- ICON – SoTeeOh Solo Show
April 27 – May 14, 2017
What are the symbols that are immediately and universally identifiable as Toronto icons? As Toronto’s reputation grows, and global awareness of the city rises, a set of visual identifiers has been developed that symbolize this city both locally and abroad. The CN Tower has long been the most obvious icon but views of the downtown core popularized by urban photographers, the Raptors jersey made famous by Vince Carter and signage at Yonge and Bloor subway station which is passed by 400 000 commuters on a daily basis have become important symbols of the city.
ICON will focus on photography of visual identifiers that residents can place at first glance and that out-of-towners recognize as distinctly Toronto. Drawing off personal experience, historical research, anecdotal experiences, commercial products and pop culture references such as movies and music videos, soteeoh has created a set of images that represent the visual identity of the city. With a diversity of photographs, ranging from iconic product photos, recognizable city views and intersections, cultural landmarks and people. This exhibition continues SoTeeOh’s exploration of Toronto’s developing visual identity through portrait, still-life, product, and urban landscape photographs.
SoTeeOh is a Toronto-based photographer focused on stylized views of daily urban life. Drawing inspiration from the realms of design, architecture, and fashion, he creates images that share a sense of urban grit through an emphasis on symettry, pattern, and color. SoTeeoh has amassed a significant following, with over 60 thousands followers on instagram, he has also worked on commercial projects with notable brands like Adidas, Nike, Sony, CIBC, American Express, Red Bull, and many more. SoTeeOh is represented by Art Works Consulting.
- TL;DR Laura Hudspith – Solo Exhibition
Laura Hudspith – solo exhibition at Project Gallery
Exhibition dates: Thu, May 18 – Sun, May 28
For the final exhibition at our Queen Street East location, Project Gallery is pleased to present Laura Hudspith’s second solo exhibition, TL;DR.
Hudspith transforms the gallery into a dramatic installation combining sculpture, video projection, and neon, where light emanating from each work illuminates the next. Her projected tableaux vivant depicts a near motionless woman amidst both real and faux, fresh and rotting delicacies, conjuring a sense of stagnation and tension. A large unmarked grave across the gallery’s floor pulses light and sets a synthetic overgrown garden aglow, its dense flora saturated with viscous biofluids. Neon light casts the flippant message ‘tl;dr’ across the scene, and creates a sense of an impassable force.
Upon discovering her own incongruous memory of a passage written by Alice Munro in Lives of Girls and Women, where the young protagonist misunderstands the gravity of a gruesome truth and instead envisions an implausible alt-reality, Hudspith staged and filmed her own elaborated version of this illogical error. In her tableaux, a woman lays on a cold marble tabletop amidst a feast. The figure is at once hyper-sexualized and neutered, her body revealed underneath a clear plastic dress so tight as to flatten her curves. Fruit begins to rot, pink milk sours, a glass of black liquid is overturned. What’s left reveals its synthetic nature – a silicone aspic, plastic fruit, pink rubber tarts – and the woman in the dress remains breathing lightly.
The artist is interested in the effects of cultural trends on the way people understand the world’s workings and their agency within it. In particular, Hudspith contemplates the effects of individualist culture on radicalization and the growing divide between socio-political ideologies. Using a feminist lens through which to examine this divide, TL;DR creates a picture of contemporary communication caught in between cause and effect, dialogue and the echo chamber, life and death, gender and equity, and naivete versus the explicit.The artist would like to extend a special thanks to Tamara Legér for her contributions to photography and videography, and writer, Ashley McLellan, for her exhibition response.TL;DR Laura Hudspith – solo exhibition at Project Gallery Exhibition dates: Thu, May 18 – Sun, May 28 For the final exhibition at our Queen Street East location, Project Gallery is pleased to ...
- Levels: Andre Kan – April 7-23
Opening Reception: Friday April 7th 6-9pm (RSVP)
Exhibition Dates: April 7 – 23, 2017
Enlivened by his interest in spacial structures and interconnectivity, Andre Kan’s paintings serve as excitable blueprints for a possible reality. Each work depicts the artists’ signature imaginative building blocks that converge and begin to build upon each other and strengthening each other towards an ever transforming space. Kan’s structures are substantial and complex but not yet anchored – they float suspended in his psychological space. In this way Kan’s buildings remain a playful proposition for the viewer not yet tied to a specific place or function. With his dynamic formations, Kan propels us towards an ever optimistic future where new connections and constructions have yet to materialize.
