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Dust Cycles at Nuit Blanche 2018

Dust Cycles at Nuit Blanche 2018! 
Screening at Artscape Youngplace in Studio 109
*this is an indoor event*

13 min loop, 16mm to 2K, 2017

Dust Cycles uses 16mm film and aerial video to explore the Scarborough Bluffs, a string of cliffs located at the eastern edge of Toronto’s waterfront where natural and human-made elements collide.

Dust Cycles investigates the past and present of the Bluffs, from the rock and clay strata that reveal the last Ice Age to the present day properties on the brink of destruction due to erosion.

Made possible through the generous support of The Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto.

Eva Kolcze is a Toronto-based artist who creates films and installations that investigate themes of landscape, architecture and the body. Her work has screened at venues and festivals including the National Gallery of Canada, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC), Anthology Film Archives, the Gardiner Museum, Cinémathèque québécoise, Birch Contemporary, Angell Gallery, International Rotterdam Film Festival and the Images Festival.
www.evakolcze.com

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.

Exhibition – EXPOSING LIMINALITIES

EXPOSING LIMINALITIES

On View August 11-26, 2018

Gallery hours
Thursday–Sunday from 12-5 pm through August 26th

Admission is always free; building and gallery are fully accessible.

Featuring Azaeb AdaneClayton BatsonEli CarmonaTahoy Jamesand Ebti Nabag
Curated by
 Emma German

Opening Reception Saturday, August 11th from 2–4 pm

In partnership with Gallery 44, EXPOSING LIMINALITIES brings together the work of five artists that expand, challenge, and question notions of the in-between. Employing elements of both analogue and digital photography practices, this exhibition considers the myriad intersections that can define oneself.

Liminality holds flexible meanings: it encompasses the transitional stage of a process, and the act of occupying a position at or on both sides of a boundary or threshold. Reflecting on liminality as a critical discourse, these artists probe places and contexts that are immediate yet deeply personal – embodying and responding to conditions that approximate liminal space through investigative means. Different states of being are examined through the eyes of these artists: between what was once home and what is now home; between disparate temporal and spatial coordinates; between boundaries, borders, or margins; between success and failure; between the visible and the unseen; and between liberation and restraint. By drawing on moments that are overlooked with deep criticality and inquisitive gaze, the artists featured in Exposing Liminalities aim to bridge the gaps between us. Together, the artists carve out a new space for inquiry, where the liminal becomes the limitless.

The artists featured in this exhibition are alumni from Gallery 44’s OUTREACH program, and winners and honourable mentions of the David Barker Maltby Award. All of the work was shot on 35 mm film and developed in Gallery 44’s darkroom and digital printing facilities.

About the Artists

Azaeb Adane is an emerging artist specializing in film photography. A 2017 recipient of the David Barker Maltby Award, Adane has had no other formal training in the arts previous to her enrolment in the OUTREACH program. Now with this achievement under her belt, Adane is focused on honing her voice as a first generation Canadian-Ethiopian. Raised in Toronto, her work documents others hailing from the diaspora, and examines juxtapositions around finding a balance between modernity and traditional living, which both have their consequences to the modern native.

Clayton Batson is a Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist of West Indian descent. He is a recent Graduate of Humber College’s Theatre Performance program (2018). Migrating between performance, photography, and poetry, Clayton’s practice is centered on intimacy and truth. His work seeks to challenge perspective, explore aspects of the self, mental health, sexuality, spirituality and inspire change and acceptance, which he examines with an outside eye looking from within.

Eli Carmona is a Salvadorean-born artist based in Toronto. Their work includes casual/street photography, motion graphics, and graphic design. Their work means to create a relationship between identity and the spaces they navigate as a queer-latine-nonbinary person. They are currently working at The 519 as a Communications Specialist.

Tahoy James is an emerging artist who works with photography, video, and installation. She is motivated by the day to day emotions and moments humans tend to ignore or overlook. Her hope is that her work will cause the viewer to feel happy, emotional and/or slightly uncomfortable.

Ebti Nabag is a visual artist who works with photography, video, and installation. A graduate of the Documentary Media MFA program at Ryerson University, her work is motivated by stories from the average human. Recent exhibitions include Movement in Tradition: Tobe (2016), Vitiligo at the AGO (2015), Intersections (2014) featured at the CONTACT Photography Festival, and I AmNot My Hair (2012). She hopes her documentations serve as bridges between people and communities. A digital and analogue photography instructor, Nabag teams up with galleries and community centers to develop art programs that provide opportunities for creative self-expression and aid in the development of identity. Nabag has served as both a facilitator and instructor for the OUTREACH program in recent years.

About the Curator

Emma German is an emerging curator and writer working between St. Catharines and Toronto. She holds an M.A. in Art History and a Graduate Diploma in Curatorial Studies from York University (2017). Her research explores exhibition spaces as sites of embodied experimentation. Engaging a wide scope of subjects, contexts, and temporalities, she is interested in promoting decelerated modes of perception to stimulate close looking and speculative inquiry around contemporary art. She has held curatorial and administrative positions at Rodman Hall Art Centre, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her research was recently published in the Journal of Curatorial Studies.

