Open Studio at Art Toronto 2014

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Published on : 2014-10-24 01:00:00


Open Studio at Art Toronto 2014
Booth 255
October 24 to 27, 2014


Aquatic Spring #2 (detail), Doug Guildford, 2014, unique screenprint on frosted mylar,
1/1, 36” x 24” unframed, $1200.

Exhibiting artists: Amber Albrecht, Sally Ayre, Mark Bovey, Elizabeth D’Agostino, Erik Edson, Doug Guildford, Libby Hague, Brian Hoxha, Christine Koch, Jenn Law, Lorna Livey, Colin Lyons, Shinsuke Minegishi, Suzanne Nacha, Emma Nishimura, Loree Ovens (courtesy of David Kaye Gallery), Liz Parkinson, Tammy Ratcliff, Wendy Morosoff Smith, Dan Steeves, Penelope Stewart, Otis Tamasauskas, and Laurie Zinkand-Selles.

At Art Toronto, the Open Studio Print Sales Gallery will present a selection of print-based works focusing on the Canadian landscape and nature in printmaking from traditional to contemporary concepts. Curated by Astrid Ho, Print Sales Manager and Archivist, this exhibition features original prints by Canadian artists, reflecting the national scope of this contemporary printmaking centre. Price range $375 to $3600.

Doug Guildford splits his time between his studios in downtown Toronto and on the South Shore of Nova Scotia. His work comes directly from time spent between the tides of the North Atlantic Ocean. “My drawing and print work wash back and forth between natural and cultural preoccupations and relate directly to my ongoing body of crocheted sculptural pieces that I refer to as Nets.” Brian Hoxha’s watercoloured etchings are rooted in traditional landscape art, referencing the sublime landscape depicted in traditional Japanese woodcuts and portraying areas such as Killarney, Georgian Bay, Newfoundland, and Saskatchewan. Newfoundland-based printmaker Christine Koch also references her surroundings in her mixed-media relief prints. She is fascinated by the geology of mountainous northern terrains, and by the processes that sculpted these sometimes-extreme environments. The screenprints by British Columbia-based artist Amber Albrecht are heavily inspired by the folklore of various cultures, as well as literature, natural history, topography and the environment. She portrays dream-fueled absurdist situations, which draw heavily on her cloudy recollection of the storybooks of her childhood, saturated as they were with strange creatures, impossible happenings and dream-like landscapes. Emma Nishimura is a Toronto-based artist whose work utilizes the landscape as a metaphor for the personal narrative. Nishimura’s series of intaglio prints, The Spaces Between, focuses on the complicated experiences her paternal grandparents endured throughout their internment as Japanese Canadians in the Second World War and in the years after. The work investigates the different forms and incarnations that memory can take. Sally Ayre’s Traces series revolves around a collection of family letters, early 20th century botanical drawings by her grandmother, amateur botanist Agnes Marion Ayre, and her own personal collection of scanned objects and photographic images. The work is an examination of Ayre’s Newfoundland roots and the landscapes and objects that trigger, layer and construct her memory of place.

Visit us in booth 255!


The Hanging Garden, Amber Albrecht, 2011, screenprint on paper, 30” x 22” unframed, $500.

OPEN STUDIO, Canada’s leading printmaking centre, is a charitable, non-profit, artist run centre dedicated to the production, preservation, and promotion of contemporary original fine art prints. As a national organization, Open Studio offers affordable and equal access to printmaking facilities, programs and services for artists from across Canada and abroad.

Programming includes Studio Facility Rental; Visiting Artist Residencies; Scholarships; Exhibition Programming; Education Programs; Collaborative Printing Program; Outreach/Tours; Print Sales Gallery and Archives.

