Events

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.

 

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
2
Sat
Future Students: AMPD at National Portfolio Day Toronto
Nov 2 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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.

Featured programs:

York University Visual Art – Studio Art – BFA

York Program in Design – BDes

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!

 

 

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.

 

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

Nov
16
Sat
AMPD at York U Fall Campus Day
Nov 16 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Are you thinking about pursuing post-secondary studies in the visual, performing, digital or media arts?

Join us at Fall Campus Day! It’s an excellent opportunity to find out about our programs and what makes York University a great place to study Cinema & Media Arts, Computational Arts – Digital Media, Dance, Design, Music, Theatre and Visual Art & Art History.

Professors, staff and some of the outstanding students currently in our programs will be on hand to share information and answer your questions. You’ll come away feeling knowledgeable, welcomed and more confident about choosing your educational path.

[caption id="attachment_101903" align="alignnone" width="642"]Six student ambassadors pose around a table labeled "school of the arts, media, performance & design" Come see us on Fall Campus Day![/caption]

Information sessions for the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design will be held in the Accolade West Building at 10:30 am and 1:00 pm. Tours of our studios, labs, performance and exhibition facilities are offered at 11:30 am and 2 pm.

Our Visual Art and Design programs are also offering portfolio reviews on a drop-in basis from 12:00 to 2:30 pm. Bring a portfolio of your best work for a friendly, no-strings-attached, one-on-one consultation with one of our visual art or design professors.

General campus tours and info sessions about York’s student services, admissions, financial support, residence and campus life will also be available.

For more information, maps and directions, and the full agenda for the day, visit futurestudents.yorku.ca/fallcampusday.

Admission is free, and family and friends are welcome.

While registration is not required, it is an option. Registering gives you the chance to create a customized schedule for yourself for the day, combining activities in AMPD with York-wide info sessions and tours. Look for the Register  Now box on York’s Fall Campus Day website.

We look forward to meeting you!

Nov
18
Mon
Visual Art Fundamentals group exhibition
Nov 18 – Nov 29 all-day

 

[caption id="attachment_101693" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Photograph of the 2018 Fundamentals Group Exhibition Photograph of the 2018 Fundamentals Group Exhibition[/caption]

The Fundamentals group exhibition showcases work by first year Visual Art Studio students in the VISA 1010 6.0-Art Fundamentals: Concept, Creativity and Production. Art Fundamentals introduces students to the visual arts studios, faculty and a spectrum of production methods addressing two dimensional, three dimensional and the element of time in art making. An established theme provides students with a starting point for research, conceptualization and the exploration of fundamental processes as a means of visualizing their creative ideas.

 

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

Reception: Wednesday November 18, 6 – 8pm

Jan
6
Mon
Human; Nature, the Willowdale Award for Painting Exhibition by Serena Kobayashi-LeBel
Jan 6 – Jan 16 all-day

[caption id="attachment_101873" align="alignleft" width="400"]“The Grass is Greener” 24”x24” Oil paint and Acrylic Gouache on panel 2018-19 “The Grass is Greener” 24”x24” Oil paint and Acrylic Gouache on panel 2018-19[/caption]

Human; Nature is an exhibition of oil paintings by fifth year Visual Art Studio student Serena Kobayashi-LeBel.

The body of work focuses on exploring the popular debate of nature vs. nurture. By painting hybrids of people with flora or fauna, the artist questions what instincts are ingrained in us on a biological level. What characteristics do we possess because at the core of our existence we are animals, and what is social conditioning? Using natural imagery of plants and animals, Kobayashi-LeBel uses their living patterns as well as cultural associations to illustrate certain ideas. Creating beautiful, but jarring images she encourages her audience to question their own actions and beliefs. How much of your personality is ‘just who you are’, or is it possible to change potentially negative behavioral patterns? Think about it; is who you are who you want to be?

 

Instagram: Serena.claire.art

 

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

Feb
3
Mon
Digital Fabrication Area Exhibition
Feb 3 – Feb 13 all-day

A group show featuring digital fabrication by upper-level students in the Department of Visual Art & Art History.

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

Free admission

[caption id="attachment_101722" align="aligncenter" width="800"]3D Printing in Progress. Element of a sculpture by Andrew Sidsworth 3D Printing in Progress. Element of a sculpture by Andrew Sidsworth[/caption]

 

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