THE SACRED HARP

photo detail of textile artwork
Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 2:00pm

THE SACRED HARP | Sunday, February 25, 2018 | 2 PM | FREE
Join Nicole Collins and the Toronto Shape-Note Singers for an introduction to shape-note singing from The Sacred Harp tradition that inspired the sound element in Furthest Boundless. The “sacred harp” is the human voice, which combines in this practice into a four-part acapella harmony of hymns and anthems, in an inclusive, non-denominational musical event.

Furthest Boundless:  In a major, new mixed media installation complemented by a series of recent paintings, Toronto artist Nicole Collins delves into the emotional territory of loss as she explores the human struggle between grief and acceptance, gravity and grace.

Developed for the Koffler Gallery, Furthest Boundless is inspired by two concepts of Ancient Greek philosophy: Aphelion – the point on the orbit of a celestial body that is furthest from the sun – and Apeiron – the boundless, the origin for all that is. At the centre of the installation, a monumental deconstructed painting built out of woven and knotted nets of materials, pigments and wax faces a delicate video that responds with ephemeral movement to its static presence. The immersive environment is completed by an atmospheric sound piece based on traditional shape-note singing.

Driven by an impulse to repair, Collins’ visceral paintings attempt to suture, layer and preserve the damaged. This new work further strives to dismantle and reconfigure the painted surface, pushing against the physical limits of materials lifted from stretchers and sculpturally re-envisioned. Engaging the potent vocabulary of the colour black, Collins evokes the accumulation of all colours, the darkest shadows, the burnt remains, the fertile soil, creating poignant works that consider both frailty and resilience. Holes, rips and indentations in the fabrics create permeable layers that disperse yet hold together the whole, materializing absences.

Through painting, video and sound, Furthest Boundless articulates a personal response to a universal experience, reflecting a collective search for meaning in loss.

 

Venue & Address: 
Koffler Gallery Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street Toronto, ON
Website: 
http://kofflerarts.org/exhibitions/2017/09/07/nicole-collins-furthest-boundless/

BOUNDLESS QUESTIONS

photo of fibre/string based installation
Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 2:00pm

BOUNDLESS QUESTIONS | Sunday, February 11, 2018 | 2 PM | FREE
Through their distinctive vision and creative processes, artists can carve out a space to ask the most difficult questions and explore our deepest fears. The anxiety of facing death and the unknown are at the core of human experience, leaving profound marks on the ways in which we construct our reality and shape society, politics and culture. In a conversation moderated by psychoanalyst Dr. David Dorenbaum, visual artists Nicole Collins, Erika DeFreitas and Tim Whiten discuss the role art plays as they grapple with these questions and their psychological weight. Seating is limited. RSVP required.

http://kofflerarts.org/exhibitions/2017/09/07/nicole-collins-furthest-boundless/

January 18 – March 18, 2018
Koffler Gallery
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street
Curator: Mona Filip

In a major, new mixed media installation complemented by a series of recent paintings, Toronto artist Nicole Collins delves into the emotional territory of loss as she explores the human struggle between grief and acceptance, gravity and grace.

Developed for the Koffler Gallery, Furthest Boundless is inspired by two concepts of Ancient Greek philosophy: Aphelion – the point on the orbit of a celestial body that is furthest from the sun – and Apeiron – the boundless, the origin for all that is. At the centre of the installation, a monumental deconstructed painting built out of woven and knotted nets of materials, pigments and wax faces a delicate video that responds with ephemeral movement to its static presence. The immersive environment is completed by an atmospheric sound piece based on traditional shape-note singing.

Driven by an impulse to repair, Collins’ visceral paintings attempt to suture, layer and preserve the damaged. This new work further strives to dismantle and reconfigure the painted surface, pushing against the physical limits of materials lifted from stretchers and sculpturally re-envisioned. Engaging the potent vocabulary of the colour black, Collins evokes the accumulation of all colours, the darkest shadows, the burnt remains, the fertile soil, creating poignant works that consider both frailty and resilience. Holes, rips and indentations in the fabrics create permeable layers that disperse yet hold together the whole, materializing absences.

Through painting, video and sound, Furthest Boundless articulates a personal response to a universal experience, reflecting a collective search for meaning in loss.

Artwork courtesy of the artist and General Hardware Contemporary

Venue & Address: 
Koffler Gallery Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street Toronto, ON
Website: 
http://kofflerarts.org/public-programs-events/2018/01/24/boundless-questions/
Cost: 
Seating is limited. RSVP required.

