Gavin MacDougall: Forgotten Things

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I'LL TAKE YOU THERE                                                                                                       78” x 54” acrylic on canvas

 
Forgotten Things
Toronto Art Expo, Booth 812

New work from Gavin MacDougall's latest series of acrylic paintings on canvas,
Forgotten Things, will be shown at this year's
12th annual Toronto Art Expo
 

April 10–13 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Thurs 6–10pm    Fri 12-8pm    Sat 11am-8pm    Sun 11am-6pm
255 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario



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I'LL TAKE YOU THERE  detail                                                                                (9” x 7” section)  acrylic on canvas


This new series of acrylic paintings on canvas explores our imprint on the world around us. Shadows both trail and precede us. Only the absence of light separates us from them. They can either obscure or define forms and objects. Shadows provide depth and are a necessary counterpart of light. They are without substance, yet substantial. Our paths overlap and progress from shadow to light.  

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Media Contact: Gavin MacDougall    gavin@gavinmacdougall.com
Tel.  416-834-6556    @GavinMacDougall
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IMAGES FESTIVAL programs announced

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27th IMAGES FESTIVAL programs announced!

April 10-19, 2014 - Toronto

FULL PROGRAM AND TICKETS at www.imagesfestival.com

The 27th Images Festival is right around the corner, with 10 days of groundbreaking film screenings, live performances and media-based installations taking place throughout Toronto April 10 - 19, 2014. The Images Festival continues to showcase the innovative edge of international contemporary media art, exhibiting a wide range of work and disciplines through its ON SCREEN, OFF SCREEN and LIVE IMAGES programming.

Follow us and stay up to date on all the 2014 IMAGES events!
Join us on Twitter: twitter.com/imagesfestival
Join our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/6596363454/
Join our You Tube page: www.youtube.com/imagesfestival


ON SCREEN program brings together 100+ local and international filmmakers from 20+ countries in a series of feature length works and Images' trademark curated shorts series. For the fourth year in a row, our main screening venue is Jackman Hall at the Art Gallery of Ontario. On Screen highlights include Narimane Mari's award winning dream-like film Loubia Hamra (Bloody Beans), as well as The 2014 Images Festival Canadian Spotlight, which falls on net-artist Jennifer Chan. Join us for talks with filmmakers and curators scheduled throughout the festival.
Admission to all programs $10/$5. Student program and all screenings that start before 6 PM are Pay What You Can.

OPENING NIGHT!
Kicking off the festival at the Royal Cinema on April 10 @ 7 PM, is an intimate and epic film by the Indian collective CAMP (artists in attendance). From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf was shot over four years with a variety of high definition and mobile phone cameras, providing a remarkable window into the usually invisible world of merchant seamen who traverse the Arabian Sea to the Persian Gulf. Having screened at Experimenta Festival, FID Marseille and Documenta, we are thrilled to bring this film to Toronto audiences for our opening weekend.
TICKETS – $10 General / $8 members, students, seniors


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CLOSING NIGHT!
Closing the festival is Canadian filmmaker Brett Kashmere's film From Deep, a feature-length experimental documentary that looks at basketball and its profound role in American life. Screening April 19 @ 9 PM at the AGO's Jackman Hall, the film weaves together clips from movies, music videos, television, and video games to follow the evolution of basketball, and uses the game as a cinematic platform to look at broader issues of culture, race and class.
TICKETS – $10 General / $8 members, students, seniors

LIVE IMAGES embraces and explores different traditions of performance with innovative works by Taku Unami, Evan Calder Williams and Lucy Raven.

Andrew Lampert's Making Space For More - Friday April 11, 2014 (6 - 9PM) @ AGO's Frank Restaurant (317 Dundas Street West)

Frank, the acclaimed restaurant of the AGO, is now accepting reservations for Andrew Lampert's Making Space For More an Images Festival/AGO Performance event. Lampert will act as a dinner host for a multi-course, moving-image excavation of the darkest shelves found in the AGO's sprawling collection. This dinner-length performance will feature a tasting menu specially prepared by AGO's Executive Chef, Jeff Dueck, as well as feature Toronto-based collaborator Michael Snow. Reservations can be made for the Prix Fixe Menu ($45) through www.ago.net/frank or by calling 416.979.6688 - when you reserve, please mention the Images Festival. An À la Carte option will also be available on the night of the performance on a first come first serve basis.


