- Spolia Opima: Ted Zourntos Solo Exhibition, April 7 – April 24
Opening Reception: Thursday April 7, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: April 7 – April 24, 2016
With his latest series of paintings Ted Zourntos continues to probe and interrogate the inner workings of consumer culture. Spoila Opima or “rich spoils” is an ancient Roman term referring to the plunder and riches striped from a defeated combatant in mortal combat. These complex still life paintings connect consumerism, the oil economy and military conflict through subtle and satirical juxtapositions of throw away dollar store trinkets and novelties. Through his paintings. the artist dismantles notions of value to reveal the systematic dysfunction within contemporary consumer culture.
Ted Zourntos is a professional artist and educator with a versatile and accomplished painting practice that encompasses both abstract and representational work. He has exhibited in North America including a solo exhibition at Sloan Fine Art in New York City. Ted completed his undergraduate studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design (now OCAD University) and his Master of Fine Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA. He is the recipient of several academic and professional awards and his work has been featured in international art publications. Several of his paintings are in private collection.
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- PROSPECTOR: Sara Pearson Solo Exhibition, March 17 – April 3
Opening Reception: Thursday March 17, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: March 17 – April 3, 2016
The paintings and sculptures in PROSPECTOR, inspired by geological and gemmological formations, remind us of the strange and sublime beauty of nature. Gemstones, as coveted objects, present a complicated relationship between the natural world and us; As we hunt, collect and refine them, they become instilled with human values. In this body of work, Sara Pearson deconstructs and reinterprets their forms, removing facets and breaking stones into abstract shards, highlighting internal depths and building new structure. By pulling apart our vision of the perfect gem, she removes preconceived notions attached to it and focuses us on its extraordinariness. Pearson navigates this course through her early relationship to these materials; Growing up in her father’s jewellery studio instilled a sense of wonder in the presence of these otherworldly objects. She continues to live in awe of them, relating her art practice to that of an explorer, a treasure hunter.
Pearson chooses subjects and materials for their relationship to the natural world, using the optical phenomena that exist within cut gemstones to inspire her oil paintings; bronze, copper, marble, and terra-skin paper made from stone are some of the materials that form her sculptures and installations. Working primarily with “analogue” methods, she plays with the dichotomy of traditional process in an increasingly digital world, pushing abstraction while honouring the process of mimesis.
Sara Pearson is a Toronto based artist who graduated with a BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design University.
- Blanking Field: February 25 – March 13
Opening Reception: Thursday February 25, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: Thu, February 25 – Sun, March 13
Lauren Pelc-McArthur’s art practice responds to the melding of visual culture with digital technology, challenging the boundaries of digital art and traditional painting. Her interdisciplinary approach begins with the conventional organizing principles of portraits and landscapes, yet these principles are present in vague forms and broken into fragments, one mark disrupts another and competes for space with a third. Bold colours are used to tantalize and repel – resembling neurons that fire like neon lights as viewers cycle through headlines, listicles, and infinite scrolls. Fluctuating between various styles of painting, Pelc-McArthur unsettles the boundaries of figuration and abstraction to articulate the feelings of ‘sensory overload’ that are derived from the endless consumption of digital information.
Born in 1989, Lauren Pelc-McArthur is an emerging artist from Toronto. Graduating from the Ontario College of Art & Design (2012) with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Drawing and Painting, Pelc-McArthur responds to various facets of technology and internet culture through painting, sculpture and 3-D animation. Recipient of an emerging visual artist grant from the Toronto Arts Council in 2014, she has participated in International and Canadian residencies including the Roundtable Residency in Toronto.Project Gallery is located at 1109 Queen St EOpen regularly Wed-Sun 12-5pm or by appointmentPlease direct inquiries to email@example.comOpening Reception: Thursday February 25, 6-9pm Exhibition Dates: Thu, February 25 – Sun, March 13 Lauren Pelc-McArthur’s art practice responds to the melding of visual culture with digital technology, challenging the boundaries ...
- ERIN LOREE & LISA JOHNSON: Duo Exhibition, Oct 24 – Nov 11, 2015 PHOTO ALBUMARTWORK CATALOG
Opening reception: October 24, 2015 from 6 – 9pm
Exhibition dates: Oct. 24 – Nov 11, 2015
Project Gallery Studios is excited to present a duo exhibition of contemporary works by Canadian painters Erin Loree and Lisa Johnson. With an emphasis on abstract sensibilities and gestural mark-making, both Loree and Johnson work with paint in different ways to create imaginative and evocative results.
As part of the exhibition, Project Gallery invites you to meet artist Lisa Johnson at Project Gallery (1109 Queen Street East) on October 24 from 2-5PM where her current solo exhibition ‘Mazinaw’ is on display until October 28. Following the afternoon reception at Project Gallery, Project Gallery Studios invites you to attend the opening reception for Erin Loree and Lisa Johnson’s duo exhibition on October 24 from 6-10PM.
Project Gallery Studios is located at 184 Munro St, and accessible through the back entrance at the southeast corner of Blackburn St. and Mount Stephens St. The studio exhibition space is open for receptions and by appointment only.
