AGYU presents a month of feminist film and video with Cinenova

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An audience of enablers cannot fail!

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Cinenova: All Hands on the Archive


In conjunction with Will Munro: History, Glamour, Magic (11 January – 11 March, 2012), the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) continues to celebrate the legacy of Toronto's feminist and queer communities out there with Cinenova: All Hands on the Archive, the inaugural program of Feminist Art Gallery's 2012 programming year.

Cinenova is a London-based, volunteer run, non-profit organization dedicated to the distribution of films and videos made by women. Cinenova is a cultural community and network for feminist film and video practice, but beyond that, it is an activist platform for making these practices known and publically accessible. Run by artists Allyson Mitchell and Deirdre Logue, the Feminist Art Gallery is a Toronto-based, volunteer-run, non-profit centre also firmly rooted in activism: hosting, funding, advocating, and supporting feminist practices, beyond gender and privilege.

All Hands on the Archive develops a dialogue between the work in the Cinenova collection and Toronto's long-rooted feminist and queer histories as a means to access, activate, and animate both.


All Hands on the Archive Events

The month-long engagement with Cinenova begins on February 3 at The Department, 1389 Dundas Street West at 7:00 PM with a screening curated by Cinenova Working Group member Emma Hedditch. Presenting a program of work by two Toronto artists, Ronna Bloom's I Feel Hopeful About the Future (1986) and Midi Onodera's The Displaced View (1988), her selections foreground the local context for Cinenova's international and intergenerational collection. Both artists join Emma Hedditch for a discussion following the screening.

From there, the programme relocates to FAG, 25 Seaforth Avenue, side gate, on Saturday February 4, 11, 18 and 25. An Audience of Enablers Cannot Fail takes place from 1:00 to 5:00 pm and feature eight local artists, activists, or educators, who have been invited to animate the Cinenova collection from their particular point of view, selecting work for collective viewing and group discussion. They are:

February 4: Midi Onodera and Lisa Steele

February 11: Natalie Kouri-Towe and Logan MacDonald & Hazel Meyer

February 18: Chase Joynt and Syrus Marcus Ware

February 25: Michèle Pearson Clarke and Hannah Jickling & Helen Reed

Please arrive early as space is limited.

All Hands on the Archive concludes on March 4 in the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West) at 8:00 PM with a closing party that features a commissioned performance by local artist Sharlene Bamboat. Rebels Rule, a special screening featuring Will Munro's films and his appearances in films, curated by Toronto's GB Jones, Alex McClelland, Leila Pourtavaf, and Lex Vaughn at 9:00 PM, follows the performance.

Cinenova: All Hands on the Archive is an initiative of the AGYU, the Feminist Art Gallery, and The Power Plant and celebrates the affinities of our collective winter programing. All Hands on the Archive is presented as well in the context of The Power Plant's exhibition Coming After (10 December, 2011 – 4 March, 2012).

Cinenova: All Hands on the Archive is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council Art Investment Fund. Special thank you to the Feminist Art Gallery for hosting An Audience of Enablers Cannot Fail.

Will Munro: History, Glamour, Magic is on exhibition at AGYU from January 11 – March 11, 2012. The exhibition is generously sponsored by Salah Bachir and Jacob Yerex.


AGYU: Proud to be FAG's first institutional matron.

www.theAGYUisOutThere.org


The Art Gallery of York University is a university-affiliated public non-profit contemporary art gallery supported by York University, The Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, and our membership.

The AGYU is located in the Accolade East Building, 4700 Keele Street Toronto. Gallery hours are: Monday to Friday, 10 am–4 pm; Wednesday, 10am–8 pm; Sunday from noon–5 pm; and closed Saturday. AGYU promotes LGBT positive spaces and experiences and all events out there are free and open to everyone.


AGYU is so out.

www.theAGYUisOutThere.org


Do you have questions or require further information or images? Please contact Jacob Korczynski, Assistant Curator, AGYU, +1.416.736.5169 or jacobkor@yorku.ca

Image: Interior view, Feminist Art Gallery. Photo: A Frame Studio.


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Subtle Technologies Winter Programming

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Subtle Technologies Winter Programming

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Introduction to Open Source Software

Co-presented by OCAD and Subtle Technologies

Saturdays, March 3 to April 7, 2012. 1pm – 4pm.

