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Harbourfront Centre launches seven new Visual Arts and Craft Arts exhibitions
Featuring original contemporary works by more than 30 Canadian artists from January 19 to March 2, 2008

TORONTO, January 10, 2008 - Harbourfront Centre launches seven new Visual Arts and Craft Arts exhibitions featuring original contemporary works by more than 30 Canadian artists from January 19 to March 2, 2008. Admission to all of the exhibitions is free.

Exhibition hours for the main gallery: Tuesday & Thursday to Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, noon to 8 p.m. Regular hours for The Craft Studio: Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday & Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Closed on Monday.) For information, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com. All exhibitions are located at Harbourfront Centre - 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto.

UPDATE - Harbourfront Centre's Artists-in-Residence Bienniale Exhibition
UPDATE features new and original works highlighting the diversity and accessibility of contemporary craft by presenting the work of ten artists-in-residence in an atmosphere that advocates risk and experimentation. Featuring: textile works by artists Norah Deacon, Thea Haines, Kate Jackson, Amanda McCavour; glass works by Sally McCubbin, Einav Mekori and Brad Turner; ceramic works by Carmen Schroeder; jewelery by Annie Tung and Suzanne Carlsen.Curated by Melanie Egan and Patrick Macaulay.

Viva Voce - Voices of the Craft Studio.On Saturday January 19 there will be an afternoon session (1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Studio Theatre) of free talks by selected artists-in-residence. They will lecture about the development of their work and ideas. Artist lecturer's include Suzanne Carlsen (Metal Studio); Dawn Petticrew (Ceramic Studio); Kate Jackson (Textile Studio) and Einav Mekori (Glass Studio).

Harbourfront Centre’s artist-in-residency program provides an environment for emerging artists to develop their skills and ideas, while benefiting from professional development opportunities, mentorship, exhibitions, and other resources. This biennial exhibition gives artists an opportunity to work with curators and to rise to the challenge of creating works that push their artistic boundaries and galvanize them in new directions.


The Ballad of Louis the Monkey (2): Andrew Hunter and David Poolman
Andrew Hunter and David Poolman present a photo and sound installation story board fragment of the life of a soul scarred survivor of the Great War. A poetic narrative work in progress featuring the primate star of The Ballad of Louis the Monkey (1). More artist info at: www.davidpoolman.com


Oh, Mother: Robyn Cumming
Oh, Mother gathers the artist's interest in the space in which a mother's entity exists through a series of large scale chromogenic prints. The tension of sacred and exalted, hysteric and tragic. Nostalgic and mysterious the mother becomes a mythical image of herself and the contradictory qualities that have come to define her. Mother is beautifully flawed and irrevocably human. Cumming is a Toronto photo-based artist who has exhibited in Toronto, New York and Asia (her photos were purchased for the Kiyosato Museum of Contemporary Photography in Japan). Her fine art and editorial work has been published in Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail and Walrus Magazine (the image she created received an Advertising & Design Club of Canada portrait award). More artist info at www.robyncumming.com


Some Material Concerns: Kerri Reid
This mixed media work based on traditional craft disciplines twists the logic of commerce by staging the reappearance of utterly useless abject objects and insisting upon their value through the means of artistic production. Unfolding in three phases – an initial encounter with the objects, an ongoing studio engagement with the objects, and the reinserting of objects back into the world of objects - this process suggests we treat even the most mundane objects with care. Born and raised in Vancouver and currently based in Toronto, Reid studied at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and the University of Guelph. She has participated in shows in Alberta, Argentina, Australia, and Vancouver and has a solo show at the Centre des arts actuels Skol in Montreal in May. More artist info at: www.skol.ca/programmation/0708/reid_e.html


Towards the Supernal Eternal: Bill Anhang
Bill Anhang is a Montreal based artist whose three decades of artistic production have centered on the hybrid use of art and technology, utilizing light emitting diodes (LEDs) and fibre optic cable. He describes the art form as a “Self Lit Art” -- an order requiring personal meditation and delight, distinguished in its quixotic and mystical aspirations. His work shares a collaborative stage and practice with artists Glen Luckock and Marc Reid emenating from his three story studio-workshop. Towards the Supernal Eternal brings together the major canvas work, the Demographic History of the Canadian People (1999), the Solar Disk and Fractal series and his recent Adeles series. Anhang has had a major retrospective (Montreal, 2003), and is widely exhibited and collected (Australia, United States). More artist info at www.anhang-billsville.ca


Crafting New Traditions
Featuring original works by Jeff Goodman (glass), Sandra Noble Goss plus Andrew Goss (jewelery), Walter Ostrom (ceramics), Donald Lloyd McKinley (furniture), Dorothy Caldwell (textile\fibre), Kai Chan (textile\fibre), Irene Frolic (glass) and Lois Etherington Betteridge (silversmithing). Celebrating the accomplishments and the influence of early and contemporary Canadian trailblazers. In celebration of the upcoming symposium, Crafting New Traditions: Canadian Innovators and Influences (February 22 &23, 2008).


8 Degrees of Separation
These recent Sheridan Design programme graduates (Eleni Alpous, Julia Breckenreid, Warren Brown, Kagan McLeod, Alain Parizeau, Alan Smith, Emily Tu and Matt Hammill, Alexei Vella) provide a glimpse into their current studio practice in a variety of media: including graphic arts and illustration.


Exhibition hours for the main gallery: Tuesday & Thursday to Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, noon to 8 p.m. Regular hours for The Craft Studio: Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday & Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Closed on Monday.) For information, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com. All exhibitions are located at Harbourfront Centre - 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto.


For media info, please contact:
Shane Gerard, 416-973-4518 or sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com
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