- I DO NOT KNOW WHERE THIS BELONG: Okay Collective: 30 July – 5 Aug PHOTO ALBUMARTWORK PREVIEW
Opening Reception: Thursday July 30th (7-11pm)
Exhibition Dates: July 30 – Aug 5, 2015
“Cultural identity, in this sense, is a matter of ‘becoming’ as well as ‘being’. It belongs to the future as much as to the past. It is not something which already exists, transcending place, time, history and culture.” –Stuart Hall
I DO NOT KNOW WHERE THIS BELONGS is an investigation into the limitations and boundaries established by the act of translation. Navigating the liminal and transitory space between languages and cultures, six emerging Toronto-based artists interpret the fluid nature of perception.
Through both didactic and abstract representations of translation, members of the OKAY Collective explore notions of communication and belonging, and the inevitable breakdown of information that occurs through transformation. By specifically deconstructing or alternately simulating traditional narratives, the artists examine the intricacies and fallibilities of translation through a cultural perspective.
By employing varied mediums, the disintegration of language and meaning is further enforced. The array of approaches seeks to create a dialogue between the flexibility and confines of transformed information, while situating the conversation in the realm of possibility.
Artists:Opening Reception: Thursday July 30th (7-11pm) Exhibition Dates: July 30 – Aug 5, 2015 “Cultural identity, in this sense, is a matter of ‘becoming’ as well as ‘being’. It belongs to the future as ...
Sebastián Benítez Bryan Bermúdez Chad Gauthier Greg McCarthy Phuong Nguyen Sonet Providence
- Painting Canada- Jerry Campbell and Kevin Columbus: June 25-July 8
Opening Reception: Thursday June 25th from 6-10pm
Exhibition Dates: June 25- July 8, 2015
PAINTING CANADA features the work of Ontario based painters—Jerry Campbell and Kevin Columbus. Campbell and Columbus primarily work in oil paint, using the plein-air technique. To paint en plein-air is to create works entirely on-site, as Campbell and Columbus seek meaning through direct contact with landscape. These artists also create larger canvas works based on these studies, interpreting their interactions with landscape in the studio.
Plein-air is a technique originally practiced by French expressionists, and can be seen more locally with the Group of Seven’s traditional Canadian landscapes. Campbell and Columbus bring the plein-air technique to contemporary settings, often painting landscapes in Toronto and Northern Ontario. PAINTING CANADA provides urban contexts to the plein air technique, the spirit of these works reflective of previous masters, while providing the familiarity of contemporary subjects.
Campbell and Columbus’ paintings use their close contact with sites, as well as personal experiences to insert dynamic narratives into their surroundings. These diverse narratives have the ability to depict both mundane and tension-filled subjects, bringing atmospheric and fantastical moods to simplistic sites. Using light, colour, and contemporary imagery, Campbell and Columbus create distinctive spaces that reveal the individuality of perception. This exhibition will be host to the Ontario Plein Air Society Challenge on July 4th and the 5th Leslieville Gallery Crawl on June 28th. PAINTING CANADA reminds viewers of the importance of place and self, and how they affect the sight of both artists and art-lovers alike.
- At a Glance-Tristan Seto: June 18-24
Opening Reception: Thursday June 18th from 6-10pm
Exhibition Dates: June 18-24, 2015
Tristan Seto creates unusual, yet aesthetically intriguing situations worth dissecting and deciphering. Seto’s work brings attention to pieces of reality that are relatively banal, un-cohesive, yet beautiful and interesting in subject matter. She explores the microscopic second glance, thought, or encounter, bringing single moments into a larger consciousness. Seto’s exhibit will allow the viewer to inquire into their awareness and understanding of personal perceptions to our ever-changing, quick paced world.
“An idea or piece of work when viewed again, if that, perhaps would be the same,
or perhaps, not the same at all, but infamously and unwillingly different”
Through the intersection and unification of fragmented words, forms and shapes, Seto creates a single motivating moment to probe, witness and further examine. These works will push boundaries and fill space with juxtapositions of personal emotions, senses, nature, the mundane, and an interest in figurative imagery. Seto is intrigued by the pairings of figurative work with objects that are commonly overlooked, in order to bring new attention and perspective. Art that pushes viewers to believe there is significance within something that may initially be thought to have no meaning at all.
Tristan Seto, commonly called “Trist”, graduated from Ontario College of Art and Design University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting. She previously lived in Toronto, but now resides in Ajax, Ontario. Tristan is fascinated with the whimsicality and magic of creating situations that reveal the importance of overlooked aspects of everyday life. Focusing on both contemporary and traditional drawing and painting, Tristan bases her work around the methodical placement of banal objects, mundane situations, personal emotions and uncomfortable positions of the figure in order to create angst-y, yet beautiful imagery.Opening Reception: Thursday June 18th from 6-10pm Exhibition Dates: June 18-24, 2015 Statement: Tristan Seto creates unusual, yet aesthetically intriguing situations worth dissecting and deciphering. Seto’s work brings attention to pieces of reality that are relatively ...