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You And Me Right Here Right Now: Theatre In The Post-Cinema Age

9 December 2014 7pm

Mercer Union is delighted to announce that Jordan Tannahill will be the fourth guest of our fORUM critical conversation series, a monthly series of talks, lectures, interviews, screenings and performances at the gallery. Please join us on Tuesday December 9th for a performance lecture by Jordan Tannahill featuring Bridget Moser. Tracing through the histories of cinema […]

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The Eyelash and the Monochrome

Tiziana La Melia

28 November 2014 - 31 January 2015
Opening Reception 28 November 2014 7pm

Mercer Union is delighted to present a new solo exhibition by Vancouver-based artist Tiziana La Melia, opening Friday 28 November with an artist talk at 7PM, followed by a public reception until 10PM. Tiziana La Melia weaves writing, sculpture, painting and performance in layered installations which speak to female archetypes, personal narratives, passions and teenage […]

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SPACE: GILES ROUND

28 November 2014 - 31 March 2015
Opening Reception 28 November 2014 7pm

Mercer Union has commissioned British artist Giles Round for the second billboard project at the corner of Bloor Street West and St. Clarens Avenue. Giles Round’s Untitled, 1943/1944 (SORRY!) layers a printed interjecting apology over a page cut from a catalogue on the work of German artist Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948) over a backdrop of traditonal […]

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Circles and Sequences: Lis Rhodes and Elisabeth Subrin

28 November 2014 - 31 January 2015
Opening Reception 28 November 2014 7pm

Taking its starting point from the name of the women’s film and video distribution organisation co-founded by Lis Rhodes in the 1970s, this sequence of screenings engages with questions of representation, politics, language and perception. Friday 28 November – Saturday 13 December 2014 Lis Rhodes Light Reading (1979) B &W, 16mm transferred to video, 20’ […]

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CLOUD 35 ANNIVERSARY PARTY

7 November 2014 8pm - 8 November 2014 12am

MUSIC by New Horizzzons | Midnight Static: DJs Gabe Knox & Diana McNally $35 Cloud Pass includes complimentary artist cocktails + 1-year Associate Membership A lot has changed since 1979 but not our commitment to artist-run culture and cutting-edge contemporary art. After 35 years in Toronto —5 locations, 160 board members, countless volunteers, over 2,000 artists exhibited— we want to […]

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Through the Known and the Unknown We Will Find the New: Apocalypse and Alchemy on McLuhan and Frye, and on to Opening Time

21 October 2014 7pm

Mercer Union is delighted to announce that B.W. Powe will be the third guest of our fORUM critical conversation series. In his talk B.W. Powe will explore visionary traditions and technologies, focusing on the work of Marshall McLuhan and Northrup Frye and their interest in apocalypse and alchemy. Both looking backwards and forwards, Powe will […]

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In Studio: Public Studio

7 October 2014 7pm

Mercer Union is delighted to host a studio tour with Public Studio, the collective art practice of filmmaker Elle Flanders and architect Tamira Sawatzky. Open to Sustaining Members and above, other Mercer Union members and non-members may attend for $25 (can be pledged towards the purchase of a Sustaining Membership). Refreshments will be served. RSVP […]

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In Studio: Iris Häussler

23 September 2014 7pm

Join Mercer Union for a studio visit with artist Iris Häussler. Refreshments will be served. Free for Sustaining Members and above; open to other members and non-members for $25. Space is limited. To ensure your place RSVP to York Lethbridge at york@mercerunion.org or by calling 416.536.1519 Iris Häussler was born in Germany and moved to […]

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Tainted Goods: Contemporary Sculpture and the Critique of Display Cultures

16 September 2014 7pm

Mercer Union is delighted to announce that Dan Adler will be the second guest of our fORUM critical conversation series. This talk will address large-scale exhibitions by Rachel Harrison, Isa Genzken, and Geoffrey Farmer consisting of sprawling accumulations of objects: some found, some modified, some handcrafted. Adler will explore how these expansive shows incorporate assemblage-based […]

