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Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 (events found - 15)

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screening 2-4pm
Screening. Wasteland, 2010. Directed by Lucy Walker, Wasteland follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition As If Sand Were Stone. In Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario. $10 members | $12 public | $8 students. http://bit.ly/2qKLiTU ... more
Screening. Wasteland, 2010. Directed by Lucy Walker, Wasteland follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition As If Sand Were Stone. In Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario. $10 members | $12 public | $8 students. http://bit.ly/2qKLiTU.
Art Gallery of Ontario (T.O. Downtown)
meet the artists 2-4pm
Marjorie Moeser: Traces of Memory (East & West Galleries).
Carol Rossman: Explorations (East & West Galleries) ... more
Marjorie Moeser: Traces of Memory (East & West Galleries).
Carol Rossman: Explorations (East & West Galleries).
David Kaye Gallery (T.O. Downtown)
final day of exhibition
Serpent Me-ander. Gon Bregu ... 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)
closing reception & awards presentation 3-6pm
Society of Canadian Artists: Elected and Associate Members Exhibition. Theme: "Be Square II" ... more
Society of Canadian Artists: Elected and Associate Members Exhibition. Theme: "Be Square II."
Society of Canadian Artists at Art Square Gallery (T.O. Downtown)
final day of exhibition
Exhibition – Strike a Chord. [...]. Montreal-based artist Claudia Bernal, Toronto-based artists Coco Guzman, Julieta Maria and David Salazar, use performance, video, installation, sculpture and drawing to position themselves as activists in a society that has revealed its ultra-right wing ideology. Curated by Tamara Toledo. Presented in partnership with Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts ... more
Exhibition – Strike a Chord.
To "strike a chord" is to create or trigger an emotional negative or positive response to an action. In this exhibition, artists respond to times of peril and violence: they retaliate with protest, search for healing, all while conjuring an atmosphere of resistance. At times when our role as citizens seems to ever more bluntly demonstrate that actions need to be taken in order for there to be change, Montreal-based artist Claudia Bernal, Toronto-based artists Coco Guzman, Julieta Maria and David Salazar, use performance, video, installation, sculpture and drawing to position themselves as activists in a society that has revealed its ultra-right wing ideology. Curated by Tamara Toledo.
Presented in partnership with Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts.
Sur Gallery (T.O. Downtown)
opening reception 7-9pm
Toronto artist Julie Himel exhibition of new works – Within Definition. This grouping of oil paintings looks at the human draw to define and label. In response to highly defined landscapes of place and season, these mixed media works explore transitions and seasonal flux as a metaphor for life itself ... more
Toronto artist Julie Himel exhibition of new works – Within Definition. This grouping of oil paintings looks at the human draw to define and label. In response to highly defined landscapes of place and season, these mixed media works explore transitions and seasonal flux as a metaphor for life itself.
Blue Crow Gallery (T.O. Central)
first day
The Idea of Summer. Paintings by Brigitte Nowak. A portion of proceeds will be jointly donated by the artist and the Gallery to Project Canoe, which supports youth facing barriers. One of Project Canoe's initiatives provides young people with wilderness canoe experiences. "Summer is such a powerful idea," noted Tim Richardson, Executive Director of Project Canoe. "We use the outdoors extensively for young people who face economic, social and mental health barriers, and we are thrilled to be part of this fundraising initiative, especially for our 40th anniversary". "Trying to capture the essence of summer, in paint, has been a joy and a challenge", said artist Brigitte Nowak. "My last solo exhibition included only canoes, but summer means that, and more to me, and I really wanted to explore that idea." Janet DiBernardo, co-owner of Latitude 44 Gallery, noted, "We have represented Brigitte Nowak for more than 10 years, and her work is always interesting and engaging. As well, we always welcome the opportunity to give back to the community, and this is a wonderful chance to combine beautiful paintings with a worthwhile cause" ... more
The Idea of Summer. Paintings by Brigitte Nowak.
A portion of proceeds will be jointly donated by the artist and the Gallery to Project Canoe, which supports youth facing barriers. One of Project Canoe's initiatives provides young people with wilderness canoe experiences. "Summer is such a powerful idea," noted Tim Richardson, Executive Director of Project Canoe. "We use the outdoors extensively for young people who face economic, social and mental health barriers, and we are thrilled to be part of this fundraising initiative, especially for our 40th anniversary".
"Trying to capture the essence of summer, in paint, has been a joy and a challenge", said artist Brigitte Nowak. "My last solo exhibition included only canoes, but summer means that, and more to me, and I really wanted to explore that idea."
Janet DiBernardo, co-owner of Latitude 44 Gallery, noted, "We have represented Brigitte Nowak for more than 10 years, and her work is always interesting and engaging. As well, we always welcome the opportunity to give back to the community, and this is a wonderful chance to combine beautiful paintings with a worthwhile cause."
Brigitte Nowak's work is included in private and corporate collections, and has won awards in both Canada and the U.S. She is represented by several commercial galleries in Ontario and has also had two public gallery shows.
