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Visual Arts at York Quay (Toronto) Winter 2011

From a media release:

Visual Arts at York Quay Centre opens new exhibitions Jan. 28, 2011
Neighbourhood Maverick moves into the architecture gallery,
Jan. 28 through April 3

TORONTO, ON (Jan. 26, 2011) – Harbourfront Centre presents an eclectic collection of new projects at York Quay Centre this fall, including a new architecture exhibit entitled Neighbourhood Maverick, exploring Toronto’s patchwork neighbourhood aesthetics.

Featured artists in York Quay Centre include Jesse Boles, Harbourfront Centre artist-in-residence Alisha Marie Boyd, Brothers Dressler, Murmur (Robin Elliot), Caitlin Erskine-Smith, Lana Filippone, Ann Marie Hadcock, Sin-Ying Ho, Peter MacCallum, Shawn Micallef, Sorrel Muggridge, Laura Nanni, Howard Podeswa, Sandra Rechico, James Redekop, Seth Scriver, Sandra Smirle, Despo Sophocleous, and Rachael Wong. A photo exhibit on rodeo culture by Peter Sibbald also premieres in a new exhibition space in the Fleck Dance Theatre lobbies.

Neighbourhood Maverick in the architecture gallery features design firms Reigo & Bauer, Drew Mandel Architects, studio junction inc., and Luke Painter.

Main Gallery Exhibition Hours: Tuesday, Thursday through Sunday, 12-6 p.m.; Wednesday 12-8 p.m., closed Mondays except holidays, 12-6 p.m.
Craft Studio Regular Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Winter 2011: Visual Arts

MAKING THINKING
THINKING MAKING
Brothers Dressler (Lars & Jason), Caitlin Erskine-Smith, Sin-Ying Ho,
Despo Sophocleous and Rachael Wong
Curated by Melanie Egan and Patrick Macaulay
The craft world is experiencing a reinvigorated interest in the relationship between making and thinking. Six artists present their individual perspectives on the reciprocal relationship between ideas and the act of creating art. Their work epitomizes the synthesis between communication and materials, past and present, here and there, thought and process. Exhibition catalogue is available in the main gallery.

SAMPLER
Brothers Dressler (Lars & Jason), Caitlin Erskine-Smith, Sin-Ying Ho,
Despo Sophocleous and Rachael Wong
Curated by Melanie Egan and Patrick Macaulay
Organized in tandem with Making Thinking Thinking Making. This exhibition expands the idea of a sampler (traditionally associated with embroidery and used to highlight an artist’s mastery of materials) to view it as a segment of an artist or designer’s overall creative practice.

Continuum
Alisha Marie Boyd & Lana Filippone
Lana Filippone and Harbourfront Centre artist-in-residence Alisha Marie Boyd collaborate on a look at the history and traditional materials of their respective crafts.
Playing with form and function and expanding on conventional practices, they present a re-contextualization inspired by contemporary ideas.

Do-it-Yourself Section
Seth Scriver
A selection of step-by-step sculpture and video designed to show how to make use of all the garbage around you, transforming it into precious craft objects.

Plotting a City
Peter MacCallum, Shawn Micallef, Murmur (Robin Elliott), Sorrel Muggridfe & Laura Nanni, Howard Podeswa, Sandra Rechico, James Redekop and Sandra Smirle
Curated by Patrick Macaulay
Eight artists document the city through various means, examining buildings, streets and the human beings around them to explore how people understand and connect with their surroundings. Some artists reveal preoccupations with human geography and site-specificity, others are more interested in map work, satellite imagery and geographic tracking patterns.

SymBEotic
Ann Marie Hadcock
Influenced by cross-disciplinary art-making processes that blur the lines between sculpture, installation, drawing and craft, Ann Marie Hadcock presents a spatial structure made of unrecognizable, inexpensive craft materials.

PILES
Jesse Boles
Toronto-based photographer Jesse Boles investigates industry as landscape, reducing it to its simplest form: a pile. The pile becomes a symbol for the broader imprint of human economic and cultural activity through industry and consumer culture.

Rough Stock: A Photography Exhibition About Rodeo Culture
Peter Sibbald
(Fleck Dance Theatre –Access to exhibition by ticket holders only)
This series explores the contemporary North American small-town rodeo culture through portraits of the lives of people who participate in this tribal sub-culture. Rodeo culture now thrives in the countryside surrounding Toronto, helping sustain a rural way of life for many who produce our local food.

