- James Olley: ‘Rock – Paper – Scissors’
Rock – Paper – ScissorsJuly 7- 24, 2016Opening Reception: Thurs. July 7th, 6-9pmRock-Paper-Scissors is a hand game many of us played as children with three outcomes, guided by decisions within a set of parameters. Like the game, Olley establishes a series of parameters which are guided by a process consisting of an action and reaction. Through this process, autonomous, self-generating subject matter is revealed. The use of materials like charcoal, paper and scissors informs the series of collages and paintings.Olleys work has had an ongoing interest with the fluidity and potential for motion in paint, exploring systems for representation and modes of expression informing visual languages. His research has been informed by the continuation of the modernist critique, leading to questions of authenticity, autonomy and the role of painting in contemporary art.The expressive and exploratory nature of collage historically offers an experimental space to incorporate multiple visual languages. Surrealist writings by André Breton and Robert Motherwell’s writings on the search for a philosophical spirit, psychic automatism and the task of finding a “creative principal” have informed the scope of Olleys works.James Olley received his MFA from the University of Waterloo in 2008 after completing his BFA at NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2004. Since graduating Olley has had a number of solo shows locally and internationally; Angell Gallery (Toronto), Galerie Trois Points (Montreal), Peter Robertson Gallery (Edmonton), Kasia Kay Art Projects (Chicago), Incident Report (New York) and Dundee Contemporary Arts (Scotland), Galerie Weissraum, (Kyoto, Japan); and Groenhazengracht 1, (Leiden, Netherlands). Olley’s work belongs to private collections such as Colart Collection (Montreal) and Cenovus Energy (Edmonton). Olley has been awarded Emerging & Assistance Artist Grants (Toronto Arts Council & Ontario Arts Council), in addition, received full scholarship to the Vermont Studio Center Residency (2009). Olley’s work has been profiled at contemporary art fairs, including Pulse New York, Pulse Miami, Papier 13 and Next Chicago.
- Colin Davis & Ki Sung Koh
June 16th- July 3rd, 2016
Reception: Thurs June 16, 6-9
Colin W Davis explores intimate moments in nature by arranging mundane natural objects into symbolic shrines. Common sticks, rocks and leaves that would ordinarily be ignored gain a sense of importance through being observed, and then are honoured further through the act of careful painting from life.
The Grove explores the tradition of animism, the belief that “spirits” exist in all things including animals, plants and rocks. This tradition is connected to many indigenous religions throughout the world and is often associated with ritual, superstition and magic. The objects in this body of work are all arranged centrally and highlighted against a dark background, separating them from an imagined landscape and revealing their sanctitude.
Colin W Davis is a Toronto-based painter. He is a graduate of the BAA Illustration program at Sheridan College.
Ki Sung Koh
‘Way of Life’
Ki Sung Koh explores the beauty of nature, memories and dreams. His works depict imaginative worlds in which animals bask in the security of their environments.
Koh’s images share his view on the preciousness of nature in hopes of connecting people through an act of discovery in his paintings. As you see, feel, and hear animals, you will also find more of yourself.
Ki Sung Koh was born in South Korea in 1985 and moved to Canada in 2006. He now lives and works around Toronto. Koh has received BAA in Illustration program from Sheridan College, ON, Canada in 2012.
- DIVERSIONS: Ravinder Rai & Sebastián Benítez Duo Exhibition Opening Reception: Thursday April 28th 6-10pmExhibition Dates: April 28 – May 15, 2016DIVERSIONS showcases the photographic outcomes of an ongoing artistic dialogue between emerging artists Ravinder Rai and Sebastián Benítez. Engaging in themes of contemporary identity, culture, image, objects, commodification, and sexuality, this exhibition shares a process of awareness and discovery as Rai and Benítez photographically respond to each other’s work. Featuring playful and clever self-portraits and still life photographs, this exhibition also incorporates elements of installation and mixed media.Sebastián BenítezRavinder RaiCurated by Devan Pateldevan@projectgallerytoronto.comThis exhibition is Featured with the CONTACT Photography Festival 2016Project Gallery is located at 1109 Queen St E and open regularly Wed-Sun 12-5pm
- CHRIS HARMS: “Rise in Fall”
Opening Reception: Thursday Nov 12 (6-10pm) at Project Gallery Studios (184 Munro Street*)Exhibition Dates: Nov 12 – Dec 2, 2015Chris Harms’ artwork explores the relationship between our city’s constant state of construction and its citizens. Creating vibrant and elegant sculptures with plexiglass that resemble earth-moving excavators, Harms invites the viewer to enjoy the unique reflections, surfaces, and layering his works produce while considering the transformative time between what was and what is to come. Harnessing light and colour, Harms’ work is intended to build a feeling of expansion and possibility, and functions as an exploration of space and physicality through refined aesthetic sensibilities.Chris Harms is a self taught artist living and working in Toronto.*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.Opening Reception: Thursday Nov 12 (6-10pm) at Project Gallery Studios (184 Munro Street*) Exhibition Dates: Nov 12 – Dec 2, 2015 Chris Harms’ artwork explores the relationship between our city’s constant state of ...
- 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 ...