Exhibitions

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

In Brief:

Dream House | May 22-26, 2018 | 1st Floor Hallway | Free 

Mindset – Workman Arts  | May 20-June 2, 2018| 2nd Floor Hallway | Free 

Winter Island Exhibition  | May 23-June 11, 2018| 3rd Floor Hallway | Free 

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival | Esther Shalev-Gerz | April 5-June 3, 2018 | Koffler Gallery | Free

FORWARD FACING – Featured exhibition of the Soctiabank CONTACT Photography Festival | April 21-June 3, 2018 | Critical Distance | Free

Ego | Mural on Shaw Street | 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.

 

First Floor Hallway Galleries


Dreamhouse

SKETCH Working Arts

May 22-26, 2018

Hours: Monday – Sunday 8am – 9pm

 

Second Floor Hallway Galleries


Mindset 2018: Exposure

Workman Arts

May 20-June 2, 2018

Hours: Monday – Sunday 8am – 9pm | Opening Reception: Wednesday May 23 | 7:00-9:00PM

 

Workman Arts presents MINDSET 2018 : EXPOSURE. Artists respond to the theme of EXPOSURE from the standpoint of its formative effects/affects, whether from the point of view of having been exposed to external factors or influences, or assertively self-disclosing, exposing, and bringing to light.

Curated by Claudette Abrams
Juried by David Hlynsky & P Elaine Sharpe

Third Floor Hallway Galleries


Mindset 2018: Exposure Winter Island Exhibition

This winter, five artists, working in a diverse range of media, from across Canada, joined the island community at Artscape Gibraltar Point to create new, participatory and, engaging artworks inspired by the the unique built, sonic, socio-cultural and environmental landscapes of the Toronto Islands, as part of the Third Annual Winter Island Artist Project Residency Series.

We invite you to experience for the first time, relive the memories of, and celebrate with all of us, what was an incredible four months of winter programming at Gibraltar point at the easily accessible, no ferry required, Artscape Young Place.

Refreshments and Snacks served.
Opening Remarks: 7:30PM

About Winter Island Artist Project Residency

Artscape’s Winter Island program is a juried project-oriented residency that welcomes artists to Artscape Gibraltar Point on Toronto Island for one month to stay and work with other artist residents as well as local community members to produce new, interactive works.

The Winter Island Artist Project Residency will begin accepting proposals for 2019 in September 2018. Look for the Call at www.artscapegibraltarpoint.ca.

 

At The Koffler Gallery


Esther Shalev-Gerz

Curated by Mona Filip

April 5 – June 3, 2018 | Koffler Gallery

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

Spring Opening Reception: Thursday, April 5, 2018 | 6–9 PM | FREE

Internationally recognized for her significant contributions in the field of public art, photography, and video installation, Paris-based artist Esther Shalev-Gerz consistently investigates the construction of memory, history, nature, democracy, and cultural identity. The Koffler Gallery presents Shalev-Gerz’ first exhibition in Toronto, bringing together four video and photography installations that explore memory and migration. Developed through active dialogue with diverse communities, these projects foreground participants’ individual and collective experiences.

With thoughtful, nuanced approaches to collaboration, Shalev-Gerz’s artworks confront the practice of portraiture, considering how it may address contemporary politics of representation. Examining the impact of time and space on identity constructions, places, and (hi)stories, these works record, critique, and expand the understanding of the social role of artistic practice.

Esther Shalev-Gerz (born Gilinsky) was born in Vilnius, Lithuania. Her family moved to Jerusalem in 1957, where she graduated from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. She briefly lived in New York in 1980-1981, and since 1984 she lives and works between Paris and Cortes Island, Canada. In 2010 and 2012 two major retrospective exhibitions respectively displayed ten and fifteen of her installations, first at Jeu de Paume, Paris then at the Musée des Beaux Arts de Lausanne. Space Between Time, her one-woman exhibition at Wasserman Projects, Detroit presented nine of her installations between April and July 2016. She has exhibited internationally in, amongst other places, San Francisco, Paris, Berlin, London, Stockholm, Vancouver, Finland, Geneva, Guangzhou and New York. She designed and realized permanent installations in public space in Hamburg, Israel, Stockholm, Wanas, Geneva, Glasgow and more. She is currently producing her latest permanent art work, The Shadow in Vancouver, Canada. For more information: www.shalev-gerz.net

 

At Critical Distance


FORWARD FACING

April 5 – June 3, 2018 | Critical Distance Centre for Curators (Suite 302)

Gallery Hours: Thursday–Sunday from 12–5 pm (except statutory holidays) and by appointment. Information to plan your visit or get in touch can be found here.

Opening Reception & Curator’s Talk: April 21, 2018 | 2-4 PM | FREE

Critical Distance and Aboriginal Curatorial Collective present FORWARD FACING, curated by Cass Gardiner (Toronto/Brooklyn). Forward Facing examines intersectionality within Indigenous identity through the photographic, video, craft, and installation practices of Dayna Danger (Montreal), Lacie Burning (Vancouver), and Jade Nasogaluak Carpenter (Calgary).

Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island express and assert their identity in conversation with their cultural roots in a multitude of ways, and always in tandem with ever-looming colonialism. Utilizing the device of the mask, the artists in Forward Facing provoke and question how the face – or the absence of it – creates a powerful commentary on contemporary Indigenous culture.

Bike Tube Flogger-Making Workshop with Dayna Danger: April 22 from 2-4 pm at Project Studio.

 

CRITICAL DISTANCE (CDCC)

Suite 302 at Artscape Youngplace | 180 Shaw Street | Toronto | Ontario | M6J 2W5

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Critical Distance is a not-for-profit initiative and space devoted to the support and advancement of curatorial practice in Toronto, Canada, and beyond. Part gallery and publisher, part professional association and community, 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. For more info, visit our website or social media pages, linked above.

Kandace, 2018 – Dayna Danger 

2018 | Billboard on Shaw Street

In partnership with Aboriginal Curatorial Collective–Collectif des commissaires autochtones, Critical Distance is pleased to present FORWARD FACING, a Featured Exhibition of the 2018 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Curated by Cass Gardiner (Toronto/Brooklyn), Forward Facing examines intersectionality within Indigenous identity through the photographic, video, craft, and installation practices of Dayna Danger (Montreal), Lacie Burning (Vancouver), and Jade Nasogaluak Carpenter (Calgary). Indigenous people from across Turtle Island express and assert their identities in conversation with their cultural roots in a multitude of ways, and always in tandem with ever-looming colonialism. Utilizing the device of the mask, the artists in Forward Facing provoke and question how the face—or the absence of it—can create a powerful commentary on contemporary Indigenous culture.

For more information, visit the exhibition at Critical Distance in Suite 302 (on the 3rd floor of Artscape Youngplace) Thursday Sunday from 12–5 pm through June 3, 2018, or read more about it on our website at www.criticaldistance.ca.

Dayna Danger is a 2Spirit, Metis-Anishinaabe (Saulteaux)-Polish visual artist whose practice questions the line between empowerment and objectification by claiming space with her larger than life-scale work.

Currently based in Tio’tia:ke–Moniang (Montreal), she holds an MFA in Photography from Concordia University and has exhibited her work in Santa Fe, Winnipeg, Montreal, Peterborough, North Bay, Banff, Edmonton and Vancouver. Critical Distance and Aboriginal Curatorial Collective wish to acknowledge the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council for generous support in making this exhibition possible.