Alexander Pilis: Architecture Parallax

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Published on : 2015-07-02 01:00:00


Architecture Parallax: Through the Looking Glass

July 2 to August 30, 2015
Koffler Gallery
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street
Curator: Mona Filip

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | 6 – 9 PM

Montreal-based artist Alexander Pilis investigates the nature of visual perception and the sensory ways of understanding architecture. Taking as guiding principle the notion of parallax – the apparent displacement of an observed object due to a change in the observer’s position – Pilis argues for a methodology of spatial exploration that dislocates the monocular point of view and embraces difference and anarchy of perspective. For this exhibition, he develops a series of minimalist yet playful installations that dismantle the Modernist Western-European models of thought regarding projection, distance, movement and reflection.

In anyeverything, cameras located within the gallery broadcast four live views of the space to monitors positioned to further reflect into the surfaces of two nested glass cubes. The optical structure virtually re-assembles the entire gallery space along with its visitors and their movements, offering an all-encompassing view.

Emulating early theatrical devices that relied on manipulating light and reflection, (dis)appearing enables a significant display – Duchamp’s chess set – to mysteriously materialize and vanish in front of our eyes. Further referencing the game’s strategic choreography, step of two comprises a microscope with a circular convex mirror, a specimen and a glass slide, assembled as an instrument that reveals the gesture of a pawn’s move.

In passe-murailles, two pairs of binoculars inserted within the South and North walls of the gallery create a collision between outside and inside into the fixed plane of the viewer’s position. In ster·e·op·sis, an original stereoscopic device dating from 1914 subverts expectations with a constructed reality. Offered to scrutiny is the very chamber of the viewfinder where two inserted stainless steel spheres create an illusory space. The stereoscope faces a corner where two enlarged photographs superimpose a reproduction of the perpendicular walls onto the space itself, supplanting the real with a simulacrum.

Ultimately, Pilis’s constructions and viewfinders stage the white cube of the gallery as a perception tool central to the experience of visual art. Employing optical illusions, reflections and shifting points of view, they direct the viewer’s performance as both spectator and actor in the gesture of looking and seeing.

Alexander Pilis was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and currently lives and works between Montreal and São Paulo. He is an un-disciplined architectural investigator, artist and curator working under the aegis of Architecture Parallax – a methodology that displaces sight as the singular verification of reality. Furthermore, Pilis instigates a multi-media project exploring issues and questions raised by “the blind architect” as a critique of the modernization of vision and the collapse of the depth of field. He is a seasonal professor in the MFA department at Concordia University and was previously Director of the Global Architecture São Paulo Program in the John H. Daniels, Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto. Pilis has exhibited, taught, lectured, delivered workshops and published internationally, in Canada, USA, England, Spain, Germany, Italy and Brazil. He is represented by Galeria Virgilio in São Paulo, Brazil.

Tuesday to Friday, 12 – 6 PM | Saturday & Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM | Admission is free
Closed Mondays & statutory holidays


Koffler Gallery gratefully acknowledges the support of the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Image: Alexander Pilis, Architecture Parallax: Through the Looking Glass, photo construct, 2015.


Artscape Youngplace | 180 Shaw Street, Suite 104-105 | Toronto, ON M6J 2W5
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The Koffler Centre of the Arts acknowledges the support of the Koffler Family Foundation, the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, Cultural Season Sponsor CIBC Wood Gundy, the Ontario Arts Council through the Community and Multidisciplinary Arts Organizations Program, our donors and patrons.

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Be a Sport | Pan American Photo Exhibition | Kim Lee Kho

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Published on : 2015-07-02 01:00:00


Be a Sport
Pan American Photo Exhibition
Kim Lee Kho | Chains Unlinked
July 2 – September 13, 2015



Thursday, July 2, 6 pm
FREE bus from The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St W) at 6 pm

Be a Sport
An official IGNITE Community Partnership of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games
How are issues of gender, race, inequality and conflict caught up in the arena of sport? Contemporary artists use aesthetics, philosophy and humour to play with how we understand some of our favourite pastimes. Participating artists include Hudson Christie, Lia Darjes, JEFF&GORDON, Marc Losier, Leah Modigliani, Graeme Patterson, Diana Thorneycroft, and Weber & Schneider.

Pan American Photo Exhibition
Presented with the Hispanic Canadian Arts & Cultural Association
This international juried photo exhibition, organized by the Hispanic Canadian Arts and Cultural Association, presents a celebration of the diversity and vibrancy of the cultures in the 41 Pan American countries through the lens of photography.

Kim Lee Kho | Chains Unlinked
Brampton-based artist Kim Lee Kho uses drawing, video and sculptural elements to explore ideas of barriers (whether internal or external), vulnerability and empathy, in an immersive installation.

About the XIT-RM
The XIT-RM is a project space dedicated to showcasing the work of emerging artists in the GTA and Mississauga region. Artists are selected annually by the gallery’s curatorial team to exhibit work that honours the mission and mandate of the AGM, with an emphasis on contemporary art and critical engagement. Thanks to generous funding provided by the RBC Foundation, each exhibition features its own opening and is accompanied by a publication featuring a curatorial essay.


