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Camille Jodoin-Eng – The Gate

Opening Reception: Thursday November 29th from 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: November 29th – January 12th
Location: Project Gallery, Dundas Location (1210 Dundas Street E)

Project Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Camille Jodoin-Eng.

The Gate lifts off from the prominent themes in my previous works, which use repetition and symbology to create a physical manifestation of otherwise intangible spaces and structures. Often I’m inspired by shrines, and temples as spaces devoted to reflecting on otherworldly existences. The purpose of The Gate, is to use human-made materials to instead draw focus on our earthly existence and reflect on this present.

“Juice surges through the shimmering city, ancient patterns and symmetry echo through state-of-the-art cosmopolitan blocks. It’s bones constructed from stone and candied plastic reflect cerebral systems. The inhabitants of this psychic space are fleeting by nature, shifting frequencies, difficult to pin down. Hurried production of tower after tower, a pinnacle of tomorrow, yesterday’s crumbling rubble is discarded.

The city’s perimeter is strewn with shiny scraps, bits and bobs. Trash has been recovered from the fringe and reconstructed by small hands. So often the creation of art can sometimes fall into the vacuum of production and over-consumption. Cut off from the endless rows of high rises by a swirling moat of cerebrospinal fluid is a gleaming port. A bridge leads to a magnetic archway. These chromed temple gates are action centric transitional portals. How to exist everywhere all at once: A future form of transportation.

A stream of thought is a perpetual and unpredictable corkscrew through a grid of time and space, a constant flux between endless, minuscule moments. Feel free to rewind or fast forward to any point. Language is a form of virtual reality, once meaning is assigned it can no longer be unseen, like drawing lines from dot to dot on a puzzle.”

Artist Bio:

Camille Jodoin-Eng (b.1991) is an artist based in Toronto. Her work is an experiment in intuitive language, a meditation of interplay between physical and psychological space. Jodoin-Eng has developed a studio practice that involves drawing, sculpture, fabrication, installation and a growing visual language of personal symbols. Select exhibitions include: Wires webs veins nerves roots stems (8-11 Gallery), Plaza (The Gladstone Art Hut), Athenaeum (Project Gallery) and Trident (Little Sister Gallery). Her work has recently been featured by Vice, as well as CBC. She completed her BFA at OCAD University (2014) and is currently represented by Project Gallery and Art Works Consulting.

For more information please contact info@projectgallery.ca

 

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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.

Artist Statement:

“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.

Project Studios is located at 184 Munro St (rear) and is open for receptions and by appointment only. Please contact info@projectgallery.ca to request an appointment and for further inquiries.

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SALON VI: Annual Holiday Show

Opening Reception: Thurs. Nov. 8th 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: Nov. 8 2018 – Jan. 6 2019
Location: Project Gallery Queen, 1151 Queen Street East

Project Gallery is pleased to announce its 6th annual holiday salon-style exhibition on display from Nov 8th – Jan 6th, featuring hundreds of artworks at our newly open Queen Street Location.

The Salon exhibition style was established in 1667, by the French Academie des Beaux-Arts and held in Paris at Louvre. In order to accommodate the vast quantity of work submitted by students of the Academie des Beaux-Arts, artworks were displayed from floor to ceiling with little space separating frames. This style has since been incorporated throughout history in museums and galleries, including the Art Gallery of Ontario’s display of its European collection.

Project Gallery integrates this historic exhibition style for the 6th time in its upcoming SALON. Please join us for Project Gallery’s collaboration of historic tradition and contemporary artwork for our opening reception Thursday November 8th from 6-9pm.

For more information please contact info@projectgallery.ca

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Alex Sheriff – Bloo Planet

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Opening Reception: Thursday Nov 1st, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: November 1 – 24th
Location: Project Gallery, 1210 Dundas Street East

Project Gallery is pleased to present ‘Bloo Planet,’ a solo exhibition of new work from Alex Sheriff at our Dundas location – running concurrently with Dominique Fung’s solo exhibition entitled ‘Just Like Fine China.’

