PAST EXHIBITION

NYE

31 December 2005 - 1 January 2006
Opening Reception 1 January 1970 12am

DirtiestNYE

PAST EVENT

Dirtiest New Year’s Eve

31 December 2005 12am - 12am

2006…. The Dirtiest is yet to come…. Saturday, December 31st, 2005: Visit the Dirtiest New Year’s Eve Website: www.dirtynewyearseve.com The Dirtiest New Year’s Eve Party 2006… It’s back. @ Studio 99 (99 Sudbury Street, Toronto) 10PM ‘til daybreak Must be 19 years +

PAST EVENT

Artist Talk: Kristan Horton and Candice Breitz

27 November 2005 12am - 12am

Sunday, November 27, 4pm (Free) Mercer Union presents artists’ talks by Kristan Horton and Candice Breitz: Kristan Horton was born in Canada in 1971. He studied at Guelph University and the Ontario College of Art and Design. He has had an international exhibition career since the late 1990’s including Glassbox, Paris (FR), ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany, […]

PAST EVENT

Mercer Union Music Series, Programme #1: Linda Catlin Smith

19 November 2005 12am - 12am

Mercer Union presents: Music Series, Programme #1 Linda Catlin Smith plays Rudolf Komorous’ Anatomy of Melancholy Saturday 19 November, 2005, 9PM Mercer Union, A Centre for Contemporary Art 37 Lisgar Street, Toronto (west of Dovercourt, south of Queen) Free Toronto based composer, Linda Catlin Smith, will DJ her own 2-hour version of Rudolf Komorous’ Anatomy […]

PAST EVENT

Test Reading Series: BILL KENNEDY + DARREN WERSHLER-HENRY and JESSICA SMITH

18 November 2005 12am - 12am

November 18, 7:30 p.m. BILL KENNEDY is the Artistic Director of The Scream Literary Festival and a poetry editor for Coach House Books. He organized the very-much-missed Lexiconjury Reading Series. He also runs Stop14, a new media development company. DARREN WERSHLER-HENRY teaches Communication Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is the author of two books […]

MIRROR BALL

PAST EXHIBITION

MIRROR BALL

Luis Jacob

4 November 2005 - 10 December 2005
Opening Reception 4 November 2005 8pm

Peephole: Mirror Ball Please join us Friday November 4th for the opening of three new exhibitions and an artist talk at Mercer Union: Luis Jacob (just voted Best Public Art by NOW magazine) Exhibition dates: November 4, 2005 – December 10, 2005 Opening reception: November 4, 2005, 8pm Toronto artist Luis Jacob, featured in Mercer […]

Candice Breitz. Soliloquy (Clint).  DVD, 1971 - 2000. Collection: Joe Friday.

PAST EXHIBITION

SOLILOQUY (CLINT)

Candice Breitz

4 November 2005 - 10 December 2005
Opening Reception 4 November 2005 8pm

Back Gallery: Soliloquy The work of Kristan Horton (Toronto) and Candice Breitz (Johannesburg) examines the language of pop culture and the mechanisms of the moving image. Breitz takes popular video (a Sharon Stone film, the TV show Dallas, a Madonna music video) and empties it of all narrative, distilling it into something entirely new. Horton […]

Kirstan Horton. Rolo, 2005, styrofoam, laser prints. Installation view. Front Gallery.

PAST EXHIBITION

ALL AT ONCE

Kirstan Horton

4 November 2005 - 10 December 2005
Opening Reception 4 November 2005 6pm

Front Gallery All at Once Kristan Horton (just voted Best Artist To Watch by NOW magazine) The work of Kristan Horton (Toronto) and Candice Breitz (Johannesburg) examines the language of pop culture and the mechanisms of the moving image. Breitz takes popular video (a Sharon Stone film, the TV show Dallas, a Madonna music video) […]

PAST EVENT

Mercer Union presents The Centre of Attention at the Toronto International Art Fair

4 November 2005 12am - 7 November 2005 12am

Mercer Union presents The Centre of Attention (UK) at the Toronto International Art Fair, INTERACTIVE 05. The Centre of Attention is curated by Pierre Coinde and Gary O’Dwyer. Its experimental approach stems from an ongoing enquiry into the phenomenon of art production, presentation, consumption and heritage-ization. www.thecentreofattention.org INTERACTIVE 05: Conceived by Thom Sokoloski and Clara […]

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PAST EXHIBITION

MONKEY WORK COCONUT

Xu Zhen and Ron Terada

Curated by Natalie De Vito

16 September 2005 - 22 October 2005
Opening Reception 16 September 2005 8pm

Artist Talk: Ron Terada, Friday, 16 September, 7:30PM Canadian Art Gallery Hop: Saturday, 17 September, 3PM Reid Shier (The Power Plant) in discussion with curator Natalie De Vito. Monkey Work Coconut Using photography, video, installation and signage, Xu Zhen (Shanghai) and Ron Terada (Vancouver) draw our attention to the mostly unnoticed and dismissed trivial details […]

PAST EVENT

Garage Sale: Purge then Binge!

