Events

Feb
27
Tue
Photography Area Exhibition
Feb 27 – Mar 2 all-day

 

Upper-level students from the Department of Visual Art & Art History showcase new works in photo media.

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

Free admission

 

Apr
9
Mon
MFA Thesis Exhibition – Poetics of Materiality, It Is And It Is Not – Zahra Khan
Apr 9 – Apr 13 all-day
Artwork by Zahra KhanZahra Khan’s MFA Thesis Exhibition Poetics of Materiality/It Is And It Is Not is an investigation of materiality in contemporary art. In this show, the study of matter is a leitmotif in an artwork that aims to visualize the interrelation between socio-political and cultural construct, potentiality, spanning the scientific and the cosmic, while drawing on sources as wide-ranging as New Materialism and Contemporary Physics. It is by negotiating the relationship between the artist, the material art, the spectator and the space and within a vocabulary of coexisting opposites — such as past/present, human/non-human, physical/non-physical, visible/non-visible, external/internal, and particular/universal— that Zahra Khan explores concepts of intra-activity and the force, affect, of the physical artwork. Khan’s objective is to ascertain the significance of materiality as an extension of ontology through the force of substance experience of a work of art.

Gallery Hours: 12-5PM Or by appointment: info@zahrakhan.ca

Reception: Monday April 9, 6-9PM

Free admission

Information: www.zahrakhan.ca

 

Apr
23
Mon
MFA Thesis Exhibition – An Animal Among Animals – Sara Kay Maston
Apr 23 – Apr 27 all-day
Art by Sara MasonSara Kay Maston‘s MFA thesis exhibition An Animal Among Animals  is series of paintings that focus on rendering animal experiences that are oftentimes disregarded or invisible to our human affordances.  A large-scale installation will facilitate a space that situates the viewer in relation to nonhuman animals inhabiting parallel environments. Paintings focused on rendering the physicality and vantage points of nonhuman animals, along with non-pictorial elements, are used to disengage anthropomorphic assumptions and situate human animality in a symbiogenetic relationship with other animals. An Animal Among Animals employs storytelling and metaphors through painting, drawing on personal narratives or dreams as a medium to engage the multiplicity of worlds and reveal meaning without imparting propositional claims.
April 23 – 27
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 12-5pm .  Or by appointment: smaston@yorku.ca
Reception: Thursday April 26, 6-9pm

 

May
14
Mon
MFA Thesis Exhibition – Becoming Unknown – Heather Frise
May 14 – May 17 all-day
Heather Frise‘s MFA thesis exhibition Becoming Unknown consists of both drawing-based works, created through a process of cutting, collaging and employing traditional and non-traditional drawing and painting materials, and, a series video projections of animated drawings. These sympathetic media come together—reimagining the female body and identity, and, creating more porous boundaries between human and animal bodies, domestic and wild spaces, animate and inanimate figures.

May 14-17
Gallery Hours: By appointment only: hfrise@gmail.com
Reception: Thursday May 17, 6-8pm

 

Oct
1
Mon
Moment’s after…, a mixed-media exhibition by Nazanin Babaei
Oct 1 – Oct 11 all-day

3rd year Visual Art student Nazanin Babaei explores the pain of unsaid sorrows that cannot be expressed due to negative judgments and sociocultural issues in her new show, Moment’s after… This 12 piece mixed-media show including acrylic and oil on canvass delves into moments of post traumatic stress that could be experienced by a woman following a sexual assault.

“The sole purpose of this show is to provoke the audience to imagine the pain of a sexually assaulted person living in despair. Of many souls that experience such violence, few are brave enough to speak about the pain experienced and lived. It is a complex layering of stories, revealing the contradictions inherent in the lives of individuals suffering from sexual assault and their subsequent “recovery” from extreme bouts of judgements. If art is the name given to feelings made public, this show is intended to share the feelings of those suffered in loneliness because of the fear of judgments and cultural barriers. ”

Gallery Hours:

Mon. – Thurs. 10am – 4pm.

Reception: October 5, 4pm-7pm

Admission is free and all are welcome

Oct
15
Mon
Lucky Charm, an print media exhibition by Ellen Soule
Oct 15 – Oct 25 all-day

Ellen Soule's Sucker – screen printThird year Visual Art student Ellen Soule explores childhood memories and feelings through an adult perspective in  Lucky Charm, a nostalgic solo exhibition of primarily screen printing, which allows for vibrant, saturated colours and a graphic, hand drawn quality that lends itself to the idea of youth and child-like imagery.

