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Anser & SoTeeOh – Luminous

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Exhibition Dates: November 10 – November 20
Opening Exhibition: November 10th, 6-10 PM

 

A collaborative exhibition featuring artists Anser and Soteoh, Luminous, takes the dark street scenes of SoTeeOh’s urban landscapes as a backdrop for the infamous one-liner face portraits of graffiti artist Anser.

Created using long exposure photography and a flashlight, the two combined what theyare both best known for to develop something completely new. Like most of Anser’s work around the city it is temporary, and this ephemerality is explored even further as the light drawings disappear before the eye and only the camera captures the outcome.

By setting these portraits in various locations around Toronto, it mimics the close relationship both artist have with the urban setting they call home. Meant to brighten the dark corners of the city, Luminous takes this one step further.

Anser’s Mysterious Date, created in early 2007, was developed to foster a more publicly inclusive form of graffiti. The one-liner spray painted face has now become something of an icon within the Toronto urban fabric. Through the use of traditional graffiti mark making methods, “the face” was developed to engage a typically ignored public by using an image that everyone could associate with. The moniker “Mysterious Date” was coined by photographer Micheal D’Amico, who dubbed a series of street photographs of the face “Mystery Date” in a CONTACT photography festival. The adoption of this name is a testimony to this idea

The Mysterious Date also straddles the lines between graffiti and street art. In most forms of traditional street art, such as stenciling and wheat pasting, the creation of the imagery is done away from the setting it is viewed in. The fact the face is done in a more traditional graffiti method, on the spot and usually in an illegal context, is about breaking down preconceptions to promote an appreciate of both art forms. Through this approach Anser has found a way to create a spontaneous interaction with the public, something that many say give a closer sense of connection to the city around them.

Soteeoh is a Toronto born street photographer. Through composition and subject selection, his work presents a subjective and stylized view of daily urban life. He draws mainly off of influences in the realms of design, architecture, and fashion combined with an obsessive appreciation for urban grit. Symmetry, pattern and color are used as primary devices in composing his images. The artist’s work coincides with the growing urban digital photography movement championed by online platforms such as instagram, tumblr and VSCO.  Digital manipulation and post processing are an increasingly valued part of the photographic process.

Although he still relies heavily on the spontaneity of the urban environment, it is a departure from traditional “candid” street photography in the sense that the images are carefully composed, colored, and in some cases embellished or abstracted, to present scenes that are based closely on real environments but that may not occur naturally exactly as they are depicted in the work. The work asks the viewer to reconsider their daily urban surroundings. Is it drab? Is it dirty? Is it ugly? Or is there something more here? He believes so and with his work he challenges the viewer to join him in his appreciation for the synchronized visual chaos that is the modern urban centre.

Presented by Project Gallery, Art Works Consulting, & Well and Good

Anser & SoTeeOh Artist Catalog

www.projectgallerytoronto.com/luminous

 

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SALON IV

4th ANNUAL SALON

Exhibition Dates: November 25, 2016 – February 19, 2017

Project Gallery will be hosting it’s annual salon-style art exhibition at our Queen Street gallery location from November 23, 2016 – February 19, 2017. This exhibit will showcase a dynamic roster of many artists working with diverse subject matter, media and styles.

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Bobby Mathieson Solo Exhibition: Sept 29 – Oct 16

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Opening Reception: Thursday September 29th, 6-9pm RSVP

Project Gallery Toronto – 1109 Queen St E, Toronto
Bobby Mathieson captures historically or culturally significant moments in his work, and expands on the emotional content through his paintings and imagery through the use of vibrant shocking colour and form. Positioning historically and culturally significant subjects within a visceral and highly textured figurative expressionism, Mathieson’s paintings reflect the emotional complexity shaping his relationship to these figures through a portraiture that is at once provocative, grotesque and deeply reverent.

The intuitive use of brushstroke and palette knife creates a sense of controlled chaos, marking the works with the rhythm and immediacy of their production. This alla prima or wet-on-wet technique bears an element of the violence and gestural abstraction associated with action painting while retaining key facial cues to allow a certain level of recognition and iconic legibility in the obscured faces of subjects. Vampire teeth and pointed ears become playful motifs in Mathieson’s work, confounding the elegance of posture and pose with monstrous and absurd qualities, forming characters that appear both playful and terrifying at the same time.