Latitude 44 Gallery (T.O. Central)
outdoor show & sale 11am-6pm Jun 3 & 4
Riverdale ArtWalk is a FREE two-day, public fine art exhibition showcasing established and emerging artists in Jimmie Simpson Park in Toronto's flourishing Queen East arts district. The first outdoor art show of Toronto's season, the Riverdale ArtWalk is a great place to connect with artists and buy that perfect piece for your home! Last year, the festival hosted over 175 participating artists and the inclusion of local community groups, entertainment and food vendors. Now in its 19th year in the Riverdale / Leslieville area of Toronto, the festival has grown to reach an audience of over 20,000 art enthusiasts and supporters. ArtWalk expects to continue to grow.
www.RiverdaleArtWalk.ca.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RiverdaleArtWalk.
Twitter: www.twitter.com/TorontoArtWalks ... more
Riverdale ArtWalk is a FREE two-day, public fine art exhibition showcasing established and emerging artists in Jimmie Simpson Park in Toronto's flourishing Queen East arts district. The first outdoor art show of Toronto's season, the Riverdale ArtWalk is a great place to connect with artists and buy that perfect piece for your home! Last year, the festival hosted over 175 participating artists and the inclusion of local community groups, entertainment and food vendors. Now in its 19th year in the Riverdale / Leslieville area of Toronto, the festival has grown to reach an audience of over 20,000 art enthusiasts and supporters. ArtWalk expects to continue to grow.
www.RiverdaleArtWalk.ca.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RiverdaleArtWalk.
Twitter: www.twitter.com/TorontoArtWalks.
Riverdale ArtWalk (T.O. Central)
final day of exhibition
CONTACT Photography Festival. Main & Cove Gallery. [...]. Juried by the globally renowned, multi-award-winning, fashion and commercial photographer Johan Sorensen ... more
CONTACT Photography Festival. Main & Cove Gallery. Showcasing a variety of styles and subject matters, come and see photographic artworks from across Canada, juried by the globally renowned, multi-award-winning, fashion and commercial photographer Johan Sorensen.
Beaux-Arts Galleries Brampton (T.O. Environs)
reception 1pm (see Jun 15 for curator's talk)
Barry Ace: Nayaano-nibiimaang Gichigamiin | The Five Great Lakes. Nayaano-nibiimaang Gichigamiin presents a new series of honouring blankets for the five Great Lakes. Hudson's Bay trade blankets are adorned with unique Anishinaabe blanket strips that remix intricately designed floral motifs and geometric iconography composed of traditional glass-cut beads and contemporary electronic components (capacitors, resistors, and diodes). Each blanket is a homage to a specific Great Lake and retells Anishinaabeg historical and cultural narratives through the use of mnemonic iconography and code embedded into each blanket strip. The suite of contemporary honouring blankets is witness to the persistence of Anishinaabeg cultural continuity, through the confluence of the historical and contemporary. Also presented in the exhibition is a select précis from the suite of photographic works entitled Memory Landscape. These works are a homage and requiem on the passing of a close friend documenting the artist's connection and travel on the land and water in the Great Lakes region of Manitoulin and Algoma. These sensitive and personal diptychs simultaneously capture a presence and absence of a life that once was and are beautifully embellished with beaded medicine flowers and iconography as honouring tributes ... more
Barry Ace: Nayaano-nibiimaang Gichigamiin | The Five Great Lakes.
Nayaano-nibiimaang Gichigamiin presents a new series of honouring blankets for the five Great Lakes. Hudson's Bay trade blankets are adorned with unique Anishinaabe blanket strips that remix intricately designed floral motifs and geometric iconography composed of traditional glass-cut beads and contemporary electronic components (capacitors, resistors, and diodes). Each blanket is a homage to a specific Great Lake and retells Anishinaabeg historical and cultural narratives through the use of mnemonic iconography and code embedded into each blanket strip. The suite of contemporary honouring blankets is witness to the persistence of Anishinaabeg cultural continuity, through the confluence of the historical and contemporary.
Also presented in the exhibition is a select précis from the suite of photographic works entitled Memory Landscape. These works are a homage and requiem on the passing of a close friend documenting the artist's connection and travel on the land and water in the Great Lakes region of Manitoulin and Algoma. These sensitive and personal diptychs simultaneously capture a presence and absence of a life that once was and are beautifully embellished with beaded medicine flowers and iconography as honouring tributes.
Station Gallery (T.O. Environs)
family activities 12noon-4pm Jun 3 & 4
Unionville Festival Family Activities. Enjoy FREE family-friendly activities facilitated by the Varley Art Gallery's program team all weekend long! The Varley has partnered with the Bowling League Arts Collective to host and support a day of arts programming on Sat 3 Jun for the #PlacesforAll150Project. The project is an inclusive, interactive and open forum that invites the public to reflect and consider what it means to be Canadian ... more
Unionville Festival Family Activities. Enjoy FREE family-friendly activities facilitated by the Varley Art Gallery's program team all weekend long! The Varley has partnered with the Bowling League Arts Collective to host and support a day of arts programming on Sat 3 Jun for the #PlacesforAll150Project. The project is an inclusive, interactive and open forum that invites the public to reflect and consider what it means to be Canadian.
