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Energy – Callen Schaub: Sept 28 – Oct 14

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Opening Reception: Thursday Sept 28th 6-10pm (RSVP)
Live Performance: Thursday Sept 28th 10pm
Exhibition Dates: Sept 28 – Oct 14, 2017

On Thursday September 28th, abstract artist Callen Schaub launches his latest exhibit Energy. The show is a collection of paintings that Schaub says, “encourage people to maintain a positive mindset and energy. My art illustrates the impact that words have on people. Words evoke emotional responses which can be destructive, uplifting, or both. I want to encourage my audiences, especially the younger members, to use words and art to empower others.” Schaub’s work takes inspiration from the positivity expressed in the online community as well as responding artistically to the experience of being trolled.

Callen is best known for his innovative painting techniques using spin machines, swinging troughs and pendulums in live performances and online as featured on Insider, Buzzfeed, and CBC Arts videos. On September 30th from sunrise to sunset, Schaub will be using a crane as an artist’s tool for a performance at Nuit Blanche, presented by the Riverside BIA & Project Gallery.

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Ecce Homo – Brian Rideout: Sept 7 – Oct 1

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Opening Reception: Thursday Sept 7th 6-9pm (RSVP)
Exhibition Dates: Sept 7 – Oct 1, 2017
Location: Project Studios (184 Munro St – rear)

On September 7th we will be unveiling a new large scale painting by Brian Rideout exploring the history of mythological iconography, and how it relates to the ongoing history of painting and cinema.

Brian Rideout is a Toronto-based painter whose work investigates contemporary images, sourced from print and online, for their art historical relevance, as a continuation of the history of painting and image production. Rideout’s works comprise a narrative of art, architecture, and object following an undulating cycle of definition, utility, and design, softly dramatizing the multiple registers that art has come to occupy and employ over time as a material thing wholly existing in the world. He is interested in art as document, as decoration, as ideological accessory, as technological or functional support.

Rideout (b. 1986) studied at Georgian College (Barrie, ON) and has recently had solo exhibitions at Parisian Laundry, AC Repair Co., the Georgian College Helen and Arch Brown Center for the Visual Arts, and Evans Contemporary. Recent group shows include Spring/Break Art Fair (NYC), Art Toronto (Toronto), ‘Unkempt’ at MAW (NYC), ‘Open House’ at Sleep Center (NYC), ’9 to 5′ at Warner Gallery (Toronto), ’8 The Esplanade’ at White Condo (Toronto), ‘The Agency of Acquaintances’ at Clint Roenisch Gallery (Toronto), and ‘Taking [A] Part’ at Mercer Union (Toronto).

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Gentle Bodies – Robin Clason: Aug 25 – Sept 3

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Opening Reception: Friday Aug 25th 6-9pm (RSVP)
Exhibition Dates: Aug 25 – Sept 3, 2017

Gentle Bodies addresses the delicate nature of intimacy, sexuality, personal boundaries and where each individual sees themselves within these topics.

Robin Clason is a light based installation artist. Primarily working with neon light sculptures, her work strives to create an alternative space and realm in which the viewer can see themselves exist and interact. Using mirrors, glass sheets and plexi glass, her work creates confusing and beautiful worlds she invites the participant to step into.

Clason was trained and learned about neon as a material in New York City in 2014. Her work has been featured at various institutions and galleries including AGO’s Massive Party, the Gardiner Museum’s SMASH, and independent galleries in San Francisco and Toronto.  She will be part an upcoming show at Los Angeles at the Museum of Neon Art in September in a group show of all female neon artists.

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hahahahuh, – Tessar Lo: Aug 31 – Sept 23

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Opening Reception: Thursday Aug 31st 6-9pm (RSVP)
Exhibition Dates: Aug 31 – Sept 23, 2017

hahahahuh, is a series of paintings inhabiting the literal and figurative space where the humourous and mysterious overlap-
these works were made as a reflection and meditation of these times; a little awkward, a bit laughable, and very often bewildering.

Tessar Lo reaches for that mysterious place that exists within the liminal, his vision and approach is constantly evolving.

Born in Indonesia and raised in Toronto, Lo blends themes endemic to his Asian heritage with Western pursuits or direct expression and materiality. Working with a variety of media, he uses acute marking, colour and texture to draw the viewing inward and create an awareness of surface and story.

By stripping his work of artifice and relying on instinct, he aspires to turn seemingly mundane subjects – a corner of the backyard, a bunch of fruits, a childhood toy – into sources of humour, sensation and potential. Around familiar motifs, he constructs unfolding mythologies that site the reservoirs of foolish wonder, and constants that lie buried within being.

