- Yung Yemi: Holding Space & Noah Brown: Inna Di Morrows
Yung Yemi – Holding SpaceOpening Reception: Thursday, January 17thExhibition Dates: Jan 17-Feb 16 2019Location: 1210 Dundas St EProject Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Yung Yemi running concurrently with Noah Brown at our Dundas gallery.In this body of work Adeyemi Adegbesan explores the double entendre of minority bodies holding their space physically and figuratively in a Eurocentric world. Through an afrofuturist lens Adegbesan responds to a society in which so much of contemporary black culture is positioned in response to dominant culture as either an outcome or a rebuttal to a history of struggle. Influenced by icons such as Octavia Butler, W.EB Du Bois, Bell Hooks, and Cornel West, Adegbesan’s work is also a process of searching for his own space as a person of mixed African and European descent. Marrying these concepts and discoveries Adegbesan aims to challenge misrepresentation of African history in Western society.“Arofuturism creates an undefined space that allows black people to exist separate from traditional narratives. Following in the Pan-Africanist tradition, my work is a merging of westernized ‘black’ culture and traditional African culture. Centuries of colonialism have created a gap between these constructs of blackness and Pan-Africanism seeks to reconcile them. To me, this goes hand in hand with Afrofuturism because it’s easiest to do that in an undefined space.African history as it relates to the rest of the world has been mislabeled and misrepresented for centuries, which leaves a general lack of awareness and lack of appreciation for the rest of the world. That lack of appreciation directly undermines the cultural and economic significance of what Africa has to offer. In North America that history has systematically been withheld and concealed. For all societies history is built layer by layer. Each generation stands on the shoulders of the last to achieve new success. History is a means of transferring knowledge and in a very direct sense transferring wealth. For people of African descent there’s an added barrier in this process because so many of us have fractured histories. We have to search harder and do more work to discover the foundations on which we are to build the next layers of our history.”Adeyemi Adegbesan is a Toronto based photographic artist whose practice aims to examine the intersectionality of black identity. Reflecting on blackness through pre-colonial – colonial – present day and future timelines, across regions, religions, varying levels of income, and political lines; Adegbesan interrogates the dichotomy of the richness of black experiences with the imposed societal homogeneity of ‘Blackness’. Through his work Adegbesan pulls from these varying elements to create Afro-futuristic portraits that embody history, future and culture all in one.
Noah Brown: Inna Di MorrowsOpening Reception: Thursday, January 17thExhibition Dates: Jan 17-Feb 16 2019Location: 1210 Dundas St EProject Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of work by Noah Brown running concurrently with Yung Yemi at our Dundas gallery.
“I create imagery though an interconnecting of fiber, my use of material and technique referencing both of my ethnic backgrounds. My dry-felted tapestries explore the harsh conditions of limited space that people of colour endure throughout experiences of oppression. This racially biased confinement runs continuously in our society. A result of such organized division has people growing up normalized to class-housing and prison.
This work claims justice against the imbalance of under-represented visual depictions of minority identities and fights the onslaught of depictions of radicalized people through the ongoing cycle of youth assuming tired and damaging stereotypes.
My self-portrait reflects on the need to question my ability to attain full potential when choosing not to ascribe to preconceived notions of identity. Another tapestry depicts a sitting person in a moment of reflection, their image immortalized without a face, without an individual’s identity.”
Noah J. Brown is a Toronto-based artist, designer, and curator. During his high school years, his talent was fostered at the Etobicoke School of Arts where he was discovered by Project Gallery. Known as the first teenager to display a solo show in a commercial gallery space, Brown also exhibited at the Albright Knox Museum in Buffalo and Art Gallery of Guelph. His work explores challenges of social frameworks resulting from cultural stereotyping and long lasting historical trauma of slavery. Identifying as androgynous, he expresses vulnerability by choosing mediums such as the jewelry, large dry-felted tapestries and porcelain sculpture. His intellectual subject matter has led to guest lectures at University of Toronto, OCAD, and Roncesvalles United Church. Brown’s future leads to New York where he is being presented with two Scholastic Gold medals and a scholarship to Cooper Union where he will further explore his fine arts abilities.
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- Callum Schuster – Ferrodolia
Opening Reception: Thursday January 10th
Exhibition Dates: January 10th – 27th
Location: Project Gallery, Queen Location (1151 Queen Street E)
Project Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition entitled ‘Ferrodolia’ by Callum Schuster.
