- WORKS ON PAPER
Exhibition Dates: Oct 20 – Nov 6, 2016
Project Gallery will be hosting a salon-style exhibition of all works on paper at our Queen Street gallery location.
- Bobby Mathieson Solo Exhibition: Sept 29 – Oct 16
Opening Reception: Thursday September 29th, 6-9pm RSVP
Project Gallery Toronto – 1109 Queen St E, Toronto
Bobby Mathieson captures historically or culturally significant moments in his work, and expands on the emotional content through his paintings and imagery through the use of vibrant shocking colour and form. Positioning historically and culturally significant subjects within a visceral and highly textured figurative expressionism, Mathieson’s paintings reflect the emotional complexity shaping his relationship to these figures through a portraiture that is at once provocative, grotesque and deeply reverent.
The intuitive use of brushstroke and palette knife creates a sense of controlled chaos, marking the works with the rhythm and immediacy of their production. This alla prima or wet-on-wet technique bears an element of the violence and gestural abstraction associated with action painting while retaining key facial cues to allow a certain level of recognition and iconic legibility in the obscured faces of subjects. Vampire teeth and pointed ears become playful motifs in Mathieson’s work, confounding the elegance of posture and pose with monstrous and absurd qualities, forming characters that appear both playful and terrifying at the same time.
Bobby Mathieson is a graduate of the Vancouver Film School (degree in Classic Animation) and Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in British Columbia (BFA). He has had numerous solo exhibitions with Neubacher Shor Contemporary in Toronto, ON and has presented his work at art fairs such as Art Toronto, Art Southampton, AQUA Art Fair in Miami, FL and VOLTA in New York. His work has also been featured in the Art With Heart auction as well as auctions at Angell Gallery for several years. Bobby Mathieson lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.
Please direct inquiries to devan@projectgallerytorontOpening Reception: Thursday September 29th, 6-9pm RSVP Project Gallery Toronto – 1109 Queen St E, Toronto Bobby Mathieson captures historically or culturally significant moments in his work, and expands on the emotional ...
- GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS: Sarah Letovsky
GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS: September 8 – 25, 2016
A Solo Exhibition by Sarah Letovsky
Opening reception: Thursday Sept 8th, 6-9pm
“Men act and women appear. Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at.”
- John Berger from Ways of Seeing
GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS brings together an assembly of women, each distinct, separate, and detached. Are they strippers, Mötley Crüe groupies, single moms or curatorial graduate students? Are they Teenage Dreamgirls or Olay Aging Cream Consumers? Why are they wearing clothes? Are they on display for looking or are they looking?
In a new series of paintings and works on paper, Sarah Letovsky focuses on the expressive nature of paint to explore ideas of subjectivity, tension, and hidden thought and feeling. Letovsky uses the painting process to create a force of opposites; her brushstrokes are at once gestural and deliberate, spontaneous and confined, bringing the figure forward with an empathetic gaze and pushing it back into abstraction with explosive colour, flat space, and restrained texture.
Sarah Letovsky (b. 1987, Toronto ON) finished her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting at OCAD University in 2014. She was the recipient of the 2014 Mrs. W.O. Forsyth Award for Excellence in Painting. Letovsky’s work has been exhibited at Art Toronto, Only One Gallery, Hashtag Gallery, and featured in FASHION Magazine. Her work has been auctioned at Art With Heart for Casey House Toronto as well as the ArtsEffect Auction as selected by Jamie Angell. GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS is her first solo exhibition.
Please direct inquiries to email@example.comGIRLS GIRLS GIRLS: September 8 – 25, 2016 A Solo Exhibition by Sarah Letovsky Opening reception: Thursday Sept 8th, 6-9pm “Men act and women appear. Men look at women. Women watch themselves being ...