Special Collectors' Preview
Thursday October 23, 4:30-10 pm
Includes re-admission throughout Art Toronto

Opening Night Preview
Thursday October 23, 6:30-10 pm
Includes re-admission throughout Art Toronto

For more information or to order tickets, call the Art Gallery of Ontario at 416-979-6628 or visit AGO Tickets


Friday October 24 12 - 8pm
Saturday October 25 12 - 8pm
Sunday October 26 12 - 6pm
Monday October 27 12 - 6pm

For more information contact Astrid Ho, Print Sales Manager, or go to

Metro Toronto Convention Centre
North Building,
Exhibit Hall A & B
255 Front Street West
Toronto, Ontario

Open Studio
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 104
Toronto, ON  M5V 3A8
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Art Toronto 2014 MOCCA Benefit Edition: Valerie Blass

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Published on : 2014-10-24 01:00:00


Valérie Blass, Ne regarde pas II, 2014

Art Toronto, Canada’s esteemed international modern and contemporary art fair, is delighted to announce that Montréal-based artist Valérie Blass will produce Ne regarde pas II, 2014, a limited edition digital print on matte paper, to benefit programming initiatives at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA). In 2009, MOCCA presented Blass’s first solo exhibition in Toronto, Une fois de trop _One time too many).

This is the sixth year Art Toronto and MOCCA have commissioned an artist to produce the Art Toronto MOCCA Benefit Edition, a fundraiser for MOCCA. Ne regarde pas II will be available for purchase on-site for $1,800 CDN at Art Toronto 2014, from October 24-27th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. In addition, Blass’s digital print will set the aesthetic for Art Toronto 2014’s graphics and will be showcased in the 2014 catalogue. View the edition online.


Valérie Blass, Ne regarde pas II, 2014.
Digital print on matte paper, 13” x 19” (unframed).
Edition of 20 + 4 Aps
Courtesy of the artist and Parisian Laundry, Montreal

An exclusive pre-sale opportunity is available to MOCCA Members at the Contributing Member level and above! For more information, or to purchase / upgrade your membership, please contact Katy Laird at 416-395-7613 or
Valérie Blass’s work appears courtesy of Parisian Laundry, Montreal.

About the Artist

Valérie Blass holds an MFA in visual and media arts from Université du Québec à Montréal. She has been the subject of solo institutional exhibitions in Montréal, Québec City, Toronto and Calgary. In 2012, Blass was commissioned by Public Art Fund New York for a yearlong group exhibition at the MetroTech Center and was selected to participate in the major survey exhibition, Oh, Canada – Contemporary Art From North North America at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2013, Blass’ work was included alongside such artists as Abbas Akhavan, Nick Relph and LaToya Ruby Fraser in the exhibition Traces of Life in Berlin, Germany. The work of Valérie Blass was recently presented in parallel to the Istanbul Biennale at the Art International Istanbul fair, in a group exhibition curated by Geoffrey Farmer at the Art Gallery of Alberta and in a solo exhibition presented by Parisian Laundry Projects at The Hole in New York City’s Lower East Side. Blass’ work is found in the collections of The National Gallery of Canada, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Musée national des beaux arts du Québec, The Royal Bank of Canada, the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and innumerable corporate and private collections throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. Valérie Blass was the recipient of the prestigious Martyn-Lynch-Staunton award, multiple awards from the Gala of the visual arts organized by the Association of Contemporary Art Galleries and the Prix-Louis-Comtois from the City of Montréal.

À propos de l’artiste

Valérie Blass détient une maîtrise en arts visuels et médiatiques de l’Université du Québec à Montréal. Depuis plus de dix ans, son travail a été présenté dans des expositions solos à Montréal, Québec, Toronto et Calgary. En 2012, Blass reçoit une commande du Public Art Fund de New York pour un projet au Metrotech Centre, et, en parallèle, elle participe à l’exposition majeure Oh, Canada – Contemporary Art from North North America au MASS MoCA. Au cours de l’année 2013, à Berlin, elle a fait partie de l’exposition collective Traces of Life aux côtés des œuvres d’artistes tels qu’Abbas Akhavan, Nick Relph et LaToya Ruby Fraser. L’artiste était récemment présentée à la foire Art International Istanbul en parallèle à la Biennale d’Istanbul et dans une exposition de groupe organisée par Geoffrey Farmer à l’Art Gallery of Alberta. L’année 2013 a été l’objet de nombreux projets et s’est achevée par un premier solo new-yorkais sous l’enseigne de Parisian Laundry Projets @ The Hole NYC. Des œuvres de Blass se retrouvent dans de nombreuses collections : Musée national des beaux-arts du Canada, Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Ville de Montréal, Banque Royale du Canada, Banque Nationale, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec ainsi que dans maintes collections corporatives et privées à travers le Canada, les États-Unis et l’Europe. Entre autres, l’artiste s’est méritée le Prix Victor-Martyn-Lynch-Staunton, des prix au Gala des arts visuels de l’AGAC et le Prix Louis-Comtois de la Ville de Montréal.