Off the Wall | Frog in Hand
Thursday, July 1, 12 - 4 pm
Free | RSVP on Facebook
The AGM is proud to support the latest installation of Off the Wall, a collaborative performance event bringing together twenty-three artists to explore Canadian identity through visual art, music, dance and theatre in non-traditional spaces. The artists will meet for the first time with an intense 3-day creation period before performing live during the Living Arts Centre's Canada Day celebrations on July 1st. Performances will take place at various "pop up" locations in the atrium, galleria and outdoor locations as well as inside the RBC Theatre at intervals throughout the day. This event is a partnership between the Living Arts Centre and local performance troupe Frog in Hand.

Walk the Talk
Saturday, July 25, 1 pm
Free | RSVP on Facebook
AGM Assistant Curator Kendra Ainsworth leads a casual tour of our three summer exhibitions with selected artists in attendance.

Celebration Square Screening of Linsanity
Monday, July 20, 8 pm
Free | RSVP on Facebook
The Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) and the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival are proud to present a public screening of Linsanity by director Evan Jackson Leong in Mississauga's Celebration Square. Presented as part of Celebration Square’s Art on the Screen programme and to coincide with the AGM's exhibition Be a Sport, this event is free and open to the public. Linsanity is a moving and inspirational portrait of Jeremy Lin. It chronicles his path to international stardom, the adversities he faced along the way, his struggles to overcome stereotypes and how he drew strength from his culture, family and faith.


The Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) is a public, not-for-profit art gallery located in the Mississauga Civic Centre right on Celebration Square across from Square One Shopping Centre. The AGM is proud to admit people free of charge, serve communities, and provide positive visual art experiences for all visitors.

Engage. Think. Inspire. This phrase opens the dialogue at the AGM. The Gallery connects with the people of Mississauga through the collection and presentation of relevant works from a range of periods and movements in Canadian art. Expressing multiple ideas and concepts, this visual art translates into meaningful cultural and social experiences for all audiences. The AGM employs innovative education, artist projects and other forms of dialogue to advance critical enquiry and community connection to the visual arts. The mandate of the Gallery is to “bring art to the community and the community to art.”


Shellie Zhang – Communications


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Sudden Justice: America's Secret Drone Wars

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Published on : 2015-07-01 12:03:42

Sudden Justice: America's Secret Drone Wars, by investigative journalist Chris Woods.


Available on amazon USA and UK.

Publisher Oxford University Press writes: In Sudden Justice, award-winning investigative journalist Chris Woods explores the secretive history of the United States' use of armed drones and their key role not only on today's battlefields, but also in a covert targeted killing project that has led to the deaths of thousands. The CIA nurtured and developed drones before the War on Terror ever began, seeking a platform from which it could monitor its targets and act lethally and instantly on the intelligence it gathered. Since then, remotely piloted aircraft have played a critical role in America's global counter-terrorism operations and have been deployed to devastating effect in conventional wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. Drone crews, analysts, intelligence officials and military commanders all speak frankly to the author about how armed drones revolutionized warfare--and the unexpected costs to some of those involved.

A US Reaper drone at Kandahar airfield. Credit: Jack Sanders/US Air Force (via BIJ)

A US Air Force drone in a hangar in Iraq, August 2011. Photo: US Air Force/Master Sgt. Ricardo (via BIJ)

Sudden Justice is probably the most talked about drone book of the year. It is also the most detailed, the most thorough study of the evolution of weaponised drone warfare you can find. The author, Chris Woods, is an investigative journalist who specializes in conflict and national security issues. He was awarded the Martha Gellhorn Journalism Prize for his investigations into covert U.S. drone strikes with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. He also contributes to The Guardian.

In preparation to this book and as part of his work as a journalist, Woods has interviewed former drone operators and mission controllers, retired intelligence commanders, senior Air Force officials and psychologists, US Navy veterans, diplomats, parents of young people killed during the strikes, survivors of attacks, etc. In short, anyone who had any (voluntary or not) role to play in this new form of asymmetrical warfare is bringing their own view about the issue.

The use of weaponized drones outside of the battlefields is one of the most worrying characteristics of our times. At the time Woods was writing the book, drones had already killed 3000 people. Some of them civilians, not militants. The author reminds us, for example, that when Obama's presidency was just 72h old, he had already authorized a secret action that accidentally killed 14 civilians.

By acting as judge, jury and executioner, the U.S. is not only setting a worrying template for the future of warfare, its is also antagonizing the populations targeted (drone strikes have apparently become a recruiting tool and a motivator for jihadists), creating a new generation of operators so stressed that psychologists still have to invent a word that would describe their condition, and alienating allied countries that believe (rightly) that the targeted killing practice is illegal.

There's no sign of a slowdown. Since 2010, the US Air Force has been training more drone pilots than fighter and bomber pilots combined. And the Obama administration intends to keep on eschewing any request for transparency and accountability.

A Theory of the Drone, by philosopher Grégoire Chamayou, is undoubtedly my favourite drone book but it follows also a very different perspective. While Chamayou analyzes how drones have irremediably remodeled the laws of war , Sudden Justice compiles facts, quotes and numbers, clinically and masterfully charting the history of drone use by the CIA and by US (and also Israeli) military, the escalation of targeted killing as well as the evolution of militants' tactics and procedures.

