Here and There: Sheridan Craft & Design graduating class

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Published on : 2012-04-12 01:00:00


OCC Exhibition­


April 12 - 22, 2012

Opening Receptions Thursday, April 12, 7 - 10 pm

Ceramics and Glass Studios

Ontario Crafts Council Gallery
990 Queen St. W., Toronto

Furniture and Textile Studios

Propeller Centre
984 Queen St W., Toronto

The 2012 Sheridan Craft & Design graduating class is taking over Queen Street West with HERE AND THERE, two simultaneous exhibitions presenting all four craft and design studios: Furniture, Textiles, Ceramics and Glass. Forty-six graduating students will be showcasing a diversity of work, including functional, decorative, and conceptual pieces.

Sheridan College is recognized as one of Canada's finest craft education institutes. During the three-year intensive program, Sheridan students develop an in-depth knowledge of materials, technological expertise and an understanding of contemporary design and art practices. HERE AND THERE celebrates the results of this focused learning environment and positions Sheridan graduates as new professionals in their fields.

Members of the public are invited to meet these emerging designers and artists at our double opening on Thursday, April 12th, from 7 - 10 pm.

For more information please contact



From Maker to Making a Living
Three Day Workshop Series

Dates: Friday, April 13, 6:00 - 8:30pm

Saturday, April 14, 10:00am - 5:00pm
and Sunday, April 15, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Suite 440 - 401 Richmond, Toronto, ON
Fee: $300 + HST

Class size is limited, REGISTER NOW

Do you ever feel like your entrepreneurial skills are not up to par with your creative instinct? Do you wish there had been just one business class at art school? Are you facing more questions than answers related to your craft business?

From Maker to Making a Living is a workshop series designed to guide craftspeople through the process of understanding, designing and building their individual businesses. Led by maker and award winning business leader Jacqueline Sava, attendees will be guided through an eight-part series of lectures, exercises and activities focused on the development of their own craft-based business practices.

The knowledge and skills obtained in these workshops will allow makers to successfully balance their personal craft philosophies with the realities of marketing, selling and profiting from their businesses. At the end of the workshop series, each craftsperson will have a custom plan to ensure a successful transition from where they are to where they want to be, and balance their personal craft philosophy with the realities of marketing, selling and profiting from business.

For more information and to register please CLICK HERE

Or contact Christine Lawrance with questions,

Image: 2011 participant Ginny Kaner


Maker Shaker
The biggest 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
Tickets on sale now, BUY IN ADVANCE AND SAVE!

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 craftmakers, 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!

For more information CLICK HERE

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

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25th Images Festival: Carolee Schneemann + Off Screen in galleries now!

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Published on : 2012-04-12 01:00:00




Special evening with Carolee Schneemann and Marielle Nitoslawska

Off Screen in galleries NOW!
(On Screen and Live Images : April 12-21, 2012)


Marielle Nitoslawska's Breaking The Frame
documentary on groundbreaking artist Carolee Schneemann

The Images Festival is pleased to present a special gala preview screening of a documentary on internationally renowned feminist artist Carolee Schneemann entitled Breaking the Frame directed by Montreal-based Marielle Nitoslawska Wednesday April 4, 2012, 7 PM at The Royal located at 608 College Street in Toronto. This special evening will allow Toronto audiences a chance to get a sneak peek at Nitoslawska's much anticipated documentary, and to see the Director and subject Carolee Schneemann in in person.

*In addition to the screening and Q&A, Images will be offering tickets for a pre-screening VIP reception, where guests will enjoy reserved seating, refreshments, gift bags and hear remarks from the filmmaker.
All proceeds from this fundraising event support the 25th anniversary Images Festival, running April 12-21.

Marielle Nitoslawska's Breaking the Frame presents Schneemann's recollections and meditations on her life/work in order to pose the questions what is space, where is form, and how do we look? Nitoslawska's roving, insistently kinetic camera breaks open the frame(work) of art as discrete from the domestic sphere, revealing the magnificent mess of interiority and the interconnected holism of (the artist's) life. A meditation on space – physical, domestic, corporeal, and conceptual - Breaking the Frame provokes us to consider the edges and fractures where painting, writing, performance, and filmmaking are generated. Schneemann's multifaceted and transdisciplinary practice is reflected in the formal structure of the film, as Nitoslawska's spinning, haptic cinematography and montage foregrounds the multidimensionality of the work. Highlighting the gloss of photographic prints, the fibres of diary pages, and the lubricity of wet paint, for instance, brings the viewer to a textural and tactile contemplation that resonates with Schneemann's corporeal focus.


Breaking the Frame (with the Director and Carolee Schneemann in person!)
Directed by Marielle Nitoslawska (Canada, 2012, HDCAM video, 100 minutes)

Wednesday April 4, 7 PM

$15 advance | $18 door | $50 VIP reserved seating, giftbag and reception with the artist (limited tickets)
The Royal, 608 College Street (between Clinton and Grace)


Regular Advance Price | Special VIP Package



"Vanguard Artist. Vanguard Chef. Vanguard Festival."
The evolution of creative taste continues (with you).

