Ice Cave: Josh Cleminson + Monte Burman

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


Josh Cleminson + Monte Burman

Curated by Iga Janik

January 11 – February 26, 2012

OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday, January 11 at 6:30 PM

This sculptural installation created for the gallery space imitates an ice cave environment through its use of material and light. Transformed entirely the gallery space becomes a murky and dramatic space making it an architectural installation at the same time.

Ice Cave consists of building large iceberg/ice-cave-esque monuments out of transparent packing tape with lights glowing and pulsing from the inside and a low droning soundtrack in the background all of which is surrounded a low-lying fog. The viewer is lured in by the beauty of the forms but also, with help from the soundtrack, cautious that something is about to happen; like a built up level of suspense created by the fear of the unknown.

In their collaborative practice Cleminson and Burman take aesthetically obsolete materials, of which packing materials are imperative functionally yet disregarded aesthetically, and find aesthetic purposes for them. In this instance packing tape has a similar visual quality to ice; like ice, it acts as both structure and surface simultaneously.


Josh Cleminson obtained his B.A.H at the University of Guelph in 2009. Currently working out of Guelph, his work touches on the humour, simplicity, and absurdity found in his daily life. He enjoys making the audience second guess what it is they are seeing, either through the use of either spectacle, or minimal means. He has recently shown at Ed Video Media Art Centre in Guelph, ON, Hall Walls Contemporary Art Centre in Buffalo, New York, and Centro des Artes Dos de Mayo, Madrid, Spain. His work was included in TheSHOW.11, Cambridge Galleries in the summer 2011.

Monte Burman lives and works in Hamilton, ON and his studio practice includes painting and sculpture. There is no evolving interest in either his paintings or sculpture; narrative, pictorial illusion and material sensibility are explored in pictures and assembled objects and then promptly abandoned for something unfamiliar again. When viewed together, his paintings and sculpture exhibit only a kind of wonder for things. Monte is a recent graduate of the University of Guelph's Studio Art program. He has recently shown in group exhibitions at OCAD, Toronto, Renann Isaacs Contemporary Art, Guelph, Studio 21, Halifax, and Hall Walls Contemporary Art Centre in Buffalo, New York.

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IMAGE: Josh Cleminson and Monte Burman, Ice Cave. 2011. Installation. Image courtesy of the artists.

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Will Munro: History, Glamour, Magic

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

There’s something for all the freaks out there this winter at AGYU



AGYU starts 2012 by looking back. The exhibition Will Munro: History, Glamour, Magic is about the history Will based his work on and the history he was; his glam subjects and the glamourous one he was; the magic dimension of his last work and his magic that lives on.

Celebrating the life and work of Toronto’s beloved Will Munro—the lively centre of so many overlapping communities as DJ, music promoter, activist, queer community catalyst, and visual artist—the AGYU opens a major retrospective exhibition on Wednesday January 11, 6-9 PM that attempts to capture the full scope of the Will Munro experience…right down to his underwear! The exhibition continues until March 11, 2012.

The exhibition concentrates on the multi-media work Munro produced after graduating from OCAD in 2000, i.e., from his first exhibition Boys Do First Aid (2000) to his last, Inside the Solar Temple of the Cosmic Leather Daddy (2010): from his various signature underwear work (his handcrafted underwear made, for instance, from heavy metal concert T-shirts); the banners of legendary queer performers such as Klaus Nomi and Leigh Bowery; his stitching collaborations with West Side Stitches Couture Club, Jeremy Laing, and others, which includes the restaging of The Pavilion of Virginia Puff-Paint, his collaboration with Laing made for the AGYU in 2004; his experimental films; the multitude of hand-made silkscreen posters that accompanied his DJ’ing and music promotions at his venues Vazaleen, Peroxide, No T.O., and Moustache. The dynamic exhibition will be punctuated by a collection of never before seen ephemera and archival material that stitches together the many vibrant activities of this non-stop artist. The exhibition is generously sponsored by Salah Bachir and Jacob Yerex.

An Army of Lovers Will Never be Defeated

Can’t stop, won’t stop. In conjunction with Will Munro: History, Glamour, Magic, AGYU continues to celebrate the legacy of Toronto’s feminist and queer communities out there with a series of collaborations, specifically commissioned projects, and new alliances.

Get on the Performance Bus!

Vaseline in His Back Pocket…

Artist and DJ Syrus Marcus Ware turns The Performance Bus into his memory of a circa 2001-2002 Friday night Vazaleen party that was hosted by Will Munro, Miss Barbrafisch, and Rawbrt at the El Mo (with a bear pit and all!). On Wednesday, January 11, ride out there to the opening reception of Will Munro: History, Glamour, Magic on the free performance bus departing OCADU at 6 PM sharp. Bring your memories and your dancing shoes...

