Charles Goldman: 4X4X4X4. Based in Brooklyn NY, artist Charles Goldman makes work that extends sculpture into painting, installation, performance, drawing, sound, photography and architecture. His exhibition at Birch Contemporary, 4X4X4X4, consists of 4 works from 4 concurrent and long-term series. RE>CRETE> (Seated) is an edition of 4 RE>CRETE> modules, seated atop 4 identical IKEA tables. The RE>CRETE> modules have no inside or outside, no top or bottom. They are both figure and ground, both subjective and objective. Distance Painting (Folded) is a transparent, double-sided 200-foot-long painting, split in half, creating a layering of 4 – 50-foot-long sections. The piece is created on 3/4in. Plexiglass and is free-standing, held aloft by a piece of rough lumber. Moments are a series of intimately sized "fast paintings." Created with the refuse of whatever else is being created in the studio, without much regard for intent or content, they are portraits of fleeting moments. The DWGS. are just that, and, again, there are only 4 presented here (of, potentially, thousands). The interconnectedness of these 4 bodies of work presents a focused picture of the various activities taking place within Goldman's studio over the past couple of years. This is Charles Goldman's 4th exhibition with the gallery (RE>CRETE> is a custom-designed, 95% recycled building material made from shredded newspaper and junk mail, ground-up packing Styrofoam, home electronics wire, credit cards and CDs, salvaged house paint, old jeans, Portland cement and fly ash).
Donald Sultan: Dominoes. We are delighted to announce an exhibition comprising the full suite of Donald Sultan's Dominoes aquatint etchings from 1990. this 28-piece set is typical of Sultan's playful use of representational, everyday objects as abstract forms – in this case the simple graphic quality of a set of dominoes. For this exhibition we present an interactive installation. Following the rules of a traditional dominoes game, the highest double domino (6/6) will initially be hung on one wall of the space. The remaining 27 works will be available for audience members to select and place next to the starting domino, one per day, during gallery hours. The installation will build over time, resulting in a game of dominoes that will unfold over the course of the exhibition.
Integral | The Ambient Paintings of Bruno Kurz... more
Integral | The Ambient Paintings of Bruno Kurz. Odon Wagner Contemporary is pleased to present the third solo exhibition of new paintings by contemporary German artist Bruno Kurz. Working primarily on reflective surfaces such as metal, Kurz's works exude luminosity, a style of painting which evokes the kind of mindless states involved in meditation. "Kurz's paintings take aspects or elements of nature, such as those of the landscape, of light, of horizons, of ice, of fields, of fog, of water, but rather than representing them, they use their raw materials to construct spiritual experiences of transcendence." – Excerpt from an essay by Donald Brackett.
A Foundation for Fifty Years: McMichael Masterworks. Organized by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Curated by Sarah Stanners ... more
A Foundation for Fifty Years: McMichael Masterworks. Organized by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Curated by Sarah Stanners. The McMichael owes its existence and collection to the generosity of donors. A Foundation for Fifty Years presents some of the most significant donations made for the McMichael gallery's founding year (1966) by Signe and Robert McMichael, as well as by their peers, who wanted to gift the public with beautiful Canadian masterworks. Installed in the main gallery, this collection celebrates the works of the Group of Seven and their contemporaries. Artists on show include Tom Thomson, Lawren Harris, David Milne, and Emily Carr, to name a few. The exhibition space has been restored to its 1960s modernist style, in a manner that the McMichaels intended: traditional materials with modern lines.
