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Ten Distinctive Visual Arts Exhibitions showcase New Works for the New Year at Harbourfront Centre

TORONTO, January 15, 2007. Harbourfront Centre is pleased to showcase ten new visual arts exhibitions featuring a wide range of compelling works. Art, craft and design propose ways in which material processes and objects are a means to social interaction in Material Overtures curated by Kim Simon; the photographs of Beasts of Burden investigate the complexities of the human condition with representations of burden;
Call Centre is an interactive exchange based on telemarketing and telephone solicitation and Insert A into B explores how common personal waste items can document our daily lives.

The public opening reception takes place on Friday, January 19, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. The opening reception and all exhibitions are FREE unless otherwise indicated. The following exhibitions will be on display from January 20 to March 11, 2007. For information on these exhibitions the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit

Complete description of exhibitions below.

Exhibition Hours for the York Quay Centre at Harbourfront Centre are Tuesday, 12 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.Closed Mondays.Regular Hours for The Craft Studio are Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Material Overtures is curated by Toronto-based independent curator Kim Simon and features diverse works in the disciplines of art, craft and design. Featuring Toronto artists Anne Fauteux, Corwyn Lund, Sandy Plotnikoff and James Wright, the work of Material Overtures highlights processes and objects that invite various kinds of social exchange.

In Anne Fauteux’s BOLM: Projet rafistolage/The Tinker Project, visitors are invited to become clients of the artist as she underlines her simultaneous roles as skilled craftsperson and jerry-rigger with a unique portable studio and theatrical interactive performance. Be prepared and bring something along that you would like her to transform, precious or not -- have your faulty objects revamped. The rafistoleuse ("tinkerette") can work with jewelry, textile, wood and low-tech mechanics. In Prototype for a Stolen Bike, artist Corwyn Lund’s customized courier bicycle-as-sculpture is utilized in the interactive work Delivery Service. Lund provides limited edition postcards in the gallery encouraging visitors to write letters of affection which will be couriered throughout Toronto. With Studio, Sandy Plotnikoff transplants his snaps, hot-stamping, and button-making studio into the York Quay Centre allowing visitors access to and involvement in a range of collaborative projects in progress. Furniture maker James Wright’sCompanion is a series of prototype benches that turn typical gallery seating into the potential site of social interaction and play.

Warren Quigley’s Call Centre is an interactive exchange based on telemarketing and telephone solicitation. It takes the form of a telephone call centre consisting of multiple stations, each furnished with a desk, chair and telephone. At random moments, incoming calls cause the telephones to ring, prompting visitors and passersby to pick up the receiver and engage in a partially scripted dialogue with a live Call Centre agent.

Allyson Mitchell reclaims girl-genius with Brain Freeze a mixed media installation exhibition involving a kitschy giant bonneted ceramic figure as part of a community of huge-brained femme savants.

The photographs of Jamie Campbell attempt to create a visual representation to the concept of burden in his exhibit Beasts of Burden. Dependent on specific props, location and gesture, this series of images investigates the complexities of the human condition focusing on insecurity, vulnerability and the overriding failure to overcome such elements.

Re-collect is an exhibition that focuses on the artist as avid collector in their studio practice. Participating artists: Kai Chan, Susan Coolen, Doug Guildford, Andrew Hunter, Anne O’Callaghan, Liz Parkinson, Sylvia Ptak, Stephanie Shepherd. Curated by Patrick Macaulay.

Object(s) of Longing is an exhibition of eight artists whose work expresses ideas about the subject of desire. Tiana Roebuck, Colleen Baran, Anneke van Bommel, Norah Deacon, Suzanne Carlsen, Coe (Alissa) Waito(Carly), Andrea Vander Kooij and Pascale Faubert present imagery and objects that evoke nostalgia and even delve into carnal passions and yearnings. Curated by Melanie Egan.

Insert A into B is the result of a collaboration between The Craft Studio artists-in-residence Lindsay MacDonald, who works with metal, and Rob Peyregatt, who works with glass, and explores how common, personal waste items can document our daily lives. These items take on new context through design and are rendered to change the way we view the offal of our daily lives.

In A Rose is a Rose … is a Rose?Ceramics Studio artist-in-residence Lindsay Montgomery presents new work from the culmination of her historical research on the symbol and mythology of the rose throughout art history in painted Mailolica pottery.

(Detail) is a section of one of Mark Bell’s watercolour versions of images taken from newspapers as a personal chronicle of public imagery. As the title suggests, (Detail) will consist of a section of one of Bell’s small watercolours adapted to the full size of the Service Canada building at Harbourfront Centre.

Starting January 18 at the Premiere Dance Theatre, Geneviève Jodouin’s If These Walls Could Talk is a screenprint on mixed media work that explores the intimacy between people and the spaces they live in, as well as the memories within these spaces. The viewer is invited into a personal space – the domestic setting, the banal motions, the comfort of home and the safety of routine. Continues through May 12, 2007.Premiere Dance Theatre, Queens Quay Terminal, 207 Queens Quay West. Access for ticketholders only.

For information on Harbourfront Centre Exhibitions at the York Quay Centre, Service Canada or Premiere Dance Theatre the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit


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Harbourfront Centre questions all that you desire.

Every act of creation begins with a desire. But is desire by its very nature unattainable? Are you careful what you wish for? If it feels right.... can it be wrong?

Eight of these nine exhibitions celebrate the artist's mediations on desire, some triggered by nostalgia, some by personal fancy and some by desperate need. It is our hope that you will question your own desires through the eyes of these collected exhibits.

Harbourfront Centre - culture you have longed for
DESIRE is part of an ongoing focus on ideas in programming at Harbourfront Centre. January though May 2007.

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