AGYU Vitrines

Inspired by the systems of support produced by Will Munro that continue to proliferate throughout his community, Emma Hedditch approaches her project for the AGYU vitrines in relation to agency and affect – and the intimacy and hope that remains after watching the classic Toronto lesbian film I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing.

AGYU: the newly minted FAG Matron!

An initiative between AGYU, Feminist Art Gallery (FAG), and The Power Plant, Cinenova: All Hands on the Archive develops a dialogue between the work in the London-based feminist Cinenova film and video collection and Toronto’s long-rooted feminist and queer histories as a means to access, activate, and animate both. Visit for more information on the month-long project including: opening night screening on February 3 at The Department, 1389 Dundas Street West at 7 PM curated by Cinenova Working Group member Emma Hedditch; An Audience of Enablers Cannot Fail sessions at FAG 25 Seaforth Avenue, side gate, on Saturday February 4, 11, 18, and 25; closing party featuring a commissioned performance by Sharlene Bamboat, and special screening curated by GB Jones, Alex McClelland, Leila Pourtavaf, and Lex Vaughn on March 4 in the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West) starting at 8 PM.

People, Power, Magic

In this AGYU “in-reach” project, Toronto artist John Caffery engages queer and trans youth through a direct dialogue with Will Munro’s ideas and artwork. John was close to the source as a friend and collaborator in the West Side Stitches Couture Club and, like Will, his practice moves across multiple communities and media, locating his aesthetics and politics in textiles, film, and music (his band is Kids on TV).

This collective, multi-disciplinary program features John working with many members of Will’s army of lovers – frequent collaborators and friends – including Scott Miller Berry, Lorraine Hewitt (aka Coco La Crème), Luis Jacob, Jeremy Laing, and Zavisha, as well as the Toronto Kiki Ballroom Alliance, the recipients of the first annual Spirit of Will Munro Award. People, Power, Magic is dedicated to creating real opportunities for self-expression in order to provide a space for outcasts and freaks to thrive without fear. Program presented in collaboration with Supporting Our Youth (SOY).

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.


Do you have questions or require further information or images? Please contact Emelie Chhangur, Assistant Director/Curator, AGYU, +1.416.736.5169 or

Image credit: Will Munro Infinity, 2010, stitched fabric, 34 x 58 inches. Courtesy of the Estate of Will Munro.

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Suspension: Portraits of Actors by Joshua MacDonald

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80 Spadina Ave. Suite 305
Toronto ON
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Portraits of Actors by Joshua MacDonald

Suspension is a series in which actors are photographed in the process of becoming someone other than themselves. Each actor was asked to choose a character and perform this character in a setting familiar to them. Despite the the fact that these portraits are staged, they are in a sense documentary photographs. The work raises questions about the ontology of portraiture, as well as identity and self-image.
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January 11th - February 4th, 2012
Wednesday to Saturday, 12pm - 5pm

Opening Reception:
Thursday January 12th, 2012
6pm - 9pm

Media Contact: Zinnia Naqvi

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I•M•A Gallery is a non-profit student and faculty-run gallery, providing an exhibition venue for contemporary, Canadian and international film, new media and photography artists. The gallery is supported by the Project-Funds Allocation Committee for Students (PFACS), Ryerson University's School of Image Arts and generous donations from community and individual partners.


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How to Start a Revolution

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Published on : 2012-01-10 04:12:20

Yesterday evening i went to Foto8 in London again for the screening of How to Start a Revolution, a documentary tracing the global influence exercised by the work of Gene Sharp, the world leading expert in nonviolent struggle. Investigative journalist Ruaridh Arrow who directed the movie was there to introduce the film and later on to answer our questions. He was accompanied in the Q&A by Jamila Raqib. She's Sharp's close collaborator and the executive director at the Albert Einstein Institution, a non-profit organisation Sharp founded in 1983 to study strategic non-violent resistance.

Although the American academic's seminal essay From Dictatorship to Democracy: A conceptual framework for liberation has toured the countries living under dictatorship for decades now, i only got to know his work last Summer when Willem Velthoven told me about it on a day i was visiting Mediamatic in Amsterdam.

Sharp believes that non-violent struggle has a greater chance of success than violent resistance, because violence is typically the most powerful weapon used tyrannical regimes and they will always have the upper hand. His booklet From Dictatorship to Democracy (which you can download as a PDF) provide a list of 198 "non-violent weapons", including mock awards, alternative communication system, wearing of symbols, pray-in, boycott of elections, withdrawal of bank deposits, consumers' boycott, renouncing honours, etc.

