Past Exhibitions


By: Taboo Health & OCAD University’s Design Studio

January 18th – 27th, 2019 | 1st and 2nd Floor Hallway Gallery & Critical Distance Gallery Suite 302

Reception: TBA

Would you dare to face your mortality? Would you dare to lie in a coffin? A do-it-yourself cardboard coffin seeks to turn death into a sustainable enterprise through design, technology, and open source methods, while daring you to get comfortable with the uncomfortable. Come on in and stay a while, for this is a unique chance for the living to get cozy with one of life’s certainties…death. #coffinselfies allowed, (dare I say encouraged).

In 2008 in the US alone, 1.8 million bodies were buried in coffins that resulted in the approximate disposal of 1,632,932 kilograms of material, not including the energy used in the processing of the materials for those coffins, such as shipping, labor, manufacturing, finishing, et cetera. In this speculative piece we ask: Can we promote a process of death which uses design, recycled materials, and technology for a more ecological practice of grieving?

We can’t stop from dying but we can die smarter and more ecological – we can D-I-Y.

Grim or enlightening? Curious or distasteful? You make your call at this quirky installation that is part of the multi-site Death and Dying installation series.

The ‘Death and Dying’ series explores the theme of end of life through the lens of design and art. Through participatory and observational experiences, the Series invites you to think about your relationship with death and dying as an individual, a member of a family and social network and as a human being in society. The ‘Death and Dying’ series is a collaboration between OCAD University’s Design for Health graduate program and TABOO Health.

Lois Schklar: Timelines

January 18th – 27th, 2019 | 2nd Floor Hallway Gallery North End

Reception: Thursday, January 17th from 6pm – 9pm

Timelines is a series of poetic narratives that connect the past with the present. Using an extensive collection of objects I have accumulated over a lifetime, each installation attempts to create a visual testimony to the power of memory. Timelines re-imagines the aesthetic association that first brought these objects to my attention, references former bodies of work and re-purposes materials I no longer use or need. Each installation builds on the ideas of preceding installations and are primarily site specific.

Each work in Timelines is suspended on elastic cord and embedded with found and bought objects to create a metaphorical “time line”. The objects become “mark making” tools. Knots, the irregular bumps in the cord, refer to the Quipu, knotted strings used by the Incas to keep records of information related to their daily life. The time lines are ephemeral like the illusory shadows that suggest a third dimension in space.

Timelines is also an exploration of divesting; an entangled, cumbersome undertaking, personal and therefore complicated. At some point in time my collection will be dispersed along with their memories. I will no longer have control over what happens to it. In relation to contemporary practices, I ask: “Where will this collection or work of art eventually reside and what (if any) is its value?” This question addresses the personal worth of the materials I collect and use in my practice and their relevance in relation to and referencing the escalating price of work so prevalent in today’s art market.

Sam Loewen : All Bound Up

January 14th – February 1st, 2019 | 3rd Floor Hallway Gallery

‘All Bound Up’ explores the intricacies of queer online intimacy. As app-facilitated/digital intimacies have become increasingly common, a dissonance between how bodies reveal, conceal, and interact has emerged on and off apps. In this exhibition, representations of app-facilitated intimacies become knotted bedsheets and anonymous portraits.

Humble Raja: Forbidden Forest

Bhavesh & Reena Mistry

January 18th – 27th, 2019 | 3rd Floor Hallway Gallery

Reception: Thursday, January 17th from 6pm – 9pm

Throughout time, humankind has caught glimpses of fantastic creatures. Whether these legendary forms were seen emerging from the depths of the sea, rustling through tree tops, taunting villages or peacefully drifting amongst the stars, they have stirred our creativity and played a powerful role in our collective imaginations.

Of the ancient world’s legendary creatures, we may know Greek mythology’s divine winged stallion Pegasus, or perhaps the dull-witted trolls of Norse folklore. However, this exhibition explores the less familiar ancient creatures of Hindu mythology. Expect to encounter the dueling monkey brothers Vali and Sugriva, the infinitely long cosmic serpent Ananta, or valiant Garuda, king of birds and sworn enemy of snakes. And Mahishasura, a near-immortal demon buffalo who goes to war with the gods and eventually loses to a tiger-mounted goddess in an epic showdown that is still recited today.

Over thousands of years oral storytelling was the primary tool for sharing the cultural identity and values embodied in these myths.To share these stories with you, the design duo Humble Raja has brought these fantastic beasts to life by illustrating them as a set of playing cards organized into suits by the exotic environments from which they originate (the sky, the sea, the jungle and grasslands). The mythical creatures each take their form as the face cards allowing the theme of their environment, colour and common patterns to stitch each suit together.

The exhibition is a nod to the mystery and allure of these lesser-known creatures. Pairing contemporary design with old folklore, ‘Forbidden Forest’ celebrates the art of storytelling through a series of illustrations, making it accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds.



Indian Act


Guest Curator: Noa Bronstein

Based in Montreal, Nadia Myre is an Indigenous and Quebecois artist interested in having conversations about identity, resilience and politics of belonging. Indian Act speaks of the realities of colonization – the effects of contact and its often-broken and un-translated contracts. The original work consists of all 56 pages of the Federal Government’s Indian Act mounted on Stroud cloth and sewn over with red and white glass beads. Each word is replaced with white beads sewn into the document; the red beads replace the negative space.

Between 1999 and 2002, Myre enlisted over 230 friends, colleagues and strangers to assist her in beading over the Indian Act. With the help of Rhonda Meier, they organized workshops and presentations at Concordia University, and hosted weekly beading bees at Oboro Gallery, where it was first presented in 2002, as part of the exhibition Cont[r]act.

Indian Act is presented as part of the exhibition Through lines, organized by the Koffler Gallery in partnership with Critical Distance Centre for Curators. Continuing inside the Artscape Youngplace building, the project brings together the works of seven artists that challenge notions of redaction, tackling its typical devices of shredding, blacking out, editing and covering up. Each of the artworks featured engages a restorative gesture that speaks to the ways in which history and memory are conceptualized within a contemporary context. Rather than considering redaction simply as a bureaucratic tool or an outcome of state control, these specific approaches enable new forms of knowledge production and remembering, both politically and personally. Contemplating alternative legibilities that might emerge through redaction, the exhibition highlights the spaces of inquiry revealed through acts of obstruction.

In each of these multi-layered projects, redaction performs as an invitation to challenge assumptions and easy readings of images, documents and texts. Honing these parallel perspectives, Through lines points to the spaces in-between, where the hidden and obscured becomes as significant as the visible.




ON VIEW SEPTEMBER 14–NOVEMBER 26, 2017, 12–5 PM | Critical Distance | Suite 302

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 14th from 6–9 pm

Critical Distance is pleased to open our landmark 5th year of programming with Fermenting Feminism, curated by Lauren Fournier and featuring Sharlene Bamboat, Hazel Meyer, Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint, Sarah Nasby, Kayla Polan, Walter Scott, and Agustine Zegers.

Kombucha, guts, bacteria, vessels, vitalism, effervescence, degradation, and decay. Fermenting Feminism brings together artists whose work fleshes out the intersections between fermentation and intersectional feminisms. As the process of microbial transformation, fermentation becomes both a metaphor and material practice through which to approach feminist practices in the contemporary. Is feminism a relic of the past, something that has soured? Or is feminism still a vital imperative? This exhibition positions fermentation as a vital and viable space to re-conceive feminisms’s pasts, presents, and futures. Working across art, science, performance, and design, the works in Fermenting Feminism make space for multidisciplinary experimentation and conceptual play. Fermentation symbolizes bioavailability and accessibility, preservation and transformation, interspecies symbiosis, sustainability and futurity, harm reduction and care. Spanning the speculative and the literal, the embodied and the ephemeral, the works in this exhibition revisit questions of importance to feminists—consumption, colonialism, hygiene, wellness, agency, ritual, sexuality, transformation, and tradition—through the theory and practice of fermentation.

Fermenting Feminism is a multidisciplinary project that takes different forms: beginning as a publication in collaboration with Lauren Fournier and the Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology, it has evolved into site-specific exhibitions, installations, and screenings in Toronto, Berlin, Copenhagen, and Kansas City. This exhibition at Critical Distance marks the Canadian launch of this project. The site-specific evolution of Fermenting Feminism instantiates the context-specificity of microbes and fungi, of fermenting bodies, and of feminisms.

Please join us for an opening reception with the curator on Thursday, September 14th from 6–9 pm. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

Our reception is the same night as Koffler Gallery’s fall exhibition opening downstairs — two for one at Artscape Youngplace this evening!


Sharlene Bamboat works predominantly in film, video and installation.  Based in Toronto and Pittsburgh, she has exhibited at galleries and festivals internationally, including Les Complices* (Zurich), the Images Festival (Toronto), The Art Gallery of Windsor (Ontario), and Vasakh Film Festival (Lahore).

Sarah Nasby works primarily in sculpture and drawing. She holds an MFA from NSCAD University and a BA from the University of Guelph. Selected exhibition venues include Mercer Union, DNA Artspace (London), and Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina). Sarah acknowledges the support of the Toronto Arts Council for her work in this exhibition.

Hazel Meyer works with installation, performance, and textiles to investigate relationships between sport, sexuality, feminism, and material culture. Drawing on archival research, she bring various troublemakers—lesbians-feminists, gender outlaws, leather-dykes—into the performative space of athletics.

Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint investigate food, ecology, media, and memory, creating social sculptures that facilitate recovery from a cultural memory disorder they call “industrial amnesia.” Nadir is an Afghan-American critic, scholar, artist, and lecturer in Sustainability and Environmental Humanities; Peppermint is an Associate Professor in the department of Art and Art History—both at University of Rochester.

Kayla Polan is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice melds feminism and popular culture to explore sexuality, fetishism, domesticity, queer identity, autobiography, and consumer culture. She holds a BFA in Drawing & Painting from OCADU and her work has been exhibited in group exhibitions in Canada and Europe.

Walter Scott is a Kahnawake-born artist currently based in Montreal and Toronto. His practice includes writing, video, performance and sculpture, through which he explores questions of representation, cultural production, popular culture and narrative construction. His work has been exhibited in Japan, North America, and Europe.

Agustine Zegers is a Chilean visual artist and bacterial community, currently finishing a BA at NYU Abu Dhabi. They have exhibited work in Santiago, Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, and New York

Exhibition curator Lauren Fournier (Regina, Saskatchewan) is a writer, curator, artist, and PhD candidate currently based in Toronto. In addition to her art and curatorial practices, she has worked as a frontline mental health and harm reduction worker. She has exhibited her work in galleries, artist-run centres, and screenings across Canada and in Berlin, Athens, and Houston. Her writing has been published in Canadian ArtMagentaKapsulaThe Journal of Comparative Media ArtsMilkweedCanadian Journal of Woman Studies, and West Coast Line. Recent curatorial projects include The Sustenance Rite at the Blackwood Gallery and Out of Repetition, Difference at Zalucky Contemporary.



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

Staring Back at the Sun: Video Art from Israel, 1970-2012

September 14 – November 26, 2017 | Koffler Gallery

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

Fall Opening Reception: Thursday, September 14, 2017 | 6–9 PM | FREE


‘Staring Back at the Sun: Video Art from Israel, 1970-2012’ traces the development of contemporary video practice in Israel and highlights work by artists who take an incisive, critical perspective towards the cultural and political landscape in Israel and beyond. Produced and circulated by Artis as an internationally touring exhibition and program (2016-2018), the project showcases the work of 38 artists, including early performances, films and videos never before presented outside of Israel. Divided into four historic and thematic sections, ‘Staring Back at the Sun’ focuses on the activist impulse in video art-making in Israel over the last four decades. Informed by the international history of video art, the exhibition traces the development of the medium in Israel and explores how artists have employed technology and material to examine the socio-political status quo, through themes such as the prominence of political conflict in mass media; the liberalization of the economy; and the impact of free market politics on Israeli culture.

IMAGE CREDIT:  Rona Yefman and Tanja Schlander, still from Pippi Longstocking, The Strongest Girl in the World, 2006 – 2008, single channel HD video.

Katrina Jurjans

for a moment it all comes together (and you’re the only one)

November 13, 2017 – November 24, 2017

Hours: Monday-Sunday 8am-9pm

Opening Reception: Thursday November 16, 2017 | 6-9pm 


Katrina Jurjans was awarded the fourth annual Artscape Award at the 2017 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.The award includes a residency at Artscape Gibraltar Point and exhibition at Artscape Youngplace.

Katrina’s paintings rely on the visual language of colour, pattern, layering and spatial tension to explore intimate relationships and ideas of loss, memory, love, grief, instability and transition. Formed by blurring these concepts, her work breaks free from a fixed meaning, instead becoming a layered solidification of thoughts and feelings.

Soft: transformative queer love and care

November 2, 2017 – November 24, 2017

Hours: Monday-Sunday 8am-9pm

Opening Reception: Thursday November 2, 2017 6pm-9pm 

The Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers at OCAD U congratulates Morgan Sears-Williams on the creation of this new photo documentary series and installation as the recipient of the 2017 Artscape Youngplace Career Launcher prize.

SOFT: transformative queer love and care explores the different manifestations of love and care and the intersections with politicized bodies, protest and reclamation of space. Where are the unexpected spaces where love and care manifest? What spaces are seen as more ‘legitimate’ than others? How can we challenge the idea of legitimacy of love and care within an intersectional queer lens?

As part of this Career Launcher, Madison Leeson, a graduate of OCAD U’s Curatorial and Criticism Practice program was commissioned to conduct an interview with the artist as well as a small essay to accompany the solo exhibition.

The artist would like to acknowledge the Mississaugas of New Credit, the Haudenosaunee and the Huron-Wendat, the original keepers of this land, for hosting us during the reception and for the duration of the show. We are very grateful to have the opportunity to live and work on this land.



September 8 – September 15, 2017 | 3rd Floor Hallway Gallery

Hours: Open Daily 8 AM – 8 PM

Featuring Competition winners: Ali Navidbakhsh, Evan Wakelin, Karan Manchanda, Sarah Gunawan, and Shelley Long; plus Runners-up: Anna Longrigg + Jason McMillan, Fionn Byrne, Kyung-Kuhn Lee + Mamata Guragain + Nubras Samayeen, Mitchell Gray, and Rob McIntosh; and Honourable mentions: Dominique Cheng, Émélie Desrochers-Turgeon, Emma Mendel, Stephanie Mauer, and Studio Ha-ha


Opening reception Friday, Sept 8th, 7–9 pm

Future Legacy: Design for Canada’s Next 150 Years is an exhibition featuring winners of The Site Magazine’s inaugural design competition. In the context of Canada’s sesquicentennial, entrants were challenged to develop proposals that considered the relationship between the nation’s history, current context, and possible future trajectories. The submissions, which came from across the nation, as well as seven different countries internationally, reflect the spectrum of Canadian geography, culture, population, and politics, and raise pertinent questions to be considered as we move forward collectively.
The winning projects, selected by a jury of Canadian and international designers and thinkers, represent a diverse range of notions of Canada’s identity and legacy, ranging from the scale of the entire country to that of a suburban single-family home. Along the third-floor hallway of Artscape Youngplace, images and text by the five competition winners, five runners-up, and five honourable mentions will be presented along with commentary from jury members and the editors at The Site Magazine. Together, this material presents not only a critical perspective on how legacy shapes the direction of political and ideological undertakings but also a window into the possibilities for architects, landscape architects, and designers to imagine alternative Canadian futures.

