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Exhibition – Dear Ayeeyo

Through portraiture, Yasin Osman shares scenes of everyday life within the villages of Somalia. This exhibition features large-scale photographs of Osman’s intimate portraits and snapshots that offer glimpses into the lives of the Somali people. The child of Somali parents, Osman returned to his ancestral lands in search for an emotional connection. This body of work, compiled together for the first time, showcases his journey home as an outsider, examining this foreign land.

Dear Ayeeyo is intended as a tribute to the photographer’s grandmother. Osman endeavours to draw the viewer into his personal experience of coming to this country—in the midst of a humanitarian crisis, a severe drought, and futile violence—and illuminates its resilient human spirit. His images contest the misconceptions of the media’s destructive images. Osman fosters trust and camaraderie with his subjects, actively engaging with them to create portraits that reflect their strength and perseverance.

 

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Reception – Lost and Found, Paperhouse Studio Members Show

Paperhouse Studio: Lost and Found, Members Show (August 2018)

Hallway Gallery 1st Floor

Exhibition dates: August 5th –September 1st 2018

Hallway Gallery hours: 8am-9pm Monday-Sunday

Reception: August 16th 6pm-9pm

What is the significance of the material things we keep? What do objects mean to us? Objects can simultaneously represent a presence and an absence, hold memories, and sentimental value to people and times which have passed. Using the medium of the paper arts, Lost and Found touches on the body and memory, and calls attention to the emotional value and impact of found objects. Through the acts of making and re-contextualization, the significance and value of these found objects shifts. Hosted in Artscape Youngplace’s first floor Hallway Gallery, Lost and Found features the work of three artists who are a part of Paperhouse Studio’s  Membership Program. The artists have incorporated found footage, experimental photography processes, metal and wire, handmade papers, and more.

Lost and Found is Paperhouse Studio’s first Members show. Paperhouse Studio’s Membership Program aims to encourage diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility, following a pay-what-you-can model. Members have access to studio facilities, discounts on supplies and classes, access to Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists’ Guild’s Open Studio workshops, and more.

Paperhouse Studio offers a Work Exchange Membership, a volunteer-for-rent program. The goal is for volunteers to develop arts based work experience and have access to studio space. For every 2 hours of volunteer time, members get 1 hour of personal studio time.

Image: Elspeth Wood “Facts and Fiction” Van Dyke photo prints, 2016 

 

Featured Artists:

Elspeth Wood

Jill Smith

James Spyker

About Paperhouse Studio

Paperhouse Studio is an experimental arts studio rooted in paper as the medium. We strive to create an approachable, educational, and playful environment for artists, to encourage accessibility and inclusiveness, and to share our space and expertise in order for artists to experiment and explore new ideas in their work.

For more information visit: https://paperhousestudio.com

Paperhouse Studio Membership Program: https://paperhousestudio.com/membership/become-a-member/

Artscape Youngplace: http://artscapeyoungplace.ca

 

Artist Biographies

Elspeth Wood –

I am a part time student at OCADU and at the Toronto School of Art. I have a small darkroom in my basement in Muskoka. When I first moved out of the city, I took many shots of old farm buildings in various states of decrepitude. I thought about the narrative of the families that had lived there.

More recently I am interested in making photos in the sunlight or in the full moonlight.

Jill Smith –

Jill Smith is an interdisciplinary artist based in Toronto, Ontario (b. 1995). Her most recent work explores everyday absurdity, as well as the connective possibilities of materiality. By re-contextualizing familiar motifs with organic, bodily forms, her work calls into question how one both exists and performs as a social body. While Smith’s work stimulates the imagination through whimsical and nonsensical colour and form, it is the relatable, yet ambiguous materiality that offers a platform to question the familiar, and escape to the alien and the uncanny.

Smith holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honors Specialization in Studio Art) at Western University in London, Ontario. Her work includes printmaking, ceramics, photography, and painting, relying heavily on experimentation and process. Smith has exhibited her work in galleries across Ontario, such as the Artlab Gallery, Forest City Gallery, The Arts Project, Open Studio, Earl Selkirk Gallery at ARTiculations, and Daniels Spectrum, as well as Friends and Neighbours Gallery in Montreal, Quebec. She has participated in artist residency programs including Sparkbox Studio (Picton, ON), AGA Lab (Amsterdam, NL), and Luminous Bodies (Toronto, ON).

James Spyker –

James Spyker is a book binder and box maker.

Paperhouse Studio Membership Program

Paperhouse Studio specializes in using paper as a medium for experimental arts. They offer a community-focused membership program which includes benefits such as access to studio space, discounts on classes, and opportunities for exhibiting (in our hallway galleries!). We sat down with Lucia Wallace, a current Work Exchange Member to talk about Paperhouse Studio’s first Members’ Show, and her experience as a member.

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Exhibition – Lost and Found, Paperhouse Studio Members Show

Paperhouse Studio: Lost and Found, Members Show (August 2018)

Hallway Gallery 1st Floor

Exhibition dates: August 5th –September 1st 2018

Hallway Gallery hours: 8am-9pm Monday-Sunday

Reception: August 16th 6pm-9pm

What is the significance of the material things we keep? What do objects mean to us? Objects can simultaneously represent a presence and an absence, hold memories, and sentimental value to people and times which have passed. Using the medium of the paper arts, Lost and Found touches on the body and memory, and calls attention to the emotional value and impact of found objects. Through the acts of making and re-contextualization, the significance and value of these found objects shifts. Hosted in Artscape Youngplace’s first floor Hallway Gallery, Lost and Found features the work of three artists who are a part of Paperhouse Studio’s  Membership Program. The artists have incorporated found footage, experimental photography processes, metal and wire, handmade papers, and more.

