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Thursday, September 7th, 2017 (events found - 15)

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opening 6-8pm
Howard Podeswa: Still Life with Paper.
The works in this exhibition were originally inspired by The Subway Therapy Project – an installation of Post-It notes, placed by commuters on a wall in New York's Union Square subway station to express their feelings about the current state of affairs in the U.S. Rather than focus upon the text content of these messages, Podeswa explores the surface of their paper support in paint, focusing on the small clues that distinguish them from abstract shapes and identify them as "still lifes". This fascination with paper led Podeswa to further explore the fundamental issues of still life and observational painting. Included in this exhibition are the results of these explorations, including Still Life Exercises, a series of oil studies of sheets of paper that have been bent and shaped according to the instructions laid our in an early 20th-century art instruction manual ... more
Howard Podeswa: Still Life with Paper.
The works in this exhibition were originally inspired by The Subway Therapy Project – an installation of Post-It notes, placed by commuters on a wall in New York's Union Square subway station to express their feelings about the current state of affairs in the U.S. Rather than focus upon the text content of these messages, Podeswa explores the surface of their paper support in paint, focusing on the small clues that distinguish them from abstract shapes and identify them as "still lifes". This fascination with paper led Podeswa to further explore the fundamental issues of still life and observational painting. Included in this exhibition are the results of these explorations, including Still Life Exercises, a series of oil studies of sheets of paper that have been bent and shaped according to the instructions laid our in an early 20th-century art instruction manual.
Birch Contemporary (T.O. Downtown)
opening 6-8pm
Balint Zsako: Blood Orange.
Blood Orange
is a series of paintings that examine questions of control and self-determination. With these works I want to look at these complicated contemporary issues through the representation of converging bodies. The large watercolor paintings on paper depict groupings of figures that interact and intersect. Rendered in everything from bright hues to gray monochromes, the figures change colour or density in the areas where they overlap. There are perfectly lined up eyes, heads, hands and feet, raising the question of whether the figures are synchronized in their action or struggle for control. Either way, the areas that the characters share is a new form that none of them truly owns. While the paintings depict open-ended narratives, the colours of the bodies and the way they overlap refer to both the conflict and unity inherent in struggles for identity and agency ... more
Balint Zsako: Blood Orange.
Blood Orange is a series of paintings that examine questions of control and self-determination. With these works I want to look at these complicated contemporary issues through the representation of converging bodies.
The large watercolor paintings on paper depict groupings of figures that interact and intersect. Rendered in everything from bright hues to gray monochromes, the figures change colour or density in the areas where they overlap. There are perfectly lined up eyes, heads, hands and feet, raising the question of whether the figures are synchronized in their action or struggle for control. Either way, the areas that the characters share is a new form that none of them truly owns.
While the paintings depict open-ended narratives, the colours of the bodies and the way they overlap refer to both the conflict and unity inherent in struggles for identity and agency.
Birch Contemporary (T.O. Downtown)
first day
Jordi Alfaro: Keep Going (East & West Galleries) ... more
Jordi Alfaro: Keep Going (East & West Galleries).
David Kaye Gallery (T.O. Downtown)
first day
Elizabeth Czartoryski: The Perch / performance installation and photoworks.
Performance schedule: Thur 7 Sep, 7pm & 8pm // Tues 12 Sep, 7pm. // Thur 14 Sep, 7pm. // Sat 16 Sep, 7pm.
The Perch is the second installment of a larger body of work orbiting around the idea of a gender truce. The exhibition includes time-based performances, a sculptural wall and photoworks that enlarge the aperture of gender difference.
Gender equity continues to be mistreated and misguided. In order to broaden the spectrum of our gender roles, and invent new ones, we must first surrender to existing prescriptions of social convention. These prescriptive ingredients disrupt our bodies from fully engaging in the creation of a gender-neutral equilibrium.
Within the rituals of our everyday lives, we are left with residual anxiety that consumes our desire to embrace each other as equals and re-imagine ourselves. We must strip to our flesh, express our vulnerability, and remind each other that we are all the same. [...].
www.elizabethczar.com.
Media trailer: http://bit.ly/2xXTf79 ... more
Elizabeth Czartoryski: The Perch / performance installation and photoworks.
Performance schedule:
Thur 7 Sep, 7pm & 8pm.
Tues 12 Sep, 7pm.
Thur 14 Sep, 7pm.
Sat 16 Sep, 7pm.
The Perch is the second installment of a larger body of work orbiting around the idea of a gender truce. The exhibition includes time-based performances, a sculptural wall and photoworks that enlarge the aperture of gender difference.