The Site Magazine is the current iteration of Canada’s longest running independent architecture magazine. Written by, and for, emerging designers and thinkers, we publish two volumes a year of original writing, design, and art from new voices with fresh ideas. By bringing a Canadian lens to pressing global issues, we aim to cultivate a community of creative and critical thinkers who can influence design futures in Canada and abroad. We are supported by funding from the Canada Council for the Arts and regular partners, including Arts Everywhere. Special thanks to Critical Distance for their support in facilitating this exhibition. Competition image by Shelley Long.





September 17 – September 23, 2017 | First Floor Hallway Gallery

Hours: Open Daily 8 AM – 9 PM


After three months of construction, Artscape Youngplace is thrilled to reveal its new exterior space!
In June of 2016, OTS hosted the 3rd Ontario Tire Stewardship Student Design Challenge at Artscape Youngplace. Thirty-two students from 5 post-secondary schools competed to have their landscape and industrial designs selected to form the redesign of our community entrance, using sustainable products made from recycled tires.
The newly enhanced outdoor area of the winning designs features added seating, more trees, and a large performance space. This space was redesigned for the community to enjoy, and uses creativity in the form of the student designs and recycled rubber materials.

OTS is a not-for-profit organization that oversees the responsible recycling of Ontario’s scrap tires. This site was redesigned for the community to enjoy, and used over 850 recycled tires in its landscape and seating elements.


May – August, 2017 | Billboard on Shaw Street

Hours: Gallery hours are Friday-Sunday from 12-5 pm, and by chance and appointment. Closed Statutory Holidays.

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 27 | 6:00-9:00 PM | Free

Critical Distance is pleased to announce the selected artwork for the Spring 2017 Billboard on Shaw, a partnership with Artscape Youngplace through which we are providing opportunities for curators and artists to present large format printed artworks for the freestanding mural/billboard outside our building on Shaw Street.

Mountainburger is an 8-foot image by Kitchener-based artist Aislinn Thomas.

Mountainburger will be on view outside Youngplace through August 2017. We wish to congratulate Aislinn Thomas, and to extend sincere thanks to the many curators and artists whose thoughtful proposals for our spring billboard were a pleasure to consider. Stay tuned for new opportunities to submit proposals again in the future.

Please join us to celebrate the new billboard on Thursday, April 27th from 6–9 pm
A reception for artist will take place in our third floor gallery at Youngplace and will coincide with the opening of Signals & Sentiments, our Featured Exhibition for the 2017 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC)
Suite 302, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON M6J 2W5
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About the Artist

Aislinn Thomas is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice includes video, performance, installation and text-based work. She culls material from everyday experiences and relationships, exploring themes of vulnerability, empathy, possibility and failure. Aislinn is a recent graduate of the University of Waterloo MFA program and earned a BA in Studio Art from the University of Guelph. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is the recipient of several grants and awards including a C.D. Howe Scholarship for Arts and Design, a Social Science and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Masters Scholarship, and grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Aislinn currently lives and works in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.

Critical Distance thanks Artscape Youngplace for their generous support of this project.

MOVING HOME (presented by Critical Distance)

The Art and Embodiment of Transience Emerging from Canada’s Child Welfare System

August 18 – 26, 2017 | Critical Distance | Suite 302

Hours: On view from 1-6 pm

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 17, 2017 | 6–9 PM | FREE



Critical Distance is pleased to announce our 2017 Summer Sessions exhibition, Moving Home: The Art and Embodiment of Transience Emerging from Canada’s Child Welfare SystemPresented by York University Human Geography master’s candidate Amelia Merhar, this project is the second to be hosted as part of our Summer Sessions initiative, a program through which we support emerging curators and artists by providing free space, mentorship, and installation support for their thesis exhibitions.

How is transience embodied, carried, and performed? How do repeated moves of homes, schools, and communities linger in the body, from the past to the present? What sort of people is the child welfare system inadvertently creating through so many foster and group home placements? Beyond pathologizing transience, what can we learn from the young and hyper-mobile?

Moving Home explores the embodiment of transience as experienced by young people who grew up in the Canadian child welfare system. It is part of Human Geography Master’s thesis research at York University coordinated by Amelia Merhar, inspired by her lived experience in care. Using arts-based, participatory, and Indigenous research methods, Merhar worked with 15 co-researcher artists in their chosen mediums to explore and compare urban/suburban and Northern/rural experiences at the partner youth art organizations SKETCH Working Arts in Toronto and Splintered Craft in Whitehorse. Artistic explorations of the theme of embodied transience include works of photography, textiles, silk-screening, collage, mixed media, dance, performance, music, spoken word, painting, text, jewelry, dream catchers, and installation.

The first Call to Action the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is to reduce the number of Indigenous youth in care in Canada. There are more Indigenous youth in care today than were in Residential Schools. In Toronto, research has shown that Black youth are disproportionately apprehended and stay longer in the system than their non-Black peers (although through recent efforts these numbers are declining). Art alone can’t solve ongoing violence and colonialism; however it is a way to transgress and re-imagine present social boundaries. The goal of arts-based research is to provoke conversations instead of static research conclusions, and we invite you to enter the conversation here with former youth in care and their art.

The show opening is preceded by a research presentation at the Ontario Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth Office from 1-3 pm and the launch of the project zine, TL;DR, a thesis in a zine. All are welcome. 

This project was awarded the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada–Master’s Scholarship –Award to Honour Nelson Mandela in 2016, recognizing its commitment to youth participation. Funding for co-researcher artist honoraria and art supplies provided by Ontario Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth, and the Yukon Child and Youth Advocate. Northern travel and living expenses supported by Northern Scientific Training Fund–Government of Canada.

Featuring the work of artists from Paperhouse Studio and Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG)

August 6 – September 2, 2017 | 1st Floor Hallway Gallery

Hours: Open Daily 8 AM – 8 PM

Closing Reception: Thursday, August 24, 2017 | 6–9 PM | FREE


Not Sad Cold And Dead (like you thought) 

July 24 – September 2, 2017 | 2nd Floor Hallway Gallery

Hours: Open Daily 8 AM – 8 PM

Closing Reception: Thursday, August 24, 2017 | 6–9 PM | FREE

Organized by An Dy and Emma Steen

From an Art College consistently defined by phrases such as struggling, underfunded, rising tuitions, financial woes, mitigating the debt, and so on, we see people ask—here directly pulled from one 2012 Art Threat article —“what’s the value in art school?”

Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, or NSCAD, an opportunity to showcase the work coming out of a school whose students continues to thrive under less than ideal circumstances.  A university the size of NSCAD can take a lot of hits as the public eats up the drama in the death of an institution. While the administration peters around doing what it can to stop money leaking out of every crack and crevasse, we continue to see NSCAD students reacting to this environmental pressure and pressing on, creating work that has a distinct air of enthusiasm under what is now the fleeting passé that there’s not much happening east of Montréal.

Plastic Coated (2017)

July 31 – August 25, 2017 | 3rd Floor Hallway Gallery

Hours: Open Daily 8 AM – 8 PM

Closing Reception: Thursday, August 24, 2017 | 6–9 PM | FREE

Over the last century plastic has taken over the planet. Our modern day living is easy, disposable, and plastic coated.  The material under fire is labeled both a miracle and a curse, saving lives in the medical industry while causing havoc in our oceans.  Plastic Coated is an exhibit by multidisciplinary artist Anya Mielniczek which explores garbage and plastic pollution through material collages that bring awareness to environmental degradation our consumeristic tendencies have.

About the Artist

Mielniczek takes easily discarded materials such as plastic bags and candy wrappers adding value to what is otherwise considered trash. Inspired by waste and the treatment of our natural resources her pieces are emotionally charged, experimental and compiled of layers, textures, and the energy felt in unaltered lines. Decidedly forming a greater narrative pertinent to environmental change –informing herself as well as viewers, of the obstacles our finite world faces in light of our hyper consumption.


June 22 – July 21, 2017 | 2nd Floor Hallway Gallery

Hours: Open Daily 8 AM – 8 PM

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 22nd | 6:30pm – 9:00pm

The Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers at OCADU is pleased to present a Photography Exhibition of the recipients of the 2017 Artscape Youngplace Career Launcher. Congratulations to those who have been selected!

This exhibition will be held on the 2nd floor of Artscape Youngplace and presents recent work by the artists:

Lesia Miga:  www.lesiamiga.format.com
Giselle Mira Diaz:  www.gisellemiradiaz.com
Aaron Moore:  www.aaronrobertmoore.com

Morgan Searswilliams:  www.morgansearswilliams.com

Related Items

June 14 – June 18, 2017 | Third Floor Hallway Galleries

Hours: Open Daily 8 AM – 8 PM

Artist Panel: Saturday, June 17th | Featuring artists; Tsēma Igharas, Basil Alzeri, Myung-Sun Kim, and Lisa Myers and hosted by curator Nasrin Himada | 4pm | Studio 101 | FREE



Curated by art Metropole’s Nasrin Himada and Michael Pace, and Emma Sharpe

Art Metropole is a not-for-profit organization focused on the distribution and contextualization of artist-initiated publication in any media, especially those formats and practices predisposed to sharing and circulation. It was founded in 1974 by the Artists’ Collective General Idea.

Publication is a social space. Through expanded conversation around artist publishing, AM aims to provide incentive for readers, ultimately creating new formats for the sharing of ideas, materials, and knowledge. For the Toronto Art Book Fair, AM has selected a series of multiples, prints, zines, and audio works that encourage participation around and through their format. AM’s booth will occupy the display, which will also host gastronomic editions, listening stations, areas for reading and resting, and more.

Posters + Student Work

June 14 – June 18, 2017 | First and Second Floor Hallway Galleries

Hours: Open Daily 8 AM – 8 PM

Discussion: Friday, June 16th | Garry Neill Kennedy, Cathy Busby, and Roger Bywater | 6:30pm | Studio 101 | FREE



Image: Printed Matter class co-taught by Garry Neill Kennedy and Cathy Busby, University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, with Cathy Busby’s We Are Sorry in Witnesses: Art and Canada’s Indian Residential Schools, Belkin Art Gallery, UBC, 2013

Posters + Student Work is from the collection of Garry Neill Kennedy and Cathy Busby.

“Our poster collection is an accumulation found here and there among our possessions. We will show a selection from: The See Red Women’s Workshop (a feminist silk-screen poster collective, London, 1974-90); a selection from Portikus (the gallery of Stadelschule, Frankfurt) from the early 1990s; some Chinese propaganda posters (1960s); a selection of Halifax event posters (2000s); some individual artist posters by Claes Oldenburg; Lawrence Weiner; A-yo; Bruce Nauman; General Idea; Cathy Busby; Garry Neill Kennedy.

We’ll also present class books, 1990 – 2017. In these publications students contribute a work of one or many pages and the edition provides everyone with a copy of the resulting book. Garry started the ‘Class Book’ tradition when he began teaching printed matter in 1990, first at NSCAD and then UBC since 2013 with Cathy Busby. Following up on this exhibition, we’ll be making a publication about our student’s artist books, 1990 – 2017, to be launched at the Vancouver Art Book Fair, Oct 2017.” – Cathy Busby and Garry Neill Kennedy

CDCC and TOABF are pleased to present


June 16–18, 2017 | Opening Thursday, June 15th from 6–10 pm

Hours: Exhibition on view at Critical Distance in Suite 302 at Artscape Youngplace during Fair hours, Fri–Sat from 12–8 pm and Sun from 12–6.

Preview Reception: Thursday, June 15 |  6–10 pm | Free

Discussion: Sunday, June 18 | 2 pm | with artist Erika DeFreitas, CDCC Director Shani K Parsons, and exhibition curator Anthony Stepter | Suite 101 (Small World Music) | Free

Artists: Erika DeFreitas, Edie Fake, Marc Fischer/Public Collectors, Dina Kelberman, Nellie Kluz, Sanaz Mazinani, Eric Oglander, and Leah Wellbaum

Curated by Anthony Stepter



Image left: Grace Ambrose, Marc Fischer and Public Collectors, Hardcore Architecture (cover), 2016; right: Eric Oglander, image from Craigslist Mirrors, ongoing

How do we see art in the age of image and information overload? Is a gallery the best place to look, or is the internet’s efficiency and long reach a better tool for engaging with artists’ ideas? What about the reliable old standby, printed books?

The artworks on view in this exhibition highlight the fluidity of media in contemporary culture. Each project in Generators is guided by a single idea, approach, or rule. These frameworks generate troves of material for the artists to assemble and present in a manner that invites viewers to make connections that might otherwise go unnoticed. Many of the artworks draw from, or exist as, both printed media and digital spaces. These transmutations afford artists and viewers illuminating points of entry for exploring the unique properties of both printed and digital narratives without being constrained by traditional definitions of the archive and the artist’s book.

Selected from a joint call for submissions, Generators celebrates the astonishing diversity of outcomes that can arise from intentionally constrained modes of collecting and creating. The exhibited works circulate through a variety of platforms, from humble Tumblrs to museum exhibitions. By focusing on projects that start with simple ideas but evolve to open up wide ranging possibilities for engagement and display, Generators pushes against notions of presentation that privilege one form of media over another.

About the Artists and Curator

Erika DeFreitas is a multidisciplinary conceptual artist who explores the influence of language, loss and culture on the formation of identity. She has exhibited internationally and is a recipient of the 2016 Finalist Artist Prize from the Toronto Friends of Visual Arts. Edie Fake was born in Chicagoland and is now based in Southern California. Through his comics, zines, prints, drawings, and installations, he imagines and reimagines the world. In 2007, Chicago-based Marc Fischer founded Public Collectors to address the lack of many kinds of cultural artifacts in the public collections of libraries, museums and other archives. Baltimore artist Dina Kelberman’s work spans a wide range of media including web-based projects, comics, photography, installation, and writing. She has exhibited and published internationally and is a founding member of the Wham City artist collective. Nellie Kluz is a Chicago-based filmmaker who often focuses on social interactions, belief systems and material realities. She received a 2016 Princess Grace Film Scholarship and her work has been presented at film festivals internationally. Sanaz Mazinani was born in Tehran and is currently based in San Francisco and Toronto. Her work ranges from digital collages and works on paper to large-scale installations, and is regularly exhibited in galleries, museums, and public spaces throughout the world. Eric Oglander is a Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist whose collection of sometimes humourous, sometimes poetic, found images from Craigslist has gained international attention. Los Angeles-based Leah Wellbaum is an artist and musician who has published four books of photography including The Fucking Ocean and The Fucking Ocean Part 2. Exhibition curator Anthony Stepter is the Graduate Program Coordinator for Museum and Exhibition Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He holds an MA in Visual and Cultural Studies from the Art Institute of Chicago.

Complete profiles for all of the artists and the curator will be posted to our website soon.




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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.

RSGC Art Graduates’ Exhibition 

May 21 – June 10, 2017 | Third Floor Hallway Galleries

Hours: Open Daily 8 AM – 8 PM

Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 24 | 7:00 – 9:00 PM | FREE


“Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?” Paul Gauguin

The works, which were created by the Grade 12 art students at Royal St George’s College, are based on the exploration on the themes of memory, sanctuary, conflict, work, relationships, and growing up. Students try to answer Gauguin’s questions that were introduced to them at the beginning of the year.

