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Q&A with Painter and Artscape Award Winner, Katrina Jurjans

Emerging artist Katrina Jurjans wowed us at the 2017 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition with boldly layered paintings. Her work garnered not one but two accolades at the festival, including the Best of Painting and Best of Student Award (which is inclusive of the Artscape Award). Experience Katrina’s work at her upcoming exhibition, “for a moment it all comes together (and you’re the only one).” Opening November 16, 6 PM – 9 PM

Remembering you today, by Katrina Jurjans waiting for you (time is passing) by Katrina Jurjans

We caught up with Katrina to chat with her about her artistic journey and her upcoming exhibition.

Artscape: How has your distinctive visual style developed?

Katrina: I’m fascinated with patterns, especially when they break free from their form, like patterns from a blanket floating off into their own space. This fascination has helped me find visual cohesion between my paintings, and visually symbolize the emotions that drive my work.

Recently, I’ve been focusing on relationships and the emotions that accompany a shared moment, like grief, happiness, love, longing or disconnect. I don’t sketch out my work beforehand, so my processing of the work happens directly on the canvas.

Katrina’s Toronto Studio Space

What/who have been some of key influences?

There are so many! I love the work of Helen Verhoeven; in my opinion she is a master at revealing just enough detail in her figures. I think her compositions are brilliant. David Hockney, Matisse, Peter Doig and Miro are also some of my favourites.

Katrina Jurjans

What have you enjoyed most about winning the Artscape Award?

I was really taken aback when I won the award! It gave me confidence to keep pursuing my work. I struggle with putting my work out into the public and networking, so the Artscape Award has helped me to meet people working in the arts and to start building a social platform. The opportunity to do a solo exhibition and residency is incredible.

friends, lovers, friends (the cycle) by Katrina Jurjans the space between us widens by Katrina Jurjans

Tell us about your upcoming exhibition at Artscape Youngplace

My upcoming exhibition is entitled “for a moment it all comes together (and you’re the only one).” It’s a continuation of the series I have been developing over some years. This exhibition is meant to capture a specific, fleeting moment in time, along with the emotions and feelings attached to that moment. I’ve been working on large canvases and that’s been really exciting.

What can we expect from your work in 2018?

I’ve always loved writing, and want to explore the relationship between writing and painting further.

Nuit Rose 2016 @ Artscape Youngplace

On Saturday June 25th Nuit Rose welcomed one and all into various venues across Toronto for a night of queer art, performances and exhibitions!

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Nuit Rose is a free annual festival of queer-focused art and performance that takes place during Toronto Pride. This year, it took over 10+ venues in both the East and West ends of Toronto including Artscape Youngplace.

From 7-11pm on June 25th, Artscape Youngplace was flooded with individuals from all ages and backgrounds participating in the LGBTQ celebration who came to check out the three floors of art that our building was housing. This year’s third annual Nuit Rose saw a spectacular turnout, with staff having to turn visitors away as the building shut down at 11pm and the party continued in other cultural hubs of the city.

A word from Nuit Rose 2016 Staff:

“Thank you to all of the amazing artists who animated and activated the spaces with their powerful and engaging work. Thank you to everyone who came out and took part. Thank you to our venues, who provided the space and support for the festival to take place. Thank you to our volunteers, who helped make everything run smoothly. And thank you to our sponsors, without whom this would not have been possible.” – Nuit Rose Facebook Page

We can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year!


 

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Left: Shawn Skeir “Queering Language”

Right: Joey (designer of the Nuit Rose Light Parade), John, (Nuit Rose co-founder) and Chris (volunteer).

Photos courtesy of Nuit Rose Facebook Page

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Left: Dare to have a real conversation? Analog Pride Pavilion was among the many talented artists in the building for the night. Even Tapper and Scott Sorli put on an experiential installation encouraging social space unmediated by mobile technology while assistant participants in the art of conversation.

Right: Jordan Clayton creates abstractions informed by the science & cultural impact of Truvada.

