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Toronto Art Exhibitions November 17 to 20

Toronto Art Exhibitions November 17 to 20

Published by Leonardo Calcagno

Trancelation Anthology Launch

18 november  – Over the summer, nine translators gathered at Art Metropole to experiment with the elastic practices and theories of trancelation (a word that acknowledges language’s hypnotic properties and the trancelator’s own suspended agency in the between-space of translation). Most had never worked in creative translation before—a weird and endless task—but they worked from Spanish, French, Italian, Korean, German, English, incorporating swaths of architecture, visual art, philosophy, condensation, and commentary into their projects. 


18 november – Artists: Kwentong Bayan (Althea Balmes + Jo SiMalaya Alcampo), Hector Barretto Calma, Jaret Vadera. Essay by: Kim Abis. Exhibition: November 18 – December 17, 2016

John Kissick // Landon Mackenzie 

19 november – “Over the past few years, I have become somewhat obsessed with JMW Turner’s extraordinary painting of The Burning of the Houses of Parliament. The work speaks to multiple preoccupations in my own practice – ranging from painterly theatricality, artifice and obfuscation, to the visceral response of materials, and the lingering potential of metaphor – to both invigorate and complicate readings. I particularly am interested in how a certain “staging” of history is churned through the materiality of paint and the conventional language of the artist into something both fundamentally true and untrue. The parallels to the making of abstract art today seem clear. It is here where I consistently situate my own studio practice, hovering between a kind of feigned authenticity for the expressionist mark, and a very real, almost desperate desire to situate a self among the ruins of all this constructed language.” – John Kissick (2016)

Amy Bowles & Gary Evans “West Country” 

18 november – Paul Petro Contemporary Art is pleased to present new ceramic works by Amy Bowles and new paintings by Gary Evans. “The West Country levels were once thousands of years ago under water, but now is a landscape of rivers and wetlands. Amongst these wetlands there’s a strange duality of restlessness and comfort that flows in the earth’s energy, a calm and damp air that feeds and erodes. I’ve always felt that if I were to lay still in the grass I would have been devoured by the land. The sculptures that I have built out of clay for this show are embodiments of this feeling.”

MOCA x Akin Fall Gallery Crawl

19 november – Free and open to the public. Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada and Akin Projects invite you to attend a special Fall edition of the Akin Gallery Crawl featuring gallerist led tours of recent exhibitions. 

Curator’s Tour: Logs

19 november – Tak Pham is a Toronto-based curator, art writer and architectural historian whose focuses are on the multiple forms of post-internet art, and their relationships with contemporary urban and architectural histories. His curatorial works have been seen at Art Toronto 2015, Montgomery’s Inn, OCAD University’s galleries, Y+ Contemporary and Xpace Cultural Centre. He holds a BA Hons. in History and Theory of Architecture from Carleton University, and an MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University.

Yonder Perspectives: Inclusion Through Artistic Practices

20 november –The necessity of creating truly inclusive societies is constantly gaining urgency under the risks of a rapidly deteriorating global context. Expanding the exploration of immigrant experiences in the exhibition Yonder, this panel discussion focuses on the potential of intercultural dialogue through the arts, examining the role of the arts in fostering meaningful engagement with complex issues of displacement, cultural identity and re-settlement.

Studio Open House

20 november –As part of Walnut Studio’s annual holiday party, I want to invite you to a studio opening of my new space. I had recently moved into a bigger space inside Walnut and it would be my pleasure to share the space with you and all of my recent works. 

Leslieville Gallery Crawl- Wanderlust Edition

20 november – We are pleased to announce that on Sunday November 20th, Leslieville will be host to the 10th Gallery Crawl in conjunction with this years Wanderlust event. Join us as we visit 5 contemporary art galleries along Queen East that showcase the vibrant art scene of the east end. Peruse at your own pace from 12-5pm, or join the guided tour starting at Heliographics at 1pm.

[1] Heliographics….1238 Queen St. E.
[2] Leslieville Dentistry…. 1238 Queen St E.
[3] Paintlounge….1173 Queen St. E.
[4] Parts Gallery….1150 Queen St. E.
[5] Project Gallery….1109 Queen St. E.
[6] Curran Gallery…. 1027 Queen St E.