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Andy Warhol: Revisited

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Published on : 2015-07-01 01:00:00


Exhibition Dates:
Starts: 07/01/15

Revolver Gallery
77 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M5S 2B4
10am-8pm Tuesday – Saturday


$10 | Adults
$8 | Seniors (65+)
$5 | Students with valid ID, and Youth 6 – 17
Free | Children (5 and under)
20% group discounts (10+)
All prices + HST


Social Media:
Instagram: @revolvergallery #warholto
Twitter: @revolvergallery

TORONTO, ON – Beginning July 1st, 2015, collectors, curators and art enthusiasts alike can look forward to a rare opportunity to view the country’s largest collection of paintings and works on paper by Andy Warhol. Andy Warhol: Revisited brings Canada a choice selection of over 120 works curated along thematic and chronological vectors for a six month period ending December 31, 2015.

Curated by Los Angeles-based Revolver Gallery, Andy Warhol: Revisited will feature a selection of Warhol’s most recognizable works of art including: portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Dollar Sign and Shadow paintings on canvas as well as the artist’s iconic Campbell’s Soup Cans. In addition the Revolver collection, the exhibition will also include a selection of the artist's work view from the Andy Warhol Foundation, and distinguished private collections.

With an attendance of over 50,000 visitors at Revolver Gallery's most recent Vancouver exhibition in association with The Andy Warhol Foundation and Christie’s, Warhol: A Different Idea of Love, which ran March – April 2015, Revolver Gallery aims to engage Toronto with a more monumental and immersive exhibition experience.

“Being a native of Toronto, the city holds a very special place in my heart. It is an important part of the person I am today, and I feel compelled to give back to Toronto with this exhibition,” said Ron Rivlin, Founder, Revolver Gallery. “I want to share my passion for the importance of Andy Warhol’s work with my fellow Torontonians.”

Andy Warhol: Revisited will provide an engaging and educational walkthrough of the artist's corpus and development of his artistic language. The exhibition program will include a rotating lecture series by internationally recognized art luminaries, and key speakers from academia presenting discourse on a wide variety of subjects. Topics explored will include: Warhol and cinema, Warhol and abstraction, Warhol's conflation of high and low art and the values of genre hierarchy and fine art genre among many other subjects. The exhibition also features a bilingual, interactive mobile app, which will serve to contextualize the art works on view.

About Revolver Gallery

Revolver Gallery, founded by Canadian entrepreneur Ron Rivlin in 2012, is an international contemporary gallery with a one-artist program focusing on the life and work of the pioneer and preeminent member of modern art, Andy Warhol. With over 120 original prints and paintings in its collection, the gallery maintains one of the largest gallery-held collections of work by the artist in the world. Revolver Gallery carries on Warhol’s belief that pop art is for everyone and also operates in an educational capacity. Revolver does this by contextualizing the artist’s body of work through outreach, strategic partnerships with leading institutions, and the sharing of information specific to the artist’s life and work.



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Feature Contemporary Art Fair Announces 2015 Exhibitor List

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Published on : 2015-06-29 01:00:00


Feature Contemporary Art Fair announces 2015 exhibitor list

It is with great enthusiasm that the Contemporary Art Gallery Association (AGAC) unveils the 2015 exhibitor list, which brings together a prestigious selection of Canada's leading contemporary art galleries, selected by an advisory committee of influential curators and collectors. Building on last year's resounding success, this edition of Feature sees the number of exhibitors increase from 23 to 29 galleries, an increase that maintains the intimate character of the fair. This year's list is notably comprised of seven galleries from western Canada and includes exhibitors from Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver.

Battat Contemporary
Birch Contemporary
Clint Roenisch
Diaz Contemporary
Division Gallery
Equinox Gallery
Erin Stump Projects
Feheley Fine Arts
galerie antoine ertaskiran
Galerie Donald Browne
Galerie Graff
Galerie Hugues Charbonneau
Galerie Nicolas Robert
Galerie René Blouin
Galerie Roger Bellemare & Christian Lambert
Galerie Simon Blais
Galerie Trois Points
Georgia Scherman Projects
Initial Gallery
Katzman Contemporary
Lisa Kehler Art + Projects
Macaulay & Co. Fine Art
Monte Clark Gallery
Parisian Laundry
Patrick Mikhail Gallery
Republic Gallery
Stephen Bulger Gallery
Wil Aballe Art Projects

From October 22 - 25, Feature will return to the historic Joey & Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre owned by the Canadian Opera Company, in downtown Toronto. An exclusive VIP preview will be held on Wednesday, October 21.

The fair's bold design expands to occupy two floors

Feature will make the exciting move to expand and occupy spaces on the first and second floors of the distinguished Joey & Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre. The innovative layout of the fair generates a dynamic presentation space that fosters critical discussion about the works presented at the fair, which is enriched by each gallery presenting a maximum of three artists.

