Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

In Brief:

Coming Soon | 1st Floor Hallway | Free

Honouring the Legendary Contributions of Mitchell Cohen and Judy & Wilmot Matthews | 2nd Floor Hallway | Free

Dave Kemp & James Anderson | November 30, 2017 – January 6, 2018 | 3rd Floor Hallway | Free

Rana Malik | November 30, 2017 – January 6, 2018 | 3rd Floor Hallway | Free

Furthest Boundless | Nicole Collins | Coming January 18, 2018 | Koffler Gallery | Free

Coming Soon | 2018 | Critical Distance | Free

Living Things | Mural on Shaw Street | Free 

Upcoming Exhibitions:

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 Gallery

Coming Soon!


Second Floor Hallway Gallery

Honouring the Legendary Contributions of Mitchell Cohen and Judy & Wilmot Matthews

November 30, 2017 – January 6, 2018

Hours: Monday – Sunday 8am – 9pm

The Toronto Artscape Foundation is pleased to recognize Judy and Wilmot Matthews for their leadership + innovative work with Toronto landmarks such as The Bentway, Harbourfront Centre, and Evergreen. We are also applauding legendary city builder, Mitchell Cohen of The Daniels Corporation, as a culture-friendly developer whose current and past projects are integrating arts into the city.

Third Floor Hallway Gallery

Proudly presenting the artists behind the installations included in CreativeTO 2017:

Dave Kemp & James Anderson

November 30, 2017 – January 6, 2018

Hours: Monday – Sunday 8am – 9pm


Dave Kemp is a visual artist whose practice looks at the intersections and interactions between art, science and technology: particularly at how these fields shape our perception and understanding of the world. He currently works as an Assistant Professor in the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University.

Jonathon Anderson is an Assistant Professor of Interior Design at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Furniture Design from Savannah College of Art & Design and a Bachelor of Science with concentration in Architecture from Southern Illinois University. Jonathon’s consulting and professional practices concentrate on the use of digital design for fabrication.

Rana Malik

November 30, 2017 – January 6, 2018

Hours: Monday – Sunday 8am – 9pm


Rana Malik spent her formative years travelling continents. Her interest in design piqued at Ryerson University where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design. Upon graduation, Malik attended Cranbrook Academy of Art where she completed her Master’s degree in Architecture. Malik’s studio practice techniques focus heavily on narrative, material study and fabrication. She is concerned with the event of a place, the anatomy of a space and the extension of a building.

At The Koffler Gallery

Nicole Collins: Furthest Boundless

Curated by Mona Filip

January 18 – March 18, 2018 | Koffler Gallery

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

Fall Opening Reception: Thursday, January 18, 2018 | 6–9 PM | FREE

In a major, new mixed media installation complemented by a series of recent paintings, Toronto artist Nicole Collins delves into the emotional territory of loss as she explores the human struggle between grief and acceptance, gravity and grace.

Developed for the Koffler Gallery, Furthest Boundless is inspired by two concepts of Ancient Greek philosophy: Aphelion – the point on the orbit of a celestial body that is furthest from the sun – and Apeiron – the boundless, the origin for all that is. At the centre of the installation, a monumental deconstructed painting built out of woven and knotted nets of materials, pigments and wax faces a delicate video that responds with ephemeral movement and gesture to its static presence. The immersive environment is completed by an atmospheric sound piece based on traditional shape-note singing.

Driven by an impulse to repair, Collins’ visceral paintings attempt to suture, layer and preserve the damaged. This new work further strives to dismantle and reconfigure the painted surface, pushing against the physical limits of materials lifted from stretchers and sculpturally re-envisioned. Engaging the potent vocabulary of the colour black, Collins evokes the accumulation of all colours, the darkest shadows, the burnt remains, the fertile soil, creating poignant works that consider both frailty and resilience. Holes, rips and indentations in the fabrics create permeable layers that disperse yet hold together the whole, materializing absences.

Through painting, video and sound, Furthest Boundless articulates a personal response to a universal experience, reflecting a collective search for meaning in loss.

Nicole Collins has exhibited extensively since 1994, including solo exhibitions at The University of Waterloo Art Gallery (2013), The Art Gallery of Ontario (2013) and The Embassy of Canada in Tokyo (2001) and group exhibitions in Toronto, Hamilton, St. Johns, New York, Miami, London and Zurich. Her work has been featured online and in magazines, newspapers and books including the major survey Abstract Painting in Canada (Roald Nasgaard), the 3rd edition of A Concise History of Canadian Painting (Dennis Reid), Carte Blanche, Volume 2: Painting, and The Donovan Collection Catalogue. Collins is an Assistant Professor in the Drawing & Painting program at the Ontario College of Art & Design University (OCADU) and she lives in Toronto with her husband artist Michael Davidson and their daughter. Collins’ work is represented by General Hardware Contemporary in Toronto.

At Critical Distance

Coming Soon!



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.

image: Sarah Nasby, Living Things (Dorothy Hafner vessel, kombucha, lines pattern), 2017

Living Things (Dorothy Hafner vessel, kombucha, lines pattern)

2017 | Billboard on Shaw Street

In partnership with Artscape Youngplace, Critical Distance is pleased to present the Fall 2017 Billboard on Shaw, featuring work by Sarah Nasby, curated by Lauren Fournier.

Fermentation requires vessels to hold and contain its transformative processes. In her Living Things series, Toronto-based artist Sarah Nasby takes vessels designed by women throughout history and re-stages them in light of fermentation as both a practice and a metaphor. Here, a vessel designed by Hungarian-born American designer Eva Zeisel is filled with kombucha, a fermented tea. Nasby graphically interprets the vitality of the kombucha tonic and the undulating design of Zeisel’s pot with her own squiggle pattern, creating a work that is both elegant and excessive in its form. The objects become living things in more than one sense: vessels that we live with, and vessels containing living, bubbling matter.

Sarah Nasby works primarily in sculpture and drawing. She received an MFA from NSCAD University and a BA from the University of Guelph. Her work has been shown recently in Para//el Room at DNA Artspace, London; Taking [a] part at Mercer Union, Toronto; Who’s Afraid of Purple, Orange and Green? at the Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina. She lives and works in Toronto.

Lauren Fournier (Regina, Saskatchewan) is a writer, curator, artist, and PhD candidate currently based in Toronto. She has exhibited her work across Canada and in Berlin, Athens, and Houston. Her writing has been published in Canadian Art, Magenta, Kapsula, Milkweed, Canadian Journal of Woman Studies, The Journal of Comparative Media Arts, and West Coast Line. Recent curatorial projects include The Sustenance Rite at the Blackwood Gallery and Out of Repetition, Difference at Zalucky Contemporary.

This project is presented as part of Fermenting Feminism, Critical Distance’s Fall exhibition curated by Lauren Fournier and featuring Sharlene Bamboat, Hazel Meyer, Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint, Sarah Nasby, Kayla Polan, Walter Scott, and Agustine Zegers.

On view Friday–Sunday 12–5 pm and by appointment in Suite 302 at Artscape Youngplace from September 14–November 26, 2017.

Sarah Nasby is grateful for the support of the Toronto Arts Council for her work in this exhibition. Critical Distance is a not-for-profit initiative and space devoted to the support and advancement of curatorial practice and inquiry in Toronto, Canada, and beyond. Part gallery and publisher, part curators’ association and network, 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.