FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Visual Arts at York Quay Centre opens new exhibitions Jan. 28, 2011
Neighbourhood Maverick moves into the architecture gallery,
Jan. 28 through April 3TORONTO, ON (Jan. 26, 2011) – Harbourfront Centre presents an eclectic collection of new projects at York Quay Centre this new year, including a new architecture exhibit entitled Neighbourhood Maverick, exploring Toronto’s patchwork neighbourhood aesthetics.Featured artists in York Quay Centre include Jesse Boles, Harbourfront Centre artist-in-residence Alisha Marie Boyd, Brothers Dressler, Murmur (Robin Elliot), Caitlin Erskine-Smith, Lana Filippone, Ann Marie Hadcock, Sin-Ying Ho, Peter MacCallum, Shawn Micallef, Sorrel Muggridge, Laura Nanni, Howard Podeswa, Sandra Rechico, James Redekop, Seth Scriver, Sandra Smirle, Despo Sophocleous, and Rachael Wong. A photo exhibit on rodeo culture by Peter Sibbald also premieres in the Fleck Dance Theatre lobbies.Neighbourhood Maverick in the architecture gallery features design firms Reigo & Bauer, Drew Mandel Architects, studio junction inc., and Luke Painter. Join us for the public opening reception on Friday, Jan. 28, from6-10 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 harbourfrontcentre.com.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.
Winter 2011: Visual Arts• Making Thinking Thinking Making: Six artists present their individual perspectives on the reciprocal relationship between ideas and the act of creating art.• SAMPLER: In tandem with Making Thinking Thinking Making, this exhibit expands on the idea of a “sampler” as a segment of each artist or designer’s overall creative practice.• Continuum: Lana Filippone and artist-in-residence Alisha Marie Boyd explore their craft’s history and traditional materials, playing with the form and function of conventional ideas.• Do-it-Yourself Section: Seth Scriver returns to Harbourfront Centre with new objects and a video installation, as well as a ‘zine.• Plotting a City: Nine artists document the city through active plotting of creative activities such as photography, painting, sound, walking and installation.• SymBEotic: Ann Marie Hadcock blurs the boundaries between sculpture, installation, drawing and craft, in her creation of a structure made of inexpensive craft materials.• PILES: Jesse Boles presents an investigation of the industry as landscape reduced to its simplest form: a pile.• Beyond Imaginings 2: Eight artists encounter Ontario’s Greenbelt: Additional photographs from summer and early fall update this outdoor exhibition.• Visual Arts at the Fleck Dance Theatre– access to exhibition by ticket holders only - Rough Stock: A Photography Exhibition About Rodeo Culture: Peter Sibbald explores the contemporary North American small-town rodeo subculture.
Winter 2011: Architecture• Neighbourhood Maverick: Architecture firms Drew Mandel Architects, Reigo & Bauer and studio junction inc. explore the insertion within the Toronto streetscape of those houses which are designed of our times in contrast to the existing neighbourhood aesthetic. Toronto visual artist Luke Painter further comments on the subject by providing some fantastical imagery to the exhibition.
More about Winter 2011 Visual Arts at York Quay Centre:
Brothers Dressler (Lars & Jason), Caitlin Erskine-Smith, Sin-Ying Ho,
Despo Sophocleous and Rachael Wong
Curated by Melanie Egan and Patrick MacaulayThe craft world is experiencing a reinvigorated interest in the relationship between making and thinking. Six artists present their individual perspectives on the reciprocal relationship between ideas and the act of creating art. Their work epitomizes the synthesis between communication and materials, past and present, here and there, thought and process. Exhibition catalogue is available in the main gallery.
Brothers Dressler (Lars & Jason), Caitlin Erskine-Smith, Sin-Ying Ho,
Despo Sophocleous and Rachael Wong
Curated by Melanie Egan and Patrick MacaulayOrganized in tandem with Making Thinking Thinking Making. This exhibition expands the idea of a sampler (traditionally associated with embroidery and used to highlight an artist’s mastery of materials) to view it as a segment of an artist or designer’s overall creative practice.
Alisha Marie Boyd & Lana FilipponeLana Filippone and Harbourfront Centre artist-in-residence Alisha Marie Boyd collaborate on a look at the history and traditional materials of their respective crafts. Playing with form and function and expanding on conventional practices, they present a re-contextualization inspired by contemporary ideas.
Seth ScriverA selection of step-by-step sculpture and video designed to show how to make use of all the garbage around you, transforming it into precious craft objects.
Plotting a City
Peter MacCallum, Shawn Micallef, Murmur (Robin Elliott), Sorrel Muggridfe & Laura Nanni,
Howard Podeswa, Sandra Rechico, James Redekop and Sandra Smirle
Curated by Patrick MacaulayEight artists document the city through various means, examining buildings, streets and the human beings around them to explore how people understand and connect with their surroundings. Some artists reveal preoccupations with human geography and site-specificity, others are more interested in map work, satellite imagery and geographic tracking patterns.
Ann Marie HadcockInfluenced by cross-disciplinary art-making processes that blur the lines between sculpture, installation, drawing and craft, Ann Marie Hadcock presents a spatial structure made of unrecognizable, inexpensive craft materials.
