Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions

In Brief:

LOST IN SHAPE, 2016 | January – April, 2017 | Mural on Shaw Street | Free

Heavy-hearted garden party | March 20 – March 31, 2017 | First Floor Vitrines | Free

Homework – Illustrative Drawing and Painting Exhibition | March 20 – March 25, 2017 | Second and Third Floor Hallway Galleries | Free

2Fik: His and Other Stories | April 6 – June 4, 2017 | Koffler Gallery | Free

Precious Commodity | March 5 – April 9, 2017 | Critical Distance | Free

Upcoming Exhibitions

Homework – Illustrative Painting Explorations Exhibition | March 27 – April 1, 2017 | Second and Third Floor Hallway Galleries | Free

 


At the Hallway Galleries

With over 9,350 square feet of space, the Hallway Galleries occupy the hallways and stairwells of Artscape Youngplace, on (and between) three floors of this beautiful 100-year-old building. Open seven days a week with free admission. Rent the Hallway Galleries for art exhibitions.

LOST IN SHAPE, 2016 

January 2017  – April 2017 | Mural on Shaw Street by Ruth Adler | Presented by Critical Distance- Centre for Curators

Critical Distance is pleased to present the second in our series of Billboards on Shaw, a new initiative through which we are providing opportunities, in partnership with Artscape Youngplace, for curators and artists to propose large format printed artworks for the freestanding mural/billboard structure on our building’s front lawn.

In her 2015–16 object series, multidisciplinary artist Ruth Adler investigates the boundary between real and imaginary. After digitally photographing her own wood constructions, she extends the sculpting process into Photoshop, repurposing an application originally intended for the enhancement of photographic images. Using the computer as a tool to virtually poke, grab, smear, and cut open her constructions, she tests the boundaries of form and materiality, unleashing the sculptures’ inner affective qualities. While many of the works in this series evince a joyful abandon in their spirit of exploration, Lost in Shape embodies a more poignant realization. As Adler states, “When I cut out the object from the photograph, my intention was to use the cutout and discard the empty background. But instead I became interested in how the empty background held onto the shape that was no longer there. It occurred to me that this image mirrored my own life, particularly the recent loss of my father.”

Born in Winnipeg, Ruth Adler lives and works in Toronto and Tel Aviv. Her artwork includes paintings, digital works on paper, animation, and textiles and has been exhibited internationally since the 1980s. She has had numerous solo exhibitions at Jim Kempner Fine Art in New York and the Lonsdale Gallery in Toronto, as well as a retrospective at the Lorber Gallery in Tel Aviv. She has also been commissioned for art and design projects at the Iroquois Hotel in New York and the Schneider Children’s Medical Centre in Israel. In her work, Ruth Adler explores the emotive qualities of colour and form and their relationship to our feelings and thoughts.

Critical Distance is a not-for-profit initiative and space devoted to the support and advancement of curatorial practice and inquiry in Toronto, Canada, and beyond. Part gallery and publisher, part curators’ association and advocacy, CDCC is an open platform for diverse curatorial practices and perspectives, and a forum for ideas on curating and exhibition-making as ways to engage and inform audiences from all walks of life. Lost in Shape is the second in our series of Billboards on Shaw, a public art initiative through which we are providing opportunities, in partnership with Artscape Youngplace, for curators and artists to propose large format artworks for the freestanding structure on our building’s front lawn.

First Floor Vitrines


Heavy-hearted garden party

March 20 – March 31, 2017 | First Floor Vitrines

Hours: Open Daily 8 AM – 8 PM

Opening Reception: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | 7:00 – 9:00 PM | FREE

Heavy-hearted garden party depicts the duality of the Internet’s impact on the human condition in turbulent times.  A constant data stream can be disheartening, consuming, and infectious but it can also be the motive and catalyst for change.  This exhibit includes living plants integrated with ego-systems and cyber relics– objects that depict my anxieties, fears and hopes for the future through clay.

Kaley Flowers is an artist who creates functional and non-functional ceramic sculpture. Each piece she constructs is elaborately decorated- through colour, texture, or illustrated surface.  A graduate of OCAD U, Kaley is influenced by digital culture, Web nostalgia, and the impact of the Internet in this post-Information, post-Internet, tech-focused era. She explores her ideas through a mythology of characters and “cyber artifacts”, creating objects that become ritualistic in purpose.  Her work has been featured in Canadian Art, The Creators Project, The Globe and Mail, and CBC Arts, and is the recipient of the Best of Student Award in the 2016 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.

Second Floor Hallway Galleries


Homework Illustrative Drawing and Painting Exhibition

March 20 – March 25, 2017 | Second and Third Floor Hallway Galleries

Hours: Open Daily 8 AM – 8 PM, Exhibition closes at 2 PM on March 25

Opening Reception: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | 7:00 – 9:00 PM | FREE

Image: Homework 2016 exhibition – installation detail.

OCADU’s Illustration Program students, working in nineteen small groups in their 4th Year Illustrative Painting course, curated and developed the exhibition themes and artwork for this collection of group exhibitions.

Third Floor Hallway Galleries


Homework Illustrative Drawing and Painting Exhibition

March 20 – March 25, 2017 | Second and Third Floor Hallway Galleries

Hours: Open Daily 8 AM – 8 PM, Exhibition closes at 2 PM on March 25

Opening Reception: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | 7:00 – 9:00 PM | FREE

Image: Homework 2016 exhibition – installation detail.

