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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Juried Exhibition

Art Gallery of Mississauga
December 18, 2008 to January 31, 2009

Visual Arts Mississauga 31st Annual Juried Exhibition of Fine Arts

Since 1987, the Art Gallery of Mississauga has hosted this popular annual event organized by Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM).

"Visual Arts Mississauga strives to enrich community life by fostering an appreciation in the arts through active involvement in a variety of creative experiences".

Visual Arts Mississauga is a community arts organization providing classes in printmaking, sculpture, watercolours, drawing and painting, children’s art camps and rental space for weekend art exhibitions and sales. The VAM call for entry is one of the region’s most anticipated events, bringing in hundreds of submissions from working artists across Ontario. It is an annual opportunity to survey a variety of practices by artists who range from graduating students to senior members of the visual arts community.

The exhibition serves to foster a sense of connection between the artists, Visual Arts Mississauga and the Art Gallery of Mississauga. In addition, honours are awarded to selected works in the exhibition. This year’s award sponsors are;
Bulova Watch Company – First Place
Visual Arts Mississauga – Second Place
Curry’s Art Store – Third Place
Desserres Art Store – Honourable Mention
Art Gallery of Mississauga – People’s Choice Award

Jurors for this competition are Stuart Reid, Didi Gadjanski and Greg Damery.

Opening Reception and Awards Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 6:00 pm at the Art Gallery of Mississauga.

For more information about Visual Arts Mississauga, visit or email or telephone 905-277-4313. VAM is located at 4170 Riverwood Park Lane, Mississauga L5C 2S7 corner of Credit Woodlands and Burnhamthorpe Road West.

Hours: Weekdays 9 am to 5 pm, weekends 12 to 4 pm

New Hours: Beginning January 2, Weekdays 10 am to 5 pm, weekends 12 to 4 pm Thursday 10 am to 8 pm

Holiday Hours:
December 23, open from 9 am to 3:30 pm
CLOSED December 24 to 31, 2008
OPEN January 1, 2009 2 to 4 pm

Art Gallery of Mississauga
300 City Centre Drive
Ground Floor
Mississauga, ON L5B 3C1

Tel: 905 896 5088

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Film Series at Living Arts Centre

The Mississauga Film Series, presented by the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Blackwood Gallery and Living Arts Centre, is enjoying increasing popularity in our new home at the Living Arts Centre's Hammerson Hall. Join us there for international and independent cinema on the last Tuesday of each month.

Film Series Tickets: available at the Living Arts Centre Box Office in person or by calling 905 306 6000.

To order tickets online, visit
Admission:AGM Members/Students/Seniors: $10.00General Admission: $12.00Series Pass: $30.00 (4 film package)
Screening Location:Living Arts Centre, Hammerson Hall, 4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga

Heaven on Earth

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 8pm

Director: Deepa Mehta

Language: Punjabi with English subtitles

Running Time: 106 minutes

Rating:PG 14A

Heaven on Earth is the tale of a struggling young Indian woman trapped in a marriage with an abusive Indo-Canadian man. New to Canada, at the mercy of her husband, she retreats to the recesses of her thriving imagination. Critically acclaimed director Deepa Mehta adds a new level of profound and sad complexity to her body of work by suggesting that the interior world of fantasy maybe, for some, the only possibility of redemption.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Opening reception + free shuttle bus + Curator's tour

October 30 to December 5, 2008
Modular Nature
Guest Curated by Gordon Hatt

Sandor Ajzenstat
David Armstrong-Six
Eric Glavin
Ernest Harris Jr.
Gunilla Josephson
Kristiina Lahde
Gareth Licthy
Andreas Rutkauskas

David Armstrong Six
Table and Tunnel
watercolour and gouache
11 x 14 inches
Image courtesy of Goodwater Gallery

Opening reception: Thurday, October 30th at 6pm

A free shuttle bus, to the Art Gallery of Mississauga, departs from the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street W., Toronto) at 7 pm, returning to the Gladstone by 9pm.Call 905 896 5508 or email to reserve seating.

