Barbara Astman, Faculty of Art, to participate in: Stare

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 5:00am to Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 5:00am

Barbara Astman, Faculty of Art, to participate in: Stare

From the collection

October 29, 2016 to January 22, 2017


Featured artists: Roy Arden | Barbara Astman | Bernd and Hilla Becher | Karin Bubaš | Dana Claxton | John Coplans | Denes Devenyi | Philip-Lorca diCorcia | Rineke Dijkstra | Patrick Faigenbaum | Larry Fink | Arni Haraldsson | Fred Herzog | Barrie Jones | Barbara Probst | Anne Ramsden | Mark Ruwedel | Reece Terris | Jeff Wall | O Zhang


Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Grant Arnold, Audain Curator of British Columbia Art.

Venue & Address: 
The Vancouver Art Gallery
Poster for STARE, black and white photo of a hand plus exhibition text

Aligning with Beauty

Aligning with Beauty
Sunday, November 23, 2008 - 5:00am to Sunday, January 11, 2009 - 5:00am

This nationally and internationally is assembled exhibition is organized by guest curator Julie Oakes, and consists of over 30 works in a wide variety of mediums and artistic expressions. The exhibition groups the artists in five themes of exploration of the concept of beauty.

Ms Oakes said “By bringing to the fore, art objects selected for this component - the beauty factor - a rite of identification is enacted on the highest of aesthetic planes. A common acknowledgment of beauty creates channels for communication and lifts the veil of ‘otherness.’ Aligning with Beauty is an exhibition in which beauty is embodied in art, where beauty is both the subject and the object. We get such an overriding sensation when beauty allows us to partake in “the nature of happiness – we swoon”

Art is often aligned with beauty before beauty is aligned with art. The primary dictionary definition of art as “the quality, production, expression or realm of that which is beautiful” acknowledges the basis of beauty as the foundation of art.

Works by: John Torreano, Heidi Thompson, Angiola Churchill, Ortansa Moraru, Carin Covin, Lorraine Pritchard, Johann Feught, Diane Feught, John Noestheden, Donna Kriekle, OCAD alumnus Christian Bernard Singer and others are presented within their context and subject matter, including OCAD alumnus Jim Ruxton.

Julie Oakes, Curator
Oakes has been the curator for Headbones Gallery since it first opened in British Columbia in 1998 during which time she has written critical published commentaries for over two hundred artists. She has a Masters Degree in Visual Arts from New York University and a Masters Degree in Social and Political Science from The New School for Social Research in New York. She has written for various periodicals including D’arte International, Canon and Riverside Quarterly. With a dual career as an artist and writer, Oakes has shown extensively, most recently presenting The Buddha Composed at The Varley Gallery of Markham. Her work is in major collections such as The Glenbow Museum, The Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery, The Mendel Gallery, The Vernon Performing Arts Center, SaskTel Corporation Canada Council Art Bank, The Kenderdine Gallery and UBCO.

Venue & Address: 
Varley Art Gallery 216 Main Street, Unionville, Ontario

2008 Emerging Artists Series: Vivencia Poetica

Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, March 15, 2008 - 4:00am

Performance/Installation by:

Diane Borsato + Stacey Sproule

Keith Cole + Diana Lopez Soto

John Marriott + Suzanne Caines

Keith Cole + Diana Lopez Soto perform:

ALMA: Anticipation, Transformation and Journey

Thursday March 13 at 8pm

Friday March 14 at 8pm

Saturday March 15 at 8pm

Erika DeFreitas' Brief Curatorial Premise:

This curatorial project would require an emerging and an established performance artist collaborating jointly, and in turn with participants within the space in which they work/present. I am interested in the relational aspects within the collaborative process between artists, and how it specifically pertains to questions of authorship, communication, tension,and pedagogy. I am certain that these collaborations will challenge the concept of relational aesthetics as it is outlined by Nicolas Bourriaud in his text "Relational Aesthetics."

Fado is pleased to acknowledge the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, and the Department of Canadian Heritage for their support of our ongoing activities.