Join us for an intimate dinner with Carolee Schneemann, filmmaker Marielle Nitoslawska and Chef Nathan Isberg at The Atlantic Restaurant! Images is thrilled to have Carolee join us for an intimate and enlightening evening on Tuesday April 3rd. All proceeds from this fundraising event support the 25th anniversary Images Festival, running April 12-21.

Chef Nathan Isberg
"is in the vanguard of an evolution of creative thinking that fuses the science of cuisine with the ethnic cultural flavours available through experience all married with his refined personal taste." His latest restaurant the Atlantic has made waves in Toronto foodie circles since its opening in 2010. Nathan has graciously made the Atlantic available for this private dinner event.

Cost: $250.00 / person - BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Our thanks includes:

$100 charitable tax receipt
2 tickets to Breaking the Frame screening the following night.

Other details:

Tuesday April 3, 2012
Arrival 7 PM. Dinner 7:30 PM

Location: The Atlantic, 1597 Dundas Street West (between Brock and Sheridan)


2012 Images Festival Off Screen Exhibitions Open Now!

Situated in 16 gallery venues across the GTA, including our new "POP-UP" gallery at 204 Spadina, Images Off Screen 2012 presents 26 exhibitions by Canadian and international artists in local galleries, museums, artist run centres and public spaces. Engaging many sites, Images Off Screen is a unique platform for contemporary visual art in a film festival setting. Opening receptions, bus tours, walking tours and artist talks are scheduled throughout the festival! Please visit for more information!

Toronto, Cinema City

Curated by Eric Veillette
Urbanspace Gallery (401 Richmond Street West, Ground Floor)
March 22 - April 28

Speak, Memory : Kerry Tribe

The Power Plant (231 Queens Quay West)
March 23 – May 1

Twinning Artists - Twinning Cities: AVALON (Bangalore + Toronto)

Curated by Shai Heredia & Charles Reeve
Onsite [at] OCADU (230 Richmond Street West)
January 26 – June 3

Exhibitions Opening This Week!

Yesterday's Today, Tomorrow : STUDENT GROUP SHOW

Curated by Vikki Dziuma, featuring Susan Campbell, Aryen Hoekstra, Brianna Lowe, Aamna Muzaffar, Tyler Muzzin, Nickey Runham and Andrew Zealley
XPACE Cultural Centre (58 Ossington Avenue)
March 30 - April 21
Opening Reception: Friday April 13, 6 - 10 PM

Strange Lines and Distances : Joshua Bonnetta

YYZ Artists Outlet (140-401 Richmond Street West)
April 3 - 21
Opening Reception: Saturday April 14, 2 - 5 PM

The Paul Good Papers : Deanna Bowen

Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography (120-401 Richmond Street West)
April 5 - 21
Opening Reception: Thursday April 5, 6 - 9 PM

Tactical Uses of a Belief in the Unseen (2) : Deborah Stratman

Mercer Union (1286 Bloor Street West)
April 6 - May 19
Opening Reception: Saturday April 14, 8 PM
Special thanks to the Harpo Foundation

Opening Soon!


Duncan Campbell, Julieta María, Alexandra Navratil
Images @ 204 (204 Spadina Avenue at Sullivan)
April 10 - 28
Opening Reception: Saturday April 14, 2 - 5 PM

The Fortune Teller : Annie MacDonell

Art Gallery of Ontario, Young Gallery (317 Dundas Street West)
April 11 - June 3
Opening Reception: Tuesday April 17, 5 - 7 PM
Special thanks to Deluxe Postproduction

No Permanent Address : Mark Boulos

Gallery TPW (56 Ossington Avenue)
April 13 - May 26
Opening Reception : Friday April 13, 6 - 9 PM

Microtonal Array: Tristan Perich & Sara Rara

Inter Access Electronic Media Arts Centre (9 Ossington Avenue)
April 13 - May 19
Opening Reception : Friday April 13, 6 - 9 PM

Silvia Kolbowski & Naeem Mohaimen

A Space Gallery (110 - 401 Richmond Street West)
April 14 - May 26
Opening Reception: Saturday April 14, 2 - 5 PM

RE: place / RE: Quest : Angélica Teuta

Gendai Workstation (1265 Bloor Street West)
April 14 - May 26
Opening Reception: Saturday April 14, 2 - 5 PM
Special thanks to the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU)

Girl Sitting on Blue Chair: Gary Kibbins

Trinity Square Video (376-401 Richmond Street West)
April 14 – May 19
Opening Reception: Saturday April 14, 2 - 5 PM

Alphaville e outros: Antoni Muntadas

Vtape Video Salon (452-401 Richmond Street West)
April 14 – May 19
Opening Reception: Saturday April 14, 2 - 5 PM

Keren Cytter

Curated by Helena Reckitt
Oakville Galleries (1306 Lakeshore Road East + 120 Navy Street, Oakville)
April 15 - June 10
Opening Reception: Sunday April 15, 2:30 - 5 PM
*FREE BUS TO OAKVILLE GALLERIES: Meet Sunday 4/15, 1:30 PM @ 204 Spadina Avenue
Special thanks to Partners in Art (


FREE Off Screen Guided Gallery Tours

401 Richmond Street West + 204 Spadina Avenue
Saturday, April 14, 1 PM and 3 PM
Join cheyanne turions and Leila Timmins for a guided walk through of the exhibitions in the 401 building and at Images "pop-up" gallery at 204 Spadina.
Meet at 204 Spadina Avenue (at Sullivan)

FREE BUS TOUR TO Keren Cytter opening at Oakville Galleries!

