- Meredith Wrede ‘Angel of Paradox’
Meredith Wrede ‘Angel of Paradox’
Reception: Thursday, May 19th, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: May 18th – June 12th
Meredith Wrede is an independent dance artist who uses greater Toronto as a backdrop for her performances and incarnations of different characters. She originally stepped off the stage and onto the streets to find a venue where she could stay true to her original artistic ideas. She also felt the desire to create public art, accessible to others, not just the paying customer. The Angel of Paradox came into existence when Meredith was entertaining and investigating ideas around opposites existing within the same space. The intent of this exhibit is to offer a vicarious experience of a Merediths’ performance as the Angel of Paradox that happened around Cherry Street in Toronto in 1999. Reflecting on what happens in the moment when hot and cold mingle, love and hate merge, pain and pleasure collide, she noticed that up through the cracks, produced by the confusion of paradox, rises possibilities. These often delightful ideas induce playful moments, and bring an easy way to engage in the prospect of embracing something new. Meredith has her BFA in dance from York University and studied at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She danced with Equinoxe Dance Theatre in Johannesburg South Africa, Djazzin’ in Dortmund Germany; She was an artistic director of the Collective Unconscious Collective, the director of Toronto Dance Theatre’s Children’s division and Associate director for Evolution Dance Theatre. She has created numerous choreographies for FFIDA in Toronto for both the stage and site-specific venues, and danced for other independent dance artists as well as the Caravan Stage Barge. She has created many characters for short films and gorilla performances. As an artist Meredith is interested in scanning the scope of what’s happening in the world and, with broad strokes, offering her own creative solutions; in hopes that it encourages others to set their fears aside and engage in the world in a way that allows them to follow, or, at least notice, the nudges they feel from behind.
Image: Meredith Wrede, Tunnel
*This exhibition is officially registered as part of the 2016 Contact Photography Festival
Photography credit: Marilyn Westlake
- Spolia Opima: Ted Zourntos Solo Exhibition, April 7 – April 24
Opening Reception: Thursday April 7, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: April 7 – April 24, 2016
With his latest series of paintings Ted Zourntos continues to probe and interrogate the inner workings of consumer culture. Spoila Opima or “rich spoils” is an ancient Roman term referring to the plunder and riches striped from a defeated combatant in mortal combat. These complex still life paintings connect consumerism, the oil economy and military conflict through subtle and satirical juxtapositions of throw away dollar store trinkets and novelties. Through his paintings. the artist dismantles notions of value to reveal the systematic dysfunction within contemporary consumer culture.
Ted Zourntos is a professional artist and educator with a versatile and accomplished painting practice that encompasses both abstract and representational work. He has exhibited in North America including a solo exhibition at Sloan Fine Art in New York City. Ted completed his undergraduate studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design (now OCAD University) and his Master of Fine Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA. He is the recipient of several academic and professional awards and his work has been featured in international art publications. Several of his paintings are in private collection.
Project Gallery is located at 1109 Queen St E, open regularly Wed-Sun 12-5pm and by appointment. Please direct inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
- PROSPECTOR: Sara Pearson Solo Exhibition, March 17 – April 3
Opening Reception: Thursday March 17, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: March 17 – April 3, 2016
The paintings and sculptures in PROSPECTOR, inspired by geological and gemmological formations, remind us of the strange and sublime beauty of nature. Gemstones, as coveted objects, present a complicated relationship between the natural world and us; As we hunt, collect and refine them, they become instilled with human values. In this body of work, Sara Pearson deconstructs and reinterprets their forms, removing facets and breaking stones into abstract shards, highlighting internal depths and building new structure. By pulling apart our vision of the perfect gem, she removes preconceived notions attached to it and focuses us on its extraordinariness. Pearson navigates this course through her early relationship to these materials; Growing up in her father’s jewellery studio instilled a sense of wonder in the presence of these otherworldly objects. She continues to live in awe of them, relating her art practice to that of an explorer, a treasure hunter.
Pearson chooses subjects and materials for their relationship to the natural world, using the optical phenomena that exist within cut gemstones to inspire her oil paintings; bronze, copper, marble, and terra-skin paper made from stone are some of the materials that form her sculptures and installations. Working primarily with “analogue” methods, she plays with the dichotomy of traditional process in an increasingly digital world, pushing abstraction while honouring the process of mimesis.
Sara Pearson is a Toronto based artist who graduated with a BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design University.
- PHYLUM: Dec 5 – Jan 3 PHOTO ALBUMARTWORK PREVIEW
Opening Reception: Saturday December 5th from 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: Dec 5 – Jan 3, 2016
Our capacity to identify, classify, and analyze information allows for all living things to be understood. PHYLUM explores the connections in what has been traditionally divided; in these works, human forms can meld with animal, bone, insect and birds. Many of these works have been liberated from the paper that bound them to float in this space. The medium of ink is understood as a diagnostic tool, and results in searching for what is recognizable in the image – this is what humans do constantly – we find what we are looking for.
