Ryan Gander. Video Still. (26:48 min, digital video, sound, edition 3 +1 A.P., Courtesy of the artist and Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam.)

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THINGS THAT MEAN THINGS AND THINGS THAT LOOK LIKE THEY MEAN THINGS

Ryan Gander

6 November 2009 - 12 December 2009
Opening Reception 6 November 2009 7pm

Back Gallery: Things That Mean Things And Things That Look Like They Mean Things In this recent video by Ryan Gander, the artist imbeds a work within a work. Key elements in the hall of mirrors include an interview with writer and filmmaker Dan Fox, art students sketching Francis Bacon paintings installed at the Tate […]

Group show. Installation view. Front Gallery.

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WE INTERRUPT THIS PROGRAM

Curated by Sarah Robayo Sheridan with Steven Leiber and Ted Purves

6 November 2009 - 12 December 2009
Opening Reception 6 November 2009 8pm

Front Gallery: We Interrupt This Program The artworks grouped in this survey exhibition originally circulated by alternative distribution, appearing through the platform of a magazine ad or TV spot rather than through the formal avenues of gallery or museum display. Many evidence a conceptual tendency, preferring to disseminate ideas over objects and each performs a […]

Taku Dazai. Mountain Goat Fight. Installation view. Back Gallery.

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NATURE MORTE

Taku Dazai

11 September 2009 - 24 October 2009
Opening Reception 11 September 2009 7pm

Back Gallery: Nature Morte In this solo exhibition of installation-based works, Taku Dazai employs a taxidermied cast of characters—a rattlesnake, an owl, a mountain goat and a mouse—in order to explore boyhood fascination with animals in battle. Download the exhibition brochure

Diane Borsato. Italian Lessons, 2007 - Ongoing. Front Gallery.

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THE CHINATOWN FORAY

Diane Borsato

11 September 2009 - 24 October 2009
Opening Reception 11 September 2009 8pm

Front Gallery THE CHINATOWN FORAY In this exhibition, Diane Borsato will present a new series of public actions and discreet interventions. In works such as The Chinatown Foray (2008), Borsato invited the Mycological Society of Toronto to hold one of their weekly mushroom identification excursions in Markham supermarkets and medicinal shops; and in Italian Lessons […]

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You Don’t Love Me Yet / Toronto 2009

15 August 2009
Opening Reception 1 January 1970 12am

Saturday 15 August, 3PM YOU DON’T LOVE ME YET / Toronto, 2009 Toronto-based musicians and artists will perform an afternoon of Johanna Billing’s ongoing project, You Don’t Love Me Yet. Fascinated by the ritualized potential inherent in performing cover versions of pop songs, Billing conceived a concert format based on one song only, to be […]

Sarah Gregg Millman. Blue. Installation view. Front Gallery.

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A FUN TIME IS A GREAT TIME

Sarah Gregg Millman

3 July 2009 - 15 August 2009
Opening Reception 3 July 2009 7pm

Front Gallery: A Fun Time Is A Great Time In her first solo exhibition in Toronto, Millman expands on her ongoing, cinema-inspired lexicon of single working girls. Millman’s work portrays a fantasy world inhabited by characters going about daily life⎯where light and airy narratives mask the presence of oppression and anxiety lurking beneath the surface. […]

Johanna Billing. Installation View. Back Gallery.

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THIS IS HOW WE WALK ON THE MOON

Johanna Billing

3 July 2009 - 15 August 2009
Opening Reception 3 July 2009 8pm

Back Gallery: This Is How We Walk On The Moon In the video This Is How We Walk on the Moon (2007), a group of local musicians learns to sail in the Firth of Forth, off the coast of Edinburgh, Scotland. Set to the 1980s song of the same title by the late experimental musician […]

Tony Romano. Trial of Judas Priest with Constant Reference to Dorothy Retallack. Installation view.

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GOODBYE TO ROMANCE

Katie Bethune-Leamen, Dave Dyment, Lars Laumann, Jimmy Limit, Tony Romano, Alvin Lucifer, Brian Joseph Davis & Steven Kado

Curated by Elaine Gaito

1 May 2009 - 13 June 2009
Opening Reception 1 May 2009 8pm

Goodbye To Romance Popular music is rife with fan-generated legends and myths pertaining to premature exits and mortal excess. Invoking the logic of paranoia, the group exhibition Goodbye to Romance brings together works that harness obsessive musical fandom and highlight the romantic futility of conspiracy theory. Going beyond simple narrative explication, the artists assembled employ […]

João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva. Columbo's Column. Film Still.

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MAGNETIC RESONANCE ON ABISSOLOGIC EXPERIMENTS

João Maria Gusmão And Pedro Paiva

6 March 2009 - 18 April 2009
Opening Reception 6 March 2009 7pm

Front Gallery: Magnetic Resonance On Abissologic Experiments Described as “poetic philosophical fiction,” João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva’s 16mm film installations explore pseudoscience through an odd alchemical compound: equal parts early silent cinema, archaeological dig, and late-60s land art. The films are often performative and though suggestive of narrative, ultimately revel in illogical and surprising […]

Sylvia Mata. Installation view. Back Gallery.

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RED SHIFT

Sylvia Matas

6 March 2009 - 18 April 2009
Opening Reception 6 March 2009 8pm

Back Gallery: Red Shift A series of sculptural works (a rope made of dental floss, for example) alongside a grouping of small sun prints, all exploring themes of perception, time and cycles. Sylvia Matas is a visual artist from Winnipeg, Canada. She received her BFA from the University of Manitoba in 2003 and her MFA […]

Craig Leonard. Installation view. Back Gallery.

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AMUSICOLOGY

Craig Leonard

9 January 2009 - 14 February 2009
Opening Reception 9 January 2009 7pm

Back Gallery: Amusicology A series of mini-installations, charting art/rock coincidences and convergences through mixed dosages of sculptural inquiry, archival impulse and audio experiment. Subjects of exploration include King Tubby, DNA, Harry Partch, Jimmy Page, the Screamers and more.  

Kenneth Goldsmith. Installation view. Front Gallery.

PAST EXHIBITION

STREET POETS & VISIONARIES: SELECTIONS FROM THE UBUWEB COLLECTION

Kenneth Goldsmith

9 January 2009 - 21 February 2009
Opening Reception 9 January 2009 8pm

Front Gallery: Street Poets & Visionaries: Selections From The Ubuweb Collection Talk by UbuWeb founder Kenneth Goldsmith at 7PM preceding the opening reception at 8PM. Street Poets & Visionaries: Selections from the UbuWeb Collection, an exhibition of posters and ephemeral writings from the streets of New York City. In the tradition of Jim Shaw’s “Thrift […]