Sunday April 15, 1:30 PM

1:30 PM : FREE bus departs Images from 204 Spadina, returns 5 PM to Jackman Hall (Art Gallery of Ontario)

OPENING SCHEDULE at Oakville Galleries

2:30 – 3:30 PM at Oakville Galleries in Centennial Square

3:30 PM – 5 PM in Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens



Four fabulous prizes from the Images Festival will be given out through the Images Festival and Akimbo.
Visit Win Stuff: for more information and to enter.



Become a member of The Images Festival and get free vouchers to the programming listed above.
Sign up today and begin enjoying the benefits of membership immediately starting at $45!

For more information on our Membership Program and to purchase online:



Advance tickets are available NOW through our online store!To purchase advance tickets online with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express) or PayPal account (no service charges!) please visit:

Tickets for our Opening + Closing Night Galas and Live Images are on sale now at Soundscapes and Queen Video (on Queen).

Image Credit: from Breaking The Frame by Marielle Nitoslawska



Rebecca Webster
Webster Media Consulting
416 562 5294


THE IMAGES FESTIVAL is made possible thanks to our gracious public sector supporters:

The Canada Council for the Arts, the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, Telefilm Canada, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture, the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, the Hal Jackman Foundation, the Harpo Foundation, the Goethe Institut Toronto, the Mondriaan Fund and the Consulate General of France in Toronto.

Special thanks to our 2012 corporate partners:

Partners in Art, Steam Whistle Brewing, VIA Rail Canada, The Globe and Mail, Entertainment One, BlogTO, Deluxe, Westbury National Show Systems, the Super 8 Hotel Downtown Toronto, AutoShare, Toronto Film and Television Office, Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU), DHL Express Canada, CIUT FM, Kodak Canada, the Office of Gilbert Li, Twig Design, Frame Discreet, Niagara Custom Lab and Exclaim!

Thanks to our 25th Anniversary Sponsors:

Partners in Art, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture, the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC) and Vtape.

Thanks to all of our gallery and community partners, our dedicated volunteers and our enthusiastic membership.


Donate to the Images Festival:

The Images Festival is a non-profit charitable organization that relies on individual support as well as our public and private funders. To donate, contact us at 416.971.8405 or you can donate online and receive a tax receipt through Charity Helps:

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Toronto. Ontario M5V 3A8 CANADA

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Annie MacDonell: The Fortune Teller

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Published on : 2012-04-11 01:00:00

Celebrate local artist Annie MacDonell's opening reception on April 17 at the AGO


Art Gallery of Ontario

Toronto Now
Annie MacDonell: The Fortune Teller
April 11 – June 4, 2012

Opening reception: Tuesday, April 17, 5-7pm, in the Young Gallery beside Frank Restaurant, with the artist in attendance

The Art Gallery of Ontario is pleased to announce that the Toronto Now series continues with an exhibition by local artist Annie MacDonell. Presented in partnership with the 25th Images Festival, The Fortune Teller features a selection of works from an ongoing series in which the artist interrogates ideas around originality, authenticity and appropriation as they relate to the production and consumption of contemporary art.

The central work presented is a video piece titled The Shape of Time, Reconsidered. Originally shot on 16mm film in the AGO conservation lab, the work follows the actions of an art conservator as she restores the resin hand from an early-twentieth-century fortune-telling machine. The restored object itself is also presented, along with a series of images depicting it at different stages of being. Together, the works address the relationship between past, present and future. The hand serves as an allegory for a more elastic conception of historical time as it relates to art and objects, originality, and the obsession with progress which defined the 20th century.

About the artist: Annie MacDonell is a Toronto-based visual artist who works in a variety of media. Moving between appropriation, re-animation and deconstruction, her practice includes photography, film, installation, sculpture and sound. She studied photography at Ryerson's School of Image Arts, followed by an MFA at Le Fresnoy, Studio National des Arts Contemporains, in France. She has exhibited and screened film works across Canada and internationally. Most recently, she has had solo shows at the Art Gallery of Windsor, Mercer Union in Toronto and Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects in Toronto. She has also participated in group shows at The Power Plant in Toronto, Le Grand Palais in Paris and Mulherin + Pollard in New York. Annie MacDonell is represented by Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects in Toronto. For more information about the artist visit

ABOUT THE IMAGES FESTIVAL: The Images Festival is the largest festival in North America for experimental and independent moving image culture, showcasing the innovative edge of international contemporary media art both on and off the screen through film, video, installation, music and performance. The 25th edition of the festival runs from April 12 to 21 in Toronto. For more information, please visit

Toronto Now spotlights local artists and offers the public an opportunity to see exciting contemporary art projects free of charge. The series inhabits the Young Gallery, a free, street-level space adjacent to Frank restaurant, facing Dundas Street.

