Tony Calzetta: LOVE DITTIES

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Save The Last Dance For Me, 2014, oil pastel and graphite on paper, 34 x 40 inches

Tony Calzetta: LOVE DITTIES

November 15 - December 6, 2014
Reception: Saturday November 15th, 4 - 7 pm

De Luca Fine Art is pleased to present the exhibition LOVE DITTIES by Tony Calzetta. Baffled viewers may ask what are these strange images, these “planes” or “cars,” these strange vessels that float upon placid waves, these “meteors” or “rockets” that whoosh from speckled skies? It is difficult to define them and that is exactly Calzetta’s intention. His titles are amusements, bearing no relation to the drawings whatsoever, they elude definition and speculation. The shapes that inhabit his drawings have no meaning we can paraphrase. His aim is purely an aesthetic one. He invites us into a world of sumptuous colour and drama, into a world crisply conjured in gouache, graphite and oil pastel. These drawings are not representations; they are beings.

Over the past 35 years Tony Calzetta has developed a distinctive visual language of bold, simplified forms where colour, texture and lines jump into a third dimension and dance to life to create works that challenge the viewer’s imagination.

Tony Calzetta received his B.F.A. from the University of Windsor and his M.F.A. from York University. He works mainly on canvas and paper and at times in sculpture and printmaking. He has published three major livres d’artiste, Acts of Kindness and of Love in collaboration with writer John Metcalf, and more recently How God Talks in His Sleep and Other Fabulous Fictions and Peculiar Practices with writer Leon Rooke. In addition to commissioned works he is represented in public, corporate and private collections in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. In 2011, his paintings exhibited at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Toronto were part of the Padiglione Italia at the 54 th International Venice Biennale. He was elected as a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA) in 2004.

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Vera Frenkel: Ways of Telling

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Vera Frenkel: Ways of Telling
November 15 – December 28

Opening Reception: November 14, 8 PM

Vera Frenkel: Ways of Telling is a comprehensive presentation of the work of the Toronto-based artist whose interdisciplinary approach to video, performance, sculptures, printmaking, and installations has earned widespread international acclaim. Showcasing rarely seen early works such as her 1979 mixed media installation The Storyteller's Device alongside more recent projects including ONCE NEAR WATER: Notes from the Scaffolding Archive (2008) and the monumental, multi-channel video/photo project, The Blue Train (2012-14), the exhibition explores the intimate relationship Frenkel’s artworks elicit between subject matter and the media carefully chosen to animate each piece. Described as a “master storyteller,” the artist’s wide-ranging oeuvre since the early 1970s has focused on issues of exile, immigration, discrimination, censorship, and the bureaucratization of both life and art. Articulating her narratives in and through a full awareness of both the power and fleeting fallibility of language, Frenkel's stories mischievously combine fictive and factual realities through a particular way of telling that scrutinizes memory and history while opening up spaces for transgression between words and things.


Vera Frenkel: Ways of Telling features a reconstruction of the artist's storied six-channel video installation and fully functioning piano bar …from the Transit Bar, first created for the 1992 documenta IX exhibition in Kassel, Germany. …from the Transit Bar is being installed as a special presentation of the NGC@MOCCA program within the overall exhibition which has been curated by National Gallery of Canada Associate Curator, Contemporary Art, Jonathan Shaughnessy.

The exhibition is accompanied by the catalogue Points of Departure: Vera Frenkel / Words and Works published by Black Dog, London, UK, in collaboration with MOCCA and edited by Duncan McCorquodale, Jonathan Shaughnessy.

MOCCA has also obtained copies of "VERA FRENKEL", the beautiful Hatje Cantz monograph, 2013, edited by Sigrid Schade, with contributions by major international writers and a text by the artist.

Supporting Sponsors: BMO Financial Group, Partners in Art

Exhibition Supporters: Eb and Jane Zeidler, The Ouellette Family Foundation, Armstrong Fine Art Services

All programs and activities of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art are supported by Toronto Culture, the Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, BMO Financial Group, Cisco Canada, individual memberships and private donations.

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Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art
952 Queen Street West Toronto ON | 416.395.0067 |
Gallery Hours: Tuesday 11-6, Wednesday - Saturday 11-9, Sunday 11-6
Admission: PWYC
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37th OAAG Awards Winners Announced

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Ontario Association of Art Galleries announced 37th OAAG Awards winners

The Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) announced the 37th OAAG Awards winners on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto.