The show includes, drawing, painting, mixed-media, printmaking, collage, and photography.

I’m So Glad She Found Me

May 28 – June 10, 2017 | Second Floor Hallway Galleries

Hours: Open Daily 8 AM – 8 PM

Artwork by Tanya Bruce

Welcome to a brave new world where curiosity, imagination and some googlie eyes can unlock the hidden potential in everything!

I’m So Glad She Found Me is an art show dedicated to seeing the natural beauty in our constantly changing environment. Humans are drawn to nature and see the beauty in evolution. When leaves fall from the trees, we press them in books. When a boulder breaks down, people start rock collections. Sea shells are treasures, tree stumps are stools and branches fill modern day vases. As one season draws to a close its departure isn’t seen as a failure but as a simple farewell.

Unfortunately, we don’t view our changing cities in the same kind of light. When our creations start to break down or break apart we call those disregarded pieces garbage, gather them up and banish them to a landfill far, far away. Asphalt breaks away from the road, send it to the landfill. Plastic shards from broken containers, metal from cars, shingles from roofs, all garbage and all without value. But I disagree.

I believe there is value in what we build and equal value in what it becomes when left to the elements. It is not a failure when the original purpose is over, it is evolution, the next step in the symbiotic relationship between humans and nature.


I’m So Glad She Found Me is listed as one of Pride’s affiliate events

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2Fik: His and Other Stories

April 6 – June 4, 2017 | Suite 104-105

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

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 6, 2017 | 6:00 – 9:00 PM | FREE


Assuming the multiple roles of artistic director, photographer and model, Montreal-based artist 2Fik stages elaborate tableaux in which he single-handedly plays a cast of characters, both male and female, often re-enacting familiar compositions derived from famous paintings. His photo and performance based works toy with reality and dismantle stereotypes, destabilizing the viewer’s assumed points of reference.

As 2Fik’s first solo show in Toronto, His and Other Stories brings together three recent bodies of work that examine cultural legacies as well as individual and national identity constructs. The centrepieces of the exhibition are his latest compositions that dismantle and reconfigure allegorical representations of nationhood reflected in several historic paintings.

Raising irreverent questions, these satirical reinterpretations subvert the absolutes of nationalistic discourses opening them up to the complex and pluralistic realities of today.

A Primary Exhibition of the 2017 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

Signals & Sentiments

April 27 – June 4, 2017 | Critical Distance (Suite 302) and Artscape Youngplace Stairwells

Hours: Gallery hours are Friday-Sunday from 12-5 pm, and by chance and appointment. Stairwells open every day from 8 am-8 pm. Closed Statutory Holidays.

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 27 | 6:00-9:00 PM | Free

left: Sebastian Benitez, Untitled (from the series Not This Way Either), 2012; right: Josée Pedneault, NÆVUS, 2013–in progress




Critical Distance is pleased to present Signals & Sentiments, a two-part exhibition that examines how gesture functions as a mechanism for the production of identity. In CDCC’s third floor gallery, the exhibition takes the form of an intimate group show for which five Toronto-based artists, Sebastián Benítez, Petar Boskovic, Shelby Fenlon, Maxwell Hyett and Mickey Mackenna, consider the inner workings of the gestural urge. Placing a varied selection of sculpture and photo-based objects in context with each other, exhibition curator Katelyn Gallucci investigates how seemingly divergent artistic gestures might fundamentally derive from inadequacies of language, disposition, desire, and whim.

In Artscape Youngplace’s expansive stairwell spaces, three site-specific installations address the more exterior and transitory dynamics of gesture. Extending themes of self-discovery, the relationship between perception and memory, and the search for emotional connection through time, these encompassing spatial interventions by Maggie Groat and Jimmy Limit (working in collaboration), Karen Henderson, and Josée Pedneault condition the viewer’s bodily response as much as they embody gestural acts and intentions themselves.

Signals & Sentiments is a Featured Exhibition of the 2017 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

About the Artists and Curator

Sebastián Benítez is a Toronto-based artist and curator born in Caracas, Venezuela. His practice explores issues of memory and identity through photography and installation. Petar Boskovic is a photo-based artist currently residing in Toronto. Through generating imagery that inhabits the absurd and intuitive elements of urban space, his practice examines the duality of presence and vacancy. Shelby Fenlon is a Toronto-based artist whose process-driven practice considers the cultural expectations of the photograph, its material constraints, and how they relate to the female body. Maxwell Hyett is a Toronto-based artist whose practice is concerned with how information is made, kept, retrieved, and translated. Mickey Mackenna is a Toronto-based artist who uses gesture and happenstance to manipulate found and industrial materials that provoke relational narratives.

Maggie Groat and Jimmy Limit are interdisciplinary artists based in St. Catharines, Ontario. At the intersection of their individual practices lie mutual fascinations with gardens, the recontextualization of materials, and futurist/dytopic narratives. Karen Henderson is a Toronto artist whose photo-based practice is focused on the relationships between presence, time, and space. Through her “continuous environments”, she explores the mechanisms of photography and the boundaries of perception. Josée Pedneault is a Montreal-based artist whose crossdisciplinary practice poetically navigates the delicate structures and connections that exist between the world and herself.

Exhibition curator Katelyn Gallucci is a photo-based artist currently living in Toronto. She is interested in identity and the psychology of selfhood through the fluidity of representation.

Complete profiles for all of the artists and the curator will be posted to our website 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.

CDCC thanks Artscape Youngplace for their generous support of the stairwell installations.


May 1 – 27, 2017 | Second Floor Hallway Galleries

Hours: Open Daily 8 AM – 8 PM

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 4, 2017 | 6:00 – 9:00 PM | FREE

Image: Brad Necyk – Just A Hard Rain

This exhibition examines how individual and collective experiences of trauma, injury, illness, isolation, recovery, and adjustment are processed; aided and abetted by personal and interpersonal beliefs and behaviours.

ARTISTS: Teresa Ascenção, Stephanie Avery, Marco Buonocore, Cara Cole, Heather Fulton, Sheldon Laporte, Esmond Lee, Barbara Mann, Jaye Martin, Anita McKernan, Brad Necyk, Julie Riemersma, Annette Seip, Tanya Louise Workman

Curator: Claudette Abrams

Advisors: Jeff Bierk, Yuula Benivolski & Tanya Louise Workman

tdsbCREATES Art & Film Exhibition 

May 4 – 18, 2017 | First and Third Floor Hallway Galleries

Hours: Open Daily 8 AM – 8 PM, Flex Studio 107 closes on May 14

Opening Reception: Tuesday, May 9 | 6:30-8:00 PM | Free

Students from across the city express powerful connections to the theme of CHANGE through painting, sculpture, photography and film. Teachers and artist mentors supported students as they developed their voices and artistic skills through engagement in rich creative processes. A jury of professional artists reviewed the students’ proposals, provided meaningful feedback, and selected works for the final exhibition at Artscape Youngplace (May 4-18). Please join us for a special celebration of student voice through art and film at the exhibition reception on May 9th, 6:30pm – 8pm.  Remarks at 7 pm.


April 10 – 28, 2017 | First, Second and Third Floor Hallway Galleries

The artwork produced in the Contemporary Photography program at Etobicoke School of the Arts is dynamic, insightful, courageous, and engaging. Forty-three Grade 12 students have developed their own unique and personal bodies of work exploring a range of themes, including relationships, defining personal space, and re-examining the Garden of Eden. These talented artists use photography in ways that can inspire us all.

Follow them on Instagram @esa_contemporary_photography.

Artists: Ashlyn Abbott, Andrew Alburger, Ben Alexandor, Linda Badgley, Kasia Borkowski, Julia Bradshaw, Jamie Brennan, Gemma Brown, Liam Carley, Ava Cvitkovich, Hannah Da Silva, Dakota Dimson, Grier Drummond, Ruby Evers, Jelena Gajdel, Charlotte Gregg, Emma Guy, Julianna Ham, Mikayla Harrison, Reed Hollett, Sam Holzberg, Catriona Iozzo, Liam Macaloney, Georgia Mackay, Josie Marshall, Max Martin, Michael Mazzei, Eliza McFarlane, Aoife O’Mahony, Krystyna Poremba, Alicia Salvador, Quinn Spurrell, Adrian Stathoukos, Basia Thompson, Gill Thorne, Emma Thomlison, Lianna Turone, Gloria Vytas, Lily Watson, Kennedy Wheller, Jada White, Sean Wilson, Xin Xin


January 2017  – April 2017 | Mural on Shaw Street by Ruth Adler | Presented by Critical Distance- Centre for Curators

Critical Distance is pleased to present the second in our series of Billboards on Shaw, a new initiative through which we are providing opportunities, in partnership with Artscape Youngplace, for curators and artists to propose large format printed artworks for the freestanding mural/billboard structure on our building’s front lawn.

In her 2015–16 object series, multidisciplinary artist Ruth Adler investigates the boundary between real and imaginary. After digitally photographing her own wood constructions, she extends the sculpting process into Photoshop, repurposing an application originally intended for the enhancement of photographic images. Using the computer as a tool to virtually poke, grab, smear, and cut open her constructions, she tests the boundaries of form and materiality, unleashing the sculptures’ inner affective qualities. While many of the works in this series evince a joyful abandon in their spirit of exploration, Lost in Shape embodies a more poignant realization. As Adler states, “When I cut out the object from the photograph, my intention was to use the cutout and discard the empty background. But instead I became interested in how the empty background held onto the shape that was no longer there. It occurred to me that this image mirrored my own life, particularly the recent loss of my father.”

Born in Winnipeg, Ruth Adler lives and works in Toronto and Tel Aviv. Her artwork includes paintings, digital works on paper, animation, and textiles and has been exhibited internationally since the 1980s. She has had numerous solo exhibitions at Jim Kempner Fine Art in New York and the Lonsdale Gallery in Toronto, as well as a retrospective at the Lorber Gallery in Tel Aviv. She has also been commissioned for art and design projects at the Iroquois Hotel in New York and the Schneider Children’s Medical Centre in Israel. In her work, Ruth Adler explores the emotive qualities of colour and form and their relationship to our feelings and thoughts.

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 advocacy, 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. Lost in Shape is the second in our series of Billboards on Shaw, a public art initiative through which we are providing opportunities, in partnership with Artscape Youngplace, for curators and artists to propose large format artworks for the freestanding structure on our building’s front lawn.

Impressions and Reflections

April 24 – 28, 2017 | Flex Studio 107

Hours: Monday 1-6pm, Tuesday 12-6pm, Wednesday 10-4pm, Thursday 10-4pm, Friday 11-1pm

Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 26 | 6:00-10:00 PM | Free

Impressions and Reflections features artworks by Madison Winters and father David Winters.

RSVP to the exhibition show on Wednesday, April 26 from 6:00-10:00 PM here.

David R. Winters

David was born in Port Arthur (now part of Thunder Bay) and raised in Schreiber, Ontario. The oldest of nine children, he attended primary school and high school in Schreiber and left the area in 1969 to study Architectural Technology at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto. After three years of working in construction and then at Ontario Hydro as an exhibit designer, David enrolled at the Ontario College of Art to study Environmental Design (Interiors). In the late nineties he enrolled in and completed the Facilities Management certificate program at Ryerson University in Toronto.

As a youngster David was always interested in drawing and painting and started lessons early with Iris Lidkea, a local artist in Schreiber. In the early 2000’s David and his daughter Madison decided to take art classes together with Toronto artist Dianne Koci. Both David and Madison mounted exhibitions in Toronto, and David exhibited in Elmira Ontario as well.

Upon retiring David began to paint full time and has exhibited frequently in Schreiber and Thunder Bay ON. Since March, 2015, Edgeview Restaurant in Nipigon ON has hosted a continually changing show of his paintings. David is a member of artist run Definitely Superior Art Gallery (Defsup) www.definitelysuperior.comand his work has been included in many Defsup shows and events.

He paints abstract, impressionism, landscape and portrait pieces in acrylic on canvas, hardboard and plywood.

Madison Winters 

Madison was fortunate enough to grow up and live in downtown Toronto for her entire life. Being exposed to so many cultures, ways of life, food, art, and communities has impacted her lifestyle and values. She will be forever grateful to her mom and dad for letting her experience the beauty of Toronto, the arts, and self-exploration.

From a young age, Madison has been inspired by creativity; whether it was performing arts, calligraphy, jewelry design, pottery, or painting. Madison has studied acrylic, oil, and water colour painting for upwards of a decade with private teachers and independently. Her first art show at the age of 15 was a success with over 15 paintings and commissions sold. Although she never went to school for art, it has remained a beloved hobby and form of self-expression throughout her life.


April 6 – 9, 2017 | First, Second and Third Floor Hallway Galleries, Flex Studios 107 & 109

Hours: Open Daily 8 AM – 8 PM

Closing Reception: Saturday, April 8 | 5:00-8:00 PM | Free

Image: Jiayi Luo, (digital print), 2017

SUPERMARKET is an exhibition of photography, video, sculpture, installation, performance, painting, and works on paper by senior students in the Studio program, Department of Arts, Culture, and Media (ACM) at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC).

For more information about this exhibition:

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or contact Juliana Pivato juliana.pivato@utoronto.ca or Alexander Irving airving@utsc.utoronto.ca

The Studio program (B.A.) in the Department of Arts, Culture, and Media at the University of Toronto Scarborough offers students a rigorous academic and interdisciplinary setting to explore photography, video, animation, sculpture, installation, performance, drawing, and painting. We offer specialized courses in digital imaging, kinetic sculpture, sound art, and thematic seminars that explore the relationship between art and globalization, art and politics, and time-based art practices. UTSC Studio students develop a rich combination of technical, theoretical, conceptual, and critical skills that enable them to communicate in a variety of visual languages. Our students explore art as a tool to examine and intervene in visual culture, and to consider the role of creativity in shaping communities locally and globally. This exhibition includes works from senior students in Advanced Studio Practice.

Participating Artists | Patrick “P-Trizzle” Atienza | Syeda Bristy | Cao Cao | Siyuan Cheng | Carol Cheong | Allison Clayton | Idil Djafer | Rachella Du | Kelly Dundas | Roxanne Garcia | Zoe Harvey | Shelley Gu | Jin Li | Zhida Lu | Jiayi Luo | Sally Pang | Mavigail Sergio | Andy Shi | Yi Shi | Xinqi Tian | Claudia Wong | Micah Wong | Valerie Xu | Jingyao Yan | Kristina Zaja | Maggie Zhang | Ming Zhang | Yuxuan Zhu

Precious Commodity

March 5 – April 9, 2017 | Suite 302

Hours: When exhibitions are on – Friday to Sunday 12 PM – 5PM and by appointment, Closed Statutory Holidays

Opening Reception: Sunday, March 5, 2017 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | FREE


Biliana Velkova, Untitled Spruce Tree, fluorescent light tubes, 2014

Critical Distance is pleased to present Precious Commodity, a group exhibition of recent
works by Eunice Luk, Ella Dawn McGeough, Juan Ortiz-Apuy, and Biliana Velkova, curated by Alison Cooley.

