ArtSlant - Recently added http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/show en-us 40 Amy Brener, Clint Enns, Jay Isaac, Fabienne Lasserre, Rachel MacFarlane, Ella Dawn McGeough - Nicholas Metivier Gallery - August 6th 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Nicholas Metivier Gallery is pleased to present <em>Broken Colours</em>, an exhibition guest-curated by Ben Portis.&nbsp; The exhibition will open on July 23 and will be on view through August 22 with an opening reception on Thursday, July 23 from 6 &ndash; 8 PM.&nbsp; The gallery will also host a special talk with Ben Portis and the artists on the evening of Thursday, August 6 between 6 &ndash; 8 PM.<br /> <br /> <em>Broken Colours</em> features six artists whose works employ colour as a near material.&nbsp; It considers how a schismatic chromatic composition might lead to an integrated structural form, and vice versa.&nbsp; <strong>Amy Brener</strong> (Brooklyn), <strong>Clint Enns </strong>(Toronto), <strong>Jay Isaac</strong> (Toronto), <strong>Fabienne Lasserre</strong> (Brooklyn), <strong>Rachel MacFarlane</strong> (Toronto/New Brunswick, NJ) and <strong>Ella Dawn McGeough</strong> (Toronto) are all Canadian.&nbsp; With the exception of MacFarlane, who is currently represented by the Nicholas Metivier Gallery, none of the artists currently have gallery representation in Toronto, hence their art has been little seen here. Each artist works in a hybrid manner.&nbsp; The visitor to <em>Broken Colours</em> will encounter combined elements of painting and sculpture, painting and photography, photography and language, or photography and film in any individual practice.<br /> <br /> Guest-curator <strong>Ben Portis</strong> has responded to a <em>carte blanche</em> invitation from Nicholas Metivier to elaborate on an original idea at the gallery.&nbsp; As this disparate artistic group of artists came together in Portis&rsquo; mind, he considered each to be a <em>bricoleur</em>, a term introduced into modern parlance by the great French anthropologist, Claude Levi-Strauss.&nbsp; A <em>bricoleur</em> creates or constructs using whatever is at hand.&nbsp; With a quirky, fortuitous and misbegotten sense of the French language, with which he has only a rudimentary grasp, Portis etymologically teased apart the word into <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em>bris&eacute;e</em></span> (broken) and <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em>couleur</em></span> (colour).&nbsp; This malapropism led to the perfectly apropos exhibition title.<br /> <br /> The core premise of <em>Broken Colours </em>is likewise idiosyncratic.&nbsp; The exhibition&rsquo;s origin draws on Portis&rsquo; initiation to visual arts.&nbsp; As a student, without prior training in studio techniques or practices, he latched on to sculpture assemblage which encouraged the use of readymade objects and forms near at hand.&nbsp; Later, he discovered personal form-making and began to explore its invention with the rapid, mutable media of oil paints.&nbsp; Portis retained a sculptor&rsquo;s sense of gravity, volume and balance, properties that he trans-substantiated and ascribed to the choice and application of painted colours.<br /> <br /> The conversation between sculpture and painting has been central to modern art, embodied in a single figure, such as Pablo Picasso, or an intimate rivalry, such as that of Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns.&nbsp; The first artists considered for <em>Broken Colours</em>&mdash;<strong>Brener</strong>, <strong>Isaac</strong>, <strong>Lasserre</strong> and <strong>MacFarlane</strong>&mdash;sculptor, painter, sculptor, painter respectively, demonstrate the tendency to imbue these proud traditions, with which they strongly identify, with the most alluring or degrading contaminants.&nbsp; <strong>Brener</strong>&rsquo;s cast resin monoliths incorporate translucent pigments and opaque shards of mirror or concrete. <strong>Isaac</strong>, a rag-and-bone man by family trade, instills magpie encrustation and cluttered accumulation into his modernist compositions.&nbsp; <strong>Lasserre</strong> winds strips or collages patches of multi-hued textiles to form taut appliqu&eacute; skins over organically inspired minimalist cores and armatures.&nbsp; This process results in sculpture that registers as both hard and soft, with determined surface and indeterminate depth.&nbsp; <strong>MacFarlane</strong> has long-created miniature maquettes in her studio as the basis of dense, quasi-landscape or still life paintings, which appear so utterly unfamiliar as to verge on abstraction.&nbsp; For <em>Broken Colours</em>, her research device of the maquette fledges into a three-dimensional, composite tableau.<br /> <br /> Today, the sculpture/painting dialectic expands into a kinesthetic array of media and sensations.