Twenty-three awards and two honourable mentions recognize 14 galleries from 11 cities across Ontario:

Art Gallery of Hamilton
Art Gallery of Windsor
Art Gallery of York University, Toronto
Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa
Gardiner Museum, Toronto
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph
Museum London
Oakville Galleries
Ottawa Art Gallery / Galerie d’art d’Ottawa
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa
Rodman Hall Art Centre / Brock University, St. Catharines
Thames Art Gallery, Chatham-Kent

Five out-of-province galleries were cited:

Kelowna Art Gallery, British Columbia
Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Musée d’art de Joliette, Joliette, Quebec
Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta
Vancouver Art Gallery, British Columbia

Two other arts organizations were cited:

Black Dog Publishing
Jackson Humanities Institute, University of Toronto

The OAAG Awards are annual, province-wide, juried art gallery awards of artistic merit and excellence. They recognize the new exhibitions, publications, programs and community partnerships that have been commissioned by and produced by Ontario’s public art galleries over the previous year.

OAAG is a registered charitable organization that serves and represents Ontario’s dynamic public art galleries as valued and essential centres of art and learning.

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Exhibition Budget over $20,000

CounterIntelligence Thematic
A Project by Charles Stankievech
Organizer: Barbara Fischer
Exhibition Coordinator: Christopher Régimbal
Program Coordinator: Rebecca Gimmi
Installation Team: Dax Morrison, Alana Leprich
Produced by Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House, 2014

Myfanwy MacLeod, or There and Back Again Monographic
Cassandra Getty and Grant Arnold, Curators
Cassandra Getty, Gallery Coordinator
Myfanwy MacLeod, Artist
Ross Bell, Ron Benner, Paul Dreossi, Wyn Geleynse, Troy Ouellette, Gallery Installation Team
Museum London and Vancouver Art Gallery, 2013

Exhibition Budget under $20,000

Coming to Terms Thematic
John G. Hampton, Curator
Rebecca Gimmi, Christopher Régimbal, Exhibition Coordinators
Dax Morrison, Gallery Installation
James Clar, Simon Glass, Thea Jones, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Carl Trahan, Nicoline van Harskamp, Haegue Yang, Artists
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House, and Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto, 2013-2014

Jimmy Limit: Recent Advancements Monographic
Marcie Bronson, Curator
Jimmy Limit, Artist
Jimmy Limit, Marcie Bronson, Matthew Tegel, Danny Custodio, Jesse Harris, Gallery Installation Team
Rodman Hall Art Centre / Brock University, St. Catharines, 2014


Other Electricities: Works from the AGW Collection
cheyanne turions, Curator and Designer
Srimoyee Mitra, Curator of Contemporary Art, AGW, Project Manager
Nicole McCabe: Curatorial Coordinator
Stephen Nilsson, Chief Preparator, and Chris Hummer, Gallery Installation Team
Art Gallery of Windsor, 2013-2014


Sara Angelucci: Provenance Unknown
Emelie Chhangur, Curator and Designer
Emelie Chhangur & Suzanne Carte, Exhibition Coordinators
Installation Team: Michael Beynon, Luigi Discenza, Craig Allan Marshall, Carmen Schroeder
Sara Angelucci, Artist and Designer
Art Gallery of York University, 2013


Major Essay
Charles Stankievech
“CounterIntelligence,” CounterIntelligence
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House, 2014

Michael J. Prokopow
“Out of the Ordinary: An Te Liu and MONO NO MA"
Gardiner Museum, Toronto, 2013

Short Essay
John Kissick
"Racing to the un-finish line: The Drawings – Ron Shuebrook"
Ron Shuebrook: Drawings
Thames Art Gallery with Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Kelowna Art Gallery, 2013


Luis Jacob
"Where there's a Will there's a Way"
Will Munro: History, Glamour, Magic
Art Gallery of York University, 2013


Marnie Fleming
Oakville Galleries


The City of Windsor
49-year lease agreement with the Art Gallery of Windsor
Art Gallery of Windsor


