Northbound: Metamorphic Reflections

Northbound: Metamorphic Reflections

Metamorphic Reflections

by: Tasneem Dairywala

Metamorphic Reflections is a series of portrait paintings inspired by stories of Toronto residents from diverse demographics. Each painting is started through a question that encourages the subject to self-reflect on how they define and value themselves. The life-sized portraits are painted on mirrors and aim to capture the subjects’ presence and aura. Tasneem uses mirrors to encourage viewers to see similarities between themselves and the painted individuals.

About the Artist

Tasneem Dairywala is a new-generation emerging artist living and working in North York. Tasneem’s paintings explore personal and communal identities, and art’s role in connecting people. Her work is inspired by her role as an art educator, her training at OCAD University, and traditional Pakistani art aesthetics. Her works are held in private collections in Canada, US, and Pakistan.

Date: Sept 25 – Nov 24

Time: Tuesdays – Fridays 1-6pm

Place: Toronto Centre for the Arts, Art Alley

Price: Free

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Northbound: My Story

Northbound: My Story

My Story

by:  Elham Fatapour

My Story investigates how historical events from war-stricken communities have a paralyzing effect over bodies.The exhibition consists of two series: My Story and Erosion. My Story is series of 10 life size figurative paintings which suggest Elham’s autobiography. Erosion is a series of works based on injustices suffered by children. The series comments on the often transient nature of many of these refugees’ lives – dissolved and forgotten.

About the Artist
Elham Fatapour is a Toronto based artist born in Tehran, Iran. Elham’s art practice focuses on traumatic middle-east geopolitics in relation to her personal narratives. Her work is charged with empathetic visions, reified into mixed media installations often involving painting and drawing.

Date: Sept 25th – Oct 10th, 2019
Gallery hours: Mondays – Fridays 9am – 5pm

Opening Reception: Sept 26th 6pm – 9pm

Free Artist Talk (Part of Culture Days)
Saturday, Sept 28th 2pm-3pm (Gallery will be open until 5pm)
Sign Up: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/69946302273/

 

Place: 918 Bathurst Centre

Price: Free

 

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Northbound: Minhwa | The Colours of Korean Folk Art

Northbound: Minhwa | The Colours of Korean Folk Art

Minhwa: The Colours of Korean Folk Art

by: Minhwa Collective

Minhwa, or the literal term “painting of the people,” came about between the 1390s and 1890s as Asian folk art by anonymous painters. At the time, the work was forbidden and it was looked down upon by the royal families. However, as more citizens embraced the artwork, the more popularized the style became.Through their work, Minhwa Canada symbolizes the ‘painting of the people’ and what it means to be Asian-Canadian today.

About the Collective

Minhwa Canada is a group of amateur and professional artists who are practicing traditional Korean folk paintings (“Minhwa”) with a modern twist. Minhwa is the artistic expressions of Korea’s cultural heritage and conveys mythology, religion and views of the Korean people. Minhwa Canada’s vision is to raise awareness of this traditional style while conveying what it means to live with different cultural influences.

Date: November 5 – 21

Time: TBD

Place: North York Centre

Address: 5150 Yonge Street

Price: Free  

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Art Exhibition: Blue White and Beyond

Art Exhibition: Blue White and Beyond

Blue White and Beyond
By The Israeli Artists Group

The Israeli Artists Group will be showcasing their art exhibition “Blue White and Beyond.”

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Gallery Dates: October 10 – 25, 2018

Closed: October 11, 2018

Gallery Hours: Tues to Fri, 1 pm – 6 pm

Reception: October 18, 2018,  6 – 8 pm

Place: Lower Gallery, Toronto Centre for the Arts

Address: 5040 Yonge St, North York, ON M2N 6R8

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Art Exhibition: The Observation Machine

Art Exhibition: The Observation Machine

The Observation Machine  
By Alex Usquiano 

North York Arts is proud to present photographer and digital artist Alex Usquiano. Alex will be showcasing his latest exhibition “The Observation Machine” to the North York community.

“The Observation Machine exhibition is the result of a complex narrative and a truly personal style that Alex Usquiano has developed over the last 10 years. Within his multiple works and techniques, we will find many references to the history of art such as Surrealism, Neo-Futurism and Fantastic Novel immersed in the creation of incredible and poetic worlds.”