About the Art Toronto MOCCA Benefit Edition

Since 2009, Art Toronto and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art have collaborated on the commission of a benefit edition by a Canadian artist. Each year the limited edition work is made available for sale exclusively at Art Toronto, and has included both emerging and established artists. All proceeds from the sale of the works support programming initiatives at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. More about previous Art Toronto MOCCA Benefit Editions.

About Art Toronto

Founded in 2000, Art Toronto is Canada’s only modern and contemporary fine art fair, providing unique access to the Canadian art market. An annual fall event, Art Toronto serves as the galvanizing vehicle for the nation’s art world. Visit for more information.



Over the Rainbow: Seduction and Identity

From the collection of Salah Bachir and Jacob Yerex

Featured artists include Stephen Andrews, Attila Richard Lukacs, Public Studio, Justine Kurland, Betty Goodwin, General Idea, Andy Fabo, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Annie Leibovitz, Herb Ritts, and many, many others.

Par amour / Paramour

Organized by MOCCA and the National Gallery of Canada

Stephen Andrews, Robert Flack, Jean-Luc Verna and Andrew Zealley


Speaker Series
Join artists of the exhibition Over the Rainbow for a FREE speakers series exploring themes of seduction and identity.

Thursday, July 17
Tony Scherman
Tuesday, August 12
Greg Gorman

Closing Party
Sunday, August 17
Live performance by Carole Pope

Images (top – bottom):

1.  Valérie Blass, Ne regarde pas II, 2014. Digital print on matte paper. Courtesy of the artist and Parisian Laundry, Montreal.
2.  Stephen Andrews, Parenthesis (no gold) (detail), 1997. Ink on gut. Collection of Salah Bachir and Jacob Yerex.

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 - Sunday 11-6
FREE ADMISSION courtesy of the RBC Foundation
Media Inquiries: Mark Savoia | 416.395.7490 |


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Final Weekend: TBD | Mark Soo: House is a Feeling | 2014 BMO 1st Art!

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Published on : 2014-10-23 01:00:00


Mark Soo: House is a Feeling
2014 BMO 1st Art!

Don’t miss your last opportunity to see MOCCA’s Fall exhibitions!



The exhibition title TBD, most typically used as an acronym for 'to be determined', proposes that the definition of a contemporary art gallery is not fixed. TBD exposes the defining factors of contemporary art galleries for scrutiny and examines the institutions' effects on communities in order to imagine possible futures and new approaches.

Brew Pub Journal, Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Bill Burns, Arabella Campbell, ch+qs arquitectos, Tomas Chaffe, Michelle JaJa Chang, Steven Chodoriwsky, Maggie Groat, Jesse Harris , Justin Langlois, Gordon Matta-Clark, Dax Morrison, Archer Pechawis, Jon Sasaki, Jeanne van Heeswijk and others

Architecture consultation: Jennifer Davis

Curated by Su-Ying Lee



The Globe and Mail

The Toronto Star


House is a Feeling plays faintly on our fears of missing out. Here, Mark Soo creates an ambiguous situation where notions of perception, expectation and context are confounded; traditional modes of representation are eschewed; and our spatial understandings of an exhibition are undone. By withholding the visual element of this installation, Soo produces a sense of speculation and intrigue, transporting a domestic experience into a public space normally reserved for contemplation and introspection. Named after an iconic 1990s dance track, House is a Feeling literally rocks the parameters of display and is as much about what is present as what is absent.