OFF SCREEN
Out of the cinema and into the galleries! Our Off Screen program presents media-based installations by Canadian and international artists at local galleries, artist-run centres and public locations including Mercer Union, Paul Petro Contemporary, Trinity Square Video and many more. Opening receptions, walking tours and artist talks are scheduled throughout the festival.

OPEN NOW! @ Gallery 44 120-401 Richmond Street West
Color Opponent Process is the most recent result of Aura Satz's ongoing investigations into analogue cinema and sound technology, specifically the Technicolor process co-developed by Herbert Kalmus. The centerpiece of the installation at Gallery 44 is A Doorway for Natalie Kalmus, an 8 minute video, which explores the interior of a 35mm Technicolor film printer, while simultaneously paying tribute to the wife of it's inventor. The film is accompanied by 35mm colour coded filmstrips and a series of lightboxes displaying frame enlargements from Cecil B. DeMille's 1916 film, Joan the Woman.


Lost Illusions/Illusions perdues OPENING RECEPTION & ARTIST TALK April 4, 7:00PM @ Mercer Union 1286 Bloor Street West

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Lost Illusions/Illusions perdues is a new work by artist Sarah Pierce that evolves across three venues, the Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff), Mercer Union (Toronto) and SBC Galerie (Montréal), between January and June 2014. In conceptualizing a three-part project across three venues in the form of a solo exhibition, she calls upon a methodology that involves accumulation and archival research. The processes of research and presentation that Pierce undertakes highlight a continual renegotiation of the terms for making art: the potential for dissent and self-determination, the slippages between individual work and institution and the proximity of past artworks.

Working with a group of art students in each location, Pierce has organized a workshop to explore the relationship between figuration, abstraction and gestural forms. In this layering of art-making, institutional histories and present actions, there is an exploration of "lost illusions," the suppression of objects and events that had recently been the focus of attention.

** FESTIVAL MEMBERSHIPS & TICKETING **
Become an Images member and get privileged access to our 2014 programming! For more information on our Membership Program and to purchase online: http://www.imagesfestival.com/donate.php Advanced FESTIVAL TICKETS now available through our online store for all ticketed events!

VOLUNTEER with The Images Festival!!!
Like many non-profit organizations, we absolutely depend on the support of volunteers. As well as being fun, volunteering is a great opportunity to be involved with a vibrant art scene, see a film festival operate from the inside and help out a dynamic organization. Click on the link below to find you more: http://www.imagesfestival.com/about.php?misc_id=74
 

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MFA Thesis 1

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University of Waterloo Fine Arts Presents
MFA
THESIS 1


April 10–26, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 10 from 5:00–8:00 pm

Gallery One
Amanda Rhodenizer
Turf & Twig

In Turf & Twig solitary figures are depicted at the boundaries of salable land, performing surreal and fruitless tasks. The objects they interact with recall a manufactured domesticity, displaced and almost obsolete within the outdoors. The inadequacy of these interactions is emphasized by the immensity of the wilderness behind them. Inspired by the historic "Turf & Twig ceremony", which has its roots in the colonial, English expansion into North America, the symbolic actions depicted in these large-scale oil paintings suggest failed versions of settlement. Source images for the landscapes are retrieved from Canadian real estate websites, which advertise 'empty lots for sale'. These open-ended narratives act as imagined histories on lots of land charged with unresolved links to the past.

