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.
May 16 – June 4, 2016 | Third Floor, Hallway Galleries | Free | Open Daily 8 am – 9pm
Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 18, 6pm–10pm
SOFIA’s inaugural exhibition, presented as part of 2016’s 20th Annual CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto, Canada, features never-before seen work of its 8 original founding members, each presenting unique interpretations of the theme, Bad Behaviour, with visual explorations into the ideas of childhood and adolescence, social rebellion, cultural expectations, regret, fears, secrets and emotional catharsis.
The Society Of Females In Art (SOFIA) is a women’s photography collective that aims to promote and support the work of its members. Our mission is to challenge, encourage and elevate one another through each member’s creative processes, foster a sense of community, as well as to support emerging female voices in the photographic realm.
Artists: Anya Chibis, Regina Garcia, Angela Lewis, Kerry Shaw, May Truong, Brooke Wedlock, Michelle Yee, Raina Kirn
May 25 – June 10, 8am – 9pm daily | Second Floor, Hallway Galleries | Free | Open Daily 8 am – 9pm
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 26, 2016, 7:00-9:00 pm
from my perspective;
from where I stand;
from my point of view;
the way I see it.
Mindset is an annual juried photography exhibition presenting works by artists who are members of Workman Arts. Participating artists respond to the concept of “mindset” to reflect on individual and collective experiences, beliefs and thoughts as they contribute to mental attitude or disposition. Works in this exhibition examine how our mental attitudes influence our interpretations of events, our environment, and our relationships.
Jurors: Lise Beaudry, Marco Buonocore, Sharon Switzer
May 26 – June 9, 2016 | First Floor Hallway Galleries | Free | Open Daily 8 am – 9pm
Launch May 26, 2016 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (walk-through of exhibition 6:00 pm)
Tour of exhibition June 1, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Desh Pardesh (“home away from home” in Hindustani) was a groundbreaking multidisciplinary arts festival that took hold of the GTA from 1988-2001. Desh was dedicated to providing a venue for underrepresented and marginalized voices within the South Asian diaspora. Programming and conversations about feminism, class, sexuality, access, disability, race, caste, imperialism, and capitalism were central to the festival’s existence.
Drawing from the history of Desh Pardesh, Not a Place on a Map facilitates intergenerational relationships between artists and activists of colour based in Toronto. This three-year initiative includes an oral history project about Desh, a mentorship program, social gatherings, exhibitions, workshops, and the development of an online archive.
This exhibition will offer excerpts from recent interviews with Desh members, alongside rare photographs and video footage of the festival. It will provide glimpses of the socio-political context into which Desh inserted itself, as well as a series of snapshots of the urgent and complex home away from home the festival served for so many.
Desh inspired and fostered the growth of many artistic and community-based initiatives, including SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre). SAVAC is a non-profit, artist-run centre that works to increase the visibility of artists of colour by curating and exhibiting their work, providing mentorship, and facilitating professional development.
Artscape Youngplace is a wheelchair accessible building with gender neutral washrooms
April 14 – June 12, 2016
Hours: Tues to Fri 12 PM – 6 PM, Sat & Sun 11 AM – 5 PM, Closed Mondays & Statutory Holidays
SPRING OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, April 14, 2016 | 6 – 9 PM
The Koffler Gallery presents a solo exhibition of new work by Raymond Boisjoly.
Of Haida and Quebecois heritage, Vancouver artist Raymond Boisjoly explores indigenous identity within the context of change and cultural adaptability, tapping into his own subjectivity as well as the wider lens of cross-cultural contemporary positions. His process is situated in proximity to photography, concerned with the nature of technology and its transmission as a means to record and understand cultural transformation. Exploring the politics of representation, his work intentionally misuses technology to produce complex images that complicate readings.
A Primary Exhibition of the 2016 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.
May 7 – June 11, 2016 | Third Floor | Friday–Sunday from 12–5 pm (except statutory holidays) and by appointment
TYPOLOGY is pleased to present On The Surface | Susana Reisman, featuring the artist’s latest findings from her multi-year investigation into the nature of wood. Encompassing aspects of both drawing and painting even as it foregrounds relationships between sculpture and photography, the exhibition includes a selection of large-scale colour photographs and several freestanding wood sculptures.
In her surprisingly painterly photographs of industrial wood finishing rooms, Reisman makes visible, through the material’s apparent absence, the many layers, and intensive labour, that must be applied to re-surface wood products for commercial purposes. Conversely, her exquisitely tactile sculptures, left in various states of fabrication and finish, evince the vivid and varied marks of her experimental method of “drawing” into their surfaces with a table saw. Where the photographs speak to processes of surfacing in wood’s absence, the wood sculptures make present a new awareness of surface by virtue of the tangible marks made upon them, a visible index of the artist’s manual explorations on wood to varying depths and degrees.
As a meditation on both formal and conceptual interfaces between wood’s multiple planes, On The Surface is a visual delight which belies the artist’s deeper concern and ambivalence toward humanity’s desire for perfection as expressed in our fraught relationship with the natural world. The exhibition will be accompanied by a new catalogue featuring an original curatorial essay and full documenation of the show.
On The Surface is a Featured Exhibition of the 2016 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.
image: Susana Reisman, Respirator masks (Custom Prototypes), Toronto, 2015