Organized by MOCCA and the National Gallery of Canada

2014 BMO 1st ART!

BMO Financial Group Proudly Presents the Winners of the 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition, 2014

BMO 1st Art! celebrates the best of Canada’s recent visual arts graduates, from coast to coast. Congratulations to this year’s national and regional winners, who demonstrate the excellence and promise of our newest generation of artists!

Samuel de Lange, University of Guelph


Valérie Blass: Art Toronto 2014 MOCCA Benefit Edition
October 24 – 27 (Metro Toronto Convention Centre)

Vera Frenkel: Ways of Telling
November 15 – December 28

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.

Visit for more information

Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art
952 Queen Street West Toronto ON | 416.395.0067 |
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 11-6
Admission: PWYC
Media Inquiries: Mark Savoia | 416.395.7490 |

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Feature Talks at Feature: Contemporary Art Fair

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Published on : 2014-10-23 01:00:00


Feature Talks

Join us for Feature’s series of talks, in which renowned guest speakers from all across Canada will address a wide range of topics such as our ever-evolving art market and the impact of universities in artistic practices. Furthermore, several talks will engage in exciting and substantial conversations about the artworks presented at the fair.

Talks will be held at the Canadian Stage Company, a few steps away from the fair at the Imperial Oil Opera Theater. Activities are offered to all fairgoers and access is included in the admission tickets.

Visit the website for more information on the program:

Thursday October 23

2 pm
The State of the Art: A Roundtable on What's at Stake in Contemporary Art
Presented by Momus
Rui Amaral, Program director of Scrap Metal Gallery
Louise Déry, Director of the Galerie de l'UQAM
Moderated by Sky Goodden, Art critic and editor of Momus

The contemporary moment offers a swell of media and multiple advantages onto an art world both fractured and cohering in its international iterations. It's increasingly difficult to grasp which themes, trends, tropes, and politics are at stake in contemporary art. "The State of the Art" roundtable will endeavour to do just this, and take stock of an output fast expanding, and in need of some renewed reflection. What matters? What are we recurrently seeing, discussing, and reacting to? Let's put some names to things.

Friday October 24

1 pm
Museum Fictions? : The artist-run “museum-as-artwork” in today’s practice
Presented by Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Barb Choit, Artist and instructor at the Emily Carr School for Art and Design
Iris Häussler, Conceptual and installation artist
Moderated by Cathleen Chaffee, Ph.D. Curator, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

Thirty years on from the influential exhibition and sourcebook Museums by Artists (Toronto: Art Metropole, 1983), what is the status of the artwork that purports to operate as a museum? A panel of artists and a curator discuss precedents in the work of artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Claes Oldenburg, and Marcel Broodthaers, and talk about how today’s artist-run “museums” relate to those historical examples, to institutional critique, to emulation, performance, and parody.

3 pm
And I’m floating in a most peculiar way
Presented by the Esker Foundation
Andrea Pinheiro, Artist
David Hanes, Artist
Tyler Los-Jones, Artist

In this collegial discussion, Tyler Los-Jones and two artists presented in Feature will collectively work through and examine some of the resonances and intersections among their practices, including the role of the photographic image in creating and satisfying our expectations of the world.

Saturday October 25

1 pm
The Critics Respond
Presented by C Magazine
Sam Cotter, Independent Critic
Amy Fung, Cultural commentator and art writer
Danielle St-Amour, Artist, curator and publisher
Moderated by Amish Morrell, Editor of C Magazine

Three Toronto-based art critics and frequent contributors to C Magazine will engage in a 45-minute conversation about what are some of their favourite works on view at the Feature Fair. Panelists will explore connections between these projects, the vision of their exhibitors, and the objectives of Feature Fair, discussing what it means for an art fair to be curated.

3 pm
School of Thought: The impact of universities in artistic practices
Presented by NSCAD University
Adam David Brown, Artist and instructor at OCAD
Jan Peacock, Artist and director of the MFA Program at NSCAD University
Stefan Hancherow, Collector, curator, assistant curator for the Sobey Art Award
Moderated by Lucy Howe, Artist, instructor at the University of Windsor

A panel of artist and educators will discuss the effect of post-secondary education on aesthetics of recent graduates work by questioning the standardization of artist practices; the marketability of emerging artists; and how the character and quality of institutions promote specific artistic methods.