Gender equity continues to be mistreated and misguided. In order to broaden the spectrum of our gender roles, and invent new ones, we must first surrender to existing prescriptions of social convention. These prescriptive ingredients disrupt our bodies from fully engaging in the creation of a gender-neutral equilibrium.
Within the rituals of our everyday lives, we are left with residual anxiety that consumes our desire to embrace each other as equals and re-imagine ourselves. We must strip to our flesh, express our vulnerability, and remind each other that we are all the same.
Elizabeth Czartoryski is an artist living and working in Toronto. She continues to explore new methodologies and formations of body politics which are incorporated into a hybrid of mixed media and performance projects.
www.elizabethczar.com.
Media trailer: http://bit.ly/2xXTf79.
Mulherin Toronto (T.O. Downtown)
opening reception 5-8pm (RSVP: urbangalleryart1@gmail.com) (meet the artist also Sep 23)
Urban Gallery presents Shifting Light, solo exhibition by Allen Shugar.
Artist statement: Colour, light, the cycles of nature (so extreme in our climate), the beauty of the human form: these are the subjects that inspire my paintings. Naturalistic representation has never much interested me. I take, rather, a transformative approach that seeks to capture a purely subjective experience, a state of mind, an evanescent thought. In this respect my work owes as much to musical and literary influences as it does to visual stimuli. My aim is to suggest the extraordinary that lies just beneath the surface of the ordinary.
Biography: Allen Shugar is a Toronto-based artist. As a teenager he attended a Saturday-morning oil-painting class that introduced him to the medium which has remained his favorite ever since. He has also worked, at various times, as a graphic designer, an illustrator and a jeweller. He is currently the curator of Urban Gallery ... more
Urban Gallery presents Shifting Light, solo exhibition by Allen Shugar.
Artist statement: Colour, light, the cycles of nature (so extreme in our climate), the beauty of the human form: these are the subjects that inspire my paintings. Naturalistic representation has never much interested me. I take, rather, a transformative approach that seeks to capture a purely subjective experience, a state of mind, an evanescent thought. In this respect my work owes as much to musical and literary influences as it does to visual stimuli. My aim is to suggest the extraordinary that lies just beneath the surface of the ordinary.
Biography: Allen Shugar is a Toronto-based artist. As a teenager he attended a Saturday-morning oil-painting class that introduced him to the medium which has remained his favorite ever since. He has also worked, at various times, as a graphic designer, an illustrator and a jeweller. He is currently the curator of Urban Gallery.
Urban Gallery (T.O. Downtown)
final day of exhibition
Rino Noto / Wave ... more
Rino Noto / Wave.
The Italian Cultural Institute is pleased to present a solo exhibition of artist Rino Noto's Wave.
In this highly anticipated new series of expected portraits, Wave, Noto contemplates the ebb and flow of candid human activity. But Wave's dozen images do more than merely document the flux of life. Noto delves into the absurd, abstracting these intimate scenes and pulling them out of conventional time and space. These visual peaks and troughs inherent to Noto's imagery – that stark contrast between light and shadow, those jarring hues, the unexpectedly bold forms and rippling landscapes – seem to echo the scenes' conceptual content. In Wave, we catch a brief, truncated glimpse of life's cycles: joy, resilience, purposeful absurdity, all presented in one interconnected package. Like a Warhol silkscreen or a snapshot of daily living broken down by the pointillism of Seurat, it's not a simple photo we see, but an image transformed – just like Noto's many subjects.
Istituto Italiano di Cultura (T.O. Central)
opening reception & awards presentation 7-9pm
SCA 49th International Open Juried Exhibition ... more
SCA 49th International Open Juried Exhibition.
Society of Canadian Artists (T.O. Central)
public reception 7-9pm
All About Me is an exhibition of artists who have participated in the popular self-portraiture class at Neilson Park Creative Centre with instructor Steve Rose over the last several years. Each artist has also written a six-word story to accompany their artwork, in conjunction with the City of Toronto's My City My Six programming ... more
All About Me is an exhibition of artists who have participated in the popular self-portraiture class at Neilson Park Creative Centre with instructor Steve Rose over the last several years. Each artist has also written a six-word story to accompany their artwork, in conjunction with the City of Toronto's My City My Six programming.
Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery (T.O. Greater)
opening reception 6-9pm (FREE bus from Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto, departing at 6pm; leaving AGM at 8:30pm for return trip to Toronto)
walking across, talking through. Dana Claxton, Nalini Malani, Lisa Myers, Sumaira Tazeen. walking across, talking through presents the work of artists who examine the personal narratives and relationships to both land and nation that are inextricably tied to the act of moving from one place to another. These stories, which can be traumatic or triumphant, ubiquitous and yet often not shared, allow us to find common ground, and reach across and through histories and politics ... more
walking across, talking through. Dana Claxton, Nalini Malani, Lisa Myers, Sumaira Tazeen. walking across, talking through presents the work of artists who examine the personal narratives and relationships to both land and nation that are inextricably tied to the act of moving from one place to another. These stories, which can be traumatic or triumphant, ubiquitous and yet often not shared, allow us to find common ground, and reach across and through histories and politics. To reserve your seat on the opening night bus, RSVP: http://bit.ly/2v2hAvQ.
Art Gallery of Mississauga (T.O. Environs)
opening reception 6-9pm (FREE bus from Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto, departing at 6pm; leaving AGM at 8:30pm for return trip to Toronto)
Border Crossings is an interactive community engagement lab, in which visitors are invited to share their stories and experiences with crossing borders – both physical and metaphorical; geographical, linguistic, spiritual and personal. Animated by activity stations, workshops, and community-built installations, and facilitated by the AGM's Community Activator Sharada Eswar and artist Sonja Rainey, Border Crossings is a space for forging connections and sharing experiences across the diverse communities that make up Mississauga ... more
Border Crossings is an interactive community engagement lab, in which visitors are invited to share their stories and experiences with crossing borders – both physical and metaphorical; geographical, linguistic, spiritual and personal. Animated by activity stations, workshops, and community-built installations, and facilitated by the AGM's Community Activator Sharada Eswar and artist Sonja Rainey, Border Crossings is a space for forging connections and sharing experiences across the diverse communities that make up Mississauga.
Art Gallery of Mississauga (T.O. Environs)
opening reception 6-9pm (FREE bus from Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto, departing at 6pm; leaving AGM at 8:30pm for return trip to Toronto)
Hiba Abdallah | Keep this, scratch that | XIT-RM. In partnership with Y+ Contemporary, the AGM presents a new project by Hiba Abdallah. In an exhibition that resembles a shop, Abdallah explores the question: how do we define a city? An artist who frequently works in conceptual and text-based practices, in Souvenir Shop, Abdallah investigates the connections between ethnic diversity and commercial enterprise in the public consciousness of Mississauga ... more
Hiba Abdallah | Souvenir Shop | XIT-RM.
In partnership with Y+ Contemporary, the AGM presents a new project by Hiba Abdallah. In an exhibition that resembles a shop, Abdallah explores the question: how do we define a city? An artist who frequently works in conceptual and text-based practices, in Souvenir Shop, Abdallah investigates the connections between ethnic diversity and commercial enterprise in the public consciousness of Mississauga.
Art Gallery of Mississauga (T.O. Environs)
opening reception 6pm (FREE bus from Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto, departing at 6pm; leaving AGM at 8:30pm for return trip to Toronto)
Highlights from the Permanent Collection: Transcending Signs. The artists in this Permanent Collection activation utilize the strategies of humour and satire to explore the complexities of the diasporic experience and its implications for identity formation. Featuring woks by Ken Lum and Panchal Mansaram, Transcending Signs explores the flattening of identity experienced in the contemporary context in relation to instances of stereotype and the world of advertising ... more
Highlights from the Permanent Collection: Transcending Signs. The artists in this Permanent Collection activation utilize the strategies of humour and satire to explore the complexities of the diasporic experience and its implications for identity formation. Featuring woks by Ken Lum and Panchal Mansaram, Transcending Signs explores the flattening of identity experienced in the contemporary context in relation to instances of stereotype and the world of advertising.
Art Gallery of Mississauga (T.O. Environs)
reception 5-7pm
Group show: Chroma, featuring Myles Calvert, Andrew Maize, and Emily Reimer, reception Thur 7 Sep, 5-7pm, runs Aug 31-Sep 23, 2017 ... more
Group show: Chroma, featuring Myles Calvert, Andrew Maize, and Emily Reimer, reception Thur 7 Sep, 5-7pm, runs Aug 31-Sep 23, 2017.
Renann Isaacs Contemporary Art (Ontario South-West)
workshop 6:30pm
Open workshop with Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens and participants in Your Own Grad School ... more
Open workshop with Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens and participants in Your Own Grad School.
Agnes Etherington Art Centre (Ontario East)
first day of bidding
online auction – Quiet Revolution: Post-War & Contemporary Art in Quebec / Canadian Post-War & Contemporary Art ... more
online auction – Quiet Revolution: Post-War & Contemporary Art in Quebec / Canadian Post-War & Contemporary Art.
Heffel Fine Art Auction House (Art Auctions / Trusts)