$350 + HST

This 6 week course will introduce students to a wide range of open source software. Open source applications provide high quality, reliable and flexible tools that are free or at a low cost. Such programs provide alternatives to commercially available applications or are entirely unique. An introduction to Blender for 3D modeling, Pure Data and Processing for audio/video installations will be covered in this six week program.

For more information and to register please visit: Continuing Education at OCAD


ArtScienceCamp2

Co-presented by Hart House and Subtle Technologies

7pm-10pm, Friday February 3

and
10am – 6pm, Saturday February 4, 2012

$10 (Free for students/unwaged, light lunch included)

@Hart House (7 Hart House Circle, 416 978 2452)

Registration and details

ArtScienceCamp (#artscicamp) is an intense but informal gathering of artists, scientists, students, engineers, architects, designers, and many others. A Friday-night party is the venue for collaboratively creating a program of events to take place the next day. Everyone is encouraged to bring a crazy idea, a work in progress, or a vital topic for discussion, and to organize a session around it.

ArtScienceCamp sponsorship

A big thanks to TinEye and Janet Mador for supporting ArtScienceCamp as Awesome Sponsors, and to our Community Supporters Daniel Cooper, Corey Reid, Michele Perras and Scimatic.

Can you help us make this a fantastic event? If so, please contact Jen at 416 997 9048 or jen@subtletechnologies.com.

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Keep in touch!

If you'd like to keep up with our future events, please join the Subtle Technologies mailing list. Once signed up you can, of course, unsubscribe yourself at any time, and we will never share your information.

Here's the link to sign up: http://eepurl.com/bhOAP

Subtle Technologies would like to gratefully acknowledge the support of:

Canada Council for the Arts

Ontario Arts Council
Toronto Arts Council

Subtle Technologies brings people together to promote wonder, incite creativity and spark innovation across disciplines.




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Offsite: Kota Ezawa

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OFFSITE: KOTA EZAWA
February 2, 2012 to September 16, 2012
Vancouver Art Gallery Offsite
Offsite is located on West Georgia Street between Thurlow and Bute Streets, Vancouver, Canada.
www.vanartgallery.bc.ca

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Kota Ezawa
Hand Vote, 2012
wood, paint
6.053 x 9.144 x 3.201 metres
site-specific installation at Vancouver Art Gallery Offsite
Photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery

Kota Ezawa's large-scale wooden tableau features a group of people raising their hands to vote in what appears to be a town hall meeting. The work is a visual representation of democracy by one of its most prevalent signifiers: the vote. Ezawa's rendering is made from a found image and remains faithful to the original source by maintaining the photograph's basic structure and framing. By eliminating details, the image refers less to a specific group of individuals, and more to a general sign of a collective body united in a common purpose. Presented at a larger-than-life size, the artwork takes on a monumental scale. The flat, wooden construction is evocative of a stage set or façade, while the exposed supporting structure behind suggests that the status of democracy is fragile and needs to be continually reinforced. In light of recent events in which the demand for societal reform has become an urgent issue both abroad and at home—from the Arab Spring to the Occupy movement—Ezawa's portrait of democracy could not be more timely.

Kota Ezawa's diverse projects take the form of digital animations, slide projections, lightboxes, paper cut-outs, intaglio etchings, ink drawings and wood sculptures. Using well-known images from the history of photography, film and the popular media, Ezawa's pared-down renderings speak to the iconic status of photography—despite the elimination of much information, the source is often still recognizable. Through this elaborate transformation of existing images, Ezawa's work comments on the role of photography in shaping our perception of reality, the spectacular nature of the media and the limits of memory.

Kota Ezawa has exhibited his work in solo exhibitions at Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, OH, St. Louis Art Museum, Charles H. Scott Gallery in Vancouver, Artpace in San Antonio and the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford. He has participated in group exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Museum of Modern Art in New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Art Institute of Chicago, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, as well as the 5th Seoul International Biennale of Media Art and the 2004 Shanghai Biennale. Ezawa lives in San Francisco and Berlin.

Offsite is organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Kathleen Ritter, associate curator. Offsite is funded by the City of Vancouver through the Public Art Program. The Gallery recognizes Ian Gillespie, President, Westbank, Ben Yeung, President, Peterson Investment Group, and the residents at Shangri-La for their support of this space. Offsite: Kota Ezawa is generously supported by Visionary Partner: Michael O'Brian Family Foundation.



