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Harbourfront Centre launches exhibitions of seven video art works by prominent
international and Canadian artists on March 8 - also a live performance art premiere
and the launch of a new permanent exhibition space for architecture

TORONTO, March 4, 2008 - Harbourfront Centre launches seven new video works by prominent Canadian and International artists from March 8 to April 27, 2008. An opening reception takes place on March 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. (featuring a live performance art work by Louise Liliefeldt). Admission to all exhibitions and the opening reception is free. Work in the Ceremonial Actions exhibition are presented in conjunction with the the 21st Images Festival. Exhibition info online at: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/noflash/visarts.php

Exhibition hours for the main gallery and architecture space: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, noon to 8 p.m.; closed on Monday. 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 call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com. All exhibitions are located at Harbourfront Centre - 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto.

Featured exhibition details:

Ceremonial Actions (featuring video works by Alissa Firth-Eagland & Brenda Goldstein, Canada 2007; Nezaket Ekici, Turkey/Germany, 2004; Deirdre Logue, Canada 2007; Shana Moulton, USA and a new live performance work by Louise Liliefeldt. Presented in conjunction with the 21st Images Festival.

Ceremonial Actions is an all women’s show that explores ideas of ritual and performance. Multi-channel video installations mounted as flat screen projections blur interiors and exteriors both literally and figuratively - spanning concepts of mythology, emotion, ritual and psychology. All of the artists in this show have practices based in performance and the works investigate these ideas through acts of counting, weaving, rolling, repetition and drawing. Projection descriptions below.

Kitchen Dutch (Louise Liliefeldt, 2008) - part of Ceremonial Actions
Live presentation and performance at the Natrel Rink presented in partnership with FADO
March 7 (6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday April 12, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
Louise Liliefeldt is a Toronto-based performance artist and painter whose work has been described as "iconographic portraits" and is concerned with identity politics as it intersects with gender, race and class. She examines cultural spectator conventions and links between emotional/psychological states and physical experience. Liliefeldt draws a large scale picture of who she is, along with familial and ancestral images that have made her who she is. Born in Cape Town, South Africa - Liliefeldt has traveled back over the years in a process of discovery about her family and herself resulting in the live performance Kitchen Dutch.
More artist information at: http://www.ccca.ca/artists/artist_info.html?link_id=10982 and http://www.performanceart.ca/spaces/liliefeldt/bio.html

Schleierkampf Veil Fight (Nezaket Ekici, Turkey/Germany, 2004) - part of Ceremonial Actions
Nezaket’s video installation Schleierkampf – Veil Fight has two projections on opposing walls of an Islamic woman, played by Ekici, in a Tschador (traditional Islamic black dress). In the first projection she flaps the veil quickly up and down, her face only seen for a fraction of a second. In the opposing projection the artist folds the veil millimeter by millimeter until her face is revealed. The opposing projections play with the tension in this difficult battle between dress and undress. Nezaket Ekici (born Turkey, lives in Germany) was a student of Marina Abramovic (MFA, Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig) and is a member of IPG (Independent Performance Group). Nezaket’s work has been presented at galleries and events around the world including the 52nd Venice Biennale. More artist information at: http://www.ekici-art.de/

spin (Alissa Firth-Eagland & Brenda Goldstein, Canada 2007) - part of Ceremonial Actions
spin is a three-part/projection installation inspired by the myth of the Three Fates, or Moirae - those who weave, measure and cut the thread of life. Three separate mysterious actions unfold: a group of women tending to a sea of red thread in an enchanted woods; a man alone in a derelict interior precisely marking time with the same thread; the women continuing to weave the thread around themselves, ultimately breaking away from the woven bonds to each follow their own path. Brenda Goldstein is a Toronto-based multi-disciplinary artist, writer and curator. Her work uses video, film, performance and installation to make visible the more elusive aspects of human consciousness and experience representing how opposing systems or ideas collapse into a single space. Vancouver-based multi-media artist and curator Alissa Firth-Eagland focuses on the exhibition and creation of experimental art projects. She makes videos and performances, publishes, produces events and curates exhibitions. Her projects forefront experimental creative approaches such as cross-disciplinary partnerships between participants.