Focused on providing visitors with a fresh and exciting perspective on contemporary art, Feature will showcase approximately 80 emerging and established artists. The fair is dedicated exclusively to preeminent contemporary art and brings together artists and galleries who demonstrate an outstanding ability to innovate, challenge, and inspire.

TD Bank Group, proud presenting sponsor of
Feature Contemporary Art Fair

AGAC is thrilled to be continuing its collaboration with TD as the fair's presenting sponsor. “We're back! After a very successful inaugural year in 2014 we're delighted to return as the sponsor of Feature in 2015”, said Scott Mullin, Vice President, Community Relations for TD. Feature clearly adds to the already robust contemporary art scene in Toronto. “TD began collecting contemporary art in the 1960s. We continue to acquire Canadian art and actively support a range of art activities across Canada including through loans from our corporate collection for public exhibitions.”
Feature is produced by the Contemporary Art Galleries Association – AGAC

About the organizer
The Contemporary Art Galleries Association (AGAC) is a not-for-profit organization whose primary mandate is to further develop the recognition and prosperity of the contemporary art market in Canada. Today, AGAC regroups galleries in Montreal, Quebec, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. The Association actively contributes to the dissemination and promotion of Canadian artists via exhibitions and other major events organized in Québec, Canada and internationally. Beyond defending the moral and economical interests of its members through a rigorous code of ethics, the Association also fosters the public's interest in visual arts and encourages the emergence of new contemporary art collectors.


For media inquiries:

TARO PR / Robyn Mogil

TARO PR / Tamar Gibbert


Stefan Hancherow
Toronto Project Director - 647-464-1281

Simone Rochon
Responsable des communications - 514-798-5010

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are you experienced? Six international artists take over the Art Gallery of Hamilton

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Published on : 2015-06-29 01:00:00

are you experienced?

Six renowned international artists take over
Art Gallery of Hamilton


Blending abstraction, figuration, photography and video, are you experienced?, now on view at the Art Gallery of Hamilton (AGH), features the art of Nadia Belerique (Toronto), Jessica Eaton (Montreal), Olafur Eliasson (Berlin, Danish-Icelandic), Dorian FitzGerald (Toronto), Hadley+Maxwell (Berlin, Canadian) and Korean artist Do Ho Suh. Spread out over 8,000 sq. feet of exhibition space this groundbreaking exhibition is accessible, often familiar, and sometimes strange.

The works are immersive and engage the subconscious. Artist Dorian FitzGerald’s Hacker-Pschorr Beerhall, Oktoberfest, Munich fills the wall of one large gallery within the show. Seen from the entrance, the Toronto-based artist’s massive painting appears to be hyper-realistic. But stepping into the space, the Beerhall’s interior quickly blurs into abstraction, as he looks at excess lifestyle through excess paint.

Korean artist Do Ho Suh is famously nomadic. He currently lives and works in London, New York, and Seoul. Since the mid-1990s Suh has questioned the conventional notion of personal space. He explores the variable dimension and mobility of this idea in both its physical and metaphorical manifestations. When the public enters are you experienced?, they will see elements of Suh’s full-scale “homes” of semitransparent cloth, including his apartment in New York.

The UK’s Guardian newspaper calls 37-year old Regina-born Jessica Eaton the “hottest photographic artist to come out of Canada.” In Hamilton a photographic series of larger-than-life geometric cubes will be on show. This work is “a dramatically beautiful response to the ongoing debate about photography's meaning in our age of relentless digital distraction.”

Last spring the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto awarded Canadian artist Nadia Belerique with the BMW Exhibition Prize for Have You Seen This Man?, a photography-based installation show at Daniel Faria Gallery. The Toronto Star called it a mysterious and unstable show, giving gallery goers a sense “of impending doom.” Now in 2015 the Toronto artist is back with a companion exhibition. I Hate You Don’t Leave Me premières in Hamilton and investigates how the photograph is both the object of the observer and the observed.

“It is not just about decorating the world… but about taking responsibility,” Olafur Eliasson said of his art in a popular TED Talk video. The artist uses natural elements (like light, water, fog) and makeshift technical devices to transform museum galleries and public areas into immersive environments. In Hamilton his Triple ripple installation consists of mechanisms producing complex visual effects. Light projects onto disks that spin around the gallery.

Canadian, but currently Berlin-based, Hadley+Maxwell are two artists who have exhibited their work in cities all over the world, including Amsterdam, Taipei, Seattle, and Rotterdam. They are currently in Ontario completing an outdoor installation in Toronto’s Harbourfront district. In are you experienced? visitors will get a sensory bombardment response to the question from Hadley+Maxwell, who take visitors backstage into a phantasmagoria.

A fully illustrated 192-page catalogue accompanies the are you experienced? exhibition, with essays by AGH Curator of Contemporary Art Melissa Bennett and invited scholars: Jennifer Fisher and Jim Drobnick, Sally McKay, Gabrielle Moser, Alana Traficante, as well as artist interviews. Published by Black Dog Publishing, London UK.


AGH Members: Free; Adults, $10; Students/Seniors, $8; Children (6-17), $4; under 5 years, Free. Friday Free Night: Free admission on the first Friday of the month.

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday & Wednesday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 12 noon–5 p.m.

