- Curio: March 16 – April 2
Curio – New Work by Megan Ellen MacDonald
Exhibition Dates: March 16 – April 2, 2017
Reception: Thursday March 16th 6-9pm (RSVP)Megan Ellen MacDonald’s oil paintings have one foot in the 18th century and the other in the 21st. MacDonald appropriates romantic and baroque themes to firmly ground her work in the context of lavish genre painting, setting the stage for her colourful depictions of mass market disposable decoration and kitsch subject matter. Her work playfully questions the very nature of representational painting in the past and present – the impossible task of portraying reality when so much of what we consider as realism is often confused with the unreal.MacDonald’s most recent body of work, Curio, removes her subject matter from the grandiose landscapes they usually inhabit, and presents them in the more intimate context of still life. Fascinated by the innately useless nature of decorative objects – specifically those relating to domesticity and femininity, MacDonald takes subjects like knock-off fabergé eggs and mass produced decorative teacups and situates them as the objets de vertu of her still life paintings. Surrounded by fleshy fruits and lavish fabrics, a tarnished sugar bowl becomes a cauldron spilling pink smoke, and a cheap unicorn figurine becomes an elegant statue, all doused in a colourful haze of fantasy. By mirroring the visual opulence of her predecessors, MacDonald’s paintings give these decorative objects the illusion of grandeur and importance, and create a visual narrative all their own.Megan Ellen MacDonald is an artist living and working in Toronto, ON. MacDonald received her BFA from OCADU in 2013 and has exhibited work in Toronto and Montreal. Her work has been featured in art fairs including The Artist Project and Art Toronto, and auctions including Art With Heart and the upcoming Art Gems.
Project Gallery is located at 1109 Queen St E and open regularly Wed-Sun 12-5pm
Please direct inquiries to Devan Patel email@example.comCurio – New Work by Megan Ellen MacDonald Exhibition Dates: March 16 – April 2, 2017 Reception: Thursday March 16th 6-9pm (RSVP) Megan Ellen MacDonald’s oil paintings have one foot in the 18th ...
- Preview – Group Show: Feb 25 – March 12
Opening Reception: Saturday Feb 25th, 2-5pm RSVP
Exhibition Dates: Feb 25 – March 12, 2017
Group show featuring:
MEGAN ELLEN MACDONALD
Curated and presented by Project Gallery
At Project Gallery Toronto, 1109 Queen St EOpening Reception: Saturday Feb 25th, 2-5pm RSVP Exhibition Dates: Feb 25 – March 12, 2017 Group show featuring: KEVIN COLUMBUS ANDRE KAN NESS LEE TESSAR LO JEAN-LUC LINDSAY MEGAN ELLEN MACDONALD SARA PEARSON BRIAN RIDEOUT Curated and presented by Project Gallery At Project Gallery Toronto, ...
- Anser & SoTeeOh – Luminous
Exhibition Dates: November 10 – November 20
Opening Exhibition: November 10th, 6-10 PM
A collaborative exhibition featuring artists Anser and Soteoh, Luminous, takes the dark street scenes of SoTeeOh’s urban landscapes as a backdrop for the infamous one-liner face portraits of graffiti artist Anser.
Created using long exposure photography and a flashlight, the two combined what theyare both best known for to develop something completely new. Like most of Anser’s work around the city it is temporary, and this ephemerality is explored even further as the light drawings disappear before the eye and only the camera captures the outcome.
By setting these portraits in various locations around Toronto, it mimics the close relationship both artist have with the urban setting they call home. Meant to brighten the dark corners of the city, Luminous takes this one step further.
Anser’s Mysterious Date, created in early 2007, was developed to foster a more publicly inclusive form of graffiti. The one-liner spray painted face has now become something of an icon within the Toronto urban fabric. Through the use of traditional graffiti mark making methods, “the face” was developed to engage a typically ignored public by using an image that everyone could associate with. The moniker “Mysterious Date” was coined by photographer Micheal D’Amico, who dubbed a series of street photographs of the face “Mystery Date” in a CONTACT photography festival. The adoption of this name is a testimony to this idea
The Mysterious Date also straddles the lines between graffiti and street art. In most forms of traditional street art, such as stenciling and wheat pasting, the creation of the imagery is done away from the setting it is viewed in. The fact the face is done in a more traditional graffiti method, on the spot and usually in an illegal context, is about breaking down preconceptions to promote an appreciate of both art forms. Through this approach Anser has found a way to create a spontaneous interaction with the public, something that many say give a closer sense of connection to the city around them.
Soteeoh is a Toronto born street photographer. Through composition and subject selection, his work presents a subjective and stylized view of daily urban life. He draws mainly off of influences in the realms of design, architecture, and fashion combined with an obsessive appreciation for urban grit. Symmetry, pattern and color are used as primary devices in composing his images. The artist’s work coincides with the growing urban digital photography movement championed by online platforms such as instagram, tumblr and VSCO. Digital manipulation and post processing are an increasingly valued part of the photographic process.
Although he still relies heavily on the spontaneity of the urban environment, it is a departure from traditional “candid” street photography in the sense that the images are carefully composed, colored, and in some cases embellished or abstracted, to present scenes that are based closely on real environments but that may not occur naturally exactly as they are depicted in the work. The work asks the viewer to reconsider their daily urban surroundings. Is it drab? Is it dirty? Is it ugly? Or is there something more here? He believes so and with his work he challenges the viewer to join him in his appreciation for the synchronized visual chaos that is the modern urban centre.
Presented by Project Gallery, Art Works Consulting, & Well and Good
- ARTIFACTS: Akin x Project Group Show
Opening Reception: Sat Sept 10, 6-9pm RSVP
Exhibition Dates: Sept 10 – Oct 2, 2016
Group show featuring work of Akin members:
Laura Kay Keeling
Curated and presented by Project Gallery
At Project Gallery Studios (184 Munro st – back entrance)Opening Reception: Sat Sept 10, 6-9pm RSVP Exhibition Dates: Sept 10 – Oct 2, 2016 Group show featuring work of Akin members: Ghazel Avarzamani Atanas Bozdarov Jen Collins Chris Harms Rebecca Houston Laura Kay Keeling Nicole Krstin Adria Mirabelli Curated and ...
- SUMMER ’16 Group Show
SUMMER ’16 GROUP SHOW
Exhibition Dates: August 4th – August 28th, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday August 4th, 7-11 PM
Exhibition Location: Project Gallery Studios, 184 Munro St
Anser & Pascal Paquette
Nicole Maya Schachter
Shanna Van Maurik
- 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..