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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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Intergenerational Trauma – Noah Brown: March 15 – April 21

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Exhibition Dates: March 15th – April 21st
Opening Reception: March 15th 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Project Studios – 184 Munro St (rear)

Noah Brown’s work hones in on the reality of living as a biracial androgynous male amongst the lasting trauma of slavery. His artworks stem from trauma associated to an experience where he was attacked by boys with a shared racial identity. His obsession with this traumatic incident has influenced him to dissect the social and historical significance of their behaviour, down to details of postured representation.

Brown’s dry-felted tapestries explore the danger implied by self-expression within a heteronormative society, the shame attached to androgyny, internalized self-hatred within the black community, and a hope for the future where black youth can be emotionally-expressive.

In response to more recent external forms of racial discrimination, he has sculpted porcelain figures of a black boy in a hoodie, cast eleven times in a plaster mould. Exploring ideas of people of colour living in accordance to societal stereotypes, thus gaining a form of comfort in following a ‘racial role’.

“In my life, I constantly defy the stereotype of what it means to be a boy of colour. Despite the discomfort that comes with stepping outside of toxic societal expectations, I am able to express myself through different forms of visual art.” – Noah Brown

Noah’s four years in specialized schooling as a visual arts major at Etobicoke School of the Arts have taught him ways he can gain autonomy by teaching his communities the historical significance behind our current psychological state, creating a safe and educated environment for people of colour who wish to express themselves, and to change the perception of black youth by setting an example for what minorities are capable of accomplishing. ‘Intergenerational Trauma’ is the first solo exhibition of Noah Brown’s work and will take place at Project Studios from March 15th-April 21st 2018.

Project Studios is by appointment only. To set up an appointment please contact devan@projectgallery.ca

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CHROMATOPE – Callum Schuster: Dec 7 – Jan 14, 2018

ChromatopeOpening Reception: Thursday Dec 7th 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: Dec 7 – Jan 14, 2018
Location: Project Studios (184 Munro St – rear)

Distilling the essence of a thing or a moment is something people have always done by documenting their events and environment for reflection and understanding. The periodic table, taxonomy, journals and some types of painting are a few examples of how we have taken the things in our life and categorized and encapsulated them for preservation, understanding and meaning. When looking at the past with these records to refer to we have a chance to see where we came from and how we define our reality.

From minerals to plant and animal matter I have taken things from my environment in certain events and travels as a kind of souvenir. I collect, dry, disintegrate these souvenirs and turn them into powder to use as a pigment or dye. Once elements from my environment are turned to a resin like paint the essence of the material is preserved. From solid to liquid back to solid, the substance becomes a reflection of what it once was. The colour doesn’t always reflect the event or our immediate understanding of the material or memory of it but these monochromes are a way of capturing and documenting an event and seeing it as a single colour.

Callum Schuster’s work offers an ongoing investigation into our perception of the world around us. Schuster foregrounds the relationship between imaginary, 2D and 3D spaces as a way of exploring the psychology of space and its effect on our wellbeing. Rather than creating a visual escape for the viewer, the aim is to engender self-reflexive environments or experiences. A blending of alchemy and meditation become a focus in a pursuit of praxis, an application of a theory to a practice.

Schuster graduated from OCADU’s Drawing and Painting program in 2011. His work has been exhibited in a number of solo and group exhibitions, including Palindrome Dome Metronome Home at O’Born Contemporary (Toronto), More Than Two (curated by Micah Lexier) at The Power Plant (Toronto), an off-site exhibition at the Havana Biennale, as well as public installations for the City of Toronto’s Nuit Blanche and WayHome Music and Arts Festival.

Project Studios is open for reception and by appointment only – please direct inquries to devan@projectgallery.ca

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No One Notices The Landscape Within You: Nov 9 – Dec

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Opening Reception: Thursday Nov 9th 6-8pm (RSVP)
Exhibition Dates: Nov 9 – Dec 3, 2017
Location: Project Studios (184 Munro St – rear)
‘No One Notices The Landscape Within You’ brings together the work of Chad Gauthier and Michael Pitropov that both explore portraiture and the the role of introspection in the process of painting. The works carry out of conversation of what it means to exist in a pictorial landscape while also questioning the role of narrative and frozen action in a painted scene.

Gauthier works draws from french film stills as reference to highlight poetic moments of cinematography, and the search for meaning within the frame. The vulnerability of his figures conveys the inner struggle for honesty against deception and invites the viewer to escape within the image, and be immersed in the representation of the figure. The painting seeks for moments of clarity and to distill the overabundance of media saturation into small moments of escapism and meditation.

