Sept 18-Oct 18
Opening: Sept 17
1518 Dundas St W
Think About: VOTE
We are continually bombarded with information in the form of news, entertainment and advertising, from everywhere around the globe. This noisy barrage of undifferentiated data keeps us in an agitated and perpetually distracted state.
Having the time and mental space to think and reflect feels increasingly like a luxury that is out of reach. How then can we focus on anything in a sustained, expansive and profound way, enabling us to make informed decisions about complex issues, and to act in an empowered way?
Something to Think About attempts to address this question by providing a venue for thinking, talking, and collaborating. It is both a physical and a virtual space for people from myriad disciplines and backgrounds to meet and focus, slowly, on one subject at a time. Thematic projects will deal with issues of real contemporary significance in a hopeful, positive and inclusive way.
With a Federal election underway and Canadians going to the polls on October 19th, there is an uncharacteristic surge of passionate discussion taking place across Canada. The majority of Canadians desire a government that better reflects our values and priorities. We want our humane, generous, just and peaceful Canada back. We want our freedom of speech and democracy back.
Something to Think About’s inaugural project VOTE is an exhibition of text-based works by some of Canada’s most talented artists and designers. All of the works speak subtly or overtly to a desire for change; for leaving the past behind; and for freedom of expression and democracy.
VOTE is intended to inspire hope, and to encourage people to participate in the democratic process at a critical moment in our collective history.
James Carl was born in Montreal and currently resides in Toronto. His works have been created, exhibited, collected, and thrown in the trash across Canada and internationally. He teaches in the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph, not far from Toronto.
Isaac Flagg (b. 1983) is an emerging, text-based visual artist who lives and works in Toronto. Through highly selective acts of appropriation, his work aims to examine problems of artistic interpretation, institutional critique, and the legacy of conceptual art.
Jason Halter & Anita Matusevics are co-founders of wonder incorporated, a practice that focuses on ideas, design thinking and the exploration of the blurred boundaries between visual communication, architecture and art. (Photo of Jason: Rick O'Brian)
Lisa is a designer who has worked in the cultural sector in Toronto since 1994. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in marketing from Queen¹s University and studied design at Seneca College and OCAD University. Her studio, Lisa Kiss Design, was established in the summer of 2000. The studio has won awards for book design, identity creation and a variety of other projects and has been privileged to work with some of the most innovative producers of art and culture in Canada. (Photo: Guntar Kravis)
Born in Wolfville (NS) and raised in Saint John (NB), Chris Lloyd graduated from NSCAD, Halifax (NS), and has resided in Montreal (QC) since 2007. With a politically oriented art practice, Lloyd has been working on the project Dear PM since 2001, which involves writing daily email to the Prime Minister of Canada. He was the short-lived candidate for the Conservative Party of Canada in Papineau, where he is now running as an Independent in the upcoming Federal Election. He maintains another performative alter-ego called Everyday Goalie, where he pops up unexpectedly in typically Canadian locations.
Toronto-based Kelly Mark received her BFA in 1994 at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, and has exhibited widely across Canada, and internationally. She is represented in numerous private, corporate, and public collections including The National Gallery of Canada, The Art Gallery of Ontario, and Le Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. Mark works in a variety of media including: sculpture, video, installation, drawing, photography, sound, multiples, performance & public interventions.
John Marriott is a multidisciplinary artist and writer based in Toronto. He is represented by MKG127. His performances, interventions, videos, installations, sculptures and images have been featured in exhibitions and festivals nationally and internationally in venues such as The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery; The Rotterdam International Festival of Film and Video; The ZKM; The Toronto Sculpture Garden (Toronto, 2006); Optica; and Transmediale.
Sean Martindale is an internationally recognized Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist and designer. His interventions activate public spaces to encourage engagement, and often focus on ecological and social issues. Martindale’s playful works suggest alternate possibilities for existing spaces, infrastructures and materials found in urban environments. Frequently, he uses salvaged goods and live plants in unexpected ways that prompt conversations and interaction. Martindale’s projects have been featured broadly online, as well as in print, radio, broadcast television and film. (Photo: Cindy Blažević)
Pascal Paquette produces site- and context-specific works using painting, design, graffiti, street art and photography. His art has been exhibited, commissioned and published internationally and locally, notably at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) and at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). He lives in Toronto, Canada. (Photo: Cindy Blažević)
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Something to Think About: VOTE
1518 Dundas St West Toronto M6K 1T6
Dates: September 17-October 18, 2015
Opening: September 17. 7-10 PM
Hours: Thursday-Sunday 12-7