To arrange a viewing contact Devan Patel at 416.315.1192 or email devan@projectgallerytoront
About Erin Loree
Born in 1988, Erin Loree completed her studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (2012), at both the Toronto and Florence campuses, followed by a 3-month artist residency at the Sachaqa Art Center in Peru. Along the way she has been honoured with many awards and scholarships, including the OCADU Drawing & Painting Medalist Award (2012), Nora E. Vaughan Award (2012) and the Karl Heinz Wiesen Memorial Award (2010). She is also the recipient of the Visual Artists: Emerging grant, awarded by the Ontario Arts Council (2015). Her work has been exhibited in Toronto, Montreal and in a number of art fairs and auctions including Art Toronto, Love Art Fair (Toronto), SCOPE Miami Beach and Waddington’s Concrete Contemporary Art Auction for Canadian Contemporary Art. She currently lives and works in downtown Toronto.
About Lisa Johnson
Johnson has been painting professionally for over 20 years and her influences include old and new masters, from de Kooning and Soutine to Tom Thomson and Susanna Heller. Her paintings enquire into space and movement within the context of landscape painting. Through her ethereal and sculpted pigment Johnson depicts vast landscapes where figures seem to poetically emerge.
Lisa Johnson graduated with Honours from the Ontario College of Art and Design, where she also won the prestigious Mrs. W.O. Forsythe Award for 4th year women painters in 1996. Johnson studied under sculptor Tom Dean and most recently with Harold Klunder. Lisa Johnson’s work has been shown in solo and group shows throughout Canada and can be found in numerous private and corporate collections in the Canada, U.S.A., and Europe.
- no more doubt, no more fears, : Sept 10-30 PHOTO ALBUM
*The exhibition has an extended viewing at our studio location from October 2-22nd,
*Studio-Gallery Opening Reception: Friday Oct 2nd 6-9pm
*Studio-Gallery Exhibition Dates: Oct 2 -22, 2015 (at 184 Munro St. by appointment)
Gallery Opening Reception: Thursday Sept 10th 6-10pm
Gallery Closing Reception: Sunday Sept 27th 5-9pm
Gallery Exhibition Dates: Sept 10 – 30, 2015
From September 10-30th 2015, artist Tessar Lo will inhabit Project Gallery for his exhibition ‘no more doubts, no more fears,’. Transforming the gallery space into a temporary working studio and home, Lo works to achieve an immersive and free stream-of-thought mode of creating, in hopes of revealing an essence of ideation and revelation through both successful and failing attempts at making intention visible.
Sharing his artistic process with complete transparency, Lo aims to integrate and display a new level of vulnerability, creative power, and genuine expression through this exhibition. Regularly creating works on paper and canvas, as well as affecting the space through installation as well as his presence and process, Lo demonstrates how the act of creating can be an ambition, expression, and even a step towards a more abstract ideal or feeling of betterment.
Tessar Lo creates bold works driven by otherworldly, but perhaps also autobiographical narratives that explore themes of time, identity, mysticism, innocence, transformation, symbology and abstraction. Through raw and expressive forms, figures, and environments Tessar creates dream-like atmospheres where different contemporary, historic, and fictional cultures find convergence. Lo’s artist practice emphasizes process and the importance of discovery, regularly innovating his use of media and artwork format while maintaining potent recurring themes, symbols, and a clearly unique aesthetic.
Lo studied illustration at Sheridan College, and has been exhibited in group exhibition in Toronto, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Miami, Barcelona, Tokyo, and Amsterdam.
For more details contact Devan Patel*The exhibition has an extended viewing at our studio location from October 2-22nd, *Studio-Gallery Opening Reception: Friday Oct 2nd 6-9pm *Studio-Gallery Exhibition Dates: Oct 2 -22, 2015 (at 184 Munro St. by appointment) _______________________________________________________________ Gallery Opening Reception: Thursday Sept ...
- CIRCUS: Callen Schaub: Sept 3-30
Opening Reception: Thursday Sept 3rd, 6-10pm
Exhibition Dates: Sept 3-30, 2015
All in one go, artist Callen Schaub is creating a spontaneous series of large abstract spin paintings for his exhibition ‘CIRCUS’ at the Project Gallery Studios. With an extreme art practice, Schaub builds extravagant kinetic machines that focus the flow, application, and composition of paint on canvas. Experience the wild and dazzling spectacle September 3rd 6-10 during the opening reception or by appointment Sept 4th-30th 2015.
Project Gallery Studios is located at 184 Munro St, and accessible through the back entrance at the southeast corner of Blackburn St. and Mount Stephens St. The studio exhibition space is open by appointment only.
For more details call 647.377.1677RSVP Opening Reception: Thursday Sept 3rd, 6-10pm Exhibition Dates: Sept 3-30, 2015 All in one go, artist Callen Schaub is creating a spontaneous series of large abstract spin paintings for his exhibition ‘CIRCUS’ at the ...
or email cal@projectgallerytoronto.