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York Quay Centre Visual Arts presents eight new free exhibitions running from March 14 to May 3
Featuring more than 20 leading artists from the US, UK, Germany and Canada at Harbourfront Centre

York Quay Centre Visual Arts presents eight new free art exhibitions running from March 14 to May 3, 2009 (profiled individually below). Goodbye 20th Century is an exhibition that features video and film works by artists from Germany, the US and the UK. Frame to Frame gathers the works of nine Toronto-based artists using various formats to explore animation. Material Culture for the information age is a group exhibition of multiple works by Toronto's influential Motherbrand design partnership. Topsy-Turvy is a mixed media installation by internationally exhibited Toronto artist Lyla Rye. still is a collaboration by Craft Studio artists-in-residence Amanda McCavour Margaret Lim working in textile and metal and focusing on everyday situations.

York Quay Centre Visual Arts at Harbourfront Centre also presents the Canadian premiere of UK photographer's Penny Klepuszewska's internationally lauded Living Arrangements series, a new Doug Guildford work Squidat the Service Canada exhibition space and a Creature Riffs gathering of mixed media fantasy creatures by New York State based artist Alfonso Volo. Goodbye 20th Century, Frame to Frame and Topsy-Turvy are presented in conjunction with the 22nd Images Festival.

A free public opening reception takes place on Friday March 13, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.. Hours for the main gallery: Tuesday, Thursday to Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, noon to 8 p.m.; closed Monday. Hours for The Craft Studio: Tuesday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; closed Monday. For information call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com. All exhibitions are located at 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto.

York Quay Centre Visual Arts Exhibitions - March 14 to May 3, 2009

Goodbye 20th Century - Rosa Barba (Germany), Granat & Heitzler (US)and Elizabeth McAlpine (UK)
The projects by these three international artists are all informed by extant documents from the cultural landscape of the 20th century that are simultaneously located within the geographical landscape of the southwestern United States. Each artist deploys antiquated apparatuses and materials to evoke a synthetic landscape via cinema, looking back to past forms of modernism as a means to project beyond our contemporary condition of post-modernism and a media in the throes of obsolescence. Presented in conjunction with the 22nd Images Festival (April 2-11, 2009 - imagesfestival.com).A special presentation of all the participants works will be projected from 7 to 9 pm at the March 13 opening reception.

Western Round Table 2027 - Rosa Barba (2007) - In this installation two projectors face each other and project loops of clear 16mm film, the light of each projector’s bulb creating a silhouette of its opposite upon the gallery walls. Accompanied by optical soundtracks of feint chimes that sound like the clanking of old machinery, emblematic of the machines producing them. The work references The Western Round Table on Modern Art a 1949 symposium where a group of men including Marcel Duchamp and Frank Lloyd Wright publicly and privately discussed contemporary artistic practice, its modernist legacy and a modernist future.

T.S.O.Y.W. - Amy Granat & Drew Heitzler (2007)
This first film collaboration by Granat and Heitzler finds each artist reworking an element of Goethe's Werther based on Jean Genet's suggestion of replacing Werther’s unattainable love, Charlotte, with a motorcycle. Two video screens concurrently feature each artist’s rendition of this narrative, transferred from 16mm footage they shot simultaneously on a pair of Bolex cameras, accompanied by a soundtrack composed by Granat along with Jutta Koether and Stefan Tcherepnin.

LIGHT READING: california sunset - Elizabeth McAlpine (2008)
This title of this ten minute continuous film loop refers to the Hollywood origin of the materials McAlpine appropriates. Composed of ‘flash-frames’ (monochrome 35mm motion picture frames inserted into movie trailers) which, whilst unseen by the human eye, increase the perceptual intensity of the trailers. The work moves from white to black and through the entire colour spectrum, with the original audio fragment from each sourced frame retained to create a dense sound collage.

Frame to Frame (Nine Toronto-based artists use various formats to explore animation)
Toronto-based artists Josh Bonnetta, Warren Brown and Adam Goddard, Brad Harley, April Hickox, Patrick Jenkins, Tanya Read, Chantal Rousseau, Seth Scriver use various formats to explore animation. Curated by Patrick Macaulay. Presented in conjunction with the 22nd Images Festival.