OCADU’s Illustration Program students, working in nineteen small groups in their 4th Year Illustrative Painting course, curated and developed the exhibition themes and artwork for this collection of group exhibitions.

At The Koffler Gallery


 2Fik: His and Other Stories

April 6 – June 4, 2017 | Suite 104-105

Hours: Tuesday to Friday 12 PM – 6 PM, Saturday & Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM, Closed Mondays & Statutory Holidays

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 6, 2017 | 6:00 – 9:00 PM | FREE

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Assuming the multiple roles of artistic director, photographer and model, Montreal-based artist 2Fik stages elaborate tableaux in which he single-handedly plays a cast of characters, both male and female, often re-enacting familiar compositions derived from famous paintings. His photo and performance based works toy with reality and dismantle stereotypes, destabilizing the viewer’s assumed points of reference.

As 2Fik’s first solo show in Toronto, His and Other Stories brings together three recent bodies of work that examine cultural legacies as well as individual and national identity constructs. The centrepieces of the exhibition are his latest compositions that dismantle and reconfigure allegorical representations of nationhood reflected in several historic paintings.

Raising irreverent questions, these satirical reinterpretations subvert the absolutes of nationalistic discourses opening them up to the complex and pluralistic realities of today.

A Primary Exhibition of the 2017 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

At Critical Distance


Precious Commodity

March 5 – April 9, 2017 | Suite 302

Hours: When exhibitions are on – Friday to Sunday 12 PM – 5PM and by appointment, Closed Statutory Holidays

Opening Reception: Sunday, March 5, 2017 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | FREE

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Biliana Velkova, Untitled Spruce Tree, fluorescent light tubes, 2014

Critical Distance is pleased to present Precious Commodity, a group exhibition of recent
works by Eunice Luk, Ella Dawn McGeough, Juan Ortiz-Apuy, and Biliana Velkova, curated by Alison Cooley.

Articulating a tension between objects and their ways of being—their forms, their significance,
their social and economic circulation—Precious Commodity brings together artworks that examine the complicated sweetness of things. Unanchoring objects from their exchange within capitalism, the artists in the exhibition resignify them as vessels for fantasy, desire, and alternate possibility. Reflecting on the nature of a world populated by things with definitive practical uses and monetary values, each artist playfully contends with form, usurping existing representations in the service of building new meanings. Ultimately, the exhibition asks how we come to identify with the world of stuff—how we negotiate the fraught ethics of consumerism, how we arrive at and move beyond “sentimental value,” and how we understand the lives of things often considered inanimate. Together, the artists in Precious Commodity look to objects not as static, fixed entities, but as tools for thinking with.

Alison Cooley is a critic, curator and educator based in Toronto, Ontario. Her research deals with the intersection of natural history and visual culture, socially engaged artistic practice, and experiential and interpretative dimensions of art criticism. She is the 2014 recipient of the Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators, and her work has been published in Canadian Art, C Magazine, FUSE, Blackflash and Magenta, among others.

Eunice Luk is currently based in Yokohama, Japan. She has recently exhibited at The Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery and VACANT (both in Tokyo), Swiss Institute and Printed Matter (both in NY), The Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff) and Art Metropole (Toronto). Luk also publishes artist books and multiples under the imprint, ‘Slow Editions’. Slow Editions regularly exhibits at art book fairs in New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo.

Ella Dawn McGeough holds an MFA from the University of Guelph and a BFA from the University of British Columbia. She has exhibited across Canada and internationally (Finland, Beijing, New York), with residencies in Peru and Norway. McGeough is a co-founder of moire.ca, producer of online arts publications, and Friends of Ogden Park, a Toronto-based artist collective whose purpose is to organize games and activities that function as forms of research.

Juan Ortiz-Apuy was born in Costa Rica and has been based in Montreal since 2003. He holds a BFA from Concordia University,a Postgraduate Diploma from the Glasgow School of Art, and
an MFA from NSCAD in Halifax. Recent exhibitions include Gallery 44, Museum London, galerie antoine ertaskiran, and the Quebec City Biennial: Manif d’Art 7. Residencies include Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, the Atlantic Centre for the Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center.

Biliana Velkova is a Vancouver-based artist whose practice incorporates photography, performance and installation to explore issues of consumerist culture, diaspora and social identity. Velkova earned an MFA from the University of Saskatchewan and a BFA from Concordia University. She is currently the Arts Coordinator for the City of New Westminster, and prior to that she was Executive Director of PAVED Arts in Saskatoon.

Critical Distance is a not-for-profit initiative and space devoted to the support and advancement of curatorial practice and inquiry in Toronto, Canada, and beyond. Part gallery and publisher, part curators’ association and advocacy, CDCC is an open platform for diverse curatorial practices and perspectives, and a forum for ideas on curating and exhibition-making as ways to engage and inform audiences from all walks of life. Precious Commodity is the part of our annual program of exhibitions, through which we provide opportunities for curators and artists to exhibit and publish within a critical framework.

Upcoming Exhibitions


Homework Illustrative Painting Explorations Exhibition 

March 27 – April 1, 2017 | Second and Third Floor Hallway Galleries

Hours: Open Daily 8 AM – 8 PM, Exhibition closes at 3 PM on April 1

Image: Homework 2016 exhibition – installation detail.

Sheridan College’s Illustration Program students, working in 16 small groups in their 3rd Year Illustrative Painting Explorations course, curated and developed the exhibition themes and artwork for this collection of group exhibitions.