Amanda Rhodenizer received her BFA from NSCAD University and is currently completing her MFA at the University of Waterloo. She was the Nova Scotia recipient of the Bank of Montreal 1st Invitational Art Competition in 2006, and has recently been awarded a Curtlands Foundation Bursary. As a recipient of the Keith and Winifred Shantz Internship Award in 2013 she assisted the painter Caroline Walker in London, UK. She has exhibited nationally and her work can be found in a number of private international collections. She is currently based in Kitchener, ON.
www.arhodenizer.com

Gallery Two
Megan Green
The Jackalope in the Room

The Jackalope in the Room is an installation of sculptural and found objects that have been altered or contextualized in a way that conflates strangeness with normality. Many of the items in the installation were given as gifts or found in thrift stores, and have been modified to communicate a broader cultural or psychological meaning. Often this meaning is related to personal anecdotes and stereotypes attached to the objects that, in turn, seek to complicate popular narratives and cultural myths—many of which relate back to my experiences in northern Alberta. Northern Alberta is a liminal, near-mythical place where our ideas about remote environments collide with mass industrialization. These shibboleths have a pervasive quality that allows me to construct an uncanny web of associations using often banal source materials.

Megan Green is currently working toward an MFA at the University of Waterloo. She received a BFA from the University of Alberta in 2011. She was born in St. Johns, Newfoundland and grew up in Northern Alberta. While living in Fort McMurray she attended Keyano College and received a Visual Art and Design Diploma in 2009. In 2013 Megan completed a Keith and Win Shantz Internship where she was a studio assistant for multidisciplinary artist and taxidermist Claire Morgan in London, UK.
http://megananastasiagreen.com

Please join us in celebrating both thesis exhibitions by these promising emerging artists.
Exhibitions are free and open to the public.

UWAG
University of Waterloo Art Gallery, East Campus Hall 1239
Fine Arts Office: 519.888.4567 ext. 36923 finearts.uwaterloo.ca
Gallery: 519.888.4567 ext. 33575 uwag.uwaterloo.ca

Hours
Tuesday to Saturday
12:00-5:00 pm
Or by appointment

Contact
Ivan Jurakic, Director / Curator
519.888.4567 ext. 36741
ijurakic@uwaterloo.ca

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

Parking
Limited meter parking is available behind ECH
Visitor Parking is available in Lot E6, E5 or Lot B after 3:45 pm
http://www.uwaterloo.ca/map/index.php

Mailing
UW Fine Arts | University of Waterloo Art Gallery
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON, Canada N2L 3G1


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Images (left to right): Amanda Rhodenizer, Signalman, 2013, oil and acrylic on canvas. Megan Green, Home Décor, 2012, deer antlers, cell phone photo, light box, electrical cord, found wood carving. Images courtesy of the artists.
 

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Circuit Gallery presents Donald Weber and Dima Gavrysh

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Left to Right: Donald Weber, "Omaha Beach Shrapnel #188, Sector Dog, White" (detail) from the series War Sand, 2013;
Dima Gavrysh, "Tangi #2" (detail) from the series Inshallah, 2009



Circuit Gallery presents

Embedded
Donald Weber
Dima Gavrysh

April 10 - May 3, 2014

Opening Reception
Thursday, April 10, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Artist's Talk + Discussion (moderated by Sara Matthews)
Saturday, April 12, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Circuit Gallery @ Prefix ICA
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 124
Toronto, ON, M6R 2G5

Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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Circuit Gallery is proud to present Embedded, a two-person exhibition featuring work by Canadian photographer Donald Weber, from his new project War Sand, and Ukrainian born, U.S. based photographer Dima Gavrysh, from his award winning project Inshallah. The exhibition is curated by Claire Sykes with a catalogue essay by Sara Matthews.

As Canada's troops leave Afghanistan and we prepare to mark the centenary of the First World War, Embedded, offers a timely look at war and the extents to which we can experience it through photography.

In War Sand, Donald Weber looks closely at the beaches of the Normandy coast, the sites of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in 1944. His work asks questions about history and geology, and about sacrifice, memory and time. In a departure from his previous powerful pictures of people, Weber offers a series of beautiful and moody land and seascapes. These are complemented by micrographic images of sand collected from those beaches that reveal the traces of war; embedded in the beaches there remain vast quantities of shrapnel and other war debris.