Ben Gianni
Ottawa Art Gallery / Galerie d’art d’Ottawa


KillJoy's Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House
Allyson Mitchell, Artist
Emelie Chhangur and Allyson Mitchell, Curators
Brette Gabel, Hazel Meyer, Amy Lockhart, Lena Suksi, Deirdre Logue, Jesi the Elder, Dustin Wilson, Johnson Ngo, and Emelie Chhangur, Core Artistic Collaborators
Felice Shays, Andrew Harwood, Lee Airton, The Jolly Goods, Christina Zeidler, Gretchen Phillips, Mo Angelos, Natalie Kouri-Towe, Dainty Smith, Shawna Dempsey, Moynan King, Carolyn Taylor, Chelsey Lichtman, Eli Campanaro, Tracy Tidgwell, Jamie Zarowitz, LJ Roberts, Silky Shoemaker, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Dana Bishop Root, Jess Dobkin, Trixie & Beever, Lorri Millan, M-C MacPhee, Golboo Amani, Steph Markowitz, Juli(a) Rivera, Anni Spadafora, Kalale Dalton, Coral Short, Shary Boyle, Hazel Meyer, Lena Suksi, Werner Hirsch, FASTWÜRMS, Rachael Shannon, Jesi the Elder, Flare Smyth, Aleesa Cohene, Karen Frostitution, Jen Markowitz, Marcilyn Cianfarani, Kim Crosby, Ann Cvetkovich, Ann Pellegrini, Sarah Schulman, Deirdre Logue, Emelie Chhangur, Philip Monk, Chris Mitchell, Brette Gabel, Johnson Ngo, Suzanne Carte, Allyson Mitchell, Amy Lockhart, Dustin Wilson, Judy Virago, Alex Tigchelaar, Laurel, and Fatima, Performers/Participants
Art Gallery of York University, 2013


Allyson Adley, Suzanne Carte, Emelie Chhangur, and Michael Maranda, Educators
Maggie Flynn, Ame Henderson, Jp King, Terrarea (Janis Demkiw, Emily Hogg, Olia Mishchenko), The M.A.D. Poet (aka Melissa A. Dean), Mark "Kurupt" Stoddart, Chevy Eugene, Gabriela Aguilera, Kareem Bennett, Aliyah-Suvannah Burey, Sabrina Gajadhar, Destiny Henry, Salee Korn, Moose, Deshawn Williams, Evan Webber, Shannon Cochrane, Malcom Sutton, Jeremy McCormick Swintak, Don Miller, Sandy Plotnikoff, Sebastian Butt, Deirdre Fraser, Jiva Mackay, Rachel Gorman, Philip Monk, Nadar Hasan, Felix Kalmenson, Jessica Karuhanga, Megan Kinch, Amee Le, Farrah Miranda, Mohammed Mohsen, Grey Muldoon, Lido Pimienta, Wing Yee Tong, Santiago Escobar, Barbara Balfour, Kalli Paakspuu, Wendy McGuire, Elaine Bowen, Ian Garrett, Jennifer Fisher, Eunice Belidor, Mary Dyja, Sky Maule-O’Brien, archiTEXT Zahra Ebrahim, Sherry Lin Artists & Contributors
Art Gallery of York University, 2014


Will Munro: History, Glamour, Magic
Emelie Chhangur and Philip Monk, Curators
Michael Maranda, Editor and Coordinator

Emelie Chhangur, Philip Monk, Luis Jacob, Leila Pourtavaf, Bruce LaBruce, Writers
Lisa Kiss Design, Designer
Art Gallery of York University, 2013

Honourable Mentions

30 Objects, 30 Insights
Rachel Gotlieb and Karine Tsoumis, Editors
Sandra Alfoldy, Anne Anderson, Maureen Cassidy-Geiger, Meredith Chilton, Donna Corbin, Helen Delacretaz, Antoinette Faÿ-Hallé, Rachel Gotlieb, Paul Greenhalgh, Mimi Hellman, Ellen Huang, Susan Jefferies, Peter Kaellgren, Claudia Lehner-Jobst, Sarah Milroy, Dorie Reents-Budet, Dame Rosalind Savill, Ezra Shales, Simon Spero, Karine Tsoumis, Julia Weber, Timothy Wilson, Rosalie Wise Sharp, Hilary Young, Writers
Rachel Gotlieb, Coordinator
Gardiner Museum, Toronto, 2014

Milutin Gubash
Shannon Anderson (English), Colette Tougas and Monica Haim (French), Editors
Shirley Madill, Sandra Dyck, Crystal Mowry, Ryan Doherty, Marie-Claude Landry, Curators
Shirley Madill and Crystal Mowry, Coordinators
Sylvain Campeau, Sandra Dyck, Annie Gauthier, Katarina Gubash (neé Urosevic), Marie-Claude Landry, Shirley Madill, Crystal Mowry, Mathilde Roman, writers
Pata Macedo, Designer
Rodman Hall Art Centre / Brock University, Carleton University Art Gallery, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Musée d’art de Joliette, 2013