Sunday October 26

3 pm
The Ever-Evolving Art Market
Presented by AGAC
Marshall Webb, Collector
Jacques Bernier, Collector
Stephen Ranger, Vice President of Waddington’s
Moderated by Sara Angel, Trudeau Doctoral Scholar at the University of Toronto in the Department of Art

AGAC aims to consider the state of the art market in North America. Guest speakers will reflect on the value of contemporary art within the context of the commercial art market. What are some of the strategies to stimulate and support the development of the art market? How have art galleries adapted to the growth and impact of art fairs? These questions will be deliberated and reflected upon in this lively discussion

General Admission

Regular admission - $15
Students - $10
Seniors (65+) - $10
Unlimited pass - $20
The unlimited pass is only available online.
Buy your tickets
  VIP Benefit & Opening Evening

Wednesday, October 22nd 2014
VVIP Collectors Preview – 4pm to 5pm / $200
VIP Opening Evening – 5pm to 10pm / $150
Online registration for VIP activities starts October 6 at noon.
Donations eligible for an income tax receipt.
Buy your VIP tickets


Contemporary Art Galleries Association (AGAC)

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Plan your visit to Feature: Contemporary Art Fair

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Feature: Contemporary Art Fair is fast approaching and we look forward to welcoming you at the fair!

Dates and Times

Thursday, October 23: noon - 6pm
Friday, October 24: 11am - 8pm
Saturday, October 25: 11am - 7pm
Sunday, October 26: 11am - 5pm

Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Center
227 Front St. E, Toronto
ON, M5A 1E8
Main entrance: Imperial Oil Opera Theatre

An extensive program and activities for all

Feature Contemporary Art Fair is proud to unveil its educational program, offering visitors an audacious and inspiring set of talks and guided tours. This varied program featuring leading artists, curators, collectors and critics will bring together expert voices to consider current ideas in contemporary art. Activities are offered to all fairgoers and access is included in the admission tickets.

The public is invited to visit Feature’s website for more information.

General Admission

Regular admission - $15
Students - $10
Seniors (65+) - $10
Unlimited pass - $20
The unlimited pass is only available online.
Buy your tickets

VIP Benefit & Opening Evening

Wednesday, October 22nd 2014
VVIP Collectors Preview – 4pm to 5pm / $200
VIP Opening Evening – 5pm to 10pm / $150
Online registration for VIP activities starts October 6 at noon.
Donations eligible for an income tax receipt.
Buy your VIP tickets

Join us for Feature's VIP opening event on Wednesday October 22nd! This elegant event will be catered by Parts & Labour and accompanied with fine wines by Charton-Hobbs.

Feature’s VIP ticket gives unlimited access a to the fair including all talks and tours, in addition to 2 VIP activities (private collections tours, artist studios and cocktail events).
View the list of VIP activities

Join the conversation #FeatureFair


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Feature: Contemporary Art Fair

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Feature: Contemporary Art Fair
October 23 - 26, 2014
Canadian Opera Company, Joey & Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre
227 Front St E, Toronto

Feature Art Fair Unveils its Exhibitor List

Feature: a focused showcase
dedicated to leading contemporary art
The Contemporary Art Galleries Association (AGAC) is proud to announce that Feature Contemporary Art Fair will take place from October 23 to 26 in the historic building owned by the Canadian Opera Company, Joey & Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre in downtown Toronto. An exclusive VIP preview will be held on Wednesday, October 22.

For its first edition, Feature will welcome 23 leading contemporary art galleries selected by an advisory committee of influential Canadian experts. This new art fair is dedicated exclusively to cutting edge contemporary art and is organized by galleries, for galleries. Feature will bring together artists whose practices are outstanding for their ability to innovate, challenge and inspire.

A bold exhibition design
With an audacious exhibition design and with each gallery presenting a maximum of three artists, Feature will provide visitors with a fresh and exciting perspective on contemporary art. The innovative layout of the fair will generate a dynamic presentation space and will foster dialogue between the artworks on display, thus creating an intimate and unique viewer experience.

