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Artist & Curator Talk (Program in French)- José Luis Torres: Question d’adaptation

Artist & Curator Talk- José Luis Torres: Question d’adaptation (Program in French)

Sunday, June 24, 2018 | 2 PM | FREE
In conjunction with his solo exhibition at the Koffler Gallery, José Luis Torres will discuss his artistic practice and the ways in which his work engages notions of displacement, adaptation and identity construction, in a conversation with curator Mona Filip.

José Luis Torres was born in Argentina and has been living and working in Québec since 2003. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts, a Master’s Degree in Sculpture and a degree in Architecture. His work has been showcased in many solo and group exhibitions, as well as public interventions in both Canada and abroad, including Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (Québec), Human Cities/Places to be (Brussels, Belgium), Museum London (London, ON), The Works Art & Design Festival (Edmonton – Alberta), Manif d’art the Québec City Biennial (Québec), UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art, (Colorado Springs, USA), Latitude 53 Contemporary Visual Culture (Edmonton, Alberta), X-Border Art Biennial (Rovaniemi, Finland) and CAFKA – Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area (Cambridge, ON), among many others. Torres has also participated in various artist residencies in Canada, Argentina, the United States, Mexico and Europe. More details.

Image: José Luis Torres, Mutations, 2015.

Opening Reception- José Luis Torres: Question d’adaptation

Summer Opening Reception for José Luis Torres: Question d’adaptation

Thursday, June 21, 2018 | 6–9 PM | FREE

Koffler Gallery presents José Luis Torres: Question d’adaptation, curated by Mona Filip. Join us for the FREE summer opening reception on Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 6-9pm.

Argentinian-born, Québec-based artist José Luis Torres works with sculpture, installation and public intervention, appropriating spaces and hijacking meaning through simple actions that subvert everyday materials and the conventions of handicraft. Influenced by his experience of displacement, Torres’ creative explorations focus on space and place, generating whimsical artworks where spontaneity and accumulation recur in connection to ideas of economy, survival, labour and the ready-made.

At the Koffler Gallery’s invitation, Torres creates a site-specific sculptural installation focused on three notions central to the experience of migration: camouflage, reflection and construction. Attempting to blend into the new cultural milieu and to mirror social conventions is a familiar process to newcomers. As assimilation indelibly affects one’s sense of identity, layers of individuality risk being chipped away to near invisibility, or reconfigured and rebuilt into ever more complex self-expression.

Metaphorically exploring the adaptation strategies and fluid reinvention of immigrant identity, Torres transforms the exhibition space through material interventions, building an immersive setting that disrupts visitors’ expectations. The installation unfolds as an all-encompassing, seemingly endless construction that reflects the state of precariousness and perpetual change intrinsic to the immigrant condition. Cultivating the ways in which coexisting, unplanned elements can modify each other to generate constantly evolving environments, Torres’ work enables us to re-examine how we inhabit and adjust to our surroundings.

Image: José Luis Torres, Mutations, 2015.

Exhibition- José Luis Torres: Question d’adaptation

José Luis Torres: Question d’adaptation

Curated by Mona Filip

June 21 – August 26, 2018 | Koffler Gallery

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

Summer Opening Reception: Thursday, June 21, 2018 | 6–9 PM | FREE

Argentinian-born, Québec-based artist José Luis Torres works with sculpture, installation and public intervention, appropriating spaces and hijacking meaning through simple actions that subvert everyday materials and the conventions of handicraft. Influenced by his experience of displacement, Torres’ creative explorations focus on space and place, generating whimsical artworks where spontaneity and accumulation recur in connection to ideas of economy, survival, labour and the ready-made.

At the Koffler Gallery’s invitation, Torres creates a site-specific sculptural installation focused on three notions central to the experience of migration: camouflage, reflection and construction. Attempting to blend into the new cultural milieu and to mirror social conventions is a familiar process to newcomers. As assimilation indelibly affects one’s sense of identity, layers of individuality risk being chipped away to near invisibility, or reconfigured and rebuilt into ever more complex self-expression.

