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

 

Mar
14
Wed
Juried BFA Graduation Exhibition at Gallery 1313
Mar 14 – Mar 25 all-day

student artwork installed in Gallery 1313

This exhibition showcases the creativity of 19 talented students selected by a faculty jury who will be graduating from York’s studio arts program this spring.

Featured artists are Nima Arabi, Danielle Clarke, Christina Chiarelli, Haley Cobran, Elham Fatapour, Ana Ghookassian, Sophia Goshulak, Shannon Hyatali, Alissa Leung, Gloria Li, Danjing Lin, Carlie Mackrell, Tyler Matheson, Catherine Orav, David Sicilia, Laura Sbrizzi, Malina Sintnicolaas, Camden Wallenwein, Robert Warner

The works on view span a wide range of media and artistic approaches, from expressionist to minimal, conceptual to pop. The diversity of subjects is equally varied, reflecting the personal concerns, interests and commitment of these rising young artists.

Reception: Thursday, March 15, 6:30-9:30pm

Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 1-6pm

Gallery 1313 website: g1313.org
Gallery 1313 phone: 416-536-6778

 

Apr
2
Mon
MFA Thesis Exhibition – ‘When Suddenly the Limb Did Quiver’ by Sonya Filman
Apr 2 – Apr 6 all-day
Artwork by Sonya FilmanSonya Filman’s MFA Thesis Exhibition When Suddenly the Limb Did Quiver takes the notion of an encounter as a starting point, attuned to the passing or touching between beings and objects — especially those that go unnoticed, or barely so. Utilizing materials that possess heightened sensitivities to touch, time, and light, Filman engages with objects and imaging technologies in order to conjure intangible presences into a state of emergence. This exhibition situates the material products of this practice — tool-like forms and spectral photographic images — within a darkened gallery space. Here, the conditions for reception are heightened, enabling palpable manifestations of vibratory energies and fleeting presences to emerge.

RECEPTION: Thursday, April 5 from 6-9PM

Gallery hours: Monday-Friday from 11AM-5PM or by appointment.

For more information, please contact sonyafilman@gmail.com

Admission is free and all are welcome.
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

 

MFA Thesis Exhibition – It Will Come Like a Wave – Véronique Sunatori
Apr 23 – Apr 27 all-day

Véronique Sunatori’s It Will Come Like a Wave

“‘It will come like a wave’ my father told me once, when I was feeling low and hoping for things to turn around for myself. It is a metaphor that implies an organic conception of human activity – a hopeful outlook, the idea that it is comforting to think of life’s ups and downs in comparison to something as dependable as the behaviour of water.” – Véronique Sunatori

Véronique Sunatori’s MFA Thesis Exhibition It Will Come Like a Wave investigates how direct experiences of a dreamy landscape allow to establish our vulnerability as human beings and cultivate moral sensibility, per the installation conceiving of moments of water dripping and pooling, plant life emerging from the seams and earthy formations that possess a history. As things puddle on the ground and hang from the ceiling, with its forms, materials and movements, the carefully constructed assemblage foregrounds material idiosyncrasies as it oozes through on the floor.

April 23-27, 2018
Monday-Friday, 12-5pm
Or by appointment: veronique.sunatori@gmail.com
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
Circumspection – a painting and installation exhibition by Cassandra Jesik and Dani De Angelis
Oct 1 – Oct 11 all-day

'Oppose' Detail Linocut print 18x24” 2018, Dani DeAngelis,

Through the integration of painting and installation, upper year Visual Arts students Cassandra Jesik and Dani De Angelis‘s  painting and installation exhibit Circumspection will explore themes of vulnerability and the complex interrelations of physical and emotional space from the female perspective.

“How does female identity change the experience of urban space? While the city can be seen as lively and romantic, there lies a dual notion of anxiety and the prospect of danger. In this way, the lines between public and a more private, inner space are blurred. The paintings in this exhibition will create an atmosphere that reflects the practice of female circumspection, perceived danger and everyday life. Use of spray-paint, weathered wood and textile imply aspects of decay within the city yet can also represent a form of scar on the urban artifice. Despite dialogues of equality and inclusion, the feminine body remains under threat. Therefore, scars on the streamlined and efficient urban surface can be seen to dually reference fear and inaccessibility due to the perception of danger in a seemingly progressive society.”

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

Admission is free and all are welcome.

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

 

Shapes and Spaces – a painting exhibition by Danielle Clarke and Alison Romero
Oct 15 – Oct 18 all-day

Danielle Clarke's "Untitled" (2018) Oil on Board 16" x 16"Visual Arts students Danielle Clarke and Alison Romero collaborate on Shapes and Spaces

Artists Statement: “All images can be intrinsically reduced to simple shapes and spaces. Whether abstract or representational, an image is a mere arrangement of external interrelated forms on a two dimensional plane.  From this viewpoint, all images have the potential to become abstractions, without requiring a full alteration of their natural state.

This exhibition is an attempt at deconstructing everyday images in a representational manner, provoking a sense of persistent curiosity and an inescapable feeling of familiar ambiguity. We would thus like to invite the viewer to take a second glance at scenes from their daily lives which they might otherwise regard as mundane, and experience their existing potential as aesthetic experiences. By partially removing the identifiable aspect of the image, we blur the lines between realism and abstraction, and thus allow for all pieces, despite their aesthetic differences, to be experienced in the same way.”

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

Reception: Oct 18 5 to 8pm

Admission is free and all are welcome.

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
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

 

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.