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Difficult Placement (Contact Photo)

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Opening Reception: April 26th, 7:00-9:00pm
Exhibition Dates: April 26 – June 6 2018
Location: Project Studios

Curated by Greg McCarthy with works by:
Cameron Lamothe
Katelyn Gallucci
Rachel Guglielmelli
Sebastián Rodríguez Besa
Nicolas Vo

Difficult Placement brings together different interpretations of what it means to be a photographic artist in the expanded field. The artists assert the photograph as physical objects over the depicted events. Thus presenting the viewer with a brief overview of photographic work produced in Toronto that operates outside of the conventions of simply a framed image.

The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is the largest photography event in the world. Through collaborations with major museums and galleries, CONTACT presents outstanding photographic and lens based work throughout greater Toronto every May.

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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Life Studies – Greg McCarthy (Contact Photo)

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Opening Reception: May 3rd 2018, 6:00-9:00pm
Exhibition Dates: May 3-26 2018
Location: Project Gallery 1210 Dundas Street East

Join us for the opening of Greg McCarthy’s ‘Life Studies’, a solo show for The 2018 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

Life Magazine informed decades of photographers, helping to create an aesthetic for documentary images. For this series, source material was found in issues of Life magazine that had found their way into libraries and used book stores after their original distribution. Disrupting these images, this body of work creates figures that look back on themselves and their own aging process -slowly yellowed newsprint providing a subtle memento mori.

These newer images retain much of their original’s information, only in an altered state, leaving their previously intended context indistinguishable. The images speak to both their role informing photographic practices, and their inability to speak with the same intention in the present. In the works, figures look onto monoliths, studying the role of the image and their own implication in them. With gazes that rarely meet the viewer, the subjects are locked away, leaving one in a position where they can only voyeuristically stare at a displaced history.

If photography’s subject is often said to be death, these images are intended as a new lease on it, or at the very least, a way of stringing up a corpse in a morbid diorama.

About Scotiabank CONTACT:
The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is the largest photography event in the world. Through collaborations with major museums and galleries, CONTACT presents outstanding photographic and lens based work throughout greater Toronto every May.

Project Studios is located at 1210 Dundas Street East and is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11:00am-6:00pm.

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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

ChromatopeOpening Reception: Thursday Dec 7th 6-9pm
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

Screen shot 2017-12-02 at 11.57.59 AMExhibition Dates: November 17 – January 20, 2018
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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