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Theo Sims: The Candahar

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Join ACAD's Illingworth Kerr Gallery for a pint at The Candahar.


The Alberta College of Art + Design is pleased to announce the opening of The Candahar at the Illingworth Kerr Gallery on Thursday, February 2, 2012. The Candahar is a detailed recreation of a Belfast public house, named for a South Belfast Street. The installation is complete when staffed in collaboration with two Belfast bartenders Chris and Conor Roddy, who act as unscripted performers. The project fuses the authentic with fantasy, spectacle with stage, and at its heart acts as a catalyst for conversation, debate and dialogue - and a pint here and there.

Theo Sims: The Candahar

ACAD's Illingworth Kerr Gallery

February 2- May 26, 2012
Opening Reception February 2, 2012 | 6:00 - 10:00 PM

Since its first presentation at the Alberta College of Art + Design in September 2006, The Candahar has been exhibited at the 2007 Biennale de Montréal, as well as exhibitions at PlugIn ICA, Winnipeg, and The Rooms, St. Johns. Its last installation was hosted by Presentation House Gallery as part of the Vancouver Winter Olympics Cultural Olympiad in 2010. The Candahar has also hosted performances, artworks, and interventions by Rebecca Belmore, the Rodney
Graham Band, Stan Douglas, Kevin Schmidt, Jeremy Shaw, and Eli Boronowsky, among others.

Social interaction is at the heart of Sims's The Candahar, a sculpture that invites our participation, and how we might consider the familiarity of a neighbourhood pub as a proposition for something more. Theo Sims has been an Artist in Residence at the Alberta College of Art + Design since early November 2011 rebuilding The Candahar in collaboration with the college's faculty, students, and the local community.

During its four month exhibition at ACAD The Candahar will serve as a site for talks, performances, and events as part of The Creative Common series of events initiated by ACAD faculty and guests. The Creative Common is a forum that brings together dynamic and creative individuals to discuss and debate issues informing perspectives on art and design practices. The Creative Common is designed to extend opportunities for dialogue - to provoke new understandings of the intersections of theory and practice, and to inform the processes of critique - in settings that support personal reflection and engagement.

Stay in touch with ACAD and find out more about this event, and other events throughout the year. Whether it's visiting artists from around the globe, special public lectures about the future of contemporary art, design and critical thinking, or special celebrations on campus - ACAD invites you to join us to explore and inspire your creative process.


Alberta College of Art + Design

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1407 14 ave NW | Calgary Alberta

403.284.7600 | + acad.ca
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Claire Desjardins: Ebb & Flow

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Claire Desjardins Cloud acrylic on canvas 36" x 36"

Claire Desjardins: Ebb & Flow


February 2 - 23, 2012
Reception Friday February 3, 6-9 pm
Hours Tues - Sat 11 - 6 pm, Sunday by appt January to March

"I wish to explore the concept of my own existence in this common space we call earth: sometimes I blend and flow with the environment that surrounds me; sometimes I feel as though I am floating in a completely separate space of my own. Often, I simply exist in between these two realities, hovering on the edge, much like the penumbra, between the light and the darkness, observing life's
ebb and flow."

As the daughter of artists, Desjardins grew up painting and taking art lessons. She took some time away from painting to build a career in graphic design; this training positively influenced her strong painting compositions. Desjardins now devotes all of her creative energy to painting. "I started to get back into painting a few years ago and it's been a wonderful change. People seem to like my
emphasis on bold colours." Desjardins lived in the Caribbean for many years. As a result, the sun-drenched, vibrant colours of the tropics seem almost to burst from her canvases. In addition to her time in the Caribbean, Desjardins has traveled extensively throughout North America and Europe, making stops in Southeast Asia and North Africa, eventually returning to her hometown of
Montreal. Her travels have had a significant influence; her paintings are alive with an unfettered sense of exploration and bliss.

Montreal-based Claire Desjardins is a prolific visual artist whose recent
exhibitions have taken place in Montreal, Vermont and Ottawa. Generally inspired by artists such as Wolf Kahn, Emily Mason, Nicolas de Staël and Mark Rothko, Desjardins adds a street art immediacy to these historic influences. Her work can be found in private and corporate collections around the world.