20 August 2005 12am - 12am

Saturday Aug 20 2005 8AM to 12 Noon Location: Mercer Union 37 Lisgar Street Toronto, Ontario (Queen Street West & Dovercourt) Purge then Binge! The Mercer Union Garage Sale This Saturday (August 20th) at the ungodly hour of 8am. We are looking for donations of books you’ve already read, music you no longer listen to, […]

AWP. Map of the night time mobility patterns for the greater Toronto area.

PAST EXHIBITION

TORONTOTROLL: NIGHT MOBILITY LABORATORY/ LABORATOIRE DES MOBILITÉS NOCTURNES

AWP (Atelier Wundershon Peplum)

Curated by Catherine Sicot

23 June 2005 - 30 July 2005
Opening Reception 1 January 1970 12am

TORONTOTROLL, A residency project at Mercer Union in Toronto With the support of AFAA, the French Consulate of France in Toronto, Evergreen, the Drake Hotel, and Institut pour la Ville en Mouvement. www.torontotroll.ca AWP is a Paris-based agency of “territorial reconfiguration” whose practice integrates visual arts, design, music, architecture, and landscape design. The collective have […]

Chris Gillespie. Photograph taken at opening.

PAST EXHIBITION

ROOM OF MILES AND FEET

Chris Gillespie

23 June 2005 - 30 July 2005
Opening Reception 23 June 2005 6pm

Back Gallery: Room of Miles and Feet “[I]t’s impossible to believe that Gillespie is a dispassionate, or mad, scientist. He has created a pocket-sized world of ants traversing highways, and abandoned winter vehicles, but we sense the presence of the artist’s hand in both scenarios, crafting and marking and quietly slipping away. His painstaking documentation […]

PAST EVENT

Party Mercer Party in Venice

11 June 2005 12am - 12am

Party Mercer Party Saturday 11 June 2005 23:00 till dawn Università luav di Venezia Convento di San Nicolò da Tolentini Campo dei Tolentini, Santa Croce Vaporetto Piazzale Roma Music by DJ SuperPeakNick + DJ Nis + DJ Ravix First 500 guests will each receive a Rebecca Belmore button produced by C Magazine and Mercer Union’s […]

PAST EVENT

Trip to the Venice Biennale

9 June 2005 12am - 12 June 2005 12am

Join Mercer Union on a trip to the Venice Biennale exclusive press opening from June 9th to June 12th, to support Canada’s presentation of Rebecca Belmore. Prices are per person (early-bird discount no longer available): 7 nights $2,200 CAD, 3 stars, DOUBLE accommodation $3,000 CAD, 3 stars, SINGLE accommodation Trip includes: 1. Airfare (direct flight […]

PAST EVENT

THE EIGHT HOUR DRONE SHOW

29 May 2005 12am - 12am

MERCER UNION AND BLOCKS RECORDING CLUB (www.blocksblocksblocks.com) PRESENT THE EIGHT HOUR DRONE SHOW at MERCER UNION 37 LISGAR STREET (QUEEN AND DOVERCOURT) 12 NOON TO 8 PM SUNDAY MAY 29TH, 2005 Blocks Recording Club and Mercer Union present the EIGHT HOUR DRONE SHOW. A fundraiser for Blocks Recording Club, curated and organized by Alex Snukal […]

Tania Kitchell. Image taken from webcam.

PAST EXHIBITION

Mercer Union presents: Tania Kitchell Live Webcam

28 April 2005 - 4 June 2005
Opening Reception 1 January 1970 12am

Mercer Union presents: Tania Kitchell, It’s A Big White World Live gallery webcam http://www.mercerunion.org/tania Maximum 20 simultaneous viewers. (If image does not load please wait and try again later) Ann Course and Tania Kitchell 28 April – 4 June, 2005 Opening Reception: Thursday, 28 April, 8PM Opening Night Artist Talk by Ann Course, 7PM WHERE: […]

Ann Course. Installation view. Front Gallery.

