Past Exhibitions

GALLERY

  • Only Some of Us Want to Be Artists

    Opening Reception: May 31st 2018, 6:00-8:00pm
    Exhibition Dates: May 31 – June 9 2018
    Location: Project Gallery 1210 Dundas Street East

    The Etobicoke School of the Arts is excited to be presenting ONLY SOME OF US WANT TO BE ARTISTS, a selection of 33 ESA contemporary artists at Project Gallery on May 31st from 6:00-8:00pm. Join us to see the latest work of a four year project in art making.

    This show has been organized by Ana Moseres and Matthew Varey with Devan Patel.

    Project Gallery is located at 1210 Dundas Street East and is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11:00am-6:00pm.

    Opening Reception: May 31st 2018, 6:00-8:00pm Exhibition Dates: May 31 – June 9 2018 Location: Project Gallery 1210 Dundas Street East The Etobicoke School of the Arts is excited to be presenting ONLY SOME OF US ...
  • Life Studies – Greg McCarthy (Contact Photo)

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    Opening Reception: May 3rd 2018, 6:00-9:00pm
    Exhibition Dates: May 3-26 2018
    Location: Project Gallery 1210 Dundas Street East

    Join us for the opening of Greg McCarthy’s ‘Life Studies’, a solo show for The 2018 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

    Life Magazine informed decades of photographers, helping to create an aesthetic for documentary images. For this series, source material was found in issues of Life magazine that had found their way into libraries and used book stores after their original distribution. Disrupting these images, this body of work creates figures that look back on themselves and their own aging process -slowly yellowed newsprint providing a subtle memento mori.

    These newer images retain much of their original’s information, only in an altered state, leaving their previously intended context indistinguishable. The images speak to both their role informing photographic practices, and their inability to speak with the same intention in the present. In the works, figures look onto monoliths, studying the role of the image and their own implication in them. With gazes that rarely meet the viewer, the subjects are locked away, leaving one in a position where they can only voyeuristically stare at a displaced history.

    If photography’s subject is often said to be death, these images are intended as a new lease on it, or at the very least, a way of stringing up a corpse in a morbid diorama.

    About Scotiabank CONTACT:
    The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is the largest photography event in the world. Through collaborations with major museums and galleries, CONTACT presents outstanding photographic and lens based work throughout greater Toronto every May.

    Project Studios is located at 1210 Dundas Street East and is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11:00am-6:00pm.

    Opening Reception: May 3rd 2018, 6:00-9:00pm Exhibition Dates: May 3-26 2018 Location: Project Gallery 1210 Dundas Street East Join us for the opening of Greg McCarthy’s ‘Life Studies’, a solo show for The ...
  • How to Hold Yourself – Ness Lee March 1st -31st

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    Dates: March 1st – 31st 2018
    Opening Reception: March 1st, 6:00-9:00pm
    Location: Project Gallery 1210 Dundas St E

    A course in time has no measurable distance, conceivable path or foreseeable structure, a mourning ensues that becomes eponymous in everything, transforming into a rumination of memories coinciding with unsettled realities.

    In a desire to lose it all, while holding on to what is left- states of mind are explored during incomprehensible stages of vulnerability. Taking form as an effort in seeking comfort, forgiveness and desire for an end of a self-perpetuated state.

    Ness Lee draws on history and personal narratives to create dreamy and surreal illustrations, paintings, sculptures, and installations. Often featuring her unique characters, Lee’s work offers a humorous and charming look at ideas of identity, culture, love, belonging, and oneness through her line work and novel use of media. Ness Lee’s work has been featured at the AGO First Thursdays, Drake Hotel, and the Tokyo Art Book Fair, as well as galleries in Boston, New York, and Toronto.

    Project Gallery is located at 1210 Dundas St E and open regularly Tues-Sat 11am-6pm or by appointment.

    Dates: March 1st – 31st 2018 Opening Reception: March 1st, 6:00-9:00pm Location: Project Gallery 1210 Dundas St E A course in time has no measurable distance, conceivable path or foreseeable structure, a mourning ...

STUDIOS

  • 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

    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 ...
  • 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

    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 ...
  • 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.
    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 ...