Le Labo presente/presents Une Promenade

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Une Promenade

Scotiabank Contact Festival, Open Exhibitions

Par/by Raymond GEmayel

Commissaire et mentor // Curator and mentor : Cheryl Rondeau

Vernissage : vendredi 4 mai, 18h30

Opening reception: May, Friday 4th, 6:30pm

Du 4 au 31 mai 2012

From May 4th to May 31st, 2012

Exposition réalisée dans le cadre du programme de mentorat du LABO.

Part of Le Labo's curatorial mentorship program.

Le Labo
9 Trinity Street - Suite 317
Toronto, ON, M5A3C4
416-861-1853 / info@lelabo.ca

Horaires d'ouverture : mar-ven. 10h-18h, sam. 14h-18h
Gallery hours: Tue-Fri. 10am-6pm, Sat. 2pm-6pm

English follows

Raymond Gemayel présente Une promenade, installation multimedia associant photographie, projection et peinture. Entre faune urbaine et paysage naturel suggérant un environnement mystérieux, cette oeuvre propose au spectateur de faire l'experience d'une promenade entre rues, foret, rivères et autres traces. Inspiré par la Théorie de la dérive de Guy debord, chaque promeneur est invité à se 'laisser-aller'. Entre chance et hasard chacun créera sa propre analyse, en ajoutant à sa découverte son imagination personelle, chaque promeneur sortira avec une experience unique.

Raymond Gemayel est un artiste visuel.

Son imagination réside en tout et 'n'importe quoi'. Son inspiration vient des gens qu'il rencontre, ceux qui étaient là avant lui, les lieux qu'il visite, la musique, les films, les vidéos de musique (video clip), les livres, les magazines, Internet, son chat, la nature etc...

À travers ses créations, Raymond essaie de créer des liens entre les gens, de connexions que l'on interprète à notre façon.

Travaillant sur différent medias, Raymond expérimente sans cesse et essaye de nouvelles technique...

Raymond Gemayel presents Une Promenade, multimedia installation combining with scenes of city streets, forest, rivers and other traces that suggest amysterious environment, this work offers the viewer to experience an urban promenade. Inspired by La Théorie de la dérive of Guy Debord, each walker is invited to carelessness. By luck and chance,each one will interpret this adventure in their own way and by adding their personal perspective and imagination, each walker will walk away with a unique experience.

Raymond Gemayel is a self-taught visual artist.

Everything and anything sparks his imagination. His inspiration comes from the people he meets, the ones that were here before him, the places he travels, music, movies, music videos, books, magazines, the internet, his cat, nature et cetera...

He tries to create work that people can relate to so they can interpret it in their own way.

Working in different medium, Raymond is always experimenting and trying something new...


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The End of The World .....As We Know It.

Anarchy, social justice, activism. With contemporary movements such as Occupy and spokespersons such as Anonymous, there is a push to challenge structures of power. 2012 has been predicted as the end of the world - or is it just the end of the world as we know it?

FRIDAY MAY 4 - 10 AM TO 4 PM, Toronto School of Art, 3rd Floor, 410 Adelaide St. West.

Bring photographs, prints, photocopies, videos, DVDs zines, pickets, your voice!!
We will plaster our walls with what you bring and it will remain here for the duration of our exhibition, until May 31st.

ALSO.........SUMMER REGISTRATION IS OPEN at The Toronto School of Art

take advantage of our early registration discount until June 8th

see our 8 week term here
see our summer weeklong intensives here


Summer highlights include:

