- NIA – SKIN DEEP: March 19 – April 1
NIA CENTRE’S ANNUAL GROUP EXHIBITION – EXPOSED 2015
SKIN DEEP:(RE)IMAGING THE PORTRAIT
Exhibition Dates: March 19 – April 1, 2015
Opening Reception: March 19, 7:00 – 11:00 pm
Artist Presentations/Panel: March 21, 3:00 – 6:00 pm
This exhibition presents photographic and video portraits by artists addressing the visualization of presence and its relationship to various notions of representation, subjectivity and the body. Each artist brings a diverse point of view and critical eye, interrogating the place and positioning of contemporary individuals and historical figures within the public sphere as activated through the camera’s lens. From empowering assertions of Black female being within the iconic Canadian landscape, insightful ruminations on loss explored through minimalism and disembodiment, to markings of individuality within the faceless urban realm, the artists re-imagine regimes of the image away from fixed inscriptions of race, gender, class and corporeality. Complex, poetic and celebratory, together their work engages and encourages new ways of knowing and recognizing the visual, the visible and the viewed.
Featuring Artworks by:
Curated by Pamela Edmonds
Image Credit: Carolyn Roberts, Untitled (from Convenience series), 2014, C-Print. Courtesy of the Artist
- ORIGINAL SIN & THE CODEINE CHRONICLES: Robert Farmer & Ron Loranger
Opening Reception: Thursday April 2nd, 7-11pm
Exhibition Dates: April 2 – 15, 2015
ORIGINAL SIN is the title of a new series of paintings by ROBERT FARMER that explores themes of atheism and contemporary culture through paintings of Star Wars Stormtroopers with fashionable add-ons. Commenting on the diminishing allure of organized religion, and the new customs and beliefs associated with a pop-culture driven society, the artist suggests that something like Star Wars may be a suitable substitute for religion given its emphasis on admiration and inclusiveness as opposed to judgment and repercussion. Farmer plays with the genders and fashion accessories of these mass-produced agents of the dark side of the force, altering their severe lack of personality and independence in the simultaneously draconian and fictional world of the Stormtrooper.
THE CODEINE CHRONICLES refers to recent works by RON LORANGER. The images in his drawings are sourced from different social networks online, this practice allows him to capture digital images that he then transposes with ink and watercolour. Loranger’s work plays with the voluptuousness and viscosity of watercolour pigments, and with fragmented drawings set randomly on paper, revealing an intricate, precise, and laborious savoir-faire. Somewhat counter to current trends of archiving and manipulating images by means of a computer, Loranger creates a bank of hand -drawn works on paper from digital sources that he then incorporates into his artworks. De-digitizing the images he references, Loranger adopts a kind of Back to the Future artistic approach.Opening Reception: Thursday April 2nd, 7-11pm Exhibition Dates: April 2 – 15, 2015 ORIGINAL SIN is the title of a new series of paintings by ROBERT FARMER that explores themes of atheism and ...
- SHAPESHIFTERS: Kristyn Watterworth & Faith Patrick: Jan 29-Feb 11
SHAPESHIFTERS is a duo exhibition of new paintings by Kristyn Watterworth and Faith Patrick on display from Jan 29 – Feb 11, 2015.
With alternating receptions featuring the works of Faith Patrick on Saturday Jan 31st from 2-6pm, and Kristyn Watterworth on Thursday Feb 5th from 7-11pm. featuring works by Faith Patrick and in the front space of the gallery respectively, at Project Gallery – 1109 Queen St E.
Opening Reception: Sat Jan 31st, 2-6pm
Exhibition Dates: Jan 29 – Feb 11, 2015
Faith Patrick, born 1992, is a Canadian painter, sculptor, and writer. Her practice is invested in her identity as a young female artist and its parallels to questions of certainty, originality, and resolution in painting. Her large and small scale paintings are sites of negotiation between the figurative and abstract, the cautious and impulsive, the original and remixed, and the finished and unfinished.
Opening Reception: Thurs Feb 5th, 7-11pm
Exhibition Dates: Jan 29 – Feb 11, 2015
“Paintings inspired by the textures and movements by the Seaside.”
Kristyn paints for love and passion. She finds inspiration everywhere and I loves delving into the creative process. Her favourite process is laying down a few lines and letting the painting emerge from the original strokes. While working on her BFA at York University she took on the more applied side of Art by starting a Studio-Gallery in the quaint tourist town of Bayfield, Ontario. Because of the touristic nature of the location, her work resides in collections all over Canada, the USA, Australia, and many countries in Europe. Currently, she is based in Toronto, yet traveling as much as possible to fuel her inspiration.