ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Claude A. Simard - Roberts Gallery - May 3rd - May 18th Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:03:51 +0000 Yvonne Singer - loop Gallery - April 26th - May 18th Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:52:57 +0000 Moira Clark - loop Gallery - April 26th - May 18th Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:51:12 +0000 Wyn Geleynse - Katzman Contemporary - May 1st - May 31st <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Portraits</em> is a solo exhibition of Wyn Geleynse&rsquo;s recent multi-media and video work. As part of an ongoing investigation of personality through creative forms of documentation, this body of work comprises several &lsquo;portrait installations&rsquo;. Each installation is a filmic rendering of an individual recounting a story, which is then projected onto a meticulously crafted diorama, morphing the two-dimensional medium of projection into a three-dimensional sculptural installation.<br /><br />Central to the conceptual underpinnings of these &lsquo;portrait installations&rsquo; is Geleynse&rsquo;s sustained interest and engagement with idiosyncrasy. A series of raconteurs regale the viewer with personal narratives, undirected by Geleynse who, in creating these portraits, acts more as a passive observer than an orchestrating director.<br /><br />The agency that each of Geleynse&rsquo;s sitters enjoys is reflected in the ease with which their stories unfold. Accentuated by the diorama, the narratives take commonplace and largely unremarkable domestic spaces as their settings; they are animated by the content of the stories rather than a sensational situation.<br /><br /><em>Portraits</em> is a technically novel exhibition that provokes compelling conceptual reconsiderations of the limits of traditional portraiture. Here, the sitters are afforded agency by telling their stories visually through their person, resisting the subject passivity typified by portraiture.</p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:48:41 +0000 Deganit Berest, Shai Kremer - Julie M. Gallery Toronto - May 1st - June 8th <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Beneath the Tranquility will exhibit the works of two prominent Israeli photographers, Deganit Berest and Shai Kremer. Berest confronts the schism between today&rsquo;s reality and its parallel, the digital world, exploring liminal states of consciousness. Kremer&rsquo;s celebrated World Trade Center Concrete Abstracts (WTC) are spectacular works that further probe the liminal state between destruction and reconstruction. The common themes of death and rebirth, and tranquility and chaos emerge in their abstract renderings.</span></p> <h6 class="font_6" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></h6> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:45:03 +0000 Jessica Eaton - Jessica Bradley Gallery - May 1st - May 31st <p style="text-align: justify;">Jessica Bradley Gallery is pleased to present celebrated Canadian photographer Jessica Eaton&rsquo;s first solo exhibition with the gallery. A photography graduate from Vancouver&rsquo;s Emily Carr University who now resides in Montreal, Eaton has quickly risen to international prominence. Her work was recently lauded in <em>The Guardian</em> as &ldquo;a dramatically beautiful response to the ongoing debate about&nbsp;photography&rsquo;s meaning in our age of relentless digital distraction.&rdquo;</p> <p style="display: block; text-align: justify;">Jessica Eaton uses analogue techniques often dating from the early years of photography to explore the elemental properties of the medium. She is renowned for her richly hued geometric compositions, which she describes as &ldquo;photographs I wasn&rsquo;t able to see before they existed.&rdquo; Though her works are often mistaken for digital manipulations, her colour palette is produced entirely within the camera using filters and multiple exposures. While these optical effects appear to be entirely abstract, they result from an elaborate process of transforming her subjects into pure evocations of light. Interested in how a camera and the light sensitive matter of film can be used to &ldquo;see&rdquo; beyond what is possible within human vision, Eaton has taken her experimentation with colour and light to new levels of intensity and complexity in her most recent works.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Jessica Eaton has had solo exhibitions at The Photographers&rsquo; Gallery, The Hospital Club, London (2014); Hy&egrave;res International Festival of Fashion and Photography, France (2013); California Museum of Photography, Riverside (2013); M+B Gallery, Los Angeles (2012), Higher Pictures, New York (2011), and Red Bull 381 Projects, Toronto (2011). Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina (2014); Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery (2013); Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida (2013) and Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver (2012), as well as the Daegu Photography Biennale, South Korea (2012) and the Quebec Triennial, Mus&eacute;e d&rsquo;art contemporain de Montr&eacute;al (2011). Eaton was the recipient of the 2012 Grand Prix du Jury for the Hy&egrave;res Fashion and Photography Festival and the 2011 Foam Talent Award &nbsp;(Amsterdam).</p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:38:52 +0000 - Japan Foundation - April 23rd 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">From &ldquo;Wabi-Sabi&rdquo; to &ldquo;kawaii&rdquo;, the very Japanese aesthetic concepts are merging modernity with enduring traditions, and as a result, are gaining widespread recognition all over the world. Focusing on and introducing two terms : Wabi-Sabi and Kawaii , Ms. Fukai will try to make clear the properties in Japanese Culture and Art, both of which appear in contemporary Japanese fashion, one of the element of Cool Japan, in the context of their profound relation to traditional aesthetic values.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>About the speaker:</strong> Akiko Fukai is a leading fashion historian of Japan and has been Associate Professor of the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Kyoto), Professor of Shizuoka University of Art and Culture, and a lecturer at the University of Tokyo and Rikkyo University. Her curatorial achievements include several major international exhibitions such as Revolution in Fashion, Fashion in Colors, Luxury in Fashion Reconsidered, and Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">She is the author and editor of many books including <em>Japonism in Fashion</em> (Heibonsha, 1994), <em>Fashion</em> (Taschen, 2002),<em> The Century of Fashion</em> (Heibonsha, 2005), and <em>Reading Fashion from Pictures</em> (PHP Institute, 2009). Fukai has also been the recipient of a special prize awarded by the Academy of Japonism in Japan (2000), an honorable doctorate degree of the National University of Ochanomizu (2004), and a Commissioner for Cultural Affairs Award, Japan (2008).</p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:34:06 +0000 Ryan Dineen - Ingram Gallery - May 8th - May 24th Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:31:02 +0000 Bertram Booker - Gallery Gevik - May 3rd - May 31st <p style="text-align: justify;">Opening May 3rd 1-5pm, see works by Canada's own Renaissance man, featuring a talk by John Brooker, grandson of Bertram Brooker at 2pm</p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:25:52 +0000 Napachie Pootoogook - Feheley Fine Arts - Contemporary Inuit Art Gallery - May 3rd - May 24th <p style="text-align: justify;">The daughter of renowned artist Pitseolak Ashoona and mother of the Sobey Art Award winner Annie Pootoogook, Napachie Pootoogook bridged the early and later generations of artists from Cape Dorset. In her later life she created drawings which moved away from the usual portrayal of traditional Inuit life favoured by first generation artists to reveal the darker side of traditional life. This powerful and provocative series, drawn in Pootoogook&rsquo;s characteristic monochrome drawings led the way for the younger generation to tackle social issues in their work.</p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:19:49 +0000 - Doris McCarthy Gallery - May 2nd - May 14th <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Heated Tensions</em>&nbsp;interprets the dynamics &ndash; strain, friction, attraction, and opposition &ndash; between different forces, and the physical and psychological spaces that contain them. The exhibition examines phenomena that relate to cultural identity, mind and body, relationships, environmentalism and gender politics. <em>Heated Tensions</em> features curation and work by students in the Studio program at the University of Toronto Scarborough.</p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:13:00 +0000 Elizabeth McIntosh - Diaz Contemporary - May 1st - June 7th Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:09:34 +0000 Nadia Belerique - Daniel Faria Gallery - May 1st - June 7th <p style="text-align: justify;">The Daniel Faria Gallery is pleased to present <em>Have You Seen This Man</em>, a solo exhibition by Nadia Belerique.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Have You Seen This Man</em> furthers Belerique&rsquo;s investigation into the moods of space in its physical and psychological occupations. Borrowing from diverse literary styles such as poetry, news headlines and prose, she translates these languages with varied technologies into an illusory visual installation.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Provoking the performativity of objects, photographs, objects in photographs and photographs in objects, the installation beckons, &ldquo;Look. Yes, look again, and longer this time.&rdquo; By playing with notions of positive and negative space, Belerique creates inversions, resulting in intentional disorientations that compel perceptual reassessments.