Articulating a tension between objects and their ways of being—their forms, their significance,
their social and economic circulation—Precious Commodity brings together artworks that examine the complicated sweetness of things. Unanchoring objects from their exchange within capitalism, the artists in the exhibition resignify them as vessels for fantasy, desire, and alternate possibility. Reflecting on the nature of a world populated by things with definitive practical uses and monetary values, each artist playfully contends with form, usurping existing representations in the service of building new meanings. Ultimately, the exhibition asks how we come to identify with the world of stuff—how we negotiate the fraught ethics of consumerism, how we arrive at and move beyond “sentimental value,” and how we understand the lives of things often considered inanimate. Together, the artists in Precious Commodity look to objects not as static, fixed entities, but as tools for thinking with.

Alison Cooley is a critic, curator and educator based in Toronto, Ontario. Her research deals with the intersection of natural history and visual culture, socially engaged artistic practice, and experiential and interpretative dimensions of art criticism. She is the 2014 recipient of the Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators, and her work has been published in Canadian Art, C Magazine, FUSE, Blackflash and Magenta, among others.

Eunice Luk is currently based in Yokohama, Japan. She has recently exhibited at The Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery and VACANT (both in Tokyo), Swiss Institute and Printed Matter (both in NY), The Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff) and Art Metropole (Toronto). Luk also publishes artist books and multiples under the imprint, ‘Slow Editions’. Slow Editions regularly exhibits at art book fairs in New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo.

Ella Dawn McGeough holds an MFA from the University of Guelph and a BFA from the University of British Columbia. She has exhibited across Canada and internationally (Finland, Beijing, New York), with residencies in Peru and Norway. McGeough is a co-founder of moire.ca, producer of online arts publications, and Friends of Ogden Park, a Toronto-based artist collective whose purpose is to organize games and activities that function as forms of research.

Juan Ortiz-Apuy was born in Costa Rica and has been based in Montreal since 2003. He holds a BFA from Concordia University,a Postgraduate Diploma from the Glasgow School of Art, and
an MFA from NSCAD in Halifax. Recent exhibitions include Gallery 44, Museum London, galerie antoine ertaskiran, and the Quebec City Biennial: Manif d’Art 7. Residencies include Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, the Atlantic Centre for the Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center.

Biliana Velkova is a Vancouver-based artist whose practice incorporates photography, performance and installation to explore issues of consumerist culture, diaspora and social identity. Velkova earned an MFA from the University of Saskatchewan and a BFA from Concordia University. She is currently the Arts Coordinator for the City of New Westminster, and prior to that she was Executive Director of PAVED Arts in Saskatoon.

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 advocacy, 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. Precious Commodity is the part of our annual program of exhibitions, through which we provide opportunities for curators and artists to exhibit and publish within a critical framework.

Heavy-hearted garden party

March 20 – March 31, 2017 | First Floor Vitrines

Hours: Open Daily 8 AM – 8 PM

Opening Reception: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | 7:00 – 9:00 PM | FREE

Heavy-hearted garden party depicts the duality of the Internet’s impact on the human condition in turbulent times.  A constant data stream can be disheartening, consuming, and infectious but it can also be the motive and catalyst for change.  This exhibit includes living plants integrated with ego-systems and cyber relics– objects that depict my anxieties, fears and hopes for the future through clay.

Kaley Flowers is an artist who creates functional and non-functional ceramic sculpture. Each piece she constructs is elaborately decorated- through colour, texture, or illustrated surface.  A graduate of OCAD U, Kaley is influenced by digital culture, Web nostalgia, and the impact of the Internet in this post-Information, post-Internet, tech-focused era. She explores her ideas through a mythology of characters and “cyber artifacts”, creating objects that become ritualistic in purpose.  Her work has been featured in Canadian Art, The Creators Project, The Globe and Mail, and CBC Arts, and is the recipient of the Best of Student Award in the 2016 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.

Homework Illustrative Painting Explorations Exhibition 

March 27 – April 1, 2017 | Second and Third Floor Hallway Galleries

Hours: Open Daily 8 AM – 8 PM, Exhibition closes at 3 PM on April 1

Image: Homework 2016 exhibition – installation detail.

Sheridan College’s Illustration Program students, working in 16 small groups in their 3rd Year Illustrative Painting Explorations course, curated and developed the exhibition themes and artwork for this collection of group exhibitions.

Homework Illustrative Drawing and Painting Exhibition

March 20 – March 25, 2017 | Second and Third Floor Hallway Galleries

Hours: Open Daily 8 AM – 8 PM, Exhibition closes at 2 PM on March 25

Opening Reception: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | 7:00 – 9:00 PM | FREE

Image: Homework 2016 exhibition – installation detail.

OCADU’s Illustration Program students, working in nineteen small groups in their 4th Year Illustrative Painting course, curated and developed the exhibition themes and artwork for this collection of group exhibitions.


Leopold Plotek: No Work, Nor Device, Nor Knowledge, Nor Wisdom

January 19 – March 19, 2017 | Suite 104-105

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

Conceived as Leopold Plotek’s first survey, this exhibition spans five decades, including the debut of his most recent paintings alongside pivotal earlier canvases that establish the artist’s formal investigations and his intellectual rapport with Sigmund Freud, Melanie Klein and Adrian Stokes.

Born in 1948 in Moscow to Jewish parents, Plotek later moved to Warsaw with his father who became an economic attaché to the Polish Embassy in Moscow during the late Stalinist period. Living and working in Montreal since 1960, he has created a substantial body of work that has been extensively exhibited and collected, carving an essential place in Quebec’s artistic history. Initially a protégé of prominent Plasticien artist Yves Gaucher, Plotek became a teacher and major influence himself, forming a new generation of artists who are at the forefront of Canadian painting today, including Allison Katz, Etienne Zack, Martin Golland and Ben Klein.

While staging a picture of Plotek’s evolving subject matter and existential world-view, this exhibition foregrounds his drive to forge a studio production of unique works. The discordance of form and genre that Plotek favours and explores invest his oeuvre with a depth and complexity that defies both modernist traditions and contemporary art market pressures.

Plotek’s radical, immersive works mine the territories of memory and experience, the subconscious and the intellect, the abstract and the figurative. Positioning pictorial space as a vehicle for both narrative content and emotional exploration, Plotek re-imagines architecture and objects, artists, philosophers and gods, displacing the cultural pantheon onto precarious grounds and offering poignant commentary on the current state of Western civilization, its enduring folly and persistently dark psyche.

Guest Curator : E.C. Woodley

About The Koffler Gallery

The Koffler Gallery is located within The Koffler Centre of the Arts, Suite 104-105 in Artscape Youngplace. The mandate of the Koffler Gallery is to offer a dynamic forum for the presentation of contemporary art, developing a year-round program of exhibitions, publications, public programs and educational initiatives, and fostering the production of new works by Canadian and international artists in all stages of their careers. Reflecting diverse cultural, material and aesthetic orientations, the program highlights the contemporary Jewish experience in a unique framework that invites a comparative examination of narratives among people of varied heritages within a larger discussion of identity, memory and place.

2017 Edge: Youth Art Show – Presented by Arts Etobicoke

Wednesday March 1 – Tuesday March 7, 2017 | First Floor Vitrines and Second Floor Hallway Galleries

Now in its 20th year, Edge: Youth Art Show is a free arts education and public exhibition program for youth.

Edge: Youth Art Show showcases work from secondary school students (grades 9-12) in TDSB & TCDSB schools and young people (14-18 years) from agencies across the GTA. This free 7-day exhibition is a non-juried event with over 100 youth from approximately 20 schools and agencies participating each year. All participating schools/agencies receive a scholarship to be used toward enriching their arts education departments.

It’s a great opportunity for young artists to experience exhibiting in professional art gallery, participate in a critique of their work, and connect with working artists and arts communities.

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The Path, The Divide

January 19 – February 19, 2017 | Suite 302 | Exhibition by Brynn Higgins-Stirrup


Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC) is pleased to present The Path, The Divide, a solo exhibition of recent works by Canadian artist Brynn Higgins-Stirrup, curated by Oana Tanase.

Fascinated by the ways in which we confront and reconcile intuitive inquiry with organized thought and form, Higgins-Stirrup has developed a distinctive visual language and practice that revolves around learning systems, geometry, mapping, and writing. Seducing the viewer through technical exactitude and material subtlety, her artworks speak of the space that lies between knowledge and truth, information and meaning.

For this exhibition, curator Oana Tanase has selected a series of works on paper and a mixed media installation that reveal how Higgins-Stirrup incorporates traditional elements and makes use of written language in her art practice. Playing with notions of cognitive processes, such as contemplation and unlearning, The Path, The Divide challenges visitors to an exercise in stationary movement.

A limited letterpress print edition by Brynn Higgins-Stirrup, and catalogue with curatorial essay by Oana Tanase, interview between artist and curator, and full photographic documentation, will accompany the exhibition.

Please join us for an opening reception and edition launch with curator and artist on Thursday, January 19 from 6–10 pm.

Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. Opening coincides with Koffler Gallery’s reception for Leopold Plotek from 6–9 pm on the first floor.

Brynn Higgins-Stirrup received a BFA Honors at Queen’s University in 2013 and studied at Monash University in Australia in 2012. She is currently an MFA candidate in the Penny W Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan. She has exhibited across Canada, the United States and Europe. In 2016 Higgins-Stirrup was awarded an emerging visual artist grant by the Ontario Arts Council and her artworks have been presented at DNA Artspace (London, Ontario), Truck Contemporary (Calgary, Alberta), Transmitter Gallery (Brooklyn, New York), and the international art exhibition The Lesson of Nature, during Bucharest Art Week (Romania).

In House – Benefit Art Show

February 17 – 24, 2017 | Third Floor Hallway Galleries


Image: Megan Price, For All That Was Soft, detail process shot, 2017, cotton, wool, cashmere, marble, variable sizes.

For the 2017 In House benefit art show, Paperhouse Studio has invited eight emerging and established artists to create new work exploring contemporary approaches to working with handmade paper. These artists, whose practices feature an emphasis on materiality and process, have taken to working with handmade paper in a myriad of different ways. The resulting works highlight strong interconnections between notions of labour and temporality, contextualized in relation to personal histories, geologic time, and commonplace objects. Each artist has donated a portion of the new work that they have created in support of the studio and its programming.

Yael Brotman​, ​Melanie Chikofsky​, ​Doug Guildford​, ​Tessar Lo​, ​Tim Manalo, ​Roula Partheniou​, ​Meghan Price​ and ​Natalie Wood.

Paperhouse Studio is pleased to host a panel discussion with select In House artists, beginning at 6:00PM on February 24th. Following the panel discussion, please join us for the opening reception at Critical Distance Centre for Curators and the Third Floor Hallway Galleries at Artscape Youngplace from 7:00PM until 10:00PM.

During the reception, bid on artworks incorporating paper made at Paperhouse Studio, on view in the Third Floor Hallway Galleries at Artscape Youngplace and participate in our draw prize

​*​for a chance to win a variety of exciting handmade goods, books, art supplies, gift certificates for classes, art works and more! Delicious cocktails, oysters, and hors d’oeuvres will be provided by our event partners.

February 24th, 6pm at Paperhouse Studio (Studio 102)


February 24th, 7pm – 10pm at Critical Distance Centre for Curators (Studio 302)

Preview and buyout starts February 17th. Closes at 8:30PM on February 24th. Located at the Third Floor Hallway Galleries, Artscape Youngplace. Event night (Feb. 24) is bidding only.

Friday to Tuesday, Suite 302
12pm to 5pm or by appointment

​RSVP here.​

​*​Draw prize tickets available for purchase now! ($5 each)

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College Montrose Children’s Place Family Art Program Exhibition 

January 30 – February 25, 2017 | First Floor Vitrines


This exhibit was created by children who participated in CMCP’s Family Art program that ran at 5 of our locations. Our Family Art Program is designed to engage families in new creative activities that encourage interest in the arts and demonstrate how the arts contribute to important small motor, cognitive and sensory development.

Through the arts children develop their sense of self and build self-esteem, while developing school readiness skills by gaining experience with independent play, routines and sharing.



Visit College-Montrose Children’s Place (CMCP) in unit LL2 and discover the largest free, accessible, and purpose-built space dedicated to early learning and family support in downtown Toronto. CMCP is a Family Resource Program and Ontario Early Years Centre that, in collaboration with community partners, provides comprehensive, integrated and flexible early learning programs and services, complemented by parenting support and education services to support healthy families and communities across Toronto.

Patti and Rose’s 4th Annual Kids and Youth Art Show – MYTHICAL BEASTS

February 12 – February 25, 2017 | Second Floor Hallway Galleries

Hours: Building Hours are everyday 8am-9pm except Statutory Holidays


Come and see what lurks in the minds of our seemly innocent neighbourhood kids at the 4th Annual Community Kids and Youth Art Show hosted at Artscape Youngplace along the Second Floor Hallway.

See the art of 120 Fabulous Beasts and Mythical Creatures! Please feel free to bring a snack to share on the snack table for the opening reception party.

Farihah Aliyah Shah: Billie Said “Strange Fruit”

January 26 – February 11, 2017 | Exhibition by Farihah Aliyah Shah in the Second Floor Hallway Galleries

Hours: Building Hours are everyday 8am-9pm except Statutory Holidays


The Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers at OCAD U congratulates Farihah Aliyah Shah on this photography exhibition as the recipient of the 2016 Artscape Youngplace Career Launcher prize.

Using self-portraiture and simple installations, Billie Said ‘Strange Fruit’ aims to respond to the current Black Lives Matter movement and past civil rights movements advocating for justice and equality whilst commenting on the lack of representation of black bodies in the history of photography. The series reflects on the significant history of still-life photography and botanical objects and challenges the viewer to elevate fragmented or disenfranchised bodies to the same respect as the popularly photographed succulent. The series lends its name from the 1930s poem “Strange Fruit” which was popularized by Billie Holiday. The poem speaks about the common practice of lynching in the American South. Despite the literal disappearance of this act, the figurative and systemic lynching of black bodies from the contemporary socio-political discourse remains. The series is dedicated to my Uncle Bob, a civil rights activist.

Toronto Offsite Design Festival: Models & Drawings

January 16 – January 22, 2017 | Exhibition in the Third Floor North Hallway Gallery

Hours: Building Hours are everyday 8am-9pm except Statutory Holidays


Models and drawings of built and speculative work by Polymétis, an architecture and landscape design studio based in Toronto, led by Michaela MacLeod and Nicholas Croft. Exhibited work highlights an interest in experimental material applications, phenomenology, and the fusion of manual and digital means of representation.

Projects include Pink Punch (Jardin de Métis 2012, Grand Métis, Québec), Hotbox (Winters Stations 2015, Toronto, Ontario), IceBox (IceBreakers 2017, Toronto, Ontario), Contour Corridor (Public art proposal 2015, Ancaster, Ontario), and Noisy Water (Public art proposal 2015, Bellingham, Washington).

Toronto Offsite Design Festival: Performance Design

January 16 – January 22, 2017 | Exhibition in the Third Floor South Hallway Gallery

Hours: Building Hours are everyday 8am-9pm except Statutory Holidays


‘Performance Design’ is an installation exhibiting the work of performance designers who are shaping contemporary performance in Toronto. Delving into each designer’s relationship to text, collaboration, site, and material, this exhibit showcases individual process and wider creative conversations between artists and audiences. Inherently collaborative, ‘Performance Design’ engages space, time, and object to communicate story and create imaginative possibility.

The Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) is the largest design festival in Canada, with over 100 events and exhibitions taking place across the city of Toronto from January 16-22, 2017. Going into its 7th year, TO DO transforms Toronto into a hub for creativity, taking design and art out of the studio and into the urban sphere, bringing people together to celebrate contemporary culture. We provide opportunities for emerging talent, and engage the community with exceptional and accessible public programming.