Toronto Now is generously supported by The Contemporary Circle. Contemporary programming at the AGO is supported the Canada Council for the Arts.

For more images and more information, contact: Andrea-Jo Wilson, 416-979-6660 ext. 403,
| 317 Dundas St. W, Toronto ON M5T 1G4 | 416 979 6648

Photo Credit: Annie MacDonell, Past_Future, 2012, colour photograph face mounted to Plexiglas. © 2012 Annie MacDonell.



Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario
M5T 1G4

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Open Studio's 100 Prints: Awards Shortlist Announced, Tickets Now Available

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Published on : 2012-04-10 01:00:00


For Immediate Release:

Shortlist Announced for Open Studio National Printmaking Awards
Best of Canadian Printmaking to be Celebrated at Open Studio's 100 Prints

Toronto, ON – April 10, 2012 – On Thursday, May 17, six talented artists will be recognized for their achievements in printmaking during the fifth annual Open Studio National Printmaking Awards. The ceremony will take place at the Palais Royale in Toronto, at 100 Prints, a fundraising event in support of Open Studio.

A distinguished jury selected the shortlist from prints that have been donated to Open Studio by emerging and established artists from across Canada. The jury members, who had the difficult job of choosing the award winners were: Dawn Cain, Ph.D., Curator of the BMO Financial Group Corporate Art Collection; Wil Kucey, owner/director of LE Gallery; and Ann MacDonald, Director/ Curator of the Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto, Scarborough.

The artists shortlisted for the Open Studio National Printmaking Awards are:

  • Chloé Beaulac (Montréal, QC)
  • Erik Edson (Sackville, NB)
  • Joscelyn Gardner (London, ON)
  • Shogo Okada (Toronto, ON)
  • Robert Truszkowski (Regina, SK)
  • Daryl Vocat (Toronto, ON)

Click here to download a PDF preview of the shortlisted works, along with the rest of the works that will be available at 100 Prints 2012.

Said Dawn Cain, "I was honoured to be part of the judging team this year. The variety of the submissions and the level of accomplishment they display is remarkable — congratulations to the artists and to Open Studio for all they do to foster the art of printmaking." Wil Kucey commented: "It's always a privilege to be reminded of the vibrant community of nation-wide printmakers, and [the Open Studio National Printmaking Award] provides just that experience. The submissions and selections for this year...reflect an incredible diversity in both background and technique and are a rare opportunity to view a survey of the healthy and thriving community that Canada nurtures. [100 Prints is] not to be missed."

"It's inaccurate to say that one 'sits on a jury,'" said Ann MacDonald. "Far from this passive description, we were met with a barrage of dynamic images — materialized thanks to boundless imaginations and expert application of technique. The fortunate 100 [ticket holders] who attend the fundraiser will take home an exquisite work of art that is of unwavering substance and character." All six shortlisted artists have a chance at winning one of three cash prizes of $3,000 (first prize), $1,500 (second prize) or $500 (third prize), or an honourable mention.


Open Studio, a not-for-profit centre for contemporary printmaking practice, provides affordable access to printmaking facilities, programs and services for artists from across Canada and abroad, as well as exhibitions, education programs and print sales. Celebrating the 27th anniversary of the event this year, 100 Prints is Open Studio's most important fundraising activity, and helps to support this artist-run centre's vital artistic programming.

The event features 100 original prints donated by nationally and internationally recognized Canadian artists, and because only 100 tickets are sold, each ticket holder is guaranteed to take home an original fine art print. Tickets are drawn in random order on the evening of the event; as each ticket is drawn, excited guests have one minute to choose a print.

This year's 100 Prints is shaping up to be one of the best 100 Prints yet. The festive night also includes fabulous prizes, a raffle, delicious hors d'oeuvres, open bar and a silent auction of framed prints specially created by Open Studio artists for this fundraising event.

Tickets are now available — the $375 ticket price includes admission for two and a guarantee that you will take home an original piece of artwork with a minimum value of $375 — many of are worth much more. As tickets to the event are limited to 100, they will sell out fast, and are already going quickly. General admission tickets are also available for $50. For full details and event ticket information, visit the 100 Prints microsite.

To date, 100 Prints 2012 is supported by:

Media Sponsor: Canadian Art
Printing Sponsor: FLASH Reproductions
Gold Sponsor: BMO Financial Group
Silver Sponsors: Akau Framing & Art; Cassels Brock Lawyers; Dr. R. K. Chandra; Rogers Communications, Inc.; and Rosenthal Zaretsky Niman and Co., LLP, Chartered Accountants
Final Ticket Drawn Door Prize Donor: Porter Airlines
Food & Beverage Donors: Dufflet Pastries; King Brewery, Live Organic Food Bar; Oyster Boy; Sababa Fine Foods; Thornbury Cider, Urban Herbivore; and Wanda's Pie in the Sky
Event Donors: Art Gallery of York University; Art Metropole; Asha Massage & Ayurvedic Healing; Atelier GF; Buddies in Bad Times Theatre; C Magazine; Canadian Art; Canadian Opera Company; Canadian Stage; Coach House Books; Dorset Fine Arts; Downward Dog Yoga Centre; Ken Ewen; Jeremy Gawen; The Interior Design Show; International Readings at Harbourfront; The Japanese Paper Place; Koyama Press; Magic Pony/Narwhal Art Projects; The Mindful Movement Centre; Moksha Yoga Danforth; Theresa Morin; One of a Kind Show; Opera Atelier; The Palais Royale; The Power Plant; Saman Design; St. Anne's Spa; Stratford Festival; Toronto Life; Toronto School of Art; United Messenger; Up In Frames; Daryl Vocat; and Woolfitt's Art Enterprises, Inc.

