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TORONTO, March 16, 2006 - International artists digitally reshaping the landscape genre. A collective artistic vision of a more aesthetically pleasing Toronto. A map of Toronto subtley transferred through metalwork. A photographer documenting his family's response to a member's cancer. A young Canadian photographer transforming a side of a building into a rococo gazebo. Rebirth and renewal in nature conceived in contemporary Craft objects. The idea of Beauty visited through subjective artworks and viewpoints. Artfully delving into the possibilities of disposable jewellery in form and in material. All exhibitions are FREE and all take place from March 25 through May 7, 2006 at Harbourfront Centre. Complete details below:

There will be a free public opening reception for all exhibitions on Friday March 24, 2006 from 6 p.m. to 9p.m. All exhibitions are free and all are located at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Canada). For more information the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com/noflash/visarts.php

Featured Exhibitons (launching March 25, 2006):

Timeless: Time, Landscape, New Media
March 25 through April 30, 2006
Presented in association with the 19th annual
Images Festival (www.imagesfestival.com)

The emergence of a new digital landscape genre - inventively utilizing traditional forms of photography and film - is the focus of this exhibition, showcasing the work of four artists from the UK, two from Canada and one from the U.S.A.

UK curator Peter Ride writes, "New media technologies have provided artists with unique ways of thinking about time and new ways to represent landscape. The frozen time of photography or the evolving time of cinema is often not the core reference point in these digital works. Just as the lens provided ways of seeing the world that could not previously be comprehended, so too does the computer. Although digital images incorporate some of the same dominating forms of representation, and use some of the same framing devices as traditional photographic methods, networking and data acquisition of digital processes create a different context of synchronicity and a-synchronicity."

Featured works include: 30km (Simon Faithfull, UK/Berlin, 2003) - 30km documents the flight taken by a meteorological balloon as it ascends from the earth. Tracking the journey until the curvature of the earth can be detected, the video stream follows the balloon to the edge of space where it explodes from the change in atmospheric pressure; Return of the Native (Suky Best, UK, 2005) - a series of short digital animations “reintroduce” formerly indigenous insect and bird life to the contemporary agricultural landscape of the East Anglian Fenland. Highlighting extinct or endangered species, the stylized nature of each composition elicits a haunting and disquieting sense of loss; Another Light (Rebecca Cummins,USA, 2006) -
working in collaboration with an University of Washington astrophysicist, Cummins reflects on the photographic and spatial measurement of time by using the earliest time-measuring technology: the sundial. With her own body as gnomon, Cummins’ measures how modern timekeeping devices have altered the way we conceptualize time. The exhibition also features the work Machine for Taking Time (2001) by Toronto artist David Rokeby - a winner of the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts (2002) and Canada's representative at the 2004 Sao Paulo Bienniale.

In addition there will be a free artist's talk involving many of the international artists (Suky Best, Jane Prophet, Susan Collins, Chris Welsby) with curator Peter Ride on Sunday April 16 (3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the York Quay Gallery). Full descriptions of works exhibited and artist biographies are also available. The exhibition is supported by the British Council.

Colour Quay: Visually Added Value
March 25 through May 7
The City Beautification Ensemble is a collective of artists who share a concern for Toronto's aesthetic environment in terms of its architecture, public spaces and city planning. They often conclude that Toronto's aesthetic spirit is weighed down by cold hard concrete and a myriad of condescending billboards and have devised a plan that begins to solve the problem of city blight. Currently, the group's aim is to focus their creative energy on a central stretch of the Gardiner Expressway. Through video, diorama and other mixed media elements - the Colour Quay: Visually Added Value installation explores and documents past and future site specific beautification plans to be done under the Gardiner and beyond by the collective.

Jaret Belliveau – Familial endurance
March 25 through May 7
The photographic body of work of Familial Endurance began as an attempt to clarify and understand the internal workings of family. The artist began by photographing his family in the places in which they spend or have spent time. Ten months into this exploration, his mother was diagnosed with cancer and was hospitalized. Familial Endurance then attempts to describe the personal challenges that each family member continues to address throughout the situation. More info on the artist and the exhibition at http://www.nscad.ns.ca/profiles/index.php?linked=1&profileID=44&catID=1

Beautify (various works and artists)
March 25 through May 7
Young Canadian artists expand on the notion of beauty through new works in sculpture, photography, drawing, painting and video installations. Featuring Annie Macdonnell, Heather Goodchilde, Sherwin Tjia, Seth Scrive, Chris Curreri, Margaux Williamson, Instant Coffee and Allyson Mitchell.

Repeats (Bebhinn Jennings)
March 25 through May 7
Metal Studio resident Jennings presents a series of objects that combine the tactility of fibre and the formality of metal. In jewellery and metal work, the value is traditionally placed on an objects ability to act as an heirloom. In this exhibition the artist is interested in creating pieces that won’t last forever utilizing materials that are disposable and easily forgotten.

Path (Anna Lindsay MacDonald)
March 25 through May 7
Path is a study of routine, experience, and memory using the qualities of transparency and delicacy. The artist (and Metal Studio resident) has approached the map of Toronto as subliminal information; fabricating wearable jewellery in stainless steel based on maps and lace. Patterning and fragmentation document intersecting experiences - the artist's cartographic truth.

Gazebo (Jakub Dolejš)
March 25 to May 7 at Service Canada
Czech-born Canadian artist Jakub Dolejš uses painted backdrops to create carefully staged photographic tableaux with references to art history and popular culture. This installation at Harbourfront Centre transforms views of the Service Canada building into a rococo gazebo. The work traces the beginnings of the modern era by injecting 18th century fantasies of beauty into the existing contemporary utilitarian structure. Toronto based artist Jakub Dolejš was born in Prague and has exhibited across Canada and internationally. The recipient of Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council grants, his work will be in a forthcoming exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Rebirth (March 25 through May 7)
Rebirth explores the concept of nature’s renewal and rebirth in contemporary Craft objects. Over the last two decades Craft arts practice has become increasingly diverse. Today it can be difficult to define the line between visual arts and craft. Artists include; Soheila Esfahani, Sandra Noble Goss, Shabnam Ghazi and Carolyn Prowse-Fainmel. Curated by Amir Sheikhvand.


There will be a free public opening reception for all these exhibitions on Friday March 24, 2006 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. All exhibitions are free and are located at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Canada). For more information the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com/noflash/visarts.php


Harbourfront Centre visual art exhibitions hours are: Open daily from noon to 8 p.m. Galleries are closed Mondays (including Easter Monday on April 17). All exhibitions will be open on Good Friday (April 14).


BEAUTY - From January through May 2006, Harbourfront Centre invites audiences to examine the idea of "beauty". Is beauty defined by personal tastes or perspectives or can we apply some universal standards? Through the eyes of the next generation of contemporary Canadian Craft artists in the Beautify exhibition to the vibrant theatricality of Japanese dance company Pappa Tarahumara - these are just a couple of the many interpretations of beauty we have to offer. Beauty is part of anongoing exploration of ideas-based programming at Harbourfront Centre

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Harbourfront Centre Media Contact: Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655, sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com

Images Festival (for further information, visuals and interviews):
Planet3 Communications - Joanne Smale/Romona Roy
416.922.4459 or imagesfestival@planet3com.net

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