Connect with TO DO: todesignoffsite.com

Hillary Matt: Vitrine works 2016

January 17 – January 27, 2017 | Exhibition by Hillary Matt in the First Floor Vitrines

Hours: Building Hours are everyday 8am-9pm except Statutory Holidays


Hillary Matt (b. 1990, Peterborough, Canada) holds a BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design University. Her process involves art-based research that follows phonetic, metaphoric, and poetic associations across pop culture. Visual content for often large-scale, flat work is generated from her findings. Matt recently had her first solo exhibition Chances and Dangers which featured a dozen new works that included painting, drawing, collage, plaster works, and found objects in Gallery A at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery (Oshawa, Canada). She has also shown her work with Carrier Arts Organization (Toronto, Canada). In the spring of 2017, Matt will begin a project surrounding a Hollywood film titled 3 Women, written and directed by Robert Altman in 1977. She will travel to the Palm Springs area of California, USA to search for and document two mural paintings created for the film.

The artist would like to thank and acknowledge Shannon Lea Doyle for organizing Vitrine works 2016.

Crossing the Line: Contemporary Art from Denmark

November 5 – December 11, 2016 | Critical Distance, Third Floor

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.


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

Hours: Friday to Sunday 12 PM – 5 PM


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 re-purposed 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.

The Amoebic Workshop: A Submerged Exhibition

September 23 – October 23 | Critical Distance, Third Floor

Hours: Friday to Sunday 12 PM – 5 PM


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.


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


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.


August 5 – August 26, 2016 | Third Floor Hallway Galleries

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

Closing Reception: August 22, 7 PM – 9 PM


Pixelation 2.0, curated by Zviko Mhakayakora, features 9 artists who explore the ways in which Black identity has been formed, shaped or erased through visual culture. As a grouping, the works in Pixelation highlight the multifarious nature of Black contemporary art and provides a glimpse into what it means to be Black in the context of contemporary Canadian society.

The exhibition will be held on the 3rd floor of Artscape Youngplace and presents work by the artists:

Danièle Dennis (Toronto, ON)
Audrey Hudson (Toronto, ON)
Evan Jerry (Toronto, ON)
Alexandra Johnston (Toronto, ON)
Jessica Karuhanga (Toronto, ON)
Setti Kidane (Toronto, ON)
Anna J McIntyre (Montreal, QC)
Shantel Miller (Toronto, ON)
Bidemi Oloyede (Toronto, ON)

Faces of Regent Park

July 3 – August 27, 2016 | Second Floor Hallway Galleries

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


Faces of Regent Park is a series of twelve photo-based, mixed-media portraits of residents from the newly revitalized neighbourhood. Whereas the permanent outdoor versions have been fabricated into shiny, glass monoliths to match the contemporary design and construction of the entry plaza to Regent Park where they are located, these studio works on birch convey the emotion, personality and humanity of the subjects in more intimate detail through the textures of their distressed surfaces.

Aesthetically the work combines the familiarity of the human face with the distressed surfaces of aged architecture and infrastructure found in the urban environment. The graffiti tags have been meticulously rendered from actual markings found in the neighbourhood and act as representational signifiers of human presence on our streets, while the patterned effects symbolize the energy of human movement that give our cities their kinetic life. The vibrant and contrasting colours found within the backgrounds create a juxtaposition that helps to frame the black and white portraits, while simultaneously presenting the notion that we all stem from the same colourful tree.

The twelve subjects were not easy to pick. As a cross section, they represent everyone who has, does or will live in Regent Park. Their faces are the welcome home to residents, the hello to local and international visitors to the neighbourhood, and the ever-present gatekeepers who will keep watch over Regent Park and remind us that it is through our differences that we gain strength and through our personal relationships that we create community.

Dan Bergeron is a Toronto-born and based visual artist whose work takes the form of large-scale portraits adhered to architectural elements, functional sculptures, billboard interventions or mixed-media paintings. Blending Street Art aesthetics and a deep engagement with communities, Dan’s work employs urban visual culture’s immediacy to foster reflection upon issues of personal identity, social relationships and the spaces that we collectively inhabit. To that end, each project is highly site-specific: the shape and texture of a wall, the history and human uses of a location, or an individual’s connection to a place dictate its content, placement, and form. While the majority of Dan’s work is exhibited publicly, he also maintains a studio practice that forms the basis of his public art and gallery exhibitions.

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Career Launcher 2016: Photography Exhibition

July 7 – July 28, 2016 | Third Floor Hallway Galleries

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


The Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers at OCADU is pleased to present a Photography Exhibition of recipients of the 2016 Artscape Youngplace Career Launcher.

The exhibition will be held on the 3rd floor of Artscape Youngplace and presents work by the artists: Mara Gajic, Antonio Giacchetti, Farihah Aliyah Shah, Nicholas Aiden, and Maddie Alexander.


June 23 – August 21, 2016 | Koffler Gallery

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


SUMMER OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, June 23, 2016 | 6 – 9 PM

Continuing an exploration of urban history initiated during its Off-Site series, the Koffler Gallery invites audiences to venture outside the white cube with a summer project developed by the PED Collective. Including Canadian artists Millie Chen and Warren Quigley and Americans Andrew Johnson, Joan Linder and Paul Vanouse, PED describes itself as “a full service organization slated to inform, entertain and educate” through a range of site-specific, audio bicycle tours designed to reveal layers of a city’s life. PED.Toronto also includes honorary member David Dressner.

PED re-imagines and transforms our experiences of familiar streetscapes, engaging a spectrum of professional and amateur narrators to populate audio tracks delivered via bicycle-mounted speakers. PED’s past projects mined the geographies and civic narratives of Buffalo, NY (USA), Belfast (Ireland), Chongqing (China), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and St. John’s, Newfoundland.

For PED.Toronto, the collective has created a series of bike tours through Toronto’s West Queen West area that examine the city’s shifting identities, multi-faceted realities and imagined potentials. For more information, please go to http://kofflerarts.org/exhibitions/2016/03/16/ped-toronto/

NUIT ROSE Presents: Analog Pride Pavilion

Analog Pride Pavilion (APP) – June 22 and June 25, 2016 | Flex Studio 109

Hours: Wednesday 7 – 11pm, Saturday 7pm – late


This performance piece by Evan Tapper and Scott Sorli is apart of Nuit Rose 2016 at Artscape Youngplace. Inside the installation participants experience an intimate social space, unmediated by mobile technology. APP hosts will be available to assist participants in the art of conversation. This piece will take place both during the Nuit Rose Launch Party on June 22 at Artscape Youngplace, as well as the official Nuit Rose event on Saturday June 25th from 7pm until late.

Toronto Art Book Fair

June 16 – June 19, 2016 | First, Second and Third Floor Hallway Galleries

Hours: Open Daily 11am – 7pm, Sunday June 19 11am – 6pm


Opening Reception: Thursday, June 16, 6-9pm

Featuring DJ Cameron Hodge (NYC), Healing Power DJs (TO) and a Sticker Making Party hosted by ZIPE-ers & Paddy Leung in partnership with Paperhouse Studio and SKETCH

The Toronto Art Book Fair (TOABF) is a free public event taking place June 16th – June 19th 2016 featuring curated exhibitions, 75 Canadian and international vendors, and community programming that includes a speaker series, readings, talks, launches and workshops. In its inaugural year TOABF will highlight over 150 national and international artists, publishers, designers, curators, bookmakers, writers, and performers.

TOABF is dedicated to increasing the visibility, dissemination, appreciation, and understanding of the artists’ book and its contemporary manifestations within the visual arts field in Toronto and abroad. Independent artistic print culture has a rich narrative in Canadian art history, and is an often overlooked aspect of Canadian cultural identity. The goal of TOABF is to highlight these personal and collective stories, and elevate the artistic integrity of artists’ books by presenting artists’ books, multiples, and printed matter by Canadian and international artists to a wide audience.

First Floor Vitrines: Grow Your Hair Long and Send Out The Vibes


Nathaniel Russell was born and raised in Indiana. After college, Russell spent several years in the San Francisco Bay Area making posters, record covers, and woodcuts. He returned to his home city of Indianapolis and now spends his time creating drawings, fake fliers, bad sculptures, wood shapes, and music. Russell’s work is regularly shown around the world in both traditional galleries and informal spaces, usually surrounded by an expanding list of friends, collaborators, and like-minded folk.

Art Metropole is a not-for-profit organisation with a focus on the production, dissemination and contextualization of artist-initiated publication in any media, especially those formats and practices predisposed to sharing and circulation.

Second Floor Hallway Galleries: Publishing | Form | Experimentation (TOABF)


Publishing | Form | Experimentation introduces forward-thinking publications created within the past 5 years by 60 Canadian and international publishers, designers and artists. The exhibition hopes to underline the importance of the material, experiential and aesthetic qualities of the printed book, a subject more current than ever despite lamentations of its mortality.

Participants: Albanese Grafik & frau Diethelm, Archive of Modern Conflict, Laura Asmus, Jeremy August Haik, Simon Bertrand, Irma Boom, Jessi Brattengeier, Erich Brechbühl, Contre-mur, Shezad Dawood, Diorama Magazine, Nicoló Degiorgis & Walter Hutton, Éditions B42, Aurélien Farina, Feed, Foreign, Policy Design Group, David Gan, Raül Garcia Gili, Harpune Verlag, Karl Holmqvist, Hubert & Fisher, Imprimerie du Marais, Pascaline Jessica Knight, Jiazazhi Press, Jin & Park, Sophie Jodoin, KALEID Editions, Mats Kubiak, Yanik Hauschild, Mona Matejic & Hendrike Nagel, La chose imprimée, Lecturis, Marcus Manilius & Fanette Mellier, Karel Martens, Monument, MOTTO Publications, Kristen Mueller, Christof Nüssli & Christoph Oeschger, OK-RM, Aurelie Painnece, Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf et Jean-François Proulx, Walid Raad, Ridinghouse, Pier-Philippe Rioux, Julie Picard, Possibles Éditions, Anne-Marie Proulx, Thomas Sauvin, Chloe Scheffe, Rachel Skimover, Sternberg Press, Studio Fludd, The (M) éditions & Gil Rigoulet & Les Graphiquants, Étienne Tremblay-Tardif, Uncanny Editions, Jim Verburg, Voyage Collective, Sam Winston, Work in Progress, and Robert Zhao Renhui.

Third Floor Hallway Galleries: Somewhere in the Middle (TOABF)

Somewhere in the Middle is comprised of work from five Saskatchewan based multidisciplinary artists. A prairie province situated in the middle of Canada, Saskatchewan is notoriously referred to as the “middle” province. A trope that suggests it can be easily passed over, or may suffer an inferiority complex, such as that attributed to the middle child. This exhibition problematizes this notion of the “middle” by revealing the important artistic, cultural production currently taking place in Saskatchewan. These Artists address locality through a lens that unpacks larger political, environmental, social, and theoretical concerns. Though a seemingly disparate range of works, the underlying common thread is their rigorous production of small books, zines, ephemera and photographs.

Artists: Amalie Atkins, Joi Arcand, Troy Gronsdahl, Ellen Moffat, and Kara Uzelman.

At Typology: Working Title (Toronto Art Book Fair Pop-Up Exhibition)


Hours: Friday–Sunday from 12–5 pm (except statutory holidays) and by appointment

TYPOLOGY is pleased to present Working Title, a pop-up exhibition presented on behalf of the first ever Toronto Art Book Fair hosted at Artscape Youngplace. The exhibition will feature a wide variety of unique and editioned artists’ books, publications, and multiples by local and international artists who have participated in our program over the past three years. The works will be accompanied by images representing the artists’ current or main practices including sculpture, installation, video, photography, and more, as well as extended labels that discuss how and why these artists engage the book format as a sideline to, or more integral aspect of, their artistic practice.

Artists: Lyla Rye, Leif Low-Beer, Manuel Saiz, Cathryn Miller, Janine Miedzik, Josée Pedneault, Brynn Higgins-Stirrup, Maria Flawia Litwin, Nicolas Fleming, Faye Mullen, Susana Reisman, Emily Cook and Christopher Manson


Our Safe Spaces

May 2 – 16, 2016 | Flex Studio 107 & 109

Hours: Open Daily from 9am-5pm

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An Exhibition of Photography by Independent School Students.

Presented by Holy Trinity School & St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School.

‘Our Safe Spaces Project’ invited students to think about the spaces and places in their lives. Students were encouraged to think about where, when and with whom they feel most welcome, accepted, comfortable, and photograph their ‘safe spaces’ in a way that communicates that feeling to the viewer.

At a time when young people are experiencing anxiety, bullying, and peer pressure like never before, this exhibition encouraged over 600 students in Grade 6-12 from seventeen CIS member schools to recognize and depict the spaces where they feel safest.

On The Surface | Susana Reisman

May 7 – June 11, 2016 | Typology, Third Floor

Hours: Friday-Sunday from 12-5pm (except statutory holidays) and by appointment


TYPOLOGY is pleased to present On The Surface | Susana Reisman, featuring the artist’s latest findings from her multi-year investigation into the nature of wood. Encompassing aspects of both drawing and painting even as it foregrounds relationships between sculpture and photography, the exhibition includes a selection of large-scale colour photographs and several freestanding wood sculptures.

In her surprisingly painterly photographs of industrial wood finishing rooms, Reisman makes visible, through the material’s apparent absence, the many layers, and intensive labour, that must be applied to re-surface wood products for commercial purposes. Conversely, her exquisitely tactile sculptures, left in various states of fabrication and finish, evince the vivid and varied marks of her experimental method of “drawing” into their surfaces with a table saw. Where the photographs speak to processes of surfacing in wood’s absence, the wood sculptures make present a new awareness of surface by virtue of the tangible marks made upon them, a visible index of the artist’s manual explorations on wood to varying depths and degrees.

As a meditation on both formal and conceptual interfaces between wood’s multiple planes, On The Surface is a visual delight which belies the artist’s deeper concern and ambivalence toward humanity’s desire for perfection as expressed in our fraught relationship with the natural world. The exhibition will be accompanied by a new catalogue featuring an original curatorial essay and full documentation of the show.

On The Surface is a Featured Exhibition of the 2016 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

Bad Behaviour

May 16 – June 5, 2016 | Third Floor, Hallway Galleries

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


This group exhibition features the work of eight female photographers based in Toronto. Formed in 2014, the collective created a mandate to support women’s voices in photography through SOFIA (Society of Females in Art). Each member is exhibiting a body of work interpreting the chosen theme of Bad Behaviour, where adolescence, social rebellion, regret, body image, fears, secrets, and emotional catharsis are explored.

Artists: Anya Chibis, Regina Garcia, Angela Lewis, Kerry Shaw, May Truong, Brooke Wedlock, Michelle Yee, Raina Kirn

Curated by Clare Vander Meersch


May 25 – June 10, 8am – 9pm daily | Second Floor, Hallway Galleries

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



from my perspective;

from where I stand;

from my point of view;

the way I see it.

Mindset is an annual juried photography exhibition presenting works by artists who are members of Workman Arts. Participating artists respond to the concept of “mindset” to reflect on individual and collective experiences, beliefs and thoughts as they contribute to mental attitude or disposition. Works in this exhibition examine how our mental attitudes influence our interpretations of events, our environment, and our relationships.

