David Rokeby: Plotting Against Time

Friday, February 29, 2008 - 5:00am to Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 4:00am

Internationally-acclaimed Canadian artist and OCAD alumnus David Rokeby is a pioneer in digital media arts. In works that typically include video images mediated through software designed by Rokeby himself, he compares the way in which people and computers interpret everyday experience. His installations suggest that computers, which are unrestrained by human conventions of time and space, process and manage information in
remarkable and unexpected ways.

Plotting Against Time includes five major installations created
by the artist over the past 15 years. Moreover, Rokeby was invited to Windsor for a two week residency in January by the AGW and the organizers of Media City 2008, who are collaborating on this project with British curator Peter Ride.
While in Windsor, Rokeby captured new images to re-work his seminal installation Watch, which he began in 1995.

Rokeby presents what is familiar in a manner that is foreign to our way of seeing. In Watch, for example, two computer-generated images
are presented side by side. One image shows only stationary things, such as objects or people standing still, while the other shows only things that have motion, such as pedestrians or vehicles. While we too are able to differentiate between movement and stillness, our
cognitive processing melds them together into a seamless whole.

Venue & Address: 
Art Gallery of Windsor 401 Riverside Drive West, Windsor, Ontario

Remains

Tek
Saturday, February 2, 2008 - 5:00am to Friday, February 29, 2008 - 5:00am

Drabinsky Gallery in Toronto presents new photographic works by OCAD alumnus Tek.

Venue & Address: 
Drabinsky Gallery 122 Scollard Street, Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

integrateassimilate

Integrateassimilate
Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - 5:00am to Sunday, February 17, 2008 - 5:00am

*new* gallery in Toronto presents work by Material Art & Design alumni Monica Bodirsky, Annie Tung and 2007 medal winner Margaret Lim.

Venue & Address: 
*new* gallery 906 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Various States of Undress, Construction and Repair

Jason Gringler
Friday, January 11, 2008 - 5:00am to Saturday, February 16, 2008 - 5:00am

Angell Gallery in Toronto presents new work by OCAD alumnus Jason Gringler, which addresses various states of undress, construction and repair.
Fresh from New York City, Gringler returns to Toronto with six new paintings to remind us of his formidable talent.

Something faster, darker, deadlier'

These words sound as if they describe the latest sci-fi blockbuster, but they could equally describe Gringler's newest and most accomplished paintings to date. The dizzying spatial divisions, frenetic urban energy, industrial palette of silver and black (offset by high-keyed accent colours) have always characterized Gringler's abstractions. With this newest body of work, however, Gringler recombines these signature elements, while toning down the colour, and looks to his new neighbourhood as source material.

Venue & Address: 
Angell Gallery 890 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Update

Saturday, January 19, 2008 - 5:00am to Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 5:00am

Harbourfront Centre in Toronto presents UPDATE, its Artists-in-Residence Bienniale Exhibition, featuring new and original works by ten artists-in-residence, created in an atmosphere that advocates risk and experimentation. Featuring: textile works by artists Norah Deacon, Thea Haines, OCAD alumna Kate Jackson, Amanda McCavour; glass works by Sally McCubbin, Einav Mekori and Brad Turner; ceramic works by Carmen Schroeder; jewellery by Annie Tung and OCAD alumna Suzanne Carlsen. Curated by Melanie Egan and Patrick Macaulay.

Venue & Address: 
Harbourfront Centre 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

LIVE: Nicholas & Sheila Pye

The Pyes
Wednesday, January 23, 2008

This will be the first public performance by Toronto artists and OCAD alumni Nicholas & Sheila Pye, the collaborative duo whose videos and staged photographs draw on the history of performance art and vaudeville to explore tropes of auto-eroticism, narcissism, and co-dependence. Responding to themes of gender politics and sexuality in the work of exhibiting artists Steven Shearer and Andrea Bowers, they present a fable-filled world where masculine and feminine collide. Work by Nicholas and Sheila Pye has been exhibited and screened internationally and was recently acquired by the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC.

