Imperfect Shadow: Phase 1 curated by Karie Liao opens in the Hallway Galleries

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October 4 – November 30, 2014

Artscape Youngplace Hallway Galleries, 180 Shaw Street


(Left to Right): Alicia Nauta, Keith Jones, Ginette Lapalme

Featuring works by Emily Gove, Sarah Febbraro, SWINTAK, Alison S.M. Kobayashi, Alicia Nauta, Ginette Lapalme and Keith Jones

Curated by Karie Liao

Opening Reception at sundown on Saturday, October 4, 2014 (Nuit Blanche)

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, 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.

Phase 1 opens on October 4 for Nuit Blanche, Toronto’s free all-night contemporary art festival.  Emily Gove and Sarah Febbraro invite visitors to search for secret hideouts in the building as imagined by young people from the Givins/Shaw Jr. Public School. In the stairwells, Alicia Nauta, Ginette Lapalme and Keith Jones weave unique immersive environments filled with bizarre characters, enigmatic colourful shapes, new age signs and celestial symbols. Each stairwell installation offers a gateway to a psychedelic realm through spatial articulations of two-dimensional print-based work. A Reception with the Artists and Curators Talk & Tour will be held on November 4 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Phase 2, opening December 12, will feature the elements of SWINTAK’s sculptural time capsule, composed of personal belongings delicately prepared for burial. The eventual location of the capsule will only be known by word of mouth. Alison S.M. Kobayashi’s new work will reveal and eulogize the inner fictional and non-fictional lives of objects and their previous owners.

Each facet of Imperfect Shadow explores our overlooked common objects, familiar places, and people we think we know well through vibrant and playful artistic interpretation. Through explorations of the uncanny in drawings, designs, sculptures, and installations, each artist captures and creates new reflections of our shared mundane and ordinary surroundings.

Imperfect Shadow is the culmination of Resident Curator Karie Liao’s programming visions for the Artscape Youngplace Hallway Galleries in its inaugural year. Her work, conducted in close collaboration with the Artscape Youngplace Curatorial Advisory and Artscape staff, has included commissioning new art works, building partnerships with local artists and organizations for dynamic exhibitions and hosting a slate of public events encouraging across-pollination amongst artists and community members. Karie was recently the Resident Curator at the Textile Museum and is currently the Artistic Director of CAFK+A (Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener & Area). She has also worked with Jessica Bradley Art + Projects (Toronto), Creative Time (New York), Deitch Projects (New York) and Dare Dare (Montreal), developed tours for the AGO and worked with other acclaimed galleries and arts centres. She holds a Masters of Arts, Art History and Curatorial Studies from York University.

Exhibition Descriptions


October 4 – November 30, 2014

Sarah Febbraro and Emily Gove

In collaboration with the students of Givins/Shaw Jr. Public School

Reception with the Artists October 4, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Artists Sarah Febbraro and Emily Gove introduce a North American folk art environment to Artscape Youngplace. In collaboration with the Givins/Shaw Jr. Public School, the artists worked with young people to create a series of hand painted wooden signs that lead to fictional secret hideout spaces inside, outside, and around the building. The signs invoke imagery of hidden clubhouses and roadside attractions, with a variety of cryptic and confusing directions, presenting the challenge of exploring the building in search of imagined hiding places and remind us all to look well beyond the surface.


Imperfect Shadow: Stairwells

October 4, 2014 – February 22, 2015

Reception with the Artists and Curators Talk and Tour November 4, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Am I in my own house at all Mister?

North Stairwell
Alicia Nuata

Through a series of open doorways and windows to another time and place, Alicia Nauta’s stairwell installation offers a glimpse of ruins from the future. Mysterious and elusive, like an ancient document yet to be decoded, the astronomical and celestial imagery as well as architectural elements suggest both natural and manufactured worlds. Many of the compositions make reference to strange interiors, where the perspective is distorted, and can be familiar and alienating at the same time. The source material for this work includes pre-computer graphic design manuals, ink drawings, quilting and crochet templates, DIY framing and home decor guides, illustrated botany encyclopedias, half-tone dot patterns of varying sizes, blobs and geometrical shapes. The printed materials are then cut and pasted, manipulated by hand and by photocopying, then transferred to vinyl. This installation can be seen as a continuation of Nauta’s past “wallpapering” works.