Dima Gavrysh was embedded as a photojournalist with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan in 2009 and 2011. In the course of his work he moved progressively away from the kind of direct reportage he was expected to provide, toward taking a different kind of picture with the project evolving into a personal catharsis for which this war became a background. His powerful series, Inshallah, offers us a more emotional and embodied impression of that experience—one that seeks to convey the pervasive unease, confusion and frustration he witnessed there.

Embedded is the inaugural exhibition for Circuit Gallery @ Prefix ICA and marks the start of the gallery's new partnership with Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art. Circuit Gallery @ Prefix ICA will present four exhibitions a year at this respected venue located in the 401 Richmond building, a destination arts-hub in downtown Toronto.

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Donald Weber is a photographer fascinated by the subject of power (be it economic, political, psychological) and how it deploys an all-encompassing theatre for its subjects. His intense Interrogations project and accompanying book (Schilt, 2011) received notable recognition and accolades from World Press Photo, PDN, Aperture, and many others. His numerous awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Duke and Duchess of York Photography Prize, two World Press Photo prizes, and most recently he has been shortlisted for the 2014 Scotiabank Photography Prize. He is a member of the acclaimed VII Photo agency and is represented by Circuit Gallery (Toronto).

Dima Gavrysh is a documentary photographer who has, since early the 2000s, worked with major publications and news agencies such as Associated Press, Bloomberg News and Agence France-Presse. He has also worked on multiple projects around the globe, including collaborations with Doctors Without Borders and the United Nations Population Fund and was embedded with the US Army in Afghanistan. Dima's work has appeared in a variety of international publications, including The New York Times, Stern, Paris Match and Time. Since 2009 Dima has been exploring the American war in Afghanistan through video installation, photography, appropriated imagery and data visualization. His book Inshallah is forthcoming from Kehrer Verlag (2014).

Sara Matthews is Assistant Professor of Culture and Conflict in the Department of Global Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her interdisciplinary work brings aesthetic and cultural theory to the study of violence and the dynamics of social conflict. Her current research considers how contemporary Canadian War Artists are responding to Canada's mission in Afghanistan. In addition to her academic work, Sara curates aesthetic projects that archive visual encounters with legacies of war and social trauma. Her critical writing has appeared in articles for PUBLIC, FUSE Magazine, as a blog for Gallery TPW R&D, and in exhibition essays for the Art Gallery of Bishops University and YYZ.

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Embedded runs April 10 through May 3 at Circuit Gallery @ Prefix ICA, with an Opening Reception on Thursday, April 10, from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (artists in attendance) and an Artist's Talk + Discussion (moderated by Sara Matthews) on Saturday, April 12, 1 to 2:00 p.m.

Please visit Circuit Gallery online to see and learn more:
http://www.circuitgallery.com/exhibitions_embedded

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Donald Weber, Gold Beach, Sector How, Green. October 4, 2013, 5:45am. 17°C, 82% RELH, Wind, SW, 13 Knots. VIS: Good, Broken Clouds, from the series War Sand, 2013

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

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

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For further information and media inquiries, please contact:

Amanda Lee, Publicist - Passionfruit Communications, passionfruit@cogeco.ca, Tel: 647-235-4079
Claire Sykes, Circuit Gallery - claire@circuitgallery.com
 

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Canadian Art Goes to Supermarket: A Synopsis

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Canadian Art Goes to Supermarket: A Synopsis

 

CANADIAN ART GOES TO SUPERMARKET: A SYNOPSIS

Philippe Blanchard, Amy Lockhart, Gabriel Parniak, and Gillian Wilson

 

In February this year, Ed Video Media Arts Centre in Guelph, took works by four Canadian artists to the Supermarket Art Fair in Stockholm, Sweden. Images of the work posted online provoked widespread attention and press coverage, proving that something small can become big overnight.

