ARTbus: Exhibition tour to the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Blackwood Gallery and Oakville Galleries
Sunday 1 December 2013, 12:00 pm–5:00 pm
Pick-up and drop-off at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (Hart House, University of Toronto, 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto)
$10 donation includes admission to all galleries and afternoon refreshments by Trafalgar Brewing Company and Whole Foods Market, Oakville
For reservations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 905.844.4402, ext. 27 by Friday 29 November, 4:00 pm
Ride the ARTbus and discover some of the winter’s best exhibitions in the GTA!
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
The winter ARTbus begins with a tour of Something More Than a Succession of Notes. Ten years ago, UNESCO instituted a Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, offering unprecedented recognition to practices in the order of orality, ritual and know-how. Yet, how can we envisage the preservation of immaterial aspects of culture, in such a way that does not freeze them into an inventory, reducing them to inevitably partial or subjective transcription? This exhibition brings together contributions from researchers, activists and artists whose works transform the limits of transcription into a subject of inquiry and creation. Featuring: Ada Magazine, William Anastasi, Willem Boshoff, Ian Carr-Harris, Alice De Mont, Ruy Guerra, Johnny Kit-Elswa, Violaine Lochu, Penelope Patrix, Taller Lenateros, Andrew Norman Wilson, and others. Curated by Melanie Bouteloup, Director or Betonsalon – Centre for art and research, Paris. Presented in partnership with the Consulate General of France in Toronto with support from the Institut français as part of Paris-Toronto.
The ARTbus continues to the Blackwood Gallery for a curator’s tour of Red, Green, Blue # White. Red, Brown, Yellow, Black, White: all colours used to describe people, somewhat contentiously, of culturally diverse backgrounds. Coined by Alice Walker, colourism, or discrimination based on skin colour, is the impetus to examine the relationship between race and colour. Red, Green, Blue # White investigates this fraught territory in large part through formal considerations of colour offered by colour theory. Artists include: Golboo Amani & Manolo Lugo, Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Aryen Hoekstra, Brendan Fernandes, Kika Nicolela, Jude Norris, and Kristina Lee Podesva. Curated by Johnson Ngo.
Next, at Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square participants will visit the solo exhibition Sonny Assu: Possession. Artist Sonny Assu’s work explores how identity is mediated and performed, specifically through the lenses of indigenous history and politics, and of consumer culture and social media. Drawn from private and public collections as well as the artist's own studio, this exhibition revolves around several of Assu's sculptural installations, addressing timely questions of value in the context of often-conflicting indigenous and colonial world views.
Sonny Assu: Possession is presented with the generous support of the RBC Foundation.
Finally, the ARTbus finishes at Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens with the group exhibition A Noble Line. Appearing and disappearing depending on one’s vantage point, the horizon line—the place where the sky meets land or sea—has effectively instilled fear, wonder and sublime contemplation throughout the ages. This urge to know beyond the immediately conceivable—to grapple with the limits of vision, life and knowledge—continues to be powerful, making contemporary renditions of the horizon as compelling as ever. Exhibiting artists include Robert Burley, Dan Flavin, Yves Gaucher, April Hickox, David Rokeby, Soft Turns, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Colette Whiten, and Kevin Yates.
11:45 am: Meet outside the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery for sign-in.
12:00 pm: Justina M. Barnicke Gallery. Tour of Something More Than a Succession of Notes with executive director/chief curator Barbara Fischer.
1:30 pm: Blackwood Gallery. Tour of Red, Green, Blue # White with curator Johnson Ngo.
2:45 pm: Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square. Visit Sonny Assu: Possession.
3:30 pm: Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens. Visit A Noble Line. Reception with refreshments.
5:00 pm: Drop-off at Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
In-kind support provided by Trafalgar Brewing Company and Whole Foods Market, Oakville
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
Hart House, University of Toronto, 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto
University of Toronto Mississauga, 3359 Mississauga Road North, Mississauga
Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square: 120 Navy St, Oakville
Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens: 1306 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville
Images (left to right): William Anastasi, Untitled (One gallon of high gloss enamel, poured). Installation view: Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, 1989. Courtesy of Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris. Photo: Dove Bradshaw; Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Hourglass, 2010. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid; Sonny Assu, Silenced: The Burning, 2011. Courtesy of the artist and Equinox Gallery, Vancouver. Photo: Scott Massey, Site Photography.