Darkness at the edge…

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Darkness at the edge…
Curated by: Thom Sokoloski

948 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M6J 1H1
June 13th, 2013 - July 7th, 2013
Opening: June 13th, 2013 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Queen West
Wed-Sat 12-6; Sun 12-5
mixed-media, installation, sculpture


Darkness at the edge...

Be prepared. For this exhibition Propeller Centre of Visual Art's will be transformed into an immersive darkened experience of liminality. From peepholes to flashlights, viewers will explore the gallery's exhibition while treading deeper into obscurity with an array works from national and international artists!

"As a curator, it is always fascinating to propose a theme for an exhibition, since you never can guess what the response might be. It arouses artists to respond in different ways with their practice; from what was their initial inspiration and concept to the process of rendering their final work. A kind of collective engagement occurs, unknowingly, between every artist until they each deem what work will be relevant. With over 130 submissions, Darkness at the Edge, hit a chord with a wide spectrum of artistry. My hope is that the 36 selected works you experience throughout Propeller will conjure up not only each artist's response to liminality but also provoke a momentary mirror into each of our own."

-Thom Sokoloski

Participating artists: 

Karen Abel (Canada)                                          Salvatore Insana (Italy)
Peter Barelkowski (Canada)                                Lisa Johnson (Canada) 
Sarah Casey (UK)                                              Paul Kilbertus (Canada) 
Charles Chadwick (USA)                                    Jennifer Laiwint (Canada)
Connie Chappel (Canada)                                   Miklos Legrady (Canada) 
Morgan Chivers (USA)                                       Irina Litinsky (Canada) 
Mary DiPaola (Canada)                                      Eileen MacArthur (Canada) 
Daniel Djamo (Romania)                                     Slawomir Milewski (UK) 
Gordana Olujic Dosic (Canada)                           Ben Ng (Canada) 
Gerry Dotto (Canada)                                         Randall Okita (Canada) 
Pat Dumas-Hudecki (Canada)                             Anastassia Pronsky-Stojanovic (Canada) 
Stu Edwards (Canada)                                       Robert Quance (Canada) 
Johanna Evans-Colley (USA)                             Luis Rodrogues (Portugal) 
Ronald Gonzalez (USA)                                     Sirima Sataman (USA) 
Shannon Griffiths (Canada)                                Giovanni Senisi (Canada) 
Natasha Gusta (Canada)                                    Heather Smith (Canada) 
Brian Hawkins (USA)                                         Evan Steenson (Canada) 
Todd Herman (USA)                                          Keijo Tapanainen (Canada) 
W.W. Hung (Canada)                                         Kira Varvanian (Canada)

Thom Sokoloski is a multi-disciplinary artist. He is founding member of Toronto’s The Theatre Centre, Native Theatre School and Autumn Leaf Performance. He has produced and created works for a number of important cultural institutions, including LaMama NYC, the Banff Centre, Opéra de Montréal, COC, France’s Cultural Department AFAA, Harbourfront WorldStage, Opéra de Lyon, Festival de Liège, Société des Arts Technologiques, Strasbourg’s Musica, Berlin’s Transmediale, The Sound Symposium, The Holland Festival, National Capital Commission and La Biennale Musiques en Scène à Lyon. He has directed five of R. Murray Schafer’s environmental operatic works including Hermes Trismegistos inside Union Station. Over the past decade Thom has expanded his innovative practices through the creation of large-scale interactive public art installations in collaboration with Jenny McCowan (The Encampment has been presented in Toronto, New York City, Ottawa and at the 2012 Luminato Festival. In development are Ghost Net, through a residency in Queensland, and Scarecrows at Socrates Sculpture Park in NYC and this coming July in Nuit Blanche North in Huntsville). He has curated for Toronto International Art Fair, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche and Contact. Presently, he is in production of his 16 screen video/sound installation entitled Chorea Lasciva.


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