Kan’s most recent body of work, ‘Levels’ sets the stage as an optical course between the viewer and the artist. The works depict architectural interpretations that no longer rely on a single or double vantage point, but rather the multiple view points of a landscape as a whole. Through geometric deciphering- these playful, interconnected structures suggests what possibility means through self discovery, and the stages of questioning the fundamental nature of being and the world that encompasses it.
Andre Kan is a Toronto based painter. Since graduating from the Ontario College of Art & Design University in 2014, he continues his creative pursuits as an Artist, Photographer, Curator, Producer, and Musician. His paintings have been showcased throughout Canada with permanent collections in the U.S and China.Opening Reception: Friday April 7th 6-9pm (RSVP) Exhibition Dates: April 7 – 23, 2017 ARTWORK CATALOG Enlivened by his interest in spacial structures and interconnectivity, Andre Kan’s paintings serve as excitable blueprints for ...
- Where No One Will Find Us – Alli Boddy Solo Exhibition
Exhibition: Fri, February 3 – Sun, February 26
Reception: Fri, February 3 6-10pm
Alli Boddy’s solo exhibition ‘Where No One Will Find Us’ explores the intersection of figure and landscape. Inspired by her personal connection to nature, her figure/landscape narratives represent the lived experience. Her subjects, which include herself and those close to her, all appear to exude a freedom of spirit. Alli is a strong believer in nature’s ability to transcend and portrays her subjects not gazing at the viewer, but focused in their own moment, venturing off into forests or teetering on cliff’s edge.
- Librarians, Books, and Clouds – Cliff Eyland: Nov 17 – Jan 29
Opening Reception: Thursday Nov 17th 6-9pm (RSVP)
Exhibition Dates: Nov 17 – Jan 29, 2017
at Project Gallery Studios (184 Munro St – back entrance)
Librarians, Books and Clouds is Cliff Eyland’s first solo exhibition in Toronto since 2009. The show includes 300 works, all 3″x5″ acrylic and/or mixed media paintings.
Since 1981 Cliff Eyland has been making art the size of the traditional 3″ by 5″ library catalogue card. His paintings, drawings, and photographs are shown in both libraries and art galleries. He has also inserted thousands of original drawings in library books in Canada and the United States.
Several major Canadian art galleries have mounted solo exhibitions and installations of Eyland’s work, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Gallery of Canada’s Library & Archives, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, The New School University, and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. He has also participated in group exhibitions in many venues, and his work is in many public and private collections.
Eyland’s public commissions include a 600 piece installation at Edmonton’s Meadows Library, a 5000 work piece at Halifax’s Central Library, a 1000 work piece for the Winnipeg Millennium Library, and an 8 painting per room set of works at Winnipeg’s Alt Hotel.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries and apptsOpening Reception: Thursday Nov 17th 6-9pm (RSVP) Exhibition Dates: Nov 17 – Jan 29, 2017 at Project Gallery Studios (184 Munro St – back entrance) Librarians, Books and Clouds is Cliff Eyland’s first ...
- Nick Bierk: Oct 22 – Nov 13
Oct 22 – Nov 13, 2016
Opening reception: Sat Oct 22nd, 6-9pm (RSVP)
Project Gallery Studios (184 Munro St – back entrace)
Nick Bierk studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design. He has exhibited work across Canada and the United States. Nick’s portrait, landscape and still life works are highly realistic yet conceptually enigmatic.
If David had a fault, it was to be too good at too many things, never denying his constantly burgeoning curiousities long enough to focus on any one thing. In the maelstrom of his creative energies, his boys found their own moorage, and Nick, I think, fastened on to his father’s interest in precedent, history, and the myriad ways painting can be made. Look at David’s diptych Landscape with Manet Flowers, from 2002, the year he died, and you’ll see: the charged, naturalistic intensity of the light in the left panel, a haze of golden sun crackling as it cascades from cloud and tree below, counterbalances the mannered impressionism of a vase, static and lifeless, on a table.
Excerpt from exhibition catalogue AFTER, text by Murray White
Contact devan@projectgallerytorontOct 22 – Nov 13, 2016 Opening reception: Sat Oct 22nd, 6-9pm (RSVP) Project Gallery Studios (184 Munro St – back entrace) Nick Bierk studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design. He ...
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