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Come all the way up to the 4th floor and check out Eugen Sakhnenko’s Shelf Life open daily 12-5pm until March 3, 2013.
This exhibit explores how we store and spread knowledge through spaces of information and the different media and locations that house information often restrict the spread of it due to their inherent qualities.
For the first time in history, it is technologically possible to have universal access to all knowledge because of new media. As a society we must make sure we do not artificially impose the restrictions of the old onto the new. Shelf Life shows both the similarities and the contradictions that these spaces possess.
Photography by Krystle Merrow
After the Icon is a collection of works by textile artist Noelle Hamlyn, exploring the iconography of the Hudson’s Bay stripes. Some of the imagery in the collection evokes cultural and political identities.
Showing in the Art Bar 12-5pm daily until Feb 19, 2013, come by and iconize for yourself.
Photography by Krystle Merrow
Blue Wallpaper by Janet Piper Jones
This year’s Hard Twist offers the opportunity to get in touch with your inner textile aficionado – to knit your brows over the lint portraits, attempt to unravel the meaning of the stockinette-stitch QR codes, get tied up with a game of cat’s cradle or wound up over whether the embroidery that’s giving you the finger is a political statement or a personal insult. But whatever you do, however you feel, you must try the bee beard!
Hard Twist is an annual juried show of work that celebrates the intimate, layered and complex relationship between people and textile, has become an important annual event within the Canadian fibre art community and a signature event for the Gladstone since 2006.
Each year, co-curators Helena Frei and Chris Mitchell weave this wild diversity into a rich and complex tapestry inhabited by a powerful sense of human creativity.
Nov 1, 2012 to Jan 27, 2013
Exhibition Hours: 12-5pm
Venue: 3rd and 4th Floor Galleries
Opening Reception: November 1, 2012 | 7-10pm
CARTOGRAPHICS Curatorial statement:
Maps are visual representations of how we view the world; They become instruments of our physical and psychological positioning within space. Their cartographic elements dictate our daily positioning reminding us of the real and imagined borders that determine our realities, making us aware of where we belong. Interpreted as memorials to historical events as well as personal artifacts, maps document how experiences in both natural and constructed landscapes are archived.
Cartographics is an exhibition that celebrates the creative works of five artists who have reinterpreted the map as a purely directional tool; it is an examination of how these artists are able to question the underlying structures and hierarchies that inform our environment.
The exhibition started out as my final studio project upon graduating from The Ryerson School of Interior Design. The objective was to curate, program and design an exhibition that focused on a topic of my choice. I sought to create a project that would be art-based. The idea of curating an exhibit that showcased the map as an art form was inspired by an article written by Ana Ibarra in Elephant magazine issue 7, 2011. Her perspective encouraged me to delve deeper into the meaning of cartography in terms of its ability to reflect on political, social, economic and topographic factors regarding the progression of the modern cityscape.
By Stephanie Kruschen
Works By: Contexture, Jenn Dodd, Joy Charbonneau & Ed Zec, Shannon Rankin and The National Design Collective
Oct. 5th – Oct. 30th 2012, throughout the public spaces in the hotel.
Image: Volumetric Model of the Great Lakes, 2012, by Joy Charbonneau & Ed Zec
The Best Thing You’ve Never Seen - Johanna Warwick, The Weight of the World, 2012
The Best Thing You’ve Never Seen enacts notions of both literal and figurative support by featuring the work of emerging artist Johanna Warwick. Warwick’s large-scale photographs, which capture overlooked architectural details and vantage points, are installed in unexpected locations throughout the Gladstone. The constructed and fragmented panoramas illustrate ceilings, joists and lighting fixtures of various buildings. By calling attention to these skeletal building elements, Warwick’s work points to the most direct, yet frequently overlooked, structures of support within the gallery environment. Situated in the cyclical social context of a hotel– and calling attention to the Gladstone’s recent history of renovations- these images evoke the regenerative capacity of artistic support.
Johanna Warwick is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design MFA Photography 2010, and Ryerson University BFA in photography 2006. She is a British born, Canadian raised photographer now working and living in Boston, MA. She has exhibited in New York, Toronto, Los Angeles and other major cities across North America.
Curated by Zach Pearl & Caoimhe Morgan-Feir
Sonia Tyagi‘s Building Ties is currently on loan from the artist. The piece consists of thousands of bow ties fashioned from fabric samples that Sonia collected on her various travels. The piece was originally produced for Come Up To My Room 2012. Sonia is a graduate of the Fashion Communication program at Ryerson University, she is currently employed at Holt Renfrew.
Thank you to Melinda Josie for lending us three of her incredible works for the month of July. Silver-Haired Bat (top), Snowshoe Hare (middle), and Great Horned Owl (bottom) are featured en route to the 2nd floor Gladstone Gallery and should not be missed. Melinda is a Toronto-based artist and illustrator. The Sheridan grad explores themes of folklore and fantasy through the lens of the everyday and is currently working free-lance illustrating children’s books, editorial work, creating textile designs, and making fine art for gallery shows and commissions.