Exhibitions

At the Artscape Youngplace 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.


Current Exhibitions

First Floor Hallway Gallery

CBBAG GTA Member Show
12 January – 31 January 2020

Second Floor Hallway Gallery

Can’t Say Nothing by Janina Anderson (DesignTO)
16 January – 31 January 2020

Third Floor Hallway Gallery

Dying. (DesignTO)
15 January – 30 January 2020

Koffler Gallery

Karen Tam: The Chrysanthemum Has Opened Twelve Times
23 January – 29 March 2020

Critical Distance Centre for Curators

The Magic Gumball Machine of Fate

four letter words by Francisco-Fernando Granados

Billboard on Shaw


Upcoming Exhibitions

Interpersonal by Sarah Bauman
17 February – 21 February 2020


Current Exhibitions

Canada Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG) GTA Member Show

CBBAG members Christine Su, Carolyn Eady and James Spyker are exhibiting their work in the 1st floor vitrines.  Christine’s papercut lanterns, Caroline’s varied sewing structures and James’ leather covered books highlight the full range of the book arts.   Also on display is a collection of items from CBBAG’s teaching collection, all generously donated by the artists.

CBBAG’s education program includes regular classes at their studio in Artscape Youngplace. Info about classes available at cbbag.ca

Instagram: @cbbag_gta

James Spyker is an amateur bookbinder and box maker. He believes Keanu Reeves would be a great host (or competitor) for a tv reality show about the book arts.   jamesspyker.com | Instagram: @jamesspyker

Carolyn Eady of Sprouts Press is a bookbinder/book artist and printmaker, teaching bookbinding workshops throughout Ontario. She founded Sprouts Press in 2008 and sells her work online (Etsy), at various shows and select shops. Carolyn has a BFA from OCAD and has taught for CBBAG since 2015. To see Carolyn’s work, go to www.sproutspress.com or follow her on social media (@sproutspress).

Christine Su is a papercut artist and poet. She hopes one day to have a papercut book of poetry be featured in the Osborne Collection at the Toronto Public Library, where she works. 

www.christine-su.com | Instagram: @su.christine

Can’t Say Nothing (Lorem Ipsum, Moving Patterns)
17 January – 31 January 2020

Artist Meet and Greet: 18 January, 1pm – 1:30pm

Using Lorem Ipsum text and the Photoshop background, Can’t Say Nothing turns signifiers of blankness into overlapping patterns, which are printed, mounted and stitched together. Can’t Say Nothing is a mixed media installation drawing from textile art, collage, painting, graphic design and sculpture. Can’t Say Nothing Investigates the way systems of language, symbols and design affect meaning, and wonders: if even the expression of absence is so heavily coded, is it possible to express oneself without external mediation, and to what extent is it possible to truly “say nothing” at all.

Janina Anderson is an interdisciplinary artist and designer based in Toronto. While embracing a wide range of mediums and techniques, her work is unified by its relationship to collage, which she describes not as a medium, but a system and strategy of perception, analysis, response, and creation. Stating her work is essentially about; “looking really hard” Anderson uses isolation, fragmentation, and decontextualization as a way to think, play, and experiment, in order to better understand how images function, represent ideas, and communicate meaning. Born in Asunción, Paraguay and raised outside of Washington DC, Anderson is a Female identifying, Latinx, American artist making work in Toronto. Anderson studied studio art and art history at the Maryland Institute College of Art and the University of Oregon before completing her MFA in Fibres and Material Practice in 2019 at Concordia University in Montréal.


Dying.
15 January – 31 January 2020

‘Dying.exhibits’ is an exhibition series on end of life, inviting participants to think about their relationship with life and death as a process; encouraging heart-level conversations about difficult, often taboo topics. By holistically engaging with life, including death, ‘Dying.exhibits’ becomes a catalyst for unpacking the uncomfortable. The exhibition serves as an opportunity to engage with diverse perspectives and participate in open discussion about death and dying through engaging art and design works and participatory experiences.