Whispering Pines # 4, 6,7,8 (Shana Moulton, USA, 2006-07) - part of Ceremonial Actions
Moulton’s Whispering Pines series explores her alter-ego Cynthia - a dispirited new age woman seeking a spiritual outlet in her mundane and lonely world through new age activities that most often end in disappointment. These quests take her shopping for a light-up waterfall decoration, constructing a landscape puzzle, performing alchemy rituals that create strange otherworldly experiences, and end with a physical therapy session with an Avon lady/natural healer that leads her to self discovery of mind, body and spirit - changing her body into an abstract whirlwind of colour. Born in California in 1976, Shana Moulton studied at Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon and attended the "De Ateliers" program in Amsterdam. In 2007, she had solo shows at Gimpel Fils (London) and Bellwether (New York,). Her films and performances have been exhibited at a number of international festivals and museums including The Andy Warhol Museum and Electronic Arts Intermix. More artist information at: http://www.eai.org/eai/artist.jsp?artistID=10320

Rough Count (Deirdre Logue, Canada, 2006-ongoing) - part of Ceremonial Actions
During the simple act of counting a bag of confetti, piece by piece, memory thresholds are found and failures amass. The performer begins each count where she left off. Like pixilation, each individual dot is required to complete the picture. In its third incarnation, the piece reflects those 10,630 pieces counted to date. Once all pieces in the bag of confetti have been accounted for, each piece will be recounted again until the numbers resolve. Deirdre Logue’s film, video and installation work focuses on self-presentational discourse, the body as material, confessional autobiography and the passage of ‘real’ time. Solo exhibitions have taken place at YYZ Artist Outlet, the Berlin International Film Festival, Beyond/In Western New York, Ottawa’s video art Biennial, Art Star and Articule in Montreal. More artist information at: http://www.deirdrelogue.com/


The Gift of 10,000 Saris (Nathalie Latham)
The distribution of 10,000 saris in a small village in southern India as documented by Australian multi-media artist, Nathalie Latham. This film sequence of women waiting to receive a sacred gift from Sri Amma Narayani, considered a living deity, celebrates the notion of joy which exists in giving to and serving others. "Happiness is derived from when we do something for ourselves, it is limited. Joy is when we give to or share with others. Experiencing joy is limitless. The idea is to aim for joy.". Nathalie Latham was born in Brisbane, Australia, and completed her postgraduate studies in Japanese at universities in Kyoto, Japan, and Sydney. She is based in Paris. She travels extensively and bases her work on the people she encounters through her journeys, using text and photography or video.
More artist information at: http://www.portrait.gov.au/static/Nathalie Latham.php


La petite mort de l'art Video (Lorna Mills, 2008)
This Toronto artist presents a new 3-channel video. Lorna Mills has actively exhibited her work in both solo and group exhibitions since the early 1990's. A founding member of the Red Head Gallery and currently a member of the artist organization, Persona Volare; her practice has included obsessive analog Colour photography, obsessive painting, obsessive super 8 film, and recently and obsessive digital video animations incorporated into restrained installation work. She also co-produces the artist blog: Sally McKay and L.M. More artist information at: http://personavolare.com/mills_artwork_2007.php


Mansions (Jennifer McMackon)
Mansions is a new video anthology on eight channels - a series of vignettes set in the sanctuary of the studio. In each scenario, the artist induces a large white egg to stand on its end. The tableau documenting these events are arranged in duration from shortest to longest. Jennifer McMackon has received undergraduate degrees from OCAD and the University of Toronto as well as an MFA from the University of Victoria in British Columbia. Her work has been shown in Buffalo, Halifax, Minneapolis, Stockholm and Vancouver. Upcoming projects include a solo exhibition at LandymoreKeith Contemporary Art. She also runs simpleposie, an online forum for thinking and writing about art. More artist information at: http://jennifermcmackon.com/


Enshrined: New work by the Domestic Collective
Domestic has a duality of meaning, relating to the places we inhabit and to our country. As Canadian craftspeople, Domestic Collective question past and current ideas of domesticity - creating a platform for contemporary craft by stimulating thought and bringing awareness to the objects that surround us. Domestic Collective has a modern aesthetic while utilizing techniques rooted in the craft tradition. Domestic Collective is Jess Riva Cooper, Norah Deacon, Jennifer Graham, Bebhinn Jennings, Tiana Roebuck and Hillary Webb.


