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For Immediate Release
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Harbourfront Centre prepares to mount nine extraordinary fall visual arts exhibitions,
September 26 to November 8
Opening reception Friday, September 25 from 6-10 p.m.

TORONTO, ON – Tuesday, September 22, 2009Harbourfront Centre prepares to open nine extraordinary visual arts and architecture exhibitions for fall, running September 26 to November 8, 2009 at York Quay Centre. Installations include sculpture, textile work, video projection and animation, paintings, photography, miniature dioramas, life-sized screen prints, metal-based work and ceramics.

Join us for the public opening reception on Friday, September 25 from 6-10 p.m. (artist and curator opening remarks at 6:30 p.m., live musical performance at 9 p.m.) at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. Admission to the reception and exhibitions is free. For more information, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit

Main Gallery Exhibition Hours: Tuesday, Thursday through Sunday, 12-6 p.m.; Wednesday 12-8 p.m., closed Mondays except holidays, 12-6 p.m.
Craft Studio Regular Hours (until Nov. 1): Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Fall 2009: Visual Arts
  • Play/Ground: Featuring works by Raffy Ochoa, Nathalie Quagliotto, Warren Quigley, Lyla Rye and Nicholas Shick, this exhibition explores the practice of an artist as creative play, using the concept of the playground to illuminate the nature of play in terms of artistic production. Curated by Patrick Macaulay.
  • Conquest: Tanya Read combines Super 8 animation/digital video and sculpture in a monument to insignificance. Recurring character “Mr. Nobody” returns, still bewildered by the state of our world.
  • Keyframes: Rose Bianchini and Sarah Lazarovic collaborate to transform everyday events into the extraordinary through animated video and miniature installations.
  • Difficult and Easy: features mixed media sculpture work from Micah Adams and Johanna Schmidt.
  • Fridge Magnet 2: Carlo Cesta’s newest installment in the Fridge Magnet series transforms regular industrial materials into an engagement of playful possibilities.
  • 8 things about my father: Gordana Olujic Dosic offers a series of textile works with videos to reconstruct memories of her father. Curated by Melanie Egan.
  • Talking to People is Easy: A photo series by Alex Kisilevich illustrating the complexities of human connection and the effects of modern technology.
  • Surf & Turf: Lee Goreas’ new multimedia exploration of the artist’s obsession with golf and his ongoing relationship with humour.

Fall 2009: Architecture

September 26, 2009 – January 3, 2010

For the upcoming A QUESTION OF PLACE, Canada’s Atelier Big City (Montreal), Richard Kroeker Design Incorporated (Halifax), and Urban Arts Architecture (Vancouver) were invited to create installations depicting or defining the unique architectural typology of their city. The exhibition also features an installation of photo-realistic paintings by artist Mike Bayne.



Raffy Ochoa, Nathalie Quagliotto, Warren Quigley, Lyla Rye and Nicholas Shick
Curated by Patrick Macaulay
A playground can be seen as the societal introduction to structured conformity. Objects are placed with a logical plan. Concerns for safety are addressed. Rules for proper play are displayed. Parents stand at a safe distance and observe. Children are encouraged to play.

A playground can also be seen as the introduction to creative possibilities. Children are placed in an environment and left to their own devices. Large structures can be used as intended by adults or serve as points of departure for imagination and creativity.

The practice of an artist can also be seen as creative play. Working within the structures of society they challenge, confront, alter, redirect and at times make fun of our constructed world.

This exhibition looks at the playground to try to understand the nature of play in terms of artistic production.

Tanya Read
Read’s recurring “Mr. Nobody” character is a black and white anthropomorphic cartoon animal of questionable pedigree. Inspired by common Depression-era “everyman” cartoon characters, Mr. Nobody has been a central theme in Read’s work since 1998, always remaining somewhat perplexed by the state of the world today. In Conquest, he will be presented in a Super 8 animation/digital video and sculpture installation.

ALSO: Don’t miss Tanya Read with her band, Ethel and the Mermen, performing live at the opening reception on Friday, September 25, 2009 at 9 p.m.
Rose Bianchini and Sarah Lazarovic
Using mixed media installations in miniature dioramas and animated video, this whimsical and vibrant collaboration between two artists transforms the mundane into the astonishing.

Bianchini combines animation, drawing, crafts and miniatures to create a series of dioramas. The narrative reveals a surreal and strange girl who lives in a dark, mysterious world where birds are wiser than people and houses are in the sky. You are invited down the rabbit hole to experience a fantastical place where the strange is common and everyday events are extraordinary.

Lazarovic’s work is about imbuing the digital with elements of the handmade, reconciling the slick with the free-form. Lines are examined, props explored, details revealed. Boundaries between screen and surroundings are blurred by pulling elements from animation and creating a screening room for videos by taking animated elements and freezing them in time. Distinction between materials is also blurred, as a jumble of surfaces is treated uniformly to unite their similarities and lay bare their differences.

Difficult and Easy
Micah Adams and Johanna Schmidt
Adams is interested in scale and creating objects of ambiguous size. He is intrigued by work that fits into a miniature environment as easily as it does in a full-scale context. This framework, combined with a long history of associations made between the human form and landscape, forms the basis for his interest in art jewelry.