Works by Philippe Blanchard, Amy Lockhart, Gabriel Parniak, and Gillian Wilson were exhibited, curated by Scott McGovern of Ed Video.  Featuring drawing, painting, sculpture, and animation, the exhibition captured the attention of the audience with sophisticated but flawed imagery, challenging the veracity of first impressions.

The show has been reinstalled in Cambridge, alongside large printouts of the online commentary, interviews, and media coverage that sparked an international conversation about Canadian art among non-arts communities.

Canadian Art goes to Supermarket: a synopsis, since you probably missed it.

April 10 – 21, 2014

Reception, with artists and an explanation:

Thursday, April 17, 7:00pm
 

QUEEN’S SQUARE

1 North Square, Cambridge
T: 519.621.0460

Location Hours:

Mon – Thurs 9:30am – 8:30pm
Fri & Sat 9:30am – 5:30pm
Sun 1:00 – 5:00pm
For more information visit ideaexchange.org

call 519.621.0460 or follow on Twitter @IdeaXchng

Admission is free; all are welcome.

 

Idea | Exchange

 

Idea Exchange presents contemporary art, architecture and
design from three locations in the City of Cambridge: Design at
Riverside, Preston, and Queen’s Square.

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Chiasmata: Graduating Student Art Exhibition

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SUMMA 2014

Graduating Student Art Exhibition
McMaster Museum of Art
10 – 26 April 2014

Reception and Awards: April 12, 2 – 4 pm
Artist Talks: April 16, 12:30 – 1:20 pm

The McMaster Museum of Art proudly presents this exhibition featuring work by 21 studio art students graduating from McMaster University this year. The artists have exhibited in galleries and museums across the city, including the Hamilton Artists Inc., Artword Gallery, Gallery on the Bay, Studios at Hotel Hamilton, Hamilton Museum of Steam Technology, and LIUNA Station, as well as in Toronto and Niagara. The group has also developed a live T-shirt printing event, which has been executed at various venues across the city, including the 2013 Supercrawl on James Street North. These artists explore a variety of themes, including relationships, cultural dislocation, religion, the cycles of the earth, and sacred geometry, as well as human impact on the environment.

CHIASMATA comes from the Greek for crossing. The optic chiasma is the part of the brain where the optic nerves cross to form a cohesive picture plane. Similarly, this exhibition is the point of intersection where a diverse group of artists converges and exists harmoniously in a single space.

The Artists:
Virginia Anne Abel, Miguel A. Chávez, Zachery Ellis, Ben Falco, Alicia Giansante,
Emmalou Hale, Amy Imrie, Joshua Lewis, Mary-Cathryn McCarthy, Rachel McLaughlin,
Christopher McLeod, Keisha Neoma-Quinn, Sarah Paisley, Kadi Prince, Olivia Rozema,
Jennifer Shamo, Sonia Stouth, Nikkie Pui Yee To, Livia Tsang, Ianitza Vassileva, and David Yoon

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McMaster Museum of Art
Alvin A. Lee Building
McMaster University
1280 Main St W
Hamilton, ON L8S 4L6
905.525.9140 x.23241

Admission is Free
Museum hours: Tue/Wed/Fri 11am-5pm, Thu 11-7, Sat 12-5

museum@mcmaster.ca
www.mcmaster.ca/museum
McMaster University School of the Arts

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Announcing the 27th Images Festival

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27th IMAGES FESTIVAL programs announced!

April 10-19, 2014 - Toronto

Expanding cinema since 1988.

FULL PROGRAM AND TICKETS at www.imagesfestival.com


The 27th Images Festival is right around the corner, with 10 days of groundbreaking film screenings, live performances and media-based installations taking place throughout Toronto April 10 - 19, 2014.  The Images Festival continues to showcase the innovative edge of international contemporary media art, exhibiting a wide range of work and disciplines through its ON SCREEN, OFF SCREEN and LIVE IMAGES programming.

