Exhibitions

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

Current:

THROUGH LINES | September 13 – November 25 | Koffler Gallery and Critical Distance | Free

INDIAN ACT | THROUGH LINES – BILLBOARD| Koffler Gallery and Critical Distance | Free

INCEPTION Shabnam Afrand | November 5 – November 17, 2018 | Hallway Galleries, 1st floor | Free

TIDALECTICS (re) imagining isle/lands | November 5 – November 30, 2018 | Hallway Galleries, 2nd floor | Free

Small Cures Art Show + Auction Reception | November 12 – November 15, 2018 | Hallway Galleries, 3rd floor | Free

Upcoming:

When Memory Lives | November 18 – November 24, 2018 | Hallway Galleries, 3rd floor | Free

Ruth Adler / FABRIC LAND | November 28 – December 22, 2018 | Hallway Galleries, 3rd floor | 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.

 


INCEPTION – Shabnam Afrand

November 5th – November 17th, 2018 | 1st Floor Hallway Gallery

Opening reception Thursday, November 8th, from 6 – 9 pm

Hours: Daily, 8am – 9pm

“Memory, History, forgetting.”
I was born and raised in Tehran, Iran where I obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree. My practice consists of drawing and painting, sculpture, installation, performance, and metalsmithing. I explore themes of transition and metamorphosis, including life, death, and rebirth in my artwork.
These themes draw attention to the cyclical nature of life and the passing of time. I consider the time to be non-linear and non-quantifiable; we can only feel the results of this abstract phenomenon and through memory and fantasy we can move beyond our present moment.
I often work with found objects that evoke memories for me. An antique chair might remind me of one I saw many years ago in the corner of my Grandmother’s room. After finding a similar object here in Canada, I bring it back to life by transforming it through a process of addition. This often involves adding fragments cast in bronze. I am interested in bronze as an ancient and traditional material. Its gold color has many meanings in my cultures such as magnificence and eternity. These bronze additions bring the found object into the realm of my imagination. In this way, I can explore my memories and my sorrows, extracted from my subconscious, like dreams at night that fade in the morning. As an immigrant woman, identity is one of the main themes in my work. I use memory objects with fanciful extensions to consider how one can integrate bitter memories and warm

nostalgia into their sense of self.


TIDALECTICS (re) imagining isle/lands

November 5th – November 30th, 2018 | 2nd Floor Hallway Gallery

Opening reception Thursday, November 8th, from 6 – 9 pm

Hours: Daily, 8am – 9pm

This exhibition is an introduction to (geo)poetic and (geo)political investigations of islands and the Caribbean through the framework of “tidalectics”. A theory developed by Bajan poet and historian, Kamau Brathwaite, tidalectics is a creolization of the Western ‘dialectic’, delving beyond land-based modes of conceptualizing for the oceanic; tidalectics challenges the linear trajectory of Western imperialism and pro(re)gression through the cyclical, fluid, fluctuating, polyrhythmic,  dynamic, decentering movement of the ocean. Concerned with oceanic counter-narratives and worldviews, Tidalectics explores the reframing of islands and being/seeing (relation) in the Caribbean.”


SMALL CURES Art Show + Auction Reception

November 12th – November 15th, 2018 | 3rd Floor Hallway Gallery

Reception Thursday, November 15th, from 6 – 9 pm

Hours: Daily, 8am – 9pm

Yes, a small art show can really make a huge difference for people with cancer. To prove it we’re taking over the 3rd floor from Nov 12 – 15th. We sent mini 6” x 6” canvases to 32 of our favourite artists, and they came back with over 100 paintings. They’re all totally original and incredible, and we’re auctioning them off to raise money for Mount Sinai cancer patients facing financial hardship. Follow @smallcures for sneak peeks of the art and auction details. See you all at the reception Nov 15!

Artists:

Alexsappy, Maryna Apenko, Jason Baerg, Lucas Biagini, Veronica Blanco, Jeff Cheung, Paul Constantakis, Vanessa Cuartas, Christina Damianos, Nachauntae Fearon, Kevin Filliter, Adrian Forrow, Mark Gleberzon, Kellen Hatanaka, Erika Iserhoff, Shani Kalev, Zohra Kassam, Nicole Klug, Thomas Lappano, George Lin, LetteringbyMehak, Michael McQuade, Vishal Misra, Caitlin Morrison, Devon Ostrom, Jose Rivas, Moses Salihou, Shingo Shimizu, Steffy T, Chairman Ting, Jessica Vanderhyden, Isaac Watamaniuk

For more information visit: http://smallcures.ca/


At The Koffler Gallery and Critical Distance

 


THROUGH LINES

September 13 – November 25, 2018 | Koffler Gallery and Critical Distance

Opening reception Thursday, September 13th, from 6–9 pm

Lise Beaudry, Scott Benesiinaabansan, Michèle Pearson Clarke, Leila Fatemi, Maria Hupfield, Raafia Jessa and Nadia Myre, curated by Noa Bronstein.

