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Kent Monkman – Miss Chief’s Praying Hands

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Opening Reception: Thursday August 2nd 6:00-9:00pm
Exhibition Dates: August 2nd-September 1st 2018
Location: Project Gallery 1210 Dundas Street East

Project Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition entitled ‘Miss Chief’s Praying Hands’ by celebrated Canadian artist Kent Monkman.

Kent Monkman is a Canadian artist of Cree ancestry who creates provocative reinterpretations of romantic North American landscapes. Themes of colonization, sexuality, loss, and resilience – the complexities of historic and contemporary Indigenous experience – are explored in a variety of mediums, including painting, film/video, performance, and installation.

His gender fluid alter-ego Miss Chief Eagle Testickle appears in his work, reversing the colonial gaze and upending received notions of history and Indigenous people.

Monkman describes Miss Chief Eagle Testickle as “a gender bending time-traveling two spirited alter ego” representing “the gender variance that was present in traditional indigenous cultures across North America when the settlers arrived. She embodies the flawed and playful trickster spirit to tease out the truths behind life’s painful twists and turns. She is central to my work, reversing the gaze and representing an empowered antidote to colonized sexuality.”

Project is a commercial art gallery and studio in Toronto that exhibits a critical selection of artists, whose work reflects new and innovative developments in contemporary art. It is located at 1210 Dundas Street East, in the heart of Leslieville with accompanying studios overlooking the Don Valley in Riverside.

For more information please contact owner and director, Devan Patel at devan@projectgallery.ca.

(Kent Monkman bio revised from http://www.kentmonkman.com/)

Project Gallery wishes to acknowledge the Ancestral Traditional Territories of the Ojibway, the Anishnabe and, in particular, the Mississauga’s of the New Credit whose territory we will be gathering on. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties.

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Sara Pearson – Wanderer

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Opening Reception: Thursday July 5th 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: July 5 – 28, 2018

Using abstracted imagery of crystallic forms and suggestions of remembered landscapes from past travels, themes of transformation and healing are explored from a feminine perspective with a focus on the spiritual connection between womxn and nature.

Wanderer explores the process of loss, forgiveness and the rebuilding of one’s self. In life we wander, searching for meaning, identity and connection. Experiencing unexpected change, letting go of past attachments, picking ourselves up again with the support of those around us and traveling a new path.

In her new body of work Sara Pearson continues her obsession with themes of geological and gemological formations, working with mediums that reflect natural elements of the Earth such as bronze, rocks and clay. She is also interested in the overlap of digital and traditional processes, the visual tangle of abstract and representational methodologies of art making and the optical play of collage. This is Sara’s second solo show with Project Gallery. She currently lives and works in Toronto where she has been a member of Akin Collective for four years. She holds a BFA from OCAD University.

 

Please direct inquiries to devan@projectgallery.ca – Project Gallery is located at 1210 Dundas St E and open Tues-Sat 11-6pm

 

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Only Some of Us Want to Be Artists

Opening Reception: May 31st 2018, 6:00-8:00pm
Exhibition Dates: May 31 – June 9 2018
Location: Project Gallery 1210 Dundas Street East

The Etobicoke School of the Arts is excited to be presenting ONLY SOME OF US WANT TO BE ARTISTS, a selection of 33 ESA contemporary artists at Project Gallery on May 31st from 6:00-8:00pm. Join us to see the latest work of a four year project in art making.

This show has been organized by Ana Moseres and Matthew Varey with Devan Patel.

Project Gallery is located at 1210 Dundas Street East and is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11:00am-6:00pm.

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Difficult Placement (Contact Photo)

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Opening Reception: April 26th, 7:00-9:00pm
Exhibition Dates: April 26 – June 6 2018
Location: Project Studios

Curated by Greg McCarthy with works by:
Cameron Lamothe
Katelyn Gallucci
Rachel Guglielmelli
Sebastián Rodríguez Besa
Nicolas Vo

Difficult Placement brings together different interpretations of what it means to be a photographic artist in the expanded field. The artists assert the photograph as physical objects over the depicted events. Thus presenting the viewer with a brief overview of photographic work produced in Toronto that operates outside of the conventions of simply a framed image.

The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is the largest photography event in the world. Through collaborations with major museums and galleries, CONTACT presents outstanding photographic and lens based work throughout greater Toronto every May.

Project Studios is located at 184 Munro Street (rear) and is open for receptions and by appointment only. For more information please contact devan@projectgallery.ca

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Life Studies – Greg McCarthy (Contact Photo)

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Opening Reception: May 3rd 2018, 6:00-9:00pm
Exhibition Dates: May 3-26 2018
Location: Project Gallery 1210 Dundas Street East

Join us for the opening of Greg McCarthy’s ‘Life Studies’, a solo show for The 2018 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

Life Magazine informed decades of photographers, helping to create an aesthetic for documentary images. For this series, source material was found in issues of Life magazine that had found their way into libraries and used book stores after their original distribution. Disrupting these images, this body of work creates figures that look back on themselves and their own aging process -slowly yellowed newsprint providing a subtle memento mori.

These newer images retain much of their original’s information, only in an altered state, leaving their previously intended context indistinguishable. The images speak to both their role informing photographic practices, and their inability to speak with the same intention in the present. In the works, figures look onto monoliths, studying the role of the image and their own implication in them. With gazes that rarely meet the viewer, the subjects are locked away, leaving one in a position where they can only voyeuristically stare at a displaced history.

If photography’s subject is often said to be death, these images are intended as a new lease on it, or at the very least, a way of stringing up a corpse in a morbid diorama.