Pitropov displays figures in pastoral nocturnal landscapes, engaging in activities that are deliberately unclear to the viewer and left up to interpretation. His surreal scene in which the isolation of the figure is central can be used as allegory or allusion to greater events.

Both artists work to open the viewer up to moments of isolation in which small gestures can be broadened out to convey a greater political, personal, or spiritual insight. Pitropovs works seeks moments when the isolation can become invigorating and stem to desire and intrapersonal relationships, while Gauthier provides a counterpoint in which the isolation can be either detrimental or alienating, lending his paintings a sense of eerie isolation. Where Pitropov work draws the viewer in and makes them wish they were invited into a party unfolding before them, Gauthier’s work shroud the moment from the viewer lending a truly spooky look into moments they will never see.
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Jean-Luc Lindsay – Spaces of Passage: Oct 5 – Nov 5

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Opening Reception: Thursday Oct 5th 6-9pm (RSVP)
Exhibition Dates: Oct 5 – Nov 5, 2017
Location: Project Studios (184 Munro St – rear)

Project Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of new paintings by Jean-Luc Lindsay.

“Observe the street, from time to time, with some concern for system perhaps.
Apply yourself. Take your time.
Note down the place [...]
Note down what you see. Anything worthy of note going on. Do you see what’s worthy of note? Is there anything that strikes you?
Nothing strikes you. You don’t know how to see.

You must set about it more slowly, almost stupidly. Force yourself to write down what is of no interest, what is most obvious, most common, most colourless.”
-Georges Perec, ‘The Street.’ Species of Spaces and Other Pieces

‘Spaces of Passage’ explores the peculiar qualities and patterns that emerge in those surroundings that we occupy and move through with familiarity and frequency. The project is one of spontaneous and intuitive notation and revision that takes for its subject those moments of recognition that occur in the midst of the banality of travel. References are collected through photography during walks and errands, and allowed to form patterns through a protracted scrutiny in paint. Painting interrupts the spontaneity of collection, both in its relative relationship to time and observation, as well as in its tendency to inform the initial exercise of collection. The activity of collection is then ultimately motivated by the discovery of objects and spaces that carry with them characteristics echoed in paintings. ‘Spaces of Passage’ is a project of identifying the paintings hidden in the background of an individual quotidian.

The objects and spaces depicted are collected for their reflection and uncanny likeness to paintings, with particular respect to their qualities as both permeable and aggregate. The doors, windows, and walls, that appear and repeat across these paintings were all chosen for this reason. They are places of passage that record that passage in both their spatial permeability as interstitial objects and areas – weather through their physical location or through their state of indeterminate construction or destruction – and in their presence as an evidenced record of their history and construction – through their removal, relocation, or renovation. As a collection, they amount to a selection of autobiographical peripheries – those surroundings that bear witness to our tenancy within and around them, the details and detritus that collect in the intervals of our situation.

Lindsay’s work will also be featured in the Art With Heart Auction at the AGO – Art Gallery of Ontario on October 17th.
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Ecce Homo – Brian Rideout: Sept 7 – Oct 1

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Opening Reception: Thursday Sept 7th 6-9pm (RSVP)
Exhibition Dates: Sept 7 – Oct 1, 2017
Location: Project Studios (184 Munro St – rear)

On September 7th we will be unveiling a new large scale painting by Brian Rideout exploring the history of mythological iconography, and how it relates to the ongoing history of painting and cinema.

Brian Rideout is a Toronto-based painter whose work investigates contemporary images, sourced from print and online, for their art historical relevance, as a continuation of the history of painting and image production. Rideout’s works comprise a narrative of art, architecture, and object following an undulating cycle of definition, utility, and design, softly dramatizing the multiple registers that art has come to occupy and employ over time as a material thing wholly existing in the world. He is interested in art as document, as decoration, as ideological accessory, as technological or functional support.

Rideout (b. 1986) studied at Georgian College (Barrie, ON) and has recently had solo exhibitions at Parisian Laundry, AC Repair Co., the Georgian College Helen and Arch Brown Center for the Visual Arts, and Evans Contemporary. Recent group shows include Spring/Break Art Fair (NYC), Art Toronto (Toronto), ‘Unkempt’ at MAW (NYC), ‘Open House’ at Sleep Center (NYC), ’9 to 5′ at Warner Gallery (Toronto), ’8 The Esplanade’ at White Condo (Toronto), ‘The Agency of Acquaintances’ at Clint Roenisch Gallery (Toronto), and ‘Taking [A] Part’ at Mercer Union (Toronto).