“The memory of childhood is one that we experience in an interesting way as adults; we are able to look at moments we remember, but life experience and knowledge affects our perception of them. Lucky Charms are an iconic symbol of my childhood, despite the fact that I never really loved them. The only time we ate them was when my grandfather visited and brought them to us as a treat. This series is titled Lucky Charm and, using Lucky Charm and candy motifs, my pieces create a sweet and sugary connotation of idealized childhood memory intertwined with mature figures, acting as my current self-recalling these moments, who do not quite seem like they belong in such a setting.”

IMAGE: Ellen Soule’s Sucker – screen print

Gallery Hours:
Mon. – Thurs. 10am – 4pm.

Admission is free and all are welcome

 

Nov
5
Mon
Growth & Decay, a mixed media exhibition by Kathryn Ferragina and Olivia Williams
Nov 5 – Nov 15 all-day

Burgeon (2017, 30”x30”, Acrylic on panel) Olivia WilliamsGrowth & Decay highlights the intermingling of humans and nature. Third year visual art students Kathryn Ferragina and Olivia Williams use a variety of mediums including drawing, sculpture and serigraph, among others to show how humans affect and influence the environment.

“Humans have an inherent connection to the earth through the things we create and leave there, and through the show we seek to explore this idea. Our work highlights nature, man made objects, and the combination of the two. A lot of  the imagery we use reflects scraps, natural forms, and material and environmental things “decaying”. We want to look deeper into this connection between the growth of natural forms and how they connect to decaying, while also looking at the certain mechanical aspects and its influence on the nature itself.”

Gallery Hours:
Mon. – Thurs. 10am – 4pm.

Admission is free and all are welcome

 

Nov
19
Mon
Winters Café
Nov 19 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Winters Café @ Junior Common Room, 012 Winters College

Stay warm at the next Winters Café! We’re offering warm beverages, sweet treats and board games. Plus, we’ll have live performances from your student peers. Interested in performing yourself? Sign up HERE

Nov
20
Tue
DIY Holiday Crafts
Nov 20 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
DIY Holiday Crafts @ Junior Common Room, 012 Winters College

Don’t be a Grinch, get crafty at this festive event taking place next Tuesday! We’re offering supplies for gift wrapping, card making, candy grams and ornaments. Or, simply stop on by for some holiday cheer!

Dec
3
Mon
When I Grow Up …, mixed media exhibition by Courtney Fairweather
Dec 3 – Dec 13 all-day
Detail of Courtney Fairwather's sculpture "Doll House"Upper year visual art student Courtney Fairweather’s solo exhibition When I Grow Up … is a critical examination of “traditional” gender roles.

 

Sweet Dreams uses illustrations by such people as Mabel Lucie Attwell, Muriel Dawson, and Susan B. Pearse, applied to bedroom curtains.These images socialize little girls into acceptance of traditional gender roles whereby they clean house and are passive in the face of male violence. The second part of the exhibition, Doll House, is a metaphorical representation of what girls can expect, if they adhere to these gender roles. This mixed media exhibition also includes photographic material.

Gallery Hours:
Mon. – Thurs. 10am – 4pm.

Admission is free and all are welcome

 

Jan
7
Mon
Woven, a raw canvas installation by Eszter Rosta
Jan 7 – Jan 17 all-day

Eszter Rosta's Substance (a) - 2018Fifth year Visual Art student Eszter Rosta’s solo show Woven, explores materiality, physicality, and objecthood in a number of large-scale raw canvas works.

“I want to play with the prominence of the shape through the materials in question and natural pigmentations such as teas, coffee grounds, plants, etc. Furthermore, I also intend to represent the objecthood of the canvas, by showing them for the canvas that it is – the actual fabrication of the material, the complexity of its weaving, and its natural reference to plants, through processes of manipulation and human imprint.

IMAGE: Eszter Rosta’s Substance (a) – 2018

Gallery Hours:
Mon. – Thurs. 10am – 4pm.

Admission is free and all are welcome

 

Jan
21
Mon
Just the Wind, a mixed-media exhibition by Ellen Soule and Liv Paul
Jan 21 – Jan 31 all-day

Liv Paul - Portrait of Ellen, ink drawing Third year Visual Art students Ellen Soule and Liv Paul team up to create and present Just the Wind, a mixed-media exhibition that invites viewers to ask questions about the way they experience fear and trauma.

“It is a well-known expression that most people have encountered when hearing a strange noise that it was “just the wind” rather than an intruder – human, or spectral. Our joint exhibition focuses on the experience of our fears or traumas and how we process them. We want people to connect with a moment they remember hearing the phrase so that they immediately recognize their connection to the works. We hope that people will see their own fears represented in the visualizations of our personal fears, which are common in many people but create different reactions individually. ”

IMAGE: Liv Paul – Portrait of Ellen, ink drawing

Gallery Hours:
Mon. – Thurs. 10am – 4pm.

