- GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS: Sarah Letovsky
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.
Please direct inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.orgGIRLS 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 ...
- Facade: Brian Harvey Exhibition Dates: Aug 18 – Sept 4thOpening Reception: Thursday Aug 18th, 6-9pmToronto’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.
- 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.
- Dirt Nap: Chad Gauthier & Greg McCarthy
Opening Reception : Friday June 3rd 7pm – 11pm
Exhibition Dates: June 2nd – June 26th
Location: 184 Munro St
Dirtnap is a playfully dark nod to this death and rebirth of information as it is remembered. The show presents the viewer with haunted images of peoples’ pasts and images of those who once stood in front of a camera, many of which have died. The images range from the painterly sublime to the casual snapshot. Chad Gauthier and Greg McCarthy both find reference in photographic imagery to produce images based on memory and the role of the artists’ hand in creating these newer images.
Drawing reference from french new wave cinema, Gauthier’s work recreates these images from memory and printed reference material. These new paintings function as altered mnemonic devices that interrogate and rework the original act before the cinematic camera. These images seek to understand the cinematic event and the intention of the image after it has entered circulation. By rendering them as paintings the artist’s hand plays a role in the translation the photographic image into a more personal gesture. Using the vocabulary of the painterly gesture, the images are filtered through both Gauthier’s own experiences and speak to both the language of painting and abstraction.
McCarthy’s work uses the discarded archive of a lithographers union, from the early 30s to the late 50s as a starting point, The Distance Between a Handshake is an ongoing series that proposes an alternative method for the use of an archive. It questions the collective ownership of historical documents and the role of the archivists as a figure of authority. The pieces become redacted and altered in ways that subvert the original intentions of the photographer and create newer images through the destruction of themselves. Archival preservation practices are purposefully subverted with the intention that over time the interaction of the artist with the archive will inevitably cause damage to the original photographs leaving further traces of the intervention into the archive.
- BODY TALK: April 29 – May 29 Opening Reception: Friday April 29th 7-11pmExhibition Dates: April 29 – May 29, 2016BODY TALK focuses on expressions of the female form and sexuality through portraiture, still-life photographs & sculpture. Considering themes of identity, self-acceptance, and body dysmorphia, the works in this exhibition range from staged moments to those of genuine spontaneity. Depicting strong characters and narratives through both raw and surreal motifs, the exhibition conveys an honest representation of the contemporary female gaze, self-image, and form in all its beauty, disguise, desire, and emotion.Tau Lewis (Toronto) www.taulewis.comNadia Gohar (Toronto)
Michelle Lefade (Toronto) www.michellelefade.com
Maya Fuhr (Toronto) www.mayafuhr.com
Dafy Hagai (London/Tel Aviv) www.dafyhagai.com
Claire Milbrath (Montreal) www.clairemilbrath.com
Rebecca Storm (Montreal) www.rebecca-storm.com
Neva Wireko (Toronto) www.nevawireko.com
Yulia Zinshtein (NYC/Moscow) www.yzinshtein.comCurated by Devan Patel & Maya FuhrThis exhibition is registered with the CONTACT Photography Festival
scotiabankcontactphoto.com/ 2016/open-exhibition/ project-gallery-studios-bod y-talkProject Gallery Studios is located at 184 Munro St (back entrance) and open for receptions and by appointment only.Please direct inquiries to email@example.com
- Lacunae: Laura Hudspith Solo Exhibition
Opening Reception: Friday April 1st 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: Fri, April 1 – Sun, April 24
Lacunae, is a solo exhibition of new work by Toronto-based artist, Laura Hudspith. The work combines the artist’s ceramic practice and her experience and fascination with taxidermy. The resulting body of work is one that examines our tendency to satisfy nostalgic impulses and to fill emotional voids through collecting and amassing objects and ‘things’.
Of particular interest to Hudspith is the intersection between this common pattern of consumption and au courant ideologies as well as fashionable trends. Employing both humor and hope, Lacunae’s complex porcelain objects paired with animal, insect and manufactured material, canvas such diverse themes as sentimentality and longing, ownership and power dynamics, mass consumption, and the paradox between mortality and permanence.Project Gallery Studios is located at 184 Munro St. (back entrance)Open for receptions and by appointment.Please direct inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.orgOpening Reception: Friday April 1st 6-9pm Exhibition Dates: Fri, April 1 – Sun, April 24 Lacunae, is a solo exhibition of new work by Toronto-based artist, Laura Hudspith. The work combines the artist’s ceramic ...