Jesse BolesToronto-based photographer Jesse Boles investigates industry as landscape, reducing it to its simplest form: a pile. The pile becomes a symbol for the broader imprint of human economic and cultural activity through industry and consumer culture.
Rough Stock: A Photography Exhibition About Rodeo Culture
(Fleck Dance Theatre –Access to exhibition during theatre performances by ticket holders only)This series explores the contemporary North American small-town rodeo culture through portraits of the lives of people who participate in this tribal sub-culture. Rodeo culture now thrives in the countryside surrounding Toronto, helping sustain a rural way of life for many who produce our local food.
More about Winter 2011 Architecture at York Quay Centre:
Drew Mandel Architects
Reigo & Bauer
studio junction inc.
Luke PainterNeighbourhoods are largely defined by the houses that are situated within their boundaries. In Toronto, Corktown is known for its turn-of-the-century workers’ townhouses and Leaside for its post-war bungalows. As the city transforms, these neighbourhoods evolve with both old and new residences, and existing buildings with bolder architectural pursuits. Why should the existing streetscapes be maintained? What considerations do architects take into account when designing for an existing streetscape? What effect does the intervention of maverick architecture have on the design character of a neighbourhood?Participating firms explore the insertion within the Toronto streetscape of those houses which are designed of our times in contrast to the existing neighbourhood aesthetic. Architects were asked to explore the challenges, the benefits and negatives to neighbourhoods and the possibilities for creative expression.
Drew Mandel ArchitectsBeyond Lines maps a typical residential Toronto streetscape on which five Drew Mandel Architects houses have been modeled.Five string-models emphasize our interest in the three-dimensional experience of architecture rather than a focus on a two-dimensional image of a house. Like three-dimensional sketches, they express the dematerialized building. It is architecture, not about assembling cues adding up to "house" or the image of the thing only, but rather the slow, unfolding experience of a place.The string line drawings underline the interconnected spatial relationships that reach outside the boundaries of the building envelope and into the sites, the sky and to the landscapes beyond.The base of the exhibit describes the figure-ground relationship and highlights the urban design aspects of the projects. Unlike the now-common McMansion developments, these projects resist the convention to simply fill the maximum zoning envelope with an object-building largely undifferentiated from site to site.TEAM MEMBERS: Drew Mandel, Jowenne Poon and Rachel Tameirao
Reigo & BauerDeveloper X is an installation piece that chronicles a fictional philanthropic, vigilante development endeavor that anonymously drops prefabricated modern houses on empty lots throughout the city overnight. Troubled by the disconnect between our present day lifestyles and new housing that emulates the past, Developer X believes that, given the chance, Torontonians will embrace houses of today – houses that adopt new and innovative technologies in construction and design and express our new ways of living.Residential architecture that looks forward, not backwards, is a plausible alternative.TEAM MEMBERS: Merike Bauer, Stephen Bauer and Ryan TrinidadeCOLLABORATORS: Group Two Design Inc. and Studio 8 Graphics
studio junction inc.Mid-block properties are properties located in the middle of the urban fabric or city block. These properties are without a traditional street frontage or a backyard, and thereby without a traditional face to the city. These under-utilized, residual lots are surrounded on all sides and are accessed by a public or private laneway, or a right-of-way across a neighbour’s property. Spaces for living can come from various environments, and increasingly the desire to live downtown is often reconciled with a less-than-ideal lot. mid-block discusses the idea of infill housing as small insertions into a dense urban fabric. The unique site conditions of these properties are associated with difficult issues such as reduced size, view, privacy from your neighbour, access and legal challenges.Without a traditional streetscape, exterior facades become less important. mid-block explores creative ways to introduce light into an enclosed space and thereby form new connections to the outdoors. In addressing small space living, mid-block housing presents viable alternatives for contemporary urban dwelling while developing new, rich layers and relationships with the existing streets, neighbourhoods and city.TEAM MEMBERS: Peter Tan, Christine Ho Ping Kong, Joe (Che Yu) Lin, Thomas Barker, Mazier Shafiee and Andrew Waller
Fiction and Intervention: Utopic Visions for the 21st Century
Luke PainterLuke Painter contributes to Neighbourhood Maverick with a series based on the intensive fictional architectural scene-making he has been creating in a variety of media. His animations depict sites in both Toronto and Montreal that have experienced heavy condo development and gentrification over the last decade. Lukepainter.caThis component of the exhibition is presented by Visual Arts at Harbourfront Centre as part of an ongoing interdisciplinary focus.
BEYOND IMAGININGS 2: Eight Artists Encounter Ontario’s Greenbelt
Becky Comber, Keesic Douglas, Martie Giefert, Mark Kasumovic, Rob MacInnis,
Erin Riley, Meera Margaret Singh and Garett WalkerThis project’s second phase includes a new selection of 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 harbourfrontcentre.com 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.ABOUT VISUAL ARTS AT YORK QUAY CENTREMade 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.ABOUT HARBOURFRONT CENTREHarbourfront 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.
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