You Are Invited: FREE Reception and Spring Exhibitions 2011 of Visual Arts, Craft & Design

You Are Invited: FREE Reception and Spring Exhibitions 2011 of Visual Arts, Craft & Design

You are invited to:

Harbourfront Centre’s

Spring Exhibitions 2011

Free Public Opening Reception:
Friday April 15, 2011

New projects in Visual Arts, Craft & Design.

Saturday, April 16 – Sunday, June 12, 2011


Harbourfront Centre
York Quay Centre
235 Queens Quay West

Toronto ON



This visual arts exhibition runs Sat, April 16 through Sun, June 12, 2011, York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
In the Main Gallery

Curated by Patrick Macaulay

The following four artists present works which ask the viewer to actively witness the exhibition by intently stopping, watching and listening.

1. Lois Andison
time and again, 2005-07

Still image from time-lapse video.

Lois Andison is a sculptor/installation artist based in Toronto, Ontario. Her art practice ranges from kinetic sculpture to video and photography which she uses to document and interpret motion.

The artist would like to acknowledge the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.

2. Peter Flemming
Leak to Lower Lazy Levitating Load, 2008

Water seeks the low places
– Leonardo da Vinci

Peter Flemming is an artist who makes machines. His work has been featured across North America and Europe.

The artist would like to acknowledge the support of Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts.

3. Marla Hlady
Paper Bag Machine, 2010

Marla Hlady draws, makes sculpture, works with sites and sounds, and sometimes makes video. Hlady’s kinetic sculptures and sound pieces often consist of common objects (such as teapots, cocktail mixers, jars) that are expanded and animated to reveal unexpected sonic and poetic properties often using a system-based approach to composition.

The artist would like to acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council.

4. Max Streicher

Max Streicher is a sculptor and installation artist from Alberta, now residing in Toronto. Since 1989 he has worked extensively with inflatable technology in kinetic sculptures and installation works.

Oh, Canada – A Lament
Joanne Tod

This visual arts exhibition runs Sat, April 16 through Sun, June 12, 2011
York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
In the Project Room

Joanne Tod ( A.O.C.A., R.C.A.) is a Toronto artist and lecturer who has exhibited her work nationally and internationally for the past thirty years.


This visual arts exhibition runs Sat, April 16 through Sun, June 12, 2011
York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
In the West Arcade Vitrines

An exhibition of eight photographers that explores the idea of the photographer as witness to an event.

Curator’s Statement

– Patrick Macaulay: Head, Visual Arts

1. Johan Hallberg-Campbell
Grand Bruit, Newfoundland, 2010

His documentary work focuses on capturing the visual manifestation of the latent concept of “place”.

2. Surendra Lawoti
Palpasa Café/Mt. Monadnock
from the Still Life series, 2006

Lawoti’s work centers on issues of migration, memory, loss and human frailty.

3. Jesse Louttit
The Giraffe Keeper, 2010

These pictures are part of an on going series exploring people in the workplace and how professions shape character.

4. Mike Andrew McLean
Laura on Iceline Trail, Yoho National Park, BC
15:10 August 13th 2009 (PC#149) 290°

“Though by no means exhaustive in its definition of our relationship to the Mountain National Parks, my intentions for this project and its resulting photographs remain constant: to better understand the historical complexities and provide a contemporary perspective on these mountain landscapes.”

5. Meghan Rennie
Jardins de Mossen Costra i Llojobera from the Alive and Well series, 2011

“The series Alive and Well tells a story of urbanization in cities on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.”

6. Erin Riley
Lest We Forget, 2010

Very much rooted in the traditions of documentary photography, Riley’s work examines how conceptual strategies borrowed from the world of fine art can function as tools in contemporary documentary practice.

7. Kate Subak
Goodnight, Sleep Tight VI

“The images represent the final moments I was able to spend with my mother, when time seems to stand still and the smallest things take on enormous meaning.”

8. Sami Siva

“While on the road, each day brings a new departure, leaving old faces and places as fading imprints.”

Robert Hengeveld

This visual arts exhibition runs Sat, April 16 through Sun, June 12, 2011
York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
In the Project Window

An installation that uses salt to illustrate a slow progression of time.

Robert Hengeveld is an installation and multi-media artist whose work explores the boundaries between reality and fiction, and where we find ourselves within that relationship.

Alex McLeod

This visual arts and craft exhibition runs Sat, April 16 through Sun, June 12, 2011
York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
In the Photo Gallery

A Toronto artist presents a photographic series based on his incredible hyperrealistic constructed 3D environments.

Rachel Robichaud

This craft exhibition runs Sat, April 16 through Sun, June 12, 2011
York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
In the Craft Corridor

“I am interested in how these animals represent both notions of nature and domesticity.”


This crafts exhibition runs Sat, April 16 through Sun, June 12, 2011
York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
In the South End Windows

Curated by Melanie Egan

“The idea for this exhibition came from a rather disparaging question, “Is anything going on in Canadian jewellery?”

