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400 Queen Street East, Toronto ON M5A 1T3 (1 block East of Parliament Street in historic Corktown)
Hours: Mon-Fri 12-5, Thur 12-8, Sat 1-5. Closed Sundays & holidays. Private viewings outside business hours may be arranged on request.
T: 647 460 1278
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www.urbangallery.ca
Urban Gallery is a new gallery in historic Corktown, offering a flexible art space to emerging and established artists, on a commission-free basis. The gallery also functions as an event venue, and is an annex of Urban Source Catering ... more
Urban Gallery is a new gallery in historic Corktown, offering a flexible art space to emerging and established artists, on a commission-free basis. The gallery also functions as an event venue, and is an annex of Urban Source Catering.
Aug 3-26, 2017 | opening reception Thur 3 Aug, 5-8pm (RSVP: urbangalleryart1@gmail.com):
Hanna Kostanski solo exhibition: 20th-Century Toronto: Intersections and Interactions. [...]. Artist statement: For nearly a decade my work has been focused on the visible passage of time, experienced through the exploration and documentation of abandoned and decaying buildings in cities like Hamilton and Detroit. I have always been fascinated with historical architecture, specifically how we interact with our buildings and structures, and what happens when that interaction ceases to exist. My current body of work continues to explore the connection between people and their environment, but with a focus on historical representations of that relationship. To that end, I have been working on a series of paintings based on photographs found at the City of Toronto Public Archives. These images span several decades and are nostalgic of the city as it used to be. They celebrate the many past incarnations of Toronto, the vibrant intersections of the city and the interactions of its people. [...]. www.hannakostanski.com ... more
Hanna Kostanski solo exhibition: 20th-Century Toronto: Intersections and Interactions.
City of Toronto Archives Fonds 1526 consists of 8,405 original 35mm colour slides of Toronto created by local amateur photographer Harvey R. Naylor from 1954 to 1984. Naylor, a film and sound technician by trade, was keenly interested in Toronto history, architecture, and local transit. He photographed many of Toronto's historic buildings and neighbourhoods, as well as demolition and construction sites throughout the city.
Hanna Kostanski artist statement: For nearly a decade my work has been focused on the visible passage of time, experienced through the exploration and documentation of abandoned and decaying buildings in cities like Hamilton and Detroit. I have always been fascinated with historical architecture, specifically how we interact with our buildings and structures, and what happens when that interaction ceases to exist.
My current body of work continues to explore the connection between people and their environment, but with a focus on historical representations of that relationship. To that end, I have been working on a series of paintings based on photographs found at the City of Toronto Public Archives. These images span several decades and are nostalgic of the city as it used to be. They celebrate the many past incarnations of Toronto, the vibrant intersections of the city and the interactions of its people.
Artist bio: Hanna Kostanski was born in Szczecin, Poland, and grew up in Hamilton, Ontario. She obtained her BFA from OCAD University in 2007 and currently resides in Hamilton and works in Toronto. Her work can be found in dozens of private and public collections in Toronto and Hamilton. 
Websitewww.hannakostanski.com.
Specifically for this show, including artist statement for the series: www.hannakostanski.com/a-vibrant-past-toronto-in-the-20th-century-2017.
Instagram: www.instagram.com/hanna_makes_art.
Facebook
: www.facebook.com/hkostanski.
Sep 7-30, 2017 | opening reception Thur 7 Sep, 5-8pm (RSVP: urbangalleryart1@gmail.com):
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.
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(See also Calls for Artists – click here).