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Opening Reception – Through Lines

THROUGH LINES

September 13 – November 25, 2018
Presented by Koffler Gallery & Critical Distance Centre for Curators

FALL OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, September 13, 2018 | 7–9 PM | FREE

Through lines is presented across several locations at Artscape Youngplace: Koffler Gallery (1st floor), Critical Distance (3rd floor) and the outdoor billboard (Shaw Street). 

Guest Curator: Noa Bronstein

Lise Beaudry, Scott Benesiinaabandan, Michèle Pearson Clarke, Leila Fatemi, Maria Hupfield, Raafia Jessa, Nadia Myre

Koffler Gallery Hours: 

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

Critical Distance Hours:

Tues-Fri 12-6 pm and Sat-Sun 11-5 pm and by appointment

Through lines 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 project featured in this exhibition 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.

Image: Leila Fatemi, Revealed/Reveiled, 2018.

Exhibition – Through Lines

THROUGH LINES

September 13 – November 25, 2018
Presented by Koffler Gallery & Critical Distance Centre for Curators

Through lines is presented across several locations at Artscape Youngplace: Koffler Gallery (1st floor), Critical Distance (3rd floor) and the outdoor billboard (Shaw Street). 

Guest Curator: Noa Bronstein

Lise Beaudry, Scott Benesiinaabandan, Michèle Pearson Clarke, Leila Fatemi, Maria Hupfield, Raafia Jessa, Nadia Myre

FALL OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, September 13, 2018 | 7–9 PM | FREE

Koffler Gallery Hours: 

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

Critical Distance Hours:

Tues-Fri 12-6 pm and Sat-Sun 11-5 pm and by appointment

Through lines 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 project featured in this exhibition 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.

Image: Leila Fatemi, Revealed/Reveiled, 2018.

Opening Reception – 2Fik: His and Other Stories
Image: 2Fik - His and Other Stories

2Fik: His and Other Stories

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

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

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.

Exhibition – 2Fik: His and Other Stories
Image: 2Fik - His and Other Stories

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.

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

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.

Exhibition – YONDER

YONDER 

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.

Opening Reception – PED.Toronto

PED.Toronto

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

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

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/

Exhibition – PED.Toronto

PED.Toronto

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/