Claire Tatangelo is a Toronto-based artist, with a BFA from OCADU. She makes drawings and paintings about the way that humans relate to the body, exploring concepts related to brain organization, attachment theory, feminism, and family. Her work explores how the internal structure of the body and mind function in relation to each other, and her research in this area is conducted through painting. The connection between the theoretical, the physical, and emotional formation of the self is what intrigues her and drives her practice.
Project Gallery Studios is located at 184 Munro St, Unit #6 – please enter through the back entrace – open by appt onlyOpening Reception: Saturday December 5th from 6-9pm Exhibition Dates: Dec 5 – Jan 3, 2016 Our capacity to identify, classify, and analyze information allows for all living things to be understood. PHYLUM explores ...
- CHRIS HARMS: “Rise in Fall”
Opening Reception: Thursday Nov 12 (6-10pm) at Project Gallery Studios (184 Munro Street*)Exhibition Dates: Nov 12 – Dec 2, 2015Chris Harms’ artwork explores the relationship between our city’s constant state of construction and its citizens. Creating vibrant and elegant sculptures with plexiglass that resemble earth-moving excavators, Harms invites the viewer to enjoy the unique reflections, surfaces, and layering his works produce while considering the transformative time between what was and what is to come. Harnessing light and colour, Harms’ work is intended to build a feeling of expansion and possibility, and functions as an exploration of space and physicality through refined aesthetic sensibilities.Chris Harms is a self taught artist living and working in Toronto.*Project Gallery Studios is located at 184 Munro St, and accessible through the back entrance at the southeast corner of Blackburn St. and Mount Stephens St. The studio exhibition space is open for receptions and by appointment only.Opening Reception: Thursday Nov 12 (6-10pm) at Project Gallery Studios (184 Munro Street*) Exhibition Dates: Nov 12 – Dec 2, 2015 Chris Harms’ artwork explores the relationship between our city’s constant state of ...
- ERIN LOREE & LISA JOHNSON: Duo Exhibition, Oct 24 – Nov 11, 2015 PHOTO ALBUMARTWORK CATALOG
Opening reception: October 24, 2015 from 6 – 9pm
Exhibition dates: Oct. 24 – Nov 11, 2015
Project Gallery Studios is excited to present a duo exhibition of contemporary works by Canadian painters Erin Loree and Lisa Johnson. With an emphasis on abstract sensibilities and gestural mark-making, both Loree and Johnson work with paint in different ways to create imaginative and evocative results.
As part of the exhibition, Project Gallery invites you to meet artist Lisa Johnson at Project Gallery (1109 Queen Street East) on October 24 from 2-5PM where her current solo exhibition ‘Mazinaw’ is on display until October 28. Following the afternoon reception at Project Gallery, Project Gallery Studios invites you to attend the opening reception for Erin Loree and Lisa Johnson’s duo exhibition on October 24 from 6-10PM.
Project Gallery Studios is located at 184 Munro St, and accessible through the back entrance at the southeast corner of Blackburn St. and Mount Stephens St. The studio exhibition space is open for receptions and by appointment only.
To arrange a viewing contact Devan Patel at 416.315.1192 or email devan@projectgallerytoront
About Erin Loree
Born in 1988, Erin Loree completed her studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (2012), at both the Toronto and Florence campuses, followed by a 3-month artist residency at the Sachaqa Art Center in Peru. Along the way she has been honoured with many awards and scholarships, including the OCADU Drawing & Painting Medalist Award (2012), Nora E. Vaughan Award (2012) and the Karl Heinz Wiesen Memorial Award (2010). She is also the recipient of the Visual Artists: Emerging grant, awarded by the Ontario Arts Council (2015). Her work has been exhibited in Toronto, Montreal and in a number of art fairs and auctions including Art Toronto, Love Art Fair (Toronto), SCOPE Miami Beach and Waddington’s Concrete Contemporary Art Auction for Canadian Contemporary Art. She currently lives and works in downtown Toronto.
About Lisa Johnson
Johnson has been painting professionally for over 20 years and her influences include old and new masters, from de Kooning and Soutine to Tom Thomson and Susanna Heller. Her paintings enquire into space and movement within the context of landscape painting. Through her ethereal and sculpted pigment Johnson depicts vast landscapes where figures seem to poetically emerge.
Lisa Johnson graduated with Honours from the Ontario College of Art and Design, where she also won the prestigious Mrs. W.O. Forsythe Award for 4th year women painters in 1996. Johnson studied under sculptor Tom Dean and most recently with Harold Klunder. Lisa Johnson’s work has been shown in solo and group shows throughout Canada and can be found in numerous private and corporate collections in the Canada, U.S.A., and Europe.