Ame Henderson and Evan Webber (concept) Jp King and Jeremy McCormick Art Book
Encyclopaedia of Incidental Activisms
Art Gallery of York University, Toronto, with Ame Henderson and Evan Webber, January 29, 2014, from 7 to 8 pm

Albino Tavares, Black Dog Publishing Art Book
Myfanwy MacLeod, or There and Back Again
Museum London, Vancouver Art Gallery, Black Dog Publishing, 2014

Simon Guibord and Sébastien Aubin Catalogue
In the Flesh / En chair et en os : Dana Claxton, Lance Belanger, Brad Isaacs, Meryl McMaster
Ottawa Art Gallery / Galerie d'art d'Ottawa, 2013

Lisa Kiss Design Catalogue
Will Munro: History, Glamour, Magic
Art Gallery of York University, 2013

Chany Lagueux, Criterium design Catalogue
field notes and other backstories: Hajra Waheed
Art Gallery of Windsor, 2013

Ken Ogawa Catalogue
The Collaborationists: Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery and Art Gallery of Hamilton, 2013

Katie Thibert Catalogue
L.O. Today
Museum London, 2014


Kendra Ainsworth, Karen Bachmann, Alex Maeve Campbell, Anik Glaude, Georgina Jackson, Ivan Jurakic, Terry Lau, Dawn Owen, Mary Reid, Aidan Ware

Gold: Resolution Art Inc., Total Transportation Solutions Inc., Art Toronto, Flash Reproductions, The Globe and Mail
Silver: Canadian Art, Elgin Picture & Frame Inc.
Bronze: Carr McLean, museumpros arts services inc., Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Stephen Bulger Gallery, University of Guelph
Friend: Medcan Clinic
In Kind: Above Ground Art Supplies, Canadian Opera Company, Libre, Shaw Festival Theatre, SLATE Art Guide, Tatyana, Toronto Flower Company, Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Awards Production
Demetra Christakos, Veronica Quach, Deevanie Jethoo, Brendan Coughlin, Kathleen Speckert

Artist Contributors
Henry Chan, Donderdag, David Sereda

Jan Allen, Alicia Boutilier, Demetra Christakos, Mela Constantinidi, Rosemary Donegan, Sandie and Dennis Geden, Shirley Madill, Veronica Quach, Liz Wylie

Valentine Benichou, Maaike Bouhuyzen-Wenger, Katarzyna Czarniecka, Paulo de Almeida, Nives Hajdin, Misha Handman, Tabinda Khan, Cecelia Leddy, Victoria Pathammavong, Calvert Quach, Odette Spitzer-Freedman, Rosa Wan, Theresa Wang, Emma Ward

Helen Teager, Sarah Prince

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The Artist Project Announces Participating Artists for 2015

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Welcome Artists of 2015!

Back for its 8th year, the Artist Project is delighted to announce its line-up of over 250 talented contemporary artists from Canada and abroad.

From February 19-22, 2015, join us at the Better Living Centre in Toronto to meet your favourite new artists and explore the thousands of original paintings, drawings, sculpture, and photographs for sale.

View Gallery of Artist Project artists.


Selection Committee
Artists participating in the Artist Project are carefully juried by a selection committee of art professionals. Our 2015 selection committee includes Mia Nielsen, Curator of The Drake Properties; Natalie Ribkoff, Art Advisor and Founder of Natalie Ribkoff Fine Art Advisory Services; and Vlad Spicanovic, Dean of the Faculty of Art at OCAD University.

Read more about the 2015 jury.

For more information on the show, please visit

Show Dates:
Thursday February 19, 2015 from 5-10pm Early Access Preview
Thursday February 19, 2015 from 7-10pm Opening Night Party
Friday February 20, 2015 from 11am-8pm
Saturday February 21, 2015 from 11am-8pm
Sunday February 22, 2015 from 11am-6pm

Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place
Toronto, ON

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Image credits L-R, Top to Bottom:
Yang Cao, Liminal XII, 2014, Oil on canvas, 48” x 48”
Ieva Baklane, Black Diamond, 2014, Acrylic on canvas, 16” x 16”
Ricky Sosa, Bearbrick Scorpion Fire, 2014, Vinyl toy decorated with beads, 11” h
Anna Church, Union, 2013-2014, Archival canson baryta paper stock, 23” x 31.5” or 16” x 21”
Erin Armstrong, Caged, 2014, Acrylic on canvas, 38” x 46”
David Lovett, Freudenberg Germany, 2013, Acrylic, 24” x 36”