The Art Gallery of Hamilton is located at 123 King Street West, downtown Hamilton, Ontario, L8P 4S8. [T] 905.527.6610 [E]


Image: Jessica Eaton, mb RGB Weave 01, 2012, archival pigment print, 81 x 102 cm
courtesy of the artist and Jessica Bradley Gallery

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Art in the Fields 2015

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Published on : 2015-06-28 01:00:00


Art in the Fields is a curated art show and sale of outdoor sculpture, metal work and garden pieces nestled amongst the beautiful South Pond property. New this year is the incorporation of artists workshops along with themed dinners.

Open Daily 11am - 5pm*
June 28-July 2
Free admittance
*exception, opens 1:00pm June 28

Opening Reception
Sunday, June 28, 1-3pm
Meet the artists while enjoying music, libations and local flavours.
Free admittance

Workshops in the Field
Concrete Art with David Hickey, June 29
Silk Scarf Dyeing & Nuno Felting with Dale Sutton, June 30
Pottery Pitfiring with Gail West, July 1-2

Canvas Worthy Cuisine
A Closing Reception dinner that is a feast for the eyes and for the mouth!
$50.00 (taxes incl.)

For more information visit

South Pond Farms
1020 Gray Rd.
Pontypool, ON  L0A 1K0

705 277 1649



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17th annual Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art

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Published on : 2015-06-27 01:00:00


NAISA is proud to present the 17th annual

Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art

June 27 - September 27, 2015
Toronto Events at Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie St) & on Toronto Island
Near North Events at Warbler’s Roost, South River, ON

Workshop Intensive Pass $75 / Symposium/Performance Pass $70/$40
Single Concerts: $15/$10 / Outdoor events free / Installations Pay What You Can (recommended $5)

The 17th annual Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art will open with the NAISA Sound Art Drop In and end with the 9th annual Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium (TIES). It will also include interactive installations and performances. Featured artists include Nicolas Collins, Bosch & Simons, and Wendalyn Bartley, Marla Hlady/Eric Chenaux, Stephanie Moore, Barry Prophet & Janice Pomer, Matt Rogalsky and Sonia Paço-Rocchia.

In a world that often focuses too much on the visual, Sound Travels brings about a refreshing change as it presents works by sound artists that extract compelling musicality from unexpected sources. From these auditory experiences, audiences author their own imaginary world in their mind’s eyeDarren Copeland, Artistic Director, New Adventures in Sound Art.


World Listening Day Events
SOUNDwalk July 18 @ 7:30 Free
Performances July 18 @ 8 PM, $10
at Warbler’s Roost Event Space, 3785D Eagle Lake Rd, South River, ON

NAISA awakens your ears to new sounds as part of World Listening Day with a SOUNDwalk at 7:30pm along the waterfront followed by performances by Sonia Paço-Rocchia, and works by Hildegard Westerkamp and Hugh LeCaine in the Warbler’s Roost Event Space.

Site & Sound: performances by Barry Prophet and Janice Pomer
August 1, 2015, 8pm, $10
at Warbler’s Roost Event Space, 3785D Eagle Lake Rd, South River, ON

Barry Prophet & Janice Pomer perform on glass lithophones, made & found instruments. Pomer will explore the kinaesthetic subtleties of Prophet's "Bamboo Quiver" while Prophet performs the digital Theremin & Sound Art controlled by Audio Cubes. Experience sounds that can be seen and images that can be heard.

Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium Concerts
Aug 19 & 21, 2015 @ 7:30 PM
Aug 21 & 22, 2015 @ 2:30 PM
Wychwood Theatre
Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street #176, $15/10

This series of TIES concerts include works chosen by an international jury of electroacoustic practitioners, which provide a snapshot of the latest research and exploration in sound art happening around the world.

Sound Travels Concert - Unstable Rationality
Performances by Nicolas Collins & Matt Rogalsky
Aug 20, 2015 @ 2:30 PM
Wychwood Theatre
Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street #176, $15/10

Unstable Rationality refers to the tendency of Nicolas Collins to go beyond the cutting edge in his exploration of sound and interactive systems. The performance by Nicolas Collins reflects his renewed interest in the quirky performance possibilities of unstable electronic circuits, especially damaged or misused ones, often in interaction with more rational computer software. Also, included will be a performance by Matt Rogalsky which arose through a recording made in Kingston Penitentiary (first opened in 1833), before it closed.

Sound Travels Concert: Revealing Origins
Performances by Wendalyn Bartley & Stephanie Moore
Aug 22, 2015 @ 2:30 PM
Wychwood Theatre
Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street #176, $15/10

World Premières by Stephanie Moore and Wendalyn Bartley. Bartley's work was commissioned by New Adventures in Sound Art through funding from the Ontario Arts Council and originated from exploration during last year's Sound Travels Intensive. Stephanie Moore will be presenting a trilogy of new works called Lunar Cycle which use fixed media and solo double bass performed by Adam Scime.

Join us on Saturdays and Sundays from June 27 to August 2 at the NAISA Space where children big and small can become sound art performers and active listeners both through learning how to craft and shape a performance on the exciting NAISA Sound Bash Installation, and through learning how to better understand our everyday sound environments through listening exercises. Join us any Saturday or Sunday and let your children test the programme out for themselves.