Alex Sheriff is a Canadian artist and filmmaker. He received his BFA from OCAD University in Drawing and Painting before moving to New York City where he received his MFA in Fine Arts. Alex now lives in Los Angeles and works in painting drawing, sculpture and film, dealing with themes of evolution, extinction and the Anthropocene.

Project Gallery is located at 1210 Dundas Street E (at the intersection of Dundas and Carlaw) and exhibits a critical selection of artists whose work reflects new and innovative developments in contemporary art. Project is focused on establishing the careers of local emerging and mid-career contemporary artists through distinct exhibitions and projects. Operating hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11:00am-6:00pm.

For more information please contact devan@projectgallery.ca.

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Dominique Fung – Just Like Fine China

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Opening Reception: Thursday Nov 1st, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: November 1 – 24th
Location: Project Gallery, 1210 Dundas Street East

Project Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new work from Dominique Fung at our Dundas location.

Artist Statement for ‘Just Like Fine China: Subverting the ‘orientalist’ gaze’:

“The intention of this new body of work is to subvert the fantasy of “orientalism.” Painting culturally significant objects, I reclaim the space once inhabited by false narratives as my own. These paintings have a magical, bulbous, slick-glazed feel and often evokes a world of genteel pleasure. The creamy and sensual painted female figures, baths, fine china, ‘oriental’ rugs, and food coexist in a strange, multilayered space. This work intends to “poke fun” and re-frame the colonialist male artwork, enabling my work to dismantle the hugely damaging fantasies and narratives encoded into historical paintings around the idea of eroticism, exoticism and the unknown. My paintings of women in these meditative spaces who were once portrayed as merely exotic toys have reclaimed their own representation. Each painting is an individual meditation in which I examine specific and relevant ideas around the deconstruction of the orientalist mythology, identity and the sexualization of the female form. I create voyeuristic moments in my paintings to question my own portrayal and your perception.”

Dominique Fung, b. 1987, Ottawa, Canada is a Canadian emerging artist currently based in Brooklyn, NY.  She received a BAA from Sheridan College Institute of Technology in Toronto, Canada. Fung’s paintings have been exhibited at  Virginia Museum of Modern Art ( Virginia, USA), Project Gallery ( Toronto, Canada) and Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum ( Washington DC, USA).

Project Gallery is located at 1210 Dundas Street E (at the intersection of Dundas and Carlaw) and exhibits a critical selection of artists whose work reflects new and innovative developments in contemporary art. Project is focused on establishing the careers of local emerging and mid-career contemporary artists through distinct exhibitions and projects.Operating hours are, Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00am-6:00pm.

For more information please contact devan@projectgallery.ca.

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Queen Gallery Opening

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Public Opening: Saturday Oct 20th, 2-5pm
Location: 1151 Queen Street East
Exhibition Dates: Oct 20 – Nov 3 2018

Project Gallery is pleased to announce a new gallery location on Queen Street East. Through a creative partnership with Hullmark Developments we have transformed the old 7-11 at Leslie and Queen (1151 Queen Street East) into a gallery space. This new space will host regular hours, exhibition schedule, and studio space for artists represented by the gallery. Please join us for our official public opening on October 20th for our inaugural group show with artists:

Erin Loree
Tessar Lo
Ness Lee
Rajni Perera
Kent Monkman
Camille Jodoin-Eng
Dominique Fung
Shellie Zhang
And more…

Project Gallery Queen is located at 1151 Queen Street East at the intersection of Leslie and Queen. Our regular operating hours will be in effect starting Wednesday October 24th.

