Upcoming Exhibition

Title TBC: Art by Kristin Ledgett

2016, Toronto, Canada


Kristin Ledgett has been investigating the creative possibilities in the textile arts since her studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. In 1998, Kristin co-founded a textile design house in Toronto, dedicated to producing unique hand printed textiles. The company, known as "ruckus" gained notoreity in Canada and abroad with its colourful designs. In 2003 Kristin embarked on a new enterprise openining the Knit Cafe with four collaborators. The Knit Cafe is a community orientated space for crafters, a learning center, and a peddler of natural and vibrant supplies for fibre arts. Kristin produces sculpture and installations that reflect the medium and labour involved in knitting and handiwork. Soft, cozy tactile forms seem familiar and intimate, but the content in these forms is unexpected and not your average knitting project. Some reinvent existing objects, while others are derived intuitively with reliance on subconscious musings. The material and the techniques always colour the results, adding revelations and meaning to the pieces.

image details: Honest Eds (2009), lambs wool and lights

 

 

Past Exhibitions

 

 

Planeterrarea: Field of View

Sept. 19 at 7:30pm, 8:30pm & Sept. 20th at 3:00pm

 

Present Junction Gallery presents Planeterrarea: Field of View - a site-specific exhibition at The University of Toronto’s Planetarium that features installation and drawings by Baltimore-based artist, Cindy Cheng and audio/visuals by Dr. Michael Williams with The University of Toronto’s Planetarium and Terrarea, a Toronto-based art collective, comprised of Janis Demkiw, Emily Hogg and Olia Mishchenko.

Exhibition dates: Saturday, Sept. 19th at 7:30pm, 8:30pm and Sunday Sept. 20th at 3:00pm
Each show is 50 minutes in length, admits 24 guests and is followed by a reception with the artists
Location: The Planetarium, Astronomy Building, 50 St. George St., Toronto
Admission: $10-$20 (sliding scale), to purchase tickets please contact: info@presentjunction.com / 647-868-8247

Planeterrarea: Field of View is motivated by the parallels we find in Cindy and Terrarea’s work, namely, in their use and arrangement of like materials. However, while Cindy’s work serves as a collapsible crystallization of her internal universe combining memories of real landscapes with the alien vistas of daydreams, Terrarea treats the components of their projects as agents that animate fields. Interested in showing their work together in an observatory-like environment, we expanded our concept to invite Michael to collaborate with Terrarea and produce audio visuals for projection in the Planetarium. By projecting imagery reminiscent of vast planetary systems and galaxies obstructed and accented by reflectors and reflections, the audio/visuals function as a circumambience encapsulating Cindy’s installation.

Cindy Cheng was born in Hong Kong and now lives in Baltimore where she completed an MFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011. Cindy creates situations that push beyond the visual into the experiential, as well as generating a unique mythology produced by the interplay of dialogue between specific constructions and specific drawings. http://cindychengart.weebly.com

Terrarea observe a manner of seeing and sharing that was first arrived at through an infinity box and has since grown through friendship and chance. Terrarea prefer a variable and evolving approach—a responsive means of handling matter and coping with impulses. Shared interests include Geology, Geomorphology, Botany, and Special Effects in general. Lately, they have been making field recordings. Terrarea is Janis Demkiw (BFA), Emily Hogg ( BSc MLArch) and Olia Mishchenko. They were born in Scarborough, Sault Ste Marie and Kiev, respectively, and live and work in Toronto.

Dr. Michael Williams did his graduate work at the University of Calgary, where he worked on searching for extra-solar planets in globular clusters and converted a cold war era satellite tracking telescope to use to search for asteroids and variable stars. Since completing his MSc, he has worked for various observatories writing telescope control software. Currently Michael works at the University of Toronto managing the telescopes and developing demonstration equipment used for undergrad classes.

image details: installation detail from the studio, Cindy Cheng (2013), superimposed over imagery captured by Hubbel Space Telescope of deep space

 

Objects Related: Art Among The Artifacts

featuring art by Meghan Macdonald and presented in partnership with Colborne Lodge

 

Exhibition Dates: Thursday, May 21 to Sunday, July 5
Opening Reception:Thursday, May 21, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Location: Colborne Lodge, 11 Colborne Lodge Drive, in High Park
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. Entry is free to the opening reception as well as on Saturday May 23 and Sunday 24 during Doors Open Toronto; otherwise regular admission to the Lodge will apply: adults $6.19, seniors/youth $3.54, children: $2.65 (plus tax), visitors four and under are free.