Open Studio gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council. Open Studio also acknowledges the generous support of its members and numerous foundations, corporations and individuals.

Open Studio

401 Richmond Street West, Suite 104
Toronto ON M5V 3A8

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Door to Door: Gina Badger and Tazeen Qayyum

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Published on : 2012-04-09 21:22:15

Blackwood Gallery
the fourth edition


April 23 to April 29, 2012

Curated by Christof Migone

With Gina Badger and Tazeen Qayyum

Door to Door is an exhibition home delivery service. A cumulation of instant sites. An exhibition of moments. We are dislocating the gallery through a spatial and temporal splintering process. It is here and there, and there, and there, ... The starting premise for this itinerant series is to present work that delivers itself to you. In other words, if you cannot come to the gallery, the gallery will come to you.

For more information on the project, please click here.

About the projects

Gina Badger - Temagami Crescent (2012)

Where are we? Centered on one residential suburban street in Mississauga, Ontario, this postcard series presents five possible answers to this question. Temagami Crescent's name, like that of so many other streets around it, maps one Indigenous reality—in this case, Temagami First Nation on Bear Island, Ontario—onto another—Mississauga First Nation—managing to obscure the Indigenous character of both in the process. Working against this naturalizing tendency, this project maps a series of five overlapping regions, defined by characteristics such as present-day First Nations communities, watersheds, treaties, correctional facilities, plant species and etymology. The maps are delivered as postcards, one a day for a week, to each household on Temagami Crescent, and are posted simultaneously on the artist's website, An illustrated practice of learning the land, this project has been developed for a largely non-Indigenous audience by an artist who is the descendent of settlers in Treaty 6 territory, in present-day Alberta.

Tazeen Qayyum – Threading Encounters (2012)
An interactive performance project that delves into the significance of a simple act of shaping eyebrows, and the impact it has on the daily routine of Mississauga households. The women who participate in the project will take some time out from their regular chores, and I will observe how they experience the meaningful and productive results of such an encounter.

In Threading Encounters I offer randomly selected women to invite me to their house for the purpose of getting their eyebrows shaped and threaded by me. Upon meeting a complete stranger in the privacy of their home, I intend to examine the dynamics of 'engagement' and the quality of a spontaneous conversation between unknown individuals during an intimate and intrusive act.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (1990), the founding co-director of Quality of Life Research Institute, called the concept of engagement 'Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience', which he defined as a state in which a subject becomes totally absorbed in an activity; a state of focused attention characterized by decreased self-consciousness and time awareness.

The Threading Encounter begins at the very moment when a willing participant receives my project flyer and makes a call to set an appointment, inviting me to their home. Once there, together we establish a suitable space, select a chair, improvise available lighting, and get to know each other. During the threading activity, which has its own set of distinct gestural and physical dynamics, I initiate a conversation that evokes curiosity, stimulates memory, and provides opportunities to hear personal stories and make friends, all the while both of us are completely engaged in the activity.

Since threading in the Greater Toronto Area is the preferred method of removing facial hair by the women of South Asian origin, the project also examines the relevance of minority identity politics, the multi-layered collective memories and expressions of communities within the diversity of Canada. Finding a salon offering this service is amongst the first things an immigrant South Asian woman looks for in any new land. I see this act as a subtle yet strong cultural expression of adhering to previous conditioning and the small pleasures found in familiarity.

Threading Encounters is documented through photographs taken at participating households as well as a log journal, documenting the flyer distribution, phone calls, appointments made, and the visit itself.

About the artists

Gina Badger is an artist and writer working in the expanded field of sculpture and installation. Her favoured research methods include listening, walking, eating and drinking. She has presented work internationally at venues including The Kitchen (NYC); LACMA (Los Angeles); Issue Project Room (NYC); and the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK), and has recently published in the journals No More Potlucks, Scapegoat and Public, and in the books Intellectual Birdhouse: Artistic Practice as Research (Walther Konig) and Byproduct: On the Excess of Embedded Art Practices (YYZ). Currently living and working in Toronto, Badger holds an M.S. in Visual Studies from MIT. A collaborator at heart, Gina is a member of the Montreal-based Artivistic Collective, and is currently the editorial director of FUSE Magazine.