About Gallery 44

Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography is a charitable, non-profit, artist-run centre committed to supporting multi-faceted approaches to photography and lens-based media. Founded in 1979 to establish a supportive environment for the development of artistic practice, Gallery 44’s mandate is to provide a context for meaningful reflection and dialogue on contemporary photography.

Image: Eli Carmona, I can see the light, from the series “.~This is home now” (2018). Image courtesy of the artist

Art & Ephemerality Workshop (Find expression through voice and body)

Art & Ephemerality Workshop (Find expression through voice and body)

Led by singer, bandleader and pluridisciplinary artist Alexandra Templier and playwright and critic José Teodoro on August 22 – 25, 2018

Drawing upon individual craft, knowledge and personal experience, each participant will contribute to a conversation about presence and impermanence while developing work that finds expression through voice and body. Special emphasis will be placed on musicality, translation and the transference of ideas or techniques from one art practice into another.

Whether we think of ephemerality as something somber—a way of acknowledging the passage of life or love—or something empowering—a way of remembering that the current horrors of the world are not forever fixed—this workshop will encourage us to find fortitude and inspiration through dialogue and creative challenges. Each participant will develop a short performance, either solo or collaborative, receiving technical and dramaturgical support from start to finish.

French artist Alexandra Templier performs with her Madrid flamenco project Templier Trio at venues such as Madrid’s Auditorio Conde Duque Concert Hall and Casa Patas Foundation, as well as Algiers Opera House. In Canada, Alexandra leads a pluridisciplinary and intercultural project, Los Niños son Inocentes #1 (Kids are Innocent #1), which combines theatre, flamenco, jazz and electronics.

Canadian author José Teodoro has written several plays, including Mote, Cloudless and The Tourist. José writes about cinema and literature for
publications such as Brick, The Globe and Mail, Film Comment, Cinema Scope, The National Post, Quill & Quire, The Literary Review of Canada and subTerrain. He has worked as story editor on several acclaimed films and has served on juries at numerous film festivals throughout Europe and the Americas. José is currently developing two new works for the theatre and a book of conversations with Swiss-Canadian filmmaker Peter Mettler.

Wednesday, August 22, 6pm – 9pm
Thursday, August 23, 6pm – 9pm
Friday, August 24, 6pm – 9pm
Saturday August 25, 11am – 2pm.

Cost: $180 CAD + HST
— Students get  20% discount
Artscape Community members receive  50% discount

Register at: http://www.iceamericas.org/apply-now/art-ephemerality

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.

Opening Reception – EXPOSING LIMINALITIES

EXPOSING LIMINALITIES

Opening Reception Saturday, August 11th from 2–4 pm

On View August 11-26, 2018

Gallery HoursThursday–Sunday from 12-5 pm through August 26th

Featuring Azaeb AdaneClayton BatsonEli CarmonaTahoy Jamesand Ebti Nabag
Curated by
 Emma German

 

In partnership with Gallery 44, EXPOSING LIMINALITIES brings together the work of five artists that expand, challenge, and question notions of the in-between. Employing elements of both analogue and digital photography practices, this exhibition considers the myriad intersections that can define oneself.

Liminality holds flexible meanings: it encompasses the transitional stage of a process, and the act of occupying a position at or on both sides of a boundary or threshold. Reflecting on liminality as a critical discourse, these artists probe places and contexts that are immediate yet deeply personal – embodying and responding to conditions that approximate liminal space through investigative means. Different states of being are examined through the eyes of these artists: between what was once home and what is now home; between disparate temporal and spatial coordinates; between boundaries, borders, or margins; between success and failure; between the visible and the unseen; and between liberation and restraint. By drawing on moments that are overlooked with deep criticality and inquisitive gaze, the artists featured in Exposing Liminalities aim to bridge the gaps between us. Together, the artists carve out a new space for inquiry, where the liminal becomes the limitless.

The artists featured in this exhibition are alumni from Gallery 44’s OUTREACH program, and winners and honourable mentions of the David Barker Maltby Award. All of the work was shot on 35 mm film and developed in Gallery 44’s darkroom and digital printing facilities.

 

Image: Eli Carmona, I can see the light, from the series “.~This is home now” (2018). Image courtesy of the artist.

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 8th 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.

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.

 

Website: yescene.com

Instagram: instagram.com/yescene

Twitter: twitter.com/yescene

Mentor Lyla Rye – Show Your Stuff – an exhibition application workshop:

Show Your Stuff – an exhibition application workshop:
In this workshop, you will learn about the full range of ways that exhibitions can come about.   We will discuss the diversity of exhibition settings, where to find and create exhibition opportunities and the pros and cons of each. I provide guidelines and examples of all aspects of an artist package for a curator or exhibition application. This includes Cover Letters, CVs, Bios and Image Lists. I will also give you tips on visual support material and websites in a comprehensive handout.
                    Saturday July 28 – 2-5pm   after The Brain Storm
$60. – 10% =  $54. + HST  

To register:    lylarye@sympatico.ca

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