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PAST EVENT

Ivory Tickler

8 December 2012 8pm

Not your average artist-run holiday party! Featuring Dean Baldwin VSVSVS DJs Bridgette Sullivan & Josh Voynovich Dean Baldwin‘s Bar Piano, first conceived for Nuit Blanche 2012 at Hart House, specially commissioned by the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto (2012). Recent projects include; Lime Eyes at Parisian Laundry in Montreal (2012); Oh Canada! at the MASS […]

Peter Kingstone

PAST EVENT

RG*RG / Polycephaly: Art, Funding, and Mythology

8 November 2012 6pm - 7pm

with Peter Kingstone Bringing forward ideas central to his artistic practice, this talk will explore the intersections between art, funding and the myths involved that all artists should know about. Please RSVP to Ellyn Walker, RG*RG Program Coordinator, at ellyn@mercerunion.org Peter Kingstone holds a Philosophy/Cultural Studies Degree from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, and Masters […]

Kerri Reid, Souvenirs (California), 2012. Collected rocks, handmade stoneware copies. Photo: Toni Hafkensheid.

PAST EXHIBITION

AS THE DUSTS SETTLE

Kerri Reid

2 November 2012 - 1 December 2012
Opening Reception 2 November 2012 7pm

This solo exhibition of works by Canadian artist Kerri Reid provides the first opportunity to consider several related series of works all revolving around the artist’s fascination with dust, debris, shadows and a inclination towards restitution, salvaging and repair.

Iman Issa, Material for a sculpture commemorating the life of a soldier who died defending his nation against intruding enemies, 2010-11. Photo: Toni Hafkensheid.

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MATERIAL

Iman Issa

2 November 2012 - 1 December 2012
Opening Reception 2 November 2012 7pm

Positioned within the interstices of physical reality and personal memory, the diverse practice of Egyptian artist Iman Issa continuously comes back to a critical question: “How does one visually evoke, communicate or signify one’s personal relationship to familiar places, events, and figures?” This question is born of Issa’s profound skepticism, or disbelief in, the pragmatist […]

Resource Group for Recent Grads

PAST EVENT

RG*RG / Graduate Students: Applying for OGS and SSHRC

25 September 2012 6pm

with Ellyn Walker The beginning of fall 2012 graduate programs also marks the time that Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grants are due to fund 2013-2014 graduate studies. By attending this workshop, you will gain hands-on knowledge about grant research, writing and editing including collective and individual […]

Roula Partheniou, Caution Yellow (2009)
polymer clay and acrylic paint

PAST EVENT

In Studio: Roula Partheniou

25 September 2012 7pm

Join in this exclusive opportunity to meet over drinks with artist Roula Partheniou at her studio. Free and guaranteed to Mercer Union Sustaining Members on RSVP. Space is extremely limited. Select tickets may be available to non-Sustaining Members for $25. For membership inquiries, contact York Lethbridge, Director of Operations & Development by email at york@mercerunion.org […]

Resource Group for Recent Grads

PAST EVENT

RG*RG / Cover Letters, Resumes and CVs

18 September 2012 6pm

with Ellyn Walker Due to the growing competition and precarity of employment within the arts, eloquent, effective cover letter, resume and CV writing are all invaluable assets to bring to any job. As the first introduction many employers will have, your professional writing and application practices could make the difference between gaining employment and not. […]

Promotional image for the exhibition Hapax Legomena, 2012. Archival photo from the Ontario Archives depicting the interior of the Academy Theatre founded in 1913 at 1286 Bloor Street West, with photo-manipulation by the curators Yoann Gourmel and Élodie Royer.

PAST EXHIBITION

HAPAX LEGOMENA

Isabelle Cornaro, Julien Crépieux, Aurélien Froment, Mark Geffriaud, Cyrille Maillot, Benoît Maire, Benoît-Marie Moriceau, Bruno Persat, Chloé Quenum, Raphaël Zarka

Curated by Yoann Gourmel and Élodie Royer

14 September 2012 - 20 October 2012
Opening Reception 14 September 2012 7pm

Front & Back Galleries: Hapax Legomena Hapax Legomena gathers the work of ten artists of the same generation together for the first time in Canada. The exhibition draws its starting point from the process and narrative proposed by the artist and theoretician Hollis Frampton in his most celebrated film Hapax Legomena 1: (nostalgia). In the […]

Resource Group for Recent Grads

PAST EVENT

RG*RG / Zines & Self-Publishing

28 August 2012 6pm

with Maggie Groat & Jimmy Limit Visibility is a central form of self-marketing, and accessibility to artist writing, artwork and research is a valuable process. Learn about economic, DIY ways to disseminate your work to the public, while at the same time creating a personal archive to be sustained. For more information, contact Ellyn Walker, […]

Resource Group for Recent Grads

PAST EVENT

RG*RG / D.I.Y. Documentation

7 August 2012 6pm

with Ryan Park Learn the basics of documenting your work using what you have, what your friends have, or how to make it look like you know what you’re doing. This workshop will consist of an overview of documentation practices and how to maintain consistent image-based records from an object-based perspective that incorporates D-I-Y practices. […]

Berndnaut Smilde, Nimbus D'Aspremont.

PAST EXHIBITION

RED SKY AT NIGHT

Absalon, Heike Baranowsky, Jack Goldstein, Cao Guimarães and Rivane Neuenschwander, John Massey, Jonathan Monk, Bruce Nauman, Berndnaut Smilde.

