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Visual Arts at Harbourfront Centre opens new fall exhibitions
Friday, Sept. 28, 2012

TORONTO, ON (*Sept. 11, 2012) – Harbourfront Centre is pleased to announce a large variety of exciting new visual arts exhibitions at York Quay Centre this fall. Exhibitions run from Friday, Sept. 28-Sunday, Dec. 23.

This fall, Harbourfront Centre presents programming that questions the Big Idea, “re.” When placed in front of another word, “re” challenges our vantage point, makes us question the familiar and examine our assumptions. In our various exhibition spaces, artists look back and employ the prefix in their work, whether it is the photographers of UNCHARTED WATERS re-examination of the people and places that comprise our waterfront; NOUVELLE VAGUE’s presentation of the redesigned French domestic landscape; or Jamie Campbell’s rediscovery of the idea of photographic meaning in THIS WILL NOT LAST.

Participating artists, designers and firms include: A A Cooren, Ionna Vautrin, Pierre Favresse, Studio NOCC, POOL, TIMIDglass, Benjamin Kikkert, Julie Gibb, Peter Ivy, Jesse Bromm, Janet Macpherson, Jamie Campbell, Michael Abraham, John Abrams, Elizabeth D’Agostino, Vanessa Maltese, Lorna Mills, Luke Painter, Craig Porter, David Trautrimas, Dianne Davis, Johan Hallberg-Campbell, Jesse Louttit, Eamon Mac Mahon, Joanne Ratajczak, Clare Samuel, Idea Tank Design Collective, PLANT Architect Inc, Baird Sampson Neuert Architects Inc., Vid Ingelevics and Catherine Lane

Witness the works of artists, architects, designers, photographers and more throughout Harbourfront Centre’s ten exhibition spaces. Exhibition info is below.

Join us for the public Visual Arts exhibitions opening reception on Friday, Sept. 28 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 and Thursday-Sunday, noon-6 p.m.; Wednesday noon- 8 p.m.; Closed Mondays except for 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.

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.

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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.

Media Contact: Jon Campbell | 416-973-4655 |

Visual Arts at York Quay Centre
All exhibitions run from Friday, Sept. 28 through Sunday Dec. 23

NOUVELLE VAGUE: The New French Domestic Landscape
A A Cooren, Ionna Vautrin, Pierre Favresse, Studio NOCC and POOL
Curated by Cédric Morisset
An exhibition of contemporary furniture design from across the new French domestic landscape. Free edition prototypes and small production pieces in furniture, lighting and functional decorative objects represent the newest creative activity by these young French designers. The exhibition debuted at Milan Design Week in 2011 and has also been displayed at Israel’s Design Museum Holon and Wanted Design Event in New York. NOUVELLE VAGUE is presented by Harbourfront Centre in partnership with the Consulate General of France in Toronto, and with support from the Institut français.

TIMIDglass, Benjamin Kikkert, Julie Gibb and Peter Ivy
Curated by Melanie Egan
Glass designers have created new sublimely-made and -considered objects that are useful, beautiful and ascetically elegant, as only designers who understand materials from the inside-out can achieve.

Jesse Bromm and Janet Macpherson
This collaborative project by Harbourfront Centre artists-in-residence Jesse Bromm and Janet Macpherson examines the human propensity for violence and control through the manipulation of animals and the environment.

THIS WILL NEVER LAST: A collection of photographs
Jamie Campbell
Curated by Patrick Macaulay
This new installation examines the potential lasting physical-ness of photographs that outlive the original intent behind them. The feeling that comes when looking at a series of images is that an individual moment has been lost; though the moment has been preserved, the reality is that it won’t last.

Michael Abraham, John Abrams, Elizabeth D’Agostino, Vanessa Maltese, Lorna Mills,
Luke Painter, Craig Porter and David Trautrimas
Curated by Patrick Macaulay
Artists have many ways of approaching the making of a work of art. This exhibition explores the act of moving and rearranging things in the search of inspiration and resolve in the artistic process.

Brothers Dressler
A tumbling cascade of branching elements, made with wood salvaged from the nearly one million Toronto ash trees that are being cut down after being decimated by the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive insect species.

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
Runs 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

BREATHTAKING: Constructed Landscapes
Idea Tank Design Collective, PLANT Architect Inc, Baird Sampson Neuert Architects Inc. and Vid Ingelevics
Architecture has always struggled with its placement within the landscape: It can either be imposed upon the landscape or placed within it. This exhibition will explore the Romantic idea of the sublime, pondering how architecture can create both a focus for viewing nature and an awe-inspiring experience through the placement of a built form within the landscape. Three firms will present three distinct approaches to the exhibition idea through new installations using constructed form and imagery, while Vid Ingelevics presents a slection of photos from Hunter:Gatherer series.

Fleck Dance Theatre
(access for ticket holders only)

Catherine Lane
Well is a series of ink and gouache drawings that depict a non-linear visual narrative. Focus is placed on the numerous possibilities involved within the multiplicity of fragmented storytelling, where direct connections and conclusions are not definitive.

Special Events
Innovators Ideas 2012 Lecture: Peter Ivy
Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.
Glass artist Peter Ivy apprenticed in the Seattle area with prominent makers such as David Levi, Dante Marioni, and Josiah McElheny and taught at the Rhode Island School of Design. He is currently an Associate Professor and the head of the glass program at Aichi University of Education in Toyama, Japan. In his studio, ryudou kenkyusho, which roughly translates as “Flow Laboratory,” Ivy is concentrating on making wares for daily use.

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