Bobby Mathieson is a graduate of the Vancouver Film School (degree in Classic Animation) and Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in British Columbia (BFA). He has had numerous solo exhibitions with Neubacher Shor Contemporary in Toronto, ON and has presented his work at art fairs such as Art Toronto, Art Southampton, AQUA Art Fair in Miami, FL and VOLTA in New York. His work has also been featured in the Art With Heart auction as well as auctions at Angell Gallery for several years. Bobby Mathieson lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.

Bobby Mathieson Artist Catalog

Please direct inquiries to devan@projectgallerytoronto.com, 416.315.1192.

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GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS: Sarah Letovsky

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GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS: September 8 – 25, 2016

A Solo Exhibition by Sarah Letovsky

Opening reception: Thursday Sept 8th, 6-9pm

 “Men act and women appear. Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at.”

- John Berger from Ways of Seeing

GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS brings together an assembly of women, each distinct, separate, and detached. Are they strippers, Mötley Crüe groupies, single moms or curatorial graduate students? Are they Teenage Dreamgirls or Olay Aging Cream Consumers? Why are they wearing clothes? Are they on display for looking or are they looking?

In a new series of paintings and works on paper, Sarah Letovsky focuses on the expressive nature of paint to explore ideas of subjectivity, tension, and hidden thought and feeling. Letovsky uses the painting process to create a force of opposites; her brushstrokes are at once gestural and deliberate, spontaneous and confined, bringing the figure forward with an empathetic gaze and pushing it back into abstraction with explosive colour, flat space, and restrained texture.

Sarah Letovsky (b. 1987, Toronto ON) finished her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting at OCAD University in 2014. She was the recipient of the 2014 Mrs. W.O. Forsyth Award for Excellence in Painting. Letovsky’s work has been exhibited at Art Toronto, Only One Gallery, Hashtag Gallery, and featured in FASHION Magazine. Her work has been auctioned at Art With Heart for Casey House Toronto as well as the ArtsEffect Auction as selected by Jamie Angell. GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS is her first solo exhibition.

 ARTWORK CATALOG

ARTIST INTERVIEW

Please direct inquiries to devan@projectgallerytoronto.com

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Facade: Brian Harvey

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Exhibition Dates: Aug 18 – Sept 4th
Opening Reception: Thursday Aug 18th, 6-9pm
Toronto’s built environment is uniquely piecemeal; evidence of a history of development and repurposing on an individual and local scale, and nowhere is this more visible than in the architectural pastiche of its older streets. In this new body of work painter Brian Harvey continues his exploration of Toronto’s urban landscape through a collection of portraits of its architecture and infrastructure. He is drawn to the humble and disorderly facades of old buildings, forgotten and often overlooked, and disappearing in the face of rapid change. Each change speaks to a personal story, and the layers of transformation are visible as wrinkles and scars, evidence of a lifetime of transformation and growth. Through a layering of rapid and gestural application of paint, Harvey seeks to naturalistically depict light and form, while maintaining a focus on the physicality of paint.
Brian Harvey was born in 1978 in Toronto, Canada. After studying digital media and animation his focus shifted to drawing and painting. He has training from Seneca College, Sheridan College, Toronto School of Art, the Art Centre at Central Technical School, and has recently completed a BFA from OCAD University in Toronto. He has been painting and exhibiting for over a decade and his work can be found in public and private collections across Canada, the United States and Europe. His paintings are studies of the commonplace and the typically mundane; everyday objects, spaces and urban landscapes which are frequently overlooked. Brian lives and works in Toronto.
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Dominique Fung & Georgina Lee Walker: ‘Physic Gardens’

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Dominique Fung & Georgina Lee Walker 

‘PHYSIC GARDEN’

 

Exhibition Dates: July 28th – August 14th, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday July 28th, 6-9 PM
Exhibition Location: Project Gallery Toronto, 1109 Queen St E, Wed-Sun 12-5

