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Opening Reception – Karen Tam: the chrysanthemum has opened twelve times

In a new series of immersive installations, Montréal artist Karen Tam evokes the early Chinese Canadian and other historical photo studios that served Chinese communities in Canada. Her intricate recreations of portrait studio settings and backdrops integrate found and fabricated objects, archival images, 1940s vinyl recordings of Cantonese opera, and mookyu song performances, revealing layered experiences of immigration, cultural displacement and longing. Restaging and reframing the social spaces where cultural blending, interaction, misunderstanding and memory can be located, Tam searches for a deeper understanding of specific places, histories and communities.

WINTER OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, January 23, 2020 | 7–9 PM | FREE
EXHIBITION: January 23 – March 29, 2020

Koffler Gallery
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street
Curator: Mona Filip

Forbidden Forest

Throughout time, humankind has caught glimpses of fantastic creatures. Whether these legendary forms were seen emerging from the depths of the sea, rustling through tree tops, taunting villages or peacefully drifting amongst the stars, they have stirred our creativity and played a powerful role in our collective imaginations.

Of the ancient world’s legendary creatures, we may know Greek mythology’s divine winged stallion Pegasus, or perhaps the dull-witted trolls of Norse folklore. However, this exhibition explores the less familiar ancient creatures of Hindu mythology. Expect to encounter the dueling monkey brothers Vali and Sugriva, the infinitely long cosmic serpent Ananta, or valiant Garuda, king of birds and sworn enemy of snakes. And Mahishasura, a near-immortal demon buffalo who goes to war with the gods and eventually loses to a tiger-mounted goddess in an epic showdown that is still recited today.

Over thousands of years oral storytelling was the primary tool for sharing the cultural identity and values embodied in these myths.To share these stories with you, the design duo Humble Raja has brought these fantastic beasts to life by illustrating them as a set of playing cards organized into suits by the exotic environments from which they originate (the sky, the sea, the jungle and grasslands). The mythical creatures each take their form as the face cards allowing the theme of their environment, colour and common patterns to stitch each suit together.

The exhibition is a nod to the mystery and allure of these lesser-known creatures. Pairing contemporary design with old folklore, ‘Forbidden Forest’ celebrates the art of storytelling through a series of illustrations, making it accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds.

The 5th Annual (mus)interpreted exhibit

The 5th annual (mus)interpreted exhibit showcases the work of 19 Muslim women who live and practice in the Greater Toronto Area. Through a variety of mediums and approaches to the visual arts, these artists explore personal and political narratives, document and reflect on their lived experiences, and navigate the notions and spaces in which Muslim women are defined and redefined. This exhibition provides alternative perspectives into the diverse realities of Muslim women. It is a testament to past struggles, a celebration of resilience, and a collective envisioning of a self-determined inclusive future.

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 – BAM 2018 Brindis, Arte, Música

On September 16th, at 4:00pm, join us for the Opening Reception of BAM 2018 and be the first one to see remarkable and thought-provoking works by nine artists on three themes: Solidarity, Roots Revival and Gender Freedom.

At this event, look forward to some delicious cocktails (mojitos and caipirihnas!), mocktails, and wines! Bring your friends and family and have an amazing time!

BAM, is a week-long arts exhibition featuring the work of emerging Artists of Latin American heritage. Join us and connect with your community through art, music and spoken word.

Everyone is welcome! After the opening, the Exhibition will remain open to the public everyday from 9am to 9pm and it is free. For more information, go to http://www.casapueblito.org/bam-2018/

Featured Artists (find out more here):

  • Andrea Bermúdez
  • Mariana Bolaños
  • Jasmine Cardenas
  • Vero Díaz
  • Andre López
  • denirée isabel mendoza
  • Camila Salcedo Guevara
  • Claudia Arana
  • Mao Correa
  • OLAS York Univeristy Arts Installation
  • SickMuse Art Projects

BAM is an event organized by Casa-Pueblito, our vision is compassion and social justice accross borders. To find out more, visit www.casapueblito.org.

Many thanks to our founding BAM sponsor Meridian Credit Union.

Casa-Pueblito – BAM: Brindis, Arte & Música

BAM: Brindis, Arte, Musica. Emerging Latin American Artists on Gender Freedom, Solidarity, and Roots Revival

Event Location: Artscape Youngplace Gallery, 2nd floor

Hallway Gallery Hours: Open every day from 9am to 9pm

From September 16th to the 22nd, join us for BAM 2018 and experience a remarkable and thought-provoking exhibition by nine young artists of Latin American heritage on three themes: Solidarity, Roots Revival and Gender Freedom.

Join us at #BAM2018 to connect with Toronto’s Latin American community through art, music and spoken word.  Everyone is welcome! The Exhibition is open to the public everyday from 9am to 9pm and is free. For more information, go to http://www.casapueblito.org/bam-2018/

BAM Activities: 

  • September 16th: 1:30pm-3:30pm: Workshop: Protection circle with textile artist denirée isabel mendoza. Click here for more info and to register
  • September 16h: 4:00pm-6:00pm: Opening Reception. Click here for more info.
  • September 20th: Performance Night. Updates coming soon!

Featured Artists (find out more here):

  • Andrea Bermúdez
  • Mariana Bolaños
  • Jasmine Cardenas
  • Vero Díaz
  • Andre López
  • denirée isabel mendoza
  • Camila Salcedo Guevara
  • Claudia Arana
  • Mao Correa
  • OLAS York Univeristy Art Installation
  • SickMuse Art Projects

BAM is a project of Casa-Pueblito, our vision is compassion and social justice accross borders. For more info go to http://www.casapueblito.org/

Many thanks to our founding BAM sponsor Meridian Credit Union.

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.

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: https://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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