&nbsp;<em> Broken Colours</em> also encompasses artists whose primary modes are cinematic and conceptual.&nbsp; <strong>Enns</strong> has a mathematician&rsquo;s rapture with chaos and submits vernacular Internet video and found photography to crystalline micro-faceting or random decomposition.&nbsp; From this process he retrieves a new class of image built out of the granular electronic and chemical bits that correspond to modern colour.&nbsp; <strong>McGeough</strong>&rsquo;s works almost eschew colour altogether, dominated by black.&nbsp; One work saturates horoscope-like phrases that attribute sentient desire to various colours in monotone smog.&nbsp; Another featuring photographic details of a mound of black paint nonetheless reflects glints of radiant light.<br /> <br /> To read Ben Portis' essay about the exhibition, <a href="http://metiviergallery.com/news/recent-reviews" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:54:28 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list Amy Brener, Clint Enns, Jay Isaac, Fabienne Lasserre, Rachel MacFarlane, Ella Dawn McGeough - Nicholas Metivier Gallery - July 23rd - August 22nd <p style="text-align: justify;">Nicholas Metivier Gallery is pleased to present <em>Broken Colours</em>, an exhibition guest-curated by Ben Portis.&nbsp; The exhibition will open on July 23 and will be on view through August 22 with an opening reception on Thursday, July 23 from 6 &ndash; 8 PM.&nbsp; The gallery will also host a special talk with Ben Portis and the artists on the evening of Thursday, August 6 between 6 &ndash; 8 PM.<br /> <br /> <em>Broken Colours</em> features six artists whose works employ colour as a near material.&nbsp; It considers how a schismatic chromatic composition might lead to an integrated structural form, and vice versa.&nbsp; <strong>Amy Brener</strong> (Brooklyn), <strong>Clint Enns </strong>(Toronto), <strong>Jay Isaac</strong> (Toronto), <strong>Fabienne Lasserre</strong> (Brooklyn), <strong>Rachel MacFarlane</strong> (Toronto/New Brunswick, NJ) and <strong>Ella Dawn McGeough</strong> (Toronto) are all Canadian.&nbsp; With the exception of MacFarlane, who is currently represented by the Nicholas Metivier Gallery, none of the artists currently have gallery representation in Toronto, hence their art has been little seen here. Each artist works in a hybrid manner.&nbsp; The visitor to <em>Broken Colours</em> will encounter combined elements of painting and sculpture, painting and photography, photography and language, or photography and film in any individual practice.<br /> <br /> Guest-curator <strong>Ben Portis</strong> has responded to a <em>carte blanche</em> invitation from Nicholas Metivier to elaborate on an original idea at the gallery.&nbsp; As this disparate artistic group of artists came together in Portis&rsquo; mind, he considered each to be a <em>bricoleur</em>, a term introduced into modern parlance by the great French anthropologist, Claude Levi-Strauss.&nbsp; A <em>bricoleur</em> creates or constructs using whatever is at hand.&nbsp; With a quirky, fortuitous and misbegotten sense of the French language, with which he has only a rudimentary grasp, Portis etymologically teased apart the word into <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em>bris&eacute;e</em></span> (broken) and <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em>couleur</em></span> (colour).&nbsp; This malapropism led to the perfectly apropos exhibition title.<br /> <br /> The core premise of <em>Broken Colours </em>is likewise idiosyncratic.&nbsp; The exhibition&rsquo;s origin draws on Portis&rsquo; initiation to visual arts.&nbsp; As a student, without prior training in studio techniques or practices, he latched on to sculpture assemblage which encouraged the use of readymade objects and forms near at hand.&nbsp; Later, he discovered personal form-making and began to explore its invention with the rapid, mutable media of oil paints.&nbsp; Portis retained a sculptor&rsquo;s sense of gravity, volume and balance, properties that he trans-substantiated and ascribed to the choice and application of painted colours.<br /> <br /> The conversation between sculpture and painting has been central to modern art, embodied in a single figure, such as Pablo Picasso, or an intimate rivalry, such as that of Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns.&nbsp; The first artists considered for <em>Broken Colours</em>&mdash;<strong>Brener</strong>, <strong>Isaac</strong>, <strong>Lasserre</strong> and <strong>MacFarlane</strong>&mdash;sculptor, painter, sculptor, painter respectively, demonstrate the tendency to imbue these proud traditions, with which they strongly identify, with the most alluring or degrading contaminants.&nbsp; <strong>Brener</strong>&rsquo;s cast resin monoliths incorporate translucent pigments and opaque shards of mirror or concrete. <strong>Isaac</strong>, a rag-and-bone man by family trade, instills magpie encrustation and cluttered accumulation into his modernist compositions.