Nicole Collins: Furthest Boundless

photo detail of textile work
Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 10:30am to Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 6:00pm

January 18 – March 18, 2018
Koffler Gallery
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street

Curator: Mona Filip

WINTER OPENING RECEPTION:
Thursday, January 18, 2018 | 6–9 PM | FREE

In a major, new mixed media installation complemented by a series of recent paintings, Toronto artist Nicole Collins delves into the emotional territory of loss as she explores the human struggle between grief and acceptance, gravity and grace.

Developed for the Koffler Gallery, Furthest Boundless is inspired by two concepts of Ancient Greek philosophy: Aphelion – the point on the orbit of a celestial body that is furthest from the sun – and Apeiron – the boundless, the origin for all that is. At the centre of the installation, a monumental deconstructed painting built out of woven and knotted nets of materials, pigments and wax faces a delicate video that responds with ephemeral movement to its static presence. The immersive environment is completed by an atmospheric sound piece based on traditional shape-note singing.

Driven by an impulse to repair, Collins’ visceral paintings attempt to suture, layer and preserve the damaged. This new work further strives to dismantle and reconfigure the painted surface, pushing against the physical limits of materials lifted from stretchers and sculpturally re-envisioned. Engaging the potent vocabulary of the colour black, Collins evokes the accumulation of all colours, the darkest shadows, the burnt remains, the fertile soil, creating poignant works that consider both frailty and resilience. Holes, rips and indentations in the fabrics create permeable layers that disperse yet hold together the whole, materializing absences.

Through painting, video and sound, Furthest Boundless articulates a personal response to a universal experience, reflecting a collective search for meaning in loss.

Artwork courtesy of the artist and General Hardware Contemporary.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS:

THE SACRED HARP | Sunday, February 25, 2018 | 2 PM | FREE
Join Nicole Collins and the Toronto Shape-Note Singers for an introduction to shape-note singing from The Sacred Harp tradition that inspired the sound element in Furthest Boundless. The “sacred harp” is the human voice, which combines in this practice into a four-part acapella harmony of hymns and anthems, in an inclusive, non-denominational musical event.

CONTEMPORARY ART BUS TOUR | Sunday, March 4, 2018 | 12 – 5 PM | FREE
Tour starts at the Koffler Gallery (at Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street) and then departs for Art Gallery of Mississauga, AGYU, and Doris McCarthy Gallery, returning to Shaw Street at 5 PM. Seating is limited. RSVP: march-art-bus.eventbrite.ca

Nicole Collins has exhibited extensively since 1994, including solo exhibitions at The University of Waterloo Art Gallery (2013), The Art Gallery of Ontario (2013) and The Embassy of Canada in Tokyo (2001) and group exhibitions in Toronto, Hamilton, St. Johns, New York, Miami, London and Zurich. Her work has been featured online and in magazines, newspapers and books including the major survey Abstract Painting in Canada (Roald Nasgaard), the 3rd edition of A Concise History of Canadian Painting (Dennis Reid), Carte Blanche, Volume 2: Painting, and The Donovan Collection Catalogue. Collins is an Assistant Professor in the Drawing & Painting program at the Ontario College of Art & Design University (OCADU) and she lives in Toronto with her husband artist Michael Davidson and their daughter. Collins’ work is represented by General Hardware Contemporary in Toronto.

Venue & Address: 
Koffler Gallery Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street Toronto, ON
Website: 
http://kofflerarts.org/exhibitions/2017/09/07/nicole-collins-furthest-boundless/

Far Away, So Close: new paintings by Azadeh Elmizadeh

Painting of blue interior
Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 2:00pm to Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 6:00pm

March 4, 11, 18, 25 2017

Far Away, So Close:  new paintings by Azadeh Elmizadeh

accompanying essay by Michael Davidson

note: this will be the last presentation from 26 indefinitely; if you haven’t experienced it, join us! Saturdays in March from 2 - 6

“The passage of time amplified by geographical distance affects one’s response to a moment in time. On occasions, these instances can be discerned better from a far. Working from autobiographical references as a point of departure, I’m interested in the gap a painter deals with, using photographic sources; the gap in representation, between what is seen and what is felt. While revisiting a moment might bring closer the actual event, it might also lead to a more distant and disconnected response, allowing me to project my own subjectivity. Far away, So close, represents my back and forth approach; between borrowing from the past and making in the present during the past two years.”

About the Artist:  Azadeh Elmizadeh is a Toronto-based Iranian-Canadian visual artist. She recently graduated from OCAD University with a BFA in Drawing & Painting. This is her first solo exhibition.

