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Thursday, April 6th, 2017 (events found - 13)

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panel discussion 7-9pm
Panel discussion: Tender skeletons – Choreography in the cube. Featuring Seika Boye, Jessica Karuhanga, Brandy Leary, Kim Simon and Cara Spooner. A program of the exhibition all our days are full of breath: a record of momentum. At Justina M. Barnicke Gallery ... more
Panel discussion: Tender skeletons – Choreography in the cube. Featuring Seika Boye, Jessica Karuhanga, Brandy Leary, Kim Simon and Cara Spooner. A program of the exhibition all our days are full of breath: a record of momentum. At Justina M. Barnicke Gallery.
Art Museum University of Toronto (T.O. Downtown)
first day
Earthly Matters. Solo exhibition by Judy Raymer Ivkoff. Earthly Matters explores elements of the natural physical environment. The artist's narrations incorporate wood, stone, clay and metals ... more
Earthly Matters. Solo exhibition by Judy Raymer Ivkoff.
In conjunction with Earth Day – Earthly Matters explores elements of the natural physical environment. The artist's narrations incorporate wood, stone, clay and metals.
Canadian Sculpture Centre (T.O. Downtown)
opening reception 6-8pm
Ontario Society of Artists: 144th Annual Open Juried Exhibition. www.ontariosocietyofartists.org ... more
Ontario Society of Artists: 144th Annual Open Juried Exhibition. www.ontariosocietyofartists.org.
John B. Aird Gallery (T.O. Downtown)
Spring opening reception 6-9pm (see Apr 9 for artist talk)
2Fik: His and Other Stories.
Curator: Mona Filip.
A Primary Exhibition of the 2017 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.
Assuming the multiple roles of artistic director, photographer and model, 2Fik stages elaborate tableaux that often reenact familiar compositions derived from famous paintings. Toying with reality, his constructed images destabilize the viewer's assumed points of reference, playfully orchestrating scenes that comment thoughtfully on current society.
Born in Paris to a Moroccan Muslim family, 2Fik moved to Montréal in 2003. His encounter with the city's multicultural environment inspired him to examine issues of identity and socio-political ramifications. Drawn out of this diverse backdrop, the recurring characters featured in his photographs are all interconnected and stem from the artist's life experiences and personality: Abdel, who was born in Casablanca, moved to Montréal, and now works as a property manager, turning to religion out of loneliness rather than genuine faith; Fatima, who abandoned her university studies to follow Abdel as his good wife and remains devoted to him even though they married out of family pressure, not love; Kathryn, an overconfident, spoiled young woman from Montréal's West Island, who is juggling many lovers, including Abdel; and Firas, who fled his native country and asked for refugee status in Canada, motivated by a well-founded fear of persecution based on his sexual orientation.
These are only a few of the lively, fictional individuals embodied by 2Fik in his beguiling photographs. Dismantling stereotypes, they compel viewers to question their own sense of self and reflect on acquired notions of gender, sexuality, belief, universality, and difference. 2Fik first explored these topics by diving into the intimacy and daily life of his characters in the series 2Fik Or Not 2Fik (2005-2009), and later by positioning them into well-known paintings reimagined from a contemporary perspective in his second series, 2Fik's Museum (2010-2012). In 2013, 2Fik began a new series of site-specific performance-based photographs, restaging history paintings in order to consider national identity narratives.
As 2Fik's first solo show in Toronto, His and Other Stories offers a survey of these recent bodies of work to examine cultural legacies and identity constructs. The exhibition's centerpieces are his latest compositions that reconfigure allegorical representations of nationhood. A new work, created for this exhibition, reinterprets Benjamin West's 1770 painting, "The Death of General Wolfe", an emblematic example of Canadian history represented through a colonial lens. The original dramatically depicts the General's fall during the 1759 Battle of Québec, celebrating him as a hero and a symbol of British dominance. Subverting this patriarchal, whitewashing viewpoint, 2Fik's vibrant characters of mixed genders, ethnicities, and faiths infuse new meaning into this iconic image. Raising irreverent questions, his critical reinterpretation disrupts nationalistic discourses, opening conversation on today's pluralistic realities. Shot at Honest Ed's just before its demolition, the photograph recalls this site's significance to Toronto and its diverse inhabitants, honouring both present and historical loss, mourning across time and cultural dimensions.
2Fik: His and Other Stories is generously supported by the Hal Jackman Foundation ... more
2Fik: His and Other Stories.
Curator: Mona Filip.
A Primary Exhibition of the 2017 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

Assuming the multiple roles of artistic director, photographer and model, 2Fik stages elaborate tableaux that often reenact familiar compositions derived from famous paintings. Toying with reality, his constructed images destabilize the viewer's assumed points of reference, playfully orchestrating scenes that comment thoughtfully on current society.

