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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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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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