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Fall 2010 Visual Arts & Architecture at York Quay Centre
Collaboration rules this season’s exhibitions, running Sept. 24 through Nov. 7

TORONTO, ON (Sept. 20, 2010)Harbourfront Centre prepares to present eight new projects at York Quay Centre this fall, many exploring the idea of collaboration.

Exhibits include Haida Made, a project from Harbourfront Centre’s national commissioning programme, Fresh Ground new works, which explores traditional knowledge and practices of the Haida Gwaii First Nations, seeking modern product applications -for underutilized forest resources. In addition, Toronto-based architectural firms investigate the relationship between client and architect in the exhibition BUILDING PARTNERS.

Join us for the public opening reception on Friday, Sept. 24, from 6-10 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: Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Fall 2010: Visual Arts

Haida Made: New Collaborations in Design: Designers Patty Johnson and Michael Erdmann collaborate with craftspeople from the Haida First Nations.
En plein air: Nine artists present different perspectives of the landscape through a variety of media.
In Between Worlds: Explores the mixing and transforming of Meryl McMaster’s bi-cultural identity.
The Fruit Cellar of Miss H…: Thea Haines explores the idea of time and memory through the presentation of preserved fruit jars.
The Past, The Present, The Future: Victoria Vitasek takes portraits of scouting leaders in their homes, representing multiple aspects of their identity.
Timorous Beasties: Textile design duo Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons present an exhibition exploring the design process.
Hybrid: Each piece acts as a conversation between Rose-Angeli Ringor and Meredith Robb and their creative media.
Beyond Imaginings: Eight artists encounter Ontario’s Greenbelt: Additional photographs from the summer and early fall will update this outdoor exhibition.

Fall 2010: Architecture

BUILDING PARTNERS: Dubbeldam Design Architects, Ian MacDonald Architect Inc., Moriyama & Teshima Architects and an installation by Jeff Goodman Studio.
Pecha Kucha Night: ONE NIGHT ONLY: Friday, Sept. 24: Join us during the opening night reception as eight presenters from the world of architecture and design showcase their ideas and client partnerships in just seven minutes.
More about Fall 2010 Visual Arts at York Quay Centre:

Patty Johnson & Michael Erdmann
Haida Made: New Collaborations in Design documents a unique cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural collaboration between artists from the Haida First Nations at Haida Gwaii and Canadian product designers Patty Johnson and Michael Erdmann. Through the push and pull of this partnership, they have balanced cultural preservation and forward-looking design solutions and developed new methods and new vernacular that respect and elevate local traditions. Seeking cultural and ecological sustainability, the project explores traditional Haida knowledge and practices (such as the harvest and weaving of cedar bark), proposing new product applications (furniture, home accessories, etc.) for underutilized resources.

The exhibition is a record of the first half of a project initiated two years ago, and weaves together elements from contemporary art, craft production, ethno-botany, anthropology, community development and modern design. Speculative work is presented alongside documentation of traditional forms to investigate the role of design and reveal the process of new product development. In contrast with the familiar, historical presentations of First Nations culture – artifacts preserved under glass – Haida Made presents something much more dynamic: a living, breathing culture with a critical role in Canada’s future. Part of Harbourfront Centre’s national commissioning programme, Fresh Ground new works.

Featured Collaborators and Artists:
Reg Davidson, Gwaai Edenshaw, Jaalen Edenshaw, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Carrie Anne Vanderhoop Bellis, Evelyn Vanderhoop, Lisa Hageman Yahgulanaas, April White and Christian White.

Sunday, Oct. 17, 1-5 p.m. (Enwave Theatre)
Patty Johnson & Michael Erdmann featuring presentations from selected collaborators and artists involved with Haida Made.

Dianne David, Michael Davey and Delwyn Higgens, Martha Eleen, Mitchell Fenton,
Libby Hague, Jim Reid, Reinhard Reitzenstein and Elinor Whidden
Whether altering it, adding to it or using it as subject matter, artists working in a variety of media share their approaches to landscape.

Meryl McMaster
In-Between Worlds explores the mixing and transforming of McMaster’s bi-cultural identities – Aboriginal and Euro-Canadian – and addresses the idea of liminality; of being between cultural identities and histories. McMaster is a Toronto-based artist and a graduate in photography from OCAD.

Thea Haines
A mixed media installation of seemingly mundane objects, The Fruit Cellar of Miss H… acts as a time capsule of seasons and places past to preserve the memories of a loved one. With each season, new triumphs and regrets, joys and sorrows are added to the storehouse, and it is these memories with which we ready ourselves for the future. Thea Haines is a former resident of the Craft Studio at Harbourfront Centre whose mixed media practice focuses on domestic space and activities.

Victoria Vitasek
This photographic series features contemporary portraits of the leaders and participants of the Polish Scouting Association in Canada. Photographing each subject in their home, Vitasek juxtaposes the polished uniforms with intimate spaces, creating complex portraits of the past, present and future of Polish Scouting. A long-time member of the Polish Scouts, Vitasek is also a recent graduate of OCAD.

Alistair McAuley & Paul Simmons
Noted for its surreal and provocative textiles and wallpapers, the design studio Timorous Beasties was founded in Glasgow in 1990 by Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons. The exhibition will integrate completed work, such as wallpaper and lampshades with developmental pieces to provide insight into the design duo’s creative process and vision.