- Elicser Elliott: ‘Prosopagnosia’
ProsopagnosiaJuly 8- 31, 2016Opening Reception: Friday July 8, 7-11 PMClosing Reception: July 30th, 6-10pmJabari “Elicser” Elliot is an infamous Toronto street artist, whose works can be seen on walls across the city. Born in Montreal and raised in the West Indies, Elicser settled in Toronto, and attended Sheridan College for Animation. He has won critical acclaim for his style, and has shown his works in several prominent galleries including the Art Gallery of Ontario, as well as having a featured installation at the Royal Ontario Museum.In 2012 Elicser released a limited edition book titled Know Love, portraying children’s views on love through a series of hand drawn illustrations, and which sold out at its launch at LE Gallery. In the same year, he was named “Best Local Graffiti Artist” by NOW Magazine. He has been published in many newspapers and blogs, and was most recently featured in a Toronto Star article for a graffiti workshop he taught to students of Central Technical School, in conjunction with the 2016 TD Jazz Festival.His influence on the cityscape of Toronto cannot be put lightly: from the legendary “Hug Me” Tree of Queen Street West, to the traffic signal boxes he has beautified as part of the StArt “Out of the Box” initiative, to his innumerable wall murals that can be spotted in both indoor and outdoor spaces across the GTA. His work is at once recognizable, and connectable, portraying the multitude of faces and bodies that make up this city, positioned alongside an ever-impending collection of towers and skyscrapers . His work has the ability to conjure distinct and yet relatable characters – all of them sharing similar stylistic traits while still representing unique individuals, and cumulatively comprising a cross section of this city’s diverse faces.Elicser takes over Project Gallery Studios with his show Prosopagnosia. A word originating from Latin, meaning “an inability to recognize the faces of familiar people, usually as a result to damage in the brain”, the series is a direct comment on the result of living in a big city, inundated by thousands of faces daily. In the context of his work, the subject matter becomes even more provocative, as he explores what this means in relation to his artistic process..
- Dirt Nap: Chad Gauthier & Greg McCarthy
Opening Reception : Friday June 3rd 7pm – 11pm
Exhibition Dates: June 2nd – June 26th
Location: 184 Munro St
Dirtnap is a playfully dark nod to this death and rebirth of information as it is remembered. The show presents the viewer with haunted images of peoples’ pasts and images of those who once stood in front of a camera, many of which have died. The images range from the painterly sublime to the casual snapshot. Chad Gauthier and Greg McCarthy both find reference in photographic imagery to produce images based on memory and the role of the artists’ hand in creating these newer images.
Drawing reference from french new wave cinema, Gauthier’s work recreates these images from memory and printed reference material. These new paintings function as altered mnemonic devices that interrogate and rework the original act before the cinematic camera. These images seek to understand the cinematic event and the intention of the image after it has entered circulation. By rendering them as paintings the artist’s hand plays a role in the translation the photographic image into a more personal gesture. Using the vocabulary of the painterly gesture, the images are filtered through both Gauthier’s own experiences and speak to both the language of painting and abstraction.
McCarthy’s work uses the discarded archive of a lithographers union, from the early 30s to the late 50s as a starting point, The Distance Between a Handshake is an ongoing series that proposes an alternative method for the use of an archive. It questions the collective ownership of historical documents and the role of the archivists as a figure of authority. The pieces become redacted and altered in ways that subvert the original intentions of the photographer and create newer images through the destruction of themselves. Archival preservation practices are purposefully subverted with the intention that over time the interaction of the artist with the archive will inevitably cause damage to the original photographs leaving further traces of the intervention into the archive.
- BODY TALK: April 29 – May 29 Opening Reception: Friday April 29th 7-11pmExhibition Dates: April 29 – May 29, 2016BODY TALK focuses on expressions of the female form and sexuality through portraiture, still-life photographs & sculpture. Considering themes of identity, self-acceptance, and body dysmorphia, the works in this exhibition range from staged moments to those of genuine spontaneity. Depicting strong characters and narratives through both raw and surreal motifs, the exhibition conveys an honest representation of the contemporary female gaze, self-image, and form in all its beauty, disguise, desire, and emotion.Tau Lewis (Toronto) www.taulewis.comNadia Gohar (Toronto)
Michelle Lefade (Toronto) www.michellelefade.com
Maya Fuhr (Toronto) www.mayafuhr.com
Dafy Hagai (London/Tel Aviv) www.dafyhagai.com
Claire Milbrath (Montreal) www.clairemilbrath.com
Rebecca Storm (Montreal) www.rebecca-storm.com
Neva Wireko (Toronto) www.nevawireko.com
Yulia Zinshtein (NYC/Moscow) www.yzinshtein.comCurated by Devan Patel & Maya FuhrThis exhibition is registered with the CONTACT Photography Festival
scotiabankcontactphoto.com/ 2016/open-exhibition/ project-gallery-studios-bod y-talkProject Gallery Studios is located at 184 Munro St (back entrance) and open for receptions and by appointment only.Please direct inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org