Annual Curated Student Exhibition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26 May – 9 June 2017

Bryn Vargas
Danielle Fenn
Carolyne Kroeker
Ekene Maduka
Elizabeth Diamond
James Malzhan

Niamh Dooley
Robyn Adams
Sarah Stewart
Sean Rodd
Sonia Bogaert

 

Image: ‘I put up with you everyday’, oil; 2017. Ekene Maduka.

A Performed response to ‘You Can Never Go Home Again’ | Shelby Wright & Katie Lyle

7pm, Friday 5 May 2017, free

Shelby Wright & Katie Lyle (TO) will be presenting their Critical Distance performance in response to Matthew Gardiner’s painting exhibition, ‘You Can Never Go Home Again’.

Gardiner’s paintings involve ambiguous interiors and exteriors that point towards the complex processes invovled in contemproary experiences of place, time, and space.

Given Gardiner’s themes, an embodied response seemed to be an exciting means of reflection.

Katie Lyle and Shelby Wright make movement based work combining their artistic backgrounds in dance, film and visual art. Together their collaborative practice focuses on the development of a shared language of movements and phrases. This system acts as a generative source for creation, problem solving and sharing of experience with each other and an audience.

Critical Distance is a program of aceartinc.’s that invovles commissioning artists and writers to respond to exhibits in our Regular Program. The essays are usually in the form of a text. aceart.org/category/critical-distance-essays

Info about the artists:

Katie Lyle works in painting, drawing and performance. Her work uses layering and the residual accumulation of paint to portray the unfixed nature of portraiture and narratives. Selected projects include: The Loon, Toronto (March 2017); G Gallery with Bridget Moser, Toronto; Evans Contemporary, Peterborough; Forest City Gallery with Shelby Wright, London ON (all 2016); Erin Stump Projects, Toronto; Model Project Space, Vancouver; Garden Gallery with Shelby Wright, Toronto; and The Nanaimo Art Gallery (all 2015). Lyle received her MFA from the University of Victoria (2009) and her BFA from Concordia University (2005). She has taught Painting and Drawing at the University of Toronto and the University of Victoria.

Shelby Wright is a dancer and choreographer based in Toronto. Wright’s work explores themes of memory, archive and transference through the body. She has received training from Canada’s National Ballet School, Ecole de danse contemporaine de Montréal, the Limón Institute of New York, and holds a BA from the University of Toronto in Cinema Studies and History. She has presented her choreography in Montréal and Toronto, and has performed professionally in these two cities as well as New York. Wright is certified as Associate Teacher of the Vaganova syllabus from the Society of Russian Ballet.

Born in Montreal, Matthew Gardiner obtained his Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Manitoba in 2008. Since obtaining his Master’s of Fine Art degree from York University in 2012 Matthew has lived in Montreal QC, Winnipeg MB, Victoria BC and Toronto ON while continuing his studio practice. He is the recipient of provincial and federal grants and art awards. Matthew has recently attended a self-directed studio residency. His paintings have been showcased in publications and included in exhibitions across Canada and the United States. He currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.

Matthew Gardiner | You Can Never Go Home Again

13 April – 19 May 2017

Thursday 13 April launch and talk

You Can Never Go Home Again is a series of paintings focused on modern society’s interaction and relationship with the natural world; scenarios that explore concepts of interior and exterior spaces; the artificial and the natural; truth and fiction and how they cohabit the same space. The subjects are a combination of found photographic material and the artist’s own imagination. The process of collaging appropriated photographic material emphasizes the themes of illusion inherent in representational painting; illusions that are both manufactured and broken at the same time. This ongoing series was started in the fall of 2013 in Victoria. B.C. and continued throughout several cities in Canada. You Can Never Go Home Again evokes the artist’s own nomadic experiences and refers to modern society’s inability or unwillingness to return to the natural world.

 

Bio/

Born in Montreal, Matthew Gardiner obtained his Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Manitoba in 2008. Since obtaining his Master’s of Fine Art degree from York University in 2012 Matthew has lived in Montreal QC, Winnipeg MB, Victoria BC and Toronto ON while continuing his studio practice. He is the recipient of provincial and federal grants and art awards. Matthew has recently attended a self-directed studio residency. His paintings have been showcased in publications and included in exhibitions across Canada and the United States. He currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.

