Announcing Imperfect Shadow Phase 2 in the Hallway Galleries!

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Imperfect Shadow Phase 2

December 12, 2014 – January 17, 2015
Artscape Youngplace Hallway Galleries, 180 Shaw Street

Personality Unlimited Promo

Still from Alison S.M. Kobayashi’s Selfie GIFS (2014)

Phase 2 Opening Reception at Friday December 12, 2014 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Imperfect Shadow is a multi-faceted and evolving exhibition about everyday parallel realities, inviting the exploration and re-exploration of the fictional and real, hidden and transitional spaces throughout Artscape Youngplace. From October 2014 through February 2015, visitors can discover secret lives and otherworldly places through a series of creative and collaborative projects by artists Emily Gove and Sarah Febbraro, Christine Swintak, Alison S.M. Kobayashi, Alicia Nauta, Ginette Lapalme, and Keith Jones. Imperfect Shadow is curated by the inaugural Artscape Youngplace Resident Curator, Karie Liao.

Phase 2, features the elements of Christine Swintak’s sculptural time capsule, composed of personal belongings delicately prepared for burial. The eventual location of the capsule will only be known by word of mouth. Alison S.M. Kobayashi’s new work will reveal and eulogize the inner fictional and non-fictional lives of objects and their previous owners.

In the stairwells until February 15, 2014, Alicia Nauta, Ginette Lapalme and Keith Jones continue to offer unique immersive environments filled with bizarre characters, enigmatic colourful shapes, new age signs and celestial symbols. Each stairwell installation offers a gateway to a psychedelic realm through spatial articulations of two-dimensional print-based work.

Phase 1 continues until November 28, with GO TO YOUR DESTINY. Artists Emily Gove and Sarah Febbraro invited visitors to search for secret hideouts in the building as imagined by young people from the Givins/Shaw Jr. Public School.

Each facet of Imperfect Shadow explores our overlooked common objects, familiar places, and people we think we know well through vibrant and playful artistic interpretation. Through explorations of the uncanny in drawings, designs, sculptures, and installations, each artist captures and creates new reflections of our shared mundane and ordinary surroundings.

Imperfect Shadow is the culmination of Resident Curator Karie Liao’s programming visions for the Artscape Youngplace Hallway Galleries in its inaugural year. Her work, conducted in close collaboration with the Artscape Youngplace Curatorial Advisory and Artscape staff, has included commissioning new art works, building partnerships with local artists and organizations for dynamic exhibitions and hosting a slate of public events encouraging across-pollination amongst artists and community members. Karie was recently the Resident Curator at the Textile Museum and is currently the Artistic Director of CAFK+A (Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener & Area). She has also worked with Jessica Bradley Art + Projects (Toronto), Creative Time (New York), Deitch Projects (New York) and Dare Dare (Montreal), developed tours for the AGO and worked with other acclaimed galleries and arts centres. She holds a Masters of Arts, Art History and Curatorial Studies from York University.

Exhibition Descriptions

The Other Its

Christine Swintak (Montreal) will create a time capsule that will be permanently buried on-site at Artscape Youngplace, bricked into the place, never to be opened. Treating everyday objects as both forms and latent carriers of narrative, the capsule is an artifact of an artist’s transitory lifestyle, migrating from city to city, residency to residency, obtaining and discarding objects, recording and saving data. Each item, including a storage drive with 500GB of data, will be individually wrapped in black saran, allowing the objects to be visible as recognizable forms, but devoid of narrative details. The project questions our tendency to hoard instead of archive, negating the purpose or use value of the objects in favour of creating a myth around its burial. Marked by a small laser cut plaque mounted on a section of brick with unusually coloured mortar, the location of the time capsule will only be known years from now by word of mouth, a lost and hidden body within the walls.

