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Alison S.M. Kobayashi Fills in a Family’s Blanks at Gallery TPW



Juliette, age 7. Courtesy of Famous Players, 130 W. 56th St. N.Y.C. (detail), part of Alison S.M. Kobayashi’s multidisciplinary exhibition at Gallery TPW

FEBRUARY 13 TO MARCH 26 The artifacts of unknown lives have long informed the artistic practice of Alison S.M. Kobayashi. Her videos, drawings and performance works are inspired by everything from love letters to answering machine tapes—other people’s ephemera that Kobayashi has purchased, that’s been given to her, or that she’s simply come across in the course of collecting. The Toronto artist’s latest effort, now showing at Gallery TPW, takes as its point of departure two obsolete audio spools with recordings of a New York family from the early 1950s. By combining period research and creative reenactment, Kobayashi pieces together a compelling new narrative, imagining fictional—but still plausible—personal histories for a set of complete strangers, while playfully prodding at notions of documentation, memory and identity.  —Craig Moy

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Hot Art: Throw Down at Gallery TPW

A scene from Linda Duvall's The Toss (courtesy of Gallery TPW)

MARCH 1 TO 31 It’s safe to say that Linda Duvall’s latest video installation has already knocked—or would that be thrown?—a few people off their feet. Showing at Gallery TPW, the Saskatoon media artist’s new project, dubbed The Toss, records her efforts to learn the fine art of pitching other people to the ground. A product of extensive research and training with the likes of Hollywood stunt actors and self-defense coaches, the work allows Duvall to take on the role of sociologist, engineering encounters and deconstructing the implications of what, literally, goes down.

Weekend Roundup, December 2 to 4

Friday: Diana Thorneycroft's Group of Seven Awkward Moments is among the images at Gallery TPW's Photorama

Friday, December 2
‘Tis the season to deck the halls with quality artwork. Photography enthusiasts need look no further than 25th anniversary of Gallery TPW’s Photorama show and sale, which has its public opening tonight. Then drop into Gallery 44 for its annual Wall-to-Wall sale, featuring framed and unframed works by Toronto artists.

Inject a bit of spirit into your holiday season with the Soulful Messiah, Quincy Jones’ award-winning R&B rendition of Handel’s classic. At Harbourfront Centre’s Fleck Dance Theatre, Ballet Creole celebrates its 10th year of performing this work with their signature blend of ballet, modern and African-Caribbean dance.

La Bohème’s timeless tale of artists grappling with love, death and paying the bills is well-suited to its new incarnation by theatre company Against the Grain. Puccini’s infamous opera is pulled into the present-day, translated into English and set entirely within the confines of bohemian hangout Tranzac.

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Contact Curated: Queen & Dundas West

This year’s Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival is now in full swing, with exhibitions at more than 200 venues across the city. Make the most of your festival experience by concentrating your gallery-hopping within specific Toronto neighbourhoods, such as the western sections of Queen and Dundas streets.

At the Drake Hotel: Alex Prager's Irene from the Long Weekend (courtesy of Yancey Richardson Gallery)

Gladstone Hotel
Martie Giefert: Reconstruction (Gladstone) (May 1 to 31)
Isabel M. Martinez: The Weekend
(May 1 to June 3)

The Gladstone Hotel hosts two Contact featured exhibitions. Inspired by the boutique hotel’s third floor, Martie Giefert deconstructs and recreates a hyperrealistic experience of the space through film and digital photography. Similarly, Isabel M. Martinez splices leisure and landscape photos, bringing them together in a single frame to create a shifting scene for the viewer.

Drake Hotel
Robyn Cumming, Sara Cwynar, Daniel Gordon, Alex Prager, Geoffrey Pugen: I’m Not Here (April 22 to June 20)

This featured exhibition at the Drake Hotel emphasizes a contemporary take on portraiture. In many of the photos, the subject’s face is obscured, masked or abstracted in order to draw attention away from the customary focus of portraits and, instead, toward other elements of the image.

Le Gallery
Scott Ramsay: Carril Bici (April 27 to May 22)

In his open exhibition at Le Gallery, photographer Scott Ramsay turns his lens toward Cuba—specifically, that country’s ability to adapt to modernity without industrialism via the relationship between the Cuban people and the bicycle.

Stephen Bulger Gallery
Robert Bourdeau: The Station Point (May 5 to June 11)

Bourdeau’s large-format photographs document four decades worth of old landscapes, historical architecture and inactive industrial sites throughout Europe and North America. The photos offer a sense of how old structures can lose their identity over time yet still contain feelings, ambiguities and  even emotion.