"[Claire's work encompasses] the exuberance and the moments of quiet
reflection embodied by the artist. Propelled by the intricacies of colour and form, Desjardins creates masterful compositions that hide stories left to the viewer to write. The seduction takes place though a riot (sometimes just under the surface) of rich hues; a kernel of narrative peeps out, coy, between many textures and moods. Desjardins is a generous storyteller and encourages the viewer to run with the emotions and energies stirred up by the canvas." Sabine Modder - Managing Editor - Mocoloco.com

 
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Muse Gallery

1230 Yonge Street, Toronto, Canada M4T 1W3 416.974.9986

Contact name/number Jay Belmore 416.974.9986

musegallery@bellnet.ca
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FADO Performance Art Centre presents Martine Viale: Intra Muros I

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FADO Performance Art Centre presents Intra Muros I

A performance installation by Martine Viale

Thursday February 2 – Saturday February 4, 2012

Artscape Triangle Gallery
38 Abell Street, Toronto

Performance installation in progress: February 2 + 3, from 2pm-7pm

Closing performance action: Friday February 3, at 8pm (reception follows)
Artist talk: Saturday February 4, from 1-3pm
All events PWYC

Through self-displacement, successive actions and minimal materials, Intra Muros I proposes a sense of contemplation, as the artist gradually tries to accumulate meanings through a constant folding and unfolding of images. Pursuing a process based on persistence, Viale's work suggests multiple stages of working, rather then presenting a completed product. Transformation through time and accumulation plays a major role in the elaboration of the work. The artist's body becomes a "doing body" engaged in creating, layering and collecting traces of actions, which progressively transform the space and the artist herself.

Martine Viale is a Montréal based performance artist. Viale creates installations using the process of performance. In her work she values time, a direct engagement with the space and process action, allowing her to develop many perspectives at once. Her work has been presented in Montreal, and across Canada and internationally in Brazil, New York, Boston, The Philippines, France, Belgium, Serbia, Scotland, Spain and Denmark. Photo credit: The Imprint Series-House. 2011. Guy L'Heureux


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ALSO IN FEBRUARY!

FADO Performance Art Centre presents Expectations
Performance by Sian Robertson Davies

Part of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre's 33rd Rhubarb Festival

Wednesday February 15 – Sunday February 19, 2012

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
12 Alexandra Street, Toronto

Expectations started with the question; what do I hope to gain when going to see a performance? As I have spent a fair amount of time over the past couple of years doing them, seeing them and talking about them, Expectations is way of thinking about what it is in performances that leaves me feeling dissatisfied. Sian Robertson Davies studied at Goldsmiths in London. Her work has been presented and in art festivals and comedy nights throughout the UK. This will be the artist's first time performing in North America. http://wwww.buddiesinbadtimes.com/show.cfm?id=857

THE RHUBARB FESTIVAL

Feb 8 – 19, 2012
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
Wed – Sun, Evening Pass $20
Sunday Afternoons, PWYC
One-to-One Performances, PWYC
Mobile Works, FREE
Box Office 416-975-8555

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ABOUT FADO

Established in 1993, FADO Performance Inc. (Performance Art Centre) is a not-for-profit artist-run centre for performance art based in Toronto, Canada. FADO exists to provide a stable, ongoing, supportive forum for creating and presenting performance art. Currently, we are the only artist-run centre in English Canada devoted specifically to this form. We present the work of local, national and international artists who have chosen performance art as a primary medium to create and communicate provocative new images and new perspectives. Thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and the Department of Canadian Heritage for their on-going support of our endeavors.

www.performanceart.ca

416-822-3219


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Tibi Tibi Neuspiel and Geoffrey Pugen | Bogdan Luca

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The Tie-break (tennis pains) - Closing February 4th - Neubacher Shor Contemporary

Tibi Tibi Neuspiel and Geoffrey Pugen

ESPN called it "the most riveting episode in the sport's history."

The Tie-break is an ongoing collaborative project by the artists Tibi Tibi Neuspiel and Geoffrey Pugen. The first critically acclaimed installment of this project took place in the financial district at Nuit Blanche Toronto, 2011. Throughout the night the artist performed 12 consecutive reenactments of the legendary 1980 Wimbledon fourth set tie-break between Björn Borg and John McEnroe.

In this, the second iteration of The Tie-break, both the history and performance is transformed into art objects ranging from photography and video, to sculpture and painting. The aesthetic qualities of the bygone era of tennis serves as a starting point through which the perception of the game is altered.

