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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.

 

Nov
27
Wed
Music @ Midday: York University R&B Ensemble
Nov 27 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Professor Mike Cadó directs the York University R&B Ensemble in a show-stopping performance of soul and funk music.

The concert will feature the music of Earth Wind and Fire, Tower of Power and many other great artists.

Admission is free and open to everyone.

Nov
29
Fri
York University Gospel Choir
Nov 29 – Nov 30 all-day

The York University Gospel Choir directed by Professor Karen Burke presents a rafter-raising concert of works by Hezekiah Walker, Edwin Hawkins, Kirk Franklin and other gospel greats.

The 100+ voice choir is backed by a rhythm section directed by Corey Butler.

Karen Burke is a pre-eminent singer, music director, choral conductor and composer in the field of African-American vocal music. An authority on the history and performance practices of Gospel music, she has worked with many major choral ensembles and organizations including the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and Youth Choir, Toronto Choral Society and Ontario Choral Federation, as well as numerous schools and church congregations. In 1988, she co-founded the Juno Award-winning Toronto Mass Choir and continues to serve as its principal director, touring nationally and internationally.

Admission: $15 | $10 students & seniors

Friday, November 29th – 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, November 30th – 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Box Office: ampd.yorku.ca/perform/boxoffice | 416-736-5888

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Nov
30
Sat
Music Audition Prep Workshop 2019
Nov 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Want to study music at York?

Our Music Audition Prep Workshop is for you!

In this 90-minute session, you will:

  • learn how to prepare for all the elements of our music audition: sight reading, performance and interview
  • get tips on how to choose your audition pieces
  • find out more about our music program and admission process

You’ll also have the opportunity to:

  • chat with professors
  • meet current students in the program
  • enjoy live performances by our faculty members

Following the workshop, take a tour of the state-of-the-art facilities and equipment available to York music students. Check out the classrooms, studios, labs, informal study spaces and concert venues where you’ll learn, compose, conduct research, rehearse and perform as a music student at York.

Bring your questions! Friends and family are welcome.

Admission to the Music Audition Prep Workshop is free but pre-registration is required.

Reserve your spot now by emailing musicprg@yorku.ca. Please let us know how many people will be in your party.

We look forward to meeting you!

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
3
Mon
Disruptive Design and Digital Fabrication Exhibition
Feb 3 – Feb 13 all-day
The Disruptive Design and Digital Fabrication exhibition explores the relationship between digital fabrication processes and social design that increasingly revolve around prototyping and iterative testing.  Digital tools are today ubiquitous in academic and community settings, yet engaging with these goes beyond any particular technologically enhanced capacity.  In what Katherine Hayles calls a ‘Regime of Computation’, works today increasingly involve a co-evolution of life and mind, individual and society.  The ‘disruptive’ technologies that will be introduced reflect on the infrastructural machinic processes that are pervasive in digital culture today, and reveal biases and stereotypes in their design through alternative networking of edge sensing, assistive technologies, Google Homes, wikiLeaks, artscience visualizations and more. 
 
Through the symposium, we hope to create an opportunity for artists and theorists to engage in a discussion of critical making, accountability and experiential learning through their works and research projects.  The exhibition provides an experiential context to their works and for visitors to gain experience into their working processes.  

 

Exhibition features works by :

Garnet Hertz, Mark-David Hosale, Evan Light, Lorena Salome, Robert Towmey and more.

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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

Feb
27
Thu
Faculty Jazz Performance with Jazz Artist-in-Residence Dave Douglas
Feb 27 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

DAVE DOUGLAS : 2020 OSCAR PETERSON JAZZ ARTIST- IN-RESIDENCE

Award winning trumpeter and composer, Dave Douglas, is the Department of Music’s 2020 Oscar Peterson Jazz Artist-in-Residence. During his residency, he will deliver masterclasses for instrumentalists as well as coach small jazz ensembles.

This jam session offers a unique opportunity to hear Douglas in performance with faculty members in the Department of Music’s jazz program. Admission is free.

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST
DAVE DOUGLAS 
Dave Douglas is a prolific trumpeter, composer, educator and entrepreneur from New York City known for the stylistic breadth of his work and for keeping a diverse set of ensembles and projects active simultaneously.

His unique contributions to improvised music have garnered distinguished recognition, including a Doris Duke Artist Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Aaron Copland award, and two Grammy Award nominations. Douglas’ career spans more than 50 unique original recordings as a leader and more than 500 published works. His current ensembles include: Dave Douglas Quintet; Sound Prints, a quintet co-led with saxophonist Joe Lovano; UPLIFT, a sextet including bassist Bill Laswell; Present Joys, a longstanding duo with pianist Uri Caine which recently added Andrew Cyrille as third member for a 2019 recording; High Risk, an electronic ensemble with Shigeto, Jonathan Maron, and Ian Chang; and the latest project, ENGAGE, a sextet with Jeff Parker, Tomeka Reid, Anna Webber, Nick Dunston, and Kate Gentile. Douglas is often engaged in special projects which include big bands, tributes, and multi-trumpet ensembles, such as Dizzy Atmosphere.