Josh Bonnetta -Parting (2009)
Beginning with a fragment of found footage Parting is a 10 minute video loop that employs roto-scoping and hand drawn cells to model an imaginary cycle of images. An original process combining painted cell animation with direct animation creates a succession of images which foreground the polyrhythmic and contrasting temporal features inherent in the analog.

Warren Brown and Adam Goddard - Big Box (2009)
Explores the relationship between screen based media and the viewer by introducing a series of characters who become the screen and in turn become part of the viewer's physical space.

Brad Harley - Of Fish and Foul (2009)
A short cyclical flash animation alternatively happy/hopeful and bright/bleak or if viewed backwards the meaning is reversed and the opposite becomes the truth.

April Hickox - Consonance (2009)
This three minute video is an image of a women’s handkerchief on a black background. Crumpled and stained with lipstick, smudged with mascara, suggestive of a woman’s grieving process. The image is floating, spinning slowly and quivering as if by some unseen hand in a significant moment of loss.

Patrick Jenkins - Labyrinth (2008)
After being given an enigmatic locket to protect,a detective encounters strange phenomena and beings from the afterlife in this surrealistic film noir story. Labryinth is done using a painting on glass animation technique and has already been shown at festivals around the world.

Tanya Read - Stasis (2009)
In Mr. Nobody’s latest film (10 minute looped super 8 animation/digital video) the hero is trapped in an alternate reality. He struggles to breach the boundary between two-dimensional and three-dimensional worlds. Mr. Nobody is a black and white anthropomorphic cartoon animal inspired by Depression era cartoons like Betty Boop and Krazy Kat. The drawing style is a reference to the cast of characters that often appeared in animations of this era.

Chantal Rousseau - And now let us weep for the lovely lovely ladies of CSI: Owl (2009)
In this 40 second looping animation an unexpected relationship is formed between a prone woman and an owl. Produced with the support of the City of Toronto through Toronto Arts Council.

Seth Scriver - Backwards Times (2009) - A three minute looping animation accompanied by free jazz sax played by Brodie West.

More York Quay Centre Visual Arts Exhibitions - March 14 to May 3, 2009

Creature Riffs - Alfonso Volo (2009) - This New York State based artist presents a gathering of mixed media fantasy creatures. Using found objects that he minimally modifies (like decorative knick-knacks found at thrift stores and rummage sales), Volo engages the viewer to ponder how man, beast, and science interconnect in the most precarious ways.

Living Arrangements - Penny Klepuszewska (2006)
The Canadian premiere of 12 works from this UK photographer's internationally lauded Living Arrangements series. Supported by the Ontario Arts Council.

Material Culture for the information age - Motherbrand (2009)
This group exhibition by Toronto's influential Motherbrand creative partnership (designers Todd Falkowsky, Michael Erdmann and John Ryan) explores our shared local identity as viewed through the lens of remixes and mashups. Part of Innovators Ideas 2008-2009.

still - Amanda McCavour Margaret Lim (2009)
A collaboration between two Craft Studio artists-in residence working in textile and metal focusing on everyday situations. The artists chose to represent these everyday situations in isolation, like a film still, in order to give value and greater meaning to moments that may be overlooked.

SQUID - Doug Guildford (2009)
This new Guildford work (a large India ink on Japanese paper drawing) work at the Service Canada exhibition space continues to draw upon the elusive and mysterious nature of life in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Topsy-Turvy - Lyla Rye (2009)
A mixed media installation by this internationally exhibited Toronto artist using video and sculptural elements to explore the playground as a space where adult and child, past and present, reality and fantasy merge. Presented in conjunction with the 22nd Images Festival. Supported by the Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Playgrounds.

Hours for the main gallery: Tuesday, Thursday to Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, noon to 8 p.m.; closed Monday. Hours for The Craft Studio: Tuesday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; closed Monday. For information call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com.

All York Quay Centre Visual Arts exhibitions are free and for all-ages, located at 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto.

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Media Contacts:

Harbourfront Centre
Shane Gerard at 416-973-4518, sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com

The Images Festival
Planet3 Communications – Joanne Smale, Marli Bennett, Jessica Charbonneau
Tel: 416.922.4459 E: imagesfestival@planet3com.net
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