Participating Artists:

Claudette Abrams

Mark Belvedere

Marco Buonocore

Jaene Castrillon

Treese Flenniken

Heather Fulton

Sean Patenaude

Annette Seip

Tanya Workman

Jurors: Lise Beaudry, Marco Buonocore, Sharon Switzer

Script, Stage, Screen | Ciprian Mureșan 

April 1 – May 1, 2016 | Typology,Third Floor | Daily Screenings, Friday – Sunday 12pm – 5pm


TYPOLOGY presents Script, Stage, Screen | Ciprian Mureșan, curated by Oana Tanase. Featuring a critical selection of this internationally known artist’s experimental films, Script, Stage, Screen is the first solo exhibition of Mureșan’s work in Toronto, which we are very pleased to present in partnership with the 29th edition of the Images Festival (April 14–23, 2016).

Through the use of puppetry, Mureșan engages performative modes of writing, enacting, and visualizing both the absurd and the whimsical, bringing viewers into surprising and intimate discourse with crucial themes of our times. Whether performing the scripts of influential playwrights such as Saviana Stănescu (Dog Luv, 2009) or generating new texts (I’m Protesting Against Myself, 2011, in collaboration with Gianina Cărbunariu, or Untitled, 2015, with members of the community), Mureșan’s projects speak to ideals of collective intelligence even as they concede the continuing failure of true communality. The audience is challenged not only to reflect upon themes of trust and belief, and the violence that often characterizes interactions between the self, society, and structures of power, but also to imagine a hybrid space in which the ordinary and fantastic can coexist.

The films are supplemented with selections from an outstanding list of publications that offer multiple perspectives on Mureșan’s engagement with both the real world and works of others, and with the visual, literal, political and metaphorical discourses these works encompass. Script, Stage, Screen will also be accompanied by a new catalogue featuring an original essay by the Romanian-born, Toronto-based curator and researcher (and current TYPOLOGY curatorial resident) Oana Tanase. Dates for a catalogue launch and other exhibition-related events will be announced soon. For more information, visit our website at http://typology.ca/exhibition/script-stage-screen/

About the Artist

Ciprian Mureșan (b. 1977) lives and works in Cluj, Romania. Recent solo exhibitions and presentations include: Working from Language, Salonul de proiecte, Bucharest (2015), Your survival is guaranteed by treaty, Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest (2015), Presentation and Video Screening, Centre Pompidou – Cinema 2, Paris (2015), Obstacle Racing, Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig (2014), Stage and Twist (with Anna Molska), Tate Modern, London (2012), and Recycled Playground, on view successively at FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims (2011), Centre d’art contemporaine, Geneva (2012), and Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2013).

His work has also been featured in a number of important international group exhibitions, including: Chercher le garçon, Musée d´art contemporain du Val-de-Marne MAC/Val (2015), Mapping Bucharest: Art, Memory and Revolution 1916–2016, MAK–Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art (2015), Workers leaving the studio. Looking away from socialist realism, National Gallery of Arts, Tirana (2015), Allegory of the Cave Painting, Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp (2014), Six Lines of Flight: Shifting Geographies in Contemporary Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) (2012), Les Promesses du passé, Centre Pompidou, Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris (2010); The Generational: Younger Than Jesus, New Museum, New York; and The Seductiveness of the Interval, the Romanian Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009). Since 2005, Mureșan has been a member of the editorial team at IDEA arts+society magazine.

About the Curator

Oana Tanase is a Toronto-based independent curator and researcher. She holds a MA in Art History and Theory from the National University of Arts in Bucharest, Romania and is currently completing her PhD thesis that aims at discussing documentary practices in contemporary art.

Her latest curatorial projects in Toronto include Moving right along | Nicolas Fleming (with Shani K Parsons), TYPOLOGY, Dan Perjovschi: As If All Yesterday’s News Should Be Rehearsed Today For A Better Tomorrow, YYZ Artists’ Outlet; Community (Love) Creates Change (with Denise Moraze), Peter MacKentrick Community Gallery; and Before and After: Celebrating 100 Years of The Barns (with Vid Ingelevics), Artscape Wychwood Barns. Previously, she worked as a curator at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest (2006-2012) and as an assistant curator at the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst in Leipzig (2005-2006).

This exhibition is presented in partnership with the 29th edition of the Images Festival (April 14–23, 2016), produced in collaboration with Galeria Plan B Cluj/Berlin, and proudly supported by dekla.

Raymond Boisjoly: Over a distance between one and many

April 14 – June 12, 2016 | Koffler Gallery

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


The Koffler Gallery presents a solo exhibition of new work by Raymond Boisjoly.

Of Haida and Quebecois heritage, Vancouver artist Raymond Boisjoly explores indigenous identity within the context of change and cultural adaptability, tapping into his own subjectivity as well as the wider lens of cross-cultural contemporary positions. His process is situated in proximity to photography, concerned with the nature of technology and its transmission as a means to record and understand cultural transformation. Exploring the politics of representation, his work intentionally misuses technology to produce complex images that complicate readings.

A Primary Exhibition of the 2016 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

FLIGHTS & LANDINGS | Tamara Gayer, Christine Gedeon, Janine Miedzik

March 12– late 2015 | Stairwells, Hallway Galleries

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


TYPOLOGY is pleased to present FLIGHTS & LANDINGS, a two-part exhibition of work by three multidisciplinary artists from three different cities: Brooklyn-based Tamara Gayer, Berlin-based Christine Gedeon, and Toronto-based Janine Miedzik. Known for their visually engaging, site-responsive approaches to installation, each artist will debut a large-scale project in one of the stairwell galleries at Artscape Youngplace (the Flights), complemented by a selection of smaller artworks representing object-oriented aspects of their practices in the project space (the Landings).

Note: While the project space portion of this exhibition is only on view through April 19, the stairwell installations will remain through late 2015.Each artist draws upon sources unique to her individual history and experiences, yet they all share a lifelong fascination with cities and the built environment, symbolic representations of both in maps and signs, and the commercial methods and materials used in related trades. Translating physical and mental states of transition into the idiosyncratic lines, patterns, and planes of pure colour which make up their striking and immersive artworks, Gayer, Gedeon and Miedzik invite viewers to become fellow travelers through the playful and expansive mind-spaces of their respective imaginations..

Not a Place on a Map: the Desh Pardesh Project

May 26 – June 9, 2016 | First Floor Hallway Galleries

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


Desh Pardesh (“home away from home” in Hindustani) was a groundbreaking multidisciplinary arts festival that took hold of the GTA from 1988-2001. Desh was dedicated to providing a venue for underrepresented and marginalized voices within the South Asian diaspora. Programming and conversations about feminism, class, sexuality, access, disability, race, caste, imperialism, and capitalism were central to the festival’s existence.

Drawing from the history of Desh Pardesh Not a Place on a Map,  facilitates intergenerational relationships between artists and activists of colour based in Toronto. This three-year initiative includes an oral history project about Desh, a mentorship program, social gatherings, exhibitions, workshops, and the development of an online archive.

This exhibition will offer excerpts from recent interviews with Desh members, alongside rare photographs and video footage of the festival. It will provide glimpses of the socio-political context into which Desh inserted itself, as well as a series of snapshots of the urgent and complex home away from home the festival served for so many.

Desh inspired and fostered the growth of many artistic and community-based initiatives, including SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre). SAVAC is a non-profit, artist-run centre that works to increase the visibility of artists of colour by curating and exhibiting their work, providing mentorship, and facilitating professional development.

To get involved in the Not a Place on a Map project, contact Anna Malla at anna@savac.net.

Facebook: “Not a Place on a Map: the Desh Pardesh Project”

Twitter: @Desh_Project

Etobicoke School of the Arts Photography: Presence

May 2 – 14, 2016 | First, Second and Third Floors, Hallway Galleries

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


Etobicoke School of the Arts is proud to help the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival celebrate its 20th anniversary by showcasing the work of 41 talented photographers in their senior year of high school. The Exhibition will be a culmination of student exploration and research resulting in contemporary photography that will make audiences think, feel, and become present. Join us in celebrating the work of these very talented artists who have won nearly 200 unprecedented international photography awards in their senior year alone.


April 14 to May 1, 2016 | First, Second and Third Floors, Hallway Galleries | Free | Open Daily 8 am – 9pm


tdsbCREATES is a system-wide celebration of dance, drama, media arts and visual arts culminating in a festival which takes place April 1 to May 1, 2016 in schools, communities, galleries, and performing arts venues around the city of Toronto.  Students, teachers, and artists will come together as a community to create, celebrate, and learn together.  The tdsbCREATES Art & Flim exhibition, featuring works from students in Grades 7-12, will take place at Artscape Youngplace from April 14 to May 1, 2016.

This year’s tdsbCREATES Arts festival is all about being Open – open to ideas, open to creativity, and open to one another.

What happens when we open our hearts and minds?
How does openness stimulate creativity?
Unlock the door, open a window- what happens?
When you close a door, does another door open?

No Walls Between Us by Pablo Muñoz

Artscape Youngplace is proud to host the winning mural of the National Youth Solidarity art contest, by Canadian migrant-rights activist Pablo Muñoz, in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Michaëlle Jean Foundation and Street Art Toronto. Selected as winner by more than a thousand Canadians of all ages from across the country, Vancouver-based artist and rights activist Pablo Muñoz received $1,000 and worked with a seasoned public art practitioner to have his art mounted on the western wall of the AGO and now on Shaw Street at Artscape Youngplace. His work, No Walls Between Us, highlights the unique experiences of migrant and racialized LGBT youth. It was one of six pieces of art chosen by a jury to represent the theme of “Solidarity with Canada’s Two-Spirited and LGBTTIQQ Communities,” in an unprecedented exhibition celebrating WorldPride Toronto 2014. This project is actively supported by more than 55 human rights, faith-based, arts, newcomer, Aboriginal and health organizations across Canada. For a full list of project collaborators, click here.

About Pablo Muño Colombian-born Pablo Muñoz arrived to Canada as a refugee in 2000. Today, he is an accomplished citizen whose artistic work extends from painting, design, performance art and writing, and his community work centers around immigrant and refugee youth issues, intersections of queer and racialized identities, and solidarity with indigenous communities. Over the past year, Pablo worked on the Make it Count campaign — a project that created community dialogues across the province addressing challenges faced by migrant youth. He is currently working as a story editor on a documentary telling the story of queer refugees coming into Canada. He also is a member of the Vancouver Foundation’s Education Granting Committee and the City of Vancouver’s Youth Advisory Committee. The Youth Solidarity Project is funded in part by StreetARToronto, a program of the City of Toronto, as well as the K.M. Hunter Foundation.

About the 4th Wall program In theatre, the “fourth wall” is an imaginary screen that creates a virtual separation between actor and spectator. There are many ways to cross the fourth wall and to make the invisible visible. The Michaëlle Jean Foundation chose to do so through the 4th Wall: Make the Invisible Visible program, in collaboration with several prestigious Canadian museums and art galleries. The goal is to invite young creators to break down the invisible walls that create solitudes between individuals and communities across Canada, by opening the doors of our major cultural institutions to emerging creators from marginalized backgrounds. The Foundation offers museum and art gallery space and bursaries to youth from disadvantaged backgrounds, often cut off from museums, so that they can produce original art that conveys their experiences, ideas and challenges. On display for the public to see, their work provokes debate and builds solutions.


April 7-9 from 12pm to 6pm and April 10 from 12pm to 4pm | First, Second and Third Floors, Hallway Galleries | Free

Closing Reception: Saturday April 9, 6:00 to 9:00 pm, refreshments and cash bar available.


Lethologica is an interdisciplinary exhibition of conceptual art, created by fourth year students, from the Studio program at the University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus.

What does ‘lethologica’ mean? Lethologica is an unofficial word describing the phenomenon of “losing” a word as you’re about to say it.

Andy AQUINO, Daniel BERNAL, Pedro CHAN, Young Soo CHO, Celeste HAMILTON, Meena Harry PERSAD, Sarah LACASSE, Monika LATIF, Audrey MANUEL, Dhanisha MISTRY, Jes MULI, Chantal NABERT, Olivia WALLACE, Kristina ZAJA, Muzhen ZHANG, Yiling CHEN, Jason CHONG, Elvina CHU, Yi CHU, Emily Minjoo JUNG, Elyse LEDREN, Sharon LIN, Megan Francis MACDONALD, Ping YUAN, Peter WANG, Karen WONG, TJ Haoxuan. YANG, Alma YUAN, Mao Mao ZHAO, Runxin ZHENG, Desheng ZHONG

All At Once

March 9 – 19, 2016

Studio 109 | Free | Open Wednesday through Saturday 12 – 5 pm
Third Floor Hallway Galleries | Free | Open Daily 8 am – 9pm

Artists: Jacqueline Brum, Brittany Closs, Robert Anthony O’Halloran, Julian Reeves, Sheldon Storey, Raymond Vidal

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 10, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

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OCAD University’s Sculpture/Installation Program— in collaboration with Angell Gallery, Beaver Hall Gallery, Birch Contemporary, Gallery 1313, Koffler Centre of the Arts at Artscape Youngplace and Lonsdale Gallery— is pleased to announce the 2016 Sculpture/Installation Thesis Exhibitions series titled All At Once, taking place from March 2 to April 24, 2016. This series of seventeen exhibitions will feature the multi-media artworks of 4th-year students in professional Toronto galleries. ocadu.ca/allatonce

All At Once

March 22 – April 2, 2016 | Studio 109 | Free | Open Wednesday through Saturday 12 – 5 pm

Artists: Teddy Dinsmore, Marissa Da Silva, Sooyeong Lee, Jessica Rysyk and Laura Wood

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 24, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

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OCAD University’s Sculpture/Installation Program— in collaboration with Angell Gallery, Beaver Hall Gallery, Birch Contemporary, Gallery 1313, Koffler Centre of the Arts at Artscape Youngplace and Lonsdale Gallery— is pleased to announce the 2016 Sculpture/Installation Thesis Exhibitions series titled All At Once, taking place from March 2 to April 24, 2016. This series of seventeen exhibitions will feature the multi-media artworks of 4th-year students in professional Toronto galleries. ocadu.ca/allatonce

Homework – Illustrative Drawing and Painting Exhibition from OCADU

March 21 – March 26 | Second and Third Floors, Hallway Galleries | Free | Open Daily 8 am – 9pm, except Saturday Mar 26, 8am – 2pm

Informal artist reception – Wednesday, March 23, 7 – 9pm


Students from OCADU’s Illustration Program exhibit twelve independently curated exhibitions developed in their Illustrative Painting course.


Homework Illustrative Drawing and Painting Exhibition from Sheridan College

March 28 – April 2 | Second and Third Floors, Hallway Galleries | Free | Open Daily 8 am – 9pm


Students from Sheridan College’s Illustration Program exhibit twelve independently curated exhibitions developed in their Drawing and Painting Explorations course.


OPTIMYTHIC: Shawn Postoff

March 10 – 24 | Studio 107 | Free | Open Daily 8 am – 8 pm

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Webspinner Shawn Postoff presents a selection of sculptural mosaics created over the past decade.

Combining glass, tile, stone, metals, and found objects, each piece is a glittering doorway into a broad, online storytelling network of text, image, and film.