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Kent Monkman: Urban Res

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Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain Montreal presents

Urban Res

November 14 - December 20, 2014
Opening: Thursday November 13th 6:30 pm to 8 pm
372 Ste-Catherine West - suite 216
Montreal, Quebec

This new series of paintings by Canadian Cree artist Kent Monkman carries forward themes from his previous narrative figurations, set against romantic North American landscapes stolen from Albert Bierstadt and other North American painters. Themes relating to historic and contemporary Native American experience such as colonization, sexuality, loss, and resilience, are now transposed against contemporary derelict urban backdrop.

In dynamic compositions that merge myth, spirituality and art history, these paintings surge with an unconventional cast of players; tattooed Renaissance angels, Aboriginal thugs, vivid cubist figurations, spirit animals, and contemporary medicine men in beaded sports jerseys collide in tumultuous street scenes. Complex narratives depict a broad range of human emotion and experience: grief, violence, ecstasy, desire, and pity.

Monkman has recently cast Modernist figurations (Picasso, Bacon, Moore) in his representational paintings as casualties of violence and disease. Both Picasso and Bacon created their figurations based on personal experience with the gruesome violence of war. The two dimensional quality of Picasso’s distorted cubist figures, and Bacon’s mutilations seem heightened in contrast to the sensual figures that Monkman has claimed from various influences in art history.

In Monkman’s work, the Modernists’ flattening of pictorial space functions as a metaphor for Modernity’s compression of indigenous cultures. Inspired by old masters’ sensitive depictions of grief and lamentation, Monkman’s “Casualties of Modernity” are mourned or aided by young urban indigenous people. A generation of disenfranchised youth extend their condolences and empathy toward the less fortunate.

Kent Monkman just received the Hnatyshyn Prize for excellence in the visual arts and the 2014 Indspire Award. His work can be seen currently in the United States at the Sante Fe Site Biennale until January 2015 and in France at the Musée d'art contemporain de Rochechouart until December 15.

Please visit the gallery website for more information.


PFOAC Editions presents:

A new engraving by Naomi Cook in conjunction with The Pianola Project, currently on view until November 15th in the pfoac221 project space.


Naomi Cook
meatus acusticus internus / acoustic_canal_22s.wav
copper plate engraving
31 x 42 cm. (12.25" x 16.5")
Edition of 12

Please visit the pfoac221 exhibition website for more information.



image credit:
Kent Monkman, Seeing Red, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 213 x 320 cm. (84" x 126")

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Mina Ao: Right to Exist

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Mina Ao exhibition

Mina Ao Solo Exhibition

November 14 - December 7

Opening Reception
November 14, 7-9pm
Art Crawl Friday

Artist Talk & Presentations
November 30, 2-3pm, Sunday

you me gallery
330 James Street North, Hamilton
905.523.7754 | Wed-Sun,12-5pm

Mina Ao’s photography exhibition, RIGHT TO EXIST, is a visual narrative about her journey as a female.  It is about female roles and the female body, and the artist’s own sensitivities, fears and insecurities.  These photographs preserve thoughts and ideas that guided her life as a woman in her twenties till now.  

Mina Ao explores subjects in nature, culture and personal encounters through photography. She uses photography as a process to observe, ask questions, and bond with her subjects. Ao's work often involves the viewers in a cultural dialogue. Ao was born and grew up in Macau. She holds a degree in Computer Science from York University.  Her training in photography started in New York City, where she had worked with leading photographers. Ao has lived in Hamilton for the past few years, and she continues to create bridges through photography.

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Lauren Nurse: Cold Comfort

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NOVEMBER 14, 2014 – JANUARY 11, 2015

Lauren Nurse is interested in magic and myth, particularly in how they invoke a level of human
propitiation, a certain type of bargaining with the world. Central to her exhibition Cold Comfort is
the belief that we can exert our influence over forces beyond our control, despite all evidence to
the contrary. These pursuits also give rise to the idea of faith – the promise that something
beyond our grasp will be made accessible to us by some vast power that we don’t understand.
Spells are about language, incantation and ritual. Sculpture is about labour, patience and ritual.
Printmaking is about surface, aesthetics and ritual. All of these practices involve a kind of uneasy
manipulation of the material world resulting in the potential of dissolution of boundaries between
categories, ideas, and objects, the tension between inside and outside, and the intersections that
occur when borders become fluid and porous.

