Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions

In Brief:

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

The Amoebic Workshop: A Submerged Exhibition– September 23 – October 23|  Critical Distance, Suite 302 | Free | Open Friday to Sunday 12pm – 5pm

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.

 

 

The Amoebic Workshop: A Submerged Exhibition

September 23 – October 23

Hours: Friday to Sunday 12 PM – 5 PM

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Critical Distance Centre for Curators (formerly TYPOLOGY) is pleased to present The Amoebic Workshop: A Submerged Exhibition, curated by Astarte Rowe and featuring countless living Mediolus corona amoebas in an aquarium habitat, plus artworks by Jessica Drenk (US), Gabriel Lalonde (Canada), and Claudia Wieser (Germany).

Taking the great Renaissance workshops of Michelangelo, del Sarto, and Veronese as a point of departure, The Amoebic Workshop is an experimental, multidisciplinary exhibition that restages the Old Masters’ studios at a microscopic scale, where single-celled amoebas industriously, and invisibly, craft intricate shells for themselves that embody a uniquely visual aesthetic. Conversely the artists in this exhibition demonstrate tendencies toward the ‘amoebic’ through artworks involving found components, altered and/or assembled with an affinity to natural processes and concepts. Unlike the Renaissance workshops that galvanised a belief in Humanism, The Amoebic Workshop questions human claims to exclusivity in making art, design, and architecture. However it is not the amoeba that is elevated to the rank of ‘artist,’ but art itself that is qualified as amoebic. To quote philosopher Elizabeth Grosz: “Art is of the animal;” hence, “what is most artistic in us is that which is most bestial.” The introduction of a living organism into the gallery space reconfigures the relationship between human and animal acts of creation, submerging the exhibition into the virtual realm of the Please join us for an opening reception with the curator on Wednesday, September 21st from 6–9 pm.

 

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