• Trip to New York with native New Yorker, Val Magarian, August 5 – 12: featuring back room tours of The Guggenheim and MOMA
• 6 Workshops to "Taste" our regular offerings July 3 – August 22: come out and test-drive that class you've always wondered about!
• SUMMER SATURDAYS July 3 to August 26: Art in SPANISH! A new partnership with LACAP (Latin American Canadian Art Projects) will
bring 4 Fine Art classes to TSA, taught in Spanish for Spanish speakers, or those who want to practice their Spanish-speaking skills in a different context! Say, ¡Hola!
• YOUTH! We want you in our Digital Lab! We know you love playing video games and have always wanted to make your own characters and virtual worlds!
NOW's your chance! Get out of your rooms this summer and sign up for our Z-Brush for Youth Class!
• In-house at TSA, July 3 – August 26: A Full Term of various Workshops & Intensives



Toronto School of Art
410 Adelaide Street West, Third Floor
Toronto, ON M5V 1S8
p. 416-504-7910
f. 416-504-8171
w. www.tsa-art.ca
e. info@tsa-art.ca

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Gender and Exposure in Contemporary Iranian Photography

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Samira Eskandarfar, Amirali Ghasemi, Abbas Kowsari,

Zeinab Salarvand, Arman Stepanian, Sadegh Tirafkan
Curated by Andrea Fitzpatrick

May 4 to June 16, 2012

Opening reception: Friday May 4, 6 to 9 pm

Talk: Sat May 5, 3 pm

artists Amirali Ghasemi and Samira Eskandarfar in conversation with curator Andrea Fitzpatrick


This exhibition, guest-curated by Andrea Fitzpatrick of the University of Ottawa, is based on her research into Iranian culture as well as field-work done in Tehran in 2010. Discourses of Middle Eastern art tend to be preoccupied by certain issues: femininity, the veil, gender disparity, religious tradition, and revolutionary conflict. This exhibition shifts the focus by considering the following themes: masculinity; female agency; secular activities (for example, café-culture, amateur wrestling, or extreme body building); Persian traditions; and the unique situation of Iran.

The artists communicate visual messages that are by necessity subtle and ambiguous. They use strategies such as metaphor and allegory, the blurring of boundaries between fiction and documentary, and the adoption of visual styles more typical of fashion, advertising, and graphic design. Understanding of Iranian art will differ, depending on your knowledge of the country. However, works in this show also offer audiences an opportunity to abandon old assumptions and gain new insights about the culture.


Samira Eskandarfar was born in Iran in 1980 and lives and works in Tehran. She studied ceramic engineering before going on to study filmmaking and finally took an MA in animation. Since 2003, she has made over ten videos from which two of her works were purchased by major public collections, including the Tate Modern in London and Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (NBK) in Berlin.

Amirali Ghasemi was born in Tehran in 1980. He lives and works in Tehran. Ghasemi is a graphic artist, media artist, and one of the city's most active curators of emerging artists. He has travelled all over the world to present his own work and to speak about the young generation of Iranian artists. He is the organizer of the Parking Gallery in Tehran, which provides an independent space for community dialogue about contemporary art

Abbas Kowsari was born in Tehran in 1970. He lives and works in Tehran. Kowsari has been a photojournalist and a photo editor at Iranian newspapers since the early 1990s. He has exhibited his work in prestigious group exhibitions in Paris, Vienna, London, Los Angeles, New York, and Torino.

Zeinab Salarvand was born in Tehran in 1984. She lives and works in Tehran. Salarvand holds a BA in photography from the Art University of Tehran. In 2008, she won the top prize at the First International Photography Biennial of the Islamic World in Tehran. She has been included in group exhibitions at galleries in Tehran, as well as at the British Museum, London.

Arman Stepanian, born in 1956 in Abadan, Iran, lives and works in Tehran. This Armenian-Iranian artist holds a BA in graphic design from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Tehran University. He has been included in many important Iranian biennial exhibitions since 1990, as well as international group exhibitions of Iranian photographic art held in New York, Paris, London, and other cities.

Sadegh Tirafkan was born in Iraq in 1965 to Iranian parents, and has lived in Tehran since 1970. Tirafkan graduated from the University of Tehran with a BA in 1990, and since that time has been working in photography, video, and sculpture with solo exhibitions internationally. His work is in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum of Art; the British Museum; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Maison européenne de la photographie, Paris; and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran.