As a composer, Douglas has received commissions from a variety of organizations including the Trisha Brown Dance Company, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Essen Philharmonie, The Library of Congress, Stanford University and most recently, Monash Art Ensemble, which premiered his chamber orchestra piece Fabliaux in March 2014. He is currently completing a new work for the chamber orchestra Alarm Will Sound, which will premiere in May 2019.

Douglas has held several posts as an educator and programmer. From 2002 to 2012, he served as artistic director of the Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music at the Banff Centre in Canada. He is a co-founder and president of the Festival of New Trumpet Music, which celebrated its fifteenth anniversary in 2017. He is currently on the faculty at the Mannes School of Music and is a Guest Coach for the Juilliard Jazz Composer’s Ensemble. In 2016, he accepted a three-year appointment as the Artistic Director of the Bergamo Jazz Festival.

In 2005 Douglas founded Greenleaf Music, an umbrella company for his recordings, sheet music, podcast, as well as the music of other artists in the modern jazz idiom. Greenleaf Music has produced over 70 releases and will be celebrating its fifteenth anniversary in 2020.

Dave Douglas is the unassuming king of independent jazz, a model of do-it-yourself moxie, initiative and artistic freedom.
– Frank Alkyer, Publisher, Down Beat

Mar
10
Tue
Devised Theatre Festival 2020
Mar 10 – Mar 14 all-day

Devised Theatre Festival 2020
March 10 – 14, 2020

The Devised Theatre Festival premieres three captivating new productions, each conceived, created, produced, and performed by fourth year Devised Theatre students in the Performance, Creation, and Research stream in York University’s Theatre program.

This year, the theme for the Devised Theatre Festival is: Escapism in the age of the Experience Culture, wherein we ask questions about how we try to escape, why we might feel the need to escape, and why this desire to escape may be problematic.

The three shows featured in this year’s festival are: Auto-nomy, a seductive physical theatre piece about companion robots who gain sentience, by The Vector Regime; Five, an intermedial physical theatre piece about four young women who are trapped inside a video game, by Mind Yo’ Business Productions; and Goodnight, Sunny, a magic realism piece about two siblings, Jonathan and Jamie, who go on one final adventure with their imaginary friend, Sunny.

Each show is presented by a production company formed by a student ensemble within Devised Theatre.

The Devised  Theatre Festival runs in two series, each presenting a double bill:

Tuesday, March 10th: Company A: The Vector Regime (7:00pm) | Company B: Mind Yo’ Business Productions (8:30pm)

Wednesday, March 11th: Company B: Mind Yo’ Business Productions (7:00pm) | Company C: Triptych Theatre Collective (8:30pm)

Thursday, March 12th: Company C: Triptych Theatre Collective (7:00pm) | Company A: The Vector Regime (8:30pm)

Friday, March 13th: Company C: Triptych Theatre Collective (3:00pm) | Company A: The Vector Regime (4:30pm) | Company B: Mind Yo’ Business Productions (6pm)

Saturday, March 14th: Company B: Mind Yo’ Business Productions (3:00pm) | Company A: The Vector Regime (4:30pm) | Company C: Triptych Theatre Collective (6pm)

Venue:  207 Accolade East Building | York University Keele Campus

Admission: Pay What You Can. Suggested $10 (cash only please)

For full details about the shows, the production companies, the artists, and blog posts, visit the Devised Theatre Festival website.

Mar
11
Wed
Belly Dance as Mindful Movement for Stress Reduction
Mar 11 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

 

Belly Dance as Mindful Movement for Stress Reduction

This movement-based workshop utilizes belly dance vocabulary designed for self-soothing. Learn movements that support the reduction of stress and anxiety symptoms. Participants will leave with applications on how stress responses can be experiences on a spectrum from hyper-arousal (feelings of overstimulation) to hypo-arousal (feelings associated with low-energy or burnout). Belly dance used as mindfulness offers gentle wavey movement designed to down-regulate physical stress responses. This workshop also combines more energizing vocabulary through shimmying and shaking as well as core engagement to support up-regulation of the nervous system, based on internal rhythm and percussion.

 

About the Facilitator :

Shaila is completing her Masters in Dance at York University. She concurrently training as a Dance Movement Therapist through the National Centre for Dance Therapy in Montreal. Her work focuses on belly dance practices that use sensuality as a healing tool within dance interventions. Her movement offerings look at building resiliency, decoupling stress responses and promoting body positivity. Shaila provides a unique framework that maps belly dance vocabulary for nervous-system regulation. Shaila has been an active member of the Toronto belly dancing community for over a decade, both as a performer and instructor. She currently works as a Health Educator and Training Specialist and enjoys offering students training on mental health and well-being.

 

Mar
13
Fri
York University World Music Festival
Mar 13 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

York University’s World Music Festival is a cross-cultural celebration spotlighting musical traditions of five continents.

Produced by Professor Sherry Johnson this global sonic tour presents a sampling of several international cultures represented in York’s world music program.

The festival packs six free concerts into two days: March 12-13, 2020

The March 13th performance features The Balkan Music Ensemble in the Tribute Communities Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Free admission.

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