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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

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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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

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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 – 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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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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How to Hold Yourself – Ness Lee March 1st -31st


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


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 for more details.

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Right Aunt Left – Omar Lalani: Jan 19 – March 3


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 to arrange a viewing.


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