Events

Oct
29
Mon
Stages of an Extreme – an exhibition by Ana Ghookassian and Eszter Rosta
Oct 29 – Nov 1 all-day

Eszter Rosta's  Wax Paper (Cyanotype, rag paper 12x16 2018)Fourth and fifth year Visual Arts students Ana Ghookassian and Eszter Rosta‘s Stages of an Extreme explores materiality, ecology, gravity and the process-based nature of their collaboration through large-scale sculpture, intaglio prints, and drawings.

“The title of the show, Stages of an Extreme, describes the investments with the materials and thoughts surrounding the work. Subsequently, as products of their environment, the work ensures the importance and evidence of the studio spaces where the objects will be created. The collaboration will be informed by our surroundings,and the tools, machines, materials, intellectuals and other artists that impact us. We intend to push the conceptual and aesthetic limits of our work through a more resolved examination of our collaborative processes, in large-scale formats.”

IMAGE: Eszter Rosta’s Wax Paper (Cyanotype, rag paper 12×16 2018)

Gallery Hours:
Monday to Friday, 10:30am – 4pm

Admission is free and all are welcome.

Nov
5
Mon
Landscapes of Loss – a painting exhibition by Asifa Khan
Nov 5 – Nov 15 all-day

Batik Wall Hanging by Asifa Khan

Second year visual art student Asifa Khan‘s painting and photography show Landscapes of Loss:  Havens and Devastation in the Ecosystems of Trinidad and Tobago  focuses on the impact of contemporary climate-change on the twin tropical islands.  The artist’s work explores the ecological landscapes of the country where she was born and has lived for most of her life.  Many of these spaces have been drastically altered in recent years due to changing weather patterns and man-made transformations in the environment.

While Trinidad and Tobago have been framed most often in contemporary media culture as prime tourist destinations and showcased for their pristine beaches, lively festivals, and regional cuisine, Khan’s work reveals the hidden dimensions of the landscape in the mountain ranges and forests frequently overlooked by both visitors and citizens alike.  By addressing this blindness to both natural beauty and the grave dangers it now faces, she seeks to trace out new zones of visibility and to raise awareness on many different levels.

The show will consist of both paintings and photographs.  While the photographs will serve primarily to document the devastating changes, the paintings will both present and lament a vanishing beauty. Through alternating perspectives of proximity and distance, Landscapes of Loss will memorialize and mourn landscapes whose radiance may be erased in an instant.

Gallery Hours:
Monday to Friday, 10:30am – 4pm

Admission is free and all are welcome.

Nov
15
Thu
Brunch with the Dean of AMPD
Nov 15 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Brunch with the Dean of AMPD @ Junior Common Room, 012 Winters College

Have a chat over delicious brunch-style foods with the Dean of the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design, Norma Sue Fisher-Stitt. Brunch will be served from 12:00pm-2:00pm in the Junior Common Room (012) of Winters College on Thursday, November 15th 2018.

Dec
3
Mon
Heatwave – a photo exhibition by Karice Mitchell
Dec 3 – Dec 13 all-day

Radiation black and white photo by Karice MitchellFourth year Visual Arts student Karice Mitchell solo photography show Heatwave manipulates black and white film with heat to produce abstract images.

The mediums all of the work will be photo based and digitally printed allowing the artist to curate the pieces physically within the gallery space with sculptural approach. By manipulating these large images into different forms her intent is to engage viewers with each piece as an object but also acknowledge how all the pieces work together to fully create an immersive space.

Gallery Hours:
Monday to Friday, 10:30am – 4pm

Admission is free and all are welcome.

Feb
4
Mon
the Collective – 4090 painting group exhibition
Feb 4 – Feb 14 all-day

Photo of a concrete floor with many paint splattersFeaturing the works of the students in the 4090 painting and installation classes, the Collective focuses on the exploration of contemporary questions and concerns regarding the body, the environment, urbanity, and cross-cultural overlays. A space for experimentation and new discoveries, the Collective invites you to ask critical questions of the art and of yourself and open up to a collection of work that is both completely unique and yet wholly connected. 

the Collective is hosted in the Gales and Special Projects galleries, February 4th-14th. 