Andrea D. Fitzpatrick completed a PhD in contemporary art from McGill University in 2005. Since 2007, she has taught the history and theory of art at the University of Ottawa. The exhibition guest-curated for Gallery 44 is based on a month-long research trip she completed in Tehran in the summer of 2010, as well as years of prior research on Iranian culture. Her most recent essay, "Of Gesture, Erasure, and Exposure: Images of Text in Iranian Photographic Art," was published in the Tehran-based journal Art Tomorrow (Vol. 5) and was translated into Persian.


First Image: Amirali Ghasemi , from the series Coffee Shop Ladies, digitally altered colour photograph, 50 x 70 cm, 2004-2005
Second image: Sadegh Tirafkan, from the Zoorkhaneh series, 70 x 100 cm, 2003-2004



For more information please contact:
Alice Dixon, Exhibition Coordinator
Gallery 44
(416) 979-3941

Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 120
Toronto, Ontario M5V 3A8

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Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography is a non-profit artist-run centre committed to photography as a multi-faceted and ever-changing artform. Founded in 1979 to establish a supportive environment for the development of photography, Gallery 44's mandate is to provide a context for reflection and dialogue on contemporary photography and its related practices. Gallery 44 offers exhibition and publication opportunities to national and international artists, award-winning education programs, and affordable production facilities for artists. Through its programs, Gallery 44 is engaged in changing conceptions of the photographic image and its modes of production.

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Matthew Kudelka: New Photographs, New Fiction

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Matthew Kudelka
Urban Angels, New Photography

David Kaye Gallery
1092 Queen Street West (entrance on Dovercourt)
Toronto, Canada M6J 1H9

May 3 to 27, 2012
Opening reception : Saturday, May 5, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

David Kaye
David Kaye Gallery
TEL: 4 1 6 – 5 3 2 – 9 0 7 5
e-mail : info@davidkayegallery.com


Matthew Kudelka
147 Harrison Street
Toronto, Canada
M6J 2A5
TEL: 4 1 6 – 5 3 4 – 6 8 5 6
e-mail : mkes@matthewkudelka.ca

New Photographs


New Fiction: visit www.amazon.com/A-Child-Is-Born-ebook/dp/B007HSRV28


Expanded Website: www.matthewkudelka.ca

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Susan Bozic | Evan Tyler: Quixotic

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Susan Bozic

Evan Tyler

Opening reception:

Thurs, May 3, 7-10 PM


1172 Queen St West
Toronto, ONT
M6J 1J5

gallerywest presents a collaborative photography exhibition for the Scotiabank CONTACT festival

The simulacrum is never what hides the truth – it is truth that hides the fact that there is none. The simulacrum is true". Ecclesiastes*

Both Susan Bozic and Evan Tyler have deployed mannequins to great effect in each of their art practices in uniquely differing and similar ways. While both artists explore society's obsession with self-image and the pursuit of the ideal human prototype, the narratives elicited from their photographic works shift from glimpses into a Utopian romantic relationship to the upkeep and cosmetic applications used to create the body beautiful. In both series, the artists reveal staged moments of socially constructed behavior through a multiplicity of images. We become voyeurs observing the suggestion of human intimacy in private and public space.

In her series, entitled "The Dating Portfolio", Bozic captures the essence of an idealized boyfriend, Carl, who is able to fulfill a young woman's every fantasy about a perfect relationship. The use of a mannequin together with the language of an idealized dialogue, transports the viewer into each photograph, allowing one to participate in each illusory nuance and interaction portrayed. Bozic uses highly focused and controlled lighting to capture a variety of iconic dating moments, prompting us to question the volume between each interaction. The photographs, in turn, inspire us to observe our own expectations and ideas of the "ideal partner".

