- Dominique Fung & Georgina Lee Walker: ‘Physic Gardens’
Dominique Fung & Georgina Lee Walker
Exhibition Dates: July 28th – August 14th, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday July 28th, 6-9 PM
Exhibition Location: Project Gallery Toronto, 1109 Queen St E, Wed-Sun 12-5Opening Reception: Thursday July 28th, 6-9 PM
Exhibition Location: Project Gallery Toronto, 1109 Queen St E, Wed-Sun 12-5Physic Gardens: A historical type of herb garden devoted to the cultivation and display of medicinal healing plants.The works of Dominique Fung and Georgina Lee Walker focus on presenting environments that deal with personal narratives and conflicts. Through painting, both artists find a sense of personal validation by creating safe spaces and environments that often take on a lush and dreamlike quality. In a time when talking about personal struggle is almost faux pas, these artists use their artistic practice as an opportunity to gain insight and contribute to personal and collective discussions around racial identity, feminism, and disability.Dominique Fung takes a critical view on the cultural diaspora between seemingly separate identities. Having grown up in a first generation Chinese-Canadian household, she references her experience with white washing in her adolescence. Fung’s work deals with the cultural confusion of having to coincide and adopt the dominant culture and values. Her paintings combine disparate elements of Chinese kitsch/mythology with iconic imagery of 20 th century Canadian landscape paintings to create a dreamlike environment, which is a personal safe space. Fung’s tongue-in- cheek paintings intend to confront invisibility as a serious and complex topic.Georgina Walker present body of work addresses and confronts her attempt to break through personal barriers in regards to femininity, disability, memories, and their resulting anxiety and insecurity. The use of literal and illusionistic barriers is a way to create narrative and speak subtly about experiences from her own life. In Walker’s work, these barriers include fencing, glass blocks, or even fogged glass. The use of soft, saccharine or glazed color is a deliberate way to subvert these spaces and make them into nurturing environments, while the introduction of plants is intended as an allusion to growth.
- James Olley: ‘Rock – Paper – Scissors’
Rock – Paper – ScissorsJuly 7- 24, 2016Opening Reception: Thurs. July 7th, 6-9pmRock-Paper-Scissors is a hand game many of us played as children with three outcomes, guided by decisions within a set of parameters. Like the game, Olley establishes a series of parameters which are guided by a process consisting of an action and reaction. Through this process, autonomous, self-generating subject matter is revealed. The use of materials like charcoal, paper and scissors informs the series of collages and paintings.Olleys work has had an ongoing interest with the fluidity and potential for motion in paint, exploring systems for representation and modes of expression informing visual languages. His research has been informed by the continuation of the modernist critique, leading to questions of authenticity, autonomy and the role of painting in contemporary art.The expressive and exploratory nature of collage historically offers an experimental space to incorporate multiple visual languages. Surrealist writings by André Breton and Robert Motherwell’s writings on the search for a philosophical spirit, psychic automatism and the task of finding a “creative principal” have informed the scope of Olleys works.James Olley received his MFA from the University of Waterloo in 2008 after completing his BFA at NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2004. Since graduating Olley has had a number of solo shows locally and internationally; Angell Gallery (Toronto), Galerie Trois Points (Montreal), Peter Robertson Gallery (Edmonton), Kasia Kay Art Projects (Chicago), Incident Report (New York) and Dundee Contemporary Arts (Scotland), Galerie Weissraum, (Kyoto, Japan); and Groenhazengracht 1, (Leiden, Netherlands). Olley’s work belongs to private collections such as Colart Collection (Montreal) and Cenovus Energy (Edmonton). Olley has been awarded Emerging & Assistance Artist Grants (Toronto Arts Council & Ontario Arts Council), in addition, received full scholarship to the Vermont Studio Center Residency (2009). Olley’s work has been profiled at contemporary art fairs, including Pulse New York, Pulse Miami, Papier 13 and Next Chicago.
