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Toronto Art Exhibitions May 12 to May 19

Toronto Art Exhibitions May 12 to May 19

Published by Leonardo Calcagno

Every week, we hunt for the best art events and exhibitions openings not to be missed in Toronto. Here are the results:

Exhibition Openings and Artist Talks @ Open Studio

Each year Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create traditional and/or experimental works in the print medium of their choice, working collaboratively with a print media artist. 

Open Studio : 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 104. Artist Talks: Friday, May 13, 2016, 6:00 – 7:00 PM, Opening Reception: Friday, May 13, 2016, 7:00 – 9:00 PM and Exhibitions on display until June 11, 2016.


Semiopaque | Liza Eurich and Tegan Moore

Semiopaque considers the implications that arise from the act of producing works imbued with a deliberate characteristic of reticence. Latency is not a refusal; it does not mark immobility or illegibility, but rather it functions as a site of contestation

G Gallery : 134 Ossington Street (entrance on Foxley Pl, rear of building). Opening reception: Thursday, May 12th 2016, 6-8pm. Accompanying text and screening by Karina Irvine, TBA. –


PICKS PER MINUTE: The Language of Digital Textiles

As the digital age advances, artists and industry alike must consider the possibility of digital textiles. Entangled in both narratives of past and future, what terms define this ethereal artifact? What does the evolution of textiles from analog to digital media imply or reveal about our own march through time? The artworks featured in this exhibition— woven with light and numbers yet dependent on human presence for their significance—point to the complexity of these questions and begin to elicit new vocabulary for a more hybrid materiality.

InterAccess : 9 Ossington Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M6J 2Y8 . Opening Reception & Festival Launch Party: May 12th, 6-9pm. –


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RGB Textiles: Creating Animated Fabric through Colour Vibration

Join Philippe Blanchard to create costumes that light up and animate under a computerized light show. Participants will explore Philippe’s new media installation practice, experimenting with the interaction of light on coloured dyes and pigments. Designing costumes out of fabric, printed-paper and other pliable materials, participants will learn firsthand how colorimetry and colour perception work to create the illusion of movement. Participants will also be exposed to the mechanics of designing computer-controlled light installations with Max/MSP and LED lighting. Employing these technologies in the filming studio, participants will finish the day by shooting short animations of their creations in action.

OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto – 


The Darkroom 5.0

The Dark Room 5.0 is a juried exhibition that showcases the many processes of analog and alternative photography, and the exciting work these methods produce. Unlike previous exhibitions, this is a one-day only event. On May 17, the public and a select jury are invited to vote. Public voting will take place between the hours of 10 AM and 8 PM, and there will be an awards ceremony at 918 Bathurst beginning at 9 PM. Artists selected for the official exhibition will be eligible for cash prizes and awards provided by our sponsors and partners. There are three prize categories: Best In Show, Most Innovative, and People’s Choice.

918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media & Education, 918 Bathurst Street-


STO LEN: Tsunaminagashi

Suminagashi, or floating ink, is a centuries old paper marbling process that originated in Japan and was often practiced as meditation by Buddhist monks. This exercise captures in visual form a moment in time when nature (in the form of water and air currents) bonds with the human spirit (chi, energy and breath or physical movement). 

NO Foundation : 1082 Queen Street West. May 13th  –


Daniel Hughes : Convalescence 

INGRAM GALLERY 24 Hazelton Avenue. May 12 – June 2. Opening reception, May 12th @ 6pm – 8pmInfo –


David Perrett | Figura

Figura carries the history of a stone found at a quarry in rural Alabama. The pitched surfaces, flowing contours, and traces of extraction gouged into the facets of the stone give evidence to the material’s past interactions, while the fir radiates the patina and markings of a previous industrial life. Outlines of the stone remain visible even after carving out the mass.

Katzman Contemporary 86 Miller, On View: May 7 to June 4. Opening Reception: Saturday, May 14 from 2 to 5 p. info –


Joan Kaufman, Surface Tension, Artist Reception

Lonsdale Gallery, 410 Spadina Road. May 14th from 2-5pm for the reception of Surface Tension, a Featured Exhibition in the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival showcasing new works by Toronto-based artist, Joan Kaufman.


SIGNALS // Claudette Abrams, Yuula Benivolski, Natalie Logan

SIGNALS is an installation of projections at Artscape Gibraltar Point and Lighthouse, which speaks to the site’s presence as a guiding beacon to surrounding ports and waterways. The tower light and windows act as a natural lightbox for large-format transparencies, which are viewable from the exterior. Curated by Claudette Abrams. Reception 7-11 pm May 12. May 12–June 11. Info –