 

You Can Never Go Home Again          Matthew Gardiner                                                19 h, le jeudi 13 avril 2017, vernissage et causerie

Jusqu’au 19 mai

You Can Never Go Home Again est une série de peintures qui mise sur l’interaction de la société contemporaine et sa relation avec le monde naturel; des scénarios qui explorent les concepts de l’espace intérieur et extérieur; ce qui est artificiel et naturel; la vérité et la fiction et comment elles cohabitent dans le même espace. Les sujets sont une combinaison de matériel photographique trouvé par hasard et l’imagination de l’artiste. Le processus de collage du matériel photographique approprié met l’emphase sur les thèmes de l’illusion inhérent dans la peinture figurative; des illusions qui sont manufacturées et brisées en même temps. Cette série en cours a débuté à l’automne de 2013 à Victoria en Colombie-Britannique et a fait le tour de plusieurs villes au Canada. You Can Never Go Home Again évoque les expériences nomadiques de l’artiste et fait allusion à l’incapacité ou à la réticence de la société moderne de faire un retour à la nature.  

Translation/traduction : Simone Hébert Allard

Image: Lakeside-Ritual-BC by Matthew Gardiner. Acrylic on wood panel, 20″ x 30″. 2013.

Kelly Campbell: Scott Wachal Memorial Talk

 

THE LABOUR OF LIVING (A LIVEABLE LIFE)   |  Kelly Campbel

7pm, Wednesday 5 April 2017

This is an ongoing project exploring, documenting, and participating in the continuous process of building and destroying livable lives under capitalism and global colonialism through queer interdependence.

To prepare for the presentation, please contemplate the following questions: How does one build a livable life? What is necessary to do this? What is the relationship between giving and receiving care, the ability to give and receive care, and one’s ability, gender, race, and historically mitigated access to resources? How does space, both physical and online, shaped by capitalism and colonialism, impact our experience of care? What is the relationship between practical and emotional labour? How is our labour of care exploited? What happens when we do not receive the care we need?

Content warning: Suicide, self immolation, self harm.

 

About the Bursary

Those students who are curated into the annual student exhibition are invited to apply to this bursary, founded in the memory of a student, Scott Wachal, who exhibited with ace in May 2013.

$500 is awarded to contribute to the costs associated with a contemporary art project such as materials, residencies, etc. Tuition fees are not eligible. The student is then invited to deliver a public artist talk about the project the bursary supported.

 

Past recipients:

Nicole Flynn 2014

Carolyn Kroeker 2015

STATION | Michael McCormack

 

24 February – 31 March 2017

Artist talk and launch- 7pm, 24 February 2017

 

STATION considers the affects of acute listening in the isolated and conditioned environments on the individual, and the impact of this action on their surrounding environments. Activating sounds, structures, images and light through radio, STATION reflects on the situation of the radio operator, and the situation of contemporary culture as information gatherers and distributors. As we continue to become increasingly active as communicators and information archivists, how has this shaped our social and political landscape today? At what point do we lose footing where information becomes unrecognizable, unidentifiable or impossible to translate? What happens to lost information, or those of us who hang onto it? When does a skill-set become folklore, and what are the risks and consequences?

 

 

Michael McCormack   |   STATION

 Le 25 février au 31 mars 2017

Causerie d’artiste et vernissage – 19 h le 25 février 2017

 

STATION se penche sur l’effet de l’écoute active sur l’individu qui se trouve au sein d’un environnement isolé et conditionné, ainsi que l’impact de cette action sur ses environs immédiats. En activant des sons, des structures, des images et de la lumière par l’entremise de la radio, STATION pondère la situation de l’opérateur radio et la situation de la culture contemporaine en ce qui a trait à la récolte et à la distribution de l’information. Notre progression active en tant qu’archivistes de communications et d’informations a-t-elle un effet sur le paysage social et politique d’aujourd’hui? À quel point perdons-nous pied quand les informations deviennent méconnaissables, ou impossibles à identifier ou à traduire? Qu’arrive-t-il aux informations que l’on perd ou à ceux parmi nous qui s’y accrochent? À quel moment un ensemble de compétences fait-il partie du folklore, et quels risques et conséquences entraîne-t-il?

 

Translation/traduction : Simone Hébert Allard