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Join us: Final week of ERRATIC ROOM + Holiday Happy Hour!


Last week to see ERRATIC ROOM | LYLA RYE, a Canadian Art and NOW Magazine Must-See Show. It’s a busy time of year but we hope you’ll stop in for the final two days of ERRATIC ROOM, featuring an immersive video installation and sculptural photo edition by Lyla Rye. While you’re here, pick up an exhibition catalogue, limited edition print, (both shown above), or fun Screen Grab button by the artist – great affordable gifts for the art lovers in your life! Final exhibition hours are Weds and Thurs, Dec 18 and 19, from 12–5. Come on by!


After exhibition close this Thursday at 5pm, we’ll be transforming the space for our first annual Holiday Happy Hour! Join us from 5:30–8:30 to warm up with mulled wine, decompress with prosecco, and sway to the sweet sounds of Mark Marczyk (violinist for Lemon Bucket Orkestra), courtesy of Small World Music. Featuring festive snacks, including beautiful cheese from La Fromagerie. Apple cider and crafts table for the kids!

Also in the building at Artscape Youngplace, our first floor friends Paperhouse Studio will be having their holiday party from 5–9, featuring drinks, cake, and paper making. We should have an elevator by Thursday, so start down there and end up here, or vice versa!

Please RSVP to info (at) typology (dot) ca so we know how much prosecco to procure! Event is free to attend; cash bar supports project space programs in 2014. As always, thank you for your support.

Exhibition and Holiday Happy Hour at
TYPOLOGY | 180 Shaw Street, No. 302 | Artscape Youngplace | Toronto | M6J 2W5

We hope to see you!

A fun day on all floors at Youngplace this Saturday


This Saturday, Dec 14, Artscape Youngplace comes alive with several festive events throughout the building.

Starting at 1pm, join us for a Family-friendly Holiday Button-making Workshop with artist Lyla Rye. Learn principles of collage and make unique art buttons, perfect for stocking stuffers and holiday gift-giving!

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ERRATIC ROOM Special Events plus Holiday Happy Hour!


TYPOLOGY is pleased to present the following upcoming events in conjunction with ERRATIC ROOM. Featuring an immersive video installation and new photo edition by artist Lyla Rye, ERRATIC ROOM is a Canadian Art and NOW Magazine Must-See Show!

We hope you will join us for any or all of these engaging and diverse opportunities to interact with the exhibition and the artist. All events are free to attend; several are kid–friendly. As space is limited, please use the links below to RSVP.

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Fantastic Opening! Next up: Film Screening and Artist’s Talk (bring the kids!)


We’re still in recovery mode from an amazing opening night at Artscape Youngplace. After more than a decade laying empty, what a thrill it was to see the hallways and former Shaw Street School classrooms filled once again with people, including and especially all the enthusiastic kids. Artscape launched Youngplace in style, with resident artist and curator Heather Nicol’s two building-wide exhibitions, Unarchive and Stairmasters, gracing the passageways, plus food, drink, and music galore.

TYPOLOGY’s doors were open all day for tours by the kids from neighbouring Givins Shaw School, who unanimously loved the unpredictable projections of ERRATIC ROOM. Some even came back with their parents later in the day, joining the hundreds of visitors who attended the official ERRATIC ROOM opening and catalogue launch as part of the greater building’s festivities. The response was wonderful and we thank everyone who stopped by, introduced themselves, made comments, and/or signed up for the mailing list. Welcome to TYPOLOGY!

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Project space buildout and ERRATIC ROOM installation pics

The past several weeks have been jam-packed with building, painting, designing, printing, updating, inviting, and finally, installing Lyla Rye’s ERRATIC ROOM at the project space. Below are some photos of the buildout process and exhibition installation in progress. We’ve still got a few coats of paint and some finishing touches on the gallery space to go, but we should be in good shape for the grand opening on November 19th. Office cabinetry and furnishings won’t be in place, but who needs to sit down at an opening, right?


The original Shaw Street School building as photographed in 2010 for the Torontoist’s Unseen City series (click image for link to article).

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Please join us on Tuesday, November 19th from 5–10 pm for our grand opening in conjunction with the wider Community Opening at Artscape Youngplace! You’ll find us in No. 302 on the third floor, where we’ll be debuting ERRATIC ROOM, a video installation and limited-edition photo series by Lyla Rye. The artist will be in attendance for most of the evening.

Signed copies of the ERRATIC ROOM exhibition catalogue, as well as the first in a series of low-priced limited edition prints produced by TYPOLOGY, will also be available (previews to be posted next week).

RSVPs are being accepted through Artscape for this event. See the invite below for details (click to enlarge and/or print), and visit the Exhibitions page for a full list of upcoming ERRATIC ROOM events, including a film screening, curator’s and artist’s talks, and a family-friendly holiday workshop.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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A PDF of the press release is available here; contact Shani K Parsons at info (at) typology (dot) ca for more information.

Not local? Stay tuned for pics from the show and opening celebration – and thanks for your continued interest and support!

Art Toronto 2013 Highlights

Battat Contemporary booth, partial view. Photo by Shani K Parsons.

With so much to do in advance of the project space opening, this year’s visit to the fair was more like a drive-by. However, even the short tour yielded many surprises and much to follow-up on. Featured here are a few favourite booths and interesting artworks from this year’s fair. For artwork information, hover over the image or see credits listed at bottom. For a closer look, click the images to enlarge. For more information on the gallery or artist, links are provided to their respective websites.

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Closing Soon, Opening Soon


The next couple weeks will see the closing of two great exhibitions in the Toronto area; go see them soon if you can. Land|Slide: Possible Futures (closing October 14) is an ambitious curatorial project which transforms the historical buildings of the Markham Museum into an engaging and interactive contemporary art park. While beautiful by day, we’d recommend an early evening visit to experience some of the more subtle installations’ full effects. Favourites include Deirdre Logue’s multisensory, multichannel video installation, Euphoria’s Hiccups, which activates the walls, floor, and countertops of the Honey House, and Frank Havermans’ Untitled high-tension intervention which parasitizes the Strickler Barn to unsettling effect (both pictured below). Above, Martindale, Myers, and MacKinnon’s “refined and enriched” intervention within the Burkholder carriage house is a thought-provoking commentary on high art consumption.

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TYPOLOGY to open November 19th!

After many months of anticipation and delays, we are thrilled to announce that TYPOLOGY is in the building!

As of yesterday, we have possession of our unit (#302) within the newly repurposed Shaw Street School, a beautiful heritage building in Toronto’s West End. As Artscape’s largest project to date nears completion (with over $17 million in renovations and upgrades), the work on our project space has just begun. Framing of walls to divide the space into office and exhibition areas starts today, with electrical and millwork scheduled throughout the rest of October. Stay tuned for updates on our progress, and for more information on our sweet little suite, please see the About the Space page on our website.

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