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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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Right Aunt Left – Omar Lalani: Jan 19 – March 3

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Opening Reception: Friday Jan 19th 7-9pm
Exhibition Dates: Jan 19 – March 3, 2018
Location: Project Studios – 184 Munro St (rear)

Embracing intuition as his collaborator, Lalani often reflects on his work for answers in attempts to diagnose and dissect his own ways of thinking. Figures are an important anchor point in the artist’s work as over time these figures have begun to parallel his on-going personal experiences. The paintings represent an interest in dissolving the boundaries between Western understandings of mind and body. Dream-like realms that are representational but untethered from reality provide the flexibility necessary to mediate information from the subconscious.

Omar Lalani is a painter and curator based out of Toronto Ontario. Since graduating from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2011, he has exhibited work nationally for the past 7 years. Lalani embraces an ideology rooted in subjectivism in combination with an improvisational process, to focus his practice towards therapy and reflection. In addition to his painting practice, Omar is the Programming Director and Cofounder of Pushmi Pullyu, an artist run centre based in Toronto.

Project Studios is located at 184 Munro St (back entrance) and open for receptions and by appointment only – please contact info@projectgallery.ca to arrange a viewing.

 

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CHROMATOPE – Callum Schuster: Dec 7 – Jan 14, 2018

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Exhibition Dates: Dec 7 – Jan 14, 2018
Location: Project Studios (184 Munro St – rear)

Distilling the essence of a thing or a moment is something people have always done by documenting their events and environment for reflection and understanding. The periodic table, taxonomy, journals and some types of painting are a few examples of how we have taken the things in our life and categorized and encapsulated them for preservation, understanding and meaning. When looking at the past with these records to refer to we have a chance to see where we came from and how we define our reality.

From minerals to plant and animal matter I have taken things from my environment in certain events and travels as a kind of souvenir. I collect, dry, disintegrate these souvenirs and turn them into powder to use as a pigment or dye. Once elements from my environment are turned to a resin like paint the essence of the material is preserved. From solid to liquid back to solid, the substance becomes a reflection of what it once was. The colour doesn’t always reflect the event or our immediate understanding of the material or memory of it but these monochromes are a way of capturing and documenting an event and seeing it as a single colour.

Callum Schuster’s work offers an ongoing investigation into our perception of the world around us. Schuster foregrounds the relationship between imaginary, 2D and 3D spaces as a way of exploring the psychology of space and its effect on our wellbeing. Rather than creating a visual escape for the viewer, the aim is to engender self-reflexive environments or experiences. A blending of alchemy and meditation become a focus in a pursuit of praxis, an application of a theory to a practice.

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.

Project Studios is open for reception and by appointment only – please direct inquries to devan@projectgallery.ca

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No One Notices The Landscape Within You: Nov 9 – Dec

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Opening Reception: Thursday Nov 9th 6-8pm (RSVP)
Exhibition Dates: Nov 9 – Dec 3, 2017
Location: Project Studios (184 Munro St – rear)
‘No One Notices The Landscape Within You’ brings together the work of Chad Gauthier and Michael Pitropov that both explore portraiture and the the role of introspection in the process of painting. The works carry out of conversation of what it means to exist in a pictorial landscape while also questioning the role of narrative and frozen action in a painted scene.

Gauthier works draws from french film stills as reference to highlight poetic moments of cinematography, and the search for meaning within the frame. The vulnerability of his figures conveys the inner struggle for honesty against deception and invites the viewer to escape within the image, and be immersed in the representation of the figure. The painting seeks for moments of clarity and to distill the overabundance of media saturation into small moments of escapism and meditation.

Pitropov displays figures in pastoral nocturnal landscapes, engaging in activities that are deliberately unclear to the viewer and left up to interpretation. His surreal scene in which the isolation of the figure is central can be used as allegory or allusion to greater events.

Both artists work to open the viewer up to moments of isolation in which small gestures can be broadened out to convey a greater political, personal, or spiritual insight. Pitropovs works seeks moments when the isolation can become invigorating and stem to desire and intrapersonal relationships, while Gauthier provides a counterpoint in which the isolation can be either detrimental or alienating, lending his paintings a sense of eerie isolation. Where Pitropov work draws the viewer in and makes them wish they were invited into a party unfolding before them, Gauthier’s work shroud the moment from the viewer lending a truly spooky look into moments they will never see.
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SALON V – Annual Holiday Show: Nov 17 – Jan 20

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Opening Reception:
Friday November 17th 6-9pm
Location:
Project Gallery (1210 Dundas St E)

Project Gallery is pleased to announce its 5th annual holiday salon-style exhibition on display from Nov 17 – Jan 20th featuring hundreds of artworks.

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 5th time in its upcoming SALON. The gallery’s walls will be strategically filled from floor to ceiling with over 250 stand-out artworks by top Toronto-based emerging artists. In celebration of Project Gallery’s collaboration of historic tradition and contemporary artwork, there will be an opening reception Friday November 17th from 6-9pm.

