like to contribute $50 or more to the gallery. Contact Gallery 44, 416-979-3941 or <span style="color: #008000;" color="#008000"><a class="spamspan" href=""></a></span> to become a supporter.</p> <p>PHOTOPIA raises funds for Gallery 44's education and exhibition programs and thus is a fabulous way to support a culture of art in Toronto, and in your own home.</p> <p><strong>Featuring over 100 contemporary artists, including:</strong><br />Sara <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Angelucci</strong> • Steven <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Beckly</strong> • Lynne <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Heller</strong> • Derek <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Shapton</strong> • Johan <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Hallberg-Campbell</strong> • Molly <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Crealock</strong> • Osheen <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Harruthoonyan</strong> • April <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Hickox</strong> • Sanaz <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Mazinani</strong> • Peter <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Kingstone</strong> • Virginia <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Mak</strong> • Anastasia <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Sakkab</strong> • Chris <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Shepherd</strong> • Jim <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Verburg</strong> • Hugh <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Martin</strong> • Barbara <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Staulus</strong> • Andre <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Laredo</strong> • Jonathan <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Groeneweg</strong> • Sarah <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Thomson</strong> • Victoria <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Piersig</strong> • Bruce <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Eves</strong> • Michael <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Barker</strong> • Robyn <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Cummings</strong> • Laurie <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Kang</strong> • Linda <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Briskin</strong> • Jesse <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Louttit</strong> • Tori <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Foster</strong> • Laurence <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Siegel</strong> • Meera Margaret <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Singh</strong> • Dean <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Bradley</strong> • Jason <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Brown</strong> • Stephanie <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Cloutier</strong> • Misbah <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Ali</strong> • Morris <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Lum</strong> • Noah <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Gano</strong> • Toni <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Hafkenscheid</strong> • Christina <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Boyer</strong> • Sarah <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Tothill</strong> • Derek <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Shapton</strong> • Jamie <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Campbell</strong> • Adolfo <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Fernandez</strong> • Jennifer <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Long</strong> • Lee <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Henderson</strong> • Louise <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Vezina</strong> • Brendan George <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Ko</strong> • Paula <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Grgurich Shewchuk</strong> • Chris <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Curreri</strong> • Nadine <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Bariteau</strong> • Maryanne <strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3;">Casasanta</strong> • and more!</p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 06:17:25 +0000 Group Show - McMaster Museum of Art - April 11th, 2013 - April 27th, 2013 <p>Join us for our annual exhibition showcasing the art and accomplishments of students graduating from McMaster School of the Art Studio Art Program. This year's 'SUMMA' class of 19 students presents work in a wide range of media including painting, sculpture, printmaking, and digital, exploring a variety of themes.</p> <p>The students are pictured above. From top left: Anthony Butler, Devan Marinaccio, Gabriela Palomo, Rachel Tirone, Angela Marino, John Stirling, Emily Benedict, Paige Woodhouse, Shona Fitz-Gerald Laing, Emily Terejko. Bottom, from left: Chelsea Braley, Cheyenne Federiconi, Katrina Camilleri, Natalie Jachyra, Nicole Shuk Yin Chiu, Kaylyn Roloson, Simone Sciascetti, Brittany Reed, Katie Leaf <br /> Photo: Chelsea Braley</p> Sat, 30 Mar 2013 04:30:14 +0000 Stephen Hutchings - Mira Godard Gallery - April 6th, 2013 - April 27th, 2013 <p> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;" class="p1"><em>Sometimes we pause during the exigencies that make up our day and, upon reflection, change our mind or take another course of action. Maybe it was an emotion or a feeling that, upon reflection, causes us to reconsider our situation and adjust our perception. These paintings place the land, the trees and the elements of nature directly between the sky and the water so that we can perceive them directly and also see their mirrored "otherness" that hovers, like a memory, just a little bit below the surface.</em><br /><br /> -Stephen Hutchings 2013</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Stephen Hutchings was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1948. He received a B.A. in Art History from the University of Toronto and attended the Ontario College of Art in the early 1970s.