- 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 firstname.lastname@example.orgCurio – 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
- 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 email@example.com
- Lacunae: Laura Hudspith Solo Exhibition
Opening Reception: Friday April 1st 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: Fri, April 1 – Sun, April 24
Lacunae, is a solo exhibition of new work by Toronto-based artist, Laura Hudspith. The work combines the artist’s ceramic practice and her experience and fascination with taxidermy. The resulting body of work is one that examines our tendency to satisfy nostalgic impulses and to fill emotional voids through collecting and amassing objects and ‘things’.
Of particular interest to Hudspith is the intersection between this common pattern of consumption and au courant ideologies as well as fashionable trends. Employing both humor and hope, Lacunae’s complex porcelain objects paired with animal, insect and manufactured material, canvas such diverse themes as sentimentality and longing, ownership and power dynamics, mass consumption, and the paradox between mortality and permanence.Project Gallery Studios is located at 184 Munro St. (back entrance)Open for receptions and by appointment.Please direct inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.orgOpening Reception: Friday April 1st 6-9pm Exhibition Dates: Fri, April 1 – Sun, April 24 Lacunae, is a solo exhibition of new work by Toronto-based artist, Laura Hudspith. The work combines the artist’s ceramic ...