Tazeen Qayyum is a contemporary miniature painter who received her BFA in Visual Arts from the National College of Arts Lahore, Pakistan in 1996. Her work has been shown internationally in both solo and group exhibitions, some of which include ' The Veiled' at the Textile Museum of Canada, 'The Rising Tide: New Directions in Art from Pakistan 1990 -2010', Mohatta Palace Museum, Pakistan, 'Urban Myths & Modern Fables', University of Sydney, Australia and UTSC, Toronto, 'A Thousand and One Days: The Art of Pakistani Women Miniaturists' at the Academy of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii, 'JAALA Exhibition at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, Japan, 'Homecoming', at the National Gallery of Pakistan and 'CodeLive Metro' at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Her work has received several critical reviews including in The New York Times (2009) and The Globe and Mail (2011).

Generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.


Blackwood Gallery

University of Toronto Mississauga

3359 Mississauga Rd. N.

Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6


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Jeremy Deller: Joy in People

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Published on : 2012-04-08 05:57:31

A belated review of the exhibition Jeremy Deller - Joy in People...

Life Is to Blame for Everything, banner by Jeremy Deller, outside the Hayward Gallery in London. Photograph: David Levene

It's always daunting to write about an exhibition that so many articles have commented on already. We've all read that Jeremy Deller won the Turner Prize in 2004. That he has never been a good drawer nor a talented painter. In fact, his teacher strongly advised against art school (a suggestion i fully understand if Deller is to blame for the mural painted behind the screen that shows the documentary So Many Ways to Hurt You, the Life and Times of Adrian Street, see photo below.)

Jeremy Deller does art outside galleries. It thrives in 'low culture' and it is usually ambitious, socially-engaged and unexpected. Indeed, most of his career is built on looking for art in the most unpredictable places, working with the public or with people who have particular knowledge or skill but who wouldn't otherwise be associated with the contemporary art world. They include unemployed miners, brass bands, a campaign banner maker, fans of Depeche Mode, a glam rock wrestler, experts in battle re-enactments, etc. He even collaborated on an art project with nightclub owner and trendsetter Peter Stringfellow.

In late February, a retrospective of Jeremy Deller's work opened at the Hayward gallery. It is called Joy in People and joy is precisely what it brings.

Exotic Adrian Street and his father, 1973. Photo : Dennis Hutchinson

Jeremy Deller, Valerie's Snack Bar, 2009. Photo Linda Nylind

It should be tricky to exhibit the work of Jeremy Deller, an artist who doesn't produce artefacts but experiences, happenings and interventions. Out there. In the streets. Neither you nor i were there. Consequently, the show includes many videos and video documentation of some of his works. But there's also a reconstruction of Valerie's snack bar in Bury market, Lancashire. You can sit down and get a free cup of tea. There are people hired to read texts to make you melancholic, people on hand to discuss their experience of war in Iraq, t-shirts, photos of his 'failed' artworks, an introduction the world of re-enactment aficionados, music videos, magazines, a replica of Deller's teenage bedroom where he organized a solo show while his parents were on holiday, etc. Many art critics wrote that it was all a bit 'second hand'. But if it was, it was good enough for me. I spent a whole afternoon visiting Joy in People. I'll probably go back before the show closes.

Most of the works on show are very well documented already but i'm going to highlight two that i found most irresistible.


The show had a whole section, titled My Failures, that documents the projects Deller never realized.

Jeremy Deller, Fourth Plinth proposal - ©Jeremy Deller

One of them is a proposal for Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth. Deller wanted to place on top of the plinth a life-size model of Dr David Kelly, the biological warfare expert who committed suicide in 2003 following the media frenzy provoked by his comments on the British government's dossier on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

'I had two ideas for the Fourth Plinth that I suggested to the committee, the first was for a destroyed car from Baghdad - a victim of the Iraq occupation - called "Spoils of War (Memorial for an Unknown Civilian)". The other was going to be a mannequin of Dr David Kelly [who committed suicide in 2003 following the controversy his comments on the British government's dossier on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq] just sitting on the edge of the plinth, facing Whitehall, because some people may have forgotten who he was. They were both ways of deflating the meaning or effect of public sculpture, basically to act as an antidote to the sculpted men who had done things in battle.'


So Many Ways to Hurt You (The Life and Times of Adrian Street), 2010. Photograph: Linda Nylind

I wish So Many Ways to Hurt You, the Life and Times of Adrian Street was available online somewhere (there's only a short extract of the film.) So Many Ways to Hurt You documents the life of glam rock wrestler Adrian Street Street was born into a coal mining family in Wales in 1940. He was sent down the mine at a very young age, fled to London at 16 to pursue a career as a model for bodybuilding magazines and professional wrestler. One day he realized that the way to stardom was through a glam rock persona that would tap into the homophobia of the macho wrestling world. And so he started designing and cutting his own costumes, wearing garish make-up and extravagant platinum hair-dos. He'd blow kisses to his opponents or make silly dances to further provoke them.

Street now lives in Florida, he's still wrestling but I haven't got a clue about what happened to his singing career:

Also in the exhibition:

His 2001 film The Battle of Orgreave reconstructed the famous and violent clash between police and striking miners in 1984 with the help of historical re-enactment societies and former miners.

Jeremy Deller, The Battle of Orgreave, 2001

Jeremy Deller, The Battle of Orgreave, 2001


For 1997's Acid Brass, Deller invited a brass band to play acid house tunes. The video at the Hayward shows the actual performance but just the soundtrack makes my day.