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>The Archer 3</em>&nbsp;depicts a temporal collage of found tape, acetate and Rubylith&copy;, an antiquated masking film used in photolithography to edit images prior to their reproduction. Assembled on a digital home-office scanner, light skims&nbsp;<em>The Archer 3</em>&nbsp;to produce a fixed image. Traces of Belerique&rsquo;s activity are also revealed; smears from her fingertips on the material become suggestive markings. The background becomes a vague gradient, created by her manipulation of light from the scanner and the room, which together act as a surrogate aperture.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A vast, off-white rug fills the gallery, punctuated by ambiguous steel structures derived from life-sized, figurative cardboard cutouts. The carpet reveals more markings, this time from boots, track shoes and heels dipped with Liquid Light&copy;, a light-sensitive emulsion that, when exposed to sunlight, reveals the imprinted activity on the rug. A mystery transpires. The structures, in their apparent fixity, remain suspicious.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Nadia Belerique (b. 1982, lives and works in Toronto) constructs installations that engage with the poetics of perception and asks how images perform in contemporary culture. Primarily invested in questions around materiality and dematerialization through the illusion of photographs, her image-based works are often interrupted by sculptural objects. She received her MFA from the University of Guelph, and has recently exhibited at such venues as Narwhal, Gallery TPW, Xpace and Diaz Contemporary in Toronto.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This is a featured&nbsp;exhibition of the&nbsp;Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.</p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:07:40 +0000 Murray Favro - Christopher Cutts Gallery - April 26th 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM <p>To close our Murray Favro exhibition THE NIHILIST SPASM BAND is bringing their own "unique brand of improvised bedlam" to Christopher Cutts Gallery.</p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:02:51 +0000 Scott Christie - Gallery 1313 - April 30th - May 11th <div style="text-align: justify;">Scott Christie&rsquo;s &lsquo;Terminus&rsquo; examines the nature of decay of order and, structure.&nbsp;The concept for this exhibition is to show the life cycle of abandoned architecture, from the beginning stages to the end stages. A structure is built, it is occupied, and it is then abandoned, it is a human creation that is eventually left, put back into the landscape of the earth.&nbsp;Christie&rsquo;s photographs focus on the terminal phase of the construction lifecycle, where the rubble and debris of Toronto&rsquo;s history find their final resting place.&nbsp; Caught between a rugged natural landscape and the driving waves of Lake Ontario, the images offer a sense of calm, reflection and gratitude amidst the chaos and fragmentation of the past.</div> <p style="text-align: justify;">Scott Christie&rsquo;s&nbsp;debuted last year during Contact:&nbsp;Field of Vision, 2013. He participated in Three Lenses at Mark Christopher Gallery, Toronto. Christie is a Toronto based photographer whose&nbsp;work revolves around the concepts of time, space and light and their interdependence through photography.<strong>&nbsp;</strong>Further to the physical aspects of the medium, and subjects captured in his images, is the desire to evoke a sense of stillness, meditation, and reflection on the commonplace as a means to discovery of the rare within.</p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:00:00 +0000 Brandon Vickerd - Art Gallery of Hamilton Design Annex - May 31st - August 30th <p style="text-align: justify;">Brandon Vickerd&rsquo;s artistic practice includes a range of forms, from sculpture to performance to site-specific interventions, and he frequently explores the myth of progress ingrained in Western world views. With Faltering Monuments, Vickerd subverts a traditional form of commemoration through a contemporary sculptural intervention. He models this series of statues after historically powerful, masculine political figures such Napoleon and Columbus, and then alters the busts by carving out grotesque anatomical elements. In representing figures of modernity, Vickerd highlights nostalgia for the past&mdash;a time of rigorous political and scientific pursuit that held great promise for the future. The works disrupt the viewer&rsquo;s expectations of the monument and invite a dialogue on horror, while exposing the human side of these notable yet fallible characters. Vickerd is a Hamilton-based artist with an extensive exhibition history in North America. He is currently an Associate Professor in the department of Visual Art and Art History at York University.</p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 06:49:52 +0000