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ICON – SoTeeOh Solo Show

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ICON: SoTeeOh

April 27 – May 14, 2017

What are the symbols that are immediately and universally identifiable as Toronto icons? As Toronto’s reputation grows, and global awareness of the city rises, a set of visual identifiers has been developed that symbolize this city both locally and abroad. The CN Tower has long been the most obvious icon but views of the downtown core popularized by urban photographers, the Raptors jersey made famous by Vince Carter and signage at Yonge and Bloor subway station which is passed by 400 000 commuters on a daily basis have become important symbols of the city.

ICON will focus on photography of visual identifiers that residents can place at first glance and that out-of-towners recognize as distinctly Toronto. Drawing off personal experience, historical research, anecdotal experiences, commercial products and pop culture references such as movies and music videos, soteeoh has created a set of images that represent the visual identity of the city. With a diversity of photographs, ranging from iconic product photos, recognizable city views and intersections, cultural landmarks and people. This exhibition continues SoTeeOh’s exploration of Toronto’s developing visual identity through portrait, still-life, product, and urban landscape photographs.

SoTeeOh is a Toronto-based photographer focused on stylized views of daily urban life. Drawing inspiration from the realms of design, architecture, and fashion, he creates images that share a sense of urban grit through an emphasis on symettry, pattern, and color. SoTeeoh has amassed a significant following, with over 60 thousands followers on instagram, he has also worked on commercial projects with notable brands like Adidas, Nike, Sony, CIBC, American Express, Red Bull, and many more. SoTeeOh is represented by Art Works Consulting.

www.soteeoh.com

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Levels: Andre Kan – April 7-23

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Exhibition Dates: April 7 – 23, 2017

ARTWORK CATALOG

Enlivened by his interest in spacial structures and interconnectivity, Andre Kan’s paintings serve as excitable blueprints for a possible reality. Each work depicts the artists’ signature imaginative building blocks that converge and begin to build upon each other and strengthening each other towards an ever transforming space. Kan’s structures are substantial and complex but not yet anchored – they float suspended in his psychological space. In this way Kan’s buildings remain a playful proposition for the viewer not yet tied to a specific place or function. With his dynamic formations, Kan propels us towards an ever optimistic future where new connections and constructions have yet to materialize.

Kan’s most recent body of work, ‘Levels’ sets the stage as an optical course between the viewer and the artist. The works depict architectural interpretations that no longer rely on a single or double vantage point, but rather the multiple view points of a landscape as a whole. Through geometric deciphering- these playful, interconnected structures suggests what possibility means through self discovery, and the stages of questioning the fundamental nature of being and the world that encompasses it.

Andre Kan is a Toronto based painter. Since graduating from the Ontario College of Art & Design University in 2014, he continues his creative pursuits as an Artist, Photographer, Curator, Producer, and Musician. His paintings have been showcased throughout Canada with permanent collections in the U.S and China.

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Curio: March 16 – April 2

Curio – New Work by Megan Ellen MacDonald

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‘Still Life with Moon II’, 24″x30″, oil on linen, 2016

Exhibition Dates: March 16 – April 2, 2017

Reception: Thursday March 16th 6-9pm (RSVP)

 

Megan Ellen MacDonald’s oil paintings have one foot in the 18th century and the other in the 21st. MacDonald appropriates romantic and baroque themes to firmly ground her work in the context of lavish genre painting, setting the stage for her colourful depictions of mass market disposable decoration and kitsch subject matter. Her work playfully questions the very nature of representational painting in the past and present – the impossible task of portraying reality when so much of what we consider as realism is often confused with the unreal.
MacDonald’s most recent body of work, Curio, removes her subject matter from the grandiose landscapes they usually inhabit, and presents them in the more intimate context of still life. Fascinated by the innately useless nature of decorative objects – specifically those relating to domesticity and femininity, MacDonald takes subjects like knock-off fabergé eggs and mass produced decorative teacups and situates them as the objets de vertu of her still life paintings. Surrounded by fleshy fruits and lavish fabrics, a tarnished sugar bowl becomes a cauldron spilling pink smoke, and a cheap unicorn figurine becomes an elegant statue, all doused in a colourful haze of fantasy. By mirroring the visual opulence of her predecessors, MacDonald’s paintings give these decorative objects the illusion of grandeur and importance, and create a visual narrative all their own.
Megan Ellen MacDonald is an artist living and working in Toronto, ON. MacDonald received her BFA from OCADU in 2013 and has exhibited work in Toronto and Montreal. Her work has been featured in art fairs including The Artist Project and Art Toronto​, and auctions including Art With Heart and the upcoming Art Gems.