Innovators Ideas (I2) 2010-11
Timorous Beasties – Alistair McAuley: 20 Years of Beastiality
Saturday, Oct. 23, 1 p.m. (Studio Theatre)
A lecture on Scotland’s leading-edge textile design company, presented by Harbourfront Centre’s Craft Department and the International Festival of Authors (IFOA).

Design Seminar with Alistair McAuley
Sunday, Oct. 24, 1-3 p.m., (York Quay Centre) – $50
For professional craft and design artists and students. Registration is very limited.

Rose-Angeli Ringor & Meredith Robb
Hybrid is an experiment in collaboration between a ceramic artist and a metalworker. Each piece began with one artist and was finished by the other, pushing Harbourfront Centre artists-in-residence Ringor and Robb to unify both their media and their creative processes.

More about Fall 2010 Architecture at York Quay Centre:

Dubbeldam Design Architects
Ian MacDonald Architect Inc.
Moriyama & Teshima Architects
Jeff Goodman Studio
Architects from Toronto-based firms create spaces which investigate the relationship between client and architect. Is a building a compromise or a collaboration? Can the client/architect relationship lead to a better building? The exhibition provides both the voice of the architect and the client to illustrate the process and the exchange of ideas that result in the built form.

Dubbeldam Design Architects
pull.push.slide.pivot.lift.tilt.turn explores the effects of the user on the final built product. The architect provides a framework of spaces and elements that can be manipulated by the user to affect the final result. Dubbeldam Design Architects was founded by Heather Dubbeldam as a multidisciplinary design architecture practice with a focus on contemporary modern design. Projects include architecture as well as interiors, landscape design, lighting and furniture design. The practice operates in a studio setting using a collaborative approach to projects with other architects as well as designers from other disciplines, and pursues a rigorous level of detail and craft.

Ian MacDonald Architect Inc.
Through case studies of built projects, in-site discusses the various strategies employed to create a connection between the observer, the building and the site. Ian MacDonald Architect Inc. was established in 1984. Their work includes projects of varied scale and mixed use with an emphasis on residential work. The firm focuses on developing legible, site-specific architecture that articulates a clear idea and sense of place.

Moriyama & Teshima Architects
Architecture of Light: Transcending Difference presents a reflection by the architects on the relationships forged in both the design process and experience of the Multifaith Centre at the University of Toronto. Moriyama & Teshima Architects is an internationally renowned Canadian architecture, planning and landscape architecture company. The firm strives to seamlessly integrate building and site, creating environments that demonstrate their unwavering enthusiasm and commitment to caring for people and nature.

Jeff Goodman Studio
Jeff Goodman Studio presents an installation of architectural glass which showcases the ability of glass to manipulate light with the intent to challenge the role that glass can play in contemporary architecture. Following a three-year residency in glass at Harbourfront Centre, Goodman established his studio in 1989: a multi-faceted Toronto facility producing commissioned glass projects for a wide range of clients. The studio’s philosophy is to work closely with both architects and end-user clients to develop non-traditional cast or blown glass installations that integrate with the architectural and interior design.

The Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat” is also the name for this exciting fast-paced presentation format. With just seven minutes each, eight presenters from the worlds of architecture and design will showcase their ideas on the architect, designer and client partnership.

Friday, September 24, 2010 – 8-9:30 p.m., during the opening reception in the Marilyn Brewer Community Space, York Quay Centre

Paul Raff, Paul Raff Studio
Kathryn Walter, FELT Studio
Alissa North, North Design Office
Brian Rudy, Moriyama & Teshima Architects
Brent Cordner, luflic
Davide Tonizzo, Design D
Philip Hastings, Gow Hastings Architects Inc.
Tania Bortolotto, BORTOLOTTO architecture interior design

BEYOND IMAGININGS: Eight Artists Encounter Ontario’s Greenbelt
Becky Comber, Keesic Douglas, Martie Giefert, Mark Kasumovic, Rob MacInnis,
Erin Riley, Meera Margaret Singh and Garett Walker
We invite you to return Friday, Oct. 8 to follow this project’s second phase which will include a selection of new breathtaking images of the Greenbelt taken during the summer and early fall seasons by participating artists. Supported by The Greenbelt Foundation.

For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West, at the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.

A key component of Harbourfront Centre's mandate is to champion the creation of new artistic works, providing a platform for innovation, creation and excellence. Recognizing that some of the most creative and fascinating work being produced across the country today is the result of artists working in different ways and through non-traditional collaborations, Harbourfront Centre launched Fresh Ground new works, a national commissioning programme, in 2004.

This legacy programme has become a catalyst for new Canadian artistic works incorporating more than one discipline or field. Through open national submission calls in 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009, Harbourfront Centre has awarded over $400,000 toward 19 new Canadian commissions.

Fresh Ground new works is made possible by the generosity of several major individual donors and partners who have actively assisted in the creation of new Canadian artworks: Peter Allen, William J.S. Boyle, Lionel F. Conacher & Joan Dea, Margaret & Jim Fleck, John Kazanjian & Susan Soloway, Michael & Sonja Koerner, Judy & Wil Matthews, George E. Myhal, RBC Foundation, Sonja Smits & Seaton McLean, and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the J.P. Bickell Foundation.

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.

Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on a 10-acre site in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront.


Rosie Shaw

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