Ferrum – Iron (Latin)
Ferromagnetism is the basic mechanism by which certain materials form permanent magnets, or are attracted to magnets. In physics, several different types of magnetism are distinguished.
Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon in which the mind responds to a stimulus, usually an image or a sound, by perceiving a familiar pattern where none exists.
Spectroscopy is the study of the interaction between matter and electromagnetic radiation. Historically, spectroscopy originated through the study of visible light dispersed according to its wavelength, by a prism.
These works are made from things collected from around a place I call home. Home is also an idea and feeling represented by the colours made by things collected from that area. Iron is mixed into the colour pigment to give body to the feeling. Iron dust is then magnetized to create an image that is a symbol of the place or object the colour was made from. The coupling of matter and energy, here becoming form through the laws of attraction and given meaning through the act of looking by a conscious observer, creates the experience of the artwork.
A thought on “home”; a place, memory and identity…
This summer I moved into an apartment that was recently built on the same land as my childhood home. Returning to this location brings comfort, nostalgia as well as notions of disassociation. There are both subtle and substantial similarities but many more major changes in the neighborhood. Realizing that these changes coincide with changes in my personal growth revealed a tension I hold between the idea of my self, what I call Home and time. These relationships test how I see myself presently which ironically are reinforced through past memory and future aspirations. In Toronto locations are changing/developing all the time and as individuals (and a whole species) we are too. Learning to embrace change in oneself can be as difficult as accepting changes in one’s environment. We cannot hold onto memories forever even though they inform us of where we’ve come from and inspire hope and direction for a future. Being in the present can be just as difficult but can be the fulcrum between inside and outside, past and future…
Artist Bio:Schuster’s art practice pivots around his interests in the psychology of space, perception and its effects on peoples behaviour. He explores this idea by collecting materials from his environment and turning the things he finds into paint. The paint and colour become symbols for the external world and ones internal beliefs. The relationship between spaces becomes important as binaries are blended and ones idea of a thing is met with the thing itself represented in a pure form, its essence in colour and texture. Schuster graduated from OCADU’s Drawing and Painting program in 2011. His work has been exhibited in a number of solo and group exhibitions, including Palindrome Dome Metronome Home at O’Born Contemporary (Toronto), More Than Two (curated by Micah Lexier) at The Power Plant (Toronto), an off-site exhibition at the Havana Biennale, as well as public installations for the City of Toronto’s Nuit Blanche and WayHome Music and Arts Festival.
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- Stefan Herda – A Different Sort of Landscape
Opening Reception: Friday Nov 23rd, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: November 24th – December 29th
Location: Project Studios, 184 Munro Street (rear)
Project Studios is pleased to host an exhibition of work by artist Stefan Herda, curated by Callum Schuster.
“My work reflects upon natural processes and phenomena with an alchemical curiosity. Through material investigations, process based experimentation and field research, I try to negotiate our often troubling relationship to nature while reconnecting with forgotten technologies and alternative means of making.
My current work combines wood formations with different household and industrial chemicals to create objects that suggest natural geological formations: geodes, mineral specimens and natural curios. As we all know, most natural crystal formations form slowly over time due to geological forces, such as sedimentation, erosion, and geothermal activity. However, my work acts as a simulation or stand in by mimicking these natural processes using provisional chemistry from a suburban environment. These objects are assembled through forays through hardware stores, industrial zones and nature alike, realized through both experimental and traditional means of sculptural technique. Considering these glaring contrasts, I hope to assess if my objects will elicit the same sense of curiosity as a geode formed by the earth millions of years ago.
Through intervention and illusion, I question the artist’s storied role in illustrating natural phenomena and how one’s aesthetic interpretation can blur lines between reality and fiction. I hope to suggest a possible reality where these objects could exist to foster new understandings and considerations towards our ever-shifting relationship to both the natural and manufactured processes around us.”
Stefan Herda employs intuitive scientific methodology in his practice. Herda’s work explores our often troubling relationship to the nature while reconnecting with outmoded technologies and various alternative means of production. Many of his experiments reflect upon geological and natural phenomena using provisionally sourced materials from the domestic environment.
Stefan received his BAH from the University of Guelph in 2010. His work in both sculpture and video has been included in exhibitions nationally. Stefan recently held a solo show at Wil Kucey Gallery (Toronto), presented video and sculptural installations for Cultivars: Possible Worlds at InterAccess (Toronto) and was featured as one of 12 artists in the Cabinet Project in collaboration with the Fields Institute of Mathematics and the Physics Department at the University of Toronto.
Originally from Scarborough, Stefan currently works in Toronto.
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