Lost and Found is Paperhouse Studio’s first Members show. Paperhouse Studio’s Membership Program aims to encourage diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility, following a pay-what-you-can model. Members have access to studio facilities, discounts on supplies and classes, access to Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists’ Guild’s Open Studio workshops, and more.

Paperhouse Studio offers a Work Exchange Membership, a volunteer-for-rent program. The goal is for volunteers to develop arts based work experience and have access to studio space. For every 2 hours of volunteer time, members get 1 hour of personal studio time.

Image: Elspeth Wood “Facts and Fiction” Van Dyke photo prints, 2016 

 

Featured Artists:

Elspeth Wood

Jill Smith

James Spyker

About Paperhouse Studio

Paperhouse Studio is an experimental arts studio rooted in paper as the medium. We strive to create an approachable, educational, and playful environment for artists, to encourage accessibility and inclusiveness, and to share our space and expertise in order for artists to experiment and explore new ideas in their work.

For more information visit: https://paperhousestudio.com

Paperhouse Studio Membership Program: https://paperhousestudio.com/membership/become-a-member/

Artscape Youngplace: http://artscapeyoungplace.ca

 

Artist Biographies

Elspeth Wood –

I am a part time student at OCADU and at the Toronto School of Art. I have a small darkroom in my basement in Muskoka. When I first moved out of the city, I took many shots of old farm buildings in various states of decrepitude. I thought about the narrative of the families that had lived there.

More recently I am interested in making photos in the sunlight or in the full moonlight.

Jill Smith –

Jill Smith is an interdisciplinary artist based in Toronto, Ontario (b. 1995). Her most recent work explores everyday absurdity, as well as the connective possibilities of materiality. By re-contextualizing familiar motifs with organic, bodily forms, her work calls into question how one both exists and performs as a social body. While Smith’s work stimulates the imagination through whimsical and nonsensical colour and form, it is the relatable, yet ambiguous materiality that offers a platform to question the familiar, and escape to the alien and the uncanny.

Smith holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honors Specialization in Studio Art) at Western University in London, Ontario. Her work includes printmaking, ceramics, photography, and painting, relying heavily on experimentation and process. Smith has exhibited her work in galleries across Ontario, such as the Artlab Gallery, Forest City Gallery, The Arts Project, Open Studio, Earl Selkirk Gallery at ARTiculations, and Daniels Spectrum, as well as Friends and Neighbours Gallery in Montreal, Quebec. She has participated in artist residency programs including Sparkbox Studio (Picton, ON), AGA Lab (Amsterdam, NL), and Luminous Bodies (Toronto, ON).

James Spyker –

James Spyker is a book binder and box maker.

Opening Reception: Patti and Rose’s 5th Annual Kids and Youth ART Show

Patti and Rose’s 5th Annual Kids and Youth ART Show

Opening Party: May 30, 4-6pm

Exhibition Hours: Monday – Sunday 8am – 9pm

MAKE BETTER – is the theme this year! Kids have taken objects that already exist in their homes and made them better. The theme this year is an effort to use less, use what we have and possibly explore re purposed objects or environmentally friendly materials or themes.

The Opening party has a POTLUCK snack table so bring a snack to share or a container of juice (no juice boxes with straws please)

Opening Party: Patti and Rose’s 5th Annual Kids and Youth ART Show

Opening Party for Patti and Rose’s 5th Annual Kids and Youth ART Show

May 30, 4-6pm

Exhibition: May 27-June 9, 2018Monday – Sunday 8am – 9pm

MAKE BETTER – is the theme this year! Kids have taken objects that already exist in their homes and made them better. The theme this year is an effort to use less, use what we have and possibly explore re purposed objects or environmentally friendly materials or themes.

The Opening party has a POTLUCK snack table so bring a snack to share or a container of juice (no juice boxes with straws please)

Patti and Rose’s 5th Annual Kids and Youth ART Show

Patti and Rose’s 5th Annual Kids and Youth ART Show

May 27-June 9, 2018

Opening Party: May 30, 4-6pm

Hours: Monday – Sunday 8am – 9pm

MAKE BETTER – is the theme this year! Kids have taken objects that already exist in their homes and made them better. The theme this year is an effort to use less, use what we have and possibly explore re purposed objects or environmentally friendly materials or themes.

The Opening party has a POTLUCK snack table so bring a snack to share or a container of juice (no juice boxes with straws please)

Opening Reception – Winter Island 2018 Exhibition

Winter Island 2018 Exhibition

Artscape Gibraltar Point

May 24, 2018 6-9pm

Refreshments and Snacks served.
Opening Remarks: 7:30PM

This winter, five artists, working in a diverse range of media, from across Canada, joined the island community at Artscape Gibraltar Point to create new, participatory and, engaging artworks inspired by the the unique built, sonic, socio-cultural and environmental landscapes of the Toronto Islands, as part of the Third Annual Winter Island Artist Project Residency Series.

We invite you to experience for the first time, relive the memories of, and celebrate with all of us, what was an incredible four months of winter programming at Gibraltar point at the easily accessible, no ferry required, Artscape Youngplace.

 

Opening Reception – Mindset 2018: Exposure

Mindset 2018: Exposure

Workman Arts

Opening Reception: Wednesday May 23 | 7:00-9:00PM

Exhibition runs from May 20-June 9, 2018

Hours: Monday – Sunday 8am – 9pm

Workman Arts presents MINDSET 2018 : EXPOSURE. Artists respond to the theme of EXPOSURE from the standpoint of its formative effects/affects, whether from the point of view of having been exposed to external factors or influences, or assertively self-disclosing, exposing, and bringing to light.

Curated by Claudette Abrams
Juried by David Hlynsky & P Elaine Sharpe