Camouflage: Dawn Petticrew
In this series, Toronto ceramist Dawn Petticrew uses major symbols associated with war and remembrance, juxtaposing objects of femininity and identity. Influenced by early 20th century war time, Petticrew draws attention to dichotomies and similarities to objects used by the soldiers at war and women at home. These objects cross over into each others lives. Women worked in munitions factories while sending scented items overseas to loved ones, hoping for their safe return. Using myriad surface treatments and recognizable forms, Petticrew highlights the impact that perpetual warfare has made on the world.
More artist information at: www.dpceramics.ca


My Garden Paradise (Contained): Liz Parkinson - featured at the Service Canada building
The gathering and arrangement of the objects collected in biscuit tins (advertising an ideal world) parallels Parkinson's concern with the intimacy between people and the spaces they live in, and the memories held within these spaces. Tins contain buttons and threads, spices and recipes in the kitchen, floral and animal costume jewelery, and collections of postcards, plant and animal specimens or other reference objects and images in her studio. As a whole, this collection speaks for an ordered and contained, eternally blooming garden paradise of living and working life. Parkinson's print and mixed media collections have been across Canada. She received a Canada Council Research/Development Grant to explore collections of nature inspired objects. More artist information at: http://www.lizparkinson.com/


Artists’ Rags: Anne Leigniel (UK)
A photo series based on the artist's ongoing collection of artist rags (currently numbering 86 artists from 16 different nationalities). The rags are made out of fabric, paper, or any material that an artist might use in the studio while making art. Each rag is photographed as a 30 x 40 inch print hung on the same nail in Leigniel's studio wall. It is always at the same place and lit with natural light Each photograph is shown with a caption about the artist’s name, medium, nationality as well as where they live. Anne Leigniel was born in France and currently works in London. Her work in photography, installation and multimedia has been exhibited worldwide. She lives and work in London. This is her first exhibition in Canada. For more information on the artist visit: http://anneleigniel.com/


Also launching on March 8 (with an opening March 7 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.)

Architecture at Harbourfront Centre – a new keystone to exploring current architecture practice in Canada
First exhibition Public Space and architecture space launch March 7 (exhibition runs March 8 to April 20)

Toronto's public space is set to be redefined by a new exhibition location for architecture launching March 2008. Harbourfront Centre will establish the first public venue in Toronto devoted to presenting exhibitions which challenge, educate and question the prevailing thoughts, ideas and practices informing contemporary architecture. Quarterly exhibitions will present debates, dialogues and challenges between exhibiting firms - with each exhibition constructed specifically to investigate a proposed idea. Architects will present their ideas and speculations through constructed model forms/objects, printed images, new media and mixed media. This approach will encourage creative links within the architecture community while providing animated and educational public access. This space will also be used extensively with visiting school groups and the Urban Studies program in order to relate architectural practice to younger generations.

The first exhibition addresses ideas of Public Space from March 8 through April 20, 2008. Canada's North Design Office, gh3 and the Office for Urbanism investigate the complexities of urban design in Toronto through their ideas and practices. The exhibition, entitled Public Space, is composed of three distinct installations all combining to create a visual dialogue on the differences and commonalities inherent in architecture's turning of common grounds into artistic fields.

The gh3 (The Super-Real Forest) exhibit uses the notion of the archetypal Ontario landscape / super-real forest to explore a new typology for public open space which has a strong commitment to environmental responsibility and which sets a new balance between building footprint and biomass. More info at www.gh3.ca

NORTHDESIGNOFFICE's Re-Viewing the Gardiner looks at the void spaces created by the Gardiner Expressway through four modes: photographic, digital film, a scale model, and a glimpse at reality. Hoping to engender a new appreciation for this underused space, the exhibit will propose temporary uses. More information at www.northdesignoffice.ca

A plausible public space is an interactive exhibit created by the Office for Urbanism firm that challenges visitors to consider the public realm of our cities as a mirror of society – the cities we build reflect what we think of each other. Then, the exhibit invites visitors to participate in the construction of a plausible city – one that, no matter how unlikely, could still happen. More information at www.officeforurbanism.com

Public Space also features an essay by Internationally known novelist Lewis DeSoto. This 2004 Booker Prize nominee has written an essay responding to his own public space reflections and to public space questions posed by this exhibition. This new exhibition space is supported by the Toronto Society of Architects.

Exhibition hours for the main gallery and architecture space: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, noon to 8 p.m.; closed on Monday. 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 call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com. All exhibitions are located at Harbourfront Centre - 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto.

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




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