Edge: Youth Art Show

March 2 – 8, 2016
 | Second Floor Hallway Galleries | Free | Open Daily 8 am – 9pm

Symposium and Reception: Wednesday March 2, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

WE’RE CELEBRATING 19 years of student achievement in the visual arts with a sharpened focus on arts education!

Edge: Youth Art Show is open to all Secondary School Students (grades 9-12) and young people (14-18 years) in TDSB & TCDSB schools & agencies across the GTA. It is a free 7 day exhibition of student artwork. It is non juried with over 100 high school students & youth from approximately 20 schools and agencies across the GTA participating in the program each year.
 It’s a great opportunity for youth to experience exhibiting in a professional art gallery, and connect with our learning centre, working artists and arts communities.

Edge: Youth Art Show is generously supported by Qualcomm Foundation and the Kiwanis Club of Kingsway Humber.

A Waste of Time

February 15-27, 2016 | Second Floor Hallway Galleries | Free | Open Daily 8 am – 9pm

Waste of Time

Within a capitalist framework art is considered to be a “waste of time”. Artist Coco Guzman agrees with this statement and looks forward to inviting you to waste more time.

“A Waste of Time” is a playful manifesto on the role that art and time have in our society: notions of productivity and value are questioned by the content and the materials used in each drawing. Each original art pieces are “sold” by “quality time activity” (like cooking dinner, going for a walk, writing a poem, etc) instead of $$. A Waste of Time is a statement on the revolutionary potential of taking time to dare, socialize, explore, experiment and do absolutely nothing.

This exhibition is not only an intellectual analysis on how we use our time, but it is a personal challenge for Coco Guzman, who, like many people in Toronto, struggle to find the time to be creative for the sake of being creative.

Visible Cities

An exploratory exhibition by Trevor Campbell

February 20 – March 5, 2016 | Third Floor Hallway Galleries | Free | Open Daily 8 am – 9pm


Do you see yourself in your city? Visible Cities explores five global cities–NYC, Paris, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Toronto–and asks: what local stories are hidden from view and how can design make them visible?

With increasing frequency, our cities are designed for optimal participation in the global market. To focus this message within the vision of a city branding strategy, dominant urban narratives describe and prescribe identity and experience onto citizens: who we are and the way we live is censored, edited, and re-appropriated by a select group of stakeholders. The effects of this can be felt in and across many arenas, but with particular potency on urban public space–the public commons in which citizens have a right to see themselves reflected in their city. Local stories keep our cities distinct, vibrant, and responsive (just like their citizens!). Making these stories visual is a powerful way to express and claim the way we see ourselves and our cities.

Through print, digital, and structural design, Visible Cities explores accessible and responsive strategies for reclaiming urban localities through public design.

Visible Cities Speaker Series

Continue the conversation by seeing how others are helping to visualize stories in public space. Each presentation will be approximately 25 minutes, followed by a short Q+A period.

Alia Scanlon, Jane’s Walk Toronto: Wednesday, February 24 at 6:30 p.m.

Lisa Marie DiLiberto, Tale of a Town: Friday, February 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Facebook: facebook.com/visiblecities | Twitter: @visible_cities | Instagram: @visiblecities


Sonic Seeing – Jan Swinburne and Jace Traz

January 11 – February 12, 2016 | Second Floor, Hallway Galleries | Free | Open Daily 8 am – 9pm

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Many artists work in alternate disciplines and do not differentiate between different expressive forms. Music and painting are often one of those intersections. This is very much reflected in the descriptive language of these mediums. Terms and concepts like textures, space, dynamics, progressions, ambience, foreground and the like become interchangeable in the quest to describe and understand.

Jan Swinburne and Jace Traz have teamed up to combine their passions for painting and sound in the exhibition Sonic Seeing where their visual art plays counterpoint to their audio expressions.

Image Credit:

Jan Swinburne, Challenges Gauge Trusted Affect or CGTA2011
Jace Traz, Strawburied Treasure
Jan Swinburne, Alight Through Green Complexity or ATGC2012

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Venue Sponsor:


In Memory of Pamela Josephine Gibson

This exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the Pamela Gibson Emerging Artist Program at Workman Arts. Donations to the Pamela Gibson Emerging Artist Program support professional training and presentation opportunities for Workman Arts member artists to develop professional arts practices.

Katherine Hartel:   Drawing A Day Project ~ 2015

January 13 – January 29, 2016 | Third Floor, Hallway Galleries | Free | Open Daily 8 am – 9pm

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An exhibition of selected drawings to mark the end of this year long project. In this year of turning 60, the question of how my artmaking relates to my life, the life of others and the world was the driving force in creating the project.  This series of 365 drawings on paper began with the quest to connect visually with my life in a range of media and approaches. The images express my observations, yearnings, foibles, and sadness;  whether it be my granddaughter showing off how she can run in her new pink running shoes, or the shoes of our family standing at the side of my father’s open grave.

Throughout the past year, my drawings have been uploaded daily at:  www.drawingadayproject2015.blogspot.ca.  They are made in a variety of media and in a range of ways; including from direct observation, memory, photographic and media sources and pure imagination.

Personal reactions to my work became integral to the process.  It seems that the act of watching the blog became as much a daily ritual for others as it has for me. Photos or comments sent to me often inspired more drawings, for example, the story of a rare monarch butterfly sighting after a friend’s funeral (drawing 258) or being asked by my cousin to draw her dying father’s hands (drawing 317).

My goal for this year long process was to capture life, however it occurs that day, with as much authenticity, connectedness and rawness as I can muster.

For more information:    www.drawingadayproject2015.blogspot.ca
For more information about my work:     www.katherinehartel.com
Contact:   katherine.hartel@gmail.com


November 30, 2015 – January 9, 2016 | Second Floor, Hallway Galleries | Free | Open Daily 8 am – 9pm

A solo exhibition of work by Allison Morris.

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It’s All Greek to Me

November 26, 2015 – January 9, 2016 | Third Floor, Hallway Galleries | Free | Open Daily 8 am – 9pm

Curated by Artemis Potamianou and Julie René de Cotret

Artists: Lanfranco Aceti, Campus Novel, Jefferson Campbell-Cooper, Kosta Christopolous, Yiannis Grigoriadis, Yiannis Isidorou, Jenny Marketou, Giorgos Papadatos, Poka-Yio, Artemis Potamianou, Makrigiannis Stilianos, Anonymous

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It’s all Greek to me is a curatorial collaboration with Artemis Potamianou, an accomplished curator and artist. One of the motivators behind this exhibition was the desire to share the art practice of contemporary Greek artists with our audience, another was to empower a direct channel for Greek cultural expressions on the current financial, social and political realities that they are experiencing. We have also included the works of two Canadian artists who have exhibited in Athens, adding outsider experiences to the range of expressions included in the exhibition. As a fellow artist/curator I am deeply honoured to work with Artemis Potamianou and the range of artists we have selected for It’s all Greek to me.

Sincerely, Julie René de Cotret

Image: Mindfulness, Video still, Poka Yio, 2015


October 3 to November 28, 2015 | Hallway Galleries, Second Floor

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A solo painting show by Joy Broadbent​

An hourglass encompasses balance: two equal halves, one empty and one full, both grounding and resisting each other in order to achieve a measure of time. The middle of the hourglass – the tension where opposites meet – is reflected in the imagery present in my works: Male/Female; Freedom/Restraint; Desert/Oasis; Land/Sea; Exposure/Concealment.

HOURGLASS, a collection of paintings, was born largely out of a recent trip I took to Arizona with my sister to make our short film ‘Clearing Spaces V’. I was inspired by the vast and spiritual landscape of the desert, its self-sustaining plants and cacti. I was compelled to paint Arizona’s sun-bleached colours, capturing the warmth, dryness, and emptiness of a space that, upon reflection, was full of life.

This collection of paintings is an exploration of still-life and figures. It pairs flat, soothing colours with luminescent highlights, creating erased, sculptural forms. The paintings are layered with paint in order to both uncover and shelter objects and images. HOURGLASS is a reflection of the focused and minimal quality of the desert that grapples with the inner journey of being emptied and filled.

All work for purchase at show.


November 10 to 22, 2015 | Third Floor, Hallway Galleries | Free | Open Daily 8 am – 9pm

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A solo exhibition showcasing the recent, transformative works of Toronto based artist Stella Cade. In this series, Cade seeks to evoke imagery representative of the darkest parts of ourselves.

Emily DiCarlo: Between You and Me

October 3 to November 8, 2015 | Hallway Galleries, Third Floor

In this globally collaborative exhibition organized by artist-curator Emily DiCarlo, a shared moment in time acts as a catalyst for connection and intimacy, despite physical and temporal distances.

Working with the experience of a sunset as the central focus, three works shape Between You and Me, in the form of photographs, audio, and video. Further immersing the visitor’s experience, the exhibition space bathes in sunset tones, produced by full-spectrum colour “HUE” lighting.

In Set Together, DiCarlo collects photo documentation of sunsets from nearly 100 participants around the world. Invited to share their snapshots through social media on June 21, 2014 – the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere – the project explores the interplay between simultaneity and displacement by attempting to render collectively lived experiences into one compounded time and space. Originally conceived as an online project, a selection of the photos present themselves in physical format for the first time.

Same Time, Always Behind, an ongoing series that began in 2009, expresses the connective power between two individuals miles apart. DiCarlo performs with a collaborator living at least one time zone away to witness and document a sunset “together”. Performed within the same 24-hour duration, each participant captures their respective time zone’s sunset and logs their subjective observations. In this exhibition, two of the most recent iterations of this performance are presented.

In Same Time, Always Behind: Toronto/Eindhoven, DiCarlo partnered with Hanneke Wetzer, an Eindhoven-based artist and designer, to complete the performance-for-video. Acting as an addendum to the subtitles in the video, Generational Translator presents their logged experiences from the performance in the form of translated letters produced by each artist’s grandparent: Wetzer’s grandfather, Gerard Wetzer, translating the English subtitles to Dutch, and DiCarlo’s grandmother, Jean Boneschankser, translating the Dutch subtitles to English.

For the first time in this series, Same Time, Always Behind: Toronto/Bordeaux focuses on the ambient sounds of experience opposed to visual impressions. Working with interdisciplinary artist Guillaume Adjutor Provost in France, DiCarlo transferred the digital audio recordings of their sunset observations to vinyl records. With intention to be simultaneously played on a traditional DJ turntable deck, the time and distance between original experiences folds to conceptually live as one shared experience.

Emily DiCarlo is a Toronto-based artist and curator. Her work explores the intensifying postmodern need for connection and communal interaction, and frequently works with time and duration as a malleable medium. She has exhibited her work locally in Toronto and Quebec City, and abroad in The Netherlands, Greece, Hungary and Costa Rica.

The Artscape Youngplace and Curators’ Network Canada Partnership was formed in 2014 to create exciting professional development and exhibition opportunities for curators. Selected from a call for proposals by a panel of professional curators, Between You and Me is the inaugural exhibition of this initiative.

Sponsored in kind by Philips Lighting Canada. Presented by Artscape Youngplace and Curators’ Network Canada in partnership.

Impressions | Jamie Ashforth

Curated by Erin Kjaer September 14 – 27, 2015


Featuring a collection of monoprints from artist Jamie Ashforth, Impressions explores themes and narratives concerning memory and identity. “Identity is as fluid as oil being absorbed by paper; versions of ourselves emerge and dissolve, leaving impressions on our environments, and on each other.”


September 14 – 27, 2015 | Organized by Nest Collective


In a world that often feels so ephemeral, how do we relate to ourselves and our environments? In what ways are we anchored by artistic practice in this electronic age? Landscape, solid and present. A body, rendered deliberately. Abstraction, physical and dynamic. A voice, a manifestation of experience. Performance, weighted and tangible. Stella Cade | Michelle Cieloszczyk | Daniel Griffin Hunt | Andre Kan | Sharon Katz | Dana Korounets | Christina Mazzulla | Scott Sawtell…| Craig Skinner | Elly Smallwood | Cortney Stephenson | Justin Yong | Mony Zakhour Image: Michelle Cieloszczyk

Feminist Architectures

September 16 – 27, 2015

WIA Projects

WIAprojects for 2015-16, is interested in the creative use, and transgressive potential of, non-institutional spaces, the spaces in between and outside of the conventional galleries or academic settings where women and feminism, as praxis in particular, leak out of the cracks and make a mark. We do not intend to define feminism per se but rather to map a presence – perhaps intangible and ill-defined but certainly energetic, active, and persistent – in culture and in society. Wall works by New York artist Adrienne Reynolds and Toronto-based ARTIFACTS (Pam Patterson & Leena Raudvee) explore imagery which defines how, and engages with, the limitations and potentials of feminist theoretical and architectural space. They articulate imagery through vectors of activity and/or, as bodies contained by/in structures. The work is critiqued and reframed by academic and cultural critic Dina Georgis. This critique (presented in the opening panel on Wednesday Sept 23) will stimulate discussion and affect how the work will be re-presented in future exhibitions. ARTIFACTS (Pam Patterson & Leena Raudvee) & Adrienne Reynolds


September 16 – 27, 2015


The girls & women of the Girls’ Art League community are showing our stuff at this Feminist Art Conference satellite show at Artscape Youngplace! We will be exhibiting work by teenaged students, next to adult students, next to artist instructors at GAL. Featuring work by: Meghan Farbridge Amy Wong Christine Dewancker Claire Richardson Talia Marcheggiani Carolyn Beattie Milena Roglic Erica Beyea …and many more to be announced! ABOUT GAL: Our mission is to empower girls and women through visual arts. Girls of all artistic abilities, socio-economic backgrounds, and lived experiences should have the opportunity to develop and exercise their artistic voice. We believe that this artistic voice and an empowered creative practice are cultivated when we connect, share, and learn from each other.

Artists in Exile: Tibetans Of Toronto

September 17 – 24, 2015


Artists in Exile: Tibetans Of Toronto is a weeklong arts festival featuring local Tibetan-born artists Chuchi Dhondup Robatsong, Khydup Gyatso, Lobsang Tenpa, Lungtok Gyatso, and Tsultrim Nyampo. Having fled their homeland, where their culture has been suppressed by Chinese occupation since the 1950’s, these artists have found refuge here in Toronto, home to one of the largest Tibetan exile communities outside of Nepal and India. This festival is a unique opportunity to hear their stories of life in exile and experience artworks steeped in a distinct cultural and spiritual heritage as presented by contemporary Tibetan-born artists. As part of the Artscape Youngplace open studio event “Recess”, we will be kicking off the week’s festivities Sept 17 at 5:30pm with an Opening Ceremony And Celebration including live performances and traditional Tibetan foods. The week’s program will feature a standing art exhibition, butter sculpture workshop, Wild Yaks storytelling event, an Introduction To Tibetan Buddhism and Meditation led by Khenpo Tsultrim Namdak Rinpoche and a Jayu Speaks panel discussion that includes the exhibiting artists and guests. A HUGE THANK YOU to our partners Artscape Youngplace, Jayu: Human Rights Film Festival, Coffee Pubs, Centre For Social Innovation, McWood Studios, Shangri-La Restaurant and Annex Improv. We could not have done it without your support!

A HUGE THANK YOU to Sungjang Rinpoche, Kevin Nadjiwon and Cheri Dinovo (MPP for Parkdale-High Park) for joining us at the Opening Ceremony And Celebrations !! This festival is produced by the Bureau Of Power And Light art collective and Andrea Paras, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Guelph.

