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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

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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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SALON V – Annual Holiday Show: Nov 17 – Jan 20

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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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She – Cathy Daley: Oct 19-Nov 11

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Opening Reception: Thursday Oct 19th 6-9pm (RSVP)
Exhibition Dates: Oct 19 – Nov 11, 2017
Location: Project Gallery (1210 Dundas St E)

Mining iconographies of the feminine through vocabularies of glamour, fashion, popular culture, cartoons, street signage, films, social media, fairy tales and mythology, Cathy Daley’s work acknowledges and explores masquerades of feminine identity with humor, depth and edgy beauty. Cultural imageries including historic female objectification in a range of civilizations inform her drawings.

This new body of work, inspired by a variety of representations, also explores the territory of childhood memory, feminine identity, as well as dresses and their relationship to movement as observer and observed. Daley’s drawings emerge from Russian constructivist costume, contemporary avant-garde fashion, Degas’ ballerinas, Toulouse Lautrec’s can-can dancers, the painted clothing of Matisse, vintage Hollywood cinema and many other sources.

The series of small-scale drawings interrogates clothing as cover, protection, and as a social display often relating to gender. Compositions are constricted and flowing; legs and torsos dance with swirling emotion and gestures. Her drawn bodies explore energy, strength and vibrancy while at other junctures something more unrealizable and unreadable occurs through stillness, vulnerability, and delicacy. Daley’s exaggerated use of form alludes to her sophisticated integration of figure and abstraction.

Daley draws with charcoal and black pastel on translucent vellum, in both large and small scale, individual pieces and linked series. Commenting on her use of media, she says, “Black pastel is an elemental drawing material that allows for the potential of overwriting involving a spontaneous direct working process with a wide range of depth and tonality that borders on a sculptural presence”.

Cathy Daley is a celebrated Canadian artist with work in numerous private, corporate and public art collections including the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario. She is the recipient of many awards and grants, and her work has been exhibited extensively nationally and internationally. Reviews of her work have also been published in Art in America, Border Crossings, Canadian Art and many other publications. She is an Associate Professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design.

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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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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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