In Tyler's series, "At the Spa", we are invited to become observers to the methodical experience of the day spa. Tyler's mannequins, Amber and Natalia, undergo a full spa treatment that consists of pedicures, manicures, face masques, steam treatments and massages. Tyler identifies the contemporary day spa as both a spiritual, yet sybaritic and glamorous temple where sacred and cherished rituals occur. He utilizes light illumination and spatial reverence in this work to evoke both a clinical yet intimate narrative of the inner workings of the day spa. Many of the images both reveal and conceal the process of transformation that is characteristic of day spa culture.

The human gaze is an interesting phenomenon. We are taught not to stare at others, or to objectify a subject; we are often socially uncomfortable with personal and physical intimacy. The works of both artists invite the viewer to actively participate in a voyeuristic, virtual world and therefore, to experience private moments. The images evoke in the viewer the inescapable truth, that while relationships may exist, image is everything.

Both artists challenge us to examine the meaning, anguish, and quixotic notions of an idealized world which negates imperfections.

*Footnote: "Simulacra and Simulation", Jean Baudrillard

Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, p. 1

Artist Bios

Susan Bozic

Susan Bozic is an artist who lives and works in Vancouver. She received her BFA, with distinction, at Concordia University in Montreal, majoring in photography and minoring in cinema. Her work has been exhibited in Canada and the US, in non-profit, commercial and public galleries. Working in primarily black and white, her subjects have included the male body, nature and taxidermy animals. She is interested in creating work that questions the viewers' perceptions by creating artificial constructs in familiar settings. The cycles of life, death and rebirth are also prevalent themes in her images. she is the recipient of both the Canada Council for the Arts and the BC Arts Council Grants. She was recently listed as "one to watch" in the Huston Center for Photography in Texas.

Evan Tyler

Evan Tyler is an intermedia artist working in video, photography, drawing, writing, text and performance. Tyler employs humor and the absurd as entry-points into acknowledging social behavior as well as the models, tropes and templates inherent of contemporary culture. His current works relates to metropolitanism and the urban uniform, examining the conversations and trends that occupy frenetic environments.

Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Evan Tyler grew up making home movies and rap recordings. The Fine Arts Program at the University of Regina honed his multi-media practice and in 2008 he earned his Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA), majoring in Intermedia. Tyler has exhibited his work at the Godfrey Dean Gallery, Yorkton, Sask. (2010), galleryDK, Toronto (2010), the University Club, Regina, Sask (2009) the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, Regina, Sask. (2007), gallerywest, Toronto (2011), Dupont Projects, Toronto (2011) and Mercer Union, Toronto (2011). Tyler currently resides in Toronto, Ontario where he is the owner and director of all programming at gallerywest, a contemporary art gallery located at 1172 Queen St West.




1172 Queen St West
Toronto Ontario

For programming and general inquiries please contact:

Evan Tyler

Owner and Program Director
E: art@evantyler.ca

For all media/pr inquiries please contact:

Kathryn Kyte

Press Coordinator | gallerywest
E: kathryn@1172queenwest.com



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Adi Nes

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Adi Nes

May 3 to June 2, 2012 | FREE

Koffler Gallery Off-Site at Olga Korper Gallery, 17 Morrow Ave.
Curator: Mona Filip

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, May 3, 6 – 9 PM


The Koffler Gallery presents the first Canadian survey of the stunning, bold and often controversial work of internationally acclaimed Israeli photographer Adi Nes. Attesting to the artist's importance in a society fraught with conflict, his meticulously crafted images have become part of the collective visual culture as well as major museum collections around the world. The exhibition includes Nes' most prominent photographs from the Soldiers (1994-2000), Boys (2000) and Biblical Stories (2003-2006) series, including the iconic Untitled (The Last Supper Before Going Out to Battle) (1999).