Since Graduating from Ontario’s Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advance Learning with a BAA in Illustration, Tessar Lo has exhibited in galleries worldwide, from Toronto solo and group exhibition in Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Miami, Barcelona, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Amsterdam.

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Atmosphere and Ambience: Kevin Columbus, Aug 12 – 26

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Opening Reception: Saturday Aug 12th 2-5pm (RSVP)
Exhibition Dates: Aug 12 – 26, 2017

Columbus’s paintings emphasize the quality and uniqueness of light in landscape. The interest in unique light effects create scenes that convey more than just the subject matter but more importantly they convey a sentiment. By creating ambience and atmosphere through the emphasis of fog, haze, sunrise, sunset, dawn, dusk and twilight the paintings revive memories, and feelings of nostalgia. The work reinforces the metaphor that one’s memories fade and become hazy just like sunlight. The landscapes also serve as a moment to another time and place from one’s past.

Kevin Columbus is an artist based in Toronto, Ontario. He studied at The Ontario College of Art and Design and graduated in 2012. Even though Kevin lives in Toronto, he has spent many summers painting in central and northern Ontario. He has enjoyed extended time studying Renaissance and Italian Art in Florence, Italy, and has spent the past several years refining his understanding of perceptive drawing and painting. While in Italy, he also assisted and studied under the Italian painter, Massimo Giannoni. Kevin continues to embrace the influences of Italian art, while maintaining his natural inclination towards the northern Ontario landscape.
His recent work has built upon his growing understanding of form, colour and the medium of oil paint. He combines what he’s learned in traditional oil painting with his close inspection of master works; he does this alongside his continuous exercises in the plein-air technique to create contemporary imagery. He appropriates some recognizable elements from these pre-modern masterpieces and combines them with his personal memories, subconscious impulses and varied subject matter.

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

Direct inquiries to devan@projectgallery.ca

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Summer Group Show: Aug 3-10

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Opening Reception: Thursday Aug 3rd 6-10pm (RSVP)

Join us for the grand opening of Project Gallery’s new 2,500 sq ft space at 1210 Dundas St E on Thursday August 3rd from 6-10pm.

On display will be works by represented artists:

Kevin Colombus
Camille Jodoin-Eng
Ness Lee
Sarah Letovsky
Jean-Luc Lindsay
Tessar Lo
Greg McCarthy
Sara Pearson
Callen Schaub
SoTeeOh

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

 

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Bad Geometry: July 28 – Aug 20

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Exhibition Dates: July 28 – Aug 20, 2017
Reception: Friday July 28th 6pm (RSVP)

 

Bad Geometry is an exhibition of new works by Adrienne Crossman, Brianna Lowe, Lauren Pelc-McArthur and Tobias Williams.

Adrienne Crossman is an artist, educator and curator. Her practice involves the exploration of non-normative and non-binary objects, characters and spaces, with a specific interest in queer potentialities within the non-human. Crossman creates queer interventions through the manipulation of digital media and popular culture, the re-contextualization of often-overlooked objects and artifacts, and by locating queer sensibilities in the everyday. Adrienne is currently an MFA candidate in Studio Art at the University of Windsor.

Brianna Lowe is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in Toronto. Her practice explores the different interpretations of how the environment is experienced through the mediation of various digital media, such as 3D animation, digital collage and video. She has exhibited in Canada, the Netherlands, and the United States, as well as virtually through The Wrong Digital Art Biennial. She currently holds a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from OCAD University and a Post Graduate Certificate in Video Game Design from George Brown College. She has worked as an artist assistant for a number of prominent Canadian artists, most notably Jon Rafman and Alex Macleod.

Lauren Pelc-McArthur is an emerging visual artist from Toronto currently based in Montreal. Through painting and digital imaging she responds to agitations between painting and screen culture. Her new work alludes to scenes of modern age boredom altered through a lens of mark-making influenced by screens and painterly tactics. Pelc-McArthur has shown her work internationally. She has participated in residencies in Canada, abroad and online. She has received several awards including grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. Pelc-McArthur is an MFA Candidate at Concordia University.

Tobias Williams is a Toronto based visual artist and educator. His art practice is concerned with the historical and contemporary relationship between art, society and technology. His recent work has been exploring the concept of “Digital Ontology;” how we conceive of objects in digital spaces and how these digital objects interact with and change our perception of the physical world. Tobias has shown work in exhibitions locally and internationally, recent exhibitions include “Vistas” at the Banff Centre for the Arts, “Genuflexion” at Creamy gallery in Chicago and “Unkempt” at MAW GURU in Manhattan. He currently works as an instructor at OCADU and humber College in Toronto.