Admission is free and all are welcome

 

Sep
30
Mon
X – a collaborative exhibition by Kristen Elizabeth Donoghue-Stanford and Rebecca Garcia Echeverria
Sep 30 – Oct 10 all-day

X is a collaborative exhibition by  Kristen Elizabeth Donoghue-Stanford and Rebecca Garcia Echeverria focused on the theme of femininity and the subversion of the stereotypes that limit it.

Through the exploration of their different and similar experiences, Donoghue-Stanford and Garcia propose to create an abstracted feminine environment that calls upon a shifting perspective of femininity and redefining what it means to exist in the everyday as a woman. The exhibition will exist as a lament to the experiences of women, but also as an expression of gratitude.

(Left) Untitled - Photo Series (Installation View) by Rebecca Garcia Echeverria. (Right) Handheld (Front Detailing), Bronze, 9in x 5 in x 0.3 in by Kristen Elizabeth Donoghue-Stanford

Gallery Hours:

Monday-Thursday, 9am – 4:00pm

Reception Oct 1, 6-8pm

Free admission

Oct
21
Mon
The State of Not Knowing – works on paper by Ernesto Hidalgo and Deanna Gisborne
Oct 21 – Oct 31 all-day

[caption id="attachment_101732" align="aligncenter" width="600"]My Body by Deana Gisborne (2019), 43’ x 39.5’, Graphite on Paper My Body by Deana Gisborne (2019), 43’ x 39.5’, Graphite on Paper[/caption]

The State of Not Knowing is an exhibition works on paper by Ernesto Hidalgo (print media) and Deanna Gisborne (painting & drawing).

Artist statement: Ultimately, a search for our complicated identities is at the heart of our work, whether this is manifested by obscuring the body, multiplying form, collapsing into a writhing vortex or creating dream-like worlds where animals and humans intersect. We try to reconcile contradictions in ourselves, made possible through the unbounded language of art. All of this probing of the self-conscious mind is expressed in bodies, trying from all angles to reach that same conclusion and achieve resolution: Who am I, and how can I grasp this ever-evolving self?  This question is, of course, unanswerable, but we continue this cycle indefinitely, because we are human, and we are curious.

 

Gallery Hours:

Monday-Thursday, 9am – 4:00pm

Free admission

[caption id="attachment_101733" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Felt, by Ernest Hidalgo (2019) Screen print on rag paper; mounted on foamcore. 20” x 28” Felt, by Ernest Hidalgo (2019) Screen print on rag paper; mounted on foamcore. 20” x 28”[/caption]

Nov
4
Mon
Lifelines (Hilda) – solo sculpture and time based art show by Kristen Elizabeth Donoghue-Stanford
Nov 4 – Nov 14 all-day

[caption id="attachment_101740" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Detail from A Lament, by Kristen Elizabeth Donoghue-Stanford, 2019, Acrylic Yarn, 15ft x 5ft x 10ft Detail from A Lament, by Kristen Elizabeth Donoghue-Stanford, 2019, Acrylic Yarn, 15ft x 5ft x 10ft[/caption]

Lifelines (Hilda) is a solo sculpture and time based art installation by Kristen Elizabeth Donoghue-Stanford focused on the theme of lamentation and mourning of someone who is no longer present.

Artist statement: The exhibition will focus around ideas of life, death, loss, and remembrance, interplaying with one another. 87 knitted tubes in neutral colours will be suspended within the gallery space, arranged to create guided pathways and a knitted canvass for video projection.

The installation will be curated in order to showcase a metaphorical image of the lifelines of a particular life; that of a woman named Hilda, whom the footage collected belonged to. 87 knitted tubes will be used within the installation showcasing the number of years Hilda lived until she passed away on January 6th, 2019. The video shows Hilda and her family throughout several years of their lives and will be played on loop throughout the exhibition. A slight distortion will be used in order to hide or blur certain images within the video frame, as well as the projection onto the knitwork will add its own distortion. This is meant to symbolize the memories we don’t always get to keep with us, even when someone has left us.  As one of Hilda’s favourite pastimes and a skill that she passed onto the next generation of her family, the knitwork could not more perfectly summarize the complicated, yet beautiful framework of a life. In this installation we experience the feelings of remembrance and loss and face the concepts of life and death as we witness the lifelines of somebody who is no longer with us through the process of lamenting.  It opens the possibility for reflection and the ability to express gratitude towards such a life.

Gallery Hours:

Monday-Thursday, 9am – 4:00pm

Free admission

Reception: Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.