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Eight must-see visual arts exhibitions at Harbourfront Centre this November and December

November 10, 2005—Harbourfront Centre is pleased to present eight remarkable, diverse visual arts exhibitions. Exhibitions range from a dynamic installation made up of scavenged music box components, an intriguing kinetic installation and remarkable solo exhibitions by glass and ceramic artists. The public opening reception for the exhibitions takes place on Friday, November 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission to the reception and the exhibitions is free. Exhibitions run from November 12 to December 31 at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. For information on these exhibitions, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit

Exhibition hours for The Suitcase Show: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, noon till 8 p.m.; closed Monday. Regular hours for Coupling: Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Monday and Sunday,
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Regular hours for all other exhibitions: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Suitcase Show features new work by local collective the Good Medicine Group of Independent Artists (Torontoniensis), which mounts an exchange show between Toronto and Scottish-based artists. The title, Suitcase, was chosen because it describes a convenient, affordable and safe method for artists to transport their work from one place to another. Since 1996, the collective’s practice has been to move outwards from the core members to invite other artists (new and established) to work with them, not thematically, but by a more simple process of matching works in binary combinations to provide coherence without pedantry. The new works by the Toronto and Scottish artists are universally accessible, multi-disciplinary, and reflect a wide range of aesthetic discourse, and despite the ocean in between, there are surprising parallels in both media and subject matter. Participating Toronto artists are John Abrams, Mark Adair, Jane Buyers, Catherine Daigle, Tim Howe, JJ Lee, Alistair Magee and Ronda Parkes. Guest participating artists from Scotland are Matthew Inglis, Stuart Mackenzie, Moira Scott, Alastair Strachan and Donald Urqhuart.

Artists from eight unique project spaces throughout the city are assembled in the Windowing exhibition. Individual installations at Harbourfront Centre will refer to their current off-site projects. Rupen for Gallery 1313, Luis Jacob for Mercer Union, Emelie Chhangur for Anitra Hamilton's mobile exhibition project, Satchel Gallery, Chandra Bulucon for YYZ, Sanja, Tina Huibner, Beth Whitehead and Hugh Alcock for Fly Gallery, D. Bradley Muir for Gallery 44, AstridHo for Natural Light Window and Alexis Victor for Pages are participants.

Je Te Veux (Music Box Installation) showcases the work of Alex Geddie, Annie MacDonell and Nick Stedman. These three Toronto artists create an installation made up of scavenged music box components. They merge simple mechanisms of music boxes with brand new interactive technologies.

The female role and the domestic environment are predominant themes in this series of new work by Toronto artist Kadija de Paula. The exhibition White, is composed of large scale colour, quasi-abstract photographs that tell everyday stories of intimacy. As a universal symbol, the colour white is used to refer to expectations of hygiene, purity and life milestones. The detritus of everyday life becomes apparent in these pristine-looking images, and the viewer is invited into a world of less purity. Looking at our bodies, identifying the marks we leave behind, and acknowledging our particular ways are part of accepting the true beauty of the present moment and the uniqueness of who we are.

Toronto artist Doug Guildford presents Bag, a kinetic installation which refers to his recent practice of collecting and editing the bait bags, rope and fishing tackle that have washed upon the shores of the Atlantic coast, where the artist returns to periodically. These cultural artifacts: the flotsam and jetsam of salvaged fragments of tools and materials resonate as leftovers from an expiring offshore fishery. BAG is one of seven ongoing crocheted pieces that Guildford refers to as NETS, which he intends to work on for the rest of his life.

Rachael Wong presents Coupling, a solo exhibition of works in glass. Coupling is a study of relationships. It investigates how an object plays on another in reaction to its form, colour, and pattern and how these two objects play on their space. Two distinct identities complement and compete with each other, but somehow make sense together and act as a whole.

Equivocal Ceramics features a solo exhibition of new work by ceramist Marc Egan who continues to explore that uneasy balance of our relationship with plants and nature. Up to now, Egan presented this relationship subtly but this new work strikes a more discordant chord. Curated by Melanie Egan.

Stumped or Another Tom’sBallad features the continuing adventures of Andrew Hunter’s ghost hero in the imagined wilderness of the True North. Hunter encounters the traces of love and nationalism in the new suburbs of the north country. Working with his signature mix of elements (including archival images, reproductions, contemporary photography and objects crafted by his father William J. Hunter), Hunter anchors his narrative in the reflections of a central character “Tom” who stands as both ghost and alter ego. Tom’s story is presented as a ballad, a form Hunter has adopted on a number of occasions because of its strong roots in an oral, highly subjective, tradition of recording and performing histories. Stumped or Another Tom’s Ballad is presented in collaboration with the Government of Canada at Service Canada. For more information on Service Canada, call
1-800-O-Canada (1-800-622-6232) or TTY (1-800-926-9105) or visit

Continuing in exhibition at the Premiere Dance Theatre is Katy McCormick: Le Désert de Retz: The Choreography of Ruin, an exhibition of photographs examining the relationship between French formal gardens and dance plotting. Access to exhibitions with paid ticketed performance to the Premiere Dance Theatre.


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