For more information and artists' bios please see


Image Credit: A Series of Minor Incidents by Diane Borsato and Stacey

Venue & Address: 
XPACE Cultural Centre 58 Ossington Ave., Toronto, Ontario

Barbara Astman, Faculty of Art in "Portraits, self and others (it’s complicated)"

cropped photo of a woman in a black dress talking on a red telephone
Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 4:00am to Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 4:00am

Portraits, self and others (it’s complicated)

September 22nd and October 29th, 2016
Opening reception, Thursday, September 22nd at 7:00 P.M.

With the advent of the selfie and social media, portraits have become ubiquitous in contemporary culture. This has raised many questions about the nature of representing people in art. Many artists are now exploring the way in which identity is largely constructed through images and the complex relationship between the artist and the individuals they portray. This in turn raises important questions about how we define and visually represent “the self” and “the other” within the increasingly dynamic matrix of real and virtual social relationships.

This exhibition, which includes paintings, photographs, video and sculpture, examines diverse approaches to portraiture through the work of over twenty contemporary Canadian and international artists including: Stephen Andrews, Shuvinai Ashoona, Barbara Astman, Greg Curnoe, Colin Muir Dorward, Wyn Geleynse, Sky Glabush, Kirtley Jarvis, Jim Kost, Richard Hamilton, Jason McLean, Shelley Niro, Dennis Oppenheim, Gillian Saward, Becky Singleton, Gerard Pas, Jamie Q, Angie Quick, Michael Snow, Jeff Thomas, Joanne Todd and Joyce Wieland.

A highlight of the exhibition will be the first public display of internationally-acclaimed Canadian artist Tony Scherman’s recent portrait of former Western Chancellor Joseph Rotman (1935 –2015), the noted Canadian businessman and philanthropist. Rotman was the founder and benefactor of many successful organizations, including the Rotman Research Institute, the Rotman School of Management, and the Rotman Institute of Philosophy at Western.

Venue & Address: 
McIntosh Gallery Western University London, Ontario, Canada N6A 3K7
Tel: (519) 661-3181

A Riveder le Stelle: Mary Hambleton and Sara MacLean

Photograph of a blurred light object
Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 5:00am to Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 5:00am

A Riveder le Stelle | Mary Hambleton and Sara MacLean
January 22 – February 22, 2015

TYPOLOGY is thrilled to announce the launch of our guest curating program with the two person exhibition, A Riveder le Stelle. Featuring rarely seen works on paper by the late New York painter Mary Hambleton, and a video installation by Toronto-based Sara MacLean, the exhibition is curated by interdisciplinary artist and independent curator Heather Nicol.

Taking its name from the final line of Dante’s Inferno (1314), A Riveder le Stelle, “to gaze once more upon the stars,” is conceived as a virtual conversation between two artists, separated by time, place, and practice, whose work nevertheless manifests striking formal and conceptual correspondences. Among the many such convergences are a mutual interest in the body, the scientific gaze (particularly as it relates to diagnostic medicine), relationships between the infinitesimal and the celestial, and the sense of wonder such scrutiny engenders.

Public opening reception: Thursday, January 22nd from 6–8 pm
Join us for an opening reception with guest curator Heather Nicol and artist Sara MacLean (same night as Koffler Gallery’s opening for Kristiina Lahde downstairs). Refreshments will be served and all are welcome!

About the Curator and Artists
Toronto-based guest curator Heather Nicol received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts (NY), MA in art education from NYU, and interdisciplinary MFA from OCADU. Her curatorial projects often engage conditions specific to decommissioned and repurposed sites, and have fostered opportunities for large groups of artists working across a wide range of disciplines.

Mary Hambleton (1952–2009) was based in Brooklyn and exhibited her work in the US and abroad at venues including Leslie Heller Gallery, Littlejohn Contemporary, and Pamela Auchincloss Gallery (New York), and the Machida City Museum (Tokyo). Her many honours include the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial, Adolph Esther Gottlieb Foundation, and two Pollock-Krasner awards.

Toronto-based Sara MacLean (b. 1974) employs embodied camera techniques, darkroom experiments, sculpture, and set design to create subtly choreographed encounters with her time-based media projections. She has exhibited in North America, Europe, and Asia at festivals and venues including Anthology Film Archives (New York) and the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona.

Venue & Address: 
TYPOLOGY Projects No. 302, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON M6J 2W5