Venue & Address: 
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery 231 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
$2 Members, $4 Non-Member

Staged

Staged
Wednesday, November 28, 2007 - 5:00am to Friday, January 4, 2008 - 5:00am

Patrick Mikhail Gallery is pleased to present STAGED: The Complete Portfolio by Halifax photo-based artist ADRIAN FISH. The exhibition marks the first time the entire portfolio of images of performative spaces has been presented as a single project.
Mr. Fish is a winner of the 2007 Magenta Foundation Flash Forward competition, which recognizes the best new photo-based artists from Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. He appears in a concurrent exhibition at Kathleen Cullen Fine Art in New York, organized by the Magenta Foundation, from November 29 to December 22, 2007.
First presented in Toronto in May as part of Patrick Mikhail Gallery's participation in the 2007 CONTACT photography festival, the STAGED project has been expanded and reworked. For this special holiday presentation, the 14 new museum-quality Chromira prints will be available in the collectors' large-format edition at 48 x 48 inches offered at $2950, as well as a limited edition of 12 x 12 inch prints offered at $900.
The Staged project documents performative spaces, directed towards the spectator seating area. Each respective environment is devoid of viewers, suggesting the pregnant moment before an anticipated spectacle. The weighty absence of an audience nevertheless insinuates their presence. This inversion of the traditional role of actor-as-exhibitionist, and audience as voyeur constructs a quiet tension within the image.
Staged examines the venue of the theatre as a 21st century manifestation of Roman Empire-era structures. The lack of people within each photograph invites the viewer to contemplate the architectural aspects of the theatre environment, as well as the nature of entertainment in the present paradigm.
The images that make up the Staged project are of theatres located in Toronto, and represent a variety of designs over nearly nine decades. Designed by some of North America's most renowned and accomplished architects including Peter Smith, Arthur Erickson, and Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg, the theatres showcased include the Princess of Wales Theatre, Roy Thompson Hall, and the Canon Theatre.
Adrian Fish is a Toronto-born, Halifax-based artist and teacher working in the medium of photography. He has an MFA in visual art from York University, as well as accreditation from the Ontario College of Art & Design and Sheridan College. His work has been shown in a number of institutional galleries and artist run centres, including the Koffler Gallery, Red Head Gallery, A.W.O.L. Gallery, and the Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax. He has also exhibited internationally, both in the United States and Japan. Mr. Fish currently teaches at NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His work entitled Stage 1 ' 3 can be found in the collection of the Canada Council Art Bank.

Venue & Address: 
Patrick Mikhail Gallery 2401 Bank Street, Ottawa, Ontario
Email: 
gallery@patrickmikhailgallery.com
Cost: 
Free

Pattern Theory

Pattern Theory
Saturday, November 24, 2007 - 5:00am to Saturday, December 22, 2007 - 5:00am

Pattern Theory is a mathematical and probabilistic formalism for analyzing structures generated by the world around us, with the goal of reconstructing the processes, objects and events that produced them. In pattern theory, the belief is that the world is complex, and to understand it, or part of it, one needs realistic representations of knowledge about it.
Pattern Theory brings together the work of Toronto artists, Adam David Brown, Kristiina Lahde, An Te Liu, Ken Nicol and Joy Walker with the work of New York artist Tom Koken, Hamilton artist Liss Platt and Toronto/Vancouver based collective Instant Coffee.

Venue & Address: 
MKG127 127 Ossington Avenue, Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

A slideshow presentation of Minmei Madelynne Pryor Went into the Dryer

Saturday, December 1, 2007 - 5:00am to Saturday, February 2, 2008 - 5:00am

This series is an obliquely narrative set of twenty sequential intaglio prints, presented here as a slideshow with audio performance by author Sheila Heti; Minmei Madelynne Pryor Went into the Dryer is a coming-of-age story based on the familiar fantasy premise of finding the spectacular within the mundane.
Mixing a wide range of influences, from T'ang Dynasty sculpture, 1980's anime and Alice in Wonderland straight on through to the works of trend-setting photographer and sexual provocateur Terry Richardson.
The series aims to create a highly idiosyncratic yet recognizable world that serves as a theater for the title character to learn to keep her secrets to herself by exploring the relationships between identity construction, fantasy and privacy. It also has vomit, butterflies, extensive masturbation, and a large, dead dog.

Venue & Address: 
XPACE Cultural Centre 58 Ossington Avenue, Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

SpeakEasy's Annual Holiday Sale

Friday, December 7, 2007 - 1:00am to 5:00am

Chestnuts roasting, sleigh bells ringing, and the season starts a-swingin'!
Join us for holiday cocktails, a few good tunes, and another fantastic show at The Gladstone.
The annual 'SpeakEasy Holiday Sale' will be held on Thursday, December 6th at The Gladstone Hotel, from 8 pm to midnight. It's an evening of arts, crafts and seasonal fun. It's a chance to shop for hand-crafted holiday gifts. It's an opportunity for the public to see the work of 40 local artists, ranging from quirky one-off ceramics to handmade soap, jewellery and hand painted Christmas cards.

Venue & Address: 
Gladstone Hotel 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
david@blttogo.com
Cost: 
PWYC - $4 suggested donation

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