Please join the artists at the closing reception on February 14th from 12:30-2:00pm for refreshments, engaging discussion, and celebration.

Gallery Hours:
Monday to Friday, 10:30am – 4pm

Admission is free and all are welcome.

Mar
11
Mon
Sculpture and Drawing Area Exhibition
Mar 11 – Mar 22 all-day

 

A group show featuring sculpture and drawings by upper-level students in the Department of Visual Art & Art History.

Gallery Hours
Monday – Thursday, 10:30am-4:00pm

Free admission

Mar
27
Wed
2019 Wendy Michener Lecture: Anna Maria Tremonti
Mar 27 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

“Dispatches from Inside the Newsroom Revolutions in Journalism and Our Changing World”

Anna Maria TremontiAnna Maria Tremonti is the host of CBC Radio One’s flagship network morning news program, The Current, where she has devoted hours of coverage and questions to issues that range from world politics, to social and demographic shifts to economics. For this memorial lecture, she will draw on her extensive experience as a reporter, a correspondent, and a host to examine the dynamic changes and challenges facing the field of journalism.

Admission is free; all welcome.

The Wendy Michener Lecture, named in commemoration of the Canadian arts critic and journalist, was established at York University in 1986 to provide a forum for discussion of vital issues and developments in culture and the arts.

Sep
16
Mon
[Un]natural Spaces – a painting exhibition by Daniela Miranda and Adriana Monteleone
Sep 16 @ 12:00 am

[caption id="attachment_101654" align="aligncenter" width="800"]'Access Denied' by Daniela Miranda 2018 4’ x 5’ (48” x 60”) Oil, duct tape and masking tape on canvas ‘Access Denied’ by Daniela Miranda 2018 4’ x 5’ (48” x 60”) Oil, duct tape and masking tape on canvas[/caption]

“[Un]natural Spaces” features painted works by Daniela Miranda and Adriana Monteleone. Both artists focus on the dissonance they feel within man- made spaces, although in different ways.

Miranda’s work focuses on the artificiality that has tainted natural spaces, so much that “wild” nature, no longer exists, and her work seeks to portray the longing for more natural spaces. The use of fluorescent duct tape and masking tape for the man-made elements within the oil paintings highlights the fake nature of the natural spaces being exhibited, and the amount of control that society seems to have in their depiction and experience.

Monteleone’s acrylic paintings portray the claustrophobia felt by someone who experiences modern society, which, despite its urban charm, can easily become a threatening environment when one is faced with being one of the many people that inhabit it. The hustle and bustle of everyday situations is accentuated in her work by utilizing a collage-like approach to the composition, which in itself creates a jumbled, disorienting feeling.

The contrast between the beautified, open spaces in Miranda’s works that give the illusion of being free and able to experience nature in its entirety and the clustered spaces depicted in Monteleone’s paintings illustrate the dichotomy that highlights each artist’s mindset towards the scenes portrayed.

Gallery Hours:
Monday to Friday, 10:30am – 4pm

Admission is free and all are welcome.

 

[caption id="attachment_101655" align="aligncenter" width="800"]"11:37" by Adriana Monteleone 2018-2019 36” x 48” Acrylic on canvas “11:37” by Adriana Monteleone 2018-2019 36” x 48” Acrylic on canvas[/caption]

Sep
30
Mon
The Absence of – an exhibition by Esther Kim and Alaa Asim
Sep 30 – Oct 10 all-day

[caption id="attachment_101856" align="aligncenter" width="468"]Adversity has touched me, and You are The Most Merciful of the merciful. 2019 Alaa Asim 78” x 36” Plaster, acetate Adversity has touched me, and You are The Most Merciful of the merciful. 2019 Alaa Asim 78” x 36” Plaster, acetate[/caption]

The Absence of features sculpture, mixed media and pyrography by 4th year Visual Art Studio students Esther Kim and Alaa Asim.

The exhibition will showcase fragmented and abstracted bodies of work, raising questions and drawing connections on the subjectivity and objectivity of both body and spirit. By creating a tangible permanence through material, the absent body becomes solidified through the dissection of knowledge, memories, and history. The Absence of is bounded by the concepts of time and the regenerative qualities of life and death.