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Everything is accidental

Laurent Montaron

4 September 2014 - 25 October 2014
Opening Reception 5 September 2014 7pm

Artist talk at 6:30PM, followed by reception at 7:30PM Friday 5 September 2014 The work of Laurent Montaron (b. 1972, lives and works in Paris) is suffused with the contemporary history of the media. For Montaron, a compulsive exploration of technologies and technological experimentation is a means to explore how we think through tools and […]

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Choreography for Screen

Aryen Hoekstra

4 September 2014 - 25 October 2014
Opening Reception 5 September 2014 7pm

Artist talk at 6:30PM, followed by reception at 7:30PM Friday 5 September 2014 The screen as both apparatus and space of political potential is central to the work of Aryen Hoekstra (b. 1982 Edmonton, lives and works in Toronto). In his film and sculptural installations, Hoekstra proposes a disjuncture in the passages of time and […]

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MERCER Offsite: Hazel Meyer

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23 August 2014 - 31 August 2014
Opening Reception 23 August 2014 3pm

Mercer Union, a centre for contemporary art, is delighted to partner with Sunday Drive Art Projects to present a new solo project by Hazel Meyer in Warkworth, Ontario. From the monumental to the modest, Hazel Meyer’s projects range from large installations to small woven tags meant for an audience of one. She explores seemingly disparate […]

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fORUM: Monika Szewczyk

16 July 2014 7pm

We are delighted to announce that Monika Szewczyk is the inaugural guest of our fORUM critical conversation series, a monthly series of talks, lectures, interviews, screenings and performances at Mercer Union. Monika Szewczyk on “how to hold a conversation” Conversation is a somewhat fragile thing. It is something that we forge, but also something that is […]

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New Member Edition Launch | Sandy Plotnikoff

4 July 2014 6pm - 7pm

Join us for the launch of our first Mercer Member card edition. For the 2014-15 year, Mercer Union has invited Sandy Plotnikoff to design a portable artwork exclusively for members of the centre. All new and existing members are invited to enjoy a drink on the house, music on the patio (weather permitting) and good company. Artist in attendance. […]

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Liz Knox

21 June 2014 - 15 November 2014
Opening Reception 21 June 2014 7pm

SPACE is a new series of commissioned works for the billboard space on the side of Mercer Union, at the corner of St Clarens Avenue and Bloor Street West. Liz Knox uses conceptual strategies, examining systems of interpretation with an emphasis on strategies of irony, primarily working with text. Knox studied Studio Art at the […]

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Taking [a] part

20 June 2014 - 26 July 2014
Opening Reception 20 June 2014 7pm

What does it mean when we gather? What happens? Taking [a] part uses as a starting point conversations, within collectives, between artists and artists, curators and artists, peer groups and audiences, between artworks. The exhibition unfolds throughout its five-week duration, shifting from a series of three-person exhibitions in the back gallery space to an expanding group exhibition […]

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PLATFORM: Music at Mercer

30 May 2014 8pm

with Absolutely Free | Jason Doell | Swiss Dice Admission $10 | Members $5 (available at the door) Absolutely Free are a 3-piece band based in Toronto, comprised of former members of DD/MM/YYYY. The group formulates musical experiments based on instrumentation,  compositional structure and other formal qualities ubiquitous to popular rock music. Their music integrates […]

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ONE HOUR MIXER: Bunchoffuckinstoops

23 May 2014 7pm - 8pm

Mercer Union Members-Only Cocktail Hour Every month, we invite new and existing Mercer Union members to our One Hour Mixers. On Friday 23 May, we’ll be jamming to a recording of Bunchoffuckinstoops, live at the Bloor Ossington Folk Festival 2013. Enjoy a drink on the house, good company, and Sarah Pierce’s exhibition Lost Illusions/Illusions perdues […]

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ONE HOUR MIXER: Prince Innocence

