- Dominique Fung & Georgina Lee Walker: ‘Physic Gardens’
Dominique Fung & Georgina Lee Walker
Exhibition Dates: July 28th – August 14th, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday July 28th, 6-9 PM
Exhibition Location: Project Gallery Toronto, 1109 Queen St E, Wed-Sun 12-5Opening Reception: Thursday July 28th, 6-9 PM
Exhibition Location: Project Gallery Toronto, 1109 Queen St E, Wed-Sun 12-5Physic Gardens: A historical type of herb garden devoted to the cultivation and display of medicinal healing plants.The works of Dominique Fung and Georgina Lee Walker focus on presenting environments that deal with personal narratives and conflicts. Through painting, both artists find a sense of personal validation by creating safe spaces and environments that often take on a lush and dreamlike quality. In a time when talking about personal struggle is almost faux pas, these artists use their artistic practice as an opportunity to gain insight and contribute to personal and collective discussions around racial identity, feminism, and disability.Dominique Fung takes a critical view on the cultural diaspora between seemingly separate identities. Having grown up in a first generation Chinese-Canadian household, she references her experience with white washing in her adolescence. Fung’s work deals with the cultural confusion of having to coincide and adopt the dominant culture and values. Her paintings combine disparate elements of Chinese kitsch/mythology with iconic imagery of 20 th century Canadian landscape paintings to create a dreamlike environment, which is a personal safe space. Fung’s tongue-in- cheek paintings intend to confront invisibility as a serious and complex topic.
Georgina Walker present body of work addresses and confronts her attempt to break through personal barriers in regards to femininity, disability, memories, and their resulting anxiety and insecurity. The use of literal and illusionistic barriers is a way to create narrative and speak subtly about experiences from her own life. In Walker’s work, these barriers include fencing, glass blocks, or even fogged glass. The use of soft, saccharine or glazed color is a deliberate way to subvert these spaces and make them into nurturing environments, while the introduction of plants is intended as an allusion to growth.
- Elicser Elliott: ‘Prosopagnosia’
ProsopagnosiaJuly 8- 31, 2016Opening Reception: Friday July 8, 7-11 PMClosing Reception: July 30th, 6-10pmJabari “Elicser” Elliot is an infamous Toronto street artist, whose works can be seen on walls across the city. Born in Montreal and raised in the West Indies, Elicser settled in Toronto, and attended Sheridan College for Animation. He has won critical acclaim for his style, and has shown his works in several prominent galleries including the Art Gallery of Ontario, as well as having a featured installation at the Royal Ontario Museum.In 2012 Elicser released a limited edition book titled Know Love, portraying children’s views on love through a series of hand drawn illustrations, and which sold out at its launch at LE Gallery. In the same year, he was named “Best Local Graffiti Artist” by NOW Magazine. He has been published in many newspapers and blogs, and was most recently featured in a Toronto Star article for a graffiti workshop he taught to students of Central Technical School, in conjunction with the 2016 TD Jazz Festival.His influence on the cityscape of Toronto cannot be put lightly: from the legendary “Hug Me” Tree of Queen Street West, to the traffic signal boxes he has beautified as part of the StArt “Out of the Box” initiative, to his innumerable wall murals that can be spotted in both indoor and outdoor spaces across the GTA. His work is at once recognizable, and connectable, portraying the multitude of faces and bodies that make up this city, positioned alongside an ever-impending collection of towers and skyscrapers . His work has the ability to conjure distinct and yet relatable characters – all of them sharing similar stylistic traits while still representing unique individuals, and cumulatively comprising a cross section of this city’s diverse faces.Elicser takes over Project Gallery Studios with his show Prosopagnosia. A word originating from Latin, meaning “an inability to recognize the faces of familiar people, usually as a result to damage in the brain”, the series is a direct comment on the result of living in a big city, inundated by thousands of faces daily. In the context of his work, the subject matter becomes even more provocative, as he explores what this means in relation to his artistic process..