Curatorial Statement Continued

He establishes an interesting perspective in which he invites the spectator to look at his artworks every time in different ways; sometimes with a tender optimism and sometimes with a straightforward criticism about the world that we are living now. His style is better understood when seen as a collection of images, between photographs and paintings, between poetry and reality. They are a reflection of an interior need; not a stylistic formula. He admires and confronts the female figure with seduction and irony. His aesthetics and technique have changed with time but the curiosity and liberty to question everything have remained intact over the years of his artistic exploration

His poetic world looks at reality in a different way, sometimes with a tender optimism and sometimes with a straight forward criticism about the world that we are living now

In this exhibition, the spectator will find intriguing juxtapositions between artworks. The flow between the space and the works allow the audience to establish an interesting dialog between his ability to work from different platforms, materials and techniques and the creation of fantastic images without the need of labels. The Observation Machine is the liberty of exploring any medium, concept or form in order to speak what he has on his mind. His most tender and optimistic work is framed by the communitary art practice that he has been doing by the side of his personal work, nursing and extending his creativity to an impressive social and humanitarian level. This work fosters and builds a connection among artists and the community through art education to promote that Social Justice and Community Development.

 


 

Opening Reception: November 8, 6-8pm, 2018

Gallery Dates: November 9 – 28, 2018

Gallery Hours: Tues to Fri, 1 pm – 6 pm

Place: Lower Gallery, Toronto Centre for the Arts

Address: 5040 Yonge St, North York, ON M2N 6R8

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Rhythm of the Mind: Aesthetic Self Revelation

Rhythm of the Mind: Aesthetic Self Revelation

Rhythm of the Mind – Aesthetic Self Revelation 
The calligraphy artworks by Katherina Kwan.

Through the rhythm of her pens, the contrast between lines and the spaces between black and white, this artform creates an overall mood that reflects the inner world of the artist. The feeling and emotion of the artist reach out to those who may neither know the Chinese language nor the contents of the written words.


 

Gallery Dates: September 18 – October 2, 2018

Gallery Hours: Tues to Fri, 1 pm – 6 pm

Reception: September 20, 2018,  6 – 8 pm

Culture Day Event: September 29, 2018, 1pm – 3pm

Place: Lower Gallery, Toronto Centre for the Arts

Address: 5040 Yonge St, North York, ON M2N 6R8

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On Future: Words and Images

On Future: Words and Images

“On Future: Words and Images”

The artwork in this exhibition showcases diverse representational and conceptual explorations of how the idea of the future is constant and inevitable for all people, animals, buildings, memories and all other man-made and natural things.

In constructing their pieces, the artists were inspired by the selection of three words from The Toronto Word Pool (TWP) which is a collection of high-frequency nouns, adjectives, and verbs taken originally from the Thorndike-Lorge (1944) norms.

The result is a diverse collection of works that are both simple and complex and capture many forms, shapes, sizes, materials, patterns, and connections. They are all a potential means to contemplate what the future means to each of us and how we develop our own utopia.

In addition, the exhibit is enriched with the vibrant work of a younger audience. Several showcased artists took part in a participatory art event at JOUEZ, BIG on Bloor festival in July 2018. The artists invited the audience to select their own words and paint their visions of the future. The resulting artwork is presented as part of this exhibition.

Opening Reception: August 23, 2018
Exhibition Dates: August 23 – Sept 9

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Opening Reception Time: 6:30pm-9pm
Exhibition Time: Tuesdays – Fridays 1pm – 6pm
Special Time: Saturday, Sept 8, 1pm – 5pm


Photography and Video Notice

This session will be recorded. Images and audio may be broadcast, reproduced and/or made available in print publications, online or on mobile devices, and may form part of one or more audiovisual productions intended for initial release on the internet, television and on home or mobile devices. By registering to attend and attending this event, you are consenting to the use of your appearance, image, and voice in the production and in any promotion or use of the production in any media throughout the world.

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Toronto Love Project

Toronto Love Project

Please join us for the opening of the Toronto Love Project on June 25 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm at the North York Centre, 5150 Yonge St. The Toronto Love Project is a collaborative community installation to provide hope and positivity as the North York community heals from the tragic event of April 23, 2018.

The project, initiated by Berene Campbell of Toronto, invited quilters across Canada, the USA and worldwide to participate by making 4″ x 22ft long colourful banners stitched with messages of hope, peace & love. The goal of the project is to bring an uplifting experience to the community, to counter the hate and sadness of the attack.