Through lines brings together the works of seven artists that challenge notions of redaction, tackling its typical devices of shredding, blacking out, editing and covering up. Each project featured in this exhibition engages a restorative gesture that speaks to the ways in which history and memory are conceptualized within a contemporary context. Rather than considering redaction simply as a bureaucratic tool or an outcome of state control, these specific approaches enable new forms of knowledge production and remembering, both politically and personally. Contemplating alternative legibilities that might emerge through redaction, the exhibition highlights the spaces of inquiry revealed through acts of obstruction.

Visit https://criticaldistance.ca/program/through-lines/ and http://kofflerarts.org/exhibitions/2018/06/08/through-lines/ for more information.

Image: Leila Fatemi, Revealed/Reveiled, 2018.

Through lines is presented across several locations at Artscape YoungplaceKoffler Gallery (1st floor), Critical Distance (3rd floor), and the outdoor Billboard on Shaw Street.


Billboard


NADIA MYRE

Indian Act

2002

Guest Curator: Noa Bronstein

Based in Montreal, Nadia Myre is an Indigenous and Quebecois artist interested in having conversations about identity, resilience and politics of belonging. Indian Act speaks of the realities of colonization – the effects of contact and its often-broken and un-translated contracts. The original work consists of all 56 pages of the Federal Government’s Indian Act mounted on Stroud cloth and sewn over with red and white glass beads. Each word is replaced with white beads sewn into the document; the red beads replace the negative space.

Between 1999 and 2002, Myre enlisted over 230 friends, colleagues and strangers to assist her in beading over the Indian Act. With the help of Rhonda Meier, they organized workshops and presentations at Concordia University, and hosted weekly beading bees at Oboro Gallery, where it was first presented in 2002, as part of the exhibition Cont[r]act.

Indian Act is presented as part of the exhibition Through lines, organized by the Koffler Gallery in partnership with Critical Distance Centre for Curators. Continuing inside the Artscape Youngplace building, the project brings together the works of seven artists that challenge notions of redaction, tackling its typical devices of shredding, blacking out, editing and covering up. Each of the artworks featured engages a restorative gesture that speaks to the ways in which history and memory are conceptualized within a contemporary context. Rather than considering redaction simply as a bureaucratic tool or an outcome of state control, these specific approaches enable new forms of knowledge production and remembering, both politically and personally. Contemplating alternative legibilities that might emerge through redaction, the exhibition highlights the spaces of inquiry revealed through acts of obstruction.

In each of these multi-layered projects, redaction performs as an invitation to challenge assumptions and easy readings of images, documents and texts. Honing these parallel perspectives, Through lines points to the spaces in-between, where the hidden and obscured becomes as significant as the visible.

Through lines is presented across several locations at Artscape Youngplace: Koffler Gallery (1st floor), Critical Distance (3rd floor) and the outdoor billboard (Shaw Street). 


Upcoming


WHEN MEMORY LIVES

Opening Reception and Artists’ Talk 18th November 6pm – 9pm | Studio 109

Exhibit open from 18th to 24th November — 3rd Floor Hallway Gallery

Curated by: Luxshanaa Sebarajah and Nedra Rodrigo

‘When Memory Lives’ is conceived of as a conversation between media, between generations, and between homeland and diaspora. The exhibit will feature the art of the Sri Lanka based artist S. P. Pushpakanthan, and UK based photographer Sabes Sugunasabesan presented parallel to each other as intimate journeys in reckoning with war and its aftermath. With the ten-year mark of the end of war in Sri Lanka approaching, these works examine what it means to remember, both physically and psychically, in the face of historical erasure. In their close attention to the deeply personal, these works move away from dramatic assertion, exploring instead the vulnerability of the psyche and wounds that remain invisible and untended.


Ruth Adler / FABRIC LAND

November 28th – December 22nd, 2018 | 3rd Floor Hallway Gallery

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1st, from 3 – 6 pm

photo by Michael Cullen

Ruth Adler will take over the third floor hallway gallery for an exhibition of her textile collage paintings and textile installations. Ruth lives in Toronto and Tel Aviv and some of the artwork in this show was also created in Hawaii. Wherever she is, she collects fabric remnants from textile markets and discount dry goods stores that she combines with paint to create her colorful semi-abstract artworks. Printed textiles reference different times, cultures and histories, they infuse her work with notions of fashion, industry and craft. In her experimental approach to bringing textiles into her painting practice, she deconstructs and re-imagines them and offers them back vibrantly reconfigured.

Ruth’s work has been exhibited internationally since the 1980s. She has presented numerous solo exhibitions including, Jim Kemper Fine Art (New York), Lonsdale Gallery (Toronto) and Lorber Gallery (Tel Aviv). In the 80s and throughout the 90s she ran her own t-shirt label in Tel Aviv and designed t-shirts for Marci Lipman in Toronto. Ruth has received awards and grants for her work including a Bravo Fact award for her video work. She has also received commissions from the Iroquois Hotel (New York) and The Schneider Children’s Medical Centre (Petach Tiqvah, Israel).