Born in Paris to a Moroccan Muslim family, 2Fik moved to Montréal in 2003. His encounter with the city's multicultural environment inspired him to examine issues of identity and socio-political ramifications. Drawn out of this diverse backdrop, the recurring characters featured in his photographs are all interconnected and stem from the artist's life experiences and personality: Abdel, who was born in Casablanca, moved to Montréal, and now works as a property manager, turning to religion out of loneliness rather than genuine faith; Fatima, who abandoned her university studies to follow Abdel as his good wife and remains devoted to him even though they married out of family pressure, not love; Kathryn, an overconfident, spoiled young woman from Montréal's West Island, who is juggling many lovers, including Abdel; and Firas, who fled his native country and asked for refugee status in Canada, motivated by a well-founded fear of persecution based on his sexual orientation.

These are only a few of the lively, fictional individuals embodied by 2Fik in his beguiling photographs. Dismantling stereotypes, they compel viewers to question their own sense of self and reflect on acquired notions of gender, sexuality, belief, universality, and difference. 2Fik first explored these topics by diving into the intimacy and daily life of his characters in the series 2Fik Or Not 2Fik (2005-2009), and later by positioning them into well-known paintings reimagined from a contemporary perspective in his second series, 2Fik's Museum (2010-2012). In 2013, 2Fik began a new series of site-specific performance-based photographs, restaging history paintings in order to consider national identity narratives.

As 2Fik's first solo show in Toronto, His and Other Stories offers a survey of these recent bodies of work to examine cultural legacies and identity constructs. The exhibition's centerpieces are his latest compositions that reconfigure allegorical representations of nationhood. A new work, created for this exhibition, reinterprets Benjamin West's 1770 painting, "The Death of General Wolfe", an emblematic example of Canadian history represented through a colonial lens. The original dramatically depicts the General's fall during the 1759 Battle of Québec, celebrating him as a hero and a symbol of British dominance. Subverting this patriarchal, whitewashing viewpoint, 2Fik's vibrant characters of mixed genders, ethnicities, and faiths infuse new meaning into this iconic image. Raising irreverent questions, his critical reinterpretation disrupts nationalistic discourses, opening conversation on today's pluralistic realities. Shot at Honest Ed's just before its demolition, the photograph recalls this site's significance to Toronto and its diverse inhabitants, honouring both present and historical loss, mourning across time and cultural dimensions.

2Fik: His and Other Stories is generously supported by the Hal Jackman Foundation.
Koffler Gallery (T.O. Downtown)
tour 10:30am
STROLLER TOURS. FREE. Parents, guardians and caregivers, bring your baby along for a relaxed, infant-friendly tour at The Power Plant ... more
STROLLER TOURS. FREE. Parents, guardians and caregivers, bring your baby along for a relaxed, infant-friendly tour at The Power Plant.
The Power Plant (T.O. Downtown)
reception 5-8pm
Serpent Me-ander. Gon Bregu. Robert Kananaj Gallery is honoured to present the first solo exhibition of Gon Bregu's work in Canada. The exhibition is a survey of paintings into which are introduced some elements of sculpture. The whole show is like a self-portrait, where eclectic elements inform the nature of Gon's painting. The artist sheds light on intent by direct reference to a shed serpent's skin. The snake (serpent) is associated with both negative and positive, or duality, in the story of Adam and Eve. Another motif is rebirth or renewal. This creature has the ability to shed its old skin when it grows a new one. Metaphorically, the casting off of this skin represents the release of old ways of thinking. The fresh new skin found underneath is rebirth and new beginnings... purification. Present at centre stage are the artist's at-work objects, such as clothes, a pair of shoes, socks, pants, shirt, eyeglasses, a cigarette rolling machine, and a hand-made drawing book. These belongings are integral to the theme of the show. Rendering fluently low-key subjects makes Gon's vulnerably rooted self open to the sublime. Certainty becomes a tested act in painting. Since his debut in 1989, Gon's art has garnered attention, and has been collected by the National Art Gallery of Albania. The artist lives and works in Athens, Greece ... more
Serpent
Me-ander
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Gon Bregu.

