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Acclaimed Canadian architecture and dynamic digital design featured at new Harbourfront Centre exhibitions

TORONTO, May 19, 2005-Harbourfront Centre's visual art spaces offer eight new exhibitions that feature the best in Canadian home architecture as well as innovative digital design. These exhibitions also display works by acclaimed Canadian artists and photography by Chicago artist Jen Davis. All exhibitions begin May 20 and run until July 10. Admission to all exhibitions is free.

For information call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com.

Living Spaces: 21 Contemporary Canadian Homes selects and surveys acclaimed homes (through photographs, drawings, models and video) from across the country as a way to celebrate and acknowledge the best in current Canadian architectural design. Some of these homes (designed by some of Canada's foremost architects) have been featured in Saturday Night and Toronto Life magazines while one Toronto home received a 2004 OAA Award of Excellence (Ontario Association of Architects). This exhibition is circulated by Cambridge Galleries and supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage Museum Assistance.

Eight craft artists (Tricia Burney, Eriko Kakiuchi, Susan Lindsay, Blythe Church, Kathryn Walter, Peggy Mersereau, Nadia Li Chai, Hannun Tracy Lyn) explore what comfort means to them at Levels of Comfort exhibition (curated by Melanie Egan).

Eight artist members from Open Studio, Toronto artists (Libby Hague, Lotti Thomas, Doug Guildford, Liliana Rodriguez, Elizabeth Forrest, Lisa Levitt, Daryl Vocat, Tara Cooper) exhibit prints exploring myths that speak both of primitive tradition and the modern day in the Modern Day Myths exhibition.

Chicago-based artist Jen Davis explores personal body image, self-identity and obesity through a photography series called Self Image. Davis' exhibition is presented as part of the CONTACT 2005 photography festival.

The Fresh Works exhibition presents the works of current Harbourfront Centre Craft Studio residents Bebhinn Jennings [metal], Nadia Li Chai [textile], Rachael Wong [glass], Julie Gibb [glass], Pattie Chalmers [ceramics] and Tiana Roebuck [metal].

Three multimedia installations launch on May 20 as part of digifest 2005. Fabulous Creatures is New York artist Eunjung Hwang's animated series inspired by the unique logic and ambiguity of dreams. This 11 minute projection explores the dynamic beauty of images generated by vector graphics. Toronto artist Roman B. Milo creates a massive digital printout installation called Destructive Architecture #07 by using of base64 computer code as a means of generating binary/genetic anomalies that multiply into unforeseen forms. Ghost Tracks is Montreal artist Gennaro De Pasquale on-site installation exploring the representation of sound through serial objects, images and language. Eunjung Hwang, Gennaro De Pasquale and Roman B. Milo are all winners of digifest's New Voices award. For more information on digifest events visit www.dx.org/digifest.

Exhibition hours for Living Spaces: 21 Contemporary Canadian Homes (Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. / Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, noon to 8 p.m.) and for all other Harbourfront Centre/York Quay Centre exhibitions (Monday to Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.). Galleries are closed Mondays except holiday Mondays when they open from noon to 6 p.m. All exhibitions will be open on Victoria Day (May 23).

Harbourfront Centre's unique visual art spaces continually offer exciting exhibitions that creatively combine traditional and contemporary artistic media. Admission to all exhibitions is free. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto. For information call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com.

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Media Contact:
Linda Liontis
416-973-4381
lliontis@harbourfrontcentre.com





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