The book was first published in 1993 to support the opposition movement in Burma and was circulated among dissidents. Anyone seen carrying the book around was sentenced to seven-year prison terms by the regime. This kind of manual for toppling dictators has since inspired opponents of oppression in places as far apart as Thailand, Ukraine, Serbia, Estonia, Iran, China, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, and more recently in Syria, Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East.


Sharp's work which is committed to the defense of freedom, democracy, and the reduction of political violence doesn't always receive the praise one would think they deserve. Some regimes have accused him of being a CIA agent and the Albert Einstein Institution he founded struggles to find funding.


The film How to Start a Revolution uses extended interviews with Gene Sharp. Now in his mid-eighties, Sharp hardly ever leaves Boston where he runs the non-profit Albert Einstein Institution and dedicates his free time to orchids. There are also long contributions from his assistant Jamila Raqib, and from Robert Helvey, a retired US army colonel with whom Sharp worked in Burma and who has remained his ally since, training activists in various parts of the world to practice peaceful resistance. The film also includes testimony from key players in the Serbian revolution and activists involved in non-violent unrest in the Middle East.

How to Start a Revolution has been described as the unofficial film of the Occupy movement and was shown in Occupy camps in cities all over the world. In an Q&A with Aljazeera, Gene Sharp's reaction to the question What advice would you give to the Occupy movement? was the following:

I think they need to study how they can actually change the things they don't like, because simply sitting or staying in a certain place will not change or improve the economic or political system.

This is Ruaridh Arrow's first documentary and it has already received numerous awards. It's easy to understand why: we are in critical need to hear more about Sharp's thinking and the film traces the impact of his work with clarity. It's an energizing movie, it gives hope in a time when newspapers deride any attempt at optimism. However, the film isn't flawless. The music was a bit too emphatic, with trumpets and pathos to highlight the moments when tyranny hits the dirt. The images didn't need added drama. Neither did i need to witness anyone's parking skills at length. It would have been helpful to be able to read on the screen for more than 2 seconds the names of the interviewees. But these are minor grudges. I wish How to Start a Revolution was available online. Like Sharp's booklet, it should be distributed widely.


How to Start a Revolution film will be shown in the UK Houses of Parliament on 1 February. Check out the facebook page to read about upcoming screenings.

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Visit the Newly Opened ATTI Gallery

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Published on : 2012-01-09 00:00:00




Toronto's newest contemporary art gallery is committed to Fresh, Dynamic and Bold.

Atti Gallery opened this month at 2152 Yonge St., just south of Eglinton, in one of Toronto's busiest and flourishing uptown neighbourhoods.

The gallery's 1200 s.f. main floor newly-renovated exhibition space is an intimate and relaxed setting for the bold and confident compositions in painting, photography and works in paper.

We represent emerging and established artists now working in a wide range of vibrant contemporary art scenes in Canada and abroad. They take risks: producing compelling, dynamic and stimulating pieces to enchant both new and long-time collectors.


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Keith Langergraber | Julie Lequin | Jacob Horwood

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

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Keith Langergraber: Pavilion Lake, 2011. Image courtesy of the artist.





You Can't Go Home Again will explore various facets of science fiction fan culture as it intersects with personal utopias. The project will critique the utopian gesture of the lone male seeking out places of isolation, away from the civilizing impulses of society; conjuring up a period of creativity, as well as loneliness, alienation and moral disintegration. Merging sci-fi references with documents that chronicle a solitary sea voyage and personal revelation, this installation will complicate assumptions about what it means to be "a fan" across disciplines. Employing new theories of fandom, the exhibition will open up a range of possibilities in regards to consumption, production, criticality, and play.

KEITH LANGERGRABER received his BFA from the University of Victoria and his MFA from the University of British Columbia. He has exhibited extensively in solo and group shows in Canada, the United States, and Asia since 1995. He has received many grants and awards for his work, including being on the long list for the Sobey Award in 2009. Langergraber's work grows from an interest in social, cultural, and political change found through scrutiny of a selected site. His research allows for an understanding of the shifts that have taken place at a location over time. His exhibitions consist of the accumulation and reconstitution of information through the peeling back of layers of the vernacular landscape. Langergraber is currently teaching at Emily Carr University (BC).


For her first solo exhibition in Toronto, Julie Lequin presents a selection of chapters from a new multidisciplinary video installation which condenses each year of her life. Effervescent with humor, storytelling, error and wordplay, Top 30 weaves the line between autobiography and fiction.

