- Rebecca Ladds – Making Mud with Milk Opening Reception: September 6th, 6:00-9:00pmExhibition Dates: September 6th-September 30th 2018Location: Project Gallery, 1210 Dundas Street East
Project Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Rebecca Ladds running concurrently with ‘I Like for you to be Still’ by Sarah Letovsky.
‘Making Mud with Milk’ displays the artist’s obsessive act of collecting, reproducing and fixating on historically recurring imagery. This fixation is an attempt to understand the universal complexities of intimacy, association and memory through image. Focusing on the potential for these things to be at the same time nurturing and oppressive; a feeling of being capable of both love and hate, preferring neither, accepting both.
Inspired by tableau staging in theatre and cinema, the act of drawing canonizes seemingly commonplace imagery, elevating their subject’s status from the familiar to the dramatic. Their impact from afar can be very different than when viewed up close and they invite a view from both. The gallery space becomes a multi-dimensional collage of images with Ladds’ drawings acting as locations for pause. It is possible for these images to relate to each other, some only based on proximity, much like bodies passing each other in a room, performing a narrative without words.
Motivated by the feeling that despite how comfortable we are with these subjects, they are essentially profound, strange and spectacular. By changing their scale, isolating them from their environment/the rest of their bodies, removing colour and smoothing the textures, all that remains is a neutral outer shell. Their openness makes them vessels, spaces to be filled with memory. Whose hands are those? They’re yours. They may be your mother’s too. Does it make you feel at ease?
With a nod to her her own experiences and her mother’s interest in studying floral arranging in her youth, Ladds exhibits a collection of custom bouquets and preserves their composition in the form of drawings, aiming to document the impermanent subject as an act of gratitude; shedding light on the artist’s process in the creation of her work.
Rebecca Ladds is a visual artist currently based in Montreal, Quebec. Ladds graduated OCADU in 2014 with a BFA in Printmaking and has completed residencies in Toronto ON, Prince Edward County ON, and Florence, Italy. Ladds’ work has been shown in Toronto at the Toronto International Art Fair, in several collaborations with the Drake Hotel and Properties, The Gladstone Hotel, at the Art Gallery of Ontario for the Art With Heart Auction and as well as the Elgin Winter Garden Theater.
- Sarah Letovsky – I Like For You to be Still Opening Reception: September 6th, 6:00-9:00pmExhibition Dates: September 6th-September 30th 2018Location: Project Gallery, 1210 Dundas Street East
Project Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Sarah Letovsky running concurrently with ‘Making Mud with Milk’ by Rebecca Ladds.
Letovsky takes inspiration from the tradition of figurative painting and the female subject as muse, with a painting language wholly her own – in which flesh, faces and background invite a play between subject, brushstroke, and the physical process of painting.
In this series of work, Letovsky’s reverence for the portrait evolves to encompass more of the figure and spatial context; in doing so, evoking a sense of intimacy, hinting at spaces of belonging and familiarity such as bedrooms and living rooms. The paintings are reminiscent of selfies; a camera is never directly featured but implied, and raises questions about who the image is for, and by. The work invites the viewer to consider the self-photograph as a contradiction and an equilibrium in which the private becomes public, a work of both intimacy and exhibitionism.
The title of the show is a reference to Pablo Neruda’s poem of the same name, in which Neruda describes the quintessential female muse – still and silent, an object of desire set apart to gaze upon:
I like for you to be still: it is as though you were absent,
and you hear me from far away and my voice does not
It seems as though your eyes had flown away
and it seems that a kiss had sealed your mouth.
Letovsky’s subjects challenge this narrative; they are both confrontational and inviting, a director in their own representation. Their image is a performance, and we are invited to view the subject and their body through a negotiation of the self. It also invites us to consider the particularly gendered discussion of self-documentation. As Anne Burns discusses in Self(ie)-Discipline, ”the gendering of selfies and the prevalent assumption that they act as proof of narcissism limit how women’s personal photography is socially valued… selfishness is a particularly barbed insult when directed at women, as it references the subject’s transgression of the norm of feminine self-sacrifice”.
Letovsky also takes inspiration from her love of prose and poetry, in particular, stories of the interior lives of women and girls, and their private narratives of love, joy, anger, grief, self-pity, and insecurity operating beneath the surface. In these paintings, Letovsky’s subjects are caught in an ambiguous and mundane moment; they seem observant, sexual, uncertain, and sometimes indifferent or bored – belying a rich interior complexity.
Sarah Letovsky lives and works in Toronto, Canada. She graduated from the University of King’s College in Halifax in 2009 where she studied literature and film. She completed her BFA at OCAD University in 2014 in Drawing and Painting and was the recipient of the Mrs. W.O. Forsyth Award for Excellence in Painting. Her first solo exhibition with Project Gallery, Girls Girls Girls, opened in 2016. Most recently Letovsky exhibited in the group show “Today’s Paper” at Angell Gallery in Toronto.Opening Reception: September 6th, 6:00-9:00pm Exhibition Dates: September 6th-September 30th 2018 Location: Project Gallery, 1210 Dundas Street East Project Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Sarah Letovsky running ...
- Kent Monkman – Miss Chief’s Praying Hands
Opening Reception: Thursday August 2nd 6:00-9:00pm
Exhibition Dates: August 2nd-September 1st 2018
Location: Project Gallery 1210 Dundas Street East
Project Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition entitled ‘Miss Chief’s Praying Hands’ by celebrated Canadian artist Kent Monkman.
Kent Monkman is a Canadian artist of Cree ancestry who creates provocative reinterpretations of romantic North American landscapes. Themes of colonization, sexuality, loss, and resilience – the complexities of historic and contemporary Indigenous experience – are explored in a variety of mediums, including painting, film/video, performance, and installation.
His gender fluid alter-ego Miss Chief Eagle Testickle appears in his work, reversing the colonial gaze and upending received notions of history and Indigenous people.
Monkman describes Miss Chief Eagle Testickle as “a gender bending time-traveling two spirited alter ego” representing “the gender variance that was present in traditional indigenous cultures across North America when the settlers arrived. She embodies the flawed and playful trickster spirit to tease out the truths behind life’s painful twists and turns. She is central to my work, reversing the gaze and representing an empowered antidote to colonized sexuality.”
Project is a commercial art gallery and studio in Toronto that exhibits a critical selection of artists, whose work reflects new and innovative developments in contemporary art. It is located at 1210 Dundas Street East, in the heart of Leslieville with accompanying studios overlooking the Don Valley in Riverside.
For more information please contact owner and director, Devan Patel at email@example.com.
(Kent Monkman bio revised from http://www.kentmonkman.com/)
Project Gallery wishes to acknowledge the Ancestral Traditional Territories of the Ojibway, the Anishnabe and, in particular, the Mississauga’s of the New Credit whose territory we will be gathering on. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties.Opening Reception: Thursday August 2nd 6:00-9:00pm Exhibition Dates: August 2nd-September 1st 2018 Location: Project Gallery 1210 Dundas Street East Project Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition entitled ‘Miss Chief’s Praying Hands’ ...
- Court Gee – Learning by Doing
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 firstname.lastname@example.orgOpening 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 ...
- Intergenerational Trauma – Noah Brown: March 15 – April 21
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 email@example.comExhibition 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 ...
- CHROMATOPE – Callum Schuster: Dec 7 – Jan 14, 2018
Opening 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 firstname.lastname@example.orgOpening 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 ...