Morton Feldman's String Quartet No. 2

Morton Feldman's String Quartet No. 2
Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 10:00pm

Doors 5pm / Concert 6pm / At the Music Gallery and OCAD U Student Gallery (52 McCaul St., across the parking lot from the MG)

Part of the X Avant New Music Festival / Six new hours: a slow-motion rave

In the fall of 1983, a young up-and-coming group called the Kronos Quartet premiered a new work by Morton Feldman in Toronto, a last-minute replacement for another group whose members were tragically killed in a car accident. Commissioned by New Music Concerts and broadcast live-to-air on the CBC’s Two New Hours, this “two-hour” quartet quickly became three, then four, pre-empting the national news and finishing just minutes before the network’s 1AM blackout.

We celebrate this notorious premiere’s 30th anniversary with the first Canadian performance of Morton Feldman’s String Quartet No. 2 in its entirety: a six-hour feat of endurance and transcendence performed by NYC’s FLUX Quartet.

FLUX, whom many will remember from their Canadian debut at the Music Gallery in 2010, are one of only two ensembles who have recorded the enormously taxing FSQ2 (the other is the Ives Ensemble, whose version clocks in at a zippy 4:45). FLUX’s virtuosity, rigour and risk taking has led to breathtaking performances of the world’s most dangerous repertoire (not to mention several guest spots on 30 Rock).

We invite fellow students of history, boundary smashers, intrepid sonic explorers, seekers of the new, reminiscing nostalgists and renegade new music enthusiasts to experience FLUX + FSQ2 with us. This is more than just a remount. We are going all out to present this effing masterpiece in a manner which befits: an event that encompasses two venues (the Music Gallery and OCAD U Student Gallery), a chillout room, video games, food vendors on site and a live broadcast on CIUT 89.5FM. It’s a slow-motion rave.





Tickets $30 Regular / $20 Member / $25 Advance at Soundscapes

Venue & Address: 
Music Gallery (197 John Street) and the OCAD U Student Gallery (52 McCaul St., across the parking lot from the MG). Toronto, Ontario

Shary Boyle Artist Talk

The Cave Painter by Shary Boyle installation detail
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 6:30pm

All are welcome

Shary Boyle’s practice includes drawing, painting, sculpture and performance. Based in Toronto, Boyle’s work is exhibited and collected internationally, with pieces in the National Gallery of Canada, The Art Gallery of Ontario, Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, La Maison Rouge Foundation in Paris and the Paisley Museum in Scotland. The national touring exhibit of her work "Flesh and Blood" opened at the Art Gallery of Ontario in fall 2010. “Everything Under the Moon”, her first major theatre performance in collaboration with Christine Fellows, was commissioned by Habourfront World Stage in 2012. Boyle is the 2009 recipient of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Iskowitz Award and the 2010 Hynatyshyn Award for her outstanding contribution to the visual arts in Canada. Shary Boyle represented Canada at the 2013 Venice Biennale with her project “Music for Silence”.

2013, The Cave Painter, installation detail. Plaster, hair, wood, foam, latex, glitter, glass, epoxy, overhead projections. 301 x 427 x 457cm

Photography by Rafael Goldchain c 2013.



Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

Every moment can be traced back to the first time the sun touched my face

A love worth fighting over (a monument to those that preceded me), 2013, Photo by Jennifer Rose Sciarrino courtesy of the artist
Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 5:00am to Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 5:00am

Performance: Thursday, November 21, all day
Opening with Friday Night ART Live: Friday, November 22, 7:00pm
Talk and Publication Launch: Saturday, December 14, 2:00pm

Exhibition by OCAD U faculty and staff member Derek Liddington

Every moment can be traced back to the first time the sun touched my face is an exhibition by Toronto based artist Derek Liddington and his first solo show within a public gallery. Through a series of site specific works, Liddington explores the potential moments that can occur between the rise and fall of the sun over the horizon. Engaging with disciplines as diverse as drawing, sculpture and performance Liddington traces the sun's movement across the sky as an allegorical investigation of the human condition – specifically that of love and violence enacted within these moments. The anecdotal origin from which the exhibition draws is an offsite happening occurring on the artist’s birthday, November 21. Set to the backdrop of downtown Galt, Cambridge, a crane operator will perform the task of lifting a 300 pound circular steel plate in an action following the course of the sun’s rise from the east, to the delving of the light under the horizon to the west. The banal object celebrates both the sun’s rise and fall, engaged in a hopeless tracing of the solar gesture; an act of mimicry that is simultaneously archival and violent. However, the tension in the gesture also nods to the minimalist act of visually engaging with its surroundings, both in time and space.

In the main space of the exhibition Liddington presents a new sculptural work, A love worth fighting over (a monument to those that preceded me). Derived from his explorations of geometric composition and movement in relation to narrative, the work illustrates an operatic scene between three lovers, a car, and two ballerinas. Within the work entire segments of the narrative are concealed and revealed within the banner’s bellowing folds exploring the simultaneous expansion and compression of time, past, present and future. The surface of the banner has been dyed through a process of soaking and then rubbing powdered graphite over canvas. This process works to expose the very act of its creation leaving behind traces of the fingers and hands moving across the dyed surface. The resulting surface shimmers and flakes against the folds and reflecting light. In the wall drawing – All I could do to control my anger was stare at the endless beauty of the sun as it spilled over the horizon. All I could do to control my love was stare at the endless beauty of the sun as it spilled over the horizon. – Liddington uses mark making as a means for unveiling violence and tension. Geometric forms act as stand ins for individuals, objects and iconic imagery as we begin to see the unfolding trajectory of Liddington’s love story through the rise and fall of the sun.

Derek Liddington works and lives in Toronto. He obtained his MFA from the University of Western Ontario (London) and BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Halifax). Liddington’s work has been exhibited in numerous public settings, including his 2010 staging of Allegory for an Opera as part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche (Toronto). His most recent solo exhibition titled Modern Love is currently on view at Daniel Faria Gallery (Toronto). He has exhibited at abc 2013 (Art Berlin Contemporary), and in group shows curated by Cole Swanson and Rui Amaral. Liddington has received numerous grants and in 2011 was shortlisted for the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Artist Prize. He is represented by Daniel Faria Gallery (Toronto).

Curated by Iga Janik

Gallery Hours:
Mon – Thurs 9:30am – 8:30pm
Fri & Sat 9:30am – 5:30pm
Sun 1:00 – 5:00pm

Image: A love worth fighting over (a monument to those that preceded me), 2013. Rubbed graphite on canvas, steel, 8'x8'x8'. Photography: Jennifer Rose Sciarrino. Image courtesy of the artist.

Cambridge Galleries, Queen’s Square

1 North Square

Cambridge, Ontario



Venue & Address: 
Cambridge Galleries, Queen’s Square 1 North Square Cambridge, Ontario