Schmidt uses ceramic shapes and lines to explore space, balance and fragility. Her small sculptures are the result of creating many separate pieces and assembling them after they have been fired. These built forms provide an impression of airiness and maintain a fragile quality even as they grow. Putting the pieces together becomes a balancing act, resulting in a sense of improbability.
Fridge Magnet 2
Carlo Cesta
The newest installment in the Fridge Magnet series transforms the chance encounter with everyday industrial materials into something extraordinary.

This work can be read as a meditation on the dull world of objects and ordinary materials. The installation addresses the window as a threshold between public and private space, inviting passers-by to experience a deeper, unexpected space where playful possibilities are realized, opposites attract and histories overlap.

8 things about my father
Gordana Olujic Dosic
Curated by Melanie Egan
Inspired by her father’s life journey, this series of textile works and short videos examines the complexities of human existence, our range of action and emotion, and our simultaneous uniqueness and commonality. Dosic uses fragmented memories to reconstruct the idea of her father and the reality of a life’s most meaningful experiences – war, family, nature and loneliness.

Talking to People is Easy
Alex Kisilevich
Are our abilities and inabilities to connect with others inherent? Or has this age of communication based on physical separation (phone, email, text messaging, etc.) diminished our capacity to connect and empathize? Are these new forms of communication cleverly disguising our growing self-absorption and tendencies towards isolation?

This series of photographic work explores the complexities and barriers of human communication. While these barriers may be self-imposed or externally applied, they aid beautifully in revealing elements of the human condition.
Surf & Turf
Lee Goreas
Following Goreas’ recurring theme of the interconnectedness of popular and institutional cultures, this multimedia installation explores art history, golf culture and astronomy using sculpture, video projections, wall drawings and colour photography. The artist has said that the comedic device of the pun is his way of playing with language, images and objects; seemingly unrelated subjects are brought together using humor as a poignant and powerful connector.

Fall 2009 Architecture at Harbourfront Centre

September 26, 2009 – January 3, 2010

Atelier Big City (Montreal)
Richard Kroeker Design Incorporated (Halifax)
Urban Arts Architecture (Vancouver)
Mike Bayne (Kingston)

Harbourfront Centre’s architecture gallery presents exhibitions which will educate, challenge and question the thoughts and ideas which inform contemporary architecture. It is a multi-functional space which is able to present exhibitions, be a classroom and meeting space for the discussion of issues relating to architecture.

For the upcoming A QUESTION OF PLACE, Canada’s Atelier Big City (Montreal), Richard Kroeker Design Incorporated (Halifax), and Urban Arts Architecture (Vancouver) were invited to create installations depicting or defining the unique architectural typology of their city. The exhibition also features an installation of photo-like paintings by artist Mike Bayne.

Harbourfront Centre thanks the architecture advisory committee for their assistance: Valerie Gow, Margaret Graham, John Ota, Marco Polo, Lisa Rapoport, Scott Sorli and Tim Scott.

This exhibition space devoted to architecture is brought to you in part by the generous support of our corporate donors.

Atelier Big City – FAZADISM
By North American standards, Montreal is an old city. Topographically, it is a city of extremes, featuring both sprawling plateaus and huge hills with the Central area between the island’s shoreline and Mont-Royal. There is also an underground counterpart to the city, with as many subterranean tunnels as there are hills above ground. Both the age of the city and the terrain it is situated on have influenced its distinctive architecture.

Atelier Big City is known for its innovative and unrestrained approach to architectural design. They constantly push forward towards the impossible, seeing how far they can get in transforming restrictions, rules and limitations into work that celebrates the incredible potential and optimism of life.

Richard Kroeker Design Incorporated – CHEBUCTO
In Chebucto, architecture is represented as an aspect of the natural world, intensely conditioned by human presence. The impact and weathering from the proximity of the ocean and the strength of the four distinct Maritime seasons are the biggest informers and connectors of the city’s life, culture, architecture and history.

The installation explores formal responses to natural flows and the shaping capacity of the environment. Architecture is seen as an active force in creating cultural and natural continuity.

Urban Arts Architecture – CITY LIMITS
Urban Arts Architecture is inspired by the natural environment, resources and people of the diverse regions of British Columbia. Specializing in community and cultural projects, their work explores innovative and sustainable uses of wood – the major building material of the region.

The City Limits exhibit concept uses wood as a significant building material in the development of the city. It reveals Vancouver to us from a very specific position – sitting on a log at one of the myriad beaches in the area. The singular beach experience becomes a communal event; the linear beach logs are rearranged to create a threshold and form an enclosed gathering area – a vibrant space of interaction.

This selection of photo-like paintings focuses on the architecture of suburbs. Working from photographs, Bayne uses a grid mapping system to create small, intensely realistic pieces depicting unremarkable but incredibly familiar places. The artistry and exacting detail of his work elevates the deliberately banal subject matter.

York Quay Visual Arts is made up of 10 exhibition spaces which are both traditional and unique. These venues are located within and outside York Quay Centre and range in size from a 1,400 feet square exhibition gallery to individual vitrines which are nine feet square. York Quay Centre exhibits the works of contemporary artists creating new works in fine art, craft, new media, design, architecture and photography. The exhibition schedule changes six times a year in all of the venues except the site-specific spaces. For more information, please contact 416-973-5379.

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