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.
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.
JORIAL JO.hn 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.
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.
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.