 

Project Studios is located at 184 Munro St (rear) and open by appointment and for receptions only. Please direct inquiries to devan@projectgallery.ca

 

 

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ICON – SoTeeOh Solo Show

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ICON: SoTeeOh

April 27 – May 14, 2017

What are the symbols that are immediately and universally identifiable as Toronto icons? As Toronto’s reputation grows, and global awareness of the city rises, a set of visual identifiers has been developed that symbolize this city both locally and abroad. The CN Tower has long been the most obvious icon but views of the downtown core popularized by urban photographers, the Raptors jersey made famous by Vince Carter and signage at Yonge and Bloor subway station which is passed by 400 000 commuters on a daily basis have become important symbols of the city.

ICON will focus on photography of visual identifiers that residents can place at first glance and that out-of-towners recognize as distinctly Toronto. Drawing off personal experience, historical research, anecdotal experiences, commercial products and pop culture references such as movies and music videos, soteeoh has created a set of images that represent the visual identity of the city. With a diversity of photographs, ranging from iconic product photos, recognizable city views and intersections, cultural landmarks and people. This exhibition continues SoTeeOh’s exploration of Toronto’s developing visual identity through portrait, still-life, product, and urban landscape photographs.

SoTeeOh is a Toronto-based photographer focused on stylized views of daily urban life. Drawing inspiration from the realms of design, architecture, and fashion, he creates images that share a sense of urban grit through an emphasis on symettry, pattern, and color. SoTeeoh has amassed a significant following, with over 60 thousands followers on instagram, he has also worked on commercial projects with notable brands like Adidas, Nike, Sony, CIBC, American Express, Red Bull, and many more. SoTeeOh is represented by Art Works Consulting.

www.soteeoh.com

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Body of Colour – Callen Schaub x Stef Eleoff

Callen Schaub x Stef Eleoff

‘Body of Colour’

 

Opening Reception: Friday May 5, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: May 6-28, 2017

Presented in conjunction with CONTACT Photography Festival
http://scotiabankcontactphoto.com/2017/open-exhibition/project-gallery-studios-body-of-colour

PROJECT STUDIOS 184 Munro St.
(back entrance near the loading bay)
$5 cover
19+ event

OPENING RECEPTION
Friday May 5th, 6-9pm
Live model painting performances at 6:30pm & 8:30pm
$5 cover
19+ event
By Appointment May 6th-28th, 2017
Contact callenschaub@gmail.com | 647.377.1677

Body of Colour is a collaboration between abstract painter, Callen Schaub and fashion photographer, Stef Eleoff. The exhibit focuses on the mixing and pouring of paint over the human form. Paint covered models are spun and photographed, captured in moments of elegance and wonder. Schaub and Eleoff both push their artistic practices by collaborating on this new and experimental project.

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TL;DR Laura Hudspith – Solo Exhibition

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Laura Hudspith – solo exhibition at Project Gallery
Exhibition dates: Thu, May 18 – Sun, May 28

For the final exhibition at our Queen Street East location, Project Gallery is pleased to present Laura Hudspith’s second solo exhibition, TL;DR.

Hudspith transforms the gallery into a dramatic installation combining sculpture, video projection, and neon, where light emanating from each work illuminates the next. Her projected tableaux vivant depicts a near motionless woman amidst both real and faux, fresh and rotting delicacies, conjuring a sense of stagnation and tension. A large unmarked grave across the gallery’s floor pulses light and sets a synthetic overgrown garden aglow, its dense flora saturated with viscous biofluids. Neon light casts the flippant message ‘tl;dr’ across the scene, and creates a sense of an impassable force.

Upon discovering her own incongruous memory of a passage written by Alice Munro in Lives of Girls and Women, where the young protagonist misunderstands the gravity of a gruesome truth and instead envisions an implausible alt-reality, Hudspith staged and filmed her own elaborated version of this illogical error. In her tableaux, a woman lays on a cold marble tabletop amidst a feast. The figure is at once hyper-sexualized and neutered, her body revealed underneath a clear plastic dress so tight as to flatten her curves. Fruit begins to rot, pink milk sours, a glass of black liquid is overturned. What’s left reveals its synthetic nature – a silicone aspic, plastic fruit, pink rubber tarts – and the woman in the dress remains breathing lightly.

The artist is interested in the effects of cultural trends on the way people understand the world’s workings and their agency within it. In particular, Hudspith contemplates the effects of individualist culture on radicalization and the growing divide between socio-political ideologies. Using a feminist lens through which to examine this divide, TL;DR creates a picture of contemporary communication caught in between cause and effect, dialogue and the echo chamber, life and death, gender and equity, and naivete versus the explicit.

The artist would like to extend a special thanks to Tamara Legér for her contributions to photography and videography, and writer, Ashley McLellan, for her exhibition response.
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