 

Project Gallery is located at 1109 Queen St E and open regularly Wed-Sun 12-5pm

Please direct inquiries to Devan Patel devan@projectgallerytoronto.com

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Anser & SoTeeOh – Luminous

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Exhibition Dates: November 10 – November 20
Opening Exhibition: November 10th, 6-10 PM

 

A collaborative exhibition featuring artists Anser and Soteoh, Luminous, takes the dark street scenes of SoTeeOh’s urban landscapes as a backdrop for the infamous one-liner face portraits of graffiti artist Anser.

Created using long exposure photography and a flashlight, the two combined what theyare both best known for to develop something completely new. Like most of Anser’s work around the city it is temporary, and this ephemerality is explored even further as the light drawings disappear before the eye and only the camera captures the outcome.

By setting these portraits in various locations around Toronto, it mimics the close relationship both artist have with the urban setting they call home. Meant to brighten the dark corners of the city, Luminous takes this one step further.

Anser’s Mysterious Date, created in early 2007, was developed to foster a more publicly inclusive form of graffiti. The one-liner spray painted face has now become something of an icon within the Toronto urban fabric. Through the use of traditional graffiti mark making methods, “the face” was developed to engage a typically ignored public by using an image that everyone could associate with. The moniker “Mysterious Date” was coined by photographer Micheal D’Amico, who dubbed a series of street photographs of the face “Mystery Date” in a CONTACT photography festival. The adoption of this name is a testimony to this idea

The Mysterious Date also straddles the lines between graffiti and street art. In most forms of traditional street art, such as stenciling and wheat pasting, the creation of the imagery is done away from the setting it is viewed in. The fact the face is done in a more traditional graffiti method, on the spot and usually in an illegal context, is about breaking down preconceptions to promote an appreciate of both art forms. Through this approach Anser has found a way to create a spontaneous interaction with the public, something that many say give a closer sense of connection to the city around them.

Soteeoh is a Toronto born street photographer. Through composition and subject selection, his work presents a subjective and stylized view of daily urban life. He draws mainly off of influences in the realms of design, architecture, and fashion combined with an obsessive appreciation for urban grit. Symmetry, pattern and color are used as primary devices in composing his images. The artist’s work coincides with the growing urban digital photography movement championed by online platforms such as instagram, tumblr and VSCO.  Digital manipulation and post processing are an increasingly valued part of the photographic process.

Although he still relies heavily on the spontaneity of the urban environment, it is a departure from traditional “candid” street photography in the sense that the images are carefully composed, colored, and in some cases embellished or abstracted, to present scenes that are based closely on real environments but that may not occur naturally exactly as they are depicted in the work. The work asks the viewer to reconsider their daily urban surroundings. Is it drab? Is it dirty? Is it ugly? Or is there something more here? He believes so and with his work he challenges the viewer to join him in his appreciation for the synchronized visual chaos that is the modern urban centre.

Presented by Project Gallery, Art Works Consulting, & Well and Good

Anser & SoTeeOh Artist Catalog

www.projectgallerytoronto.com/luminous

 

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SALON IV

4th ANNUAL SALON

Exhibition Dates: November 25, 2016 – February 19, 2017

Project Gallery will be hosting it’s annual salon-style art exhibition at our Queen Street gallery location from November 23, 2016 – February 19, 2017. This exhibit will showcase a dynamic roster of many artists working with diverse subject matter, media and styles.

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Bobby Mathieson Solo Exhibition: Sept 29 – Oct 16

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Opening Reception: Thursday September 29th, 6-9pm RSVP

Project Gallery Toronto – 1109 Queen St E, Toronto
Bobby Mathieson captures historically or culturally significant moments in his work, and expands on the emotional content through his paintings and imagery through the use of vibrant shocking colour and form. Positioning historically and culturally significant subjects within a visceral and highly textured figurative expressionism, Mathieson’s paintings reflect the emotional complexity shaping his relationship to these figures through a portraiture that is at once provocative, grotesque and deeply reverent.