Artists:

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Bobby Mathieson

Brian Harvey

Callen Schaub

Cathy Daley

Chad Gauthier

Chen Cao

Colin Davis

Colin Zipp

Dominique Fung

Elicser

Emily May Rose

Georgina Walker

Greg McCarthy

Jean-Luc Lindsay

Kelly Mark

Kevin Columbus

Kisung Koh

Lauren Perlc-McArthur

Megan Ellen MacDonald

Ness Lee

Nick Bierk

Phuong Nguyen

Rajni Perera

Sara Pearson

Sarah Letovsky

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Tessar Lo

Tony Taylor

 

 

 

The gallery is located at 1210 Dundas St E and open Tues-Sat 11am-6pm

 

For inquiries please contact info@projectgallery.ca

 

 

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She – Cathy Daley: Oct 19-Nov 11

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Opening Reception: Thursday Oct 19th 6-9pm (RSVP)
Exhibition Dates: Oct 19 – Nov 11, 2017
Location: Project Gallery (1210 Dundas St E)

Mining iconographies of the feminine through vocabularies of glamour, fashion, popular culture, cartoons, street signage, films, social media, fairy tales and mythology, Cathy Daley’s work acknowledges and explores masquerades of feminine identity with humor, depth and edgy beauty. Cultural imageries including historic female objectification in a range of civilizations inform her drawings.

This new body of work, inspired by a variety of representations, also explores the territory of childhood memory, feminine identity, as well as dresses and their relationship to movement as observer and observed. Daley’s drawings emerge from Russian constructivist costume, contemporary avant-garde fashion, Degas’ ballerinas, Toulouse Lautrec’s can-can dancers, the painted clothing of Matisse, vintage Hollywood cinema and many other sources.

The series of small-scale drawings interrogates clothing as cover, protection, and as a social display often relating to gender. Compositions are constricted and flowing; legs and torsos dance with swirling emotion and gestures. Her drawn bodies explore energy, strength and vibrancy while at other junctures something more unrealizable and unreadable occurs through stillness, vulnerability, and delicacy. Daley’s exaggerated use of form alludes to her sophisticated integration of figure and abstraction.

Daley draws with charcoal and black pastel on translucent vellum, in both large and small scale, individual pieces and linked series. Commenting on her use of media, she says, “Black pastel is an elemental drawing material that allows for the potential of overwriting involving a spontaneous direct working process with a wide range of depth and tonality that borders on a sculptural presence”.

Cathy Daley is a celebrated Canadian artist with work in numerous private, corporate and public art collections including the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario. She is the recipient of many awards and grants, and her work has been exhibited extensively nationally and internationally. Reviews of her work have also been published in Art in America, Border Crossings, Canadian Art and many other publications. She is an Associate Professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design.

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Jean-Luc Lindsay – Spaces of Passage: Oct 5 – Nov 5

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Opening Reception: Thursday Oct 5th 6-9pm (RSVP)
Exhibition Dates: Oct 5 – Nov 5, 2017
Location: Project Studios (184 Munro St – rear)

Project Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of new paintings by Jean-Luc Lindsay.

“Observe the street, from time to time, with some concern for system perhaps.
Apply yourself. Take your time.
Note down the place [...]
Note down what you see. Anything worthy of note going on. Do you see what’s worthy of note? Is there anything that strikes you?
Nothing strikes you. You don’t know how to see.

You must set about it more slowly, almost stupidly. Force yourself to write down what is of no interest, what is most obvious, most common, most colourless.”
-Georges Perec, ‘The Street.’ Species of Spaces and Other Pieces

‘Spaces of Passage’ explores the peculiar qualities and patterns that emerge in those surroundings that we occupy and move through with familiarity and frequency. The project is one of spontaneous and intuitive notation and revision that takes for its subject those moments of recognition that occur in the midst of the banality of travel. References are collected through photography during walks and errands, and allowed to form patterns through a protracted scrutiny in paint. Painting interrupts the spontaneity of collection, both in its relative relationship to time and observation, as well as in its tendency to inform the initial exercise of collection. The activity of collection is then ultimately motivated by the discovery of objects and spaces that carry with them characteristics echoed in paintings. ‘Spaces of Passage’ is a project of identifying the paintings hidden in the background of an individual quotidian.

The objects and spaces depicted are collected for their reflection and uncanny likeness to paintings, with particular respect to their qualities as both permeable and aggregate. The doors, windows, and walls, that appear and repeat across these paintings were all chosen for this reason. They are places of passage that record that passage in both their spatial permeability as interstitial objects and areas – weather through their physical location or through their state of indeterminate construction or destruction – and in their presence as an evidenced record of their history and construction – through their removal, relocation, or renovation. As a collection, they amount to a selection of autobiographical peripheries – those surroundings that bear witness to our tenancy within and around them, the details and detritus that collect in the intervals of our situation.

Lindsay’s work will also be featured in the Art With Heart Auction at the AGO – Art Gallery of Ontario on October 17th.
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