Lauren Nurse is an artist working in printmaking, sculpture and installation. She holds a BFA
from Concordia University, and an MFA from York University. Recent projects have included a solo
show at Open Studio, participation in the Gladstone Hotel’s UpArt Contemporary Art Fair, and an
exhibition of new sculpture work at KWT Contemporary. Lauren lives and works in Stirling, Ontario.

Image: Lauren Nurse, Ceremony. 2013. Photo credit: Thomas Blanchard


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Neighbourhood Spaces Symposium

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Neighbourhood Spaces Symposium
November 14-16, 2014
Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Neighbourhood Spaces Symposium is a three day event examining social and community practice through a variety of panels, presentations, discussions and activities.

Friday, November 14
Tour of Art Gallery of Windsor’s Triennial Exhibition
Free Public event with Mammalian Diving Reflex, details TBA

Saturday, November 15
The City: A material, a place, a partnership
Clint Sleeper (Reno, NV), Dan McCafferty (Windsor, ON), Cathy Masterson (City of Windsor Cultural Affairs Manager, Windsor, ON), and Greg Atkinson (Windsor, ON) will discuss using urban spaces in social practice.

Walking Windsor: Fast and Slow
Aislinn Thomas (Waterloo, ON) will offer symposium participants the opportunity to participate in a walk through the neighbourhood where the symposium is taking place. Participants will navigate social and geographical terrain, and be outside experiencing their bodies moving in space and in relation to others. Participants may choose to walk with either a group of fast or slow walkers.

Young Mammals
Darren O’Donnell (Toronto, ON) with members of the Young Mammals will discuss past projects and legacy.

Social Works: Varied Approaches to Participatory Activity
Sarah Fruchtman (Victoria, BC), Dr. Shauna Janssen (Montreal, QC) and Natalie Blaustone-Dye (Ashland, OR). Presenters will describe past projects and discuss how approaches differ based on a number of factors.

(SPAN): Listening Station
Over the course of the symposium, (SPAN) member Jacqueline Bell (Banff, AB) will be available to interview symposium participants. Each 20-minute session is designed as a peer-to-peer investigation built around a common set of questions, meant to get a sense of the range of ways that conference participants approach their practices. These interviews will be made public via (SPAN)'s website and social media as a part of the ongoing podcast series focusing on Canadian artists and cultural producers, (SPAN) North.

Sunday, November 16
Landscape of Forgetting
An off-site walk with Camille Turner (Toronto, ON) and Alana Bartol (Windsor, ON).
“We will each carry pieces of the puzzle, legal documents, names and stories that evidence the lives of enslaved people. We will collectively listen and watch for signs from the past, keep our eyes attuned to sites of public memory”

Authorship & Authority
Michael DiRisio (Toronto, ON) will present a paper investigating ideas around authorship and authority using social and community practice as a model. Arturo Herrera (Windsor, ON) will talk about his use of food in his presentation Using Food in a Semiotic World, and Amanda White (Toronto, ON), will deliver a paper about her Neighbourhood Spaces residency project Cultivating Windsor which focused on local food culture, and peer exchange.

Screening: Paradise City
Lisa Lipton (Halifax, NS) Paradise City was filmed over the course of Lisa Lipton’s Neighbourhood Spaces residency in the summer of 2013.

Curatorial Practice for Public Spaces
Andrew Lochhead (Toronto, ON), Stephanie Vegh (Hamilton, ON) will discuss their recent curatorial project Market Value, an interactive, performative series of works in Hamilton’s downtown Hamilton Farmer’s Market. Rita Camacho Lomeli (Toronto, ON) will present on her involvement as a curator for Art of the Danforth, and Hiba Abdallah of Broken City Lab (Windsor, ON) will discuss past and future BCL projects.

Jenenne Whitfield (Detroit, MI) is the Executive Director of the Heidelberg Project. he Heidelberg Project began 28 years ago as an artistic protest and has now grown to become a pillar of Detroit’s creative community. The Heidelberg Project has reached across global boundaries to create a potent, thought-provoking place for all people. The labor and suffering, the ups and downs, the joys and pains that all become part of the creative process that we have learned to embrace and how these experiences become our teachers! It is from this perspective that the HP uphold the notion that a new philosophy is being born, Heidelbergology.

Social Practices for Recluses and Wallflowers
Rebecca Noone (Toronto, ON) will share her project Cues for Living. Her presentation examines the role of quiet gestures in social practice and shares some insights from world renowned physicists.