The History of the World demonstrates the intertwined histories of traditional brass band music and the acid house scene of the late 1980s.

The History of the World, 1997. Photo Linda Nylind

It Is What It Is or how to get people to sit and discuss about the war in Iraq using a car wreck.

Jeremy Deller, It Is What It Is, 2009 (detail)

Jeremy Deller, The Search for Bez, 1994. Photograph: David Levene

Jeremy Deller, Open Bedroom, 1993. Recreation for Joy in People. Photo LInda Nylind

Jeremy Deller, Open Bedroom, 1993. Recreation for Joy in People. Photo LInda Nylind

Jeremy Deller, Exodus, 2012. Photo Linda Nylind

Mural by Stuart Hughes in Jeremy Deller Joy in People. Photo by Linda Nylind

Don't miss The Posters Came from the Walls, a brilliant, witty and charming film about fans of Depeche Mode around the world. It's in the gallery upstairs, by the entrance. And it's free.

Jeremy Deller - Joy in People remains open until 13 May 2012 at the Hayward Gallery in London.

More in the I Love Jeremy Deller series: Adrian Street, Queen Bitch of pro wrestling, Baghdad, 5 March 2007, Ed Hall, the art of protest banners and The Steam Powered Internet Machine.

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Setting: land

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Published on : 2012-04-07 01:00:00

Setting: land, curated by Suzanne Morrissette
With works by Kevin Lee Burton, Kaoru Ryan Klatt, Anna Tsouhlarakis, and Kade Twist
Saturday April 7 – Sunday May 27
Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Reception and Catalogue Launch: Friday, April 27th, 7:30 pm
Artists Kevin Lee Burton and Kaoru Ryan Klatt will be in attendance | Artists Anna Tsouhlarakis and Kade Twist will be present via video conference

Anna Tsouhlarakis. Navagation (9 video stills), 2002, digital video, 4:25 minutes.

Join us on April 27 for a reception and catalogue launch for the upcoming exhibition, Setting: land. The reception will also host an artist-curator discussion followed by a catalogue launch for Setting: land which includes an introduction by Richard William Hill and an essay by Curatorial Resident Suzanne Morrissette.

About the exhibition:
Setting: land brings together works by four artists - Kevin Lee Burton (Winnipeg, Manitoba), Kaoru Ryan Klatt (Winnipeg, Manitoba), Kade Twist (Phoenix, Arizona), and Anna Tsouhlarakis (Washington, DC). Through their video and installation-based artworks, each artist considers land as both a source of inspiration and a setting for enacting stories and experiences.

By examining variations of this theme, the artists in Setting: land each engage their work within different sites and locations through highly specific and speculative actions. For instance, Anna Tshoularakis's short video Navagation (2002) depicts the artist walking blindfolded from her studio to her former residence in Maine, prodding her surroundings and placing trust in her own innate "Indian" sense of direction. In the video Nikamowin (Song) (2007), artist Kevin Lee Burton charts his own journey through various terrains through the narration of remixed Cree dialogue.

Kade Twist's positioning of present day Phoenix in Our Land, Your Imagination: The Judeo-Christian Western Scientific Worldview and Phoenix (2008) provides a melancholic vision of a city that has been settled on Indigenous land. In a place far more remote, but no less settled, Kaoru Ryan Klatt's Yulaska (2007) tells the story of a personal trip taken through the Yukon Territory and the state of Alaska towards the Arctic Circle which consciously blurs the boundary between fiction and reality.

Together the works in this exhibition activate discussions around the various histories that have become lodged in the land and that continue to affect our lives in the present.

Adjunct Programming:
Tune into Wawatay Radio Network in Northwestern Ontario – or online – to catch Curator Suzanne Morrissette in conversation with the artists in the show:

Kevin Lee Burton: April 20 @ 1:00
Kaoru Ryan Klatt: April 27 @ 1:00
Kade Twist: May 4 @ 1:00
Anna Tsouhlarakis: May 11 @ 1:00

All interviews will be broadcast the following Saturday at noon, and will be archived online.

About the Curatorial Resident:

Suzanne Morrissette is an artist and curator who is currently based out of Thunder Bay, Ontario. In 2011, Morrissette accepted a position as Curatorial Resident at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, with support from the Canada Council for the Arts' Assistance to Aboriginal Curators for Residencies in Visual Arts. She holds an MFA from OCAD University (2011) and a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design (2009).

Thunder Bay Art Gallery
1080 Keewatin Street | Thunder Bay, Ontario | P7B 6T7
Tuesday – Thursday, 12 – 8 | Friday – Sunday, 12 -5

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges those agencies whose support has made Setting: land and the public programming associated with the exhibition possible: the Ontario Arts Council Aboriginal Curatorial Projects program; the Canada Council for the Arts' Assistance to Aboriginal Curators for Residencies in Visual Arts program; and Wawatay Radio Network which has made possible outreach programming with the artists in the exhibition.