Metaphorically exploring the adaptation strategies and fluid reinvention of immigrant identity, Torres transforms the exhibition space through material interventions, building an immersive setting that disrupts visitors’ expectations. The installation unfolds as an all-encompassing, seemingly endless construction that reflects the state of precariousness and perpetual change intrinsic to the immigrant condition. Cultivating the ways in which coexisting, unplanned elements can modify each other to generate constantly evolving environments, Torres’ work enables us to re-examine how we inhabit and adjust to our surroundings.

José Luis Torres was born in Argentina and has been living and working in Québec since 2003. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts, a Master’s Degree in Sculpture and a degree in Architecture. His work has been showcased in many solo and group exhibitions, as well as public interventions in both Canada and abroad, including Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (Québec), Human Cities/Places to be (Brussels, Belgium), Museum London (London, ON), The Works Art & Design Festival (Edmonton – Alberta), Manif d’art the Québec City Biennial (Québec), UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art, (Colorado Springs, USA), Latitude 53 Contemporary Visual Culture (Edmonton, Alberta), X-Border Art Biennial (Rovaniemi, Finland) and CAFKA – Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area (Cambridge, ON), among many others. Torres has also participated in various artist residencies in Canada, Argentina, the United States, Mexico and Europe. More details.

 

Image: José Luis Torres, Mutations, 2015.

Opening Reception: Esther Shalev-Gerz Exhibition

Spring Opening Reception: Thursday, April 5, 2018 | 6–9 PM | FREE

Esther Shalev-Gerz, Curated by Mona Filip

April 5 – June 3, 2018 | Koffler  Gallery

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

Internationally recognized for her significant contributions in the field of public art, photography, and video installation, Paris-based artist Esther Shalev-Gerz consistently investigates the construction of memory, history, nature, democracy, and cultural identity. The Koffler Gallery presents Shalev-Gerz’ first exhibition in Toronto, bringing together four video and photography installations that explore memory and migration. Developed through active dialogue with diverse communities, these projects foreground participants’ individual and collective experiences.

With thoughtful, nuanced approaches to collaboration, Shalev-Gerz’s artworks confront the practice of portraiture, considering how it may address contemporary politics of representation. Examining the impact of time and space on identity constructions, places, and (hi)stories, these works record, critique, and expand the understanding of the social role of artistic practice.

Esther Shalev-Gerz (born Gilinsky) was born in Vilnius, Lithuania. Her family moved to Jerusalem in 1957, where she graduated from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. She briefly lived in New York in 1980-1981, and since 1984 she lives and works between Paris and Cortes Island, Canada. In 2010 and 2012 two major retrospective exhibitions respectively displayed ten and fifteen of her installations, first at Jeu de Paume, Paris then at the Musée des Beaux Arts de Lausanne. Space Between Time, her one-woman exhibition at Wasserman Projects, Detroit presented nine of her installations between April and July 2016. She has exhibited internationally in, amongst other places, San Francisco, Paris, Berlin, London, Stockholm, Vancouver, Finland, Geneva, Guangzhou and New York. She designed and realized permanent installations in public space in Hamburg, Israel, Stockholm, Wanas, Geneva, Glasgow and more. She is currently producing her latest permanent art work, The Shadow in Vancouver, Canada. For more information: www.shalev-gerz.net

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

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.

New Sites for the Koffler

The Koffler Centre of the Arts is thrilled to open the doors of its new downtown location at Artscape Youngplace. The Koffler’s 4,600 square foot space on the main floor is the new home of its administrative offices and the Koffler Gallery. Visit Events on this site to read about We’re in the Library, the Koffler Gallery’s inaugural exhibition curated by Mona Filip.

To coincide with its move downtown, the Koffler has refreshed its brand identity with a new quarterly program and exhibition booklet and, coming soon, a redesigned website.  The Koffler’s growing repertoire of arts and cultural programs will continue to be available across the GTA, from downtown at Artscape Youngplace to Vaughan. Koffler classes in visual art and ceramics will continue at the Prosserman JCC on Sherman Campus at Bathurst and Sheppard. Koffler multidisciplinary programs (concerts, literary events, artist residencies and more) will continue at various locations across the GTA. The Koffler also programs at the Schwartz/Reisman Centre on the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Community Campus in Vaughan. For a full list of the Koffler’s fall 2013 programs, please visit www.kofflerarts.org.

Photo: Tony Hewer (left), Head of Communications and Marketing at the Koffler Centre of the Arts, and Mona Filip (right), Curator at the Koffler Gallery.