Past Exhibitions

GALLERY

  • How to Hold Yourself – Ness Lee March 1st -31st

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    Dates: March 1st – 31st 2018
    Opening Reception: March 1st, 6:00-9:00pm
    Location: Project Gallery 1210 Dundas St E

    A course in time has no measurable distance, conceivable path or foreseeable structure, a mourning ensues that becomes eponymous in everything, transforming into a rumination of memories coinciding with unsettled realities.

    In a desire to lose it all, while holding on to what is left- states of mind are explored during incomprehensible stages of vulnerability. Taking form as an effort in seeking comfort, forgiveness and desire for an end of a self-perpetuated state.

    Ness Lee draws on history and personal narratives to create dreamy and surreal illustrations, paintings, sculptures, and installations. Often featuring her unique characters, Lee’s work offers a humorous and charming look at ideas of identity, culture, love, belonging, and oneness through her line work and novel use of media. Ness Lee’s work has been featured at the AGO First Thursdays, Drake Hotel, and the Tokyo Art Book Fair, as well as galleries in Boston, New York, and Toronto.

    Project Gallery is located at 1210 Dundas St E and open regularly Tues-Sat 11am-6pm or by appointment.

    Dates: March 1st – 31st 2018 Opening Reception: March 1st, 6:00-9:00pm Location: Project Gallery 1210 Dundas St E A course in time has no measurable distance, conceivable path or foreseeable structure, a mourning ...
  • Collage Party – Paul Bulter: Feb 1 – 24

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    Exhibition Dates: Feb 1 -24, 2018
    Reception: Thursday Feb 22nd 6-9pm
    Public Collage: 12-6pm on Saturday Feb 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th
    Location: Project Gallery – 1210 Dundas St E, Toronto

     

    Throughout the month of February, Butler will stage a Collage Party at Project Gallery that will serve as a pilot model for a future permanent space in Toronto. As Butler describes it: “The Collage Party is where I make my work. It’s my studio. And I like making work alongside other people of all ages and backgrounds – not just artists. It’s how I grow personally and artistically – laterally, through shared ideas, beliefs, opinions, likes, and techniques”.

    For this project, Butler will expand on the concept of  “Stammtisch”, a German term for a table where ideas are born.  Like the Stammtisch, the project will be centered around one large table. To support the birth of ideas, there will be a stereo, a library, a small kitchen, a TV, and a lounge. There will be film screenings, ping-pong, guest speakers, group therapy, listening parties, dinners, printmaking, and constant collaging. Every Saturday, the public will be invited to join. Bookings are also available for group visits, including school groups, corporate team-building, staff parties, etc. Prints and originals of select collaborative collages will be displayed and available for purchase at the gallery in May during the Contact Photography Festival. Works that Butler produces will also be displayed in his solo exhibition at Division Gallery in May 2018 as well, Butler is represented by the Division Gallery in Toronto.

    Paul Butler’s multi-disciplinary practice is rooted community, collaboration and artist-run activity. In addition to his longstanding studio practice, Butler has also produced projects that include: The Collage Party – a travelling participatory studio; The Other Gallery (2001-2011) – a nomadic commercial gallery with a focus on overlooked artists; and, Reverse Pedagogy – a touring, collectively directed residency.

    Butler has served as the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and  the director of 2/edition in Toronto. He has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; White Columns, New York City; Creative Growth Art Centre, Oakland; Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong; and La Maison Rouge, Paris.  He has contributed his writing to the books The Life and Times of Bill Callahan, and Decentre: Concerning Artist-run Culture as well as publications including Border Crossings and Canadian Art. Butler’s work is held in numerous private and public collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Bank of Montreal, the Royal Bank of Canada, and TD Canada Trust.

     

    Project Gallery is located at 1210 Dundas St E and open regularly Tues-Sat 11am-6pm or by appointment.

    Please contact devan@projectgallery.ca for more details.

    Exhibition Dates: Feb 1 -24, 2018 Reception: Thursday Feb 22nd 6-9pm Public Collage: 12-6pm on Saturday Feb 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th Location: Project Gallery – 1210 Dundas St E, Toronto   Throughout the month ...
  • Right Aunt Left – Omar Lalani: Jan 19 – March 3

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    Opening Reception: Friday Jan 19th 7-9pm
    Exhibition Dates: Jan 19 – March 3, 2018
    Location: Project Studios – 184 Munro St (rear)

    Embracing intuition as his collaborator, Lalani often reflects on his work for answers in attempts to diagnose and dissect his own ways of thinking. Figures are an important anchor point in the artist’s work as over time these figures have begun to parallel his on-going personal experiences. The paintings represent an interest in dissolving the boundaries between Western understandings of mind and body. Dream-like realms that are representational but untethered from reality provide the flexibility necessary to mediate information from the subconscious.

    Omar Lalani is a painter and curator based out of Toronto Ontario. Since graduating from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2011, he has exhibited work nationally for the past 7 years. Lalani embraces an ideology rooted in subjectivism in combination with an improvisational process, to focus his practice towards therapy and reflection. In addition to his painting practice, Omar is the Programming Director and Cofounder of Pushmi Pullyu, an artist run centre based in Toronto.

    Project Studios is located at 184 Munro St (back entrance) and open for receptions and by appointment only – please contact info@projectgallery.ca to arrange a viewing.

     

    Opening Reception: Friday Jan 19th 7-9pm Exhibition Dates: Jan 19 – March 3, 2018 Location: Project Studios – 184 Munro St (rear) Embracing intuition as his collaborator, Lalani often reflects on his work for ...

STUDIOS

  • 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 ...
  • Gentle Bodies – Robin Clason: Aug 25 – Sept 3

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    Opening Reception: Friday Aug 25th 6-9pm (RSVP)
    Exhibition Dates: Aug 25 – Sept 3, 2017

    Gentle Bodies addresses the delicate nature of intimacy, sexuality, personal boundaries and where each individual sees themselves within these topics.

    Robin Clason is a light based installation artist. Primarily working with neon light sculptures, her work strives to create an alternative space and realm in which the viewer can see themselves exist and interact. Using mirrors, glass sheets and plexi glass, her work creates confusing and beautiful worlds she invites the participant to step into.

    Clason was trained and learned about neon as a material in New York City in 2014. Her work has been featured at various institutions and galleries including AGO’s Massive Party, the Gardiner Museum’s SMASH, and independent galleries in San Francisco and Toronto.  She will be part an upcoming show at Los Angeles at the Museum of Neon Art in September in a group show of all female neon artists.

    Opening Reception: Friday Aug 25th 6-9pm (RSVP) Exhibition Dates: Aug 25 – Sept 3, 2017 Gentle Bodies addresses the delicate nature of intimacy, sexuality, personal boundaries and where each individual sees themselves ...