Past Exhibitions

GALLERY

  • She – Cathy Daley: Oct 19-Nov 11

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    Opening Reception: Thursday Oct 19th 6-9pm (RSVP)
    Exhibition Dates: Oct 19 – Nov 11, 2017
    Location: Project Gallery (1210 Dundas St E)

    Mining iconographies of the feminine through vocabularies of glamour, fashion, popular culture, cartoons, street signage, films, social media, fairy tales and mythology, Cathy Daley’s work acknowledges and explores masquerades of feminine identity with humor, depth and edgy beauty. Cultural imageries including historic female objectification in a range of civilizations inform her drawings.

    This new body of work, inspired by a variety of representations, also explores the territory of childhood memory, feminine identity, as well as dresses and their relationship to movement as observer and observed. Daley’s drawings emerge from Russian constructivist costume, contemporary avant-garde fashion, Degas’ ballerinas, Toulouse Lautrec’s can-can dancers, the painted clothing of Matisse, vintage Hollywood cinema and many other sources.

    The series of small-scale drawings interrogates clothing as cover, protection, and as a social display often relating to gender. Compositions are constricted and flowing; legs and torsos dance with swirling emotion and gestures. Her drawn bodies explore energy, strength and vibrancy while at other junctures something more unrealizable and unreadable occurs through stillness, vulnerability, and delicacy. Daley’s exaggerated use of form alludes to her sophisticated integration of figure and abstraction.

    Daley draws with charcoal and black pastel on translucent vellum, in both large and small scale, individual pieces and linked series. Commenting on her use of media, she says, “Black pastel is an elemental drawing material that allows for the potential of overwriting involving a spontaneous direct working process with a wide range of depth and tonality that borders on a sculptural presence”.

    Cathy Daley is a celebrated Canadian artist with work in numerous private, corporate and public art collections including the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario. She is the recipient of many awards and grants, and her work has been exhibited extensively nationally and internationally. Reviews of her work have also been published in Art in America, Border Crossings, Canadian Art and many other publications. She is an Associate Professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design.

    Opening Reception: Thursday Oct 19th 6-9pm (RSVP) Exhibition Dates: Oct 19 – Nov 11, 2017 Location: Project Gallery (1210 Dundas St E) Mining iconographies of the feminine through vocabularies of glamour, fashion, popular ...
  • Energy – Callen Schaub: Sept 28 – Oct 14

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    Opening Reception: Thursday Sept 28th 6-10pm (RSVP)
    Live Performance: Thursday Sept 28th 10pm
    Exhibition Dates: Sept 28 – Oct 14, 2017

    On Thursday September 28th, abstract artist Callen Schaub launches his latest exhibit Energy. The show is a collection of paintings that Schaub says, “encourage people to maintain a positive mindset and energy. My art illustrates the impact that words have on people. Words evoke emotional responses which can be destructive, uplifting, or both. I want to encourage my audiences, especially the younger members, to use words and art to empower others.” Schaub’s work takes inspiration from the positivity expressed in the online community as well as responding artistically to the experience of being trolled.

    Callen is best known for his innovative painting techniques using spin machines, swinging troughs and pendulums in live performances and online as featured on Insider, Buzzfeed, and CBC Arts videos. On September 30th from sunrise to sunset, Schaub will be using a crane as an artist’s tool for a performance at Nuit Blanche, presented by the Riverside BIA & Project Gallery.

    Opening Reception: Thursday Sept 28th 6-10pm (RSVP) Live Performance: Thursday Sept 28th 10pm Exhibition Dates: Sept 28 – Oct 14, 2017 On Thursday September 28th, abstract artist Callen Schaub launches his latest exhibit ...
  • hahahahuh, – Tessar Lo: Aug 31 – Sept 23

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    Opening Reception: Thursday Aug 31st 6-9pm (RSVP)
    Exhibition Dates: Aug 31 – Sept 23, 2017

    hahahahuh, is a series of paintings inhabiting the literal and figurative space where the humourous and mysterious overlap-
    these works were made as a reflection and meditation of these times; a little awkward, a bit laughable, and very often bewildering.

    Tessar Lo reaches for that mysterious place that exists within the liminal, his vision and approach is constantly evolving.

    Born in Indonesia and raised in Toronto, Lo blends themes endemic to his Asian heritage with Western pursuits or direct expression and materiality. Working with a variety of media, he uses acute marking, colour and texture to draw the viewing inward and create an awareness of surface and story.

    By stripping his work of artifice and relying on instinct, he aspires to turn seemingly mundane subjects – a corner of the backyard, a bunch of fruits, a childhood toy – into sources of humour, sensation and potential. Around familiar motifs, he constructs unfolding mythologies that site the reservoirs of foolish wonder, and constants that lie buried within being.

    Since Graduating from Ontario’s Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advance Learning with a BAA in Illustration, Tessar Lo has exhibited in galleries worldwide, from Toronto solo and group exhibition in Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Miami, Barcelona, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Amsterdam.

      Opening Reception: Thursday Aug 31st 6-9pm (RSVP) Exhibition Dates: Aug 31 – Sept 23, 2017 hahahahuh, is a series of paintings inhabiting the literal and figurative space where the humourous and mysterious ...

STUDIOS

  • 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 ...
  • 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.
    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 ...
  • 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).

    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 ...