Follow us and stay up to date on all the 2014 IMAGES events!
Join us on Twitter: twitter.com/imagesfestival
Join our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/6596363454/
Join our You Tube page: www.youtube.com/imagesfestival


ON SCREEN program brings together 100+ local and international filmmakers from 20+ countries in a series of feature length works and Images’ trademark curated shorts series. For the fourth year in a row,dun our main screening venue is Jackman Hall at the Art Gallery of Ontario.  On Screen highlights include Narimane Mari’s award winning dream-like film Loubia Hamra (Bloody Beans), as well as The 2014 Images Festival Canadian Spotlight, which falls on net-artist Jennifer Chan.  Join us for talks with filmmakers and curators scheduled throughout the festival. 
Admission to all programs $10/$5. Student program and all screenings that start before 6 PM are Pay What You Can.

OPENING NIGHT!
Kicking off the festival at the Royal Cinema on April 10 @ 7 PM, is an intimate and epic film by the Indian collective CAMP (artists in attendance).  From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf was shot over four years with a variety of high definition and mobile phone cameras, providing a remarkable window into the usually invisible world of merchant seamen who traverse the Arabian Sea to the Persian Gulf. Having screened at Experimenta Festival, FID Marseille and Documenta, we are thrilled to bring this film to Toronto audiences for our opening weekend.  TICKETS – $15 General / $8 members, students, seniors

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CLOSING NIGHT!
Closing the festival is Canadian filmmaker Brett Kashmere’s film From Deep, a feature-length experimental documentary that looks at basketball and its profound role in American life.  Screening April 19 @ 9 PM at the AGO’s Jackman Hall, the film weaves together clips from movies, music videos, television, and video games to follow the evolution of basketball, and uses the game as a cinematic platform to look at broader issues of culture, race and class.
TICKETS – $10 General / $8 members, students, seniors


LIVE IMAGES embraces and explores different traditions of performance with innovative works by Taku Unami, Evan Calder Williams and Lucy Raven.

Andrew Lampert’s Making Space For More
- Friday April 11, 2014 (6 - 9PM) @ AGO’s Frank Restaurant (317 Dundas Street West)

This year we have invited New York artist, Andrew Lampert to mount an evening of live performances and culinary invention at the AGO's Frank restaurant on April 11.  This dinner-length performance will feature a tasting menu specially prepared by AGO's Executive Chef, Jeff Dueck, as well as feature Toronto-based collaborator Michael Snow. This multi-course, moving-image excavation of the AGO’s sprawling collection of 85,000 works of art, will be a carefully curated tour for the taste buds, opening up new ways of thinking about art and taste.

The performance can be experienced anytime between 6 and 9 PM. Admission is included with the purchase of food and drink, either with a prix fixe menu through advance reservations or à la carte without reservations on a first come first served basis. Reservations can be made through www.ago.net/frank or by calling 416 979 6688.



OFF SCREEN

Out of the cinema and into the galleries! Our Off Screen program presents media-based installations by Canadian and international artists at local galleries, artist-run centres and public locations including Mercer Union, Paul Petro Contemporary, Trinity Square Video and many more.  Opening receptions, walking tours and artist talks are scheduled throughout the festival.

OPEN NOW! @ Gallery 44 120-401 Richmond Street West

Color Opponent Process is the most recent result of Aura Satz’s ongoing investigations into analogue cinema and sound technology, specifically the Technicolor process co-developed by Herbert Kalmus.  The centerpiece of the installation at Gallery 44 is A Doorway for Natalie Kalmus, an 8 minute video, which explores the interior of a 35mm Technicolor film printer, while simultaneously paying tribute to the wife of it’s inventor. The film is accompanied by 35mm colour coded filmstrips and a series of lightboxes displaying frame enlargements from Cecil B. DeMille’s 1916 film, Joan the Woman.

 

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** FESTIVAL MEMBERSHIPS & TICKETING **
Become an Images member, support your favourite artist-run festival and get privileged access to our 2014 programming! Images is extending a 20% discount on our 16mm membership until March 28…$60 gets an All Access Pass! For more information on ourMembership Program and to purchase online: http://www.imagesfestival.com/donate.php FESTIVAL TICKETS Advance tickets now available through our online store for all ticketed events!


