Wednesday, 6 March 2013

FADO Performances, Exhibitions, Calls for Submissions

The performances for FADO's emerging artist series begin this Friday, March 8th with an ongoing performance by Golboo Amani. She will be performing every Friday and Saturday from 2 to 6 pm.

Golboo Amani is  Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist, who creates works focused on process and research through a variety of mediums including photography, performance, space intervention, digital media, and participatory practice. Concerned with the configurations of power imbedded within institutional structures of knowledge production, Golboo's practice centers on pedagogical practices and artist-run counter culture. Through cross-disciplinary collaborative projects, the artist's recent bodies of work involve facilitating inclusive spaces of agency, organizing sites for generous skill sharing and embodied acts of reclamation. A graduate of Emily Carr, Golboo has exhibited work and curated exhibitions in Toronto, Vancouver, Mexico City and Manila in the Phillipines.

In addition to Golboo Amani's ongoing performances, this friday will feature Planeteria by Cressida Kocienski. Beginning at 8 pm, admission is 10$/5$ for students.

Cressida Kocienski holds an MFA in Art Writing from Goldsmiths, London. Working between video, performance, and text, her research concerns spatial production and modes of narration. She collaborates with architects Nishat Awan and Phil Langley as OPENkhana, with Suzanne Harris-Brandts as O[S]R, and is co-editor of experimental publishing platform The Institute of Immaterialism. Kocienski was filmmaker in residence with Decolonizing Architecture Artists Residency, West Bank (2011).
She has worked collaboratively within Art on the Underground; James Taylor Gallery; South London Gallery; ICA, and Resonance FM. Her films have been screened at the Benaki Museum, Athens (2010); FormContent, London (2010); Pleasure Dome and TSV, Toronto (2012). She has performed at Whitechapel Gallery, London (2010) and Tenderpixel, London (2012).

The list of additional performances can be found here.
Also a reminder that the Window and Project Spaces will be open for viewing throughout the month. The Window Space this month features Ella Dawn McGeough and Laura McCoy is exhibiting in the Project Space.
This week we have an opening by Xpace intern David Hanes at NO FOUNDATION, 1086 Queen West, a project space of Katherine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects.

David Hanes' Totally Barely features two new bodies of sculptural works addressing cultural developments in the use and distribution of images and objects.

The digital images in the series Aware have been culled from online image searches of popular works of art, manipulated with Photoshop's "content aware" function, and printed on nearly sheer polyester nylon fabric and stretched to look like a painting. Somewhere between photography, sculpture and painting, Aware could be understood as image-objects that are innately a combination of all three mediums.

The smaller sculptural works in Hanes' Popular Objects series were created using trending items purchased on eBay. The objects themselves are coupled with digital photographs of themselves face mounted to plexiglass. The shiny photographs act as a digital mirror, simultaneously reflecting and cataloguing these objects. Together, these two series of sculptural works aim to represent the translation of auratic value from the dematerialized online world into physical space, questioning the possibility of these extracted objects holding any of their original desirability.

David Hanes is a visual artist whose trans-media practice explores the space bridging lived experience and art. His work describes a personal relationship to a visual culture that is linked to the underlying currency of everyday life. Exhibiting in both offline and online communities, Hanes has shown work in Toronto, Los Angeles, New York, Syracuse, Kansas City, Vancouver, London (UK) and the Internet. Hanes runs the "sincerity" blog and is the co-founder of the online project

He currently lives and works in Toronto.

The artist writing for Ella Dawn McGeough's work in the Window Space has also recently finished a window display of her very own for Magic Pony. Diana Lynn VanderMuelen's work can be seen at 680 Queen West for the month of May.

Diana Lynn VanderMuelen is a graduate of York University with a Bachelor in Fine Arts. She has exhibited works in various group shows in Toronto including at Narwhal Art Projects, Oz Studios, Twist Gallery, The Gladstone Hotel (which she also co-curated), the 2009 apology project for Nuit Blanche in Liberty Village, and Eyelevel Gallery in Halifax, NS. Diana is an interdiscliplinary artist whose work features drawing, painting, collage, printmaking and installation. This is Diana's second installation project, the first being a one night installation for The Whippersnapper Gallery's fundraiser for the New Traditions festival, featuring Brooklyn musicians Japanther, Toronto's Boys Who Say No and Absolutely Free.

Check out Diana's


Recess in Portland, Oregon is accepting submissions of resumes for The Exhibition For Hire. This is not for a job! But actually for page-length resumes to be displayed on the walls of their space.

This sounds like a neat project! More information can be found at

Ross Creek Centre for the Arts is accepting submissions for their collaborative residency program. Artists of any medium can apply, and for 1 month the selected artists will live and create together on site in a cottage-style farm house and have 24 hour access to the central facilities and 180 acres of land that surround the centre. Artists will be asked to commit to some work on their organic garden and to offer art workshops in their medium of choice during their stay.

To apply, pease send an artist CV, image list, up to 10 jpg images and an artist statement to by March 15th. 

918 Bathurst is having a call for submissions for In The Darkroom 2.0: Contact. This is a great opportunity to show work in the annual CONTACT Photography Festival, which takes place during the month of May and features over 1500 Canadian and International artists at over 175 venues. 

918 Bathrust Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education is seeking submissions from photographers working in analogue and/or alternative photographic processes, such as 35mm photography or other film negatives, pinhole, collodion/wet plate, silver gelatin, platinum prints, camera obscura, lomography, photograms, or other experimental uses of the wet/dark room experience. The exhibition will consist of two components: on April 26th they will display all accepted submissions in a public showcase and celebration. The voting public and elite jury will select the pieces that will comprise the official two-week exhibition in Gallery 918 from May 7-21. Selected artists will be eligible for awards provided by their partners.

Deadline is March 22nd. More information on submitting can be found at

Blink Gallery in Ottawa is accepting submissions for their 2013 Exhibition Season (June to September). Exhibitions are one to two weeks in length and feature the work of member and guest artists. Blink is a non-profit, Ottawa-based artist collective that supports professional contemporary artists with an interest in exploration. Emphasis is place on using the gallery space as a laboratory for creative approaches and interventions.  Artists working in all disciplines are encouraged to apply, especially submissions of curated and group exhibitions. Artists from outside the Ottawa area are welcome to submit however Blink does not cover transportation, accomodation or other exhibition-related costs.  

All submissions are juried by Blink. Successful candidates are invited to exhibit at no charge, but are expected to arrange their own openings and gallery-sit for the duration of their exhibition. Each exhibit opens with a Thursday evening vernissage and runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Blink will provide a card listing the exhibition schedule for the season.

Submission deadline is March 31, 2013. For more information visit

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