&nbsp; <strong>Lasserre</strong> winds strips or collages patches of multi-hued textiles to form taut appliqu&eacute; skins over organically inspired minimalist cores and armatures.&nbsp; This process results in sculpture that registers as both hard and soft, with determined surface and indeterminate depth.&nbsp; <strong>MacFarlane</strong> has long-created miniature maquettes in her studio as the basis of dense, quasi-landscape or still life paintings, which appear so utterly unfamiliar as to verge on abstraction.&nbsp; For <em>Broken Colours</em>, her research device of the maquette fledges into a three-dimensional, composite tableau.<br /> <br /> Today, the sculpture/painting dialectic expands into a kinesthetic array of media and sensations.&nbsp;<em> Broken Colours</em> also encompasses artists whose primary modes are cinematic and conceptual.&nbsp; <strong>Enns</strong> has a mathematician&rsquo;s rapture with chaos and submits vernacular Internet video and found photography to crystalline micro-faceting or random decomposition.&nbsp; From this process he retrieves a new class of image built out of the granular electronic and chemical bits that correspond to modern colour.&nbsp; <strong>McGeough</strong>&rsquo;s works almost eschew colour altogether, dominated by black.&nbsp; One work saturates horoscope-like phrases that attribute sentient desire to various colours in monotone smog.&nbsp; Another featuring photographic details of a mound of black paint nonetheless reflects glints of radiant light.<br /> <br /> To read Ben Portis' essay about the exhibition, <a href="http://metiviergallery.com/news/recent-reviews" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:52:51 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list Abbas Akhavan - Mercer Union - A Centre for Contemporary Art - September 12th - October 31st <p style="text-align: justify;">Mercer Union is delighted to present a solo exhibition by Abbas Akhavan entitled&nbsp;<em>Variations on a Garden</em>&nbsp;opening on Saturday 12th September 2015.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Abbas Akhavan&rsquo;s practice ranges from site-specific ephemeral installations to drawing, video, sculpture and performance. The direction of his research has been deeply influenced by the specificity of the sites where he works: the architectures that house them, the economies that surround them, and the people that frequent them. The domestic sphere, as a forked space between hospitality and hostility, has been an ongoing area of research in Abbas&rsquo; practice. Recent works have shifted focus, wandering onto spaces and species just outside the home &ndash; the garden, the backyard, and other domesticated landscapes. Akhavan is the recipient of Kunstpreis Berlin (2012), Abraaj Group Art Prize (2014) and is currently short listed for the Sobey Award (2015).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition is presented with leading support from Partners In Art</p> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:50:15 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list Tyler Armstrong, Kim Dorland, Steve Driscoll, Daniel Hutchinson, Erin Loree, Gavin Lynch, bradley wood - Angell Gallery - July 25th - August 15th <p style="text-align: justify;">In the final exhibition at its Queen West &amp; Ossington location before moving to 1444 Dupont St. Unit 15, <strong>Angell Gallery</strong> presents a Summer Group Exhibition featuring a selection of works by&nbsp;7 artists.</p> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:32:19 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list Chloe Seibert - Cooper Cole - July 24th - September 12th <p style="text-align: justify;">COOPER COLE is pleased to present: <em>Never Stop Following Your Fucking Dreams</em>, a solo exhibition by Chloe Seibert. This exhibition marks Seibert's first exhibition in Canada.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">12:50 PM, #9 SOUTHBOUND, TWO WOMEN<br /> <br /> The only thing God can tell you is shut up<br /> Be quiet<br /> Shut up<br /> My older sister she in recovery too<br /> And I tell her the same thing<br /> Barely, rarely do I pray in English<br /> Just shut up<br /> <br /> <br /> _______________________________________________<br /> <br /> <br /> Chloe Seibert (b. 1989, New York, NY) received her BFA in 2011 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been exhibited across the United States at such galleries as CourtneyBlades, Chicago, IL; Interstate Projects, Brooklyn; Johannes Vogt, New York; Gallery Diet, Miami, USA. She has also exhibited with Queer Thoughts at Eric Hussenot, Paris; and recently her work was included in a group show by Queer Thoughts in Nicaragua. Seibert currently lives and works in Chicago, USA.