VOLUNTEER with The Images Festival!!!

Like many non-profit organizations, we absolutely depend on the support of volunteers. As well as being fun, volunteering is a great opportunity to be involved with a vibrant art scene, see a film festival operate from the inside and help out a dynamic organization. Click on the link below to find you more: http://www.imagesfestival.com/about.php?misc_id=74


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 at and receive a tax receipt through Canada Helps:

http://www.canadahelps.org/CharityProfilePage.aspx?CharityID=s38150

MEDIA CONTACT

Aidan Cowling
416 971 8405
aidan@imagesfestival.com

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"Volta", the oversized voltaic pile

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Michiel Pijpe and the Artscience Interfaculty, Volta, Dick Raaijmakers ('95) at the Age of Wonder Festival. Photo by Sas Schilten

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Michiel Pijpe and the Artscience Interfaculty, Volta, Dick Raaijmakers ('95) at the Age of Wonder Festival. Photo by Sas Schilten

In 1800, Alessandro Volta made the first electro chemical battery. The 'voltaic pile' demonstrated that a moist, porous material sandwiched between two dissimilar metals can produce an electrical current. The scientist tested several metals and found that zinc and silver gave the best results.

In his experiment, Volta used a disk of copper, covered it with a disk of cloth soaked in brine (i.e., the electrolyte), and stacked that with a disk of zinc. He repeated the copper-cloth-zinc disks piling up until the pile reached a height of about 30 cm. The positive end of the pile is the bottom copper disk, and the negative end is the zinc disk on top.

Volta's experiment was re-enacted on a gigantic scale at the Age of Wonder festival a few weeks ago in Eindhoven. Or maybe i should write that Michiel Pijpe and the Artscience Interfaculty re-enacted the re-enactment of the voltaic pile discovery that media art pioneer Dick Raaijmakers realized in 1995. Raaijmakers (or Raaymakers) is regarded as one of the founders of the Dutch electronic music. He is also closely connected to Eindhoven through his research at the Natlab (Philips Research Laboratories) in the fifties.

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Dick Raaymakers at the Philips NatLab (image via V2_)

Over the course of a several hour long performance, the Volta team built up a giant and foul-smelling pile that alternated copper plates, clothes drenched in acid and zinc.

I didn't stand and stare until the final moments of the performance but I wish i had. The goal was to use the oversized battery to produce enough energy for one light bulb, suspended from the ceiling. I might have missed the grand finale but i've nevertheless been impressed by this over-sized lesson in physics and by the calm, repetitive gestures required to light up a mundane bulb for a few seconds. Also, it's always good to be reminded what a genius Raaijmakers was.

Thus, the audience can experience the relation between the invested labor and the resulting electric energy. And also, how and why the original visual quality of this 'proto-element' has been lost in favor of the efficiency of the modern battery. 'Volta' intends to recreate this lost plasticity, if only for a single moment.

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Michiel Pijpe and the Artscience Interfaculty, Volta, Dick Raaijmakers ('95) at the Age of Wonder Festival. Photo by Sas Schilten

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Michiel Pijpe and the Artscience Interfaculty, Volta, Dick Raaijmakers ('95) at the Age of Wonder Festival. Photo by Sas Schilten

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Michiel Pijpe and the Artscience Interfaculty, Volta, Dick Raaijmakers ('95) at the Age of Wonder Festival. Photo by Sas Schilten

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Michiel Pijpe and the Artscience Interfaculty, Volta, Dick Raaijmakers ('95) at the Age of Wonder Festival. Photo by Sas Schilten

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Michiel Pijpe and the Artscience Interfaculty, Volta, Dick Raaijmakers ('95) at the Age of Wonder Festival. Photo by Sas Schilten

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Michiel Pijpe and the Artscience Interfaculty, Volta, Dick Raaijmakers ('95) at the Age of Wonder Festival. Photo by Sas Schilten