26 is a domestic viewing space for contemporary art in the Beaconsfield neighborhood of Toronto, Canada. A curatorial collaboration between artists Nicole Collins and Michael Davidson, 26 features an open program of diverse local and international artists and seeks to engage the viewer in a critical and relaxed experience with art.

26 Mackenzie Crescent, Toronto, ON, M6J 1T1
Saturdays, 2-6 or by appointment
416 346 3246
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/26artspace?ref=hl

tumblr: http://26artspace.tumblr.com/ 

 

 

Venue & Address: 
26 Mackenzie Crescent, Toronto, ON, M6J 1T1 Saturdays, 2-6 or by appointment
Website: 
http://facebook: www.facebook.com/26artspace?ref=hl
http://tumblr: 26artspace.tumblr.com/
Phone: 
416 346 3246

Nicole Collins, Faculty of Art, & Michael Davidson will give a Lecture for Cross 3001

Nicole Collins & Michael Davidson lecture poster, photo and text details
Friday, November 11, 2016 - 5:00pm

Nicole Collins & Michael Davidson

Will give a Lecture for Cross 3001

Friday, November 11 @ noon in Room 230

All are welcome

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U 100 McCaul St. (MCA) Room 230
Cost: 
Free

here alone together, new paintings by Stella Cade

colourful abstract image of two figures
Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 5:00am

November 5, 12, 19 and 26 2016

2 -­ 6

here alone together

new paintings by Stella Cade

Join us Saturdays in November. The Artist will be present. Essay by Michael Davidson

"Picture this.

You and I, sitting on the couch. I'm at one end, you're at the other. We haven’t spoken a

word in a while. The room feels silent, but it’s not really. The sounds of the building are

around us. The clock is ticking, the whir of the lights is faint. We are hearing all of this on our

own but also know it is shared experience. We are both in this air, this light, this space

around us.

Picture this.

You and I engaged in thought. Completely and comfortably lost in our own moment in time.

Picture this.

Here we are. Alone, together."

Stella Cade 2016

About the Artist:

Stella Cade (1988, Toronto) has studied at the Art Students League, Concordia University and

received her BFA from OCADU in 2013. Her expressive figures create a dialogue regarding the

complications of intimacy and identity. Cade was awarded the People's Choice Award at the

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition in 2011 and The Donna Maclean Award for portraiture and

representational painting from OCADU in 2013. Cade is the Co-­Founder of Nest

Collective. www.stellacade.com

26 is a domestic viewing space for contemporary art in the Beaconsfield neighborhood of Toronto, Canada.

A curatorial collaboration between artists Nicole Collins and Michael Davidson, 26 features an open program

of diverse local and international artists and seeks to engage the viewer in a critical and relaxed experience

with art.

26 Mackenzie Crescent, Toronto, ON, M6J 1T1

Saturdays, 2-­6 or by appointment

416 346 3246

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/26artspace?ref=hl

tumblr: http://26artspace.tumblr.com/

Venue & Address: 
26 Mackenzie Crescent, Toronto, ON, Saturdays, 2-­6 or by appointment
Website: 
http://facebook: www.facebook.com/26artspace?ref=hl
Phone: 
416 346 3246

Fourth-Year Week: I'm Graduating! What now?

fourth-year week
Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Everything you ever wanted to know about surviving as an artist but were afraid to ask. No question will go unanswered!
Presented by Nicole Collins and additional faculty.

This week is all about YOU, the fourth-year student - to recognize your accomplishments as you near the end of your final year. Fourth-Year Week is a way for OCAD to say thank you and celebrate the valuable contribution you make to the OCAD community and beyond.

We welcome you to participate as your schedule allows.

March 10 to March 14, 2008

Connect, engage, reflect and have fun!

Check the Events Calendar for daily activities and watch for posters and a Fourth-Year Week brochure!

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
bjames@ocad.ca

26, Nicole Collins and Michael Davidson, present Melanie Janisse-­Barlow: The Poets Series

Photograph of the artist with multiple portraits hanging on the wall in the background
Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 6:00pm to Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 10:00pm

September 3, 10, 17, 24, 2016

Melanie Janisse-­Barlow:  The Poets Series

“The idea behind the Poets Series is to paint portraits of living poets and let each poet pick the next as a practice of practo-­poesis…I asked the poets who were picked if I could paint a portrait of them, and if they wouldn't mind selecting the next poet to add to the series...the beginning poets included other poets, and the archive began to grow, branch by branch into an emerging narrative of contemporary poetry.”

http://www.poets-­series-­project.com

Join us, Saturdays in September to see the paintings completed to date, and to share some tea and poetry and casual conversation.