Link to Toronto Star article by Murray Whyte:

http://www.thestar.com/article/1114619--the-tie-break-nuit-blanche-spectacle-comes-in-from-the-cold

Video: The Tie-break Highlights from Nuit Blanche

http://vimeo.com/34847899

Tibi Tibi Neuspiel's sculptures have been shown at Art Basel and the NY Art Book Fair at MOMA PS1. His previous experiments with performance include weighing 200 lbs. in the year 2000 while he was 20.

Geoffrey Pugen's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and included in publications like Artforum and Adbusters. He is a recipient of the K.M. Hunter Award for Interdisciplinary Art.


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Spolia - Closing February 4th - - Neubacher Shor Contemporary

Bogdan Luca

SPOLIA connects the historic conceptualization of spoils of war with the contemporary
image economy. We are constantly ingesting images; disconnected, fragmentary, from multiple sources and media. From this heterogeneous mass we attempt to extract meaning, to build from fragments a totalizing concept of what reality is. We are negotiating our own story and in doing so we produce yet more images. Those images form the body of SPOLIA.

Bogdan's work continues to be informed by the relationship between physical experience and the world as image.

Bogdan has shown his work in Toronto, New York, and Florence, Italy. He is also a drawing and painting instructor at OCADU.


About

Neubacher Shor Contemporary

One of Canada's leading and most influential contemporary art galleries and cultural centers, NSC showcases, nurtures and develops exciting talent as well as provides an innovative program of curatorial projects, multi-disciplinary performances and unique cultural experiences. Located in the eclectic neighbourhood of Parkdale, NSC is a valuable asset and resource for the artistically inclined.

Located at 5 Brock avenue, in Parkdale, hours of operation wed-sat 12-5. www.neubachershor.com T: 416-546-3683



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Matthew Varey: Home

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Matthew Varey: Home
Also featuring works by Jesse Bromm

Feb 1 – Mar 3, 2012

Reception:
Thurs, Feb 9, 6 - 9pm

http://www.telephoneboothgallery.ca/mvarey_jbromm.html

Colour is the dominant force within Matthew Varey's recent abstract Bunker paintings. The works are influenced by the evolution of military fortifications, the advent of modern condominium towers, European travel, and family history. Varey's use of colour and texture create a strong visual tension between the dynamic and static, exterior and interior, form and function. To that end, several bunkers appear to be dismantled, others overbuilt with numerous teetering roofs and surfaces. These "fortifications" begin to vibrate, float or dissolve into the whiteness. The brushwork serves to free the colour from the structure, suspending interpretation of what the structures are, or their use, allowing for a fresh experience and examination. The original function of the bunkers ceases to exist as the structures become a living part of Varey's colour field environments.

In considering the bunkers in his essay "Fun Bunkers," Tamas Dobozy states "there is, finally, no real point of entry (despite the open door), because there is nowhere to enter into, no one reading of the purpose of these sculptures or buildings, except for the advent of interpretation itself."

For Varey, the bunker is the safest possible environment. "I have tracked down bunkers in many countries in Europe, including Greece where I lived for a time, and have always had the same reaction when I am inside. Beyond the obvious connections to safety, there is a link for me to home in its purest conceptual sense, and so I see the progression to condominium as quite natural. There is stillness and coolness and a silence that is absolute peace, despite the war related connotations."

"The walls are crucial to the understanding- the walls of a home – what is inside, what is outside, the shape, the impregnability or the 'pregnability', the density and quality or lack of quality. It is all about the walls."

Matthew Varey was born in Hamilton in 1968 and graduated from McMaster University's Visual Art program in 1992. Varey had his first international solo exhibition in Europe in 1995 and has since exhibited at the Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa in Venice, Art Cologne, Art Miami and the Toronto International Art Fair, as well as galleries in Greece and across Canada. His work is held in corporate and private collections in the United States, Korea, England, Spain, Greece, Germany and Canada. Varey lives and works in Toronto.

Jesse Bromm graduated from Sheridan College - Crafts and Design: Glass Program in 2010. Bromm's work reflects his inner discomfort and perception of the outside world. He creates miniature dioramas of human behaviour that address these concerns. Figures are tangible and relatable, but the found objects are hidden; mediated by the glass's quality to distort. The glass becomes a metaphor for our altered perception of reality. Bromm has exhibited across Canada and in the United States. He was accepted into Harbourfront Centre's artist-in-residency programme and awarded a scholarship in 2011.