PLUS Community Workshop: Build Your Own Time Capsule

Sunday, December 14, 2014
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Free, reservations can be made to

Inspired by her latest artistic project at AYP The Other Its, Christine Swintak will lead a workshop on how to build your own time capsule. Workshop is free and open to all members of the public. To reserve your spot

 Personality Unlimited

A cross between a cabinet of curiosities and a thrift store, Personality Unlimited presents the collections of Alison S.M. Kobayashi’s personally owned and borrowed found objects along with her artistic interpretations of them. The artist’s collections include a diversity of treasures: a 1950s guide to exercises targeted at young women, a set of hand-made biographical books inscribed by a woman named Mrs. Florence Hazel David Bland, discarded tapes from old answering machines, black and white photographs of rainbows, plastic bags, among other things. In response to these materials, Kobayashi’s interpretative works – an interactive projection, a choreographed dance routine, illustrations, photographs, and videos – address themes of loss and memory while infused with the artist’s idiosyncratic humour and penchant for play. Personality Unlimited is an exploration of collecting culture and personal mythologies.

PLUS Artist Talk: Personality Unlimited with Alison S.M. Kobayashi and Lewis Nicholson

Friday, January 16, 2015
6 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
Free, reservations can be made to

Join us for an artist talk by Alison S.M. Kobayashi and an evening of sampling dishes listed in a found food diary (c. 1929). The diary, a matchbook sized book chronicling Mr. N. Sakaliuk every meal and whether it was “good” or conversely “not very good,” was purchased at Monkey’s Paw bookstore by Toronto-based artist and designer Lewis Nicholson. Both Kobayashi and Nicholson will be in attendance, to present research and share personal narratives surrounding the food diary and their eclectic collections. Artist talk is free and open to all members of the public.


October 4 – November 8, 2014

Sarah Febbraro and Emily Gove

In collaboration with the students of Givins/Shaw Jr. Public School

Reception with the Artists October 4, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Artists Sarah Febbraro and Emily Gove introduce a North American folk art environment to Artscape Youngplace. In collaboration with the Givins/Shaw Jr. Public School, the artists worked with young people to create a series of hand painted wooden signs that lead to fictional secret hideout spaces inside, outside, and around the building. The signs invoke imagery of hidden clubhouses and roadside attractions, with a variety of cryptic and confusing directions, presenting the challenge of exploring the building in search of imagined hiding places and remind us all to look well beyond the surface.

Imperfect Shadow: Stairwells

October 4, 2014 – February 22, 2015

Reception with the Artists and Curators Talk and Tour November 4, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Am I in my own house at all Mister?

North Stairwell
Alicia Nauta

Through a series of open doorways and windows to another time and place, Alicia Nauta’s stairwell installation offers a glimpse of ruins from the future. Mysterious and elusive, like an ancient document yet to be decoded, the astronomical and celestial imagery as well as architectural elements suggest both natural and manufactured worlds. Many of the compositions make reference to strange interiors, where the perspective is distorted, and can be familiar and alienating at the same time. The source material for this work includes pre-computer graphic design manuals, ink drawings, quilting and crochet templates, DIY framing and home decor guides, illustrated botany encyclopedias, half-tone dot patterns of varying sizes, blobs and geometrical shapes. The printed materials are then cut and pasted, manipulated by hand and by photocopying, then transferred to vinyl. This installation can be seen as a continuation of Nauta’s past “wallpapering” works.

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South Stairwell

Ginette Lapalme

In consideration of the movement that takes place in the stairwell, Ginette Lapalme has transformed this transitional space into an imaginary landscape filled with bizarre creatures and playful humour. From shy critters that dwell in the lower level floors to juicy floral fields and outer space cosmic bodies in the upper level landings, Lapalme creates moments where reality and fantasy meld into a singular universe. Influenced by the animation and comic culture of her childhood, the artist uses cartoon-style drawing techniques, camp craft aesthetics and vivid confetti filled palette in her work. Movement, colour, texture, and shape are important elements in Lapalme’s work.

Funtimes in Lalaland

Central Stairwell

by Keith Jones

Through a thoughtful arrangement of undefined shapes and objects mixed with cartoon-inspired characters, Jones aims to provide an entertaining and curious experience for the viewer. In the conception of this particular installation, Jones was influenced by the work of golden age comic book artist Carl Barks who created and developed many characters and stories for Disney from the 1940s through to the 1960s. Further inspiration includes the artistic practice of neo-expressionist painter Philip Guston and his approach to cartoon-related abstraction and symbolism from the 1960s.