About Scotiabank CONTACT:
The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is the largest photography event in the world. Through collaborations with major museums and galleries, CONTACT presents outstanding photographic and lens based work throughout greater Toronto every May.

Project Studios is located at 1210 Dundas Street East and is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11:00am-6:00pm.

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Intergenerational Trauma – Noah Brown: March 15 – April 21

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Exhibition Dates: March 15th – April 21st
Opening Reception: March 15th 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Project Studios – 184 Munro St (rear)

Noah Brown’s work hones in on the reality of living as a biracial androgynous male amongst the lasting trauma of slavery. His artworks stem from trauma associated to an experience where he was attacked by boys with a shared racial identity. His obsession with this traumatic incident has influenced him to dissect the social and historical significance of their behaviour, down to details of postured representation.

Brown’s dry-felted tapestries explore the danger implied by self-expression within a heteronormative society, the shame attached to androgyny, internalized self-hatred within the black community, and a hope for the future where black youth can be emotionally-expressive.

In response to more recent external forms of racial discrimination, he has sculpted porcelain figures of a black boy in a hoodie, cast eleven times in a plaster mould. Exploring ideas of people of colour living in accordance to societal stereotypes, thus gaining a form of comfort in following a ‘racial role’.

“In my life, I constantly defy the stereotype of what it means to be a boy of colour. Despite the discomfort that comes with stepping outside of toxic societal expectations, I am able to express myself through different forms of visual art.” – Noah Brown

Noah’s four years in specialized schooling as a visual arts major at Etobicoke School of the Arts have taught him ways he can gain autonomy by teaching his communities the historical significance behind our current psychological state, creating a safe and educated environment for people of colour who wish to express themselves, and to change the perception of black youth by setting an example for what minorities are capable of accomplishing. ‘Intergenerational Trauma’ is the first solo exhibition of Noah Brown’s work and will take place at Project Studios from March 15th-April 21st 2018.

Project Studios is by appointment only. To set up an appointment please contact devan@projectgallery.ca

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How to Hold Yourself – Ness Lee March 1st -31st

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Dates: March 1st – 31st 2018
Opening Reception: March 1st, 6:00-9:00pm
Location: Project Gallery 1210 Dundas St E

A course in time has no measurable distance, conceivable path or foreseeable structure, a mourning ensues that becomes eponymous in everything, transforming into a rumination of memories coinciding with unsettled realities.

In a desire to lose it all, while holding on to what is left- states of mind are explored during incomprehensible stages of vulnerability. Taking form as an effort in seeking comfort, forgiveness and desire for an end of a self-perpetuated state.

Ness Lee draws on history and personal narratives to create dreamy and surreal illustrations, paintings, sculptures, and installations. Often featuring her unique characters, Lee’s work offers a humorous and charming look at ideas of identity, culture, love, belonging, and oneness through her line work and novel use of media. Ness Lee’s work has been featured at the AGO First Thursdays, Drake Hotel, and the Tokyo Art Book Fair, as well as galleries in Boston, New York, and Toronto.

Project Gallery is located at 1210 Dundas St E and open regularly Tues-Sat 11am-6pm or by appointment.

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Collage Party – Paul Bulter: Feb 1 – 24

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Exhibition Dates: Feb 1 -24, 2018
Reception: Thursday Feb 22nd 6-9pm
Public Collage: 12-6pm on Saturday Feb 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th
Location: Project Gallery – 1210 Dundas St E, Toronto

 

Throughout the month of February, Butler will stage a Collage Party at Project Gallery that will serve as a pilot model for a future permanent space in Toronto. As Butler describes it: “The Collage Party is where I make my work. It’s my studio. And I like making work alongside other people of all ages and backgrounds – not just artists. It’s how I grow personally and artistically – laterally, through shared ideas, beliefs, opinions, likes, and techniques”.

For this project, Butler will expand on the concept of  “Stammtisch”, a German term for a table where ideas are born.  Like the Stammtisch, the project will be centered around one large table. To support the birth of ideas, there will be a stereo, a library, a small kitchen, a TV, and a lounge. There will be film screenings, ping-pong, guest speakers, group therapy, listening parties, dinners, printmaking, and constant collaging. Every Saturday, the public will be invited to join. Bookings are also available for group visits, including school groups, corporate team-building, staff parties, etc. Prints and originals of select collaborative collages will be displayed and available for purchase at the gallery in May during the Contact Photography Festival. Works that Butler produces will also be displayed in his solo exhibition at Division Gallery in May 2018 as well, Butler is represented by the Division Gallery in Toronto.

Paul Butler’s multi-disciplinary practice is rooted community, collaboration and artist-run activity. In addition to his longstanding studio practice, Butler has also produced projects that include: The Collage Party – a travelling participatory studio; The Other Gallery (2001-2011) – a nomadic commercial gallery with a focus on overlooked artists; and, Reverse Pedagogy – a touring, collectively directed residency.

Butler has served as the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and  the director of 2/edition in Toronto. He has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; White Columns, New York City; Creative Growth Art Centre, Oakland; Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong; and La Maison Rouge, Paris.  He has contributed his writing to the books The Life and Times of Bill Callahan, and Decentre: Concerning Artist-run Culture as well as publications including Border Crossings and Canadian Art. Butler’s work is held in numerous private and public collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Bank of Montreal, the Royal Bank of Canada, and TD Canada Trust.

 

Project Gallery is located at 1210 Dundas St E and open regularly Tues-Sat 11am-6pm or by appointment.

Please contact devan@projectgallery.ca for more details.

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