Referencing art history and photojournalism, Nes' interpretations of Biblical, mythological and literary subjects propose a critical view of the present while seeking to uncover a universal humanism. Conversely, his examinations of the military environment, tenement towns and the fringes of Israeli society take on mythical dimensions, enabling a philosophical inquiry into the narratives that underlie national identity. Nes' own sense of marginality, informed by his Kurdish and Iranian heritage, his queer identity and his experience growing up in the development town of Kiryat Gat, influence his artistic vision and provide a particular filter for the realities of his homeland. His perspective generates a meaningful and subversive exploration of notions of masculinity as well as cultural and sexual identity within the contemporary Israeli and global contexts.

EXHIBITION HOURS: Wednesday to Sunday, 12 – 6 PM

Full details here.

ARTIST TALK: Monday, May 7, 2012, 7 PM | FREE

Eaton Theatre (Room 204), Rogers Communication Centre, 80 Gould St., Toronto
Presented by the Koffler Gallery and the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University

Adi Nes is a Featured Exhibition in the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

The Koffler Gallery acknowledges the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Michael and Amira Dan, and the Carole and Howard Tanenbaum Charitable Foundation.

Image: Adi Nes, David and Jonathan, 2006. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery.



Tony Hewer, Head of Communications and Marketing, 416.638.1881 x4228, thewer@kofflerarts.org

Koffler Centre of the Arts

4588 Bathurst Street | Toronto | Ontario | M2R 1W6
416.638.1881 | www.kofflerarts.org

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University of Waterloo Department of Fine Arts Presents MFA Thesis 2

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University of Waterloo Department of Fine Arts Presents

MFA Thesis 2

May 3–19, 2012

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 3 from 5:00–8:00 pm

Gallery One

Rob Nicholls
White Noise

White Noise examines the physical and perceptual effects of shifting lighting conditions and refractions of light observed in my studio at night. The quiet space of the night elicits a dramatic change of time, space and sound that in turn evokes a state of embodied awareness. As a painter, I am interested in depicting invented spatial arrangements based on the theatrical effects of light. My work is about achieving a heightened experience of the banal.

Rob Nicholls is currently completing his MFA at the University of Waterloo and received his BFA from Emily Carr University. He is the recipient of several grants and awards including the Ontario International Education Opportunity Award and the Sylvia Knight Award for Graduate Studio Excellence. As a recipient of the Keith and Winifred Shantz Internship Award in Fine Arts he apprenticed with New York based artist Tom McGrath. He will be participating in an upcoming group exhibition at Art Mûr in Montreal. He currently lives and works in Waterloo, Ontario. www.robnicholls.ca

Gallery Two

Shauna Born

All The Boys I'd Like To Fuck is a series of drawings that explores my desire to contain, reproduce and preserve the things that I find beautiful. I am interested in the urge that compels me to reproduce the photos of pretty boys that I've obsessively collected and saved from magazines and websites. As I blue-ballpoint pen-stroke their faces into existence, I think of these images as still-lifes, not portraits. They are cut flowers, picked and presented in their prime, rendered using cross-hatching techniques that reference both 15th century etchings and teenage doodles rooted in popstar fanzine culture. While this body of work stems from the experiential pleasure of making and looking, it ultimately speaks to our culture's preoccupation with youth and mortality.

Shauna Born is currently completing her MFA in Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo and received her undergraduate degree with honours from OCAD University in 2004. She is the recipient of several grants and awards, including two Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist grants, the SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship and a President's Graduate Scholarship from the University of Waterloo. As a recipient of the Keith and Winifred Shantz Internship Award in Fine Arts, she apprenticed with the Danish artist Kirstine Roepstorff in Berlin, Germany. Shauna Born is represented by Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto. www.shaunaborn.com


University of Waterloo Art Gallery
East Campus Hall | ECH 1239
519.888.4567 ext. 33575


Tuesday–Saturday 12:00–5:00 pm
or by appointment


Ivan Jurakic, Director / Curator
519.888.4567 ext. 36741


263 Phillip Street, Waterloo, ON
-Located in East Campus Hall on Phillip Street off University Avenue West, behind University Plaza
-Use South entrance to ECH across from Engineering 6


Limited meter parking is available behind ECH
Visitor Parking is available in Lot E6, E5 or Lot B after 3:45 pm


University of Waterloo Art Gallery
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON, Canada N2L 3G1

Images (from left to right): Rob Nicholls, Heavy Together (detail), 2012. Shauna Born, All the Boys I'd Like to Fuck (detail), 2012. Images courtesy of the artists.

