Source Material
Oct
27
to Oct 28

Source Material

Spencer Julien's work is an exploration of the ownership of knowledge. Within this paradox of certainty, they research as a form of art, and the archive fosters language as visual communication. The relationship built between the artist, source material, and the viewer, resolves itself as an ongoing product. Personal experience deconstructed through meticulous processes allows Julien to ask universal questions regarding self, time, and value — archival experiences providing equal amounts of certainty and doubt, with a defined process leading to a constructed abstract existence.

Time, energy, and passion culminate in perceived value. However, if the task at hand doesn’t have a predetermined personal value, will the actions result in an increased quality of being or enjoyment? As processes are employed in daily life to perform, convey, or empathize, this work examines the patterns found in-between process and product, in an attempt to ascertain motive. The development of processes, while systematic, is extremely personal and unassumingly serve the purpose of self-actualization. While navigating the complexities of decision making and desired result, the actions themselves come into question, and their role in both protection and self-defence form a bond based in irony. Through Julien's practise, they explore the space in between process and product. Questioning both the motive behind action and the value of a result, implied meaning becomes a playground for extrapolation.

Spencer Julien is an artist and curator from Toronto, currently practising in London, United Kingdom. Their work has been exhibited across Canada, the US, and the UK and they have received awards from TIFF, the Government of Canada, and the Governor General of Canada for their work in arts and culture. Julien is a graduate of Etobicoke School of the Arts, and currently attends University of the Arts London. 

We would like to acknowledge that the land on which we are situated is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, Wendat, Anishinabek Nation, Métis Nation, and most recently, the territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. The territory is the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. This territory is also covered by the Upper Canada Treaties. Today, the meeting place of Toronto (from the Haudenosaunee word Tkaronto) is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work in the community, on this territory.

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INTERCONNECT Residency Exhibition
Jun
23
12:00 PM12:00

INTERCONNECT Residency Exhibition

INTERCONNECT participants work collaboratively towards the creation and exhibition of their work, learning new techniques, how to develop a body of work, and the process of preparing for an exhibition. This year’s residency, focused on interdisciplinary practices, will be facilitated by Y+ contemporary. 

INTERCONNECT is a Cultural Hotspot SPARK project in partnership with the City of Toronto. The 2018 residency is also produced in partnership with the Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto Scarborough.

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Only Some of Us Want to Be Artists
May
31
to Jun 9

Only Some of Us Want to Be Artists

"Project Gallery is excited to be presenting ONLY SOME OF US WANT TO BE ARTISTS, a selection of 33 Etobicoke School of the Arts contemporary artists at the gallery on May 31st from 6:00-8:00pm. Join us to see the latest work of a four year project in art making." - gallery press release

This show has been organized by Ana Moseres and Matthew Varey with Devan Patel.

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Refraction
May
10
to May 24

Refraction

An exhibition displaying visual artifacts of research, analyzing the role and relationship of tools and the archivist. Julien reflects on how archival images often exist to communicate truths based in a specific reality. They employ the digital scanner within this work to communicate moments which exist outside of those traditional purposes. These images capture moments which never existed, but were brought into existence through meticulous processes. This exhibition is presented in partnership with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. 

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Eyelevel Reshelving Initiative 8: Inner/Outer Space
May
4
to Jun 8

Eyelevel Reshelving Initiative 8: Inner/Outer Space

Now in its eighth iteration, ERI 8: INNER / OUTER SPACE is Eyelevel’s biennial exhibition of artist’s books, multiples, and printed matter. 

Opening: Friday 4 May, 2018. 7:00PM - 9:00PM. 

This year’s Reshelving Initiative exhibition has brought together over 70 works by a group of 40 new artists and many more from Eyelevel’s bookstore archive to consider the mobile and site-responsive nature of printed matter.

