Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Urbanity Humanity: Saturday, October 4th, 2008

An Independent Project of the 2008 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, on Saturday, October 4th, Beaver Hall Gallery presents a diverse range of work created by Toronto resident artists. From photographic documentation of urban decay to HIV+ propaganda posters, a pop culture trivia contest and mixed media to the sounds of live jazz, participants showcase a remarkable selection of art across disciplines.

[ click to enlarge 111 Elizabeth Street by Lee Dickson ]

Audiences will be welcomed by artist Y.M. Whelan’s sculpture installed in the garden outside, as video artist Michael Alstad of Year Zero One displays a photo series documenting time's passage on the McCaul Street strip. Alstad, along with Jerzy Galecki and Isaac Applebaum, are just one of the many photo-based works included in this exhibition.

[ click to enlarge HIVOGUE: Ofra Haza by JORIAL ]

JORIAL RI.chard AL.lan’s altered fashion magazine covers speak to the (in)visibility of living with HIV+ status through his HIVOGUE series. Screen captures of corrupted video from torrented television shows are what comprise prints by K.D. Thornton while pop artist Les Paterson officiates over a pop culture trivia contest based on his portraits of The Simpsons.

[ click to enlarge Escape by Barbara Greczny ]

Painter Deirdre Whelan creates minimalist works that speak to the issue of “home,” while photographer/video artist Barbara Greczny presents a video streeter that ventures into the connection between big banks and homelessness. Mixed-media artist Karen Miranda Augustine’s 2-dimensional paintings use elements from the city’s street to explore the metaphysical, while the black and white photography by Lee Dickson documents the physical transformation of the city's landscape.

[ click to enlarge Jada Fire as Òsun by Karen Miranda Augustine ]

Join us. The honey-coated sounds of Toronto’s sultry jazz performer Sharron McLeod will set off the night. Urbanity Humanity is produced by residents of the Beaver Hall Artists’ Co-operative, a Toronto housing co-operative that is dedicated to providing live-work space for working visual artists, as well as providing affordable gallery space to the city’s greater arts community.


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