Jaan Poldaas: 2016. Birch Contemporary is delighted to announce a solo exhibition of new conceptually-based, hard-edge abstract paintings by Canadian artist Jaan Poldaas, his first exhibition since 2013. This new exhibition includes a selection of works in two different scales: 121.2 x 121.2cm and 60.1 x 60.1cm. "The grids Poldaas has created for his most recent paintings are 18 by 18 units, with no lines within three units of a parallel canvas edge, leaving behind a central square 14 by 14. Lines within this square can be associated with dealt playing cards Ace through King (games of chance are loaded with symbolism, which is why the Surrealists loved them), the red cards becoming vertical lines and the black horizontal, with each painting having at least a single black square. Each of these paintings is plotted in the form of seven shapes, squares or rectangles of differing dimension, each with its own colour.... For Poldaas, his methods are a way of making explicit, if not exactly transparent, the sequence of decisions in a kind of relief. Art, like all forms of human action, is defined by sequences of decisions, some determined by broad, pragmatic reflections, others impulsive and intuitive, all of them haunted by contingency, expedience, arbitrariness, and ultimately, by irreversibility." – Excerpt from the essay "Seeing and Thinking" by Daniel Baird, to be included in a forthcoming catalogue publication of Jaan Poldaas works from 2016.
Ginette Legaré: For the time being. Birch Contemporary is pleased to present For the time being, a solo exhibition by Toronto-based artist Ginette Legaré. Legaré's new sculptural works mine what remains available in reused objects and materials after their initial inscription in, and erasure from, more functional work sites. In these sculptures and installations she continues to expand her search into the often overlooked and elusive relations among objects within the various social, material, and historical contexts they occupy. Essentially, as she puts it, "Though much has been said about objects, they remain disarmingly intriguing. They compel me to engage with the ideas, perceptions, and other intangibles they inevitably host."
Live Longer, Piss Off Your Heirs | Curated by Olga Korper & Taiga Lipson... more
Live Longer, Piss Off Your Heirs | Curated by Olga Korper & Taiga Lipson. Propeller Gallery presents our much-anticipated annual guest curated exhibition, now in its 20th year. Each year Propeller invites a prominent figure within the arts community to contribute their knowledge and experience in developing a theme and selecting works for a completely unique exhibition. This year we have the pleasure of hosting Toronto-based curator Olga Korper and her granddaughter Taiga Lipson, an up-and-coming curator in her own right. The exhibition will feature works chosen by Korper and Lipson from submitted works.
Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts (T.O. Downtown)
Urban Gallery presents Fever: Centennial College Studio Arts Program First-Year Students Exhibition. Twenty-five emerging art stars from Centennial College explore the frontiers deeply submerged within the box ... more
Urban Gallery presents Fever: Centennial College Studio Arts Program First-Year Students Exhibition. Twenty-five emerging art stars from Centennial College explore the frontiers deeply submerged within the box.
East Side Boom presents all-star journalist Michelle Shephard – "Tales from the National Security Beat", live music by Extreeeme Beauty with The Uplifters (Michael Herring, Dave Clark & Jason Kenemy), and Mexican food by Chef Marco! $10 ... more
East Side Boom presents all-star journalist Michelle Shephard – "Tales from the National Security Beat", live music by Extreeeme Beauty with The Uplifters (Michael Herring, Dave Clark & Jason Kenemy), and Mexican food by Chef Marco! $10.
Arthur Shilling: The Final Works. [...]. Curator: William Kingfisher ... more
Arthur Shilling: The Final Works. Featuring paintings by the renowned Anishnaabe artist from Rama, Ontario, this exhibition focuses on work from the last ten years of Arthur Shilling's life, positioning him as a critically important, visionary artist. Organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Peterborough. Curator: William Kingfisher.