Please join us for an opening reception on Thursday, May 21st from 5:30-7:30pm to meet the artist and enjoy refreshments while listening to a live cello musical performance featuring Stephanie Vittas.

Objects Related: art among the artifacts is a sundry collection of domestic objects re-imagined in thread. Inspired by the domestic life of John George Howard (1803 -1890) and his wife, Jemima Francis Howard (1802 - 1877) and set in their High Park home, Colborne Lodge, historical artifacts display alongside Howard possessions that have been created in thread. Like a memory, these textile versions feel distantly real.

The objects have been created using a free-motion embroidery technique. Textile work has long been linked with women, the home and the hand. In this space created by both partners, the architect husband and the 19th Century wife, Macdonald re-imagines objects that reflect the domestic life of John and Jemima both.

Each of the artifacts chosen to be re-imagined holds historical significance. The originals, carefully numbered and catalogued, dress the home the Howards built in 1837. They provide a window into Toronto life during the 1800s by allowing the viewer to imagine hands passing over pawns on a chessboard, setting a creamer on a table, dipping a brush in a pot of toothpaste. It is the everyday, the mundane, the domestic that tells the story of how we live.

By staging these textile objects alongside the Howard’s possessions, the line between real object and re-imagined object is blurred. The textural quality of the stitches makes each object familiar, yet not. Like a memory, they are just out of focus. These embroidered sculptures offer a glimpse into an intimate world left to the City after the Howard’s passing. In this installation Macdonald highlights objects from the Colborne Lodge collection, allowing the viewer to imagine the story of John and Jemima in a new way, in the context of their own home.

Meghan Macdonald is interested in reimagining the two dimensional; manipulating, embellishing and building up a surface to transform it into a three dimensional object. Her work is inspired by collections and personal belongings left behind. Using free-motion embroidery she draws with thread, selecting domestic objects that evoke memories of days gone by. She is a textile designer with Calica Studio, an artist and educator, and holds an advanced honours diploma in craft and design: textiles from Sheridan College and a BFA from NSCADU. Meghan grew up in Parry Sound, Ontario and now lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Colborne Lodge is one of Toronto's Historic Sites, which is a collection of 10 City-owned and operated properties that work with the public through programs, events and exhibits to tell the stories of Toronto.

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Hollywood Shower: Art by David Ubias

Saturday May 31, 2014
Toronto, Canada

David Ubias currently lives in Baltimore, MD. He received a BA in Photography from the University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX and MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. His work has been featured at the 2007 Texas Biennial, Art Miami, The Affair at the Jupiter Hotel, Zona Maco and Urban Outfitters.com. He is a recipient of the 2009 Henry Walters Traveling Fellowship and has had solo shows at the Lawndale Art Center and the Apama Mackey Gallery in Houston, TX. His current body of work explores idiosyncratic narratives that fuse archaic iconography and an ingenuous homage to elements of formalism.

http://www.davidubias.com

image details: The Samplers (2014) watercolor, acrylic and paper-pulp on paper, 50"x38"

 

 

Death of Bummer: Art by Margaret Rogers

Saturday April 12, 2014
Toronto, Canada

Margaret Rogers was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. She graduated with honors from Knox College in Galesburg, IL, 2006 and earned her MFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD, 2012. Her work is multi-disciplinary and frequently employs handmade craft materials to illustrate ideas of domestic spaces, labor, nostalgia, real and imagined narratives. She uses lightweight, fragile and often degradable materials that cannot actually function as the objects and spaces they represent. She was a 2012 recipient of a Full Fellowship Award to the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been shown in Minnesota, Illinois, Maryland, Rhode Island and New York. She lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland.

http://www.margaretrogers.net/

image details: Cabin Fever, animation still (2012)