Memory Box (part of Contact 2008)

Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, May 31, 2008 - 4:00am

Toronto photographer Ron Wood explores the power of collected objects as
touchstones for memory and history. Each photograph in the exhibition invites the viewer to look inside a memory box, and into a deeply private area in the life of its owner.

The collected objects reverberate with meaning. Some are talismans of luck,
while others speak of rites of passage, people, places and events. They
transcend the obvious: They are signifiers of concepts such as love, possibility, growth and loss.

Since collecting objects is a shared universal experience, the exhibition asks viewers to consider the meaning of the objects that they also collect and
preserve.

The Photographer and Curator
Ron Wood and Angela Wood are the photographer and curator of Memory Box.
Both graduated from the Ontario College of Art & Design and they have
collaborated on numerous projects throughout their careers. History and
memory are recurring themes in their creative work.

Ron is a Professor of Photography at the Ontario College of Art & Design as
well as the Founder & Principal Photographer of Heartline Pictures, his commercial photography studio. The company provides services to cultural clients including The Bata Shoe Museum and McMichael Canadian Art Collection. His commercial work has appeared worldwide and in many publications. Ron’s previous Contact exhibition entitled Globalization at the Altar received critical acclaim. Ron was interviewed by Andy Barrie on CBC’s Metro Morning. Andy said, ‘If pictures were ever worth a thousand words, yours certainly are!’ Angela is the founder and creative lead of Circle Media, a design firm that specializes in interactive media and graphic design for museums. She is also the
founder of Inventive Women and Inventive Kids, both of which provide online information about Canadian inventiveness. The Inventive Kids website was chosen as one of the top ten sites for 2006 by the American Library Association.

Angela curated and produced the heartfelt exhibition From Baba’s Hope Chest: Macedonian Treasures in Canada for the Textile Museum of Canada.

Venue & Address: 
The Roastery Cafe 401 Richmond St W, Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Shannon Gerard: Playing Doctor

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Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 4:00am

Open Studio in Toronto presents work by Printmaking Instructor Shannon Gerard, bringing together components of her multimedia project, Boobs & Dinks: Early Detection Kits.

Venue & Address: 
Open Studio 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 104, Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Selected Works: Five Decades

Ron Shuebrook
Friday, April 11, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, May 18, 2008 - 4:00am

This exhibition offers unique insight into the loops and knots, searching lines, and spatial planes that comprise the work of former OCAD President, Ron Shuebrook. Anchored by several recent, large-scale oil paintings, the exhibition traces back his concerns and achievements, sampling five decades of creative insights. From ink drawings made as a student, through charcoal works that are marked as much by erasure as by charcoal, to luminous exploratory watercolours, the exhibition traces his commitment to a rigorous abstract language.

Shuebrook’s work builds upon the insights of abstract modernist painters to develop material structures that reflect our current times. He has long aspired to integrate formal, pictorial, and material structures into evocative objects of contemplation that attest to human continuity and contemporary experience.

Biography
Shuebrook exhibits his work nationally and internationally. More than 50 public galleries, museums, and corporations have acquired his paintings, drawings, prints, and wall constructions. He holds a B.Sc. in art education (1965) and a M.Ed. in art education (1969) from Kutztown University, PA., as well as an MFA from Kent State University, Ohio (1972). His work as an artist, professor, and academic administrator have had great influence on Canadian visual culture.

Venue & Address: 
Minarovich Gallery, Elora Center for the Arts 75 Melville St., Elora, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Phantasm

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Friday, April 4, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 4:00am

Angell Gallery in Toronto presents “Phantasm”, the fifth solo show by OCAD Instructor and alumnus Luke Painter. For years now, Painter has employed his immense technical skill to create fanciful works that delight the imagination and arouse wonder. The seven works in this exhibition continue in the same vein, featuring the fantastical and quasi-historical subject matter that have become the artist’s trademarks.

From a distance, one could easily mistake Painter’s latest works for large-scale prints. The stark black-and-white aesthetic and fine line-work suggest the effects of wood-block engravings, or possibly metal etching prints. Not only this, but the incredible amount of detail leads one to believe that these works resulted from a process of serial reproduction, since it’s reasonable to assume that the artist wished to yield multiple copies from the hours of handiwork that went into them. Upon closer inspection however one realizes this is not the case. A sustained viewing reveals the works to be unique and original brush and ink paintings, comprised of thousand of accumulated marks that mimick traditional printing methods. The effect is one of obssesive ornamentation and preciousness. If nothing else, these paintings are labours of love created by a steady and patient hand.

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

Paulette Phillips: "History appears twice, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce."

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Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 4:00am