QWAC Awards of Distinction

August 31 – September 13, 2015

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Mihyun Maria Kim, gone, acrylic on canvas, 2010

Artscape in partnership with the Queen West Art Crawl was pleased to honour artistic excellence and innovation in the Queen West Art Crawl’s Outdoor Art Show & Sale. These ten artists of distinction were featured in the exhibition from August 31 – September 13, 2015:

Jacob Antoni, Designer
Dean Bradley, Photographer
Paul Brandejs, Mixed Media Artist
Lindsay Chambers, Painter
Marie Choi, Drawer/Illustrator
Peter Chung, Painter
Mark Johnson, Drawer/Illustrator
Maria Kim, Painter
Guy Parrotta, Mixed Media Artist
Irene Sirko, Sculptor

All About the Hustle, curated by Karie Liao

July 16 – August 29, 2015

Through the juxtaposition of athletics and contemporary art, All About the Hustle, investigates facets of competition, skill, endurance and the athletic body through video works, mixed-media, leotards and jerseys with professional works by four acclaimed artists and a complementary exhibition featuring over 200 works by students from Givins/Shaw Junior Public School.

Image: Tibi Tibi Neuspiel (right) and Geoffrey Pugen (left), Drills, performance documentation, 2015, courtesy of the artists. Photographer: Stephanie Noritz

All About the Hustle, which opens July 16 at Artscape Youngplace, explores the interplay between visual arts, sports, and performativity. Through the artistic practices of Hazel Meyer, Karen Kraven and collaborative duo Tibi Tibi Neuspiel and Geoffrey Pugen, All About the Hustle engages visitors to consider the overlapping meanings of performance in different aspects of sports culture — the athletic body, skill and endurance, the game and its rules, celebrity, fans and media. The exhibition is curated by Karie Liao and runs July 16 – August 29 to coincide with the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games in Toronto. Exhibition:  All About the Hustle, curated by Karie Liao featuring works by Karen Kraven, Hazel Meyer, and collaborative duo Tibi Tibi Neuspiel and Geoffrey Pugen. Plus All About the Hustle: Square Up, by artist educator Alessandra Cardarelli and students from Givins/Shaw Junior Public School


August 10 – 29, 2015


An exhibit reflecting on the past 25 years of SummerWorks. presented by SummerWorks and Artscape Youngplace Over the past 25 years SummerWorks has grown from a fringe-style theatre festival that operated on a first come first served basis, to Canada’s largest curated performance festival, featuring theatre, dance, music, and live art. SW25 charts the ever evolving nature of the Festival through a visual archive of Festival history.

Nuit Rose at Artscape Youngplace

June 20 – July 5, 2015

Nuit Rose is a community-based, cultural festival first conceived as part of WorldPride 2014. The multi-venue event fosters the work of Canadian and international visual and performance artists. Works included (Untitled) by Eshan Rafi; Mourning the Morning by Ryan Livingstone; Who Sits Here? by Christos Pantieras; we ALL TRANSition by Evan Kelemen; A pink night in a multicolor mural by Violeta Rivera; The Homosexual Comedy by Brad McDermott; He Pops by Michael Venus; Bruce Eves: Recent Work by Bruce Eves; TRYST PIC x ANDREW COIMBRA by Adam Moco & Andrew Coimbra; Graphic Advocacy: A Selection of Political Cartoons for Everyday Feminism by Ronnie Ritchie; Remains of the Gays by Alan McIntosh; and Portraits by Jah Grey.

Anomaly, Sculpture and Painting | Elham Hazfi

June 22 – 28, 2015


We have lost the connection to our true selves. We search for ways to conjure what we once felt. Artist Elham Hazfi has created characters called Anomalies who will bring you the sensations that you are looking for. Each Anomaly specializes in bringing you the precise feeling that you think you need. It’s that easy.

The One That Got Away

June 15 – 20, 2015 | Curated by Tara Bartolini and Vanessa Heins

Featured works by Brendan Canning/Juliana Neufeld; Hannah Georges/Monika Traikov; Spencer Burton/Alex Bierk; Julie Fader/Danielle Hession; Joseph of Mercury/Sammy Rawal; July Talk/Erika Altosaar; Jazz Cartier/Justin Singer; Army Girls/Eunice Luk; Lights/Madison van Rijn; The Darcys/Devin Wilson; Max Kerman (Arkells)/Nik Dudukovic; Hawksley Workman/Rob Baytor; Shad/Lauren Pirie; Young Galaxy/The Broadbent Sisters; Rich Aucoin/Melody Hansen; For Esmé/Erin Loree; Liam Cormier (Cancer Bats)/David Woodward; Jenn Grant/Kathryn Macnaughton; Slim Twig/Julia Dickens; Hollerado/Jeanine Brito; Damian Abraham (Fucked Up)/Ben Johnston; Wade MacNeil (Alexisonfire)/Randy Grskovic; and Bry Webb (Constantines)/Chris Vallée.

Etobicoke School of the Arts – Contact Photography Festival

May 19 -24, 2015


Image: Agnes Wong


May 13May 22, 2015


(mus)interpreted was a group exhibition showcasing work by young Muslim women of the Truth & Dare Project, a free youth arts program, in partnership with Outburst!.

See What We Have to Say: Toronto Secondary School ART in the Hallway Galleries

April 22 – May 9, 2015

WESTON_tdsbcreates for artscape

Hundreds of art and film students from across the Toronto District School Board were part of the second annual citywide TDSB Arts Festival called tdsbCREATES. Image: Weston C.I. students work towards the installation date



Mayra Majano
March 18 – April 5, 2015


A meditation on the traditional representation and implementation of “women’s work”, Labours explores the gendered narrative of weaving and textiles.

Homework – Illustrative Drawing and Painting Exhibition

March 23– March 28, 2015


Third year students from Sheridan College’s Illustration Program exhibit ten independently curated exhibitions developed in their Illustrative Drawing and Painting Explorations course.


March 30 – April 5, 2015

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A group exhibition focusing on the interdisciplinary nature of collective space, Nesting explores the subtle connections between the works of resident artists. Collective Artists: Stella Cade; Alex Curci; Sarah Letovsky; Erin Loree; Mayra Majano; Andrew Patterson; Tania Santer; Mony Zakhour

10 x 10 Over Ten and Painted Prayer

March 5 – 15, 2015

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Believing that art is a fire that keeps cultures alive and bright, “10×10 Over Ten” featured the donated works of local professional, emerging, and amateur artists – artists supporting art.

The Tibetan Artists’ Development Society is part of this conservation effort. Its mission is to preserve the ethics and tradition of inherited learning that lies at the heart of Tibetan Buddhist thangka painting and support the continued development of this vibrant cultural and artistic legacy as a contemporary art form for future generations.

 Donations to support the art school’s capital, operating, and scholarship needs will also be gratefully accepted over the course of the exhibit and beyond.

EDGE: Youth Art Show

March 4 – 12, 2015


Arts Etobicoke was pleased to present EDGE: Youth Art Show for our 18th year in a row.

CCC Investment Report 2012-2015

February 17 – 28, 2015

CCC Investment

This exhibition outlined elements from two investments, Alternate History and The Scondi Collection, both financed and developed by the Capital Cultural Consortium from 2012 through 2015. Alternate History was installed in Katzman Contemporary gallery in April of 2012.

Studio Portraits

StudioPortraits_NEST Collective

NEST Collective artists: Stella Cade, Alex Curci, Sarah Letovsky, Erin Loree, Mayra Majano, Andrew Patterson, Tania Santer, and Mony Zakhour.


February 11 – 28, 2015
Featuring David Brown, Nichola Feldman-Kiss, Michelle Forsyth, Katelyn Gallucci, Lucas Johnson, Graham Krenz, Alex Leung and Catherine Morelli


January, 20, 2015 to February 7, 2015
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Curators: Vanessa Fleet and Megan Toye
Participating Artists: Katie Bruce, Miles Collyer, Ashley Culver, Scott Harber, Rebecca Houston, Michelle MacKinnon, Ella Morton, Christos Pantieras, Anna Sarchami, Frances Thomas, and Amy Wong.

Imperfect Shadow 

October 4, 2014 – January 17, 2015

Download and read the exhibition guide here.

Personality Unlimited Promo

Still from Alison S.M. Kobayashi’s Selfie GIFS (2014)

Imperfect Shadow is a multi-faceted and evolving exhibition about everyday parallel realities, inviting the exploration and re-exploration of the fictional and real, hidden and transitional spaces throughout Artscape Youngplace. From October 2014 through February 2015, visitors can discover secret lives and otherworldly places through a series of creative and collaborative projects by artists Emily Gove and Sarah Febbraro, Christine Swintak, Alison S.M. Kobayashi, Alicia Nauta, Ginette Lapalme, and Keith Jones. Imperfect Shadow is curated by the inaugural Artscape Youngplace Resident Curator, Karie Liao.


December 12, 2014 – January 17, 2015


 Colleen McCarten, It’s a Process (second time around), Handcut rubber inner tubes, 2014.  Image courtesy of artist.

Surface|surfacing showcased the creative practices of Azza El Siddique, Ozana Gherman, Colleen McCarten, and Joanna Schleimer.

On Paper

Sarah Kernohan, Liz Little, and Luke Siemens
October 15 to November 14, 2014

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Anna Blewchamp
September 29 to November 1, 2014



Pema’s Race: Horse Racing and Feminism in Tibet

Khydup Gyatso
September 29 to October 12, 2014




“ROAD TRIP” by Charles Bongers
“ROAD TRIP” by Charles Bongers
“You Need to Make Some Money” by Miriam Grenville
“You Need to Make Some Money” by Miriam Grenville
“Chased by an Old Goat” by Eva Lewarne
“Chased by an Old Goat” by Eva Lewarne
“Yellow Starburst” by Leslie Ann Becker
“Yellow Starburst” by Leslie Ann Becker

Artists: Leslie Becker, Charles Bongers, Miriam Grenville, and Eva Lewarne

Julie Gladstone: Abstract Landscape Paintings, Select Work 2012 – present

spirit forms_Julie Galdstone

This summer Julie participated in the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and was honoured with the Artscape award. The award includes a week long residency on Toronto Island’s Gibraltar point followed by a solo exhibition on the 3rd floor of the Artscape Youngplace Hallway Galleries. Image: ​Spirit Forms at Construction Site, 2012, Julie Gladstone

Viewpoints: QWAC Artists of Distinction

Tiphaine Leonard
Tiphaine Leonard
Yu, Luo
Yu, Luo
Ryan Wood
Ryan Wood
Tom Chitty
Tom Chitty
Alex Kinsley
Alex Kinsley
Holly Sedgwick
Holly Sedgwick
Paul Brandejs
Paul Brandejs
Christy Hayhoe
Christy Hayhoe
Michael Toole
Michael Toole
Alan McIntosh
Alan McIntosh
Cynthia O’Brien
Cynthia O’Brien
Michael Pietrocarlo
Michael Pietrocarlo

September 3-14, 2014

Artists included: Paul Brandejs, Mixed Media Artist; Tom Chitty, Illustrator; Christy Hayhoe, Painter; Alex Kinsley, Goldsmith; Tiphaine Leonard, Painter; Luo, Yu, Painter; Alan McIntosh, Metalsmith; Cynthia O’Brien, Sculptor; Michael Pietrocarlo, Photographer; Holly Sedgwick, Painter; Michael Toole, Mixed Media Artist; Ryan Wood, Photographer


Tad Michalak
Tad Michalak
Kilby Smith-McGregor
Kilby Smith-McGregor
Jonathan Kitchen (Light Up The Sky)
Jonathan Kitchen (Light Up The Sky)
Soulpepper Theatre Company
Soulpepper Theatre Company
Tad Michalak
Tad Michalak
Roxanne Ignatius
Roxanne Ignatius
Monnet Design
Monnet Design

August 7 – 25, 2014

The SummerWorks Performance Festival and Artscape Youngplace presented an exhibition exploring local graphic design and poster art for the stage. Curated by Natasha Mytnowych and Michael Rubenfeld and featuring the work of Doublenaut, Roxanne Ignatius, Jonathan Kitchen (Light Up The Sky), Tad Michalak, Monnet Design, Kilby Smith-McGregor, and Soulpepper Theatre Company designs curated by Jacob Whibley.



November 19, 2013 – July 31, 2014

Featuring new work by: Debbie Adams, Melissa Fisher and Seth Scriver, and curated by: Heather Nicol. Read the exhibition booklet in PDF



July 3 – August 1, 2014



Nuit Rose at Artscape Youngplace

Matt Hovey
Matt Hovey
Robert Donnelly
Robert Donnelly
Ruben Ilanillos
Ruben Ilanillos
Sue Lloyd
Sue Lloyd
Joey Bruni
Joey Bruni
Adam Moco
Adam Moco
Christos Pantieras
Christos Pantieras
Rachelle Lee Smith
Rachelle Lee Smith
Israel Vazquez Eliud Cruz
Israel Vazquez Eliud Cruz
Michael Venus
Michael Venus
Beau Coleman
Beau Coleman
Sonny Bean
Sonny Bean

June 21 – 29, 2014

A celebration of Queer Art and Culture as part of World Pride. Featuring: FIERCE by Sue Lloyd; Other by Sonny Bean; Silence of the Femmes by Ruben Llanillo; Tryst Pic by Adam Moco; Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus by Rachelle Lee Smith; Rack and Pinion by Robert Donnelly; Icons and Demigods by Michael Venus; Painted Voices by Eliud & Israel; Say What You Mean by Christos Pantieras; I Fuck Fat Hairy Dudes Because I Like Furry Round Things by Matt Bovey.

Dare2Create: Art and Film


May 15 – June 1, 2014

This exhibition was the culminating celebration of a project that is co-presented by the TDSB and the Toronto Arts Council.

OCADU: Photography

Study II - 20x20

May 5 – 12, 2014

PULP: paper art exhibit

barn 2
barn 2

April 27 – May 3, 2014

A week long exhibit of reclaimed materials art installations.

Matthew & Friends

April 9 – 13, 2014

The graduating exhibition of students in the Studio program at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)

Homework – OCADU’s Illustrative Drawing and Painting Exhibition

April 2 – 5, 2014

Students from OCADU’s Illustration Program exhibited eight independently curated exhibitions developed in their 4th Year Illustrative Drawing and Painting course.


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vitrine A
2nd floor south
2nd floor south
vitrine B
vitrine B
3rd floor north
3rd floor north
vitrine D
vitrine D
3rd floor south
3rd floor south
Vitrine C – 4 x 4
Vitrine C – 4 x 4
2nd Floor north small
2nd Floor north small

January 7 – March 30, 2014

Heather Nicol, a Toronto-based multi-disciplinary artist with a studio at Artscape Youngplace, curated the inaugural exhibitions in the Artscape Youngplace Hallway Galleries: Unarchive and Stairmasters. Nicol previously curated and produced Art School (Dismissed) at 180 Shaw Street in 2010an intervention which responded to the decommissioned Toronto District School Board property prior to its renewal by Artscape. Read the exhibition booklet in PDF

UnArchive Exhibition image

Featuring new works by: Ian Carr-Harris and Yvonne Lammerich, Dave Dyment, Lee Henderson, Nina Levitt and Jessica Vallentin with selected items from the Givins/Shaw Junior Public School historic archives, and artwork by Grade 4 and 5 students from Givins/Shaw Junior Public School.