Yes it’s that time of year again! The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival has graced the city of Toronto with contemporary photography through a series of exhibits, public installations, and events during the month of May.
Artscape Youngplace is thrilled to host participating exhibitions from The Koffler Gallery, Critical Distance and Workman Arts. If you haven’t already seen these amazing works, we suggest you come on down and take a wander through our enlivened galleries and hallways. Please read on to find out more information about our exciting exhibitors!
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The Koffler Gallery welcomes back Montreal-based multidisciplinary artist 2Fik for his first solo show in Toronto. A Primary Exhibition of the 2017 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, 2Fik: His and Other Stories streamlines three recent bodies of work that explore cultural legacies as well as individual and national identity constructs. His photo-based work brings to life fictional individuals, embodied by himself, in a satirical manner. The exhibition showcases his latest compositions that dismantle and reconfigure allegorical representations of nationhood portrayed in several historic paintings.
Image: 2Fik – Manon au rat blanc
The exhibition takes place at the Koffler Gallery and runs until June 4th.
Gallery Artist: 2Fik
Exhibitor info: http://kofflerarts.org/exhibitions/2016/10/27/2fik-his-and-other-stories/
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Critical Distance is delighted to present a Featured Exhibition of the 2017 Scotiabank CONTACT Festival, Signals & Sentiments. This two-part exhibition examines how gesture functions as a mechanism for the production of identify. Exhibition curator, Katelyn Gallucci, has placed a unique selection of sculpture and photo-based objects in context with each other, exploring how seemingly opposite artistic expressions might fundamentally derive from inadequacies of language, disposition, desire, and whim.
Artscape’s stairwell spaces are also a feature of the exhibition, temporarily home to three site-specific installations, which address the more exterior and transitory dynamics of gesture; exploring themes of self-discovery, the relationship between perception and memory, and the search for emotional connection through time.
Image: left – Sebastian Benitez, Untitled (from the series Not This Way Either), 2012; right – Josée Pedneault, NÆVUS, 2013–in progress
The exhibition takes place in the Critical Distance gallery (Suite 302) & Artscape Youngplace Stairwells and runs until June 4th.
Gallery Artists: Sebastián Benítez, Petar Boskovic, Shelby Fenlon, Maxwell Hyett, and Mickey Mackenna.
Stairwell Artists: Maggie Groat & Jimmy Limit, Karen Henderson, and Josee Pedneault
Curated by: Karen Gallucci
Exhibitor info: https://criticaldistance.ca/program/signals-and-sentiments/
In conjunction with Signals & Sentiments, Mountainburger is a glorious 8-foot image by Kitchener-based artist Aislinn Thomas, which can be viewed on our Billboard on Shaw Street until August. Thomas’ artwork was selected for the Spring 2017 Billboard on Shaw, a partnership with Artscape Youngplace.
Image: Aislinn Thomas – Mountainburger
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Workman Arts presents Mindset 2017, an annual juried exhibition presenting works by participant artists and artists who are members of the Workman Arts. The selected works featured in this exhibition explore how individual and collective experiences of trauma, illness, isolation and recovery are processed, supported by personal and interpersonal beliefs and behaviours.
Workman Arts is the longest running multidisciplinary arts and mental health organization in Canada and in the world. For over twenty-five years, Workman Arts has empowered aspiring, emerging, and established artists with mental illness and addiction issues to develop and refine their art practice through multifaceted arts training programs and public performance/exhibition opportunities.
Image: Brad Necyk – Just A Hard Rain
The exhibition takes place on the Second Floor Hallway Gallery and runs until May 27th.
Gallery 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, and Tanya Louise Workman
Curator: Claudette Abrams
Jury Advisors: Jeff Bierk, Yuula Benivolski, and Tanya Louise Workman
Exhibitor info: http://www.workmanarts.com/mindset-2017/