Myth and Evidence unicorn

Myth and Evidence

A light emanating from the interior of a frosted glass display case hints at the silhouette of a legendary creature: the unicorn. The translucent surface blurs the reading of its realistic-looking forms. Both exposed and concealed, elusive and imprisoned, the ephemeral presence of the magical being exudes a certain magnetism. Undoubtedly, this symbol of purity […]

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Meat

Kjøt (Meat)

The beliefs and practises surrounding meat as a food resource are centuries old and still exist in the Faroe Islands. Heiðrik á Heygum presents this series of new paintings as a subtle commentary. The subjects seem far removed from the land and sea they were harvested from, but the connection between heritage and nature remains.  […]

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Post Capitalistic Auction

Post Capitalistic Auction

The auction is the performance and the performance is the auction. You are invited to bid for artworks in new ways, and actual transactions occur. The twist: bidders are invited to make offers not only with money; understanding, opportunity, and/or exchange are equally accepted currencies. The artists are present at the auction and will ultimately […]

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Jack Theis

Craftship/Kinship

Craft practice plays an integral role in translating and disseminating Indigenous knowledge between the past, present and future. Stories, teachings and worldviews are embodied within material objects, adornment styles and innovative techniques that give us an understanding of our world(s) and the individual and collective responsibilities we have to various kinship relations (both human and […]

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Gabrielle Desmarais

Contemporary Art Jewellery and the Craft Ideal

The studio craft movement solidified the concept of individual creative genius applied to craft. Individual genius is still crucial in current discourses around contemporary craft, notably contemporary art jewellery, which struggles to strip itself from the romanticism of studio craft to adopt various distinctive values of third-wave craft, where making stands in response to certain […]

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Sycorax scene

Black Ecologies

Artists Charmaine Lurch and Jérôme Havre join writer and researcher Nehal El-Hadi for a provocative discussion on nature, mythology and Blackness. Drawing from the artists’ sculptural engagements with environments and their manipulations, this conversation will explore what it means to contend with our current moment through human-environment interactions, desires, and fantasies. 

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Zavisha Chromicz

Material and the Immaterial

Omar Badrin and Zavisha Chromicz combine textile techniques and materials with familiar found objects and multi-media processes. They have developed new physical, conceptual and digital languages that honour histories and experiences of the self through expressions of vulnerability and well-being. Their work finds form in the material and the immaterial, including sculpture, performance, video and […]

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Craftship/Kinship

Craft & Creative Placemaking

Creative placemaking leverages the power of arts and culture as a catalyst for community and urban development.  Join panelists Tiffany Shaw and Dawn Saunders Dahl, with moderator Jenna Stanton, as they discuss how their individual craft practices and backgrounds impact and influence their work in Creative Placemaking through their work in arts organizations, public art, […]

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Opening Reception

Opening Reception

In celebration of a year-long cultural initiative Nordic Bridges, Harbourfront Centre invites you to the opening reception of the Nordic Collaborations exhibitions: Animal Vegetable Mineral, Fuglakvæðið (The Bird Ballad) – Edward Fuglø and Eyes as Big as Plates. These exhibitions, led by Nordic and Canadian artists, will explore human nature’s relationship, connection and disassociation with […]

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Lakeside Terrace

Jewellery: Catalyst for Conversation

You are warmly invited to a salon evening to celebrate the Animal, Vegetable, Mineral exhibition, meet the artists and connect with like-minded guests in the community.   We encourage you to wear your favourite piece of statement jewellery – it will act as your access to enter this reception! We hope that each person’s piece of […]

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Mary Anne Barkhouse

Animal Vegetable Mineral c.1700s

This installation is a commentary on the historical and ongoing resource extraction employed by Canada. Barkhouse presents “Canada’s colonial souvenir shop as a representation of the commodification of Canada’s natural landscapes.”  Mary Anne Barkhouse would like to acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. In addition, she would […]

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The Bird Ballad

Fuglakvæðið (The Bird Ballad)

The exhibition is a selection of recent original paintings by the Faroese artist Edward Fuglø that will be presented in a non-traditional gallery space: the 245 Queens Quay West warehouse.   Fuglakvæðið is a traditional Faroese fable from 1806, written as a ballad containing 226 verses. It is a kind of Robin Hood story, where the […]

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Layers

LAYERS

LAYERS is a self-referential solo exhibit that contemplates the relationship between traumatic memory and the physical body. Inspired by The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk, artist Olivia Mae Sinclair interprets the inner body and intrusive thoughts through textiles prints and book sculptures. […]

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Eyes as Big as Plates

Eyes as Big as Plates

The exhibition is a selection of recent photographs by the duo Riitta Ikonen (Finland) and Karoline Hjorth (Norway) presented in a non-traditional gallery space: the 245 Queens Quay West warehouse.   The second component is three largescale billboards on our 235 parking pavilion that will be the product of their fieldwork in Nova Scotia in mid-September […]

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Anna Rikkinen

Animal, Vegetable, Mineral

Jewellery is one of the oldest cultural identifiers. Over 120,000 years ago, prehistoric humans engaged in this aesthetic, adorning their bodies with shell necklaces. Much like contemporary art, contemporary jewellery expands our view of society, culture, the world-at-large and ourselves. It differentiates itself from other craft practices because it isn’t one material. It can be […]

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TAIWANfest Vendors

TAIWANfest Vendors

Enter the world of Batik, dive into Taiwanese literature, snap a Bentogram and discover something new to try at home. Immerse in stories created by authors and artists from Canada and Asia. 

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Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Inside Renzo Piano Building Workshop

”Creativity is a miracle that only exists when you know how to share it. Our studio is a special place where this miracle happens every day.”  RPBW For several months, Francesca Molteni and her documentary team had access to one of the most important architectural firms in the world. While inside the Renzo Piano Building […]

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textile

Woven Spaces – Woven Forms

Woven Spaces – Woven Forms is a technical weaving exploration of the triple weave technique, which allows a weaver to create multiple planes of fabric simultaneously as they weave on the loom. I am interested in how this technique can be applied to speculative architecture and other three-dimensional forms by intersecting these layers with one […]

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Flow

Flow

Brad Turner typifies the artistic concept of flow or “being in the zone”. It’s about focus and complete absorption in the process – full engagement of embodied knowledge and letting the material lead the way.  Turner is a maker with superb talent. He has an innate understanding of glass and exploits its characteristics to maximum […]

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Necklace

Elegant Gestures

Patrycja Zwierzynska is a self-described process artist. In this current body of work, the material’s characteristics guide her, determining how her hands manipulate and form a series of unique organic forms. The individual elements of the neckpieces could be regarded as beads. The image of beads running through her fingers as she creates each individual […]

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renzo piano building workshop

Piece by Piece

This exhibition comprises 11 projects designed to reflect RPBWs’ working process. The selected works present the diversity in geography and time of the architectural production. Visitors experience a world-tour of sorts that provides impressions of the firms’ DNA, connecting vastly different projects by a design approach that is driven by the specific context of each […]

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Exhibition image

Grid

Using textiles, artist Meghan Price takes woven cloth and perspective to skew our view of a simple concept of a grid and how that interacts with our concept of scale and space. “The grid is commonly employed as a stable matrix and fixed standard, but a malleable woven grid is made when its axes are […]

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Steph Cloutier's Mapping Out Calm Exhibition

Mapping Out Calm

Artist-in-Residence Steph Cloutier incorporates materials such as cotton paper pulp and lake water to mirror the physical place the exhibition is located and its connection to the waterfront. “Mapping Out Calm is part of my ongoing investigation in material exploration using handmade paper.  I have spent most of my life near the body of a […]

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