- Meredith Wrede ‘Angel of Paradox’
Meredith Wrede ‘Angel of Paradox’
Reception: Thursday, May 19th, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: May 18th – June 12th
Meredith Wrede is an independent dance artist who uses greater Toronto as a backdrop for her performances and incarnations of different characters. She originally stepped off the stage and onto the streets to find a venue where she could stay true to her original artistic ideas. She also felt the desire to create public art, accessible to others, not just the paying customer. The Angel of Paradox came into existence when Meredith was entertaining and investigating ideas around opposites existing within the same space. The intent of this exhibit is to offer a vicarious experience of a Merediths’ performance as the Angel of Paradox that happened around Cherry Street in Toronto in 1999. Reflecting on what happens in the moment when hot and cold mingle, love and hate merge, pain and pleasure collide, she noticed that up through the cracks, produced by the confusion of paradox, rises possibilities. These often delightful ideas induce playful moments, and bring an easy way to engage in the prospect of embracing something new. Meredith has her BFA in dance from York University and studied at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She danced with Equinoxe Dance Theatre in Johannesburg South Africa, Djazzin’ in Dortmund Germany; She was an artistic director of the Collective Unconscious Collective, the director of Toronto Dance Theatre’s Children’s division and Associate director for Evolution Dance Theatre. She has created numerous choreographies for FFIDA in Toronto for both the stage and site-specific venues, and danced for other independent dance artists as well as the Caravan Stage Barge. She has created many characters for short films and gorilla performances. As an artist Meredith is interested in scanning the scope of what’s happening in the world and, with broad strokes, offering her own creative solutions; in hopes that it encourages others to set their fears aside and engage in the world in a way that allows them to follow, or, at least notice, the nudges they feel from behind.
Image: Meredith Wrede, Tunnel
*This exhibition is officially registered as part of the 2016 Contact Photography Festival
Photography credit: Marilyn Westlake
- Spolia Opima: Ted Zourntos Solo Exhibition, April 7 – April 24
Opening Reception: Thursday April 7, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: April 7 – April 24, 2016
With his latest series of paintings Ted Zourntos continues to probe and interrogate the inner workings of consumer culture. Spoila Opima or “rich spoils” is an ancient Roman term referring to the plunder and riches striped from a defeated combatant in mortal combat. These complex still life paintings connect consumerism, the oil economy and military conflict through subtle and satirical juxtapositions of throw away dollar store trinkets and novelties. Through his paintings. the artist dismantles notions of value to reveal the systematic dysfunction within contemporary consumer culture.
Ted Zourntos is a professional artist and educator with a versatile and accomplished painting practice that encompasses both abstract and representational work. He has exhibited in North America including a solo exhibition at Sloan Fine Art in New York City. Ted completed his undergraduate studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design (now OCAD University) and his Master of Fine Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA. He is the recipient of several academic and professional awards and his work has been featured in international art publications. Several of his paintings are in private collection.
Project Gallery is located at 1109 Queen St E, open regularly Wed-Sun 12-5pm and by appointment. Please direct inquiries to email@example.com
- PROSPECTOR: Sara Pearson Solo Exhibition, March 17 – April 3
Opening Reception: Thursday March 17, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: March 17 – April 3, 2016
The paintings and sculptures in PROSPECTOR, inspired by geological and gemmological formations, remind us of the strange and sublime beauty of nature. Gemstones, as coveted objects, present a complicated relationship between the natural world and us; As we hunt, collect and refine them, they become instilled with human values. In this body of work, Sara Pearson deconstructs and reinterprets their forms, removing facets and breaking stones into abstract shards, highlighting internal depths and building new structure. By pulling apart our vision of the perfect gem, she removes preconceived notions attached to it and focuses us on its extraordinariness. Pearson navigates this course through her early relationship to these materials; Growing up in her father’s jewellery studio instilled a sense of wonder in the presence of these otherworldly objects. She continues to live in awe of them, relating her art practice to that of an explorer, a treasure hunter.
Pearson chooses subjects and materials for their relationship to the natural world, using the optical phenomena that exist within cut gemstones to inspire her oil paintings; bronze, copper, marble, and terra-skin paper made from stone are some of the materials that form her sculptures and installations. Working primarily with “analogue” methods, she plays with the dichotomy of traditional process in an increasingly digital world, pushing abstraction while honouring the process of mimesis.
Sara Pearson is a Toronto based artist who graduated with a BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design University.
- 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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