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Jean-Luc Lindsay – Kitchen Sink

 

Opening Reception: January 31st, 2019
Exhibition Dates: January 31-February 17th
Location: 1151 Queen St EastProject Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Jean- Luc Lindsay
The bathroom mirror, flocked in a speckled haze of dried toothpaste.
The shower, dripping in rhythmic staccato.
The toilet is doing that thing again – jiggle the handle!“Kitchen Sink” assembles a series of depictions of lived, observed spaces throughout the home. The paintings are a tour of those common and familiar pillars of household, those places lined and laden with the fixtures, collections, and detritus of an occupied home. Near-passive players in the activities of daily life, these areas occupy the ambient boundaries of presence and absence, grazing along the perimeter of notation. Structural fixtures in mundane activity, they collect and erode under the weight of use and disuse, activity and passivity, the coming and going of people and things that characterize the home as a place that is at one point destination and layover. This cyclical occupancy seemingly affirms these places as steadfast landmarks within their banal landscape.

However, like that landscape, the ephemera of occupation invariably collects and shapes them; sediment accumulates on their surfaces, in their crevices – the little drops of jam and leftover Chinese food spattered throughout the fridge, the mildew that I can’t stop from growing on the shower curtain, the kitchen towels are dirty again, can’t forget to water the plants- stirred and strewn from time to time, wearing into them through routine the imprint an individual quotidian.

These paintings look to these details with both the immediate and protracted timing and study that is offered to them by their process. They depict isolated models of an inventoried environment, slowly captured facsimiles bound to the surface by their likeness and scrutiny. However, they too are made as memories, segmented and narrowed by the focus and circumstance of their production. My hope is that they can be both – the arbitrary, trailing, and divergent meditations of memory, and the instances that inspire these threads – that these images can reveal in them their own collected mysteries of familiarity and association, themselves arranged with the same care that reveals itself within these places as alive and responsive. Here, again, these images might signal to us a sense of those initial, fluid impressions. Undulate forms chipped and modeled from the apparent stonework of our memories, inspiring us to read parts of ourselves collected on and into the places we live – themselves now collected and displayed.

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Yung Yemi: Holding Space & Noah Brown: Inna Di Morrows

Yung Yemi – Holding Space

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 17th
Exhibition Dates: Jan 17-Feb 16 2019
Location: 1210 Dundas St E
 
Project 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 Morrows

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 17th
Exhibition Dates: Jan 17-Feb 16 2019
Location: 1210 Dundas St E
Project Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of work by Noah Brown running concurrently with Yung Yemi at our Dundas gallery.

Artist Statement:

“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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Yung Yemi – Holding Space

Opening Reception: Thursday January 17th
Exhibition Dates: Jan 17-Feb 16 2019
Location: 1210 Dundas St E
 
Project 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.
 
For more information please contact info@projectgallery.ca
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Noah Brown – Inna Di Morrows

Opening Reception: Thursday January 17th 6:00-9:00pm
Exhibition Dates: Jan 17-Feb 16 2019
Location: 1210 Dundas St E
 
Project Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of work by Noah Brown running concurrently with Yung Yemi at our Dundas gallery.
 
Artist Statement:
 
“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.

STATEMENT

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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