Diaz Contemporary is pleased to announce artist Paulette Phillips' second solo-show with the gallery. Phillips has established an international reputation for her tense, humorous and uncanny explorations of the phenomena of conflicting energies. This highly anticipated installation, features new work in sculpture, photography and video that documents residual emotion and presence. The work continues Phillips_ interest in the contradictions that play out in our construction of stability.
_History appears twice, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce._ is inspired by the poetically tragic aura that surrounds E 1027, a villa on the Cote d_ Azur built by architect and designer Eileen Gray for her lover Jean Badovici in 1929. Having built the house as a romantic getaway, Gray eventually walked away from her labor of love. For a period of time it then became known as Le Corbusier_s house, while Gray languished in obscurity.
Shell, a thirty-two minute video shot on location by Phillips and Robert Lee, contains traces of Gray_s original vision. In tracing the evidence of abuse the house has endured since its sensuous beginning, the video captures an emotional topography that lies beneath the villa_s structure to renegotiate the enduring legacy of Gray_s modernist gem. This extensive footage captures the house before it underwent the contested renovation that restored Le Corbusier_s controversial murals.
The Egoist/Lover, is an elegant reworking of Gray_s original Satellite mirror that she designed for Badovici_s bedroom. Phillips_ motorized mirror shies away from the viewer_s gaze. Touché traps two magnetized books, Le Corbusier_s The Poetics of Metaphor with Gray_s monograph Eileen Gray within a cage. One book hovers over the other repelled by its negative energy field. Knock Knock is a series of three gyclee prints produced from collaged photographs that document the complexity of presence still evident in the villa. The Rubber House is a tactile and mutable model of the villa that sits on two dissonant colour fields.
The exhibition draws from the personalities, emotions and histories that surround both architects by heightening the covert and inherent tensions that defined their practices and mark this house as a haunted site. The works in the installation align to narrate the faded tenets that fueled this vision of modernism, capturing on video and through objects, the idea of the house as a ruin wrought by conflicting energies.
Paulette Phillips_ work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Danielle Arnaud contemporary art; The Oakville Galleries; Cambridge Galleries and The Ottawa Art Gallery. Recent group exhibitions include: Gallerie Chomette, Paris; The Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris; The Power Plant, Toronto; ZKM, Germany; Kunsthaus Graz, Austria; Heidelberger Kunstverein, Germany, Ludwig Museum, Hungary and the Palazzo della Papesse, Italy. Phillips teaches film and installation at The Ontario College of Art and Design. Upcoming commissions include: The Walking Fern, solar powered robotic ferns to be installed at the Tatton Park Biennale, Britain, May _ September 2008; and Fashion and Crime that will premiere at a screening at The Tate Modern on May 10th 2008.
This work was made possible by the support of the Ontario Arts Council_s Chalmers Arts Fellowship, the Canada Council for the Arts and The Toronto Arts Council.

Venue & Address: 
Diaz Contemporary 100 Niagara Street, Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
Gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11 to 6 or by appointment
Cost: 
Free

Morphogenetic Fields

Morphogenetic Fields
Thursday, April 10, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, May 4, 2008 - 4:00am

There will be approximately 15 mixed-media works (colour lithographs and acrylic painting, on fine archival paper); each work is 30” x 40” before framing. The works are named serially, “Morphogenetic Field No 1”, “Morphogenetic Field No 2”, and so on. As well, as a centerpiece for the show, there will be a large painting on canvas, entitled “Release,” which has been created in 2008 over the course of several months using Bikkers’ painstaking micro-brushstrokes and complex layering.

There is a marked consistency of project and sensibility that connects the dots of the graceful trajectory that is Rudolf Bikkers’ unique art. But the subject matter of his dreamings of the bio-fantastic has evolved. The preoccupation in earlier work tended to be with the inner life of the microscopic organism, including morphogenesis (intra-organism biological processes that generate tissue shape and biological form in plant and animal embryos). In the last several years, Bikkers has become fascinated by hypotheses that morphogenesis may either exist as a phenomenon, or be extended as a metaphorical idea, beyond the physical to the psychic realm and beyond the single organism to inter-organism connectedness. Influenced by the ideas and writings of biologist and philosopher Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, Bikkers’ new series of work engages the premise that “morphogenetic fields” may explain how knowledge can be transmitted between organisms and why behaviour based on that knowledge can be quite suddenly widely emulated within a species, despite there being no known physical connection or communication linking an initial setting (in which knowledge and associated behaviour are first generated) and a new setting (in which they appear, inexplicably, to be replicated). At their most far-reaching, hypotheses of “morphic resonance” postulate not only spiritual interconnections between beings but also the cumulative development of a collective consciousness as morphogenetic fields interact – with existing fields folding into emerging fields and new fields building on older ones.

Rudolf Bikkers is a Toronto-based printmaker, painter, and Professor of Printmaking at OCAD. Born in Hilversum, the Netherlands, his arts education involved both the visual arts and music.

Venue & Address: 
Craig Scott Gallery 95 Berkeley Street, Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
info@craigscottgallery.com
Cost: 
Free

Lyla Rye: The Home Show

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Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, April 6, 2008 - 4:00am

Video Appart is an exhibition where 52 artists show videos in 15 different apartments over 3 different weekends in Paris. Lyla Rye's piece, The Home Show, will be exhibited April 3-6 in
case you're flying in for a quick meal.

Cost: 
Free

Soft Grids Elastic Walls

Friday, April 4, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, May 10, 2008 - 4:00am

Stride Gallery in Calgary, Alberta presents new work by Material Art & Design Instructor Vessna Perunovich.

Venue & Address: 
The Stride Gallery 1004 MacLoed Tr. S.E., Calgary, Alberta

Revolutionizing Cultural Identity: Photography and the Changing Face of Immigration

Saturday, March 8, 2008 - 5:00am to Sunday, April 13, 2008 - 4:00am

The Oakland University Art Gallery presents a group exhibition including work by Professor Vid Ingelevics and alumni Danny Custodio and Christina Leslie.

Venue & Address: 
Oakland University Art Gallery 208 Wilson Hall, Rochester, Michigan

Natalka Husar: Not A One Night Stand

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Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 5:00am to Saturday, April 5, 2008 - 4:00am

Paul Petro gallery in Toronto presents new work by OCAD Drawing & Painting Instructor Natalka Husar.

Venue & Address: 
Paul Petro 980 Queen St. W., Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

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