Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions

In Brief:

YONDER – September 21 – November 27, 2016 |  First, Second & Third Floor Hallway Galleries | Free | Open Daily 8am – 9pm

Crossing the Line: Contemporary Art from Denmark – November 5-December 11, 2016 | Critical Distance Centre for Curators | Free

COME TO MY WINDOW, 2016 – September 2016  – January 2017 | Mural on Shaw Street | Free |

YONDER at KOFFLER GALLERY – September 21 – November 27, 2016 | Koffler Gallery | Free | Hours: Tues to Fri 12 – 6pm, Sat & Sun 11am – 5pm, Closed Mondays & Statutory Holidays


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.

YONDER 

September 21 – November 27, 2016 | Stairwells, First, Second & Third Floor Hallway Galleries

Hallway Galleries: Monday to Sunday 8 AM – 9 PM, Closed Statutory Holidays

FALL OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 | 6 – 9 PM | FREE

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 Curators: Matthew Brower and Mona Filip

Sarindar Dhaliwal, Brendan Fernandes, Rafael Goldchain, Jérôme Havre, Luis Jacob, Esmond Lee, Julius Poncelet Manapul, Sanaz and Mani Mazinani, Divya Mehra, Zinnia Naqvi, José Luis Torres, 2Fik, Blue Republic, Diana Yoo, Jinny Yu, Z’otz* Collective

Exploring themes of intercultural translation, displacement and identity construction, this exhibition brings together a group of Canadian artists from diverse cultural backgrounds whose works examine the immigrant condition. Comprising recent and new works in a variety of media, including site-specific installations, Yonder approaches the notion of immigration through a process of “personal sociology,” moving from an investigation of subjective inquiries to larger questions and shared experiences. The project expands from the Koffler Gallery into the broader space of Artscape Youngplace, crossing the borders of the gallery setting and engaging shared public areas as well as the building’s exterior. Offering many voices and perspectives, the works invite a deep reflection on the dislocations and adaptations triggered by the complex decision to uproot oneself and to cross borders, reaching for a yonder home. Drawing upon their own narratives as first or second generation Canadians, the artists invite responses based on commonalities and differences. By foregrounding these intimate presentations over globalizing political positions, the exhibition aims to generate a meaningful dialogue between artworks and audiences, inviting visitors to find points of resonance between the identities and experiences of the artists while making connections to their own individual stories.

 

 

Crossing the Line: Contemporary Art from Denmark

November 5 – December 11, 2016

Hours: Friday to Sunday 12 PM – 5 PM

 

Critical Distance is pleased to present Crossing the Line, a timely and provocative survey of contemporary Danish art curated by Earl Miller. Recognizing the transnational nature of much recent art from Denmark, the exhibition asks: Can a nation define itself culturally by looking beyond its traditional borders?

Often boldly political, the work of the nine featured emerging and established artists considers cultural hegemonies, the nation state in a global framework, post-colonialism, nomadism, and the Syrian refugee crisis. Through performance, photography, video, sculpture, and sound, Jeannette Ehlers and Patricia Kaersenhout, Søren Thilo Funder, Jens Haaning, Maj Hasager, Tina Helen, Stine Marie Jacobsen, Jane Jin Kaisen, and Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen reveal migrant patterns and alter them in unexpected ways. Challenging traditional gender, racial, and national divides, the artists often reverse roles: women become men; black men become white; tourists become locals; locals become tourists. Ultimately, Crossing the Line examines the response of one country’s artists to questions of international import. For many Canadians, the exhibition will serve as an introduction to the vibrant contemporary art scene in Denmark. For several of the artists in turn, Crossing the Line will be the first exhibition to feature their work in North America.

Crossing the Line will be accompanied by a catalogue with curatorial essay by Earl Miller and Q+As with all of the artists in the show, as well as full photo documentation of the exhibition. CDCC will also debut a limited edition print by Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen.

About the Artists

Jeannette Ehlers creates cinematic universes that delve into ethnicity and identity inspired by her own Danish/Caribbean heritage. Selected exhibition venues include Museo Del Barrio, NY; Parisian Laundry, Mtl; Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul; and Dak’Art, Dakar.

Patricia Kaersenhout investigates her Surinamese heritage in relation to her upbringing in Western Europe. She has taught global art and social practice at de Kooning Academy and lectures at Decolonial Summer School in Middelburg.

Søren Thilo Funder employs cinematic narratives and video to generate new spaces for counter-memory. He has participated in international residencies, exhibitions, and biennials including Sydney, Istanbul, Moscow, and Liverpool.

Jens Haaning’s work addresses the issue of racism in Scandinavian society. He has exhibited extensively, including at Documenta XI, the Istanbul Biennial, ICA London; de Appel, the Gwangju Biennale, and Apexart.

Tina Helen engages with questions of urban politics and power structures. Past projects include workshops and outreach in Zagreb, Kabul, and Cairo. She is also a co-creator of visAvis, a magazine on asylum and migration.