Robert Kananaj Gallery is honoured to present the first solo exhibition of Gon Bregu's work in Canada. The exhibition is a survey of paintings into which are introduced some elements of sculpture. The whole show is like a self-portrait, where eclectic elements inform the nature of Gon's painting.

The artist sheds light on intent by direct reference to a shed serpent's skin. The snake (serpent) is associated with both negative and positive, or duality, in the story of Adam and Eve. Another motif is rebirth or renewal. This creature has the ability to shed its old skin when it grows a new one. Metaphorically, the casting off of this skin represents the release of old ways of thinking. The fresh new skin found underneath is rebirth and new beginnings... purification.

Present at centre stage are the artist's at-work objects, such as clothes, a pair of shoes, socks, pants, shirt, eyeglasses, a cigarette rolling machine, and a hand-made drawing book. These belongings are integral to the theme of the show.

Rendering fluently low-key subjects makes Gon's vulnerably rooted self open to the sublime. Certainty becomes a tested act in painting.

Since his debut in 1989, Gon's art has garnered attention, and has been collected by the National Art Gallery of Albania. The artist lives and works in Athens, Greece.
Robert Kananaj Gallery (T.O. Downtown)
first day
Urban Gallery presents our Apr 2017 solo exhibition, Prototype, artworks by Welland, Ontario artist Colin Nun ... more
Urban Gallery presents our Apr 2017 solo exhibition, Prototype, artworks by Welland, Ontario artist Colin Nun. Colin Nun experiments with how language is depicted and how the viewer perceives language. His text-based paintings explore the idea of conveying the meaning of words, using words themselves as imagery. His carefully constructed typographic motifs are deeply rooted in graphic design, influenced by pop culture, cinema, advertising graphics and ephemera.
Colin is a Canadian-born artist living and working in his hometown of Welland, Ontario. His studies include Niagara College, Canada, from 2000 to 2002, NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2003 for his degree, and OCAD University in Toronto from 2006 to 2009. Colin has exhibited his work at several group shows in Toronto and has received awards from Creative Quarterly.
Urban Gallery (T.O. Downtown)
art reception 7-9pm
Fine Arts Open Juried Show. Main Gallery. Beaux-Arts Brampton presents a fine arts open juried show of talented and skillful pieces for our audiences ... more
Fine Arts Open Juried Show. Main Gallery. Beaux-Arts Brampton presents a fine arts open juried show of talented and skillful pieces for our audiences.
Beaux-Arts Galleries Brampton (T.O. Environs)
opening night 7-9pm, with music and refreshments
Oshawa Art Association 50th Anniversary Juried Art Gala.
At Robert McLaughlin Gallery, 72 Queen Street, Civic Centre, Oshawa ON L1H 3Z3.
Music and refreshments on opening night Thur 6 Apr, 7-9pm ... more
Oshawa Art Association 50th Anniversary Juried Art Gala.
At Robert McLaughlin Gallery, 72 Queen Street, Civic Centre, Oshawa ON L1H 3Z3.
Music and refreshments on opening night Thur 6 Apr, 7-9pm.
Oshawa Art Association (T.O. Environs)
artist talks 5:30-6:30pm
Equinox 2017: McMaster University's BFA Graduation Exhibition. Guest curator: Svava Thordis Juliusson ... more
Equinox 2017: McMaster University's BFA Graduation Exhibition. Guest curator: Svava Thordis Juliusson.
McMaster Museum of Art (Ontario South-West)
presentation 7-8pm
The Textile Conservator Meets the 19th-Century Housekeeper ... more
The Textile Conservator Meets the 19th-Century Housekeeper.
Agnes Etherington Art Centre (Ontario East)
first day of bidding
online auction – International Art / International Graphics and Pop Art Prints / Works by the Group of Seven and their Contemporaries / W. J. Phillips: Visions of Canada ... more
online auction – International Art / International Graphics and Pop Art Prints / Works by the Group of Seven and their Contemporaries / W. J. Phillips: Visions of Canada.
Heffel Fine Art Auction House (Art Auctions / Trusts)
deadline day
Photographic artistscall for entry! Beaux-Arts Open Juried Photographic Art Exhibition, in partnership with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Deadline is April 6. Applications can be found on our website – http://bit.ly/2mQtbG8 ... more
Photographic artistscall for entry! Beaux-Arts Open Juried Photographic Art Exhibition, in partnership with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Deadline is April 6. Applications can be found on our website – http://bit.ly/2mQtbG8.
Beaux-Arts Galleries Brampton (Calls for Artists)