Photos courtesy of Nuit Rose Facebook Page

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Left: “Night Time Ramblings” by Sarah Hunter.

Right: Simone Harris (Kingston, Jamaica).

Photos courtesy of Nuit Rose Facebook Page

 

No Walls Between Us by Pablo Muñoz in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Michaëlle Jean Foundation and Street Art Toronto.

Artscape Youngplace is proud to host the winning mural of the National Youth Solidarity art contest, by Canadian migrant-rights activist Pablo Muñoz, in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Michaëlle Jean Foundation and Street Art Toronto.

Selected as winner by more than a thousand Canadians of all ages from across the country, Vancouver-based artist and rights activist Pablo Muñoz received $1,000 and worked with a seasoned public art practitioner to have his art mounted on the western wall of the AGO and now on Shaw Street at Artscape Youngplace.His work, No Walls Between Us, highlights the unique experiences of migrant and racialized LGBT youth. It was one of six pieces of art chosen by a jury to represent the theme of “Solidarity with Canada’s Two-Spirited and LGBTTIQQ Communities,” in an unprecedented exhibition celebrating WorldPride Toronto 2014.

This project is actively supported by more than 55 human rights, faith-based, arts, newcomer, Aboriginal and health organizations across Canada. For a full list of project collaborators, click here.

About Pablo Muño
Colombian-born Pablo Muñoz arrived to Canada as a refugee in 2000. Today, he is an accomplished citizen whose artistic work extends from painting, design, performance art and writing, and his community work centers around immigrant and refugee youth issues, intersections of queer and racialized identities, and solidarity with indigenous communities. Over the past year, Pablo worked on the Make it Count campaign — a project that created community dialogues across the province addressing challenges faced by migrant youth. He is currently working as a story editor on a documentary telling the story of queer refugees coming into Canada. He also is a member of the Vancouver Foundation’s Education Granting Committee and the City of Vancouver’s Youth Advisory Committee.

The Youth Solidarity Project is funded in part by StreetARToronto, a program of the City of Toronto, as well as the K.M. Hunter Foundation.

About the 4th Wall program
In theatre, the “fourth wall” is an imaginary screen that creates a virtual separation between actor and spectator. There are many ways to cross the fourth wall and to make the invisible visible. The Michaëlle Jean Foundation chose to do so through the 4th Wall: Make the Invisible Visible program, in collaboration with several prestigious Canadian museums and art galleries. The goal is to invite young creators to break down the invisible walls that create solitudes between individuals and communities across Canada, by opening the doors of our major cultural institutions to emerging creators from marginalized backgrounds. The Foundation offers museum and art gallery space and bursaries to youth from disadvantaged backgrounds, often cut off from museums, so that they can produce original art that conveys their experiences, ideas and challenges. On display for the public to see, their work provokes debate and builds solutions.

Join us for RECESS – A Community Open House!

Join us for RECESS @ Artscape Youngplace
A Community Open House featuring
Art * Live Music * Creation * Conversation * Performance * Arts Market * Food & Drinks

Starting at 4:30 pm
– Drop-in, hands-on kids and family-friendly programming (until 6:30 pm)
– Informal tours of ULTRA-PARALLEL at the Koffler Gallery (until 10 pm)
– Arts market (until 9:30 pm)

Starting at 6:00 pm
– Community dinner (pay-what-you-can, until 7:30 pm)
– Exhibition Reception: TYPOLOGY’S Flights & Landings a two-part exhibition of work by three multidisciplinary artists from three different cities: Brooklyn-based Tamara Gayer, Berlin-based Christine Gedeon, and Toronto-based Janine Miedzik (until 8 pm)
– SKETCH Working Arts for our Open Studio Showcase and Exhibition with live performances and artwork by youth involved in all of SKETCH’s programs (until 9 pm)
– Artists open studios
– Live melodic techno music with Juno-award nominee, Arthur Oskan (until 10 pm)

Starting at 8:00 pm
– The Koffler Centre presents an artist talk with playwright Hannah Moscovitch and artist/architect, Philip Beesley
– Intergalactic Arts Collective presents a Double Bill of Dance: “Sara does a solo” by Sara Porter and “Experiment b” by Gerry Trentham.