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Under New Management: Video Rental Store
Apr
26
to Jun 9

Under New Management: Video Rental Store

Under New Management (Suzanne Carte and Su-Ying Lee)'s Video Rental Store, is to be installed in SAW Video's Knot project space from April 26, 2018 - June 9, 2018. Simply put, it is an exhibition, which operates like a video rental store that rents out artist’s videos. The project employs all the characteristics of the retail environment to connect with the local community, while challenging the gallery’s role as an intermediary that delimits the viewer’s direct access to art and artists. Rental and return of DVDs are on an honour-system basis, removing barriers that exist due to membership, deposit, and return policies at commercial ventures.

My work 'Yesterday, the Day Before, and the Day Before That' will be available for rental during the duration of the exhibition at SAW Video Media Art Centre's Knot Project Space. 

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Spaces in Between
Apr
16
to May 6

Spaces in Between

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Spaces In Between is a multi-media exhibition that showcases the artwork of 14 emerging artists in the Greater Toronto Area. The exhibiting artwork creates alternative spaces and/or explores the passage of time through traditional and new media methods. Artists create visualizations of another world through depiction or installation. These spaces exist in their memory, the present, the future or their imagination.

This exhibition is curated by Jenny Chen. Join us for a reception on April 22, 2018 from 3-5pm. 

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11th Contemporary Art Exhibition: Tranquility
Apr
7
to May 5

11th Contemporary Art Exhibition: Tranquility

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This year will feature International Guest Artist Suku Park of South Korea (Finland). An Artist Talk and Opening Reception will take place on Saturday, April 7th from 10:30am to 12:00pm. The Opening Reception will follow from 1pm to 3pm. Refreshments will be provided by the Museum, and Kirkland Lake Arts Club. There will be a small admission fee to the talk. Museum members and exhibiting artists have free admission.

My work 'G-3-1' will be exhibited as part of this exhibition. 

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Trinity Review 130.2 Launch
Apr
6
8:30 PM20:30

Trinity Review 130.2 Launch

The launch of the Trinity Review's 130th Spring issue. The Trinity Review is a literary, prose, and art journal edited by students of Trinity College at University of Toronto. On April 6, from 8:30-11pm, join us at 187 for a launch event featuring live readings, free copies of the journal, and refreshments. 

Some work by me will be featured in this season's edition of the journal. 

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Ariana Pickard: Collaboration of One
Mar
22
to Mar 30

Ariana Pickard: Collaboration of One

Collaboration of One is a group of works dealing with the isolation that accompanies interaction. Each piece examines and decustructs complex social happenings into their simplest form, thus articulating the bones of our language structure. Communication and the lack of it is perhaps the most overarching theme in the flaws of man, because of its ability to simultaneously create bridges and barriers using subtle inflections that are universal yet elusive. These inflections and connotations are the basis of the work, investigating another language we all speak but are often unaware of. By stripping interaction down to its core, it can be found that any and all facets of communication are omnipresent across everyone and everything.

Ariana Pickard is an artist currently practising in Toronto, ON. She is currently studying Contemporary Art at Etobicoke School of the Arts.

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One of Another
Feb
8
to Feb 22

One of Another

Fragility and deterioration are examined in this cross-section of work by Balzan, Kumagai, Soldovieri, and Soderholm. Visual communication of similar ideas bring cultural, personal, and subconscious perspectives to the act of expression. Within this exhibition, aesthetics are aligned to examine the way in which we communicate shared feelings. Methods of communication are contrasted to understand themselves in relationship to their opposites. This contrast contextualizes the artists’ respective understandings of fragility and deterioration within a greater shared reality that loss is difficult to quantify. Borrowing from a broad range of contemporary and traditional codices, all of these works communicate their instinctual meaning and form a pluralized existence which takes on a value autonomous from its individual parts.

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Portfolio Day 8
Nov
3
7:00 PM19:00

Portfolio Day 8

An international art event featuring the works of 80+ Grade 12 students from Etobicoke School of the Arts. Attendees are expected from universities and colleges across Canada and the US, England, France, Hong Kong, Scotland, and many more countries. During the public viewing, the world-class event will be open to crowds of thousands from the local community. 

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