- Colin Davis & Ki Sung Koh
June 16th- July 3rd, 2016
Reception: Thurs June 16, 6-9
Colin W Davis explores intimate moments in nature by arranging mundane natural objects into symbolic shrines. Common sticks, rocks and leaves that would ordinarily be ignored gain a sense of importance through being observed, and then are honoured further through the act of careful painting from life.
The Grove explores the tradition of animism, the belief that “spirits” exist in all things including animals, plants and rocks. This tradition is connected to many indigenous religions throughout the world and is often associated with ritual, superstition and magic. The objects in this body of work are all arranged centrally and highlighted against a dark background, separating them from an imagined landscape and revealing their sanctitude.
Colin W Davis is a Toronto-based painter. He is a graduate of the BAA Illustration program at Sheridan College.
Ki Sung Koh
‘Way of Life’
Ki Sung Koh explores the beauty of nature, memories and dreams. His works depict imaginative worlds in which animals bask in the security of their environments.
Koh’s images share his view on the preciousness of nature in hopes of connecting people through an act of discovery in his paintings. As you see, feel, and hear animals, you will also find more of yourself.
Ki Sung Koh was born in South Korea in 1985 and moved to Canada in 2006. He now lives and works around Toronto. Koh has received BAA in Illustration program from Sheridan College, ON, Canada in 2012.
- No Amount of Logical Anaylsis: Rupert Nuttle: Aug 8-26 PHOTO ALBUMARTWORK PREVIEW
Opening Reception: Saturday Aug 8th (6-10pm)
Exhibition Dates: Aug 8-26, 2015
‘No Amount of Logical Analysis’ is a solo exhibition of paintings and prints by Rupert Nuttle. The works aim to blur the distinctions between art, language, and the natural world by making unlikely connections between different media and styles. The exhibition raises the question: What is it about art that just can’t be analyzed?
Rupert Nuttle is a painter based out of Ottawa and Montreal. He received a BFA from NSCAD University in 2013, and has exhibited works throughout Canada, the United States, and Paris, France. In addition to his studio practice, Rupert publishes essays and reviews on art and culture. At present, he is co-editor of CRIT, a contemporary Canadian art periodical, and in the near future he will be pursuing an MA in Critical Theory and the Arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Project Gallery Studios is located at 184 Munro St, and accessible through the back entrance at the southeast corner of Blackburn St. and Mount Stephens St. The studio exhibition space is open by appointment only.
For more details call 416.315.1192Opening Reception: Saturday Aug 8th (6-10pm) Exhibition Dates: Aug 8-26, 2015 ‘No Amount of Logical Analysis’ is a solo exhibition of paintings and prints by Rupert Nuttle. The works aim to blur ...
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- Dirty Soap: July 4-26 ARTWORK PREVIEW
This collaborative art exhibition will explore the contrast between abstract painting and Illustration, as shown in the works of Toronto emerging artists Andre Kan, Chris Perez, Heidi Berton, and Emily May Rose. Dirty Soap is an oxymoron, juxtaposing two contradictory elements much like we’re doing with artistic styles. The unkempt nature of a worked-in studio is transformed by the creation of clean lines and forms. The aesthetic is fresh, and the painting is dirty. In the best possible way, of course.
The exhibition will feature individual works by the artists, as well as two murals, one being a collaboration between Andre and Chris, and the other between Heidi and Emily. These will explore their contrasting styles in a large format, emphasizing the differences seen in their juxtaposition.
Project Gallery Studios is located at 184 Munro St. Unit #6. Enter the studio through the back entrance at the southeast corner of Blackburn St. and Mount Stephens St. The studio exhibition space is open by appointment only.
For more details call 416.890.5051This collaborative art exhibition will explore the contrast between abstract painting and Illustration, as shown in the works of Toronto emerging artists Andre Kan, Chris Perez, Heidi Berton, and Emily ...
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