The installation will be in place from June 25 – September 8. 2018

We would like to thank all those who have supported and contributed to the Toronto Love Project:

North York Centre
We Love Willowdale
Double A Jazz
Donors from around the world
Quilters from around the world
The local community who filled out message cards of hope, peace and love

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North York Visual Artists Exhibition: Spectrum 2018

North York Visual Artists Exhibition: Spectrum 2018

Artist: Gail Kay-Kaplansky

North York Visual Artists Exhibition: Spectrum 2018

For our second exhibition of this year, we’ve partnered with North York Visual Artists (NYVA). NYVA is a local non-profit that has been around for 20 years. The group is comprised of artist members ranging from beginner to professional, working in diverse mediums.

Join us for NYVA’s Spectrum 2018 – an exhibition to show the group’s latest work!


Date: April 21 – May 3
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Friday 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Weekend hours: April 21 1:30pm – 5:00pm
Place: Toronto Centre for the Arts, Lower Gallery, 5040 Yonge St.

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Scotiabank Contact Festival: Ghosts of Monsters Exhibition

Scotiabank Contact Festival: Ghosts of Monsters Exhibition

Ghosts of Monsters Exhibition

Ghosts of Monsters is a photographic installation of neighbourhood architecture, a representation of evolving tastes and an expression of shifting cultural capital. This three-year-long project observes how communities express themselves in outer urban contexts. It is grounded in two photo series, Ghosts of Monsters and ParkHome.

Ghosts of Monsters and ParkHome Details

Ghosts of Monsters
Artist Paola Poletto set out to photograph postwar homes for sale in a one kilometre square section of north Toronto known as Willowdale with the intention of returning to re-photograph the various sites after they were sold. Her goal was to combine the images of the older homes before their demolition (a.k.a. the “Ghost”) with the newer and much larger multi-level Neo-Eclectic replacement house (a.k.a. the “Monster”) that would inevitably assert their position on the various sites explored. This resulted in a series of 6 composite images overlaying the two types of homes on top of one another.

ParkHome
For the ParkHome series and bookwork, a street composition of 56 homes along Park Home Avenue combines the diverse front façades as viewed from the street with a backyard view of their collective landscape taken from the perspective of the adjoining cemetery. The conceptual narrative begins and ends with a military tank pointed toward City Hall, Queens Park, Lake Ontario, Tarontha, Taronto, Toranto, Torento, Toronto, Toronton, Tkaronto – “where there are trees standing in the water.” 

The project set out to reflect the diversity of settlers, represented by their domestic architecture. The absence of bodies in these photographs avoids documentary as an endpoint. It is impossible to see neither ghosts nor monsters when viewing the source images independently. But when they are superimposed as a photocollage, we enable our imaginative eye to see into fluctuating and impermanent worlds that surround us every day. Indeed, a narrative that disrupts the idea of the colonial “heritage home” is also implied. And Willowdale’s most commonly used languages —English, Chinese, Farsi and Korean—are preset alongside the photo collages within the bookwork, considering multiple voices through the process of translation. 

About the Artist(s)

Paola Poletto’s work shifts between DIY and institutional-based practice. Comfortable in both artistic and creative paradigms, she is consistently fascinated with representations of collaborative productions where visual constructions are transformed into rigorous narratives that express multiple points of view. Paola’s independent practice includes photography, bookmaking, installations and project management. She is the independent curator of several art/lit projects which include: Kiss Machine (2000-5), Inflatable Museum (2001), Girls and Guns (2004), Boredom Fighters! (2008), Tel-talk: art interventions in telephone booths (2012) and Oh Dear: public art (2013).

Ghosts of Monsters is produced by Paola Poletto with Flavio Trevisan, Brendan George Ko and Paul Hong. Writer Paul Hong contributes a speculative fiction set amongst the urbanscapes explored, photo-based artist Brendan George Ko worked with Paola to create the photo collages, and artist and founder of Hex Editions, Flavio Trevisan, collaborated on the design and production of the bookwork, PARKHOME, for OOL imprint.


Exhibition Dates: May 10 – 27, 2018
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday1 – 6 pm;
Weekend Hours: Saturday May 26 and Sunday May 27, 10 am – 5 pm
Place: Toronto Centre for the Arts, Lower Gallery, 5040 Yonge Street

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