JULIE LEQUIN is a French Canadian artist. She received a BFA from Concordia University and an MFA from Art Center College of Design. In 2007, 2nd Cannons Publications published Lequin's first book and DVD project The Ice Skating Tree Opera - Director's Cuts. Her work has been screened and exhibited internationally at venues such as the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum in California, La Centrale Powerhouse in Montreal, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Art in General and White Columns in New York City. Lequin is the 2011 recipient of the Joseph S. Stauffer Award, an honor given by the Canada Council for the Arts. Lequin is happily living and working in Montreal.


Horwood developed these series of screenprinted one and two-off pieces with little emphasis on design. He wishes to demystify the idea that in screenprinting, a piece of art is first designed in its entirety, and then produced. The execution of the work and its composition is completed almost entirely in the studio by the artist. This stresses the practice itself, relying on trial and error, as well as color harmony to create new work. This series is a more spontaneous practice, and utilized as little source material as possible.

JACOB HORWOOD is a Toronto-based visual artist who works in printmaking, publishing, and sound art. In 2004, he co-founded the experimental sound art record label Beniffer Editions. It has released over 110 hand-made artist multiples on various formats, including LPs, books, box-sets and cassettes. Horwood is the administrator of Punchclock Printing and works as a specialty screen printer, assisting other artists and designers interested in the full realization of their ideas. He is also one-half of music concrete duo Gastric Female Reflex, who have released music and toured internationally. Horwood's work is informed by process based painting techniques applied to screen-printing, visual after image demonstrations, re-appropriation, and artist multiple presentation.

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Martha Eleen and Mary Catherine Newcomb

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


loop Gallery presents:


Martha Eleen
I, Huck

Mary Catherine Newcomb

January 7– January 29, 2012
Reception: Saturday, January 7, 2012, 2-5 PM
Q&A Session: Sunday January 15th, 2-4 PM

loop Gallery is pleased to announce exhibitions by loop members Martha Eleen entitled I,Huck, and Mary Catherine Newcomb entitled Grassy

I, Huck is the latest exhibition by Toronto-based artist Martha Eleen which maps the domestic space framing the artist’s relationship with her son Gabe, who is vulnerable and requires constant support.  This is an inside view of a dynamic person whose natural gifts of sharp wit, emanating love, and disarming honesty are often obscured by disability bias. The titles used in the work are quotes from Gabe. Fascinated by analog audio technology, Gabe listens to several recorded versions of Huckleberry Finn and likes to call himself ‘Huck.’ He thinks the “n” word is “neighbour”.

Martha Eleen is an honours graduate of Emily Carr College of Art, Vancouver, Canada. Her artistic practice engages the ideas of cultural landscape, the construction of society, and the politics of space through painting. Her work has been exhibited in public galleries in Canada, the United States, Japan, and Mexico. Martha Eleen is represented by loop Gallery in Toronto. She teaches painting and drawing at the Toronto School of Art.

In her January 2012 exhibition at loop Gallery Mary Catherine Newcomb combines an image of the hare, a recurring personal symbol, with her interest in working with living media in the 8’ long “Great Hare”. The exhibition also features a number of smaller pieces including a rabbit’s ear suspended in olive oil with a small silver cup, six silver beans on a small bed of grass, and a series of ink drawings on the rib bones of a cow. These works, together with the Great Hare, whose pelt of coiffed turf is literally alive to the touch, raise questions about relationship between different life forms.

Mary Catherine Newcomb is a sculptor based in Southern Ontario who was born and raised in Montreal. She has received numerous awards form both the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Her work has been widely exhibited in Canada and internationally.

Please join the artists in celebrating the opening reception on Saturday, January 7th from 2-5 pm.  Learn more about Martha Eleen and Mary Catherine Newcomb’s work during a Question & Answer Session at loop on Sunday January 15th, 2PM. 

Images: Martha Eleen, Tough Luck, oil on wood, 30" x 30" (2011); Mary Catherine Newcomb Untitled (detail), rabbit’s ear, glass, silver, grass (2011-12).

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Gallery Hours: Wed - Sat 12 to 5 pm and Sun 1 to 4pm.
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Venice Biennale 2011

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Published on : 2012-01-06 08:38:22
54th International Art Exhibition, 4 June - 27 November 2011. Artistic director: Bice Curiger. Theme: ILLUMInations.

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The Global Contemporary

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Published on : 2012-01-06 05:16:14
Art Worlds After 1989. 17 Sept. 2011 - 5 Febr. 2012, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany. Curators: Andrea Buddensieg, Peter Weibel.

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17th SESC_Videobrasil 2011

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Published on : 2012-01-06 04:53:06
30 Sept. 2011 - 29 Jan. 2012, Internat. Contemp. Art Festival, São Paulo, Brazil. Southern Panoramas & Olafur Eliasson.

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