Artist Bios

Emily Gove’s (Toronto) art practice includes performance, craft, photography and video. Her recent work has included embroidery, makeover stations, and hosting interactive live dating shows and bingo nights.  She has participated in exhibitions at Gallery TPW (Toronto), Board of Directors (Toronto), and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Centre (Buffalo), among others, and has worked as an educator and programmer at Oakville Galleries, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, and Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography. She is currently the Manager of Education Programs at Design Exchange where she manages and delivers a portfolio of programs for elementary and secondary students and young audiences. She holds an MFA from York University (2009) and a BA from the University of Toronto (2006).

Sarah Febbraro’s (Toronto) artwork incorporates performance, video, documentary, installation, community engagement, social practice and drawing. Her artistic practice aims to blur the boundaries between popular culture, community engagement, art education, and contemporary art. She received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008 and her BFA from Concordia University in 2006. She has exhibited her work in festivals and galleries internationally including The Power Plant (Toronto), Mess Hall (Chicago), Art City (Winnipeg), Whitney Biennial (New York), Disjecta Space (Portland), La Centrale (Montreal, QC), Skulpturenpark (Berlin, Germany), and Blackwood Gallery (Toronto, On).

Keith Jones (Toronto) is an illustration and comic artist known for his detailed cityscape drawings. Jones has exhibited internationally with Hunter and Cook Gallery (Toronto), Adam Baumgold Gallery (New York) Richard Heller Gallery (Los Angeles), Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver), among others. In 2005 renowned Drawn & Quarterly (Montreal) published Jones’s first graphic novel “Bacter Area” to national acclaim including a nomination for Doug Wright award for best emerging talent. His commercial client lists includes Nike, McSweeny’s, Vice Magazine, The National Post, The Globe and Mail and Le Monde Diplomatique.

Alison S.M. Kobayashi (Toronto and Brooklyn) is an artist working in video, performance, installation and drawing. Often inspired by found narratives and overlooked fragments in life, her artistic practice reveals and eulogizes the inner fictional and non-fictional lives of objects their previous owners most often strangers. Eschewing grand written narratives, the artist is invested in the preservation and investigation of discarded or abandoned possessions of others as the more honest representations of the lived experience and how such objects play a role in telling personal mythologies. Kobayashi holds a BA from University of Toronto. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York where she is the Director of Special Projects at UnionDocs, a Center for Documentary Art.

Ginette Lapalme (Toronto) is an illustrator, cartoonist, and crafter. She is a graduate of the OCADU Illustration program, and a founding member of the art collective Wowee Zonk. Her publication and commercial client list includes The Walrus Magazine, Threadless, Vice Magazine, Kraft, Circo De Bakuza, Fuzzy Logic Recordings, among others.

Alicia Nauta (Toronto) is an artist whose practice includes collage, screen-printing, installation, wallpaper, book works, and a growing collection of found oddities for a future museum. Her work has been exhibited at the AGO, the Drake Hotel, Art Metropole, and Narwhal Art Projects, as well as permanently installed at Double Double Land, Likely General, and a really cool baby’s room. She is member of Punchclock, a Toronto print studio and most recently completed her term as Programmer at Xpace Cultural Centre. She established the OCAD University Zine Library and co-established the new Library at Xpace Cultural Centre. Nauta holds a BFA in Printmaking from OCAD University.

Christine Swintak (Toronto and Montreal) is an artist working in variety of media including sculpture, installation, performance and drawing. Approaching the world as her studio, her large-scale commission-based practice has included building the most banal rollercoaster ever made in a corporate office building, moving almost an entire cottage by hand without the aid of machinery, building a full-size ship through collective improvisation, running an election party campaign for the Irish underworld, transforming a city-issued dumpster into a fully-operational luxury boutique hotel, attempting to give a shed consciousness and producing a series of impossible project proposals. Swintak graduated from NSCAD University in 2003, and was awarded the prestigious Canada Council International Residency at Cite Internationale Des Arts in Paris, 2011. She is currently pursuing her MFA at Concordia University.