Archive | Past Exhibitions – Studios

Nick Bierk: Oct 22 – Nov 13

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Oct 22 – Nov 13, 2016

Opening reception: Sat Oct 22nd, 6-9pm (RSVP)
Project Gallery Studios (184 Munro St – back entrace)

Nick Bierk studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design. He has exhibited work across Canada and the United States. Nick’s portrait, landscape and still life works are highly realistic yet conceptually enigmatic.

If David had a fault, it was to be too good at too many things, never denying his constantly burgeoning curiousities long enough to focus on any one thing. In the maelstrom of his creative energies, his boys found their own moorage, and Nick, I think, fastened on to his father’s interest in precedent, history, and the myriad ways painting can be made. Look at David’s diptych Landscape with Manet Flowers, from 2002, the year he died, and you’ll see: the charged, naturalistic intensity of the light in the left panel, a haze of golden sun crackling as it cascades from cloud and tree below, counterbalances the mannered impressionism of a vase, static and lifeless, on a table.

Excerpt from exhibition catalogue AFTER, text by Murray White

Nick Bierk Artist Catalog

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Elicser Elliott: ‘Prosopagnosia’

Prosopagnosia

Elicser Elliott

Prosopagnosia 

 
July 8- 31, 2016
 
Opening Reception: Friday July 8, 7-11 PM 
Closing Reception: July 30th, 6-10pm
Jabari “Elicser” Elliot is an infamous Toronto street artist, whose works can be seen on walls across the city. Born in Montreal and raised in the West Indies, Elicser settled in Toronto, and attended Sheridan College for Animation. He has won critical acclaim for his style, and has shown his works in several prominent galleries including the Art Gallery of Ontario, as well as having a featured installation at the Royal Ontario Museum.
In 2012 Elicser released a limited edition book titled Know Love, portraying children’s views on love through a series of hand drawn illustrations, and which sold out at its launch at LE Gallery. In the same year, he was named “Best Local Graffiti Artist” by NOW Magazine. He has been published in many newspapers and blogs, and was most recently featured in a Toronto Star article for a graffiti workshop he taught to students of Central Technical School, in conjunction with the 2016 TD Jazz Festival.
His influence on the cityscape of Toronto cannot be put lightly: from the legendary “Hug Me” Tree of Queen Street West, to the traffic signal boxes he has beautified as part of the StArt “Out of the Box” initiative, to his innumerable wall murals that can be spotted in both indoor and outdoor spaces across the GTA. His work is at once recognizable, and connectable, portraying the multitude of faces and bodies that make up this city, positioned alongside an ever-impending collection of towers and skyscrapers . His work has the ability to conjure distinct and yet relatable characters – all of them sharing similar stylistic traits while still representing unique individuals, and cumulatively comprising a cross section of this city’s diverse faces.
Elicser takes over Project Gallery Studios with his show Prosopagnosia. A word originating from Latin, meaning “an inability to recognize the faces of familiar people, usually as a result to damage in the brain”, the series is a direct comment on the result of living in a big city, inundated by thousands of faces daily. In the context of his work, the subject matter becomes even more provocative, as he explores what this means in relation to his artistic process.

 

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Dirt Nap: Chad Gauthier & Greg McCarthy

Dirt Nap

Dirt Nap

Opening Reception : Friday June 3rd 7pm – 11pm
Exhibition Dates: June 2nd – June 26th
Location: 184 Munro St

Dirtnap is a playfully dark nod to this death and rebirth of information as it is remembered. The show presents the viewer with haunted images of peoples’ pasts and images of those who once stood in front of a camera, many of which have died. The images range from the painterly sublime to the casual snapshot. Chad Gauthier and Greg McCarthy both find reference in photographic imagery to produce images based on memory and the role of the artists’ hand in creating these newer images.

Drawing reference from french new wave cinema, Gauthier’s work recreates these images from memory and printed reference material. These new paintings function as altered mnemonic devices that interrogate and rework the original act before the cinematic camera. These images seek to understand the cinematic event and the intention of the image after it has entered circulation. By rendering them as paintings the artist’s hand plays a role in the translation the photographic image into a more personal gesture. Using the vocabulary of the painterly gesture, the images are filtered through both Gauthier’s own experiences and speak to both the language of painting and abstraction.

McCarthy’s work uses the discarded archive of a lithographers union, from the early 30s to the late 50s as a starting point, The Distance Between a Handshake is an ongoing series that proposes an alternative method for the use of an archive. It questions the collective ownership of historical documents and the role of the archivists as a figure of authority. The pieces become redacted and altered in ways that subvert the original intentions of the photographer and create newer images through the destruction of themselves. Archival preservation practices are purposefully subverted with the intention that over time the interaction of the artist with the archive will inevitably cause damage to the original photographs leaving further traces of the intervention into the archive.