AND MORE!

~illustration by Alicia Nauta

Call for participants: CRIT AT THE HALLWAY GALLERIES 2

O’Born Contemporary and Artscape Youngplace welcome applications from artists to participate in the second CRIT AT THE HALLWAY GALLERIES, a public CRIT event along with special access to public exhibition space at Artscape Youngplace. Key dates are as follows:

  • Monday, February 9, 2015, 5 pm – 9 pm: installation
  • Wednesday, February 11, 2015 6:30 pm – 9 pm: reception and public CRIT
  • Saturday, February 28, 2015, 3 pm – 8 pm: de-installation

Disseminating work beyond the walls of the studio is integral to the development of an artist’s practice. Conversation fuels the creative process with a new energy that can only be attained when it is exposed to outside perspectives.

After art school, the venues for these exercises in critique and discussion are few and far between. Those four-hour academic critiques we once struggled to focus through vanish, isolating us with our toils. And, for those who never had the privilege of an organized peer assessment, access to critical communities are even sparser.

Following the success of the first initiative in November 2014, O’Born Contemporary and Artscape Youngplace are pleased to present the second CRIT AT THE HALLWAY GALLERIES, local artists for an opportunity to both rediscover the importance of peer evaluation and connect to the current creative community in the city.  Participants will have the chance to access the Hallway Galleries with waived rental fees, and participate in a group event and receive feedback from many perspectives.

For this CRIT AT THE HALLWAY GALLERIES, O’Born Contemporary and Artscape Youngplace will invite guest participants including artists, gallerists, curators, and writers to contribute to the conversation and enrich the experience for all.

RSVP is required for participation. The first eight artists to confirm participation will be assigned exhibition space, and will receive 15 minutes of presentation and discussion for at least one work during the public CRIT. Any RSVPs received after the first eight will be offered a spot in a future CRIT AT THE HALLWAY GALLERIES. Whether presenting work or not, all artists are welcome to observe and contribute to the dialogue.

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Call for Artists: CRIT AT THE HALLWAY GALLERIES

Presented by O’Born Contemporary and Artscape Youngplace

O’Born Contemporary and Artscape Youngplace welcome applications from artists to participate in CRIT AT THE HALLWAY GALLERIES, a two week exhibition featuring a public CRIT event.  Key dates are as follows:

  • Monday, November 3, 5 pm – 9 pm: exhibition installation
  • Wednesday, November 5, 6:30 pm – 9 pm: exhibition reception and public CRIT
  • Saturday, November 16, 3 pm – 8 pm: exhibition de-installation

Disseminating work beyond the walls of the studio is integral to the development of an artist’s practice. Conversation fuels the creative process with a new energy that can only be attained when it is exposed to outside perspectives.

After art school, the venues for these exercises in critique and discussion are few and far between. Those four-hour academic critiques we once struggled to focus through vanish, isolating us with our toils. And, for those who never had the privilege of an organized peer assessment, access to critical communities are even sparser.

With CRIT AT THE HALLWAY GALLERIES, O’Born Contemporary has partnered with Artscape Youngplace to offer wall space to local artists for an opportunity to both rediscover the importance of peer evaluation and connect to the current creative community in the city.  Participants will have the chance to present work for two weeks in the Hallway Galleries, and participate in a group event and receive feedback from many perspectives.

For this CRIT AT THE HALLWAY GALLERIES, O’Born Contemporary and Artscape Youngplace will invite guest participants including artists, gallerists, curators, and writers to contribute to the conversation and enrich the experience for all.

RSVP is required for participation. The first eight artists to confirm participation will be assigned exhibition space, and will receive 15 minutes of presentation and discussion for at least one work during the public CRIT. Any RSVPs received after the first eight will be offered a spot in a future CRIT AT THE HALLWAY GALLERIES. Whether presenting work or not, all artists are welcome to observe and contribute to the dialogue.