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;" class="p1">Hutchings' work can be found in numerous museum, corporate and private collections in Canada,<br /> the United States and Europe including Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Museum London, Tom Thompson Memorial Art Gallery, The Banff Centre, University of Toronto, Air Canada, Department of Foreign Affairs, Four Seasons Hotel, Milestones Restaurants, RBC, Scotiabank, Stikeman Elliott, Sun Life, Swiss Bank (Canada).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;" class="p1">Stephen Hutchings' work has been featured in a number of museum exhibitions over the last few decades, most recently <a href="" class="linkcolor"><em>Landscapes For the End of Time</em></a> organized by the Glenbow Museum, Calgary (travelling) in 2012-13 and <em>Fury</em> at the Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa in 2012-13.</p> <p class="p1">Stephen Hutchings lives and works in Ottawa.</p> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 07:20:55 +0000 Andrew Dexel - Neubacher Shor Contemporary - March 27th, 2013 - April 27th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">Neubacher Shor Contemporary is pleased to present a solo exhibition featuring the latest works from artist Andrew Dexel. Inspired by recent travels to Brazil and Arizona, the works in Nooaitch broaden the scope of Dexel's practice from the production of art in the Northwest Coast tradition to the creation of works foregrounding the interconnection of art and spirituality of Indigenous communities across North and South America. Dexel's engagement with each region's shamanistic and spiritual traditions and his exposure to the colours, forms and symbolism central to their artistic cultures are made manifest in this new collection of paintings. The bold, unconventional colours and abstracted symbolism imbue these works with a strong sense of the creative force behind them. The balance and harmony of various elements in Dexel's compositions are conceived as a form of visual medicine, intended to evoke a sense of peace and feed the spirit. As modern-day interpretations of traditional styles, these works elicit powerful transcultural expressions that speak to changing environments and the contemporary Indigenous experience.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Andrew (Enpaauk) Dexel (born 1982, Canada) is an artist from the Nlakapamux Nation who is known for the innovative fusion of graffiti art and Indigenous symbolism characteristic of his paintings and prints. While exploring themes of urbanity and changing landscapes, his works maintain a profound respect for the traditions and spiritual and supernatural elements that inform their composition. Dexel received his BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts and his work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Vancouver, Toronto, Kamloops, Ottawa, Seattle and Honolulu. In 2009, Dexel painted a seven-and-a half-foot fiberglass sculpture for Vancouver's public art project titled "Eagles in the City." Dexel has also contributed artwork to Blood Lines Magazine and was the 2008 recipient of the First Peoples Culture Language and Heritage Fund Prize. </p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 10:40:17 +0000 Reinhard Reitzenstein - Olga Korper Gallery - April 6th, 2013 - April 27th, 2013 Thu, 28 Mar 2013 03:01:17 +0000 Dennis Day - Paul Petro Contemporary Art - March 29th, 2013 - April 27th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><i>It Never Really Happened</i> is a visual and whimsical reworking of many of the signs and narrative tropes inherent in documentary, crime and forensic genres.<br /> <br /> Questioning our obsession with certainty, it floats freely between conviction and confusion, trace evidence and trance, measurement and amusement.<br /> <br /> Structured as a chaptered documentary, it posits a less “evidenciary” existence, where a widow can be happy, a fingerprint is simply something to be cleaned and a life sentence does not necessarily take place in a jail.</p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 12:56:48 +0000 Mélanie Rocan - Paul Petro Contemporary Art - March 29th, 2013 - April 27th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">Mélanie Rocan completed her MFA in the painting program at Concordia University, in Montreal (2008). In 2003, she graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours Degree, thesis in painting.<br /> <br /> <b>Artist Statement</b><br /> <br /> "My recent paintings speak of the fragility of human beings and the reality of the subconscious state. I want to capture a distressed beauty, which suggests an inner emotional condition of highs and lows and psychological unease. There is a dichotomy between the difficulty of comprehending the reality of the internal world and a reaction to the outside world’s fragility and the present state of the earth. I rely on an intuitive process to create my paintings, which gives me freedom to explore and make discoveries. I find the struggle of creating work by intuition and memory produces a constant search to re-invent and build the work within the internal domain of my subconscious. This process also allows room for balance between my hand and the medium itself to communicate. Relying on an intuitive process to make paintings brings forth thoughts that are weighing upon me, because of a constant bombardment and awareness of the reality of the state of the earth and the world. In some of my work I attempt to show unity between humanity and nature, working together, existing as one without overpowering the other. Two worlds intertwined working collectively, agreeing and abiding by a natural contract.<br /> <br /> I am interested in illustrating opposing forces in my work, and by unifying and combining these dualities, they can exist together as one entity, one cannot exist without the other. I want to evoke an inconsistency of emotions, making the work linger in-between a darkness and a playfulness, with the ability to affect and give sensations. For example in <i>Caught In Hula-Hoops</i>, there is a conflict in deciphering what is happening to the figures. They could be seen as either vulnerable beings who are caught by the mass of evocations that whirl around them or are playing in this maze of disparate objects. The contrast between the loss of control in the debris and turmoil, with a rather quiet and serene figures and setting, creates tension between calm and chaos and targets dimensions of the unconsciousness. The mass or fragments floating around them, reveal the inside and outside state of the figures, like a mirror, window or multiplication of mirrors. It explores external and personal sources and the dichotomy between symbols of the self and the environment, divided by psychological turmoil.