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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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DIVERSIONS: Ravinder Rai & Sebastián Benítez Duo Exhibition

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Opening Reception: Thursday April 28th 6-10pm
Exhibition Dates: April 28 – May 15, 2016
DIVERSIONS showcases the photographic outcomes of an ongoing artistic dialogue between emerging artists Ravinder Rai and Sebastián Benítez. Engaging in themes of contemporary identity, culture, image, objects, commodification, and sexuality, this exhibition shares a process of awareness and discovery as Rai and Benítez photographically respond to each other’s work. Featuring playful and clever self-portraits and still life photographs, this exhibition also incorporates elements of installation and mixed media.
Sebastián Benítez
Ravinder Rai
Curated by Devan Patel
devan@projectgallerytoronto.com
This exhibition is Featured with the CONTACT Photography Festival 2016
Project Gallery is located at 1109 Queen St E and open regularly Wed-Sun 12-5pm
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Meredith Wrede ‘Angel of Paradox’

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Meredith Wrede ‘Angel of Paradox’
Reception: Thursday, May 19th, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: May 18th – June 12th

Meredith Wrede is an independent dance artist who uses greater Toronto as a backdrop for her performances and incarnations of different characters. She originally stepped off the stage and onto the streets to find a venue where she could stay true to her original artistic ideas. She also felt the desire to create public art, accessible to others, not just the paying customer. The Angel of Paradox came into existence when Meredith was entertaining and investigating ideas around opposites existing within the same space. The intent of this exhibit is to offer a vicarious experience of a Merediths’ performance as the Angel of Paradox that happened around Cherry Street in Toronto in 1999. Reflecting on what happens in the moment when hot and cold mingle, love and hate merge, pain and pleasure collide, she noticed that up through the cracks, produced by the confusion of paradox, rises possibilities. These often delightful ideas induce playful moments, and bring an easy way to engage in the prospect of embracing something new. Meredith has her BFA in dance from York University and studied at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She danced with Equinoxe Dance Theatre in Johannesburg South Africa, Djazzin’ in Dortmund Germany; She was an artistic director of the Collective Unconscious Collective, the director of Toronto Dance Theatre’s Children’s division and Associate director for Evolution Dance Theatre. She has created numerous choreographies for FFIDA in Toronto for both the stage and site-specific venues, and danced for other independent dance artists as well as the Caravan Stage Barge. She has created many characters for short films and gorilla performances. As an artist Meredith is interested in scanning the scope of what’s happening in the world and, with broad strokes, offering her own creative solutions; in hopes that it encourages others to set their fears aside and engage in the world in a way that allows them to follow, or, at least notice, the nudges they feel from behind.

Image: Meredith Wrede, Tunnel
*This exhibition is officially registered as part of the 2016 Contact Photography Festival

Photography credit: Marilyn Westlake

http://www.meredith.wrede.ca/

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Spolia Opima: Ted Zourntos Solo Exhibition, April 7 – April 24

 


Opening Reception: Thursday April 7, 6-9pm

Exhibition Dates: April 7 –  April 24, 2016

With his latest series of paintings Ted Zourntos continues to probe and interrogate the inner workings of consumer culture. Spoila Opima or “rich spoils” is an ancient Roman term referring to the plunder and riches striped from a defeated combatant in mortal combat. These complex still life paintings connect consumerism, the oil economy and military conflict through subtle and satirical juxtapositions of throw away dollar store trinkets and novelties. Through his paintings. the artist dismantles notions of value to reveal the systematic dysfunction within contemporary consumer culture.

Ted Zourntos is a professional artist and educator with a versatile and accomplished painting practice that encompasses both abstract and representational work. He has exhibited in North America including a solo exhibition at Sloan Fine Art in New York City. Ted completed his undergraduate studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design (now OCAD University) and his Master of Fine Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA. He is the recipient of several academic and professional awards and his work has been featured in international art publications. Several of his paintings are in private collection.

Project Gallery is located at 1109 Queen St E, open regularly Wed-Sun 12-5pm and by appointment. Please direct inquiries to devan@projectgallerytoronto.com

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PROSPECTOR: Sara Pearson Solo Exhibition, March 17 – April 3

 

Opening Reception: Thursday March 17, 6-9pm

Exhibition Dates: March 17 –  April 3, 2016
The paintings and sculptures in PROSPECTOR, inspired by geological and gemmological formations, remind us of the strange and sublime beauty of nature. Gemstones, as coveted objects, present a complicated relationship between the natural world and us; As we hunt, collect and refine them, they become instilled with human values. In this body of work, Sara Pearson deconstructs and reinterprets their forms, removing facets and breaking stones into abstract shards, highlighting internal depths and building new structure. By pulling apart our vision of the perfect gem, she removes preconceived notions attached to it and focuses us on its extraordinariness. Pearson navigates this course through her early relationship to these materials; Growing up in her father’s jewellery studio instilled a sense of wonder in the presence of these otherworldly objects. She continues to live in awe of them, relating her art practice to that of an explorer, a treasure hunter.

Pearson chooses subjects and materials for their relationship to the natural world, using the optical phenomena that exist within cut gemstones to inspire her oil paintings; bronze, copper, marble, and terra-skin paper made from stone are some of the materials that form her sculptures and installations. Working primarily with “analogue” methods, she plays with the dichotomy of traditional process in an increasingly digital world, pushing abstraction while honouring the process of mimesis.

Sara Pearson is a Toronto based artist who graduated with a BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design University.

www.sarapearsonart.com

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