In 2019, the ‘Dying.’ series attracted over 3000 attendees, 14 speakers, including keynote Ivor Williams (Helix Centre, UK), and 12 exhibiting artists and designers over the course of the DesignTO festival. In its second year, ‘Dying.’ will continue to offer the public the opportunity to creatively engage in conversation about death and dying through the lens of art and design.

During DesignTO there will be several events under the ‘Dying.’ series with an opportunity to visit exhibits across Toronto.

‘Dying.’ is a collaboration between the Health Design Studio at OCAD U and Taboo Health.

Participating Artists

Brileigh Hardcastle, Clara Laratta, David Constantino Salazar, Elyse-Krista Mische, Fiona Annis, Karen Oikonen, Kate Sellen, Kate Hale Wilkes, Kathy Porter, Laura Kay Keeling, Lydia Haywood-Munn, Max Suillerot, Mia Cinelli, Sarina Isenberg, HollyJo
 


Koffler Gallery (Unit #104 – #105)

Karen Tam: The Chrysanthemum Has Opened Twelve Times
23 January – 29 March 2020

Curator: Mona Filip

Opening Reception: 23 January 2020, Thursday, 7–9 pm (free admission)
Artist Talk: 26 January 2020, Sunday, 2 pm (free admission)

Montréal-based artist Karen Tam creates immersive installations exploring the way physical experiences of spaces and objects can provide a deeper understanding of specific places, histories and communities. Her recent projects investigate the spatial aesthetics of early 20th century North American Chinese restaurants, opium dens, karaoke lounges and curio shops as sites of cultural interaction. Playing with notions of authenticity, Tam reimagines venues and their material culture, fabricating detailed sets and fake antiques with everyday methods and ordinary materials, bringing them to life.

At the Koffler Gallery, Tam creates a new series of immersive installations to evoke the early Chinese Canadian and other historical photo studios that served Chinese communities in Canada. Her intricate recreations of portrait studio settings and backdrops integrate found and fabricated objects, archival images, 1940s vinyl recordings of Cantonese opera, and mookyu song performances, revealing layered experiences of immigration, displacement and longing.

Tam’s personal impetus for this project is a photograph of her great-grandfather Wong who had migrated to San Francisco in the early part of the 20th century. Like other immigrants at the time, Wong had his portrait taken to be sent along with letters to his family back in Toishan, China. Prompted by this portrait, Tam investigates the emotional and documentary significance of such photographs in revealing the realities of immigration through the implicit tensions of a wishful, reassuring image meant to alleviate separation anxieties by conveying the health and prosperity of the sitter.

Early Chinese Canadian studio photographers and their subjects actively shaped the representation of Chinese identity in North America. Retracing their overlooked existence and restaging the physical environments of these portrait studios, Tam’s installations attempt to piece together and embody absented historic narratives. Furthermore, they seek to evoke similar personal experiences in viewers, positioning these small constructed settings as sites where memory is both encountered and created.

About Karen Tam
Karen Tam lives and works in Montréal and holds an MFA in Sculpture from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a PhD in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths (University of London). Since 2000, she has exhibited her work and participated in residencies in North America, Europe and China, including the Deutsche Börse Residency at the Frankfurter Kunstverein (Germany), Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (Canada), and CUE Art Foundation (USA). She was a finalist for the Prix Louis-Comtois in 2017 from the Contemporary Art Galleries Association and Ville de Montréal, a finalist for the Prix en art actuel from the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec in 2016, and long-listed for the Sobey Art Award in 2016 and 2010. Her works are in museum, corporate, and private collections in Canada, United States, and United Kingdom. Tam is a contributor to Alison Hulme’s (ed.) book, The Changing Landscape of China’s Consumerism (2014) and to John Jung’s book, Sweet and Sour: Life in Chinese Family Restaurants (2010). She is represented by Galerie Hugues Charbonneau.