Curatorial Statement

“These eight jewellers yield up the goods and provide insight into the ‘goings-on’ in Canada.”— Melanie Egan

1. Catherine Allen Propagate, 2010

“I work with our common internal biological structures as sources of uncelebrated beauty and inspiration constructing jewellery pieces that are a marriage between art and science.”

Catherine Allen is a jewellery artist living and working in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

2.  Sylvie Altschuler T-rex, 2010

Silvie Altschuler received a gold star for attending art class in middle school. Since then, she tries and sees as many art shows as possible.

3.  Colleen Baran Golden Letters 1, 2011

Colleen Baran is a multidisciplinary artist working in Vancouver. 

Her work is inspired by the exploration of ideas of preciousness, writing and hidden messages.

“Recent projects included a daily ring project; starting January 1, 2010 and ending December 31 in 2010 she made 365 rings. It was an experiment with recycled, repurposed and alternative materials and December was a consideration of preciousness.”

4. Anneke van Bommel Trillium Brooch, 2011

“My current body of work explores the icons, symbols and clichés of Canada.

In this case, a CN tower souvenir becomes a trillium, the provincial flower of Ontario, and the maple leaf pendants become snowflakes.”

Anneke van Bommel currently teaches at George Brown College and has an active studio practice in downtown Toronto.

5. Bridget Catchpole Flotsam and Jetsam, 2011

The Buoys symbolize safety on the water and on the surface convey assurance and direction. Living in Vancouver, the Pacific coastal waters have held a special place for me as a place of reflection and change.

Bridget Catchpole is a jewellery artist who lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Catchpole incorporates plastic from empty beauty product packaging as a raw material in her work. The process of up-cycling non-recyclable plastic acts as a commentary on the culture of consumerism.

6. Emily Gill The Hole In My Stomach, 2011

Her work is inspired by a long time curiosity about biology, botany, science fiction and the microscopic world.  She creates and teaches from her studio in Toronto, Ontario.

7. Shannon Kennedy Emerging, 2011

“In this series, I have ‘surrendered’ to my inner child and created a fantasy world. I hope to draw viewers into my world and open the doors to their own inner child.”

8. Paul McClure GATC – Pile of Genetic Tags 2011

G, A, T and C are the symbols used to denote the four nucleotides that make up the genetic code of the DNA molecule: Guanine, Adenine, Thymine and Cytosine.GATC is a biological acronym for the code of life and a reflection on what it means to be human.

Each metal tag is a piece of jewellery. Take one. Fold it. Wear it.

Since 2000 he has been professor in Jewellery Studies at George Brown College in Toronto. The artist gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council.

Winter/Spring 2011 Exhibition
Sat January 29 – Sun June 6, 2011

This exhibition runs Sat January 29 – Sun June 6, 2011
York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

Participating firms are:

  • Drew Mandel Architects,
  • Reigo & Bauer, and
  • studio junction inc.
  • Luke Painter: Toronto visual artist Luke Painter further comments on the subject by providing some fantastical imagery for the exhibition

What effect does the intervention of maverick architecture have on the design character of a neighbourhood?

The architecture gallery is a multi-functional space which presents exhibitions, acts as a classroom, and also as a meeting space for the discussion of issues relating to architecture.


This exhibition runs through June 2011 Harbourfront Centre.

The subject: the world’s largest Greenbelt.Eight emerging contemporary photographers create 72 large scale images that will document their exploration of Ontario’s Greenbelt. Each photographer has been chosen to explore three specific areas of importance to the Greenbelt: Working the Land, Natural Beauty and People of the Greenbelt.

Eight artists encounter Ontario’s Greenbelt are as follows:

  • Becky Comber
  • Keesic Douglas
  • Martie Giefert
  • Mark Kasumovic
  • Rob MacInnis
  • Erin Riley
  • Meera Margaret Singh
  • Garett Walker

“A photographic journey through one of the world’s environmental giants.

Return to Harbourfront to follow the project’s second phase which includes 32 new breathtaking images of Ontario’s Greenbelt taken during the summer and early fall seasons by participating artists.”

Visit the BEYOND IMAGININGS website.

Generously supported by Greenbelt Foundation and SAJO.

ROUGH STOCK: A Photography Exhibition About Rodeo Culture

Please note that access to this exhibition by Fleck Dance Theatre ticket holders only.

This exhibition runs Fri Jan 21 through Tues Jul 19, 2011
Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West

Peter Sibbald

This series explores the contemporary North American small-town rodeo through the behind-the-chutes lives of people who participate in this adrenaline-charged tribal sub-culture.

The photographer wishes to acknowledge The Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council for their generous support of this ongoing project.

Please click here for Beyond Imaginings: Show Us Your Greenbelt Photo Contest.

PARKING: The York Quay South Lot (P2) on Queens Quay West, between York and Lower Simcoe Streets, is closed indefinitely for construction. Please click here for alternate parking locations and instructions.

Contact Info
Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay West,
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5J 2G8
Phone | 416-973-4600
Fax | 416-973-6055


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