[caption id="attachment_101678" align="aligncenter" width="768"] 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.
Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm
Admission is free and all are welcome.
[caption id="attachment_101732" align="aligncenter" width="600"] 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.
Monday-Thursday, 9am – 4:00pm
[caption id="attachment_101733" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Felt, by Ernest Hidalgo (2019) Screen print on rag paper; mounted on foamcore. 20” x 28”[/caption]
The Music at Midday series presents a recital featuring student soloists in the classical performance program.
Admission is free. Everyone welcome.
Are you considering post-secondary studies in Design or Visual Art?
Visit our booth at National Portfolio Day!
Bring a portfolio of your best work and get one-on-one feedback from our faculty members.
Our professors are professional artists and designers who practice and exhibit their work internationally. They’ll be on hand to review your work and give you useful tips on perfecting your portfolio.
Exceptional portfolios will be awarded certificates exempting you from our Portfolio Questionnaire process.
You’re welcome to drop in anytime during the session. Doors open at 11:45 am.
Pre-registration is not required, and admission is free.
We look forward to meeting you and seeing your work!
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.
Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm
Admission is free and all are welcome.
[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[/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.
Monday-Thursday, 9am – 4:00pm
Catch a rising wave of electrifying film talent!
Now in its 17th year, CineSiege presents a collection of short films – riveting fiction, cutting-edge alternative works and provocative documentaries – selected by leading lights of Canadian film and media culture.
The films selected for CineSiege 2019 were chosen from a shortlist, culled from 186 productions made last year.
The nominees were reviewed by five jurors: Maya Bankovici, Franci Duran, Stuart Hands, Adina Pintilie and Ravi Srinivasan.
Jurors will be in attendance at CineSiege to introduce the winning films and explain why they were selected.
CineSiege is made possible through the generous support of
Immediately following screening (approx. 10:30pm)
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Toasterlab is delighted to announce our first Mixed Reality Performance Symposium, hosted by the Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology at York University. The event is free and open to the public!
This event is free and open to the public! REGISTER HERE
The Mixed Reality Performance Symposium: York is the first of six symposiums hosted by mixed reality producers Toasterlab, and will explore extended and mixed reality performance. Artists and new media creators will share modes of working and recent successes in VR, AR, and immersive theatre. Funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, Toasterlab’s Mixed Reality Performance Atelier is a two-year deep dive into the current mixed reality methods used by theatre and performance makers across Canada and the U.S. The full program is forthcoming. We’re excited to see you there!
- After Dan Graham – David Han, York University (Toronto)
- Albion VR Project – Erin Brandenburg, Kitchenband (Toronto)
- Blue Hour/36Q – Blue Hour/36Q, Paul Cegys, Project Leader (Waterloo / Prague)
- Bury the Wren – Beth Kates, Playground Studios (Calgary/Toronto)
- Jacqueiries – Jacob Niedzwiecki (Toronto/Calgary)
- Groundworks – Dancing Earth Creations: Groundworks (San Francisco)
- HistArch3D – Harrison Forsyth, York University (Toronto)
- Parkway Forest VR – Friends of Parkway Forest Park, Toasterlab (Toronto)
- Public2 – Jane Gotch Dance, Jane Gotch, Choreographer (Toronto/Kansas City)
- Remember Me – Sharon Reshef (Toronto / Prague)
- The Stranger 2.0 – Dopolavoro Teatrale (DLT), Daniele Bartolini, Artistic Director (Toronto)
- TrailOff – Swim Pony, Adrienne Mackey, Artistic Director (Philadelphia)