Friday, September 30, 2011
Visit Loop Gallery on Saturday, October 1 to see SLEEP - the live performance of The Two Gullivers, Flutura and Besnik Haxhillari in a Scotiabank Nuit Blanche event. The slumber-party performance begins at 630 pm.
Loop Gallery is located at 1273 Dundas Street West in Toronto (Map No. C56).
The exhibition and all related programming is curated and organized by Vesna Krtich in collaboration with loop Gallery, as part of our first publicly funded, guest-curated exhibition programming initiative. Gullivers' Rehearsal is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council. Additional partners include the Harbourfront Centre, The Walrus Magazine, the Drake Hotel, Oyster Boy, Scotiabank Nuit Blance 2011, and FADO Performance Art Centre.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
|Night Kingdon by Jane LowBeer|
An opening reception will take place on Thursday, September 29 from 6-8 pm. The show ends on October 21, 2011.
The Gallery is located at 900 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. For additional information about the gallery visit their website: www.airdgallery.org
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Performance Art + Partnership
Thursday, September 29, 2011, 7:00 - 9:30 pm
(doors open at 6:30 pm)
Panel Discussion: Performance Duos, 7:00pm
Performance art is often thought of as a solitary activity, or one that involves multiple collaborators. What unique issues are raised when intimate partnerships between artist couples become the subject of creative partnerships? Artist pairs working in performance art, often in combination with video, photography or drawing, will situate their work within the larger social, historic and political context of their shared practice.
Panelists include: Toronto-based performance duo, Paul Couillard and Ed Johnson, Governor General Award winning artists, Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak, and Montreal-based Flutura & Besnik Haxhillari, (Two Gullivers). The panel will be moderated by Jim Drobnick, art critic, curator and Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Theory at the Ontario College or Art and Design.
Keynote Presentation at 830 pm
Amelia Jones, Professor and Grierson Chair in Visual Culture, McGill University, 8:30pm
“The Body as Archive/The Archive as Body: Intimacy in the Study of Live Art”
The researcher has an "intimate" relationship with the archive, but also often with the still-living artist. Jones explores relations of intimacy as they condition our access to histories of live art.
Event Location and Ticket Information:
The Brigantine Room, York Quay Centre, Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8
Ticket Cost: $10
To purchase tickets contact the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at (416) 937-4000
or visit: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/visualarts/2011/visual-arts-special-event/
Performance Art + Partnership is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Gullivers’ Rehearsal: Drawing into Performance, curated by Vesna Krstich at loop Gallery, September 28 – October 9, 2011. The event is organized by Vesna Krstich in collaboration with loop Gallery, and in partnership with Harbourfront Centre. Loop gratefully acknowledges the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, The Walrus Magazine, Oyster Boy Restaurant, Drake Hotel and FADO Performance Art Centre.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Rochelle Rubinstein's current exhibition with Lanny Shereck entitled HOMESTEAD is at loop Gallery until September 25, 2011. Homestead, features a collaborative installation of Lanny's house-like structures covered with Rochelle's block-printed, painted and embroidered silk - an exploration of the notion of home and of dwelling. Together the artists intended to evoke the permanence and strength of stone in combination with the fragility and comfort of fabric.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Artist and loop member Mary Catherine Newcomb has been creating a fifteen foot long reclining hare with a pelt made of turf in the Cambridge Sculpture Garden. This land art installation is part of the Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener + Area that begins this week on Friday, September 16, 2011.
This is Mary Catherine Newcomb's final report before the CAFKA opening this Friday.
Friday, September 9, 2011
|Gullivers' Rehearsal: Drawing into Performance|
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
On Thursday the 25th, the morning after the Great Storm, we put the ears on the hare. With the help and daring of Rex and John it was accomplished in about an hour. The hare itself has been growing well and ears and tail will need a bit to catch up.
I visited the hare on the next day and did quite a bit of clipping/ pruning as well as planting a bit of seed on his crown which had been disrupted by the ear operations - and around the face where he was looking sparse.
John and Rex are triumphant at the end of it. Judy took off the bottles and took some extra photos of the hare growing into itself nicely (last three photos).
All photos are by Judy Welsh except for the moment of triumph taken by me.
Post by Mary Catherine Newcomb
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Penelope Stewart : La Grande Ruche
Libby Hague: My one and only life so far (detail)
Yael Brotman: Teachers House (detail)
The exhibition, Miner for a Heart, brings together ten print-based artists whose work and histories have intertwined with the print community at Open Studio in Toronto, Canada. The ten artists are Nadine Bariteau, Yael Brotman, Janet Cardiff, Libby Hague, Christopher Hutsul, Ed Pien, Richard Sewell, Penelope Stewart, Ho Tam and Jeannie Thib. Their places of origin vary from international (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Israel and USA), to national (British Columbia and Quebec), to provincial (North Bay and Brussels, ON). All of the artists who relocated to Toronto mirrored the immigrant narrative that was being enacted on the broader societal stage. The artists, then, all have dual allegiances, a common element in the diasporic experience. Perhaps this has freed them to experiment with cross-disciplinarity in their practices. They move fluidly from flatwork to sculpture to video to installation and back to printmaking, exploring print’s concern with support material, matrices, repetition, mark making and the impact of technology.
curated by Yael Brotman,
catalogue essay by Yael Brotman
the exhibition is at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
opening September 27.
I want to let you know about our upcoming performance at the closing of Sympathetic Connections on September 11 at 3 pm. Von Bark & The Zen Existential Puppet Theatre and I will create within the sculpture installation a retelling of the sea battle of Dan-no-ura, a story of courage, loyalty and suicide. Andrew Paterson will be the narrator, in the role of Hoichi the Earless, the bard who sang for an audience of ghosts.
The performance space will be standing-room-only for about 25 and I hope for audience participation. If you are frightened by this prospect or just busy, it will be on YouTube later on.
Sympathetic Connections at the AGO next to FRANK Restaurant and it is free and open when the restaurant is.
loop Gallery is pleased to announce exhibitions by loop members Rochelle Rubinstein and Lanny Shereck, entitled Homestead.
This exhibition presents an exploration of the notion of habitation and homesteading.
The evocation of home in a collaborative installation, DWELLING, combines the permanence and strength of stone with the fragility and comfort of fabric. The three structures, one hovering slightly above ground, with their accompanying chimneys or silos, evoke old barns, quaint cottages, or mini-shelters. Their lack of functionality, including an absence of doors and windows, is both alarming and sad.
Individual works by Rochelle Rubinstein consist of printed, painted and carved wood panels depicting imaginary villages. Here, ideas and concerns about the home extend to the communities that shape us. Issues of privacy, alienation, and claustrophobia permeate these environments, where Sherpa villages morph into suburbia, straw bale cottages into concrete bunkers.
Lanny Shereck has created painted and collage works of architectural and building debris, referring to the materials, methods and values with which we shape our homes. This work evokes the messy processes of destruction and construction that somehow give form to our quest for habitation.
Please join the artists in celebrating the opening reception on Thursday, September 8, 2011 from 6-8 pm.