- Curio: March 16 – April 2
Curio – New Work by Megan Ellen MacDonald
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 firstname.lastname@example.orgCurio – New Work by Megan Ellen MacDonald 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 ...
- Preview – Group Show: Feb 25 – March 12
Opening Reception: Saturday Feb 25th, 2-5pm RSVP
Exhibition Dates: Feb 25 – March 12, 2017
Group show featuring:
MEGAN ELLEN MACDONALD
Curated and presented by Project Gallery
At Project Gallery Toronto, 1109 Queen St EOpening Reception: Saturday Feb 25th, 2-5pm RSVP Exhibition Dates: Feb 25 – March 12, 2017 Group show featuring: KEVIN COLUMBUS ANDRE KAN NESS LEE TESSAR LO JEAN-LUC LINDSAY MEGAN ELLEN MACDONALD SARA PEARSON BRIAN RIDEOUT Curated and presented by Project Gallery At Project Gallery Toronto, ...
- Anser & SoTeeOh – Luminous
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
- Where No One Will Find Us – Alli Boddy Solo Exhibition
Exhibition: Fri, February 3 – Sun, February 26
Reception: Fri, February 3 6-10pm
Alli Boddy’s solo exhibition ‘Where No One Will Find Us’ explores the intersection of figure and landscape. Inspired by her personal connection to nature, her figure/landscape narratives represent the lived experience. Her subjects, which include herself and those close to her, all appear to exude a freedom of spirit. Alli is a strong believer in nature’s ability to transcend and portrays her subjects not gazing at the viewer, but focused in their own moment, venturing off into forests or teetering on cliff’s edge.
- Librarians, Books, and Clouds – Cliff Eyland: Nov 17 – Jan 29
Opening Reception: Thursday Nov 17th 6-9pm (RSVP)
Exhibition Dates: Nov 17 – Jan 29, 2017
at Project Gallery Studios (184 Munro St – back entrance)
Librarians, Books and Clouds is Cliff Eyland’s first solo exhibition in Toronto since 2009. The show includes 300 works, all 3″x5″ acrylic and/or mixed media paintings.
Since 1981 Cliff Eyland has been making art the size of the traditional 3″ by 5″ library catalogue card. His paintings, drawings, and photographs are shown in both libraries and art galleries. He has also inserted thousands of original drawings in library books in Canada and the United States.
Several major Canadian art galleries have mounted solo exhibitions and installations of Eyland’s work, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Gallery of Canada’s Library & Archives, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, The New School University, and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. He has also participated in group exhibitions in many venues, and his work is in many public and private collections.
Eyland’s public commissions include a 600 piece installation at Edmonton’s Meadows Library, a 5000 work piece at Halifax’s Central Library, a 1000 work piece for the Winnipeg Millennium Library, and an 8 painting per room set of works at Winnipeg’s Alt Hotel.
Contact email@example.com for inquiries and apptsOpening Reception: Thursday Nov 17th 6-9pm (RSVP) Exhibition Dates: Nov 17 – Jan 29, 2017 at Project Gallery Studios (184 Munro St – back entrance) Librarians, Books and Clouds is Cliff Eyland’s first ...
- Nick Bierk: Oct 22 – Nov 13
Oct 22 – Nov 13, 2016
Opening reception: Sat Oct 22nd, 6-9pm (RSVP)
Project Gallery Studios (184 Munro St – back entrace)
Nick Bierk studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design. He has exhibited work across Canada and the United States. Nick’s portrait, landscape and still life works are highly realistic yet conceptually enigmatic.
If David had a fault, it was to be too good at too many things, never denying his constantly burgeoning curiousities long enough to focus on any one thing. In the maelstrom of his creative energies, his boys found their own moorage, and Nick, I think, fastened on to his father’s interest in precedent, history, and the myriad ways painting can be made. Look at David’s diptych Landscape with Manet Flowers, from 2002, the year he died, and you’ll see: the charged, naturalistic intensity of the light in the left panel, a haze of golden sun crackling as it cascades from cloud and tree below, counterbalances the mannered impressionism of a vase, static and lifeless, on a table.
Excerpt from exhibition catalogue AFTER, text by Murray White
Contact devan@projectgallerytorontOct 22 – Nov 13, 2016 Opening reception: Sat Oct 22nd, 6-9pm (RSVP) Project Gallery Studios (184 Munro St – back entrace) Nick Bierk studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design. He ...
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