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Visual Arts at Harbourfront Centre opens new summer exhibitions
Friday, July 20, 2012


TORONTO, ON (*June 28, 2012) – Harbourfront Centre is pleased to announce a large variety of exciting new visual arts exhibitions at York Quay Centre this summer. Exhibitions run from Friday, July 20 to Sunday, Sept. 23.

This summer, Harbourfront Centre presents programming that questions the Big Idea of “Crossroads.” Crossroads represent the junctures at which artists and members of various communities must make essential choices. In our various exhibition spaces, artists deal with points of intersection, whether it’s where the city meets the lake in Uncharted Waters: Toronto’s Enigmatic Harbour presented with the assistance of the Toronto Port Authority, or in NOT SO FAST, where artists examine the point at which consumer culture collides with perceptions of value.

Participating artists include: John Dickson, Sonny Assu, Michael Belmore, Lauren Blakey, Rebecca Horwitz, Ursula A. Johnson, Taliaferro Jones, Michelle Mendlowitz, Silvia Taylor, Christian Chapman, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Bev Koski, Jean Marshall, Luke Parnell, Maika’i Tubbs, Tania Willard, Yael Brotman, Brenda Draney, Melissa General, Vanessa Hussey, Erika Iserhoff, Caroline Monnet, Rochelle Rubinstein, Kate Subak
Heather Nicol, Mike Andrew McLean, Sarah Dobranowski, Jen Kneulman, Aaron Oussoren, Heather Rathbun, Dianne Davis, Johan Hallberg-Campbell, Jesse Louttit, Eamon Mac Mahon, Joanne Ratajczak, Clare Samuel, DTAH, Kongats Architects, unit a architecture inc. and Gareth Lichty.

Join us as artists, architects, photographers and more meet at the various crossroads spread across Harbourfront Centre’s ten exhibition spaces. Exhibitions info is below.

Join us for the public Visual Arts exhibitions opening reception on Thursday, July 19 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 harbourfrontcentre.com.

Main Gallery Exhibition Hours: Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday, noon-6pm; Friday and Saturday, noon-8pm; closed Monday except civic 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.

Listings information is below. For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit harbourfrontcentre.com/visualarts 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.

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

ABOUT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE
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.

ABOUT VISUAL ARTS AT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE
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.

ABOUT ARCHITECTURE AT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE
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.

ABOUT CRAFT AT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE
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.


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Visual Arts at York Quay Centre
All exhibitions run from Friday July 20 through Sunday Sept. 23, 2012

SHADOW OF THE VAMPYRE
John Dickson
Shadow of the Vampyre is the third in a series of works that explores the filmic potential of sculpture, using live-feed video. Structured after a portion of Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu, a looping narrative is created with a rotating mountain landscape model – a diorama from the Ontario Science Centre that doubles as both exterior and interior sets – filmed with a miniature camera. Though the work is based on a vampire movie, it is less about vampires than about our journeys through life, toward the unknown.

MATERIAL WEALTH: Revealing Landscape
Sonny Assu, Michael Belmore, Lauren Blakey, Rebecca Horwitz, Ursula A. Johnson, Taliaferro Jones, Michelle Mendlowitz and Silvia Taylor
Curated by Melanie Egan
Elemental materials have the ability to act as catalysts for ideas, as their place in the landscape prompts a view from a variety of perspectives. This exhibition focuses on exploring each artist’s own favourite material, and their meaning and trajectory across culture and geography. Part of the 2012 Planet IndigenUs festival, a co-production with the Woodland Cultural Centre (August 10-19)

NOT SO FAST
Christian Chapman, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Bev Koski, Jean Marshall, Luke Parnell, Maika’i Tubbs and Tania Willard
Curated by Lisa Myers
Objects tell a story through the way they are made, but value is often measured in terms of speed and efficiency, necessitating a reconsideration of time and place to reveal different kinds of value. This exhibition features the works of seven Indigenous artists as they engage and respond to the many facets of consumer society and its many products and by-products such as communication, stereotypes, obsolescence, extinction, colonialism, fast food and more. Not So Fast invites audiences to slow down and spend some time. Part of the 2012 Planet IndigenUs Festival, a co-production with the Woodland Cultural Centre (August 10-19)

NOT FORGETTING
Yael Brotman, Brenda Draney, Melissa General, Vanessa Hussey, Erika Iserhoff, Caroline Monnet, Rochelle Rubinstein and Kate Subak
Curated by Patrick Macaulay and Lisa Myers
Eight artists remind us that knowledge and experience comes from our own lives, our family and our community. Part of the 2012 Planet IndigenUs Festival, a co-production with the Woodland Cultural Centre (August 10-19)

A FINE SPECIMEN
Heather Nicol
A new installation which invites reflection on the personal and cultural implications of marriage.

RANGE
Mike Andrew McLean
Through his extensive photographic surveys of the seven Mountain National Parks in British Columbia and Alberta, Mike Andrew McLean seeks to better understand the historical complexities and provide a contemporary perspective on these mountain landscapes.

THAT WAY THIS WAY
Sarah Dobranowski, Jen Kneulman, Aaron Oussoren and Heather Rathbun
Ideas occupy a two-way street with history and the present day. The rich pasts of craft, art and industry are reinterpreted and exploited to make energized new works. That’s the way it was and this is how it is!

UNCHARTED WATERS: Toronto’s Enigmatic Harbour
presented with the assistance of the Toronto Port Authority
Dianne Davis, Johan Hallberg-Campbell, Jesse Louttit, Eamon Mac Mahon, Joanne Ratajczak and Clare Samuel
Uncharted Waters runs from June 20, 2012 through June 2013
Six artists with rare access to the people, places, industries, vessels and ecosystems along Toronto’s harbour offer an unprecedented exploration of one of Canada’s largest inland ports and uncover the true value of this environmental and cultural resource. Eighty large-scale photos line the boardwalk along the lake in Canada's largest outdoor exhibition space.

Architecture at York Quay Centre

BORN AGAIN: The Repurposed City
DTAH, Kongats Architects, unit a architecture inc. and Gareth Lichty
Within the urban landscape there are unused buildings and structures, unique industrial infrastructure and buildings of historical significance, sitting empty, undervalued in a state of unused limbo. Should they be torn down or should they be repurposed? This exhibition looks at the adaptive reuse of existing buildings and structures and the implications that reuse has on surrounding neighbourhoods and communities. Three Toronto architecture firms - DTAH, Kongats Architects, and unit a architecture inc. - and installation artist Gareth Lichty have been invited to create new installations that explore the adaptive reuse of existing buildings and structures within the urban landscape. They examine the diverse implications it has on neighbourhoods and the surrounding community. BORN AGAIN: The Repurposed City runs through Sunday, September 16.

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