Recent Press – National Post / Globe and Mail http://www.telephoneboothgallery.ca/press_current.pdf

Upcoming Exhibitions

March 2012

THE JUNCTION - this is our neighbourhood
A "neighbours" group exhibition featuring selected established and emerging artists living and working in The Junction/Junction Triangle – including David McClyment, Tim Whiten, Katherine Knight, Dyan Marie, David Liss, Marla Hlady and other special guest artists. Watch twitter and facebook for updates!

April 2012
Recent paintings by EMILY SCHAEFER

May 2012
HEATHER BENNING: The Dollhouse
Part of the 2012 CONTACT Photography Festival

June 2012
TEL-TALK: A group exhibition and publication launch regarding locating the public telephone booth. For more info: blog


HOURS

Tues by appt.
Wednesday - Friday 11am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 6pm

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TELEPHONE BOOTH GALLERY

3148 Dundas Street West - Toronto - Ontario - M6P 2A1

(The Junction, Dundas at St. Johns Rd.)
T 647 270 7903
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Takashi Hara | Taimaz Moslemian

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On the evening of Thursday, February 2, gallerywest will be launching two new exhibitions.


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ARTAK5

Takashi Hara

February 1 – 28, 2012

An opening reception will be held on

Thursday, Feb. 2 from 7-10 pm

ARTAK5 explores the iconography of basketball street culture and from it draws inspiration for this series of ceramic sculptures and digital prints. Tak's sculptural works take on both representational and metamorphic forms using color and humor as entry points.

As an essential part of the urban uniform, Tak suggests that shoes can reveal a person's sense of identity. The artist's fascination with sports apparel, "sneakers" in particular, has been harvested through an interest in the signs and symbols of urban sports culture. "Sneaker collections" became popular in the 1980's and can be attributed to three major sources – the popularity of basketball as a sport and the emergence of Michael Jordan and his eponymous "Air Jordan" line of basketball sport shoes; graffiti as an art form in street culture; and the growth of hip hop music. Sneakers are now often treated as precious objects, collector's items, and staple elements of our marketed urban landscape.

IN ARTAK5, the artist represents the fabric of our environment, both literally and metaphorically through these vividly bright creatures of uniform and personality.

"There is an excitement in exhibiting this body of work in Toronto where urban culture is highly relevant and progressive. I think people will see pieces of themselves in these pieces." Takashi Hara


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Circum by Taimaz Moslemian book launch and exhibition

February 1 – 28, 2012

An opening reception will be held on

Thursday, Feb. 2 from 7-10 pm

The natural world provides plenty of substitutions for the penis: bananas, long and curved, are an easy high-school sex-ed favourite, while cucumbers, carrots, and a host of other oblong produce incite humorous metaphors. In exploring circumcision—a complicated and controversial demarcation of masculinity—what else could be a more appropriate stand-in for the penis than what nature has provided for us?

Circum is a series of images by Taimaz Moslemian in which he utilizes the variegations of the vegetable kingdom to present an exploration of the penis, with a touch of humour often absent from artwork about the body. Presented as diptychs, the same vegetable is shown twice; once in its natural, unblemished state, and again with one end delicately shaved clean of its tough skin to reveal whatever matter lies inside. "

Excerpt from the essay by Amanda Rataj for Circum, published by Anchorless Press

The artist will be in attendance during the reception for book signing

"There is an excitement in exhibiting this body of work in Toronto where urban culture is highly relevant and progressive. I think people will see pieces of themselves in these pieces." Takashi Hara



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Andrea Cooper: ANNA

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ANNA

Video and Photo Installation

Andrea Cooper

The Red Head Gallery

401 Richmond, Suite 115, Toronto
February 1 - 28, 2012
Opening: Thursday, February 2nd, 6:00 PM

From the moment of birth, people are sought then unfurled. The second a child is pushed from the womb they become objects of prey.

ANNA is a 12- minute experimental video performed by the artist in an abandoned barn that explores predator-prey relations, and defines the moment when prey becomes predator.

Inspired by women who have gone missing or lost, ANNA, is a haunting performance about hope and addiction. The character creates an allegorical, seductive poem about death and disappearance.

Andrea Cooper is an international media artist with a Masters in Visual Studies from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Concordia. www.andreacooper.com

For more information please contact:

Donia Almassi

The Red Head Gallery
416.504.5654
www.redheadgallery.org
art@redheadgallery.org

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