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Lynne McIlvride Evans: Easter Weekend Paintings + Constructions + Linoprints

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Published on : 2012-04-06 01:00:00

Birthday Greetings 2012 reduction linoprint

Lynne McIlvride Evans

Easter Weekend 2012: Paintings + Constructions + Linoprints
Friday April 6 to Monday April 9
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm DAILY

Location: 415 Scugog Line 8 (at Highview Holsteins Dairy Farm), Port Perry Ontario

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Lynne McIlvride Evans' annual Easter exhibition has become a warmly welcoming local tradition as well as a pilgrimage for many further afield. This solo show in her home/studio will feature wildly celebratory linoprints and large format watercolour panoramas based on the undulating mountainscape of Montserrat, Catalonia. A careful look around will also be rewarded by past works of 3-D paper constructions.


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Marija Barac: Anticipation

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Published on : 2012-04-05 01:00:00

Anticipation : Marija Barac's Relational Landscapes @Canadian Fine Arts

Opening reception: April 5th, 6 - 8pm
Exhibition dates: April 5th - 15th

Marija Barac
Born in Bosnia and Hercegovina in 1961, Marija Barac holds a first degree in Engineering from Zagreb University, 1986. Once in Canada she completed her fine arts studies with Catherine Beaudette, Graham Coughtry, Rae Johnston, Mario Polidori and Gordon Raynor at OCAD, 1996.

In the "Anticipation" series Barac works with a range of human relational dynamics and the elemental energy experienced while walking along the Scarborough bluffs. These two reference points are evident in the luxurious thick swathes of paint; in the titling: "Blooming", "Gathering", "Leaving", "On the precipice", "Storm", "Summer heat" and in the relational as landscape.

Barac is a founder of Propeller, an important artist run center. Marija has worked as a free lance artist, and teaches painting. She received special recognition by The Centre for Community Living for her work with people with mental health issues.

Marija's paintings can be found in the collections of Peter Munk of Horsham Coorporation, Weinberg and Gaspirc, Essential Communications and others.

About Canadian Fine Arts

Canadian Fine Arts opened in Toronto in 2000. With over fourty years of experience, Michel Bigué has developed an expertise recognized as much by the seasoned collector as the major art institutions. Canadian Fine Arts features painting by important historical Canadian Masters, such as Krieghoff, Morrice and Suzor-Coté, with a special interest in works by members of the Group of Seven, their mentors, peers and students. We are equally interested in the works of acclaimed Canadian Moderns such as Milne, Lemieux, the Québec Automatistes and the Painters Eleven. Canadian Fine Arts also supports the careers of many emerging and established Contemporary Artists, often pairing their work with historical paintings when a dialogue is present. The gallery hosts exhibits of the contemporaries throughout the year. To be included on the Canadian Fine Arts invitation list, please send us an e-mail with your details.

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Matilda Aslizadeh

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Published on : 2012-04-05 01:00:00



April 5 – May 26, 2012
Opening reception: Thursday, April 5, 5-8 pm
Artist present

Pari Nadimi Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Vancouver-based artist Matilda Aslizadeh.

This new body of work, comprised of one video installation of stop-motion animation and a series of photographs, pays homage to a sub-genre of 17th Century Dutch still-life painting named Vanitas or Momento Mori: images that were meant to remind viewers of the frailty of the body, of the transience of life and mortality. The video depicts a dense still life in which multiple narratives of life's waning are acted out. While some objects gradually decay, others are the victims of violence and surgical repairs. Others appear to grow younger or, like Dorian Gray, maintain their youth forever. The video focuses on the connection between our mortality and the concept of waiting - a concept premised on linear thinking and a chronological organization of the world. Similarly, in time-based works, the audience conventionally waits for an event to transpire, a gesture to occur, a narrative to unfold and to be fulfilled. The different fruit and plants included in the composition are shot separately against a green screen then composited together into an epic conglomeration of different temporalities. The piece loops backwards and forwards seamlessly, creating a moving photograph in which death is always imagined but never truly arrives.

The photographs focus on a smaller arrangement of fruit/flowers and depict the passage of time by the superimposition of two frames from the process of decay, the earlier one appearing in ghostly silver evoking a daguerreotype. The photographs also contain visual references to traditional symbols of mortality from Vanitas paintings: the nearly imperceptible trace of a human skull in the flesh of a rotting peach, plastic dollar-store toy insects hovering in the darkness, and more.

Aslizadeh's recent solo exhibitions include "Phantom Smile" at Simon Fraser University Gallery, curated by Bill Jeffries (catalogue produced) Vancouver, Canada, "Hero of Our Time" at La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse, Montreal, Canada. Her video installation and photographs were part of a group exhibition "Waiting For" at Centre A, Vancouver, Canada (January 14 – February 25, 2012). "Hero of Our Time" one of Aslizadeh's major video installations has been included in a travelling exhibition "Diabolique" along with the works of artists Jake & Dinos Chapman, Dana Claxton, Douglas Coupland, Jeremy Deller, William Kentridge, Shirin Neshat (since 2009 to present). Aslizadeh's photographic works were part a curated exhibition "The Stalking of Absence", at BTAP/ Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2010).

The artist acknowledges the support of BC Arts Council pic

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