Esther Kim is a Canadian born Korean artist, currently in her fifth year at York University majoring in Visual Arts (studio). Her current artistic practice involves metal fabrication, mould making, wood working and foundry. Through exploring the concepts of the body, she utilizes her practices and the contrast in medium and scale to evoke an ambiguity in a tangible form. @emjkim
Alaa Asim is a Canadian born artist that works with mixed-mediums to create works of art in the areas of sculpture and abstract painting. The complexities in architecture and design of contemporary and urban spaces have always inspired her artistic processes and the critical approaches of how important the relationships between the artist and spaces are; she believes that the spaces we encounter are important just as the artworks one produces. She is currently completing her last year of the Honors BFA Visual Art & Art History program at York University. @hennabyalaa

[caption id="attachment_101874" align="aligncenter" width="312"]Backbone, Esther Kim 2019, 24” x 12” x 88.5’’, Steel Backbone, Esther Kim 2019, 24” x 12” x 88.5’’, Steel[/caption]

Gallery Hours:

Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm

Closing reception:

Wed. Oct 9th 7 – 10pm

Admission is free and all are welcome.

 

Oct
21
Mon
affect / effect – an exhibition of paintings and prints by Vaiva Slapsys
Oct 21 – Oct 31 all-day

[caption id="attachment_101678" align="aligncenter" width="768"]Apart, together, Vaiva Slapsys, 2018, 73x83, acrylic and thread on raw canvas Apart, together, Vaiva Slapsys, 2018, 73×83, acrylic and thread on raw canvas[/caption]

affect / effect… features large scale abstract paintings and prints by 4th year Visual Art Studio student Vaiva Slapsys.

Everything that we do as people has an effect on someone else, and everything that we come into contact with affects us is some way.  Our emotions are constantly shifting, able to be flipped one way or another in the blink of an eye, delicate and forever changing, easy to manipulate, affected by all that is around us.  Although we all experience the unpredictability of our emotions as a normal part of our every day lives, we are often asked to put these feelings away as invalid or unimportant, and rarely do we have the opportunity to explore how we are feeling and truly reflect on it.

My work focuses on these emotional effects that we express with our bodies, and how that expression can, in turn, affect another.  Using large motions with brushes, my hands, other various assorted tools, and pouring methods, my canvas is stained and marked in immediate ways that reflect the emotions that I feel while I work, and invite viewers to connect with these emotions and reflect on what it brings up for them.  The size of the work envelops the viewer, allowing them to wholly sit with what they feel and to give them the opportunity to reflect.  My work also includes intricate detail through the use of sewing, embroidery and detail painting work that asks the viewer to come closer, to pay attention, and to really allow themselves to be engrossed by what they see and what they feel.

The show will also include print media that complements the large abstract paintings.  My print-making focuses on the effect that a place or time can have on memory.  Nostalgic screen prints filled with photographic imagery, whimsical colours and both representational and abstract shapes, bring us back to a specific time or place in our memories and ask viewers to reflect on what kinds of feelings are being harboured there.

Gallery Hours:
Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm

Admission is free and all are welcome.

 

Nov
4
Mon
all from one – an exhibition of large scale found object paintings by Catherine Hois
Nov 4 – Nov 14 all-day

Mother Nature’s Hand, by Catherine Hois, 2018, 4ft.5”x 6ft.1”, found object painting

all from one is an exhibition of large scale found object paintings by 4th year visual art studio student Catherine Hois exploring the artist’s fascination with the everlasting connection of all living things to the earth.

Artist Statement: This group of works represents my belief that we are protected and taken care of by the earth, because we are connected to the earth as living beings.  Why are humans provided everything we need to survive and live a healthy life on earth? Is it coincidence? I believe that is it not. All species on this planet are genetically connected; we are a part of the harmony and flow of life, not apart from it as superior beings, and all atoms that make up life are in constantly rearranging from one living thing to another. Humans are organisms that consist of many functions; we ingest food, absorb nutrients, and excrete waste, we have senses, we have memories, we get sick when we are poisoned, along with many other functions. I think of Mother Nature; life itself as one organism with many functions as well; similar to our own bodies. My inspiration sprouts from these themes and phrases: Intertwine, interconnected, “circle of life,” and “All from one.”