Winter 2011 Architecture

NEIGHBOURHOOD MAVERICK
Drew Mandel Architects
Reigo & Bauer
studio junction inc.
Luke Painter
Neighbourhoods are largely defined by the houses that are situated within their boundaries. In Toronto, Corktown is known for its turn-of-the-century workers’ townhouses and Leaside for its post-war bungalows. As the city transforms, these neighbourhoods evolve with both old and new residences, and existing buildings with bolder architectural pursuits. Why should the existing streetscapes be maintained? What considerations do architects take into account when designing for an existing streetscape? What effect does the intervention of maverick architecture have on the design character of a neighbourhood?
Participating firms explore the insertion within the Toronto streetscape of those houses which are designed of our times in contrast to the existing neighbourhood aesthetic. Architects were asked to explore the challenges, the benefits and negatives to neighbourhoods and the possibilities for creative expression.

Beyond Lines
Drew Mandel Architects
Beyond Lines maps a typical residential Toronto streetscape on which five Drew Mandel Architects houses have been modeled.
Five string-models emphasize our interest in the three-dimensional experience of architecture rather than a focus on a two-dimensional image of a house. Like three-dimensional sketches, they express the dematerialized building. It is architecture, not about assembling cues adding up to "house" or the image of the thing only, but rather the slow, unfolding experience of a place.
The string line drawings underline the interconnected spatial relationships that reach outside the boundaries of the building envelope and into the sites, the sky and to the landscapes beyond.
The base of the exhibit describes the figure-ground relationship and highlights the urban design aspects of the projects. Unlike the now-common McMansion developments, these projects resist the convention to simply fill the maximum zoning envelope with an object-building largely undifferentiated from site to site.
TEAM MEMBERS: Drew Mandel, Jowenne Poon and Rachel Tameirao

Developer X
Reigo & Bauer
Developer X is an installation piece that chronicles a fictional philanthropic, vigilante development endeavor that anonymously drops prefabricated modern houses on empty lots throughout the city overnight.
Troubled by the disconnect between our present day lifestyles and new housing that emulates the past, Developer X believes that, given the chance, Torontonians will embrace houses of today – houses that adopt new and innovative technologies in construction and design and express our new ways of living.
Residential architecture that looks forward, not backwards, is a plausible alternative.
TEAM MEMBERS: Merike Bauer, Stephen Bauer and Ryan Trinidade
COLLABORATORS: Group Two Design Inc. and Studio 8 Graphics

mid-block
studio junction inc.
Mid-block properties are properties located in the middle of the urban fabric or city block. These properties are without a traditional street frontage or a backyard, and thereby without a traditional face to the city. These under-utilized, residual lots are surrounded on all sides and are accessed by a public or private laneway, or a right-of-way across a neighbour’s property.
Spaces for living can come from various environments, and increasingly the desire to live downtown is often reconciled with a less-than-ideal lot. mid-block discusses the idea of infill housing as small insertions into a dense urban fabric. The unique site conditions of these properties are associated with difficult issues such as reduced size, view, privacy from your neighbour, access and legal challenges.
Without a traditional streetscape, exterior facades become less important. mid-block explores creative ways to introduce light into an enclosed space and thereby form new connections to the outdoors. In addressing small space living, mid-block housing presents viable alternatives for contemporary urban dwelling while developing new, rich layers and relationships with the existing streets, neighbourhoods and city.
TEAM MEMBERS:  Peter Tan, Christine Ho Ping Kong, Joe (Che Yu) Lin, Thomas Barker, Mazier Shafiee and Andrew Waller

Fiction and Intervention: Utopic Visions for the 21st Century
Luke Painter
Luke Painter contributes to NEIGHBOURHOOD MAVERICK with a series based on the intensive fictional architectural scene-making he has been creating in a variety of media.
His animations depict sites in both Toronto and Montreal that have experienced heavy condo development and gentrification over the last decade. Lukepainter.ca
This component of the exhibition is presented by Visual Arts at Harbourfront Centre as part of an ongoing interdisciplinary focus.

BEYOND IMAGININGS 2: Eight Artists Encounter Ontario’s Greenbelt
Becky Comber, Keesic Douglas, Martie Giefert, Mark Kasumovic, Rob MacInnis,
Erin Riley, Meera Margaret Singh and Garett Walker
This project’s second phase includes a new selection of breathtaking images of the Greenbelt taken during the summer and early fall seasons by participating artists. Supported by The Greenbelt Foundation.

Images:
• Seth Scriver, Do-it-Yourself Section (detail), 2011.Mixed media. Image courtesy of the artist.
• Alisha Marie Boyd, Succession of Pearls, 2009. Freshwater pearls, sterling silver, copper, enamel. Photography by Paul Ambtman
• Peter Sibbald, Andre, bull rider, Lindsay, ON, 2009. Image courtesy of the artist.
• James Redekop, Drawing Toronto: Downtown, 2009. Computer generated image Image courtesy of the artist

For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit harbourfrontcentre.com or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West, at the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.

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