At Angell Gallery: Alex Kisilevich's Stick Figure (courtesy of Angell Gallery)

Angell Gallery
Geoffrey Pugen: Long Divisions
(May 5 to June 11)
Alex Kisilevich: Kallima (May 5 to June 11)

Angell Gallery offers exhibitions by two of its contemporary artists. With Long Divisions, Pugen uses video and photography to manipulate ordinary objects into fantastical ones. Kisilevich explores the idea of camouflage and identity in the natural world and in social contexts for humans.

Gallery TPW
Eric Gottesman: Paths That Cross Cross Again (May 12 to June 11)

True to its history of presenting documentary and political photography, Gallery TPW displays Paths That Cross Cross Again by Eric Gottesman. The exhibit features images that reflect Gottesman’s work with Sudden Flowers, a children’s art collection in Addis Ababa, showcasing the complexity of human relations across social contexts.

Paul Petro Contemporary Art
Suzy Lake: Extended Breath (May 6 to June 4)
Su Rynard: Seed Bank (May 6 to June 4)

For more than 30 years, Suzy Lake has explored themes of female identity and beauty. In her Paul Petro exhibition, Lake uses long exposures to express both stillness and movement. Also in the gallery, Su Rynard’s work takes viewers inside the London Seed Bank to explore the irony of preserving nature within a man-made fortress.

At MOCCA: Viviane Sassen's Parasomnia (courtesy of Motive Gallery, Amsterdam)

Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art
Olga Chagaoutdinova, Scarlett Hooft Graafland, Viviane Sassen, Dayanita Singh: Dynamic Landscape (April 30 to June 5)
Fred Herzog: Vancouver (April 30 to June 5)

The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art features two of Contact’s primary exhibitions. Dynamic Landscape, a group show, highlights the interplay between humans and nature from Africa to Canada’s frozen north. Fred Herzog: Vancouver tells the story of the German immigrant’s documentation and transformation of post-war Vancouver.

Elaine Fleck Gallery
S. Vote: The Aesthetic Choices of S. Vote (May 1 to 28)

S. Vote juxtaposes the media of traditional pen-and-ink geisha drawings and contemporary digital photography to create a single unified expression of beauty, elegance, contrast and fragility.

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Weekend Roundup, September 10 to 12

The city is a-buzz with the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend! Get out there and enjoy it!

Friday: The King's Speech, starring Colin Firth, premieres tonight at TIFF

Friday, September 10
It’s the opening weekend of the Toronto International Film Festival and there are tons of great movies to choose from! Catch the highly anticipated films and be sure to get out and do some star-gazing—Jon Hamm, Natalie Portman, Clive Owen, Clint Eastwood, and many more celebrities will be in town. Don’t forget to check out our daily TIFF blog, for a movie pick with post-show destinations to match.

Slash, the top hat-sporting former lead guitarist of Guns N’ Roses, performs tonight at Kool Haus. Expect the rock legend to perform tracks from his first, eponymously titled solo album, released earlier this year.

The Junction Arts Festival has something for everyone, from theatre to comedy, visual arts to music. On Dundas West, stretching from Indian Grove to St. John’s Road, this annual arts event is jam-packed with things to see and do.

Saturday: See William Kentridge's Journey to the Moon at Gallery TPW

Saturday, September 11
Here’s another local fete to fill the weekend—the annual Cabbagetown Festival! Complete with a grand parade, live entertainment and numerous vendors, there are many activities to choose from. Come out to support this historic Toronto community.

Check out Journey to the Moon, a recently opened exhibition at Gallery TPW. In collaboration with TIFF, artist William Kentridge pays homage to the classic 1902 film Voyage dans la lune. It’s the perfect accompaniment to your film-going weekend!

Head down hungry to Harbourfront Centre for the Vegetarian Food Fair. One of the largest vegetarian events in North America, it’s a great place to get tips and products for herbivores and omnivores alike.

Sunday: The Rosetta Trio performs Mozart

Sunday, September 12
This year’s Summer Music in the Garden series comes to a close with Mozart Unlocked. The Rosetta Trio performs Mozart’s Divertimento for String Trio in this outdoor concert at the picturesque Toronto Music Garden.

The Winner’s Walk of Hope has been raising money and awareness to battle ovarian cancer for nine years. The goal this year is to break $2.5 million. It’s not too late to donate or join the walk, happening on Olympic Island.

Wrap up your weekend at the Taste of the Kingsway! On Bloor Street West, from Prince Edward Drive to Montgomery Road, more than 30 area restaurants offer samples of food from around the world.

Contact Photo: Daily View #7

The Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival—the world’s largest festival dedicated to the display and discussion of the photographic arts—returns to Toronto this month. There are more than 225 exhibitions to see between May 1 and 31; each day Where Toronto offers a peek at one of them.

Today’s Pick:

Artist: Eric Baudelaire
Title: Sugar Water (still from 72-minute HD video)

See It @ Gallery TPW, May 6 to June 5, in Baudelaire’s “Unfinished Business” display.

For more on this exhibition, click here.