Critical Distance Centre for Curators (Unit #302)

The Wisdom of Ruins by HollyJo
18 January – 31 January 2020

Curated by Michelle Beck and Dana Snow
Presented with DesignTO, Taboo Health, and the Health and Design Studio at OCAD University

The Wisdom of Ruins is a collection of materials that bear witness to unconventional grief and rituals of mourning, featuring the work of emerging Toronto-based artist HollyJo. T​he Wisdom of Ruins ​weaves together threads of an unsilenced grief through ceramics, photography, sculpture, audio, and found materials.

The medieval Sicilian city of Salemi—both the birthplace of the artist’s mother, and the site of a destructive 1968 earthquake—provides an alternative framework for considering grief. In the mid 1980s, architects Roberto Collova and Alvaro Siza began public interventions to attract residents and tourists to the area. Rather than following the Italian architectural tradition of d​ ov’era e com’era (reconstructing exact replicas of damaged buildings) the duo created structures that allowed for the previous damage of the earthquake to be expressed. Rubble was cleared away and new public spaces were adopted; the intact ruins remaining within them as quiet witnesses to trauma in the historical fabric of a place and a people.

Using the ruins as a grounding element from which to explore her own experience of mourning her infant daughter, HollyJo presents a methodology of leaning into grief through the act of witnessing. The works delicately investigate the porosity of intergenerational grief, using Sicilian tradition juxtaposed with objects that acknowledge mourning as a process of entanglement between community and familial relations. Existing outside of traditional Western funerary practices, ​The Wisdom of Ruins offers a holistic approach from which to begin a process of bereavement and healing. Grieving motherhood, childhood, and inherited trauma, the works help to interpret the private space between repression and radical acknowledgement.

The Wisdom of Ruins is a part of the DesignTO festival, co-presented with Dying​.exhibits;​ an exhibition series on end of life. Dying​.exhibits invites participants to think about their relationship with life and death as a process; encouraging heart-level conversations about difficult, often taboo topics.

During DesignTO there will be several events under the ‘Dying.’ series with an opportunity to visit exhibits across Toronto.

Dying​.exhibits is a collaboration between the Health Design Studio at OCAD U and Taboo Health.


Upcoming Exhibitions

Interpersonal by Sarah Bauman
17 February – 21 February 2020

Interpersonal is a collection of images, some candid and some curated, illustrating the tender, ephemeral, vulnerable moments of the human experience developed through interpersonal relationships.

Sarah Bauman is a photographer based in Toronto, and is currently attending the photography studies program at Ryerson University. Her subjects are often close friends, siblings, or lovers and soft pink, green and blue tones are frequently used in her work.

Instagram: @ohceaniqque


The Magic Gumball Machine of Fate

The Magic Gumball Machine of Fate is an artist multiples project that distributes works by Canadian creators and makes art affordable for everyone. For information or proposals please contact Lyla Rye: lylarye@icloud.com

Francisco-Fernando Granados – four letter words – edition #48

The letters is a series that continues an exploration of minor forms of abstraction emerging from the tools and processes of everyday life. Oscillating between the alphabetic and the epistolary, each letter is part of a body of work that consists of 250 drawings that synthesize a range of abstract compositional strategies. Created on a touch-phone using the Adobe Sketch app, the drawings rearrange the compositional impetus that has guided artists towards abstraction away from Modernist conceptions of autonomy, and in the direction of an open-ended politics informed by queer and refugee experiences. *Rearrange circular letters into all the possible four-letter words.

Francisco-Fernando Granados is a Toronto-based artist and writer. His multidisciplinary critical practice spans drawing, performance, installation, cultural theory, digital media, public art, and community-based projects.


Billboard on Shaw

The Billboard on Shaw is located outside Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street btw Dundas and Queen Streets, Toronto M6J 2W5. The exact location is on the front lawn facing Shaw Street just south of Argyle Street on the northeast corner of the building lot. The billboard is at street level and measures 8 x 8 feet square. A label with artwork information is located on the back of the billboard structure.