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Art Gallery of Hamilton Spring Art Sale

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Original works by more than 50 artists from the Hamilton area and across Canada will be featured at the eagerly awaited Art Gallery of Hamilton annual Spring Art Sale. The four-day sale showcases exciting new works – paintings, sculpture, glass, pottery and jewelry – by established and emerging artists. Admission to the sale is free. Funds raised from the sale are dedicated to programming activities at the AGH.

"We've invited many new artists to participate this year." said Alana Traficante, Manager, AGH Art Rental and Sales. "Art lovers will definitely find the perfect piece of original art for their home, office or that special one-of-a-kind gift."

Featuring Artists: Maria Lucia Amaral, Stephen Brookbank, Amanda Burk, Ian Busher, Pauline Conley, Peer Christensen, Alix Davis, Melissa Doherty (represented by Edward Day Gallery), Norma Dvorsky, Julie Fader, Roisin Fagan (Bespoke Uprising), Lana Filippone, Peter Fischer, Narelle Gibbs, Bailey Govier, Joanne Helman, Richard Herman, Julie Himel, Ken Jones, Stewart Jones, Mary Karavos, Darcie Kennedy, Annette Kraft van Ermel, Patrick Lajoie, Elizabeth Lennie, Magdalena Lesniak, Claire Madill (heyday design), Melanie Mena (Mena Dragonfly), Lesia Mokrycke, Julia Mori, Susan A. Oomen, John Pirker, David Rayfield, Mary Reardon, Anne Renouf, Mara Schiavetto, Stephanie Seagram, David Shepherd, Joanna Strong, Marsha Strycharz, Karen Taylor, Anna Torma, Mary McLorn Valle, Julia Vandepolder, John Visser, Frances Ward, Madeline Ward, Graham Ward, and Michael Zarowsky.

On Thursday, May 3 at 7 pm, the Opening Night of the Spring Art Sale, prospective art sale buyers will be able to enjoy a live performance by local singer-songwriter Julie Fader. On Friday, November 4 at 7 pm, they can listen to a vinyl-only set by DJ Devon Craig. A cash bar is available each night.

On Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, the Art Gallery of Hamilton is a stop on Doors Open, the annual celebration of architectural and cultural sites. Doors Open visitors to the AGH are invited to drop by the Spring Art Sale.

AGH Spring Art Sale Hours:

Thursday, May 3: 11 am to 9 pm
Friday, May 4: 11 am to 9 pm
Saturday, May 5: 12 noon to 5 pm
Sunday, May 6: 12 noon to 5 pm

For more information about the Art Gallery of Hamilton Spring Art Sale and to view a selection of works available for purchase, please visit www.artgalleryofhamilton.com.
[T] 905.527.610 [E] info@artgalleryofhamilton.com

Images (clockwise from top left): Stewart Jones, Morning Comes, oil on canvas | Joanne Helman, Green with Envy, oil on canvas | Mena Dragonfly Pottery, Dots! Expresso Cups, stoneware clay and mid-fire glaze | John Visser, Tree Line, oil on canvas | Darcie Kennedy, Untitled (Is It Sunny?), acrylic on masonite

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Eamon Mac Mahon | Jim Verburg: Scenes From Here

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Eamon Mac Mahon, "Woodland Caribou," 2011

Circuit Gallery presents

Eamon Mac Mahon
Jim Verburg

May 3 – 26, 2012

Circuit Gallery at Gallery 345

345 Sorauren Avenue
Toronto ON, M6R 2G5

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 3, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Meet the Artists: Saturday, May 5, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Gallery Hours: Saturdays, 12 noon - 5:00 p.m., or by appointment