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Gentle Bodies – Robin Clason: Aug 25 – Sept 3

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Opening Reception: Friday Aug 25th 6-9pm (RSVP)
Exhibition Dates: Aug 25 – Sept 3, 2017

Gentle Bodies addresses the delicate nature of intimacy, sexuality, personal boundaries and where each individual sees themselves within these topics.

Robin Clason is a light based installation artist. Primarily working with neon light sculptures, her work strives to create an alternative space and realm in which the viewer can see themselves exist and interact. Using mirrors, glass sheets and plexi glass, her work creates confusing and beautiful worlds she invites the participant to step into.

Clason was trained and learned about neon as a material in New York City in 2014. Her work has been featured at various institutions and galleries including AGO’s Massive Party, the Gardiner Museum’s SMASH, and independent galleries in San Francisco and Toronto.  She will be part an upcoming show at Los Angeles at the Museum of Neon Art in September in a group show of all female neon artists.

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Bad Geometry: July 28 – Aug 20

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Exhibition Dates: July 28 – Aug 20, 2017
Reception: Friday July 28th 6pm (RSVP)

 

Bad Geometry is an exhibition of new works by Adrienne Crossman, Brianna Lowe, Lauren Pelc-McArthur and Tobias Williams.

Adrienne Crossman is an artist, educator and curator. Her practice involves the exploration of non-normative and non-binary objects, characters and spaces, with a specific interest in queer potentialities within the non-human. Crossman creates queer interventions through the manipulation of digital media and popular culture, the re-contextualization of often-overlooked objects and artifacts, and by locating queer sensibilities in the everyday. Adrienne is currently an MFA candidate in Studio Art at the University of Windsor.

Brianna Lowe is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in Toronto. Her practice explores the different interpretations of how the environment is experienced through the mediation of various digital media, such as 3D animation, digital collage and video. She has exhibited in Canada, the Netherlands, and the United States, as well as virtually through The Wrong Digital Art Biennial. She currently holds a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from OCAD University and a Post Graduate Certificate in Video Game Design from George Brown College. She has worked as an artist assistant for a number of prominent Canadian artists, most notably Jon Rafman and Alex Macleod.

Lauren Pelc-McArthur is an emerging visual artist from Toronto currently based in Montreal. Through painting and digital imaging she responds to agitations between painting and screen culture. Her new work alludes to scenes of modern age boredom altered through a lens of mark-making influenced by screens and painterly tactics. Pelc-McArthur has shown her work internationally. She has participated in residencies in Canada, abroad and online. She has received several awards including grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. Pelc-McArthur is an MFA Candidate at Concordia University.

Tobias Williams is a Toronto based visual artist and educator. His art practice is concerned with the historical and contemporary relationship between art, society and technology. His recent work has been exploring the concept of “Digital Ontology;” how we conceive of objects in digital spaces and how these digital objects interact with and change our perception of the physical world. Tobias has shown work in exhibitions locally and internationally, recent exhibitions include “Vistas” at the Banff Centre for the Arts, “Genuflexion” at Creamy gallery in Chicago and “Unkempt” at MAW GURU in Manhattan. He currently works as an instructor at OCADU and humber College in Toronto.

 

Project Studios is located at 184 Munro St (rear) and open by appointment and for receptions only. Please direct inquiries to devan@projectgallery.ca

 

 

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Body of Colour – Callen Schaub x Stef Eleoff

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‘Body of Colour’

 

Opening Reception: Friday May 5, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: May 6-28, 2017

Presented in conjunction with CONTACT Photography Festival
http://scotiabankcontactphoto.com/2017/open-exhibition/project-gallery-studios-body-of-colour

PROJECT STUDIOS 184 Munro St.
(back entrance near the loading bay)
$5 cover
19+ event

OPENING RECEPTION
Friday May 5th, 6-9pm
Live model painting performances at 6:30pm & 8:30pm
$5 cover
19+ event
By Appointment May 6th-28th, 2017
Contact callenschaub@gmail.com | 647.377.1677

Body of Colour is a collaboration between abstract painter, Callen Schaub and fashion photographer, Stef Eleoff. The exhibit focuses on the mixing and pouring of paint over the human form. Paint covered models are spun and photographed, captured in moments of elegance and wonder. Schaub and Eleoff both push their artistic practices by collaborating on this new and experimental project.

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’flō\ – a performative site specific installation by Nadine Bariteau

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\’flō\ is a performative site specific installation by Nadine Bariteau that will take form between the 17th and the 21st of April 2017

The installation will occur over the course of a week and will culminate with a Spring Reception on Friday 21th at 8:00pm

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To see the installation in progress: from 18th to 20th at 8:30pm
Last chance to meet with the artist when she teardown on Sunday 23rd at 8:30pm

Direct inquiries to devan@projectgallerytoronto.com

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