Art Events in Toronto this Week

Jessica Sharples

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Tuesday October 18th

Student Night at the Power Plant: ISO?

Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
231 Queen's Quay West
Free for students, $12 general

A night of professional development opportunities for students; complete with “Speed Networking” with professionals, a performance by Mammalian Diving Reflex, and music by ZONES.
Free food, cash bar.

Thursday October 20th

Escape to Camp CMYK Reception

OCAD U Student Gallery
52 McCaul Street

Katie Kotler, Sooyeong Lee, Eli Schwans, Carson Teal, and Bonnie Tung

"Escape to Camp CMYK is an augmented campground, an experiential landscape that expels the stresses of everyday life, through the interplay of both the virtual and the physical.”

Exhibition runs until November 5th, 2016

Howard Lonn: Khrome

Birch Contemporary
129 Tecumseth Street

"Khrome is colour, from the Greek. It also denotes a reflective, mirror-like metallic plating. Some of my previous work has been described as architectural. The forms deployed in this group of new paintings possess an architectonic sense of scale and structure; however, they are freed of the burden of giving us an architectural image.”

Exhibition runs until November 26th, 2016

David Hanes: softshare

Birch Contemporary
129 Tecumseth Street

"For David Hanes’ second solo exhibition at the gallery, he presents works selected from his weekly contributions to the Swiss art blog: We Find Wildness. An evolution of his ongoing ‘Aware’ series, Hanes’ We Find Wildness works comprise digitally altered installation images of international art exhibitions as photographed by Sophie Yerly, founder of the blog"

Exhibition runs until November 26th, 2016

Decentre Redux: concerning artist-run culture now

100 McCaul Street, Room 284

How can we reinvent publicly funded art institutions to better serve their artists and communities? Artist-run-centres are a crucial lifeline for emerging artistic practices and conversations, so how do we keep them vital?

Discussion led by
Ana Barajas (YYZ Artists’ Outlet)
Emily Gove (Xspace Cultural Centre)
Lisa Deanne Smith (Onsite Gallery at OCADU)
Cheyanne Turions (Trinity Square Video)
Joshua Vettivelu (Whippersnapper Gallery)

Why the @#&! Do You Paint?: Go Figure: Opening

Gladstone Hotel, 2nd Floor Gallery
1214 Queen Street West

Historically, figurative painting exhibitions are an array of images depicting privileged bodies painted by privileged bodies. For the second annual Gladstone Why the @#&! Do You Paint? exhibition showcases paintings which consider the voices and bodies left out of this conversation as well as some of the bodies who traditionally appear."

Exhibition runs until November 28th, 2016

Friday, October 21st

imagineNATIVE Art Crawl

401 Richmond Street West
Begins at A Space Gallery, Suite 110
Varied Cost

Presentations by imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival partner galleries. ◦ "At each stop, engage with exhibition curators and attending artists and enjoy some of the best in contemporary Indigenous media art, commissions and retrospectives. Snacks provided. Drinks available for purchase.”

Final stop features a special screening of “Records and Reconstructions” ($8 general, free to imagineNATIVE delegate pass holders)

Exhibition Openings and Artist Talks

401 Richmond Street West
Open Studio, Suite 104

Philippe Blanchard
Eli Howey
Liz Menard
Anne Abbass

“Each year, Open Studio awards scholarship/fellowship residencies to artists of
merit, as chosen through an annual juried selection process. [...] recipients present a solo exhibition of the work they have made during their tenure at Open Studio during our annual Scholarship/Fellowship Exhibitions. During the talks, Philippe Blanchard and Eli Howey will discuss the work created during their year-long residencies. The talk is followed by an opening reception."

Exhibitions run until November 19th, 2016

Black Speculative Arts Movement #BSAMtoronto2016

100 McCaul Street, Room 190

Day one of a two day symposium focused on improvement of Black and Afrocentric presence in Speculative and Science Fiction in all creative forms and outlets.

Featured Discussions: “Making Space for the Black Imagination” and “Studying While Black."

Also featuring artist talks, presentations, and live performances.

Toronto Pancakes & Booze Art Show

The Opera House
735 Queen Street East
$10 – $13

Pop-up underground art show, including The Zombie Fashion Show & Creature Art Exhibit, featuring over 100 artists of mixed medium paired with pancakes and live DJ sets all night.

Free pancakes with Facebook reservation, cash bar.

Saturday, October 22nd

Black Speculative Arts Movement #BSAMtoronto2016

100 McCaul Street, Room 190

Day two of a symposium focused on improvement of Black and Afrocentric presence in Speculative and Science Fiction in all creative forms and outlets.

Featured Discussions: Black Future Month, Comics & Caricatures, Black Ink: Flipping the Script, and Words, Sound, Powah.

Also featuring artist talks, presentations, and live performances.

Fall Proposal Workshop

Xspace Cultural Centre
2-303 Lansdowne Avenue
Free with online registration

A workshop covering proper artist statements, project descriptions, CVs, and the documentation/organization of support material required for planning and writing exhibition proposals.

Laura Moore: Curbside

Zalucky Contemporary
3044 Dundas Street West

"The series was first sparked by a chance encounter with a computer monitor left abandoned beneath a railroad underpass in the city’s west end. Since then, the artist has salvaged numerous electronics from the streets of Toronto to perform a reversal of fortune: monumentalizing in stone what was once tossed to the curb side.”

Exhibition runs until November 19th, 2016

Sunday, October 23rd

Ethnocracy: Israel’s African Refugees (Film & Discussion)

Beit Zatoun
612 Markham Street

"Five years before the revolutions of the Arab Spring, on the last day of 2005, thousands of Egyptian police officers stormed a protest encampment in downtown Cairo. The tent city the police invaded was erected three months earlier by African refugees, and stood outside the offices of the UNHCR. The Egyptian forces opened fire killing at least 20 and injuring dozens.”

Directors Lia Tarachansky and Jesse Freeston will host Q&A following the film.

The Black Artist Market: Creating Dangerously

1292 Bloor Street West
PWYC $5–$15

Creating Dangerously is the first of a series of Black Artist Markets taking place in Toronto, born out of a frustration with the anti-black racism in art spaces in Toronto.

Live DJ performance and vendors booths.

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