- 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 ...
- 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..