Synthecycletron by Barry Prophet
July 15 - Oct 31, 24/7, FREE
Between the pier and the boardwalk on Centre Island
Toronto Island

Visitors that encounter the Synthecycletron, a favourite amongst Toronto cyclists, generate power by pedalling on stationary bicycles which in turn activate synthesizers and generate sounds connected to their movements.

Soundball (Dancehauling)
by Marla Hlady and Eric Chenaux
July 1, 2015 to September 27, 2015
Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
at Warbler's Roost event space, 3785D Eagle Lake Rd, South River, ON, PWYC
For directions go to

Soundball (Dancehauling) is an instrument/sculpture that viewers can manipulate as a way to play with sound composition. Soundball includes traditional Irish, Scottish and English dance music. One ball allows you to manipulate the foot-beating rhythm and the other bowed

NAISA in Pictures
by Stefan Rose
July 1, 2015 to September 27, 2015
Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
at Warbler's Roost event space, 3785D Eagle Lake Rd, South River, ON, PWYC
For directions see above

NAISA In Pictures is a selection of photographic prints, made using both analog and digital cameras, that document NAISA's concerts, performers, composers, and participants since 2000. Composition, texture, and colour are terms that are equivalent in music and images, and Stefan A. Rose has met the challenge of capturing the essence of events in time, with the split-second precision of photography. His images parallel the performances, inhabiting a world of light and motion, shadow and stillness. This spectrum of visible and near-visible, the apparent and suggested, points to environments imbued with metaphor, memory, and meaning.

by Bosch & Simons
August 19 - 23, 2015
NAISA Space, 601 Christie Street, #252

When audiences enter the NAISA Space they will see seven to twelve white PVC pipes suspended in the air and swinging in a pendulum-like fashion. The pipes are covered at the top end with a membrane and their motions are controlled by pneumatics so that they produce low buzzing tones in the space.

Mirlitones was commissioned by DordtYart, Dordrecht, Netherlands for the exhibition Kunst Werkt, April-September 2012. The title refers to a primitive instrument that has appeared in a multitude of forms in various parts of the world. All these instruments exist of a hollow form with a membrane mounted that can be brought into vibration by blowing or singing. The best-known member of the family is the kazoo used until present times in pop music.


NAISA Sound Art Drop In for children 4-12
June 27 - Aug 2, 2015, Saturdays and Sundays only, 10am-3pm
@ the NAISA Space, 601 Christie St #252
part of the Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art
Admission by donation

Join us on Saturdays and Sundays from June 27 to August 2 at the NAISA Space where children big and small can become sound art performers and active listeners both through learning how to craft and shape a performance on the exciting NAISA Sound Bash Installation, and through learning how to better understand our everyday sound environments through listening exercises. Drop by the NAISA Space and let your children test the programme out for themselves.

NAISA Youth Summer Camp
July 20 - 24, 2015, $75, Mon - Fri 10am-3pm
@ the NAISA Space, 601 Christie St #252, $75
Pre-registration required
For more information
Scholarships available (see below for details)

This sound art camp is for youth aged 12-17 to create art entirely with sound, radio, electronics, and/or performance through exploration according to their own individual interest - through building a NAISAtron (a unique light-responsive mini synthesizer), a micro-transmitter, and working with basic recording and editing software. Art completed during the workshop will be featured on NAISA’s 24/7 web radio. A great introduction for youth who wish to be involved with recording technology, electronic music composition, electronics assembly, or even soldering. All equipment will be provided by NAISA and no experience is necessary. Note: A limited number of scholarships are available. Please contact Nadene at NAISA (see email at bottom) for more information or to find out about scholarships. Limited spots available. Registration required.

Sound Travels Soundhacking Intensive
August 14 - 16, 2015, $75
@ the NAISA Space, 601 Christie St #252

Soundhacking and DIY workshops by world renown artists Nicolas Collins, Peter Bosch and Dafydd Hughes. The author of Handmade Electronic Music, Collins’ explorations of tactile resources for creative sound making have introduced countless people around the world to hardware hacking. Workshops begin at 6pm Friday evening and continue throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday.

Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium


TIES registration now open
Register on-line Now!

Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium
August 19 - 22 @ the Wychwood Theatre, #176, and the Canadian Music Centre
$70 / $40 (students)

New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA), The Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC) and the Canadian Music Centre (CMC) are pleased to announce the 9th edition of the Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium (TIES), and delighted to welcome composer, performer and hardware hacking pioneer Nicolas Collins as Keynote Speaker this year.

New Adventures in Sound Art is a non-profit organization that presents performances and installations spanning the entire spectrum of sound art. NAISA is partially funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts and the SOCAN Foundation. The presentation of Mirlitones by Bosch & Simons has been partially funded by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) and Fonds Podiumkunsten / Performing Arts Fund NL.

