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Visual Arts at Harbourfront Centre opens new winter exhibitions

Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012

TORONTO, ON (*Jan. 17, 2012) Harbourfront Centre is pleased to announce a large variety of exciting new visual arts exhibitions at York Quay Centre this winter. Exhibits run from January 28 through April 15, 2012.

This winter, Harbourfront Centre presents programming that questions the BIG iDEA of “Perspective.” Perspectives can illuminate or confound, but the end goal is for you to question how the world appears from your vantage point. With this iDEA in mind, artists and curators have created works and exhibitions that share various perspectives as well as question the very concept itself. Highlights include: LOOK out, the biennial exhibition by artists-in-residence, explores new directions, modes of thinking and approaches to making; Constructed View looks at the challenges of memory and the various perspectives that compete to reconstruct the past; in the Architecture Gallery, BIG ENOUGH? looks at different ideas of how much space we need; and artists themselves offer insights into their perspectives in the Craft Department’s ongoing Innovators IdeasContemporary Craft Series. Meanwhile, Harbourfront Centre’s photography passage has been renovated, offering visitors new perspectives and allowing curators to present photography in a new and different way. Jesse Louttit’s No Roads will be the first exhibition to benefit from the new space.

Participating in the exhibitions and event: Meredith Robb, Janet Macpherson, Eun Mi Lee, Jesse Bromm, Deborah Freeman, George Cho, Clayton Haigh, Jen Kneulman, Lizz Aston, Shuyu Lu, Karen Konzuk, Michelle Bellemare, Jamie Campbell, Tara Cooper, Susan Dobson, Astrid Ho, Alex Kisilevich, Surendra Lawoti, Anita Matusevics, Adriana McNeely, Tom Ngo, Marie de Sousa, Jesse Louttit, Scott Carruthers, Garett Walker, Altius Architecture Inc., nkA and rzlbd.

Join us as artists, architects, photographers and more offer various perspectives in the eight exhibitions spread across Harbourfront Centre’s ten exhibition spaces.

Join us for the public Visual Arts exhibitions opening reception on Friday, Jan. 27 from 6-10 p.m. at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. Admission to the reception and exhibitions is FREE. For more information, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit

Main Gallery Exhibition Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, noon-6pm; Wednesdays, noon-8pm, closed Mondays except holidays, noon-6 p.m.
Craft Department Regular Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

More about Winter 2012 Architecture at York Quay Centre:

With more and more people moving back to the city centre, the expectations of what is necessary in terms of living space has dramatically shifted. Living in the city versus living in the suburbs requires a radical change of perspective and compromise of priorities. In the city, for most people, the large single family home on a spacious lot with all the amenities that go with it is a distant dream. How much space do we really need? And how can these needs be accommodated in a city where space is such a limited commodity? These are the questions we are now facing. It is a dilemma faced by cities around the world. This exhibition seeks a new paradigm for city living.

Harbourfront Centre has invited architecture firms Altius Architecture Inc., nkA and rzlbd, as well as photographer Surendra Lawoti to create new installations that explore the idea of what is BIG ENOUGH?
Big Enough? runs Saturday, Jan. 28 through Sunday, July 8, 2012

More about Winter 2012 Visual Arts at York Quay Centre:

All exhibitions run from Saturday, Jan 28 through Sunday, Apr. 15, 2012

Karen Konzuk
Curated by Melanie Egan
One of Canada’s most exciting jewellery designers, Karen Konzuk’s exhaustive experimentation is inspired by minimalism, the urban landscape and industrial design and involves alternative materials including concrete, powder-coated metals and stainless steel. Konzuk will also speak on Saturday, Jan. 28 as part of Harbourfront Centre’s Innovators Ideas lecture series.

Michelle Bellemare
A party blower, attached to a motion detector, uncurls to express a frantic celebratory salute until it slows down to an abrupt halt as though self-conscious of its lonely expression of exuberance.

Jamie Campbell, Tara Cooper, Susan Dobson, Astrid Ho, Alex Kisilevich, Anita Matusevics, Tom Ngo, Marie de Sousa
Curated by Patrick Macaulay
From a quick glance to a long gaze, what we see and how we remember it is always in question, as our memory reconstructs things in ways that are not always truthful. The works in this exhibition play with how we see and how we remember.

LOOK out
Meredith Robb, Janet Macpherson, Grace Eun Mi Lee, George Cho, Clayton Haigh, Jesse Bromm, Jen Kneulman, Lizz Aston and Shuyu Lu
Curated by Melanie Egan and Patrick Macaulay
These nine artists-in residence are positioned on the vanguard of contemporary craft practice and foreshadow new directions, modes of thinking and approaches to creation. Viewed through a literal or abstract lens, the works juxtapose ideas about process, materials, value and scale.

Jesse Louttit
Curated by Patrick Macaulay.
Inspired by a fascination with isolation, connection and travel in remote places, Jesse Louttit returned to his father’s birthplace, Moosonee, to document this historic gateway to the north. Moosonee and Moose Factory are the northernmost point on the Ontario Northlander train route, and are still inaccessible by roads.

Scott Carruthers
An immersive drawing installation that attempts to create a narrative environment, a physical world within which stories can emerge.

Garett Walker
This photography exhibition encourages a deeper exploration of place and perspective, beyond the visible landscape into the living memories of the city’s residents and their landscapes of memory.
***Access to this exhibition, held in the Fleck Dance Theatre, is limited to ticket holders only.

Material Thinking: The Process and Evolution of Konzuk Jewellery and viva voce
Saturday, Jan. 28 from 1-5 p.m.
On Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, as part of the Innovators Ideas lecture series, jewellery designer and former Harbourfront Centre artist-in-residence Karen Konzuk will discuss her career and approach to design, while four current artists-in-residence – Clayton Haigh, Shuyu Lu, Deborah Freeman and Adriana McNeely – will speak about their current projects.

For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West, at the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.

For more information on Visual Arts at Harbourfront Centre, please contact 416-973-5379 or visit

*MEDIA NOTE* High-resolution images available on request.

Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on a 10-acre site in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront.

Visual Arts at Harbourfront Centre is a unique model for the presentation of emergent creative practice in Canada. It is a new paradigm for engagement between the public and art, inviting a broad audience to participate in a discourse of visual ideas. As part of Canada’s largest multidisciplinary arts complex, its position allows for the creation of new frameworks and anticipation of new directions.

The architecture gallery is one of 10 non-profit and non-collecting multi-disciplinary exhibition spaces varying from the conventional to the unique that are programmed year-round. For each exhibition we collaborate with three invited architecture firms and one visual artist to investigate a proposed idea through installations created in a diverse range of media. The three exhibitions programmed each year are structured as debates, dialogues and challenges among exhibiting firms.

The objective of architecture programming at Harbourfront Centre is to present exhibitions and events which will address contemporary issues relating to architecture for peers as well as the broadest general audience.

Craft at Harbourfront Centre is a dynamic axis point for contemporary craft in Canada and an integral part of the country’s largest public multi-disciplinary arts complex. Harbourfront Centre inspires people to engage with ideas expressed by today’s craft designers and artists. We advocate collaboration between craft, design and art and actively engage the disciplines in mutual exhibition and event opportunities.

Each year, the Craft Department offers a series of dynamic, high-calibre programmes supporting the professional development of its artists-in-residence, craft and design students and the greater community. Programme content reflects current, national and international ideas and directions relevant to contemporary craft and design practice.

Jon Campbell

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