My art works connect to these concepts with the materials I use, the colours, the gestural brush strokes, and the overall unity that I aim for in every piece. The found objects I use are all recycled materials, for example plastic bags, water bottles, plastic containers, old toys, old Christmas decorations, egg cartons, old Tupperware, broken instruments (the list goes on and on). My idea was not only to be less wasteful, but to bring life to the items that would have gone into the trash and disguise “garbage” as lively works of art. In creating these works, I tried to be as environmentally friendly as possible, from using empty paint containers, paint rags, coffee cups, and even snack wrappers; all waste that I produced throughout my painting process.

Gallery Hours:
Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm

Admission is free and all are welcome.

 

Jan
20
Mon
Painting Area Group Exhibition
Jan 20 – Jan 30 all-day

 

[caption id="attachment_99893" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Artwork from 'Painting and Print Media' Exhibition at the Gales Gallery Photo of the 2017 Painting Group Show Photo by Helen Olcott[/caption]

Group show featuring paintings by upper-level students in the Department of Visual Art & Art History.

Gallery Hours
Monday – Thursday, 9am-4:00pm

Free admission

Jan
22
Wed
Wavelengths: Group Exhibition
Jan 22 – Jan 30 all-day

WAVELENGTHS

“Wavelengths” serves as a celebration of the achievements of our graduating painters of tomorrow. It is a coming together of a diverse array of artistic styles and sensibilities. Most of all, it is a clear illustration that though we may take our creative impulses in different directions, we are always on the same wavelength; that of innovation, expression, and community.

“Wavelengths” is running from January 22nd-30th in the Gales Gallery.

GALES GALLERY 
Location: 105 Accolade West Building, York University
Gallery Hours
Monday – Thursday, 9am-4:00pm

Free admission

Wavelengths: Featured Artists
Emilie Lowe
Deanna Gisborne
Liz Tsui
Alicia Takach
Lin Zhu
Rui Cai
Liying Yang
Mello Fang
Sarah Kowalchuk
Alexandra McDougall
Deledda Wong
Yu Yin
Alexa Everest
Li Huang
Alissa Condotta
Cassandra Mostbacher
John Lawler
Sharon Massey
Miri Rozenvain
Cassandra Panaro
Olivia Bagnoli
Julian Gullone
Azka Batool
Kanisha Dabreo

 

Feb
24
Mon
Sculpture and Drawing Area Exhibition
Feb 24 – Mar 5 all-day

 

[caption id="attachment_101547" align="alignleft" width="480"]photo of the 2019 Sculpture and Drawing Area exhibition photo of the 2019 Sculpture and Drawing Area exhibition[/caption]

A group show featuring sculpture and drawings by upper-level students in the Department of Visual Art & Art History.

Gallery Hours
Monday – Thursday, 9am-4:00pm

Free admission

Mar
5
Thu
2020 Wendy Michener Lecture: Wafaa Bilal (Performing Change)
Mar 5 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Wendy Michener Memorial Lecture presents Wafaa Bilal (Performing Change)

Wafaa Bilal will discuss specific bodies of work including Domestic Tension (aka Shoot an Iraqi), The Things I Could Tell…, and his most recent project 168:01, elaborating on the evolution of his work and reflecting on his personal experiences living in both the conflict zone of Iraq and the comfort zone of the United States. Bilal’s work explores both the trauma of conflicts and post-conflict relationships through social engagement.

His dynamic, participatory work blends technology and performance to engage viewers in dialogue and places him in the role of the artist as platform initiator, helping to shift and change the distribution channels in the media. The controversial aspects of his work spark deeper conversation and provoke passive viewers to take an active stance with regard to social justice and their own personal/political realities

Location: Tribute Communities Recital Hall
Time: 12:00-2:00pm
Admission is free; all welcome.

The Wendy Michener Lecture, named in commemoration of the Canadian arts critic and journalist, was established at York University in 1986 to provide a forum for discussion of vital issues and developments in culture and the arts.