Opening Reception: Thursday July 28th, 6-9 PM 
Exhibition Location: Project Gallery Toronto, 1109 Queen St E, Wed-Sun 12-5
Physic Gardens: A historical type of herb garden devoted to the cultivation and display of medicinal healing plants.The works of Dominique Fung and Georgina Lee Walker focus on presenting environments that deal with personal narratives and conflicts. Through painting, both artists find a sense of personal validation by creating safe spaces and environments that often take on a lush and dreamlike quality. In a time when talking about personal struggle is almost faux pas, these artists use their artistic practice as an opportunity to gain insight and contribute to personal and collective discussions around racial identity, feminism, and disability.Dominique Fung takes a critical view on the cultural diaspora between seemingly separate identities. Having grown up in a first generation Chinese-Canadian household, she references her experience with white washing in her adolescence. Fung’s work deals with the cultural confusion of having to coincide and adopt the dominant culture and values. Her paintings combine disparate elements of Chinese kitsch/mythology with iconic imagery of 20 th century Canadian landscape paintings to create a dreamlike environment, which is a personal safe space. Fung’s tongue-in- cheek paintings intend to confront invisibility as a serious and complex topic.Georgina Walker present body of work addresses and confronts her attempt to break through personal barriers in regards to femininity, disability, memories, and their resulting anxiety and insecurity. The use of literal and illusionistic barriers is a way to create narrative and speak subtly about experiences from her own life. In Walker’s work, these barriers include fencing, glass blocks, or even fogged glass. The use of soft, saccharine or glazed color is a deliberate way to subvert these spaces and make them into nurturing environments, while the introduction of plants is intended as an allusion to growth.

Physic Garden Artist Catalog

 
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James Olley: ‘Rock – Paper – Scissors’

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Rock – Paper – Scissors

 
July 7- 24, 2016
 
Opening Reception: Thurs. July 7th, 6-9pm
Rock-Paper-Scissors is a hand game many of us played as children with three outcomes, guided by decisions within a set of parameters. Like the game, Olley establishes a series of parameters which are guided by a process consisting of an action and reaction. Through this process, autonomous, self-generating subject matter is revealed. The use of materials like charcoal, paper and scissors informs the series of collages and paintings.
Olleys work has had an ongoing interest with the fluidity and potential for motion in paint, exploring systems for representation and modes of expression informing visual languages. His research has been informed by the continuation of the modernist critique, leading to questions of authenticity, autonomy and the role of painting in contemporary art.
The expressive and exploratory nature of collage historically offers an experimental space to incorporate multiple visual languages. Surrealist writings by André Breton and Robert Motherwell’s writings on the search for a philosophical spirit, psychic automatism and the task of finding a “creative principal” have informed the scope of Olleys works.
James Olley received his MFA from the University of Waterloo in 2008 after completing his BFA at NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2004. Since graduating Olley has had a number of solo shows locally and internationally; Angell Gallery (Toronto), Galerie Trois Points (Montreal), Peter Robertson Gallery (Edmonton), Kasia Kay Art Projects (Chicago), Incident Report (New York) and Dundee Contemporary Arts (Scotland), Galerie Weissraum, (Kyoto, Japan); and Groenhazengracht 1, (Leiden, Netherlands). Olley’s work belongs to private collections such as Colart Collection (Montreal) and Cenovus Energy (Edmonton). Olley has been awarded Emerging & Assistance Artist Grants (Toronto Arts Council & Ontario Arts Council), in addition, received full scholarship to the Vermont Studio Center Residency (2009). Olley’s work has been profiled at contemporary art fairs, including Pulse New York, Pulse Miami, Papier 13 and Next Chicago.
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Colin Davis & Ki Sung Koh

 

June 16th- July 3rd, 2016

Reception: Thurs June 16, 6-9

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Colin Davis

‘The Grove’

Colin W Davis explores intimate moments in nature by arranging mundane natural objects into symbolic shrines. Common sticks, rocks and leaves that would ordinarily be ignored gain a sense of importance through being observed, and then are honoured further through the act of careful painting from life.

The Grove explores the tradition of animism, the belief that “spirits” exist in all things including animals, plants and rocks. This tradition is connected to many indigenous religions throughout the world and is often associated with ritual, superstition and magic. The objects in this body of work are all arranged centrally and highlighted against a dark background, separating them from an imagined landscape and revealing their sanctitude.

Colin W Davis is a Toronto-based painter. He is a graduate of the BAA Illustration program at Sheridan College.

Colin Davis Artist Catalog

http://www.colinwdavis.com/

 

Ki Sung Koh

‘Way of Life’

Ki Sung Koh explores the beauty of nature, memories and dreams. His works depict imaginative worlds in which animals bask in the security of their environments.

Koh’s images share his view on the preciousness of nature in hopes of connecting people through an act of discovery in his paintings. As you see, feel, and hear animals, you will also find more of yourself.

Ki Sung Koh was born in South Korea in 1985 and moved to Canada in 2006. He now lives and works around Toronto. Koh has received BAA in Illustration program from Sheridan College, ON, Canada in 2012.

Ki Sung Koh Artist Catalog

http://www.kisungkoh.com/

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