Exhibition Contact: Claire Sykes | tel.: 647-477-2487 | email: claire@circuitgallery.com

Circuit Gallery is pleased to present SCENES FROM HERE as a Featured Exhibition in the 2012 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

This exhibition seeks to bring forward something of our complex and ambiguous relationship with nature, its role in our imaginary (specifically as represented in landscape) and our different experience and understanding of its reality (its strength and fragility). SCENES FROM HERE presents the work of two photographers, Eamon Mac Mahon and Jim Verburg, whose considerably different interests in the natural landscape both seem predicated on a sense of disconnect and loss.

Mac Mahon is fascinated by our ideas and impressions of the 'wilderness', and the constant push-pull of man versus nature. He invites us to consider the range of attitudes that we have towards nature and to being in the natural world. In a series of non-prescriptive images that focus on visual anecdotes: particular places, moments, and incidents, he effectively reveals our ambiguous relationship with nature, recognizing both its power as something unforgiving, destructive and "bigger than us" and its fragility as something in need of protection.

Jim Verburg's photographs are not about specific places or nature itself, rather they are projections of psychic space—anthropomorphized conduits of moods and experience. The landscape and nature, often formally reduced to basic forms and elements (circles, light, water, fire, wood), function here as motif for the larger themes he explores in his work: interpersonal relationships, ideas of self and other, and our connectedness and difference.

Artist Bios

Eamon Mac Mahon

Eamon Mac Mahon is a photographer/videographer currently based in Montreal. Mac Mahon's photographs have appeared in various publications including the Walrus, National Geographic, and the New Yorker, as well as exhibition spaces such as the Griffin Museum of Photography, Higher Pictures NYC and San Jose's Institute of Contemporary Art. A large-scale, year-long exhibition of his 'Landlocked' series, described as 'magnificent and mysterious' by the Globe and Mail, was presented at Toronto's Pearson International Airport during CONTACT 2008. His video work has been exhibited at The Power Plant, The Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Music Gallery in Toronto. Mac Mahon also spends much of his time creating video projections for stage productions. He has been named one of PDN's 30, published in three of Magenta's 'Flash Forward' books, and nominated for the Prix Pictet. (website: www.eamonmacmahon.com)

Jim Verburg

Jim Verburg is a citizen of Canada and the Netherlands, he currently lives and works in Toronto. His artistic practice is mainly concerned with the complexities of relationships. Working with photography, video, text, installation, and print to explore his love of modernist aesthetics, emotional matters, and the interpersonal. His second film For a Relationship won the 2008 Jury Prize for the Best Canadian Short Film at the Inside Out Film Festival in Toronto. The work was also nominated for the Iris Prize in the UK. He's held residencies at the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) in Montreal, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography in Toronto and the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta. In the spring of 2009 he had a solo exhibition/ installation at Widmer and Theodoridis Contemporary in Zurich, and was featured by the gallery at the HOT ART Fair 2009 in Basel Switzerland. Recent exhibitions include Portrait Study at the New Stage of National Theatre in Prague, Domestic Queens at the FOFA Gallery in Montreal, So Many Letdowns Before We Get Up at Platform Gallery Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts in Winnipeg, and the C magazine group exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) in Toronto. Verburg's solo show One and Two opened last fall at Le Mois de la Photo in Montreal, the show was also awarded the 2011 Dazibao prize. (website: www.jimverburg.com)

runs May 3 through 26 at Gallery 345, with an opening reception on Thursday May 3, from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.. The artists will be in attendance.
"Meet the Artists" on Saturday, May 5, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Please visit Circuit Gallery online to see and learn more:



Circuit Gallery specializes in works by emerging and established contemporary artists with an emphasis on photographic, digital and print-based works on paper.