25 April 2014 7pm - 8pm

Mercer Union Members-Only Cocktail Hour Every month, we invite new and existing Mercer Union members to our One Hour Mixers. On Friday 25 April, we’ve invited Toronto-based artist Prince Innocence to contribute a one-hour track made specifically for the occasion. Enjoy a drink on the house, good company, and Sarah Pierce’s exhibition Lost Illusions/Illusions perdues […]

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IN STUDIO: Nadia Belerique

24 April 2014 7pm

Join Mercer Union for a visit to Nadia Belerique’s studio in advance of her upcoming show Have You Seen This Man at Daniel Faria Gallery (opening 1 May 2014). Refreshments will be served. Free for Sustaining Members and above; open to other members and select non-members for $25. Space is extremely limited. RSVP to York Lethbridge, […]

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Lost Illusions/Illusions perdues (part two)

Sarah Pierce/The Metropolitan Complex

4 April 2014 - 24 May 2014
Opening Reception 1 January 1970 12am

with Kayla Krische and Olivia Simpson Artist’s Talk Friday 4 April 2014, 6:30 PM Opening Reception Friday 4 April, 7:30 PM onward, with performed elements throughout Since 2003, Sarah Pierce has used the umbrella term – The Metropolitan Complex – to describe her practice. Despite its institutional resonance, this title does not signify an organization. […]

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SPIKED TEA: Surrealist Derby

29 March 2014 2pm

Expect an elegantly strange atmosphere at Spiked Tea: Surrealist Derby. This afternoon event – now in its third year – features outlandish tables hosted by some of Toronto’s most exciting emerging artists. Specialty tea cocktails and finger sandwiches will give way to cheering and friendly competition. With the roll of a die, party goers can […]

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ONE HOUR MIXER: Digits

21 March 2014 7pm - 8pm

Mercer Union Members’ Only Cocktail Hour Every month, we invite new and existing Mercer Union members to our One Hour Cocktail Mixers. On Friday, March 21st, we’ve invited Toronto-based artist Digits to contribute a one-hour track made specifically for the occasion. Enjoy a drink on the house, good company, and good art: we’ll be socializing […]

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PAST EVENT

Push and Pull Artists’ Talk

15 March 2014 2pm

As part of the exhibition, there will be a discussion between Bridget Moser, Michael Vickers, Nikki Woolsey and Georgina Jackson. This event is free and all are welcome.

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PAST EVENT

All Handles Different: Bridget Moser

13 March 2014 7pm

Mercer Union is pleased to present All Handles Different, a 25 minute performance by Bridget Moser on Thursday, March 13th at 7pm. The long form performance is a site specific work created in response to the configuration of the gallery’s current exhibition Push and Pull. All Handles Different will make use of elements of performance […]

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PAST EVENT

In Studio: Jean-Paul Kelly

27 February 2014 7pm

Join Mercer Union for an intimate view of Kelly’s studio and current practice. Refreshments will be served. Free for Sustaining Members and above; open to other members and select non-members for $25. Space is extremely limited. RSVP to York Lethbridge, Director of Operations & Development, at york@mercerunion.org or by calling 416.536.1519 Jean-Paul Kelly (Canadian, b. […]

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ONE HOUR MIXER: Body Interface

21 February 2014 7pm - 8pm

Mercer Union Member’s Only Cocktail Hour ABOUT THE EVENT Every month, we invite new and existing Mercer Union members to our One Hour Cocktail Mixers. On Friday, February 21st, we’ve invited Body Interface to contribute a one-hour track made specifically for the occasion. Enjoy a drink on the house, good company, and good art: we’ll […]

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PAST EXHIBITION

Push and Pull

Bridget Moser, Michael Vickers and Nikki Woolsey

7 February 2014 - 22 March 2014
Opening Reception 7 February 2014 7pm

Push and Pull presents a series of new works by artists Bridget Moser, Michael Vickers and Nikki Woolsey. The exhibition title refers to a constant tension, a position between moving in one direction, and into another; a perpetual state of struggle. Bridget Moser’s performance and video work is suspended between internally voiced conundrums, stand-up comedy, […]