Register Online for the Neighbourhood Spaces Symposium at:

Find complete bios, and more symposium information at:

Symposium Fees:
All Friday events are free of charge
1 day attendance $25 (student $15)
2 day attendance $50 (student $30)
Add catered lunch for $12/day

To enquire about work-exchange, please email Program Coordinator Nadja Pelkey at no later than Oct 24th for details.

Neighbourhood Spaces aims to:
– Engage in collaborative, and community arts practice
– Expand opportunities for residents and visitors to interact and connect with the arts
– Facilitate neighbourhood participation in community spaces
– Provide an opportunity for local and national artists to develop and expand their practice in meaningful ways with and in new communities and environments
– Encourage civic participation, creating a pride of place


Neighbourhood Spaces invited socially engaged and community artists for 4-6 week residencies in various community sites throughout Windsor and Essex County, Ontario, Canada. Supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, this two-year program allowed artists to pursue research and/or create works that engaged, explored and connected with local communities. Neighbourhood Spaces encouraged artists to work in non-traditional spaces in non-traditional ways, embedding artists in community sites.

2013/2014 Neighbourhood Spaces Artists in Residence:

Kenneth McLeod (Windsor, ON)  
Ariana Jacob (Portland, OR)
Lisa Lipton (Halifax, NS)
Camille Turner (Toronto, ON)
Zachary Gough (Portland, OR)
Emily Davidson (Halifax, NS)
Amanda White (Toronto, ON)
Dan McCafferty (Windsor, ON)
Arturo Herrera (Windsor, ON)

Neighbourhood Spaces is the product of a partnership between The Collaborative: Arts Council–Windsor & Region, Broken City Lab and The City of Windsor. This program is made possible through the generous financial support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

For more information please contact:
Nadja Pelkey
Neighbourhood Spaces Program Coordinator / T +519 252 2787


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Post-Photography: The Artist with a Camera

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Post-Photography: The Artist with a Camera, by Robert Shore, arts journalist and editor of quarterly Elephant.

Available on amazon USA and UK.


Publisher Laurence King writes: The real world is full of cameras; the virtual world is full of images. Where does all this photographic activity leave the artist-photographer? Post-Photography tries to answer that question by investigating the exciting new language of photographic image-making that is emerging in the digital age of anything-is-possible and everything-has-been-done-before.

Found imagery has become increasingly important in post-photographic practice, with the internet serving as a laboratory for a major kind of image-making experimentation. But artists also continue to create entirely original works using avant-garde techniques drawn from both the digital and analogue eras.

Roman Pyatkova, Soviet Photo

Post-Photography: The Artist with a Camera presents the works of artists who produce photographic works but aren't necessarily photographers and who use or reference images that already exist. There is, after all, plenty of material for artistic appropriation and reappropriation in our self-obsessed and all recording society: from selfies to CCTV footage, from google street view to prints found in bins.

Post-Photography is one of those beautiful classic coffee table books. Lots of images and concise paragraphs about each artist and photo series. However, Post-Photography is different from most coffee table books: the introductory essay is short but it is informative and pertinent. Not the usual "let's write something lackadaisical and call it content' (i learnt the word lackadaisical yesterday while reading the comments of a blog post about this very book. The word is so pretentious i had to use it too.) I've read and reviewed my fair share of books about photography and i think this is the first time i encounter a publication that focuses specifically on this phenomenon (or 'moment' as the author calls it) and articulates it so clearly and eloquently.

This book is split into five sections: Something Borrowed, Something New shows the artist in the guise of an editor and curator; Layers of Reality recognizes the distinctive outlook that camera has on reality; All the World Is Staged is made of images that document world constructed by the artists; Hand and Eye highlights the materiality of photography; and Post-Photojournalism -which, unsurprisingly, was the chapter that interested me the most- discusses how fabricating reality can be another, sometimes more powerful, way to document it.

Here's a few examples of the works presented in the book:

Roman Pyatkova, Soviet Photo

Roman Pyatkova, Soviet Photo

'Soviet Photo was the only photo magazine available to photography professionals and amateurs in the Soviet Union from 1926 to 1992. Like other publications of the time, it was an outlet for Communist propaganda. Roman Pyatkovka combined photographs from the magazine with his own works as a photographer making clandestine photos (mostly of naked ladies) in the 1970s and '80s. "When looking at these pictures today, we are able to reflect on the ideals and disappointments, censorship and creativity of that time," Pyatkovka writes.

