The Sunshine Eaters wows crowds at Onsite Gallery

Embellished textile walk art depicting Black Children
Friday, January 12, 2018

People lined up outside OCAD U’s professional gallery, Onsite, the evening of January 10 to gain entry to The Sunshine Eaters, a new exhibition curated by Lisa Deanne Smith.

Once inside, the capacity crowd took in Nick Cave’s glittering sound suits and Ebony G. Patterson’s embellished Jacquard fabric wall work. Delicate lilies made of bronze float beside two scent stations evoking places in time. Mediums on display include film, video installation, scent, sculpture, painting, drawing and textile. Shary Boyle created three new sculptures specifically for the exhibition.

Earlier in the evening, the auditorium at 100 McCaul St. was overflowing for a talk by visual artists Patterson and Cave.

In the exhibition brochure, Smith, Curator for Onsite explains The Sunshine Eaters: “highlights how contemporary artists and designers look to the land, plants, flowers and trees as a means to imagine and conjure hope in the face of crises.”

Exhibiting artists:

  • Shary Boyle
  • Nick Cave
  • Robert Holmes
  • Jim Holyoak
  • Brian Jungen
  • Jessica Karuhanga
  • Alexandra Kehayoglou
  • Nina Leo and Moez Surani
  • Tony Matelli
  • Alanis Obomsawin
  • Ebony G. Patterson
  • Winnie Truong

The free exhibition runs through to April 15, 2018, with a number of free talks and events. See the exhibition listing for more information.


199 Richmond St. W., Toronto

Gallery hours:

Wednesday – Noon to 8 p.m.
Thursday & Friday – Noon to 7 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday – Noon to 5 p.m.


Hand tufted textile that looks like trees and moss in foreground
Two sculptures of heads smelling flowers on their faces
A tall colourful, beaded and sequined costum

MAAD Speaker Series: Shary Boyle

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Boyle splits her time between her Toronto

studio and collaborative projects with artists and musicians from the

Arctic to Asia.

Boyle works across diverse media, including sculpture, painting, installation

and performance, and is exhibited and collected internationally.

Shary Boyle represented Canada with her project Music for Silence

at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. In 2015 she performed at

the Luminato Festival and the National Gallery of Canada and in 2016

exhibited in Ceramix : Ceramics and art from Rodin to Schutte, organized

by the Bonnefantenmuseum in the Netherlands and touring to

Cité de la Ceramique in Sevres, France. In 2017, Boyle curated and

participated in the Esker Foundation-produced touring exhibition

Earthlings, while her sculptures were featured in South Korea’s Gyeonggi

International Ceramic Biennale and the Suzanne Bierderberg

Gallery exhibit Slipper in Amsterdam, NL. Shary Boyle’s first public art

commission will be installed in Spring 2018 at the Gardiner Ceramic

Museum in Toronto.

Venue & Address: 
Room 230, 100 McCaul
Shary Bolye

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