</p> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:16:22 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list Zoe Barcza, Alfred Boman, Mark Delong, Jay Isaac, Tiziana La Melia, Sojourner Truth Parsons - Cooper Cole - July 24th - September 12th <p style="text-align: justify;">COOPER COLE is pleased to present <em>Hotter Than July 24th</em>. <br /> <br /> Henry and Henrietta brought a dozen eggs <br /> from the tree bearing strange fruits<br /> Now why does this tree have eggs not<br /> blossoms<br /> Henrietta bounced like a floppy <br /> flower in heat<br /> Down the road by the flat green wet shape<br /> They cracked one by one each egg into a<br /> Sun spot hotter than July<br /> We are so famished<br /> The milky egg spun much potential<br /> Henrietta bounced and bounced<br /> The year two women gave birth to a small<br /> man<br /> <br /> - Sojourner Truth Parsons<br /> <br /> Zoe Barcza (b. 1984, Toronto, Canada) received her MFA at HFBK St&auml;delschule in Frankfurt, Germany and her BA at the University of Toronto, Canada. Her work has been exhibited internationally at such galleries as Shoot The Lobster, New York, NY; Loyal Gallery, Isbrytaren, Stockholm, Sweden; Polansky Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic; ICA, Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Art Metropole, Toronto, Canada. Barcza currently lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.<br /> <br /> Alfred Boman (b. 1981, Lule&aring;, Sweden) received his MFA at HFBK St&auml;delschule in Frankfurt, Germany and studied Art History and Fine Arts at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. His work has been exhibited internationally at such galleries as Prism, Los Angeles, USA; Johan Berggren Gallery, Malm&ouml;, Sweden; Fluxia, Milan, Italy; Union Pacific, London, UK; and Ibid Projects/Gallery Exit, Hong Kong. Boman currently lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.<br /> <br /> Mark DeLong (b. 1978, New Brunswick, Canada) is a self-taught artist. His work has been displayed at Colette, Paris, France; Abel Neue Kunst Gallery, Berlin, Germany; Perugi Art Contemporenea, Padova, Italy; Museum Of Contemporary Canadian Art, COOPER COLE, Toronto, Canada; ACME, Los Angeles; Spencer-Brownstone Gallery, Ed. Varie, Little Cakes, New York; Halsey McKay, East Hampton, USA. DeLong currently lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.<br /> <br /> Jay Isaac (b. 1975, New Brunswick, Canada) studied at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, Canada and the Cardiff Institute of Art and Design, Cardiff, Wales, UK. His work has been widely exhibited, with notable shows at Galleria d'art moderna di Bologna, Italy; Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, NB; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Agnes Etherington Art Center, Kingston; Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver; Mercer Union, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, The Art Gallery of Ontario and The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada. Isaac currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada.<br /> <br /> Tiziana La Melia (b.1982, Palermo, Italy) received her MFA at the University of Guelph and her BFA at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver. La Melia was the national winner of the 2014 RBC painting competition. She has exhibited at Magasin 3, Stockholm, Sweden; Fran&ccedil;ois Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, USA; CSA Projects, The Apartment, Vancouver; and Mercer Union, COOPER COLE, Toronto, Canada. La Melia currently lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.<br /> <br /> Sojourner Truth Parsons (b. 1984, Vancouver, Canada) received her BFA from The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Last year she was awarded the Canada Council for the Arts Residency grant to attend Santa Fe Institute for the arts. She has exhibited at Phil Gallery, Los Angeles; Night Gallery, San Francisco; and Mulherin, Asya Geisberg, New York, USA; Jessica Bradley Gallery, COOPER COLE, Toronto; and Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Canada. Parsons currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada.</p> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:12:46 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list - Art Metropole - August 15th 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Art Metropole is pleased to host an afternoon gathering to kick-off Zine Dream 8 and the launch of new Zine Dream editions by artists Daniel Luedtke (Chicago) and Noel Friebert (Baltimore).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /> The zine fair will be bigger and better than ever this year! Featuring over 90 exhibitors of self published art books, comics, crafts, music, zines and much more. The fair is PWYC and happening Sunday, August 16th from 12-7pm at the Great Hall, Toronto.</p> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:50:14 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list