The Varley Art Gallery of Markham (T.O. Environs)
final day of exhibition
Ordering Principle – solo show of layered, gestural abstracts from a selection of recent works on paper by James Olley ... more
Ordering Principle – solo show of layered, gestural abstracts from a selection of recent works on paper by James Olley.
Renann Isaacs Contemporary Art (Ontario South-West)
final day of exhibitions
In the State of Flux Gallery: The RE Books by Lise Melhorn-Boe. [....].

In the Main Gallery: sculpture by Dong-Kyoon Nam ... more
In the State of Flux Gallery: The RE Books by Lise Melhorn-Boe. The RE Books consist of a series of artist's books that address issues of memory, experiences with love, and fresh starts after setbacks. The books, up-cycled from used t-shirts and upholstery scraps, play on the phrase "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle", therefore each book has only three words, each beginning with the letters RE. The large stuffed letters spill out of covers suspended from the ceiling.

In the Main Gallery: sculpture by Dong-Kyoon Nam.
Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre (Ontario East)
artist talk & reception 1-3pm, Main Space
Contraint à courir après des ombres plus séduisantes que la réalité; Essays on shadows. Artist Amélie Brisson-Darveau uses strategies of deconstruction and reconstruction to explore the relation between the body, fabric and architecture. Her exhibition Contraint à courir après des ombres plus séduisantes que la réalité; Essays on shadows is an immersive sculpture-based installation exploring the depersonalization of the shadow within film noir as a means to explore the dimensions of space and time. Composed of twelve segments, or what Brisson-Darveau calls "essays", the exhibition takes several forms, from distorted costumes inspired by canonical film noir scenes, to experimental lighting and shadow play. Through the creation of different environments relating to architecture and shadow she creates an assemblage that explores the filmic space and the real space ... more
Contraint à courir après des ombres plus séduisantes que la réalité; Essays on shadows. Artist Amélie Brisson-Darveau uses strategies of deconstruction and reconstruction to explore the relation between the body, fabric and architecture. Her exhibition Contraint à courir après des ombres plus séduisantes que la réalité; Essays on shadows is an immersive sculpture-based installation exploring the depersonalization of the shadow within film noir as a means to explore the dimensions of space and time. Composed of twelve segments, or what Brisson-Darveau calls "essays", the exhibition takes several forms, from distorted costumes inspired by canonical film noir scenes, to experimental lighting and shadow play. Through the creation of different environments relating to architecture and shadow she creates an assemblage that explores the filmic space and the real space.
Amélie Brisson-Darveau is an interdisciplinary installation artist who divides her time between Montréal, Canada and Hamburg, Germany. She received her MFA from Concordia University and has taught fine arts and art theory at both the graduate and undergraduate level. She has exhibited across Canada and internationally including recent exhibitions at Access Art Gallery (Vancouver, CA), Corner College (Zürich, CH), Sol Koffler Gallery, RISD (Providence, US), Forest City Gallery (London, CA), Mom Art Space (Hamburg, DE) and Connexion Gallery (Fredericton, CA).
Union Gallery (Ontario East)
artist talk & reception 1-3pm, Project Room
Its Mouth Only Grows. Artist Miles Rufeld's video installation Its Mouth Only Grows critically explores the storyteller's role as both enchanter and manipulator. Composed of a central narrative presented across three acts, Rufeld's four-channel video depicts an epic portrayal of vegetables sacrificed for industrial development, simultaneously evoking the creation myth and apocalyptic prophecy. Both humorous and tragic, Its Mouth Only Grows draws viewers into the dramatically unfolding fate of the produce, and creates a dialogue between stories of ancient myth and hyper-capitalist cinematic fiction, where storytelling participates in the formation of essentialist ideals, practices, structures and behaviour ... more
Its Mouth Only Grows. Artist Miles Rufeld's video installation Its Mouth Only Grows critically explores the storyteller's role as both enchanter and manipulator. Composed of a central narrative presented across three acts, Rufeld's four-channel video depicts an epic portrayal of vegetables sacrificed for industrial development, simultaneously evoking the creation myth and apocalyptic prophecy. Both humorous and tragic, Its Mouth Only Grows draws viewers into the dramatically unfolding fate of the produce, and creates a dialogue between stories of ancient myth and hyper-capitalist cinematic fiction, where storytelling participates in the formation of essentialist ideals, practices, structures and behaviour.
Miles Rufelds is a Montréal-based multi-disciplinary artist who holds a BFA from the University of Ottawa. Miles' practice maintains a formal and conceptual emphasis on video, but branches as well into photography, sculpture, media, and audio. Rufeld's work explores the deeply complex relationships that exist between human beings and the things that they consider fictional or unreal, such as cinema and advertising. His work has recently been exhibited at Idea Exchange (Cambridge, Ontario), Gallery 1313 (Toronto, Ontario), and the White House Studio (Toronto, Ontario).
Union Gallery (Ontario East)