Please join us Thursday May 2 from 7-10PM for the opening reception of ‘Unreleased’, presented as part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Festival
2FIK’s latest body of work “Unreleased” explores the gap that can exist between a person’s sense of belonging within a culture, and the culture’s opinion of that person. In this work, 2FIK performs multiple visions of “self,” while exploring the positive and negative prejudices that accompany visual perceptions of the “other.” This exhibition presents a series of dramatic tableau photographs in which characters from different cultures meet and evolve.
This exhibition marks a special occasion in gallerywest history. The artist 2FIK is gallerywest’s inaugural exhibitor (“Chosen Identities”, 2010) and in many ways has contributed to the standard of success gallerywest is able to achieve as a space for contemporary art through his own standard of excellence and fearlessness.
Since October 2010 gallerywest has housed over twelve shows a year and continues to provide an environment for unique conversations and experiences with art and community.
A catalogue of 2FIK’s work will be available at gallerywest throughout the month of May featuring a text written by Evan Tyler.
Currently showing at gallerywest!
OCAD University Interdisciplinary Art, Media & Design End-of-Year Show
April 23 - 27, 2013
Friday, April 26, 7pm - 12am
Perspectives is a two-part exhibition featuring work by OCAD University’s graduate candidates in the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design program. Incorporating interdisciplinarity as a method, the work shares a conceptual approach rather than a common theme. The result is a panorama of work produced over the past six months.
For more information, see the Facebook event, or contact Brette Gabel at email@example.com
April @ gallerywest
featuring a Funeral for Zellers
April 4-20, 2013
Thursday, April 4 from 7-11PM
Spring is commonly associated in art and literature with hope and new life, with the physical presence and untested promise of new life, with actual and metaphorical fresh starts. It seems a time of joyful innocence, of fresh energy and awakenings. Spring has a darker side, too, and this dark side forms the essence of Michael Dent’s newest show, entitled Prints Of Darkness.
Spring can also be seen as tragi-comic, pratfall slapstick, as we witness the yearly parade of bold and bright young critters as they become willing, unwitting fodder for car tires or failed flights.The work documents life’s undeniable cruelty to the innocent, the adventurous, the fearless and the brave.
The viewer may also understand that every bit of rotting flesh becomes, in time, the groundwork and the food for future dreams.
PARKS & WRECK
March 7-30, 2013
Opening Reception: March 7 (7-10 PM)
For this solo exhibition, artist Nathalie Quagliotto continues her investigation of discarded, abandoned, and discontinued children’s objects in the show PARKS & WRECK, presenting photography, video, and a sign work surrounding disturbing images of play and playgrounds.
More info: http://www.gallerywest.info/upcoming.html
Opening Reception: February 7, 7-10 PM
Congratulations to gallerywest’s Evan Tyler!
Evan Tyler, 27, is a visual artist, writer, curator, and gallery director. He works in video, drawing, text, performance, and photography and often employs monologues to tell stories of “the human condition in all of its mundane brilliance.” Tyler currently resides in Toronto, where he is the owner and the director of programming at Gallerywest, a contemporary art gallery located on Queen Street West. Since the fall of 2010, the gallery has exhibited 28 shows in multiple media by local, national, and international artists, with an emphasis on emerging prairie artists.
Read the full list here.
I exited the gallery safe in the knowledge that the absurdities that make us laugh are also those that make us think.
Since we’re on the subject of funny, I almost laughed out reading the list of artists in gallerywest’s current group exhibition Trophy when I came upon the best collective name in recent memory: Phomohobes. The Regina-based duo of Colby Richardson and Jason Cawood make collages, one of which is included in this spotty assembly of videos, sculptures, photographs, and more. Like any compilation album, a couple tracks hit it out of the park amid the dross.