Circuit Gallery

Web: www.circuitgallery.com
Email: info@circuitgallery.com
Phone: 647-477-2487

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Susan Rankin: Valid Objects of Beauty

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OCC Exhibition

Susan Rankin: Valid Objects of Beauty

May 3 - 31, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 3, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

The Ontario Crafts Council is pleased to present a retrospective exhibition of the exotic and richly coloured glass work of Susan Rankin.

Featuring floral and scroll vases, epergnes and sculptural works, Valid Objects of Beauty clearly draws inspiration from floral and botanical designs, but also from the history of glass itself. Rankin works on an impressive scale, often with a crew, to blow and assemble each piece. She flawlessly combines an in-depth knowledge of technique with an emphasis on the importance of beauty in works of art.

Rankin was born and raised in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, the daughter of prominent artist Joan Rankin, and studied at Sheridan College's renowned glass program (Ontario) and Pilchuck Glass School (Washington). Her lively vessels wrapped in vines, leaves and flowers have been shown in 30 solo exhibitions and numerous invitational and group exhibitions across North America in many of the most prestigious venues for contemporary glass. Rankin has work included in public collections at the Corning Museum, Claridge Collection, Michel-Pierre Grenier Collection, Saskatchewan Arts Board, Winnipeg Art Gallery, USB Bank (Canada), Department of Foreign Affairs, Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal (Montreal, Quebec), Glazen Huis, Flemish Centre for Contemporary Glass Art (Lommel, Belgium), as well as in many fine private collections.

This exhibition is made possible in part by a grant from the Ontario Arts Council's National and International Touring program.

For more information please contact gallery@craft.on.ca




Maker Shaker
The biggest craft party of the year!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Neubacher Shor Contemporary Gallery
5 Brock St., Toronto, M6K 2K6
Doors open at 7:30pm | Silent Auction Bidding begins at 8:30pm

For tickets and more event info CLICK HERE

OCC Members, advance: $25
Non-OCC Members, advance: $35
Student, advance: $10 (please bring student ID with you)
Everyone, at-the-door: $45
*tickets include admission, nibbles and drinks

Back again for its third and best year yet, Maker Shaker 2012 is set to once again be the highlight of the Toronto craft community's social calendar. Mark your planners, spread the word and get ready to party...

Held every spring, Maker Shaker is the Ontario Crafts Council's annual martini-themed silent auction fundraiser in support of the OCC's programming and services. The biggest craft party of the year, this event draws makers, collectors and enthusiasts from across the province for an evening of friendly bidding and mingling. It's a killer martini party, so be prepared for some fun. Tickets include refreshments, oysters and tasty treats galore. Cheaper than a night at the movies, it's an absolute steal and way more fun!

To purchase tickets over the phone please call Caitlin Plewes at 416-925-4222 x222



Social Media and Marketing Workshop

Saturday, June 9, 2012, 10:00am - 5:00pm

OCC Gallery
990 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M6J 1H1

$65 for OCC members
$75 for non-members

Don't know a Tweet from a hashtag? Overwhelmed and confused by the amount of social networking sites out there? You're not alone. Social media is a relatively new phenomenon, and, while it is low-cost to participate in and has the potential to reach thousands; learning the interface and the etiquette can be overwhelming.

This full day workshop aims to provide participants with the basis for their social media strategy and to be able to use and manage these tools to meet your business goals.

For more information and to register please CLICK HERE.

Lindsey Fair has taught in the School of Business at St. Lawrence College for the last seven years. She also works as the Web Marketing and Social Media Specialist at 14 Theories Web Development. Currently she is finishing her Masters of Business Administration from Cape Breton University. She is also co-author of Truck Manager: Driving ANY Small Business to Success; offering readers easy-to-implement routines and provides specific, practical tools to help small business owners "drive" their businesses towards success.

The OCC is on Facebook and Twitter

You can keep updated on OCC events and programming by checking out our Facebook page - we'd love to see you there! Or join the discussion on Twitter at @OntarioCrafts.



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