Curated by Sarah Robayo Sheridan

15 June 2012 - 29 July 2012
Opening Reception 15 June 2012 7pm

Taking its name from a piece of weather lore, the exhibition puts into conversation artworks that contend with atmospheric effects and environments—whether the austere solo living systems in Absalon’s Propositions d’habitation, or the abstraction of the sky into the printed page in Bruce Nauman’s LAAIR, or the reverie of a bubble in an infinite float […]

Jacob Wren: The Fake Revolt

PAST EVENT

The Fake Revolt: Readings by Tamara Faith Berger, Malcolm Sutton and Jacob Wren

31 May 2012 12am - 12am

Thursday 31 May, 8pm Free Tamara Faith Berger, Malcolm Sutton and Jacob Wren read from their recent work. An exploration of what literature might mean, and become, today. And how it may, or may not, connect with feelings of revolt. About the Authors Tamara Faith Berger was born in Toronto. She wrote pornography for a […]

PAST EXHIBITION

IN-GALLERY SOUND PERFORMANCE: Carl Didur, Jonathan Adjemian and Fiver

12 May 2012
Opening Reception 1 January 1970 12am

Saturday 12 May, doors open at 8PM FREE! An evening of sound by local musicians Carl Didur, Jonathan Adjemian and Fiver performed within the tessellated landscape of Deborah Stratman’s installation Tactical Uses of a Belief in the Unseen (2). Updated details on our facebook page

Ian Carr-Harris & Yvonne Lammerich, Abitation
(model after W.C. Jeffries’ rendering, installation view)

PAST EVENT

In Studio: Ian Carr-Harris & Yvonne Lammerich

26 April 2012 7pm

Free and guaranteed to Sustaining Members on RSVP. Refreshments will be served. Join in this exclusive opportunity for Mercer Union Sustaining Members to meet over drinks with artists Ian Carr-Harris and Yvonne Lammerich. Ian Carr-Harris is an artist based in Toronto whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally since 1971. Exhibitions include the Paris […]

Deborah Stratment. Installation View. Front Gallery.

PAST EXHIBITION

TACTICAL USES OF A BELIEF IN THE UNSEEN (2)

Deborah Stratman

14 April 2012 - 19 May 2012
Opening Reception 14 April 2012 8pm

An installation drawing upon the ecological effects of vibration and the history of sonic warfare. Historically, sound has been an ideal medium for the performance of psychological warfare because of how efficiently it evokes events and locations. Whether declarative, as with anthems or artillery, or deceptive, as with sonic decoys or surveillance, the audiosphere is […]

BLAST COUNTERBLAST

PAST EVENT

BOOK LAUNCH: BLAST COUNTERBLAST

20 March 2012 12am - 12am

Tuesday 20 March 2012, 7PM An evening of screenings and performances from artists featured in BLAST COUNTERBLAST Edited by Steve Reinke and Anthony Elms Published by Mercer Union Distributed by WhiteWalls / University of Chicago Press Bar will be open all evening. Special discount on all book purchases! BLAST COUNTERBLAST features contributions by Stuart Bailey, […]

SPIKED TEA

PAST EVENT

SPIKED TEA 2012

17 March 2012 12am - 12am

SPIKED TEA 2012 A Mercer Union Afternoon Social Saturday 17 March, 2PM Tickets $75 | Members $65 click to purchase or call to confirm 416.536.1519 spiked.mercerunion.org Following the success of Spiked Tea 2011, Mercer Union once again hosts the time-honoured ritual of high tea… with a contemporary twist! Engage in lively conversation with prominent Toronto […]

Pierre Leguillon. Installation view. Back Gallery.

PAST EXHIBITION

PIERRE LEGUILLON FEATURES DIANE ARBUS: A PRINTED RETROSPECTIVE, 1960-1971

Pierre Leguillon

10 March 2012
Opening Reception 10 March 2012 12am

Pierre Leguillon features Diane Arbus: a printed retrospective, 1960-1971 The exhibition brings together all the images commissioned to the New York photographer by the Anglo-Saxon press in the 1960s. Leguillon’s exhibition will present the original pages of the magazines, which correspond to the first appearance of these photographs in publications such as Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire, […]

Jennifer Murphy

PAST EVENT

In Studio: Jennifer Murphy

8 March 2012 12am - 12am

In Studio with Jennifer Murphy NOTE NEW DATE: Thursday 8 March, 7 PM Exclusive visit for Sustaining Members of Mercer Union Refreshments will be served Mercer Union invites Sustaining Members to meet over drinks with artist Jennifer Murphy. Murphy is a Toronto-based artist. Working mainly in collage, she uses different materials ranging from cut and sewn […]

Annie MacDonell

PAST EXHIBITION

ORIGINALITY AND THE AVANT GARDE (ON ART AND REPETITION)

Annie MacDonell

20 January 2012 - 10 March 2012
Opening Reception 20 January 2012 8pm

Originality and the Avant Garde (On Art and Repetition) The title of the show is not wholly unique. It borrows from the title of a 1981 Rosalind Krauss text, which questions the avant garde’s attachment tonotions of authenticity and its denial of its own foundation in processes of repetition. The terms of the production and […]

MacDonell-Leguillon_AGO

PAST EVENT

Offsite Talk & Screening at the AGO!

17 January 2012 12am - 12am

Artists in Conversation: Pierre Leguillon and Annie MacDonell Preceded by a special screening of Nostalgia by Hollis Frampton Tuesday 17 January, 7 PM Jackman Hall (use McCaul Street entrance) Free Join us on Tuesday 17 January at the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Jackman Hall, for a discussion with artists Pierre Leguillon and Annie MacDonell, moderated […]

Photo courtesy of Deborah Stratman

PAST EVENT

Artist Talk: Deborah Stratman

15 January 2012 12am - 12am

Join us on Sunday 15 January at 2PM for a talk by Chicago-based artist Deborah Stratman about the current installation “Tactical Uses of a Belief in the Unseen (2)” in relation to previous works and her current research.