Monday, 19 December 2011

@ The Power Plant

The Power Plant Gallery is presenting two exhibits from December through till March 14, 2012.

Coming After is a collaborative exhibit featuring both local and international artists. The works focus on queer time.
Entertainment: Selections from Midcentury Studio features the works of artist Stan Douglas

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Thursday, 15 December 2011

Gifts By Artists

"Join us at Art Metropole to warm yourself by the delightful glow of artist books and multiples at our annual Gifts By Artists exhibition and sale. Discover and purchase great works by some of our favourite artists. These carefully selected affordable artworks make perfect gifts for the lucky people on your list—or excellent additions to your personal collection. Find a special gift for your friends, loved ones & yourself."

When: Gifts By Artists is running from December 10-23, 2011 + January 4-28, 2012.
Where: Art Metropole is located at 788 King Street West 2nd Floor, Toronto.

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For more info and to preview some of the gifts, click away:

Zine Zone @ XPACE

You are soooooo invited to XPACE's second annual Zine Fair!

Just in time for the holidaze, pick up great handmade items from local artists. There will be zines, comics, bookworks, prints, knit and crochet items, crafts aaaand incredible edibles. etc etc etc! neat stuff.

Also to delight your senses, musical stylings by:
DJ taz's_mom_butters_ (Sarah Butterill)
DJ AS IS (Cameron Lee)
MC Escher (Arielle Gavin)

COME on down! We got what you need.


PIN UP @ Mercer Union

December 15, 2011 - December 17, 2011
Opening Reception: Thursday 15 December, 7 PM
Where: Mercer Union at 1286 Bloor Street West, Toronto.

Front Gallery: A Fundraising Sale of Limited Edition Posters by Artists
Back Gallery: Archival Show of posters from the collection of Michael Parke-Taylor

Monday, 12 December 2011

Call for Proposals/Submissions for XPACE/IMAGES Festival Curated Exhibition

Deadline: January 9th, 2012

Open call: XPACE/IMAGES festival is seeking proposals from Undergraduate and Graduate student artists working in and responding to forms of media. Proposed work should suggest a relationship with technology, communication, time-based or new media while considering the space in which it will occupy.

Submissions may include, but are not limited to:

-       video art, sound art (recorded or appropriated)
-       performance (documented or live)
-       animation
-       web-based or internet art
-       computer graphics
-       interactive art
-       sculptural installation
-       robotics
-       biotechnology

Electronic submissions only. Send to

Deadline: January 9th, 2012

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Collage Party - this Saturday - @XPACE

Hear ye Hear ye!

*image by Ray Johnson


p|m Gallery is showing Amanda Clyne's solo exhibit, "Borderline."
On exhibit from December 8, 2011 to January 28, 2012.

p|m Gallery statement:

"Images breed images in me." – British painter Francis Bacon

Inspired by fashion and the history of painting, Clyne’s work examines the image as a mirror of our desires. Amidst today’s cultural fascination with beauty and persona, her paintings critique our digital obsession and question the consequences for human intimacy. 

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Hey Students: Call for Submissions

The Canadian Art & Design Student Alliance (CADSA) is placing a call for submissions for a cross country Show Exchange including all students from: SUNSCAD, ACADSA, OCADU, and ECSU. Get your work toured AROUND THE COUNTRY!

CADSA Exhibition Exchange is a terrific opportunity to have your work on display for a week on the ACAD campus and a week on the NSCAD campus. The work will be experienced by a variety of members from the ACAD and NSCAD community. Submissions will now be accepted at the OCAD SU office, 51 McCaul st.  The first exhibition will be at ACAD from January 29th- February 4th in Gallery 371. Then the work will travel across Canada to NSCAD and will be in the 2nd exhibition in March.

Submission Guidelines:      

Collage & Mail Art Party @ XPACE

Hear ye Hear ye,

CUT AND PASTE your way to fame, right this way,

XPACE will be hosting an afternoon of Collage and Mail Art making this Saturday. Totally broke for the holidays? No problem! Make something special to give to your people, or send some REAL mail to friends and family far away. We will provide some scissors, glue sticks, paper and source material, as well as envelope templates and stamps!

We will be screening 'How to Draw a Bunny' a documentary about the legendary collage and mail artist Ray Johnson. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We encourage you to bring:


*Value Village, Salvation Army, the Toronto Reference Library used book store (at Bloor and Yonge), St. Lawrence Antique Market and garage sales are all great places to find magazines and books to cut up!

Happening at XPACE Cultural Centre at 58 Ossington,
on Saturday, December 10th from 1pm to 6pm.

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Interview with Laura Paolini

Laura Paolini's recent work, I'm Tired of Being Fucked, is being featured in XPACE's Window Space. The artist explores some of the undesired aspects of a creative lifestyle and the absurdity of struggling for ownership, or an ideal.

To watch a video of the Window Space exhibit, click here.

Here is an interview between Gwendolyn Bieniara and Laura Paolini...  

Photorama 2011

XPACE's next-door neighbour, Gallery TPW, is hosting their annual Photorama fundraising event. Celebrating their 25th anniversary, this year's event will host a range of works by both established and emerging artists. Sales from the fundraiser will go directly into the gallery's operations and programming, as well as supporting local artists and culture in Toronto.

For more information on the event and to view some of the works present, click here.

When: December 2 - December 10, 2011
Where: 56 Ossington Avenue Toronto


Relief Needed

Xenia Benivolski is heading a relief strategy in response to the STATE OF EMERGENCY at Ontario reserve of Attawapiskat. XPACE will host a collections assembly of donations to be sent to residents in need on the reserve.

Air Creebec and True North Aid have donated transport to the site.

More information regarding this can be found here and here.

We can ship anything so anything from the following list will be helpful:
-non-perishable food.
-clean blankets, preferably new
-winter sports equipment
-board games
-clean clothing
-children toys
-boxes: if you bring something, bring a box with it for shipping!
-medical supplies, first aid supplies
-electric heaters

The collections assembly will occur on Sunday December 3rd and Monday Dec. 4th. Contributions can be dropped off between 10am and 4pm.

Thank you for your support.

Friday, 2 December 2011

"Ineffable Plasticity" @ MOCCA, part II

Here is our second look at some of the artists featured in MOCCA's current exhibition, "Ineffable Plasticity," with a focus on Toronto artist, Susy Oliveira.

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MOCCA's most recent exhibition, "Ineffable Plasticity" examines the role of nature in our lives and takes the stance that "all human attributes and activity are an expression of unstoppable force that governs and defines us, challenging the notion that anything could be construed as unnatural, whether psychological or physical."

Susy Oliveira's work addresses this often complicated relationship between what we consider "natural" and what we consider artificial. She uses "unnatural" elements, like the chromira prints and foamcore that make up her sculptures, to represent the "natural," simultaneously addressing humans' repeated efforts to control and reproduce nature. The pieces at the MOCCA all reference traditional notions of nature, either by using photographs of plants, or in the case of Petal Piece, reproducing the structure of a flower. These elements, however, are shaped and sculpted into harsh, 3-D, geometrical forms that jut out, with sharp angles, towards the viewer. What results is a hybrid of technological and biological impulses that aptly address humans' contemporary relationship with nature, in an age of genetic modification, biotechnology, and amplified efforts to both alter and contain the world around us.


Opening at LE Gallery Tonight

Thys Scyence Maie Not be Taught to Every One is showing at LE Gallery. Pop in tonight for their Opening Reception from 7pm to 10pm.