<br /> <br /> I often focus on gothic elements of familiar places, in finding horror or feelings of foreboding in our existence, in our memory and in living. I also merge autobiographical themes, dreams and reality. In combining nostalgic elements or familiars within the paintings, I want to convey a sense of security, which brings balance to the work. I am interested in creating a unity by combining dualities existing within the difficulties of life and nostalgic elements, which are evidence of our humanity. Nostalgia represents an uncanny timelessness, an anchor that provides us with a sense of stability, bringing us to another moment in our lives and allowing us to lose ourselves in the innocence.<br /> <br /> I have recently found inspiration in my earlier works, combining large abstract painting with a miniaturization and an attention to detail. By bringing these techniques together on one surface, I am not only concerned with the process of painting but the balance between paint and content, and want to leave room for interpretation and suggestion. By combining these two ways of working, abstract planes and particular details, I want to create two opposing forces in the work, an indeterminacy and an over-determination of space. I often use prairie landscapes as backdrops or fields for composition in creating a painting. The environment is often overcrowded with information, not only in the elements in the painting but in the psychoanalytic sense, by emphasizing the dichotomy between reality and inner life and the psychological borders that are evoked.<br /> <br /> The Ferris wheel is often present in my work, as is the repetition of the circle in the representations and composition of the work, which represents a structure of life. This circular composition also refers to the way our eyes and our mind sees the world. Fragments and isolation are the raw material furnished by memory, allowing the painting to be assembled and organized into larger and more substantial dramatic structures. By excluding certain elements of the outer world, such as space, time, and causality, and by adjusting the events to the forms of the inner world, I bring attention to memory, imagination and emotion. I want to focus on the complex interaction between the real and the fantastic by blurring the distinction between these elements."</p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 13:58:40 +0000 Megan McKnight - p|m Gallery - March 23rd, 2013 - April 27th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">p|m Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition of paintings by Meghan McKnight. McKnight’s newest paintings explore how imagination is sparked when trying to resolve a desire for order amidst chaotic change.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Half the exhibition is comprised of pale monochromes where McKnight demonstrates deft ingenuity for creating textures; a dialogue amongst piped elements and unctuous pools interrupt ordered backgrounds. In another vein she toys with the intangible, upping the element of chance by pouring, pooling and sculpting paint. Each painterly application intuitively plays off of its predecessor resulting in compositions based on a progressive series of reactions.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">McKnight was born in Toronto in 1980 where she now works and lives. She is represented by p|m gallery in Toronto. Since 2004 she has had three solo shows and has exhibited with p|m gallery at international art fairs such as Mexico Arte Contemporaneo, Toronto International Art Fair, and Aqua Art Miami. In 2005 she was shortlisted for the RBC National Painting Competition. She was also featured in The Magenta Foundation’s book Carte Blanche Vol.2: Painting. Collections include the Granite Club, Telus, and the Donovan collection.</p> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 06:46:09 +0000 - Susan Hobbs Gallery - March 21st, 2013 - April 27th, 2013 <p>Ian Carr-Harris</p> <p>21 March to 27 April, 2013</p> <p>Carr-Harris scrutinizes language’s meanings and edges, often fastening his deft analyses to the institutional structures that bear and uphold them: the exhibition space, the chalkboard, the book. In the gallery’s main space, <i>Prose and Poetry of England</i> is a three-part installation by Carr-Harris that considers the book as a frame for these considerations as much as an aesthetic object in itself. Working with John Masefield’s richly textured poem <i>Cargoes</i>, which compares in ascending historical register the sundry cargoes of three ships, Carr-Harris deconstructs the poem to open it up to the revealing and astonishing elements of language, display, and childhood stories.</p> <p>On the gallery’s upper floor, an extrapolation from <i>The Ideal House Project</i>, an ongoing series jointly produced by the artist team of Yvonne Lammerich and Carr-Harris, positions the building’s model as both a noun and a verb, a paradigmatic object to be deconstructed and built again. As the artists write, “In the act of building there lies the basis of desire, of intention given form in an evolution of its spatial and aesthetic functions, and the concept of ideal form lies not in some finality, but in the play of possibilities that attends the process of living as becoming.”</p> <p> </p> <p>Ian Carr-Harris was born in Victoria, British Columbia in 1941.  He has shown extensively in Canada, and internationally, including such exhibitions as the 8<sup>th</sup> Biennale of Sydney, Canadian Biennial of Contemporary Art, Documenta 8, and the XLI Biennale di Venezia.  He has had solo exhibitions at Chelsea School of Art, London; The Power Plant, Toronto; Centre culturel Canadien, Paris; Centre d’art contemporain, Herblay, France; and Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.  His work has been included in exhibitions at Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation; Toronto; Musée d’art contemporain, Lyon; and Marburg Kunstverein, Marburg, Germany.  His work is held in many public and private collections across North America and Europe.</p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 20:28:42 +0000 Emilio Pica - TeodoraART Gallery (T-ART) - April 2nd, 2013 - April 27th, 2013 Fri, 26 Apr 2013 02:37:47 +0000