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Mishka Henner, (Paleis Noordeinde, Den Haag) Dutch Landscapes, 2011

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Mishka Henner, (Staphorst Ammunition Depot) Dutch Landscapes, 2011

When Google launched its satellite imagery service in 2005, some governments attempted to censor sites deemed vital to national security. Techniques of concealment and restriction vary from country to country: cloning, blurring, pixelization, and whitening out sites of interest. The Netherlands, for example, hid hundreds of significant sites including royal palaces, fuel depots and army barracks behind stylist multi-coloured polygons. Ironically, it made the censored sites even more conspicuous. The country has since adopted a less distinctive method of visual censorship.

David Thomas Smith, Three Gorges Dam. Sandouping, Yiling, Hubei, People's Republic of China, 2010-11. From Anthropocene

The Anthropocene series are large kaleidoscope photomontages composited from thousands of satellite online images that show some of the world's most recognizable manmade structures and urban landscapes. This work reflects upon the complex structures that make up the centres of global capitalism, transforming the aerial landscapes of sites associated with industries such as oil, precious metals, consumer culture information and excess.

Each location alludes to specific environmental or social issues. The image above, for example, represemts the urban displacement caused by the Three Gorges Dam.

Jonathan Lewis, Lidl. From the WalmArt series

Jonathan's walmArt series shows "big box" stores around the world pixelated beyond recognition. Distorted as they are, the photos still read as consumer spaces.

Hisaji Hara, A Study of 'The Salon', 2009

Hisaji Hara are based on Balthus paintings.
(wondering why i added this series as i so dislike Balthus' work.)

Scarlett Hooft Graafland, Flash

Caleb Charland, Demonstration with Hair Dryer and Aluminum Foil, 2006. From the series Demonstrations

Caleb Charland, Atomic model, 2008. From the series Demonstrations

In his Demonstrations series, Caleb Charland used everyday objects or materials he found in surplus and salvage yards to explore the laws of physics and make the perfect portrait of a scientific phenomenon.

Julie Cockburn, Tantrum

Julie Cockburn, Funster, Hero, 2012

By cutting, embroidering and using collage, Julie Cockburn adds a psychological and sometimes even surreal layer to the vintage photographs she found in garage sales, high school yearbook portraits, cinema headshots, family mementos and landscapes.


Martina Bucigalupo, Gulu Real Art Studio, 2011-12

While working in Northern Uganda, Martina Bacigalupo stopped into a photo studio to get a few shots developed. There, she noticed a standard size portrait in which the face had been cut out. The owner of the studio explained that the missing part had been used for an ID photo. When customers needed an ID head shot, he would just make a standard size portrait print from which he would stamp out the ID portrait. Bacigalupo collected all the discarded headless prints she could from the cutting room floor and created a faceless but very moving portrayal of a society which has lived through violent conflicts over several decades.

Because many people don't own a suit but want to look smart in their photograph, the studio has one suit jacket anyone can borrow even though it might not be their size.

Inside the book:



Photo on the homepage: Nicole Belle, Untitled from Rev Sanchez, 2008.

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InSite: New work from the Al Green Sculpture Studio and School

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Published on : 2014-11-13 00:00:00


InSite: New work from the Al Green Sculpture Studio and School

Opening Thursday November 13, 6-8 PM

New freedom, new inspiration and new vision are reflected in this exhibition of new work by the artists of the Al Green Sculpture Studio and School. The studio's recent relocation, with its increased space, light, expanded instructional opportunities and improved amenities, has enhanced the creative possibilities for this established and diverse group of Toronto sculptors. Proceeds from this annual winter exhibition will be donated in part to "Art City in St. James Town", a charitable organization that provides free art programs for children living in St. James Town.

Participating artists include: Sedi Aldavood, Franz Brent-Harris, Bruce Brown, Thea Carvel, Dorothy Chan, Naomi Chorney, Garson Conn, Nicholas Crombach, Irene Frolic, Anvar D. Gharvian, Gerard Godin, Brian Hands, W.W. Hung, Janet Hunter, Phyllis Lipman, Brian Meeson, Alan Munn, Juan Naranjo, Allan Prittie, Kari Reynolds, Dona Saunders, John Sproule, Alexandra Tytarenko, and Donna Zekas.

Click here to see artists’ work.

The Al Green Gallery
64 Merton Street
Toronto, ON M4S 1A1


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