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South Stairwell

Ginette Lapalme


In consideration of the movement that takes place in the stairwell, Ginette Lapalme has transformed this transitional space into an imaginary landscape filled with bizarre creatures and playful humour. From shy critters that dwell in the lower level floors to juicy floral fields and outer space cosmic bodies in the upper level landings, Lapalme creates moments where reality and fantasy meld into a singular universe. Influenced by the animation and comic culture of her childhood, the artist uses cartoon-style drawing techniques, camp craft aesthetics and vivid confetti filled palette in her work. Movement, colour, texture, and shape are important elements in Lapalme’s work.


Funtimes in Lalaland
October 4, 2014 – February 22, 2015

Central Stairwell
by Keith Jones (Toronto)


Through a thoughtful arrangement of undefined shapes and objects mixed with cartoon-inspired characters, Jones aims to provide an entertaining and curious experience for the viewer. In the conception of this particular installation, Jones was influenced by the work of golden age comic book artist Carl Barks who created and developed many characters and stories for Disney from the 1940s through to the 1960s. Further inspiration includes the artistic practice of neo-expressionist painter Philip Guston and his approach to cartoon-related abstraction and symbolism from the 1960s.


Artist Bios

Emily Gove’s art practice includes performance, craft, photography and video. Her recent work has included embroidery, makeover stations, and hosting interactive live dating shows and bingo nights.  She has participated in exhibitions at Gallery TPW (Toronto), Board of Directors (Toronto), and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Centre (Buffalo), among others, and has worked as an educator and programmer at Oakville Galleries, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, and Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography. She is currently the Manager of Education Programs at Design Exchange where she manages and delivers a portfolio of programs for elementary and secondary students and young audiences. She holds an MFA from York University (2009) and a BA from the University of Toronto (2006).

Sarah Febbraro’s artwork incorporates performance, video, documentary, installation, community engagement, social practice and drawing. Her artistic practice aims to blur the boundaries between popular culture, community engagement, art education, and contemporary art. She received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008 and her BFA from Concordia University in 2006. She has exhibited her work in festivals and galleries internationally including The Power Plant (Toronto), Mess Hall (Chicago), Art City (Winnipeg), Whitney Biennial (New York), Disjecta Space (Portland), La Centrale (Montreal, QC), Skulpturenpark (Berlin, Germany), and Blackwood Gallery (Toronto, On).

Keith Jones is an illustration and comic artist known for his detailed cityscape drawings. Jones has exhibited internationally with Hunter and Cook Gallery (Toronto), Adam Baumgold Gallery (New York) Richard Heller Gallery (Los Angeles), Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver), among others. In 2005 renowned Drawn & Quarterly (Montreal) published Jones’s first graphic novel “Bacter Area” to national acclaim including a nomination for Doug Wright award for best emerging talent. His commercial client lists includes Nike, McSweeny’s, Vice Magazine, The National Post, The Globe and Mail and Le Monde Diplomatique.

Ginette Lapalme  is an illustrator, cartoonist, and crafter. She is a graduate of the OCADU Illustration program, and a founding member of the art collective Wowee Zonk. Her publication and commercial client list includes The Walrus Magazine, Threadless, Vice Magazine, Kraft, Circo De Bakuza, Fuzzy Logic Recordings, among others.

Alicia Nauta is an artist whose practice includes collage, screen-printing, installation, wallpaper, book works, and a growing collection of found oddities for a future museum. Her work has been exhibited at the AGO, the Drake Hotel, Art Metropole, and Narwhal Art Projects, as well as permanently installed at Double Double Land, Likely General, and a really cool baby’s room. She is member of Punchclock, a Toronto print studio and most recently completed her term as Programmer at Xpace Cultural Centre. She established the OCAD University Zine Library and co-established the new Library at Xpace Cultural Centre. Nauta holds a BFA in Printmaking from OCAD University.

About Artscape Youngplace
At 75,000 sq.ft., Artscape Youngplace is the largest cultural institution in the West Queen West area, one of the country’s most creative neighbourhoods and a major centre for contemporary art in Canada. After sitting vacant for more than a decade, the century-old former Shaw Street School (180 Shaw Street) has undergone a $17 million transformation to become a new community cultural hub. The facility opened on November 19, 2013 and has since hosted numerous art exhibitions and creative events.

Part ideas laboratory, part creativity workshop, Artscape Youngplace is home to production, rehearsal, exhibition and administrative space for more than 30 artists and organizations including SKETCH, Luminato Festival, Koffler Gallery + Koffler Centre of the Arts, College Montrose Children’s Place and Centre for Indigenous Theatre. The building is also home to Artscape Flex Studios, a shared studio space program, and the Youngplace Coffee Pub, a full-service café. Free WiFi and comfortable seating is available throughout the main floor Urban Living Lounge.

To learn more about Artscape Youngplace, visit