Operating hours are as follows:
Monday and Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday-Saturday: 11am-6pm
Sundays: 12-5pm

For more information on the expansion, exhibition schedule and appointments please contact info@projectgallery.ca

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Side Piece

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Opening Reception: Friday Oct. 12th, 7-9pm
Exhibition Dates: Oct 12-Nov 18
Location: Project Studios 184 Munro Street (rear)

Project Studios is pleased to host a unique exhibition curated by Tessar Lo featuring works by artists in media that is atypical to their practice.

have you ever gone about your routine (maybe routine of non-routine) and thought,
“am i me?”
have you ever done or tried something you’ve never done before and thought,
“ah! so this is me, (?)”
side piece, is a group show that asks artists to present a work that may aesthetically or thematically fall outside their more focused, noted methods of working- side piece, is a small, humorous gathering of diverse curiosity that may have inspired, are a remnant of or were made directly opposed to larger creative motives-
this gathering is meant to ask why things exist, why these notions were necessary (if at all?), how they manifest, and how they contribute to thinking and feeling moving forward.

– Tessar Lo

Participating Artists:

Ness Lee
Kendra Yee
Alex McLeod (c/o Division Gallery)
Tessar Lo
Paddy Leung
Winnie Truong (c/o Erin Stump Projects)
Kisung Koh
Paul Butler (c/o Division Gallery)
Alex Sheriff

Project Studios is located at 184 Munro St (rear) and is open for receptions and by appointment only. Please contact info@projectgallery.ca

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Rajni Perera – (m)Otherworld Creates and Destroys Itself

Opening Reception: Thursday Oct 4th, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: October 4-27th
Location: Project Gallery, 1210 Dundas Street East
Project Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of Rajni Perera’s new work at our Dundas location.For this solo show Rajni Perera expands on the hyperdimensional and begins to make a foray into monsters and monsterity which act as a catalyst for mythmaking. As immigrants and the marginalized move into and take up space on oppressors/settlers lands one of the cultural enforcements that are taken away are the myths. Myths and mythology, and the characters that operate within them, make dreams robust and goals achievable. By focusing on monsters, dreamworlds, mythmaking and the ultimate othering that follows beings who exist between several worlds or dimensions, the effort to bring strength to the undervalued, displaced and persecuted is made by way of subverting a notion that any person or thing is singular or exists in any one place. That is, negating the concept of singular existence brings to ones attention a complete wholeness.Rajni Perera (b.1985) graduated from OCADU in 2011 with the medal in Drawing and Painting. She explores issues of hybridity, sacrilege, irreverence, the indexical sciences, ethnography, gender, sexuality, popular culture, deities, monsters and dream worlds. All of these themes marry in a newly objectified realm of mythical symbioses. They are flattened on the medium and made to act as her personal record of impossible discoveries.
Project Gallery is located at 1210 Dundas Street E (at the intersection of Dundas and Carlaw) and exhibits a critical selection of artists whose work reflects new and innovative developments in contemporary art. Project is focused on establishing the careers of local emerging and mid-career contemporary artists through distinct exhibitions and projects.Operating hours are, Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00am-6:00pm.
For more information please contact devan@projectgallery.ca.

 

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Rebecca Ladds – Making Mud with Milk

Opening Reception: September 6th, 6:00-9:00pm
Exhibition Dates: September 6th-September 30th 2018
Location: Project Gallery, 1210 Dundas Street East

Project Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Rebecca Ladds running concurrently with ‘I Like for you to be Still’  by Sarah Letovsky.

‘Making Mud with Milk’ displays the artist’s obsessive act of collecting, reproducing and fixating on historically recurring imagery. This fixation is an attempt to understand the universal complexities of intimacy, association and memory through image. Focusing on the potential for these things to be at the same time nurturing and oppressive; a feeling of being capable of both love and hate, preferring neither, accepting both.

Inspired by tableau staging in theatre and cinema, the act of drawing canonizes seemingly commonplace imagery, elevating their subject’s status from the familiar to the dramatic. Their impact from afar can be very different than when viewed up close and they invite a view from both. The gallery space becomes a multi-dimensional collage of images with Ladds’ drawings acting as locations for pause. It is possible for these images to relate to each other, some only based on proximity, much like bodies passing each other in a room, performing a narrative without words.

