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New collaborative collections in mixed media, craft and design at Harbourfront Centre

TORONTO, March 4, 2004-New collaborative collections in mixed media, craft and design converge at Harbourfront Centre beginning March 13 through April 25, 2004. More than forty Canadian artists are featured at six gallery spaces.

Aftertaste, at York Quay Gallery, features ten young designers transcending the functional methods of their fields while Case Studies' Canadian Contentexhibition presents eight artists visually commenting on Canadian culture. At Uncommon Objects, nineteen high school students expand their artistic expression through craft at Relax...... this is not a test X! while Studio Works presents a glass and porcelain collaboration at Collection / Repetition. Other exhibitions include Sleepwalking at The Photo Passage and Flutter at Canada Quay.Complete exhibition details below:

Admission to all exhibitions is free. For more information the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfront.on.ca

York Quay Gallery presents Aftertaste, an exhibition by thenewthis design collective. Ten young Canadian designers working in industrial, furniture, ceramics, jewelry, interior, web and multimedia design have come together to probe the conceptual possibilities of their work using the production methods of their field. The artists explore and reveal the sensual and experiential essence of their medium while encouraging visitors to caress, play, listen to and interact with many of the pieces. Aftertaste invokes a physical or emotional reaction to designed objects which then linger in the audience's memory.

thenewthis design collective artists include: Furniture design - Alistair Chang, Oehm; Lubo Brezina, Brezina Designs; Diane Pinoch, Diane Pinoch Inc.; Interior design - Carlos Jarvis, Kolab design partnership; Product design - Camila Prada, Camila Prada Collection; Kirsten White, Kirsten White Industrial Design; Graphic design - Matt Bilewitz, Klinik; Web design - James Paterson; Multimedia design - Thierry Loa; Jewelry design - Chet Culham. Aftertaste exhibition designer/co-facilitator, Fung Lee. Aftertaste exhibition co-facilitator, Alistair Chang.

Case Studies presents Canadian Content - an exhibition where eight artists working in mixed media disclose some of their reflections, both positive and negative, on Canadian culture. The efforts to define a Canadian identity now continues on a global level, with global cultures reflected as Canadian both externally and internally. The more traditional way of defining ourselves, by raising our patriotism and vocalizing our separation from American cultural/political practices and policies, also continues. This display of Canadian Content includes artists Kotama Bouabane, Robyn Cumming, Chris Curreri, Martine Duprey, Colwyn Griffith, Joyce Lau, Jennifer Long and Lindsay Page.

Uncommon Objects presents the Relax...... this is not a test X! exhibition, which showcases the works of nineteen students from four Toronto schools who took part in a seven-day program organized by The Craft Studio at Harbourfront Centre and the Toronto District School Board. The program gave students, selected by their teachers, hands-on experience utilizing craft techniques and design theory in order to develop a greater understanding of contemporary craft and craftspeople. This programme is generously funded by the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto District School Board and Harbourfront Centre.

Studio Works presents Collection / Repetition - an exhibition of collaborative compositions in glass and porcelain. Current Harbourfront Centre Craft Studio residents, glass artist Julie Gibb and potter Hilary Masemann, combine aesthetic styles and ideals to produce studies of basic vessel shapes - the cylinder, the cone, the bowl and the bottle. Each study contains three compositions that explore relationships of scale and quantity by way of a grouping of vessels in both glass and porcelain. The goal of these studies is to explore and demonstrate how these two materials can be compatible in a specific context, and to create compositions that are simple, balanced and elegant.

The Photo Passage features the Eamon Mac Mahon exhibition Sleepwalking which displays photographs about passing through unfamiliar places alone and the things we find when we wander. Dark roads, half familiar faces, hidden passages and locked doors. Following clues, taken by currents, eavesdropping, losing our way....

Canada Quay features Sarah Angelucci's installation Flutter, a large photograph from her Timescapes series. Angelucci is a photo and video artist living in Toronto who has exhibited her photography across Canada.

A Public Opening Reception for all exhibitions takes place on Friday March 12, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., in the York Quay Gallery (opening remarks at 7 p.m.). Admission to the reception is free.

Regular hours for York Quay Gallery (open Tuesday to Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and open Wednesday's until 8 p.m). Hours for Case Studies, The Photo Passage and Uncommon Objects (open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m). Hours for Studio Works and the Craft Studios (open Tuesday's and Sunday's from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m). Galleries are closed Mondays except holiday Mondays - when they are open from noon to 6 p.m. All visual art exhibitions can be seen at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. Admission is free. For more information the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfront.on.ca

The Premiere Dance Theatre's gallery space (accessible only to paid admission Premiere Dance Theatre patrons) features Yael Brotman's series of drawings Fable from April 8 through September 19. Fable is rife with references to the oral and literary traditions of various cultures. Her work alludes to Germanic and Russian folk tales; to ancient Greek myths of gods, goddesses and heroes; to the First Nations' archetype of the Raven - and even to the dream adventure of Lewis Carroll's 'Alice'. To evoke the dreamscape quality of fables, Brotman floats black and white images on a blanket of a single local colour. In places, the colour seems transparent, with strange shadowy shapes threatening to break the surface. Further, each drawing is frayed at the edges, underlining the ethereal nature of the imaginative process, both in art making and in storytelling.

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For more information on all of Harbourfront Centre's visual arts exhibitions please consult our Visual Arts webpage

Media Contact:
Shane Gerard
Publicist - Harbourfront Centre
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