TD Bank, proud presenting sponsor of Feature Contemporary Art Fair
AGAC is pleased to announce TD as presenting sponsor. We’re delighted to sponsor Feature, Toronto’s newest art fair and believe it will really add to the already robust contemporary art scene in Toronto, said Scott Mullin, Vice President, Community Relations, TD Bank Group. 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’s ambassadors, a prestigious duo
The Association is also honoured to announce the involvement of Jeanne Parkin and Samara Walbohm, two passionate patrons of the arts, as ambassadors of Feature’s first edition.

Ms. Parkin is a leading art advisor and collector who has been involved in the visual art scene for the past 60 years. I am thrilled and honoured to be invited to be an Ambassador of Feature. You are to be congratulated on launching such a major and much needed project says Parkin. In turn, Ms. Walbohm declared that with the addition of Feature, Toronto is on its way to be becoming an important centre of contemporary art. Offering a more comprehensive art experience, Toronto is now a significant art destination. Ms. Walbohm is a renowned art collector and co-owner of Toronto’s Scrap Metal.

Participating galleries
It is with great pleasure that AGAC unveils Feature’s exhibitor list. This prestigious selection includes art galleries from Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver.

Battat Contemporary
Birch Contemporary
Clint Roenisch
Equinox Gallery
galerie antoine ertaskiran
Stephen Bulger Gallery
Galerie Division
Galerie Donald Browne
Erin Stump Projects
Galerie Graff
Galerie Hugues Charbonneau
Jessica Bradley Gallery
Macaulay & Co. Fine Art
Monte Clark Gallery
Galerie Nicolas Robert
Patrick Mikhail Gallery
Galerie René Blouin
Galerie Simon Blais
Susan Hobbs Gallery
Galerie Trois Points
Georgia Scherman Projects
Republic Gallery

Dates and Times

Wednesday, October 22
5 pm - 10 pm - VIP Evening

Thursday, October 23
11 am - 6 pm

Friday, October 24
11 am - 8 pm

Saturday, October 25
11 am - 7 pm

Sunday, October 26
11 am - 5 pm

Simone Rochon / Communications Manager

Contemporary Art Galleries Association (AGAC)
372, St-Catherine W. #318
Montreal, QC, H3B 1A2

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Painters6: FACE TO FACE

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Painters6: FACE TO FACE
Featuring Linda Chen, Sheila Ghazarian, Vita Keeling, Florica Laslau, Glen Ou, Lynda Warne

October 22 - 26, 2014
Opening reception Saturday, October 25, 2 - 5 pm

McKay Centre, 197 Main Street, Unionville, Ontario

Painters6 is pleased to announce the opening of their much anticipated portraiture show, "FACE TO FACE". The show will run at the McKay Art Centre, 197 Main Street, Unionville, Ontario from October 22, 2014 to October 26, 2014, with an opening reception on Saturday October 25, 2-5 pm.

Two years in the making, "FACE TO FACE" is a celebration of community through portraiture. Working with 80 volunteers, the artists produced almost 400 portraits, most of them featured in this show. This new show comes as a result of our first project in 2011, "Community of Portraits", which received such a positive response by the public and encouraged Painters6 to continue their exploration of portraiture and community.

This project is the culmination of what the artist sees before him or her, a reflection of what is viewed and what is felt, what is taken and what is given. Both artist and sitter are faced with the prospect of what can be seen or shown. The environment, the positioning of the sitter, the resulting relationship reveals not only an intimate moment in time but also a time of introspection and discovery.

"FACE TO FACE" opens Wednesday October 22 and runs through to Sunday October 26, 2014. Artists will be present during gallery hours, Wednesday to Saturday 10:15 am-5 pm and Sunday from 12:15 to 5 pm.

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Jordan Bennett: Ice Fishing

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The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival,
the National Film Board of Canada
and Trinity Square Video present

By Jordan Bennett
Co-created with the NFB Digital Studio in Vancouver
Representing Newfoundland and Labrador at the 2015 Venice Biennale

October 22 – 31, 2014
Trinity Square Video
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 376

Reception: October 24, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Artist talk: October 24, 6:30 p.m.

