- James Olley: ‘Rock – Paper – Scissors’
Rock – Paper – ScissorsJuly 7- 24, 2016Opening Reception: Thurs. July 7th, 6-9pmRock-Paper-Scissors is a hand game many of us played as children with three outcomes, guided by decisions within a set of parameters. Like the game, Olley establishes a series of parameters which are guided by a process consisting of an action and reaction. Through this process, autonomous, self-generating subject matter is revealed. The use of materials like charcoal, paper and scissors informs the series of collages and paintings.Olleys work has had an ongoing interest with the fluidity and potential for motion in paint, exploring systems for representation and modes of expression informing visual languages. His research has been informed by the continuation of the modernist critique, leading to questions of authenticity, autonomy and the role of painting in contemporary art.The expressive and exploratory nature of collage historically offers an experimental space to incorporate multiple visual languages. Surrealist writings by André Breton and Robert Motherwell’s writings on the search for a philosophical spirit, psychic automatism and the task of finding a “creative principal” have informed the scope of Olleys works.James Olley received his MFA from the University of Waterloo in 2008 after completing his BFA at NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2004. Since graduating Olley has had a number of solo shows locally and internationally; Angell Gallery (Toronto), Galerie Trois Points (Montreal), Peter Robertson Gallery (Edmonton), Kasia Kay Art Projects (Chicago), Incident Report (New York) and Dundee Contemporary Arts (Scotland), Galerie Weissraum, (Kyoto, Japan); and Groenhazengracht 1, (Leiden, Netherlands). Olley’s work belongs to private collections such as Colart Collection (Montreal) and Cenovus Energy (Edmonton). Olley has been awarded Emerging & Assistance Artist Grants (Toronto Arts Council & Ontario Arts Council), in addition, received full scholarship to the Vermont Studio Center Residency (2009). Olley’s work has been profiled at contemporary art fairs, including Pulse New York, Pulse Miami, Papier 13 and Next Chicago.
- Colin Davis & Ki Sung Koh
June 16th- July 3rd, 2016
Reception: Thurs June 16, 6-9
Colin W Davis explores intimate moments in nature by arranging mundane natural objects into symbolic shrines. Common sticks, rocks and leaves that would ordinarily be ignored gain a sense of importance through being observed, and then are honoured further through the act of careful painting from life.
The Grove explores the tradition of animism, the belief that “spirits” exist in all things including animals, plants and rocks. This tradition is connected to many indigenous religions throughout the world and is often associated with ritual, superstition and magic. The objects in this body of work are all arranged centrally and highlighted against a dark background, separating them from an imagined landscape and revealing their sanctitude.
Colin W Davis is a Toronto-based painter. He is a graduate of the BAA Illustration program at Sheridan College.
Ki Sung Koh
‘Way of Life’
Ki Sung Koh explores the beauty of nature, memories and dreams. His works depict imaginative worlds in which animals bask in the security of their environments.
Koh’s images share his view on the preciousness of nature in hopes of connecting people through an act of discovery in his paintings. As you see, feel, and hear animals, you will also find more of yourself.
Ki Sung Koh was born in South Korea in 1985 and moved to Canada in 2006. He now lives and works around Toronto. Koh has received BAA in Illustration program from Sheridan College, ON, Canada in 2012.
- DIVERSIONS: Ravinder Rai & Sebastián Benítez Duo Exhibition Opening Reception: Thursday April 28th 6-10pmExhibition Dates: April 28 – May 15, 2016DIVERSIONS showcases the photographic outcomes of an ongoing artistic dialogue between emerging artists Ravinder Rai and Sebastián Benítez. Engaging in themes of contemporary identity, culture, image, objects, commodification, and sexuality, this exhibition shares a process of awareness and discovery as Rai and Benítez photographically respond to each other’s work. Featuring playful and clever self-portraits and still life photographs, this exhibition also incorporates elements of installation and mixed media.Sebastián BenítezRavinder RaiCurated by Devan Pateldevan@projectgallerytoronto.comThis exhibition is Featured with the CONTACT Photography Festival 2016Project Gallery is located at 1109 Queen St E and open regularly Wed-Sun 12-5pm
- Xander Maclaren and Flora Aldridge Duo Exhibition: March 3 – 27 Exhibition Dates: Thu, March 3rd – Sun, March 27thXander Maclaren:Xander Maclaren makes art about systems. There is a logic to these pieces. A line is drawn, then another, each a slightly different version of the previous line. There is always a tension between logic and arbitrary choices. The early decisions in the creation of each piece have repercussions on the final product. Small defects are echoed and amplified through repetition. The result of each piece is determined by the initial formative decisions and the methodical process that then follows.Flora Aldridge:The intricate complexity of memory and recollection is a large thematic aspect in my work. My art is both invasive and exposing of lives unknown and unconnected to my own. Loss of memory is something that terrifies me; leading me to find comfort in those of others’. I preserve lost and abandoned moments within my paintings.The photographs that inspired this body of work were found in a thrift store. As I sorted through them, I began to rationalize their stories, constructing memories of my own, and fabricating connections between the photos and my own life. I was fascinated with how my mind was able to invent such memories, out of almost nothing, and feel such a connection to places and people that I have never known. These fictions and connections are what my art is based on.The style of my work also relates back to the distortion of memory. I have isolated only the outline of the photos to be adapted into the painting as well as overlapping photos to reveal how memories are extremely fragile and manipulated each time you recall them. Overlapping the photos relates to my mind’s ability to create false memories in an attempt to connect the photos to something in my own life. Memories are an immense part of what makes up a person and my fear is that losing them would essentially lead to losing my whole self. Making these works are a way of proving that memories can be persevered.* Project Gallery Studios is located at 184 Munro Street (back entrance) and open by appointment onlyPlease direct inquiries to email@example.comOpening Reception: Thu, March 3rd, 6-9pm Exhibition Dates: Thu, March 3rd – Sun, March 27th Xander Maclaren: Xander Maclaren makes art about systems. There is a logic to these pieces. A line is ...
- FORECAST II: Feb 12-28 PHOTO ALBUMARTWORK PREVIEWOpening Reception: Friday Feb 12th 6-9pmExhibition Dates: Feb 12-28, 2016‘FORECAST II’ is the second of two preview exhibitions, featuring standout works by contemporary painters with upcoming solo or duo exhibitions at Project Gallery. Each artist works with paint in a different way to create vivid and compelling results. Navigating diverse subject matter, themes, and styles – this will be a dynamic exhibition that reflects bold explorations in the contemporary aesthetics of paint through the works of 7 Toronto-based abstract painters you should know about.* Project Gallery Studios is located at 184 Munro Street (back entrance) and open by appointment only
- FORECAST I: Jan 22-Feb 7 PHOTO ALBUMARTWORK PREVIEWOpening Reception: Friday Jan 22nd 6-9pmExhibition Dates: Jan 22 – Feb 7, 2016
‘FORECAST I’ is the first of two preview exhibitions, featuring standout works by contemporary painters with upcoming solo or duo exhibitions at Project Gallery. Each artist works with paint in a different way to create vivid and compelling results. Navigating diverse subject matter, themes, and styles – this will be a dynamic exhibition that reflects novel explorations in the contemporary aesthetics of paint through the works of 7 Toronto-based painters that you should know about.
* Project Gallery Studios is located at 184 Munro Street (back entrance) and open by appointment onlyOpening Reception: Friday Jan 22nd 6-9pm Exhibition Dates: Jan 22 – Feb 7, 2016 ‘FORECAST I’ is the first of two preview exhibitions, featuring standout works by contemporary painters with upcoming solo or ...