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Media Inquiries & general information:
Nadene Thériault-Copeland
Executive Director
New Adventures in Sound Art
Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St #252, Toronto, ON M6G 4C7
416 652 5115

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Dave Gordon | Alloy

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Published on : 2015-06-27 01:00:00


In the Main Gallery

Dave Gordon
Excelsior! 1975-2015

June 27 to August 8, 2015
Opening Reception: June 27 at 7pm

A survey of forty years of artwork, Excelsior! 1975-2015 is a testament to working in the 'wilderness'. The paintings of Dave Gordon are idiosyncratic, humorous and above all display a perceptive eye to out surroundings: woodpiles outside a cabin, figures metaphorically “lost” in the wilderness and farcical political portraits—including many provincial and national politicians. Especially incisive are a series of works produced during the bitter Mike Harris years (those aforementioned “lost years”), a perverse take on the Group of Seven, and a recent body of work documenting Gordon’s travels to Syria. In rejecting the spurious intellectualism of Conceptual art, Gordon found a way to document the local in a very personal manner. The works are simultaneously pastoral and political, finding solace in the landscape.

Dave Gordon was born in London, Ontario and has been active in artist-run activities since the early 1970s. When the 20/20 Gallery closed in 1970, he and Jamelie Hassan founded the Polyglot Gallery in a local bookstore, and both helped establish the Forest City Gallery. In the mid 1970s, Gordon relocated from London to Kingston and in this new setting helped establish the Kingston Artists' Association, Inc. / Modern Fuel Artist-run Centre in 1977; his support for artists’ rights and artistic responsibility have been wide acknowledged, often overshadowing his artistic practice which continues to develop in compelling ways.

Dave Gordon's work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Museum London, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Canada Council Art Bank, the MacIntosh Gallery, Agnes Etherington Art Centre - Queens University, and numerous private collections across Canada. He has participated in the International Print Exhibition at the Taller Cultural Centre in Santiago de Cuba in 2012, and the exhibition subsequently travelled to Havana and four Canadian venues.

Generously supported by Shannon Passero, Excelsior! 1975-2015 will also travel to Niagara Artists' Centre (St. Catharines) and Forest City Gallery (London).


In the State of Flux

Curated by Fynn Leitch

June 27 to August 8, 2015
Opening Reception: June 27 at 7pm

Alloy is Modern Fuel's 17th Annual Juried Members' Exhibition. The curatorial premise for this group exhibition is to reflect the wide-ranging practices of artists in the region and to provide a forum in which to compare patterns emerging in those practices from one year to the next. Guest curated by Fynn Leitch, the artists in this exhibition include Jane Derby, Frank Desa, Tara Lynn MacDougall, Chris Miner, Ulrich Panzer, Andrew Rabyniuk, Jennifer Roche-Brown, Chantal Rousseau, Svetlana Swinimer and Aida Sulcs.

Note: On June 26, starting at 1pm Fynn Leitch will lead one-on-one portfolio reviews with local artists. Please contact the gallery to register.

Fynn Leitch is Curator of the Art Gallery of Peterborough. Leitch has an MA in Visual Culture from Queen's University (2006) where her work focused at the intersection of craft and protest. From 2011 - 2014 she led the direction of ARTSPACE, including the development of an onsite Media Lab, and has renewed the centre's commitment to critical writing and publishing. She also works as an advocate for the arts regionally and provincially.

Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre
Suite 305, 370 King Street W.
Kingston, ON.
K7L 2X4
Phone: 613 548 4883

Image credits: Group of 7, Dave Gordon (2002). Photo by Chris Miner
Second image: Heavy Metal Landscape, Chantal Rousseau (2014). Photo courtesy the artist.


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Sportsmanship Under Surveillance

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LACAP Presents SUR GALLERY’s Inaugural Exhibition

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Sportsmanship Under Surveillance
June 27 to August 8, 2015

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 27th 6-9 PM

Artists and Curator will be present at the Opening Reception

Minerva Cuevas performance: 6-7pm and 8-9pm

Sur Gallery

100-39 Queens Quay East, Toronto ON M5E 0A5
(Located on the first floor on the east wing of Pier 27, East of Yonge Street)
Gallery Hours: Wed-Fri 12-5, Sat 11-6

Regina Silveira Image
Image: Quimera, Regina Silveira, Photo by Fabio del Re, Fundação Ibere Camargo, Porto Alegre, 2011

Sur Gallery will be a Pan Am Path Art Relay event that will launch the opening of a new Latin American art legacy gallery for the Games. Sur Gallery's inaugural exhibition, Sportsmanship Under Surveillance, will offer works by internationally renowned artists.

