Hard Twist 6 – Obsession
Toronto’s most anticipated annual juried show of fibre arts — the Gladstone Hotel’s Hard Twist reinvents the way we think about fibre and textile. Unrestrained by size and subject matter, curators, Helena Frei and Chris Mitchell challenge the scope of fibre arts exposing everything from the exceptional to the unusual. Nov 25, 2011 – Jan 29, 2012
Come Up To My Room
Come Up To My Room (CUTMR) is the Gladstone Hotel’s annual alternative design event. CUTMR invites artists and designers to show us what goes on inside their heads. Coming together in dialogue and collaboration, participants are limited only by their imaginations, making CUTMR one of the most exciting shows in Toronto. January 26 – 29, 2012
This annual photo-based exhibit features 100 portraits celebrating queers in the arts by 10 queer photographers. Curated by James Fowler. June 20-July 15, 2012
The Sketchbook Project is a traveling library that archives thousands of artists’ sketchbooks from across the globe and shares them with the public. Thousands of people are adding their voice to this project annually. Together, they have formed a library of over 22,000 sketchbooks from over 130 countries and growing. July 18 – 22, 2012
Tania El Khoury: Maybe If You Choreograph Me You Will Feel Better
Tania El Khoury is a Lebanese and Berlin-based dancer and performance artist whose intimate work explored questions of gender roles, power and the gaze, and private and public spaces. The performance involved one male audience member, stationed in a private room in the Gladstone but connected to the artist via headset. This audience member was charged with the task of choreographing El Khoury, who was awaiting instruction on Queen Street. At the same time one female audience member listed and watched from an adjacent room.
Presented in partnership with SummerWorks on August 9, 10, 11, 2012
Fred Ivar Utsi Klemetsen: FROST
This exhibition featured the hauntingly beautiful photographs by Fred Ivar Utsi Klemetsen, a Sami photographer based in Norway. The Sami are the indigenous people of northern Scandinavia.
Presented in partnership with The Harbourfront Centre’s Planet IndigenUS festival and the Norwegian Embassy from August 10 – September 30, 2012
Ming Wong: Making Chinatown, 2012
Video artist Ming Wong recreated scenes from Roman Polanski’s Chinatownwith himself cast in each role, and projected the resulting films onto photographically-altered sets reminiscent of studio lots. This funny and occasionally shocking installation addresses race, gender and sexuality while deconstructing cinema conventions and their ability to shape identity. 7-channel audio HD video installation with sound, courtesy of the artist. Commissioned by REDCAT, Los Angeles.
Liang Yue: The Quiet Room, 2012
This serene installation by leading Chinese photographer and filmmaker Liang Yue recalled the most dramatic and ethereal of landscape-based art, profiling Canada in winter through both image and sound. Three-channel audio digital video installation with sound, 19 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and ShanghART Gallery.
Both projects were presented as part of TIFFs Future Projections series from September 6 – 16, 2012
The Social Good Design Awards
The only awards program of its kind, The Social Good Design Awards is a juried exhibition of graphic design projects done for social good; work with the power to incite action and make meaningful change in the way we live our lives. The exhibit featured 35 winning projects from across the globe. Presented in partnership with the Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario from November 9 – 18, 2012
oo7 featuring Toronto Special Agent Bonnie Devine
The Ottawa Ontario 7 (oo7) is an Ottawa-based artist collective of emerging, mid-career and established artists who have come together for the sole purpose of presenting new work outside of the established art gallery venue and traditional curatorial practice. The Gladstone was honoured to host the inaugural exhibition of this unique group of artists. November 22 – December 9, 2012
The oo7 are: Barry Ace, Rosalie Favell, Ron Noganosh, Frank Shebageget, Ariel Smith, Bear Witness, and Leo Yerxa
Images from top to bottom:
Wendy W. Fok, CUTMR 2012 room installation
Anders K. Ide’s sketchbook, one of The Sketchobook Project’s holdings
David Sara with a traditional hat from Karasjok (township in northern Norway), Fred Ivar Utsi Klemetsen
Ming Wong, “Making Chinatown (still),” 2012, seven-channel high-definition video installation with sound, courtesy of the artist
Frank Shebagegets’s installation