Recently named the BMO Artist of the Year by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, Jordan Bennett has shown his multidisciplinary work in Australia and New York, and in major galleries all over Canada. For this project, Bennett returns to his hometown – Stephenville Crossing, Newfoundland – to reconnect with his Mi’kmaq heritage and build an ice fishing shack with his father. At a time when Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation is re-examing itself under its recently acquired legal status, Bennett highlights the connection between traditional skills and personal strength, using an experience of familial bonding to retrieve distant memories from both his personal and cultural past.

For Ice Fishing, material collected from this trip is reconfigured into an interactive installation where virtual ice fishing holes, immersive audio, video, programmatic animation and photography turn an urban gallery floor into a rich fishing ground for story and reflection on time-honoured customs.

Satellite Exhibition

To complement the main Ice Fishing installation at Trinity Square Video a satellite video installation featuring a short video – Live – will be on display in the atrium of the
TIFF Bell Lightbox
Main lobby
350 King Street West


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Joscelyn Gardner: 'bringing down the flowers...'

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“bringing down the flowers…”

Calgary, Alberta

Exhibition: October 22 – November 29, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, October 24, 2014  7 – 8 PM
Artist Talk: Friday, October 24, 2014  6 – 7 PM

Convolvulus jalapa (Yara), 2010, hand-coloured lithograph on frosted mylar, 36” x 24” (detail)

In “bringing down the flowers…” Joscelyn Gardner exhibits part of a body of work completed between 2009 and 2011, which centers on Creole women's secret use of exotic tropical plants as natural abortifacients on 18th century Caribbean plantations. The works in Creole Portraits III, a suite of thirteen lithographic portraits 'named' for otherwise anonymous slave women and for the botanical specimens believed to have been used by them to induce abortion, reveal intricately braided Afro-centric hairstyles viewed from behind entwined within the horrific iron slave collars which were used to punish female slaves accused of this heinous act. This collection of “heads” continues Gardner’s project of inserting female Creole bodies into the archive while alluding to the physical and psychological brutality faced by women in Caribbean slave society and to the crucial role these women played in the reproduction of plantation slave labour. This suite of engraved, hand-coloured stone lithographs has been travelling widely since 2010 and has won several awards including the Biennial Grand Prize at the 7th International Contemporary Printmaking Biennial in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec (2011), Second Prize at the Open Studio National Printmaking Awards (2012), and Honourable Mention at the 22 Maximo Ramos International Biennial Award for Graphic Arts in Spain (2012).

About the Artist:
Working primarily with printmaking and multi media installation, Gardner’s work probes colonial archives from a postcolonial feminist perspective to unearth hidden voices and subvert documented (visual) histories. Born in Barbados, and recognized as a leading Caribbean artist, Gardner moved to Canada in 2000 and now works between the Caribbean and Canada. She holds an MFA from Western University, and a BFA (Printmaking) & BA (Film) from Queen’s University and currently teaches Fine Art at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. She was recently awarded a Canada Council for the Arts Project Grant (2013) and has been carrying out a trans-Atlantic research project based at the Museum of London Docklands in London, UK. Gardner’s work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions in the USA, Canada, Spain, and across the Caribbean; and in international printmaking biennials in the Americas, Europe, and Asia since 1994. Selected group exhibitions include Brooklyn Museum, NY; Art Basel Miami; Kunsthal KAdE, Netherlands; Perez Art Museum Miami; Art Museum of the Americas, Washington; International Print Center NY; Fondacion Clemente, Martinique; and museums in France, Puerto Rico, Spain, India, Brazil, and Barbados. Her work is represented in many collections including the Yale Center for British Art, Yale University Art Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico, Tropenmuseum (Amsterdam), US Embassies Collection, National Gallery Collection Barbados, Museo TEOR/éTica (Costa Rica), and several other public and private collections. It has appeared in publications such as The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume V (2014; Harvard University Press), Caribbean: Art at the Crossroads of the World (2012; Yale University Press), and Critical Mass: Printmaking Beyond the Edge (2010; London UK).