PAST EXHIBITION

UNTITLED

Ann Course

28 April 2005 - 4 June 2005
Opening Reception 28 April 2005 8pm

Front Gallery: Untitled Ann Course‘s playful silk-screen prints and silicon sculptures are imbued with a sense of personal recollection and recurring motifs. Since 1993 Course has collaborated with Paul Clark to produce a series of psychologically piercing short animations. Constructed from drawings on paper that are passed under a rostrum camera with a specially mounted […]

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PAST EXHIBITION

ITS A BIG WHITE WORLD

Tania Kitchell

28 April 2005 - 4 June 2005
Opening Reception 28 April 2005 8pm

Back Gallery: It’s a Big White World Click here for gallery webcam (maximum 20 simultaneous viewers – if image does not load please wait and try again later) “Snow doesn’t even get born until it’s underneath the life-line of zero. Tania Kitchell lives there. She goes through the O and waits underneath until the snow […]

PAST EVENT

Images Festival Off Screen Closing Party

15 April 2005 12am - 12am

Mercer Union presents: The 18th Annual Images Festival Off Screen Closing Party @ Mercer Union 37 Lisgar Street (one street west of Dovercourt, south of Queen) FRIDAY, 15 APRIL, 2005, 9:30PM Raffle! Raffle! Raffle! Prizes include: Nikon Coolpix 4100 digital camera Cinematheque Ontario dual membership Famous Players movie passes Black Dog Video gift certificates Prefix […]

PAST EVENT

St. Patricks Day Party

17 March 2005 12am - 12am

Get Lucky @ Mercer Union’s St. Patrick’s Day Party Thursday March 17, Doors 9 PM+ DJ Luis Jacob The Lollipop People and the dueling fiddlers Door prizes! Green beer! $5 general $3 members (please show membership card) Mercer Union 37 Lisgar Street Toronto ON t. 416 536-1519 info@mercerunion.org

Kevin Schmidt. Young Trees. Medium format slide, 2003.

PAST EXHIBITION

FOG

Kevin Schmidt

9 March 2005 - 16 April 2005
Opening Reception 9 March 2005 8pm

Front Gallery: Fog Fog, 2004, is an installation of two medium format projections of dry ice fog photographed at night in the forest. With the aid of dramatic lighting and a fog machine, Schmidt highlights the artificiality of film and the tendency to augment nature to look hyper-real. Like the effects in science fiction and […]

Matthew Suib.  Cocked. video. 33 video stills, 2003.

PAST EXHIBITION

COCKED

Matthew Suib

9 March 2005 - 16 April 2005
Opening Reception 9 March 2005 8pm

Back Gallery: Cocked Produced in 2003, during the lead-up to the war with Iraq, Matthew Suib’s Cocked consists of meticulously edited scenes from a dozen spaghetti westerns to create a seamless and seemingly endless ‘standoff’ between a large number of cowboys. A succession of squints, glares, deadly stares and itchy trigger fingers form a nuanced, […]

PAST EVENT

Platform: Music in Alternative Spaces

24 February 2005 12am - 12am

Thursday, 24 February, 2005, 7:30PM at Mercer Union Anne Sulikowski and Jeff Sinibaldi A Mercer Union co-presentation with the Art Gallery of York University The AGYU’s experimental music series continues with a performance by Hamilton-based musicians Anne Sulikowski and Jeff Sinibalidi at Mercer Union. Using computers and sequencers Sulikowski blends and layers drone, ambient fragments, […]

BGL. Installation View. Front Gallery. Photography by Brian Piitz.

PAST EXHIBITION

BESOIN DE CROIRE/NEED TO BELIEVE

BGL

13 January 2005 - 19 February 2005
Opening Reception 13 January 2005 8pm

Front Gallery Besoin de Croire/Need to Believe “Junior lives in the city. He is 11 years old and goes to the neighbourhood school. Gilles, his father, is a computer programmer/analyst and his mother Gisèle is a telephone operator for a big company. Just like every Sunday afternoon, they go out as a family to an […]

Marianne Corless. Fur Queen II. muskrat, mink, ermine and beaver fur, 20 x 16", 2002. (Detail.)

PAST EXHIBITION

FUR QUEEN II

Marianne Corless

13 January 2005 - 19 February 2005
Opening Reception 13 January 2005 8pm

Back Gallery: Fur Queen II “Fur Queen II, Marianne Corless‘s deftly worked portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, presents the standard, familiar iconic image of the distinguished royal in bust-length format. Here the resemblance to traditional likenesses of the queen ends, as Corless’s offering manipulates the face of Elizabeth through the spread and nap of various […]

PAST EVENT

Lecture: BGL

13 January 2005 12am - 12am

Lecture Thursday, January 13, 7 PM Front Gallery: BGL Need to Believe “Junior lives in the city. He is 11 years old and goes to the neighbourhood school. Gilles, his father, is a computer programmer/analyst and his mother Gisèle is a telephone operator for a big company. Just like every Sunday afternoon, they go out […]