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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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Court Gee – Learning by Doing

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Opening Reception: August 24th, 7:00-9:00pm
Exhibition Dates: August 24 – September 29 2018
Location: Project Studios 184 Munro Street

Subverting function with wry humour, Court Gee uses readymade and craft based materials to create comedic, and often absurd, installations. responding to the ‘landscape’ of the site, these materials are strategically positioned, with the tropes of formal presentation in mind, to resist their intended use. Because of this, these works often read as objects out of place.

Through these pairings Court Gee puts into question the viewers own relationship to the materials, situating the nonsensical narratives in a continuous loop of reality and artificial. The viewer is left to challenge and rediscover their relationships to everyday objects.

Court Gee is a recent graduate of OCAD University and has exhibited at XPACE Cultural Centre, Ignite Gallery, Mercedes-Benz Financial amongst others. ‘Learning by Doing’ is Gee’s first solo exhibition.

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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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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