The intuitive use of brushstroke and palette knife creates a sense of controlled chaos, marking the works with the rhythm and immediacy of their production. This alla prima or wet-on-wet technique bears an element of the violence and gestural abstraction associated with action painting while retaining key facial cues to allow a certain level of recognition and iconic legibility in the obscured faces of subjects. Vampire teeth and pointed ears become playful motifs in Mathieson’s work, confounding the elegance of posture and pose with monstrous and absurd qualities, forming characters that appear both playful and terrifying at the same time.

Bobby Mathieson is a graduate of the Vancouver Film School (degree in Classic Animation) and Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in British Columbia (BFA). He has had numerous solo exhibitions with Neubacher Shor Contemporary in Toronto, ON and has presented his work at art fairs such as Art Toronto, Art Southampton, AQUA Art Fair in Miami, FL and VOLTA in New York. His work has also been featured in the Art With Heart auction as well as auctions at Angell Gallery for several years. Bobby Mathieson lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.

Bobby Mathieson Artist Catalog

Please direct inquiries to devan@projectgallerytoronto.com, 416.315.1192.

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GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS: Sarah Letovsky

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GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS: September 8 – 25, 2016

A Solo Exhibition by Sarah Letovsky

Opening reception: Thursday Sept 8th, 6-9pm

 “Men act and women appear. Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at.”

- John Berger from Ways of Seeing

GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS brings together an assembly of women, each distinct, separate, and detached. Are they strippers, Mötley Crüe groupies, single moms or curatorial graduate students? Are they Teenage Dreamgirls or Olay Aging Cream Consumers? Why are they wearing clothes? Are they on display for looking or are they looking?

In a new series of paintings and works on paper, Sarah Letovsky focuses on the expressive nature of paint to explore ideas of subjectivity, tension, and hidden thought and feeling. Letovsky uses the painting process to create a force of opposites; her brushstrokes are at once gestural and deliberate, spontaneous and confined, bringing the figure forward with an empathetic gaze and pushing it back into abstraction with explosive colour, flat space, and restrained texture.

Sarah Letovsky (b. 1987, Toronto ON) finished her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting at OCAD University in 2014. She was the recipient of the 2014 Mrs. W.O. Forsyth Award for Excellence in Painting. Letovsky’s work has been exhibited at Art Toronto, Only One Gallery, Hashtag Gallery, and featured in FASHION Magazine. Her work has been auctioned at Art With Heart for Casey House Toronto as well as the ArtsEffect Auction as selected by Jamie Angell. GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS is her first solo exhibition.

 ARTWORK CATALOG

ARTIST INTERVIEW

Please direct inquiries to devan@projectgallerytoronto.com

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Facade: Brian Harvey

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Exhibition Dates: Aug 18 – Sept 4th
Opening Reception: Thursday Aug 18th, 6-9pm
Toronto’s built environment is uniquely piecemeal; evidence of a history of development and repurposing on an individual and local scale, and nowhere is this more visible than in the architectural pastiche of its older streets. In this new body of work painter Brian Harvey continues his exploration of Toronto’s urban landscape through a collection of portraits of its architecture and infrastructure. He is drawn to the humble and disorderly facades of old buildings, forgotten and often overlooked, and disappearing in the face of rapid change. Each change speaks to a personal story, and the layers of transformation are visible as wrinkles and scars, evidence of a lifetime of transformation and growth. Through a layering of rapid and gestural application of paint, Harvey seeks to naturalistically depict light and form, while maintaining a focus on the physicality of paint.
Brian Harvey was born in 1978 in Toronto, Canada. After studying digital media and animation his focus shifted to drawing and painting. He has training from Seneca College, Sheridan College, Toronto School of Art, the Art Centre at Central Technical School, and has recently completed a BFA from OCAD University in Toronto. He has been painting and exhibiting for over a decade and his work can be found in public and private collections across Canada, the United States and Europe. His paintings are studies of the commonplace and the typically mundane; everyday objects, spaces and urban landscapes which are frequently overlooked. Brian lives and works in Toronto.
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