Motivated by the feeling that despite how comfortable we are with these subjects, they are essentially profound, strange and spectacular. By changing their scale, isolating them from their environment/the rest of their bodies, removing colour and smoothing the textures, all that remains is a neutral outer shell. Their openness makes them vessels, spaces to be filled with memory. Whose hands are those? They’re yours. They may be your mother’s too. Does it make you feel at ease?

With a nod to her her own experiences and her mother’s interest in studying floral arranging in her youth, Ladds exhibits a collection of custom bouquets and preserves their composition in the form of drawings, aiming to document the impermanent subject as an act of gratitude; shedding light on the artist’s process in the creation of her work.

Rebecca Ladds is a visual artist currently based in Montreal, Quebec. Ladds graduated OCADU in 2014 with a BFA in Printmaking and has completed residencies in Toronto ON, Prince Edward County ON, and Florence, Italy. Ladds’ work has been shown in Toronto at the Toronto International Art Fair, in several collaborations with the Drake Hotel and Properties, The Gladstone Hotel, at the Art Gallery of Ontario for the Art With Heart Auction and as well as the Elgin Winter Garden Theater.

 

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Sarah Letovsky – I Like For You to be Still

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Opening Reception: September 6th, 6:00-9:00pm
Exhibition Dates: September 6th-September 30th 2018
Location: Project Gallery, 1210 Dundas Street East

Project Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Sarah Letovsky running concurrently with ‘Making Mud with Milk’  by Rebecca Ladds.

Letovsky takes inspiration from the tradition of figurative painting and the female subject as muse, with a painting language wholly her own – in which flesh, faces and background invite a play between subject, brushstroke, and the physical process of painting.

In this series of workLetovsky’s reverence for the portrait evolves to encompass more of the figure and spatial context; in doing so, evoking a sense of intimacy, hinting at spaces of belonging and familiarity such as bedrooms and living rooms. The paintings are reminiscent of selfies; a camera is never directly featured but implied, and raises questions about who the image is for, and by. The work invites the viewer to consider the self-photograph as a contradiction and an equilibrium in which the private becomes public, a work of both intimacy and exhibitionism.

The title of the show is a reference to Pablo Neruda’s poem of the same name, in which Neruda describes the quintessential female muse – still and silent, an object of desire set apart to gaze upon:

I like for you to be still: it is as though you were absent,

and you hear me from far away and my voice does not

touch you.

It seems as though your eyes had flown away

and it seems that a kiss had sealed your mouth.

Letovsky’s subjects challenge this narrative; they are both confrontational and inviting, a director in their own representation. Their image is a performance, and we are invited to view the subject and their body through a negotiation of the self. It also invites us to consider the particularly gendered discussion of self-documentation. As Anne Burns discusses in Self(ie)-Discipline, “the gendering of selfies and the prevalent assumption that they act as proof of narcissism limit how women’s personal photography is socially valued… selfishness is a particularly barbed insult when directed at women, as it references the subject’s transgression of the norm of feminine self-sacrifice”.

Letovsky also takes inspiration from her love of prose and poetry, in particular, stories of the interior lives of women and girls, and their private narratives of love, joy, anger, grief, self-pity, and insecurity operating beneath the surface. In these paintings, Letovsky’s subjects are caught in an ambiguous and mundane moment; they seem observant, sexual, uncertain, and sometimes indifferent or bored – belying a rich interior complexity.

Sarah Letovsky lives and works in Toronto, Canada. She graduated from the University of King’s College in Halifax in 2009 where she studied literature and film. She completed her BFA at OCAD University in 2014 in Drawing and Painting and was the recipient of the Mrs. W.O. Forsyth Award for Excellence in Painting. Her first solo exhibition with Project Gallery, Girls Girls Girls, opened in 2016. Most recently Letovsky exhibited in the group show “Today’s Paper” at Angell Gallery in Toronto.

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