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Toronto Art Exhibitions May 5 to May 13

Toronto Art Exhibitions May 5 to May 13

Published by Leonardo Calcagno

Counterpoints: Photography Through the Lens of Toronto Collections

Highlighting a broad spectrum of private collections, Counterpoints proposes an experience of looking at photography that is ultimately heterogeneous and non-linear. Spanning nearly two centuries, the exhibition comprises 19th-century singular images captured on metal and glass plates, through to artists’ works that acknowledge photography’s endlessly reproducible, ubiquitous presence in a vast and ephemeral digital world.

Thursday, May 12 at 7:00-9:00 pm on the University College Quadrangle patio, University of Toronto Art Centre. Info –

We Soon Be Nigh! – Brendan George Ko – CONTACT

In a time of cinematic Armageddon, endless documents of natural disasters and environmental shifts, and ancient wisdom foretelling the Apocalypse, belief is not a necessary vehicle into an impending sense of doom. Brendan George Ko investigates the recent history and popular culture to find icons that represent a pessimistic view toward the future. Ko represents these icons in his photographs of outsiders, catastrophes, and future landscapes, which are accompanied by anecdotal didactic panels.

LE Gallery. 1183 Dundas St W, TorontoOpens Friday, May 6th, 6-9 pm. Runs through May 28th. info:

Steven Beckly: Of you, unfolding

Nude, male bodies surround me. Sweat condenses within creases of flesh, adding texture to the forests of hair, the coated grit of sand, the glossy film of sunscreen.  Steven Beckly’s images begin as traces of intimacy. Rooted in photography’s deep relationship with light, his pictures form an interconnected system wherein a multiplicity of images accumulate in an array of skins, textures, bodies, and light.

 Daniel Faria Gallery, 188 St Helens Avenue Toronto.  Opens Friday, May 6th, 6-9pm. Hours: Tuesday to Friday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Info –

Maximum Exposure 2016

Ryerson School of Image Arts’ annual end-of-year exhibition. Currently, in its 21st year, this capstone event displays the work of over 150 undergraduate students spanning from Photography and Film.

Ryerson School of Image Arts: 122 Bond Street Maximum Exposure @ IMA May 2nd to May 8th **Opening Night May 5th, 7pm-10pm**. Info –

Gallery Galleria

As one of Toronto’s first enclosed malls, the Galleria Shopping Centre has retained much of its original 1970s architecture and interior design. Located at Dufferin and Dupont, the mall is a relic in an area experiencing a recent surge of new homeowners, restaurants, and galleries. Late last year, the site was slated for redevelopment. To mark this transitional moment, the group exhibition Gallery Galleria highlights the mall’s aesthetic qualities and celebrates its role as an informal gathering place for a variety of diverse communities.

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, May 13, 6 – 8 PM, center court Cash bar – beer, wine, and catering by Happy Bakery. Info –

Open Studio & Art Fair

Come buy prints by Monica Moraru, sculptures by Tau Lewis, photos by Jessica Baldanza and more work by resident artists Ilona Fiddy, Zoe Sharpe, Dainesha Nugent Palache, Ruthie Titus and Nafisa Kaptownwala! also launching a literary space which is made up of zines donated by artists from Toronto, London, NYC and beyond. The literary space also includes a bunch of great stuff on sale, like Polyester Zine, Sister Magazine, prints by Ayqa Khan, zines from Bunny Collective, goodies by Femme Crimes Distro, to name a few!

97 Niagara – info:

Shelter Press: with Félicia Atkinson & Bartolomé Sanson

Pages UnBound Festival 2016, Félicia and Bartolomé will talk about their unique way of publishing and curating through specific examples of records, books, and exhibitions they released in the last few years and the interrogations and perspectives they carried with them.

AGO – Art Gallery of Ontario. 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto. 8 may, the Event begins at 4:00. Info –

Upcoming Exhibition – Joel Meyerowitz: Survey

The gallery is pleased to present “Survey”, our first solo exhibition of work by American photographer Joel Meyerowitz.

Stephen Bulger Gallery,1026 Queen Street West, Toronto, Exhibition Dates: May 7 – June 18, 2016. Opening Reception: Saturday, May 7, 2-5 pm.  Info –

Barbara Astman, “Looking: Then and Now”

Featured Exhibition in the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Barbara Astman pioneered the artistic use of both analog and digital reproduction techniques. She is among the first to discover and explore technological practices and concepts—key signifiers in contemporary art. Merging technology with the handmade, Astman’s practice explores themes of glass ceilings, women’s issues, and how media informs current thinking.

Corkin Gallery: 7 Tank House Lane, Toronto – Opening 6 May, 6-8 pm. info-


On The Surface | Susana Reisman

TYPOLOGY is pleased to present On The Surface | Susana Reisman, featuring the artist’s latest findings from her multi-year investigation into the nature of wood. Encompassing aspects of both drawing and painting even as it foregrounds relationships between sculpture and photography, the exhibition includes a selection of large-scale color photographs and several freestanding wood sculptures.

TYPOLOGY: 180 Shaw Street, Suite 302 – Artscape Youngplace, Toronto, May 7 — June 12, 2016 Opening Saturday, May 7th from 6–9 pm.  Info

Mercer Multiplier

Mercer Union has asked 25 artists to each contribute work on paper produced in an edition of 5, less than or equal to 20″ x 30″. That means 125 chances for you to take home a unique work of contemporary art while supporting Toronto’s leading artist-run center.

Mercer Union, a centre for contemporary art 1286 Bloor Street West, Toronto. A Benefit for Mercer Union, a center for contemporary art Doors open at 6 pm – Draw at 7 pm. Info –