All eyes are on us today as Toronto hosts the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games in the City of Toronto, offering a spectacle of wealth, sports and arts. Underneath the bewildering veil of prosperity and celebration, the games will also bring deeper control over citizens while invading privacy and distorting notions of what a free society should condemn. The exhibition exposes the impact governments have when using questionable surveillance tactics in the name of national security. Artists Jota Castro (Peru/Belgium) and Minerva Cuevas (Mexico) create alternative modes of identification, while Juan Ortiz-Apuy (Costa Rica/Canada) and Marcos Ramirez ERRE (Mexico) expose relationships between hemispheres in public spaces. Finally, Regina Silveira (Brazil) creates a visual paradox, casting shadows and leaving imprints on the site of surveillance. Each artist offers an insight on how to adapt, control, rebel and live in an age of overwhelming surveillance. Curated by Tamara Toledo

About the Artists

is a contemporary artist who explores themes of social and political conflict through the mediums of photography, sculpture, video and installation. He par­tic­i­pated in the Bien­nale of Tirana, Prague and Kwangju, Korea win­ning the award at the lat­ter in 2004. Castro’s most recent exhibitions include: Gemut­lichkeit, at Gal­le­ria Umberto di Marino (2013); Trame, Mauro Zanchi, in the Basil­ica di Santa Maria Mag­giore, Berg­amo; Tell me whom you haunt: Mar­cel Duchamp and the con­tem­po­rary ready­made, Blain Southern, Lon­don; solo exhibition Aus­ter­ity Über Alles at Galerie Bar­bara Thumm, Berlin; Una Sto­ria Con­tem­po­ranea, Gal­le­ria Mas­simo Minini, Bres­cia; I West End? Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem; among others.

MINERVA CUEVAS graduated with a BFA from the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma, Mexico City in 1997. Her socially engaged practice encompasses a range of strategies and media including film, installation, performance, and site-specific public intervention. Cuevas has had major solo exhibitions at Whitechapel Gallery, London (2009); Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City (2010); Cornerhouse, Manchester (2011); and Museo de la Ciudad de México (2012) among others. Her work is held in the collection of the Tate, UNAM, Mexico City and Van Abbé Museum, Eindhoven.

JUAN ORTIZ-APUY has a BFA from Concordia University, Montreal, a Post-graduate diploma from the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland, and a MFA from NSCAD University, Halifax. His work has been exhibited accross Canada and in the UK. Recent exhibitions include The MacLaren Arts Centre, Sporobole Contemporary Art Centre, Gallery Birch Libralato, ARPRIM, Eastern Edge and A Space Gallery. In 2012 his work was shortlisted for the Art Gallery of York University's ABotM, while other recent awards include winning the 2011 Halifax Regional Municipality Contemporary Visual Art Award.

MARCOS RAMIREZ ERRE has a Law Degree in the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California and immigrated to the United States where he worked for 17 years in the construction industry. In 1989 he became active in the field of contemporary art, since then he has participated in residencies, lectures and different solo and group exhibitions in countries such as Mexico, USA, Canada, Sweden, Poland, Puerto Rico, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Cuba, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Russia and China. Exhibitions include: InSite94, InSite97, the VI and VII Havana Biennials, the Whitney Biennial 2000, the second Moscow Biennial, the San Juan Poly/Graphic Triennial, the 2007 Sao Paulo /Valencia Biennial, the California Biennial 08, the Zero One Biennial, The Site Santa Fe Biennial, among others.

REGINA SILVEIRA is internationally renowned for her explorations of space through geometric constructs, Silveira’s work is celebrated for both its conceptual and formal impact. For more than three decades Silveira has investigated meaning of visual imagery through methods of perspectival projection. Her practice, informed by printing techniques, also includes video, sculpture, and spatial interventions of architectural proportions. Silveira has participated in several international biennials and has exhibited throughout the Americas and Europe in both solo and group exhibitions.

About the Curator

is a Chilean-born Toronto-based curator, arts administrator, visual artist and educator. Toledo is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design in Drawing and Painting and holds an MFA from York University.  She is co-founder of the Allende Arts Festival and of Latin American Canadian Art Projects (LACAP). Her career as a curator began when she received the 2007-2008 Canada Council for the Arts curatorial residency at A Space Gallery. Since then, she has curated several group and solo exhibitions and has been programming the Latin American Speakers Series bringing over 15 internationally renowned contemporary artists and curators to Toronto. As an arts administrator, Toledo spent three years working at Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art as Public Programs Manager and Productions Manager of Prefix Photo. Toledo has presented her curatorial work at various conferences such as: Performing Feminist Motherhood (New York), Memory and Migration (UBC, Vancouver) and Critical Dialogues: Cross Cultural Perspectives on Curating and Artistic Practice (Toronto) and has written articles on Latin American art for ARM Journal, C Magazine and Fuse Magazine.  She is presently the Director/Curator of Sur Gallery.

About Sur Gallery

Sur Gallery is a signature project of LACAP and will be Toronto's first gallery dedicated to the exhibition and critical engagement of contemporary Latin American art. Sur Gallery is a legacy project of the Pan Am Path.

Toronto-based, not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to the implementation of art projects, which promote Latin American art in Canada with an emphasis on artistic excellence, critically engaged artistic practices, and hemispheric networks of exchange.

About Pan Am Path
The Pan Am Path is a multi-use trail connecting 84 kilometers of trails from Toronto's west end to the Rouge River. From May 16 to August 15, the Pan Am Path will come alive with a city-wide relay of art installations and events, which will have a legacy and long-term community benefit well after the Games.

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LACAP acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, Business for the Arts and Friends of the Pan Am Path. LACAP also gratefully acknowledges the support of its volunteers; its corporate sponsors: Underline Studio, See Through Web, Carranza LLP, Anthony Provenzano Architects, GreenRack and Tenet.

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