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Treasures From The Vault

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Edward Day Gallery presents
Treasures From The Vault

April 9th – 30th, 2014
Opening Saturday April 26th, 2-4 PM

952 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON.
Gallery Hours: 10am - 6pm, Tuesday – Saturday (or by appointment)



The exhibition contains a variety of contemporary Canadian artists from 1952 – present:
Peter Aspell, Leonard Brooks, Tom Dean, Rick Evans, Susanna Heller. Mark Karasick, Christopher Kier, Attila Richard Lukacs, Kent Monkman, Kazuo Nakamura, Jack Pollack, Jack Shadbolt, Tony Scherman and Harold Town among others.

We will be adding more work from esteemed contemporary Canadian artists up until the 26th, when we will have an official opening from 2 - 4 PM.

The exhibition will be on display until April 30th, 2014.

The gallery is open Easter Sunday and Monday by Appointment:

Call 416 921 6540 for appointment bookings.

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Art of Time Ensemble: I Send You This Cadmium Red

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Published on : 2014-04-09 01:00:00


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"A film, a painting, an essay, a concert – and yes, a play – all at once...Extraordinary" – Macleans Magazine

"Top 11 of 2011...Magical...Delivers the full spectrum of colours" – Globe & Mail

"3.5 stars out of 4...Intriguing and thought-provoking" – Toronto Star


BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Art of Time Ensemble is thrilled to be bringing back the highly acclaimed I SEND YOU THIS CADMIUM RED - for only four performances: April 9-12, 2014.

A simple exchange of letters between two close friends, poet/art critic and Booker Prize winning novelist John Berger and painter/filmmaker John Christie, began with a simple question from Christie: "What could our next project be?" to which Berger replied: "Just send a colour..." A painted square of Cadmium Red found its way in a sealed envelope.

Berger and Christie wrote of the blues of Matisse and Yves Klein and the blues of Schubert and Charlie Parker, from the darkness of Chauvet cave paintings to chance patches of sunlight, from yellow to gold, from Kandinsky to Paul Klee.

This intimate dialogue between two artists becomes a striking and sensuous meditation on colour, accompanied by Gavin Bryars' sumptuous score, Bruce Alcock's breathtaking imagery, and the stunning lighting of Kevin Lamotte.

For video excerpts of I SEND YOU THIS CADMIUM RED, please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrIrKSZyZW0



Ticket info


Art of Time Ensemble is pleased to offer artists and those working in the arts and culture a special price of $25 to premium seats (regular priced at $39-$59) for any of the four performances of I SEND YOU THIS CADMIUM RED. To take advantage of this promotion and to purchase tickets, please visit artoftimeensemble.com and use the code CADMIUMARTS. You can also call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416 973 4000 and quote the same code CADMIUMARTS.



About Art of Time Ensemble


Art of Time Ensemble is the creation of renowned classical pianist and Artistic Director Andrew Burashko. Not content to rehash basic classical repertoire, Burashko and Art of Time Ensemble have become known for their daring interaction with the Toronto cultural scene. Now in its 12th season, Art of Time Ensemble is one of Canada's most innovative and artistically accomplished music ensembles. With music as inspiration, the Art of Time Ensemble creates live art experiences of unsurpassed creativity and quality with the goal of attracting new audiences to the performing arts. Committed to finding new ways of blending classical music with other genres as well as other art forms, each Art of Time program is uniquely different in theme and content. Over the years, some of Canada's most renowned artists have performed with Art of Time, including: Peggy Baker, Sarah Slean, Tom McCamus, Shauna Rolston, Ted Dykstra, Phil Dwyer, Michael Ondaatje, and Steven Page. International collaborators include: Madeleine Peyroux, Branford Marsalis, and Gavin Bryars.



For more information, please contact :
Stephen Lan, Marketing and Communications Manager
Email : marketing@artoftimeensemble.com
Web : artoftimeensemble.com
Twitter : @artoftime


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