Artists will be responsible for:

  • The preparation of their works for installation and transport to Artscape Youngplace.
  • Installation of their works on Monday, November 3 between 5 pm and 9 pm.  Artists are allowed the option to self-install works at no charge following the Hallway Galleries’ installation guidelines. Artscape can also organize professional installation with secure installation hardware at an additional charge.
  • Participation at the CRIT and Opening Reception, Wednesday, November 5, 6:30 pm and 9 pm.
  • Removal of their works and hardware on Saturday, November 16, between 3 pm and 8 pm.
  • Providing art work details for standardized exhibition signage by Monday, November 3 at 9 pm.

Participation is free for Flex Studios members. For more information about the Flex Studios program and how to become a member, please visit http://artscapeyoungplace.ca/flex-studios/

To participate, please RSVP to natasha@torontoartscape.on.ca

About the Hallway Galleries
The Hallway Galleries is an impressive public exhibition space located at Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw Street) in West Queen West, one of Toronto’s most creative neighbourhoods and a major centre for contemporary art in Canada. The building is open to the public daily and frequented by artists, cultural workers and the community. Spanning 9,350 sq.ft. of spectacular corridor space on three floors, the Hallway Galleries are ideal for a wide variety of art forms and curatorial projects. Hallways are 125’ in length with 14’ ceilings throughout and are equipped for visual art installation in a variety of media.

  • First Floor: Four permanent vitrines (94 sq.ft. total) with depths ranging from 8”-18” and featuring internal lighting, security locks, cork-covered plywood mounting surfaces, and access to power. There is limited access to additional wall/floor space throughout the first floor and mezzanine.
  • Third Floor: ~1,120 sq.ft. of reinforced gallery wall surface in 17 distinct areas, 8’ in height and ranging in length. Each area has adjustable full-spectrum lighting, access to power and is suitable for security installation hardware. Access to limited movable vitrines.
  • Second Floor: ~1,080 sq.ft. of reinforced gallery wall surface in 16 distinct areas, 8’ in height and ranging in length. Each area has adjustable full-spectrum lighting, access to power and is suitable for security installation hardware. Access to limited movable vitrines.

Additional floorplans and specifications can be downloaded here: http://artscapeyoungplace.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/AYP_HallwayGalleries_Package.pdf

About O’Born Contemporary

O’Born Contemporary is a commercial gallery dedicated to the exhibition and dissemination of recent works by living artists. We aim to present an exhibition program that is diverse in medium and aesthetic but consistently rich with critical merit. Our exhibitions and the works that comprise them are both intellectually engaging and alluring commercially, making them well-suited to a myriad of diverse collections.

As gallerists and agents, we pride ourselves on our practice of fostering active relationships with our represented artists, thereby ensuring an authentic and sensitive understanding of the works we exhibit. By extension, we endeavour to maintain a contributing relationship with our local and international communities. This is achieved in part by hosting auxiliary programs including critiques, panel discussions, lectures and performances as well as participating in international events such as fairs and festivals. Engaging regularly in art happenings, we are well positioned to adapt to the fluidity of the art market without compromising the stability of vision upon which our nuanced approach to art is poised.

For more information, visit oborncontemporary.com

Call for Artists and Artisans: Partridge and Pear Holiday Arts Market at Artscape Youngplace

Artscape Youngplace is currently accepting submissions from artists and artisans who wish to participate in the new Partridge and Pear Holiday Arts Market at Artscape Youngplace on Saturday November 29, from 10 am – 5 pm.

The market will feature over three dozen local artists and artisans, a gift-wrapping station, and refreshments at our Holiday Bar.

Artists and artisans will be provided a table and chair, for which they need to supply their own coverings and/or display equipment. We encourage artists to feature wares for holiday gift-buying.

In the week leading up to the Arts Market, we will be promoting the Partridge and Pear Holiday Online Arts Market as a sale preview from November 20 – November 27. A select number of items will be featured in the Online Arts Market (maximum of one item per vendor; items can be available in multiples.)

The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 31, 2014.