Artists:
Chad Gauthier www.chadgauthier.com
Greg McCarthy www.gregmccarthy.ca

Dirt Nap Artist Catalog

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BODY TALK: April 29 – May 29

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Opening Reception: Friday April 29th 7-11pm
Exhibition Dates: April 29 – May 29, 2016
BODY TALK focuses on expressions of the female form and sexuality through portraiture, still-life photographs & sculpture. Considering themes of identity, self-acceptance, and body dysmorphia, the works in this exhibition range from staged moments to those of genuine spontaneity. Depicting strong characters and narratives through both raw and surreal motifs, the exhibition conveys an honest representation of the contemporary female gaze, self-image, and form in all its beauty, disguise, desire, and emotion.
Tau Lewis (Toronto) www.taulewis.com
Nadia Gohar (Toronto)
Michelle Lefade (Toronto) www.michellelefade.com
Maya Fuhr (Toronto) www.mayafuhr.com
Dafy Hagai (London/Tel Aviv) www.dafyhagai.com
Claire Milbrath (Montreal) www.clairemilbrath.com
Rebecca Storm (Montreal) www.rebecca-storm.com
Neva Wireko (Toronto) www.nevawireko.com
Yulia Zinshtein (NYC/Moscow) www.yzinshtein.com
Curated by Devan Patel & Maya Fuhr
Project Gallery Studios is located at 184 Munro St (back entrance) and open for receptions and by appointment only.
Please direct inquiries to devan@projectgallerytoronto.com
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Lacunae: Laura Hudspith Solo Exhibition

Opening Reception: Friday April 1st 6-9pm

Exhibition Dates: Fri, April 1 – Sun, April 24

Lacunae, is a solo exhibition of new work by Toronto-based artist, Laura Hudspith. The work combines the artist’s ceramic practice and her experience and fascination with taxidermy. The resulting body of work is one that examines our tendency to satisfy nostalgic impulses and to fill emotional voids through collecting and amassing objects and ‘things’.

Of particular interest to Hudspith is the intersection between this common pattern of consumption and au courant ideologies as well as fashionable trends. Employing both humor and hope, Lacunae’s complex porcelain objects paired with animal, insect and manufactured material, canvas such diverse themes as sentimentality and longing, ownership and power dynamics, mass consumption, and the paradox between mortality and permanence.

Laura Hudspith Artist Catalog

www.laurahudspith.com

Project Gallery Studios is located at 184 Munro St. (back entrance)
Open for receptions and by appointment.
Please direct inquiries to devan@projectgallerytoronto.com
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Xander Maclaren and Flora Aldridge Duo Exhibition: March 3 – 27

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Opening Reception: Thu, March 3rd, 6-9pm

Exhibition Dates: Thu, March 3rd – Sun, March 27th
Xander Maclaren:
Xander Maclaren makes art about systems. There is a logic to these pieces. A line is drawn, then another, each a slightly different version of the previous line. There is always a tension between logic and arbitrary choices. The early decisions in the creation of each piece have repercussions on the final product. Small defects are echoed and amplified through repetition. The result of each piece is determined by the initial formative decisions and the methodical process that then follows.
Flora Aldridge:The intricate complexity of memory and recollection is a large thematic aspect in my work. My art is both invasive and exposing of lives unknown and unconnected to my own. Loss of memory is something that terrifies me; leading me to find comfort in those of others’. I preserve lost and abandoned moments within my paintings.The photographs that inspired this body of work were found in a thrift store. As I sorted through them, I began to rationalize their stories, constructing memories of my own, and fabricating connections between the photos and my own life. I was fascinated with how my mind was able to invent such memories, out of almost nothing, and feel such a connection to places and people that I have never known. These fictions and connections are what my art is based on.The style of my work also relates back to the distortion of memory. I have isolated only the outline of the photos to be adapted into the painting as well as overlapping photos to reveal how memories are extremely fragile and manipulated each time you recall them. Overlapping the photos relates to my mind’s ability to create false memories in an attempt to connect the photos to something in my own life. Memories are an immense part of what makes up a person and my fear is that losing them would essentially lead to losing my whole self. Making these works are a way of proving that memories can be persevered.
* Project Gallery Studios is located at 184 Munro Street (back entrance) and open by appointment only
Please direct inquiries to cal@projectgallerytoronto.com
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FORECAST II: Feb 12-28

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PHOTO ALBUM
ARTWORK PREVIEW
Opening Reception: Friday Feb 12th 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: Feb 12-28, 2016
‘FORECAST II’ is the second of two preview exhibitions, featuring standout works by contemporary painters with upcoming solo or duo exhibitions at Project Gallery. Each artist works with paint in a different way to create vivid and compelling results. Navigating diverse subject matter, themes, and styles – this will be a dynamic exhibition that reflects bold explorations in the contemporary aesthetics of paint through the works of 7 Toronto-based abstract painters you should know about.
* Project Gallery Studios is located at 184 Munro Street (back entrance) and open by appointment only

 

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FORECAST I: Jan 22-Feb 7

PHOTO ALBUM
ARTWORK PREVIEW
Opening Reception: Friday Jan 22nd 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: Jan 22 – Feb 7, 2016

‘FORECAST I’ is the first of two preview exhibitions, featuring standout works by contemporary painters with upcoming solo or duo exhibitions at Project Gallery. Each artist works with paint in a different way to create vivid and compelling results. Navigating diverse subject matter, themes, and styles – this will be a dynamic exhibition that reflects novel explorations in the contemporary aesthetics of paint through the works of 7 Toronto-based painters that you should know about.

* Project Gallery Studios is located at 184 Munro Street (back entrance) and open by appointment only

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