Art Talks. (16+ years; FREE to attend) – Thur 15 Jun, 7-8pm: Artist's Walk & Talk – Ottawa-based Anishinaabeg artist Barry Ace [...]. Thur 20 Jul, 7-8pm: "The Daves We Know." We'll [...] explore the works made by artistic Davids – not to mention, we'll be surrounded by David Wysotski's solo show ... more
Art Talks. (16+ years; FREE to attend) – Mon 3 Apr, 1-2pm: "The Amended Landscape" – by Chai Duncan. This second curatorial talk by Chai Duncan, Curator of the Latcham Gallery, Stouffville, will explore the concept of landscape – the role it has played and the evolution it has undergone in the world of art, as well as in the construction of Canadian cultural identity. Thur 13 Apr, 7-8pm: "The Vinyl Story" – by Olex Wlasenko. At the Whitby Public Library, an art talk just in time for Record Store Day! Vintage album covers are a fascinating entry point to the world of visual art. Curator Olex Wlasenko shares his passion for collecting vinyl records and brings in his favourites that tell the captivating stories behind the music. Thur 20 Apr, 7-8pm: "Not-so-Starving Artists." We've all heard of impoverished artists working tirelessly for their craft through the ages. This encore art talk reaches beyond the well-worn stereotype to explore the connection between wealth and artistic achievement. Mon 1 May, 1-2pm: "Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!" Art can be distressing. some artists check the bounds of their profession through tests of hardship, sometimes to the point of exhaustion. This talk explores artistic extremes through performances, Endurance Art and creative feats of stamina. Thur 11 May, 7-8pm: "The Daves We Know" – by Olex Wlasenko. At the Whitby Public Library. We'll take an arbitrary look at artistic notions of "David." From Michelangelo's famed sculpture to works created by artists with the same name – during this hour we'll explore the works of David Blackwood, Caspar David Friederich, David Hockney, David Bowie, Jacques-Louis David, and Micah Lexier. Thur 18 May, 7-8pm: "How Appropriate?" Appropriation has been a strategy used by artists for over a century. In this encore presentation, we'll survey how artists adopt, borrow, recycle or sample cultural production to make new statements with old images. Wed 24 May, 7-8pm: "Tom Thomson" with Angie Littlefield. Guest speaker and author Angie Littlefield will discuss her latest book, Tom Thomson's Fine Kettle of Friends: biography, history, art and food. Mon 5 Jun, 1-2pm: "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Arts Club Band." Released on June 1, 1967, The Beatles' eighth studio album revolutionized both music and album art. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of their iconic album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, this special art talk explores connections to artisans, illustrators, designers and visual artists pictured on the record's psychedelic sleeve. Thur 15 Jun, 7-8pm: Artist's Walk & Talk: Barry Ace. Ottawa-based Anishinaabeg artist Barry Ace presents a new series of honouring blankets for The Five Great Lakes. The blankets are witness to the persistence of cultural continuity, through the confluence of the historical and contemporary. Join SG Curator Olex for an interesting walk and talk through this thought-provoking exhibition during Canada's sesquicentennial celebrations. Thur 20 Jul, 7-8pm: "The Daves We Know." We'll take an arbitrary look at artistic notions of "David." From Michelangelo's famed sculpture to works created by artists with the same name – during this hour we'll explore the works made by artistic Davids – not to mention, we'll be surrounded by David Wysotski's solo show.
Art in Bloom GalaReception (tickets are $35: book now at 613 533 2190). Art in Bloom floral interpretations of selected works of art continues Fri – Sun, 16 – 18 Jun [...] with People's Choice voting, docents Q&As, and flower-arranging demos ... more
Art in Bloom GalaReception (tickets are $35: book now at 613 533 2190). Art in Bloom continues Fri – Sun, 16 – 18 Jun. Visit and vote for your favourite floral interpretation of selected works of art in the spring exhibitions. The People's Choice winner will be announced Sun 18 Jun, 3pm. Community docents will be available Fri 16 Jun, 10am-4pm to answer questions about the exhibitions and flower arrangements on display. Two flower-arranging demonstrations will be offered. $5 per demo. There is limited seating; register by calling the Agnes at 613 533 2190, or drop in during gallery hours. Sat 17 Jun, 2:30pm: Edible Garden Party with Maureen Williams. Sun 18 Jun, 2pm: Canadiana Floral Demonstration with Allison Shannon.
The Canadian Sesquicentennial Quilt – In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canada, and as part of the inaugural Canadian Craft Biennial organized by the Art Gallery of Burlington and Craft Ontario, you are invited to submit a quilted square to be included in The Canadian Sesquicentennial Quilt. [...]. Deadline extended to: June 15, 2017. More information at www.canadiancraftbiennial.ca... more
The Canadian Sesquicentennial Quilt – In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canada, and as part of the inaugural Canadian Craft Biennial organized by the Art Gallery of Burlington and Craft Ontario, you are invited to submit a quilted square to be included in The Canadian Sesquicentennial Quilt. Participants are encouraged to share their ideas and memories about their region and of what it means to be Canadian. We are seeking submissions from all across Canada. Quilted squares can be 12 x 12 inches (30 x 30 cm) or 6 x 6 inches (15 x 15 cm). No other format will be accepted. The quilt will be exhibited as part of the Biennial. Deadline extended to: June 15, 2017. More information at www.canadiancraftbiennial.ca.