Artists can submit their application through an online form which will ask for:

  • An artist biography or CV
  • Basic information about the nature of the works you would like to sell
  • 3-10 high-resolution images that are representative of the work you would like to sell
  • Your table preferences
  • If you would like to submit one item (available in multiples) to our Online Arts Market, please include a description, price, and image for this item.

The form takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.

CLICK HERE to fill out the Online Application Form.

Applications will be reviewed by a jury comprised of the Artscape Youngplace Resident Curator and professional artists. Artisans will be selected according to the following criteria:

  • Excellence in technique, composition and craftsmanship
  • Originality and inventiveness
  • Diversity in wares

Participation Fees

Should your submission be selected, you will be asked to pay all applicable exhibitor fees at the time of acceptance. Participants will have the option of paying by cash, cheque, credit card or PayPal.

  • $40.00 per 6’ foot table, $30.00 for a 5’ table, and $25.00 per 4’ foot table.  This can be supplemented with access to a 8’ x 4 ‘  wall surface behind the table for the display of wares for an additional $25.00.
  • A 10% discount will be applied to all Artscape tenants, owners and members.
  • A $25.00 withdrawal fee will be charged if Artscape Youngplace is notified in writing at least 14 days prior to the market. After these withdrawal deadlines, no refunds will be provided.
  • Online Arts Market sales and logistics: Artscape will process all sales and manage distribution of sold items by December 6.  Artscape will retain a commission of 10% of sales for this additional service to cover administration expenses. Any items sold through the online market must be provided to Artscape on the date of the in-person Market (November 29) for distribution the following week. Artscape will remit sales minus commission to artists by December 17 via cheque.

QUESTIONS
If artists have any questions or require assistance with the submission process, please contact Natasha Mytnowych, Managing Director, Artscape Youngplace at natasha@torontoartscape.on.ca

Illustration by Miriam Grenville

 

 

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Thank You!

From 6:53pm on Saturday evening to sunrise on Sunday morning, we saw the city transformed by the ninth edition of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. Artscape Youngplace was proud to contribute to this annual celebration of contemporary art, as the site of 19 independent projects by over 150 artists. With work ranging from interactive sound installations to cryptic collaborations with kids – the stairwells, hallways, studios, and windows of 180 Shaw were vibrantly animated by an outstanding diversity of people, ideas and experiences. We would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved in making the night a success, including all of you who came by to explore or recuperate during your all-night art adventure! We loved browsing through all your posts and thought we’d share some highlights!
Some of the projects are still on display, so be sure to come through for a visit if you missed out on Saturday!

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Imperfect Shadow: Phase 1 curated by Karie Liao opens in the Hallway Galleries

October 4 – November 30, 2014

Artscape Youngplace Hallway Galleries, 180 Shaw Street

 

(Left to Right): Alicia Nauta, Keith Jones, Ginette Lapalme

Featuring works by Emily Gove, Sarah Febbraro, SWINTAK, Alison S.M. Kobayashi, Alicia Nauta, Ginette Lapalme and Keith Jones

Curated by Karie Liao

Opening Reception at sundown on Saturday, October 4, 2014 (Nuit Blanche)


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, 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 1 opens on October 4 for Nuit Blanche, Toronto’s free all-night contemporary art festival.  Emily Gove and Sarah Febbraro invite visitors to search for secret hideouts in the building as imagined by young people from the Givins/Shaw Jr. Public School. In the stairwells, Alicia Nauta, Ginette Lapalme and Keith Jones weave 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. A Reception with the Artists and Curators Talk & Tour will be held on November 4 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

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Scotiabank Nuit Blanche at Artscape Youngplace

Artscape Youngplace is proud to present 19 projects by over 150 artists for the ninth edition of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, which will take place Saturday, October 4 from 6:53 p.m. until sunrise on Sunday. These community-produced Independent Projects invite visitors to explore the grounds and three floors of 180 Shaw Street, as well as rest and recuperate in our night café, featuring coffee and local goodness by Youngplace Coffee Pub.

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