Gardner’s work can be viewed at

Twitter:  @joscelyngardner


Carrie Phillips Kieser, Executive Director
Alberta Printmakers’ Artist Proof Gallery
4025 4 Street SE
Calgary AB

T  (403) 287-1056

Gallery Opening Hours:
Wednesday - Saturday 11 AM - 4 PM
Sunday by Appointment
Closed Monday & Tuesday

Cinchona pubescens (Nago Hanah), 2011, hand-coloured lithograph on frosted mylar, 36” x 24” (detail)

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Avner Levona: RECALL

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RECALL - Avner Levona

Propeller Gallery 984 Queen St W
Opening Reception Thursday October 23rd, 6-9pm
October 22nd - November 2nd

RECALL / Stephanie Gibson

To recall is to remember, to reminisce on the faded memories of an experience. This form of recollection happens passively, a nostalgic pondering of a time that has past. The word “recall” has another more utilitarian meaning: to request return (of a product) to the manufacturer, as for necessary repairs or adjustments. This dual meaning is the pivotal theme in Recall, the first solo-exhibition by Avner Levona that features over a dozen mixed media paintings by the Israeli-Canadian artist.

The works in the show illustrate the artist’s memories of young adulthood in Neve Tzedek, the oldest neighborhood of Tel Aviv that was founded in the nineteenth century outside the port of Jaffa. Once populated by wealthy families, the community became more diverse, and Neve Tzedek became a bohemian environment and an incubator for artistic development. The streets that were lined with Art Nouveau-style buildings fell into neglect and disrepair, but were later revived and populated by young artists. The textures of dilapidated buildings and the rough surfaces of the streets that surrounded Levona during his time here left what he describes as a “great imprint” on his psyche, and informed his visual vocabulary later in life.

The layered colours of the Recall series are reminiscent of the peeling paint on the century-old structures of the neighborhood. The paintings are made of acrylic and oil on unfinished plywood. The backgrounds feature colour-palettes of ivory, muted blues, rust-colours and grays, crudely applied, as though added in haste. The background resembles pervasive urban construction hoarding, the plywood walls that surround our daily sojourns down a city street where companies plaster ads, graffiti is tagged, and the walls are repainted again and again.

All of the paintings feature a single image stenciled in black over the painted background, similar to popular street art. The figures in each picture are always alone. In “Le Chansonnier”, a woman jauntily plays an accordion, while in “The Pursuit of Happiness“, a man walks pensively with a metal detector in hand. These computer manipulated retro images were sourced from newspapers, old magazines, and the Internet, and project a feeling of alienation as they float solitarily in space. Gone were the memories of the dilapidated urban landscape of Neve Tzedek. Atop the muted backgrounds of the artist’s work, there are also numerous hard-edge geometric and curvilinear shapes — triangles, cubes and kidney-shaped psychedelic globules created from industrial plastics. The artist cites Robert Rauschenberg and David Salle as influences, which is apparent with these graphic additions, but the laser-cut technique used to create the geometric elements in his paintings also references the artist’s more recent commercial work.

Levona left Israel for Canada in 1990 where he began a career in advertising. The tones and textures of his past were replaced with the sleek and clean style of high-production advertising images. He specialized in creating conceptual visuals for advertising campaigns for companies such as Mercedes, Labatt and TD Canada Trust.

It is a form of recall for the artist to return to his past amidst the melancholy of the commercial world he found himself in. As Levona puts it, to “go back to my core being, re-evaluate and make the necessary adjustments.” This body of work is a product of this recollection. The paintings recall resonant memories of an avant-garde existence that collides with the neatness of the advertising world.


Stephanie Gibson is a writer and arts administrator based in Reno, Nevada. She holds an M.A. in Art History from Concordia University in Montreal and a B.A. in Art and Culture from Western University in London, Ontario. She has written reviews for publications including Muse, Ciel Variable, Magenta Magazine and the Churchill Arts Council.



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