Maj Hasager examines how identity, memory, and the construction of history and architecture are interpreted and represented culturally and spatially. She has exhibited widely and is programme director of Critical and Pedagogical Studies at Malmö Art Academy.

Stine Marie Jacobsen uses art to enable civic engagement within communities. She has participated in international residencies including in Bogotá and Berlin, a city where she also collaborates with Gangway, a street work organization.

Jane Jin Kaisen draws upon her experience as a transnational adoptee to engage charged histories and legacies of race, gender, class, and identity. She has exhibited widely including at Videonale, Kyoto Arts Center, and the DePaul Art Museum.

Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen takes a humorous yet critical approach to addressing her own art historical heritage and the place of women in art history in general. Selected exhibitions include the Venice Biennale, Performa09, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Busan Biannial.

About the Curator

Earl Miller is an independent curator and art writer based in Toronto. He has curated exhibitions for institutions such as Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs (NY), Yukon Art Centre (Whitehorse), Doris McCarthy Gallery (Toronto), and the Art Gallery of York University. He has written essays for venues including the National Museum of Fine Arts, Cluj-Napica (Romania) and the Art Gallery of Hamilton, as well as publications such as Art in America, Canadian Art, and Flash Art. Miller is a member of the International Association of Art Critics, through which he presented a paper at AICA-Korea’s International Congress in Seoul in 2014.

About CDCC

Critical Distance Centre for Curators is a not-for-profit initiative and space devoted to the support and advancement of curatorial practice and inquiry in Toronto, Canada, and beyond. Through our exhibition and publication programs, community and membership initiatives, and support for education and advocacy, CDCC is an open platform for diverse curatorial practices and perspectives, and a forum for the exchange of ideas on curating and exhibition-making as a way to engage and inform audiences from all walks of life.

Please join us for a very special opening reception with curator Earl Miller and artist Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen, who will be here from Denmark to perform Afghan Hound. Immediately following the performance, we will screen Maj Hasager’s one-hour video work, Decembers—a round table conversation (2012).

Opening reception and performance on Saturday, November 5th from 6–10 pm

Reception in the gallery (Ste 302): 6–8:15 pm

Performance by Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen in Studio 101 (Small World theatre): 8:30–8:50 pm

Screening of video by Maj Hasager: 9–10 pm

The entire evening is free to attend–come and stay for any or all of the events!

Seating for the performance and screening is limited, so arrive early for best chance and selection.

COME TO MY WINDOW, 2016 

September 2016  – January 2017 | Mural on Shaw Street by Steven Beckly | Curated by Matthew Kyba

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Critical Distance is pleased to present “8 x 8 at AYP” (aka the Artscape Youngplace mural on Shaw Street), featuring a large 8-foot square photograph by Toronto-based artist Steven Beckly. As project curator Matt Kyba writes, “In Come to My Window, a finger presses against a plane window waiting for a reciprocal touch…. Captured from the clouds and situated outside Artscape Youngplace, the billboard expresses a similar and unfulfilled wish: a desire for a public and global intimacy that stems from the ground and blooms from the individual. Against the backdrop of windows that adorn the repurposed school, the image becomes a public invitation to engage these openings as sites for social connection.” Critical Distance thanks Artscape Youngplace for their generous support of this project.

 

 

At the Koffler Gallery

YONDER 

September 21 – November 27, 2016 | Koffler Gallery

Tues to Fri 12 PM – 6 PM, Sat & Sun 11 AM – 5 PM, Closed Mondays & Statutory Holidays

FALL OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 | 6 – 9 PM | FREE

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Curators: Matthew Brower and Mona Filip

Sarindar Dhaliwal, Brendan Fernandes, Rafael Goldchain, Jérôme Havre, Luis Jacob, Esmond Lee, Julius Poncelet Manapul, Sanaz and Mani Mazinani, Divya Mehra, Zinnia Naqvi, José Luis Torres, 2Fik, Blue Republic, Diana Yoo, Jinny Yu, Z’otz* Collective

Exploring themes of intercultural translation, displacement and identity construction, this exhibition brings together a group of Canadian artists from diverse cultural backgrounds whose works examine the immigrant condition. Comprising recent and new works in a variety of media, including site-specific installations, Yonder approaches the notion of immigration through a process of “personal sociology,” moving from an investigation of subjective inquiries to larger questions and shared experiences. The project expands from the Koffler Gallery into the broader space of Artscape Youngplace, crossing the borders of the gallery setting and engaging shared public areas as well as the building’s exterior. Offering many voices and perspectives, the works invite a deep reflection on the dislocations and adaptations triggered by the complex decision to uproot oneself and to cross borders, reaching for a yonder home. Drawing upon their own narratives as first or second generation Canadians, the artists invite responses based on commonalities and differences. By foregrounding these intimate presentations over globalizing political positions, the exhibition aims to generate a meaningful dialogue between artworks and audiences, inviting visitors to find points of resonance between the identities and experiences of the artists while making connections to their own individual stories.Hours: Tues to Fri 12 PM – 6 PM, Sat & Sun 11 AM – 5 PM, Closed Mondays & Statutory Holidays