Saturday September 24, from 2 to 6pm, the Poets Read

Melanie and several local Poets featured in the exhibition will be on hand to give impromptu, unscheduled live readings from their works throughout the afternoon.

About the Artist:  Melanie Janisse-­Barlow is a poet and artist. Her first collection of poetry, Orioles in the Oranges (Guernica, 2009), was listed for the Relit Award, and her essay poems, Detroit, were listed in Best American Essays in 2013. Between a busy private commission schedule and the execution of larger projects such as the Ship of Fools Project (a painting installation on a sailboat), Guided (an installation in an abandoned apartment) and the Poets Series, Janisse works full time as a painter and installation artist in her hometown of Windsor, Ontario, and is completing her second poetry manuscript, Thicket. 26 Canadian Poets, which stems from her Poets Series project, is forthcoming from BookThug.

26 is a domestic viewing space for contemporary art in the Beaconsfield neighborhood of Toronto, Canada. A curatorial collaboration between artists Nicole Collins and Michael Davidson, 26 features an open program of diverse local and international artists and seeks to engage the viewer in a critical and relaxed experience with art.

Saturdays, 2-­6 or by appointment

tumblr: http://26artspace.tumblr.com/

Venue & Address: 
26 Mackenzie Crescent, Toronto, ON, M6J 1T1
Website: 
http://www.facebook.com/26artspace?ref=hl
Phone: 
416 346 3246

NICOLE COLLINS BRINGS GIOTTO'S O TO THE AGO

Circle drawing by Nicole Collins. Image by Nicole Collins
Nicole Collins, Giotto's O, digital projection with sound, image by the AGO and Nicole Collins.

“An education in art is excellent and opens you up. But you can think you know where you’re going and end up somewhere else. Not knowing what’s going to happen and having to accept that is true about life in general. You do the best you can and I find that strangely reassuring. It’s more about tenacity and perseverance and unexpected things happen when you repeat yourself.” Nicole Collins

Artists can sometimes set extremely high standards for themselves, and as artist and OCAD U instructor Nicole Collins reveals in her new work, Giotto’s O, perfection is not always attainable — but something wonderful can happen when you try.

Giotto’s O, which is on view at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) until June 23, is the result of Collins’s attempts to draw a perfect circle and sound a perfect note. Collins draws a circle on the gallery wall using her arm as a compass and silverpoint, a medieval art material as her drawing tool. When she’s not in the gallery, viewers see a looped projection of her drawing and erasing a circle. The work is about constantly making and unmaking circles, and arriving at perfection only through repetition.

The other component of the work is sound — listen as you approach the work and you’ll hear Collins trying to sing the sounds of the bells she heard every day in Florence while she was teaching at the OCAD U Florence program and developing Giotto’s O. “The relationship between the sound is the idea of attempting, failing and at some level succeeding through the attempts,” says Collins.

Collins, who’s been exhibiting works as painter for more than two decades, went back to school in 2007 to do her Master’s of Visual Studies at the University of Toronto. She found a footnote in a Julia Kristeva article about how Giotto, while working on his frescoes in 1320, was approached by a courier to submit a sketch for a commission from the pope. Giotto, who hadn’t prepared anything, took a paintbrush, some red paint and executed a perfect circle for his submission. (He of course got the commission.)

“It’s brilliant because it was an exhibition of his mastery, and so brazen,” says Collins. “As a 21st century woman artist it made me laugh at first, then I wondered if I could create a perfect circle. I went back to my office, in King’s College Circle, and my immediate attempts were failures. I started making repeated circles and they made me think about our definition of perfection, and what labour means to art.”

When developing the work Collins was assisted by three of her OCAD U students: David Clark; Renee Dykeman and Megan Hunter. Giotto’s O is part of the Toronto Now series at the AGO, which celebrates the work of local artists and invites the public to engage with some of Toronto’s most exciting contemporary art projects, free of charge. Toronto Now is, fittingly, supported by The Contemporary Circle.

Where to see it

Art Gallery of Ontario, Young Gallery (inside FRANK restaurant)
317 Dundas Street West, Toronto

Note that the work can be viewed from either inside the gallery or from the outside. From the outside it’s accessible 24/7 to everyone.

108 drawings from this project can also be viewed at General Hardware Contemporary until June 23