Happy October, everyone! We’re into week 3 with Of Other Faces, and the show continues to get a great response from everyone who visits. Manuel Saiz’s video installation featuring actors moving in synchrony with animals is a compelling (and often funny) study in nature v. culture. Victoria Fu’s elegiac film projection restores the pathos to the selfie phenomenon, while Marta Ryczko’s transformed portraits elicit equal parts fascination and repulsion. And Andrea Cohen and Wiska Radkiewicz’s collaborative sound composition is akin to an aural hall of mirrors. Don’t miss this international, intergenerational, and interdisciplinary exhibition, which continues to October 25th!
Above is the view from our windows at dusk, just as Nuit Blanche was beginning. It was a cold but beautiful night, and as the crowds began to flow through the space, any lingering cynicism about the spectacle of it all evaporated. Early in the evening, we saw lots of Givins/Shaw kids with their families, fresh from celebrating the opening of their collaborative work with artists Sarah Febbraro and Emily Gove in the second floor Hallway Gallery. Titled Go To Your Destiny, it is a funny, inventive, and visually exciting exploration of imaginary spaces. Image below, but it’s more fun to see it in person — show runs through November 8th.
All in all Nuit Blanche was a great success for us — well over 300 people came through the exhibition at a pace manageable enough that there was time and space to really get into the work. Thanks to everyone who attended for all the great feedback, and to Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Artscape Youngplace, and all the other organizations and artists who participated in and around the building that evening.
Thursdays 5–8 pm, Fridays and Sundays 12–5 pm
To better serve our audience, we will be changing our hours starting mid-October, the week after Thanksgiving. (For our international audience, Canadian Thanksgiving is two weeks before Halloween — something I’m still getting used to five years after moving here!) Beginning October 16th, our new gallery/office hours will be Thursdays 5–8 pm, Fridays and Sundays 12–5 pm, and by chance and appointment going forward.
Now you can stop by on a Thursday after work, or visit on a Sunday when most other galleries are closed. (Koffler Gallery downstairs is also open Sundays, so you’ll usually be able to see at least two shows in the building when exhibitions are on. Score!)
Kid-friendly Alien Collage Mask Workshop with Marta Ryczko
Just in time for Halloween — come make collaged art masks inspired by Ryczko’s Alien/Recognition photo series — then cross that costume shopping/making right off your list! We’ll start with a kid-friendly introduction to Ryczko’s work in the Of Other Faces exhibition, then get right down to business making masks. Workshop is free to attend and geared toward kids 4+ with their caregivers. Materials will be provided.
When: Sunday, October 19, 2014 starting at 1pm (stay as long as you like until 3pm)
Where: TYPOLOGY Projects, Suite 302 — Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto M6J 2W5
RSVP: info (at) typology (dot) ca
Thanks for reading!
photos: Shani K Parsons
composite image of two photographs: Marta Ryczko, Alien/Recognition (Mimi), 2011/2014