Gordon Hatt will conduct a tour at 8pm.

Modular Nature is an exhibition that responds to the suburban paradigm. The organizing principle of suburban development is the provision of maximum space for the cultivation of nature within the economics of an affordable built environment. Homes and residential buildings are buffered from each other and from roadways with lawns, gardens and trees and are zoned apart from business and industry. The value of cultivated nature in the suburb thus creates the characteristically low population density of the suburb.

The Band's Visit


The series, an initiative supported by the Art Gallery of Mississauga and Blackwood Gallery at the University of Toronto, Mississauga is now in partnership with the Living
Arts Centre to showcase international and independent cinema in Mississauga.
Download your film series guide here.


Film Series Tickets: available at the Living Arts Centre Box Office in person or by calling 905 306 6000.
To order tickets online, visit
AGM Members/Students/Seniors: $10.00
General Admission: $12.00Series
Pass: $30.00 (4 film package)
Screening Location:Living Arts Centre, Hammerson Hall, 4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga

The Band's Visit
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 8pm
Director: Eran Kolirin
Language: Arabic, English & Hebrew with English subtitles
Running Time: 1 hour, 29 minutes

The Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra, consisting of eight men, arrive in Israel from Egypt. They have been booked by an Arab cultural center in Petah Tiqva, but through a miscommunication, the band takes a bus to Bet Hatikva, a fictional town in the middle of the Negev Desert.

There is no transportation out of the city that day, and there are no hotels for them to spend the night in. The band members dine at a small restaurant where the owner, Dina (Ronit Elkabetz) invites them to stay the night at her apartment, at her friends' apartment, and in the restaurant. That night challenges all of the characters.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Get on the (Mississauga, Oakville) Art Bus

Toronto/Mississauga Contemporary Art Bus
Sunday, October 26, 2008
$10 registration fee includes lunch provided by Whole Foods Market

Bus 1 Departing from the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto at 11:30 am

Bus 2 Departing from the Art Gallery of Mississauga, 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga at 11:30 am

Buses return to both pick up locations at 5 pm

Two buses will be shuttling participants to visit the Art Gallery of Mississaga, Oakville Galleries and Blackwood Gallery highlighting the fall exhibitions with tours and talks.

On view:
Art Gallery of Mississauga: Emblems of the Enigma: Vessna Perunovich

Blackwood Gallery, UTM: Etienne Zack: Loitering Shadows
Jesse Jones: The Spectre and the Sphere (E Gallery)

Oakville Galleries: Beyond Her Usual Limits (Gairloch Gardens)
Burning Cold (Centennial Square)

To reserve seating email or call Su-Ying at 905 895 5506
*Please specifiy whether you are reserving for Bus 1 or Bus 2.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Film Series finds a new home!

The popular Mississauga Film Series has found a new home. The Art Gallery of Mississauga has teamed up with the Living Arts Centre to give Mississauga residents the opportunity to view films selected from the Toronto International Film Festival's Film Circuit, in a central location, at Hammerson Hall at the Living Arts Centre at 4141 Living Arts Drive.


Film Series Tickets: available at the Living Arts Centre Box Office in person or by calling 905 306 6000. To order tickets online, visit
Admission:AGM Members/Students/Seniors: $10.00General Admission: $12.00Series Pass: $30.00 (4 film package)
Screening Location:Living Arts Centre, Hammerson Hall, 4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga

The Visitor
Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at 8pm
Director: Thomas McCarthy, 2008, USA
Language: English

Walter Vale, a lonely widower, reluctantly goes to New York City for a conference to find an undocumented couple living in his long-vacant Manhattan home. He ends up befriending them, especially Tarek, a Syrian street musician. But, Tarek is profiled by the police and incarcerated, becoming subject to imminent deportation. With the appearance of Tarek's widowed mother, Mouna, Walter's connection to this family in distress deepens. A film of unadorened precision, The Visitor points the way for us to a place where tolerance becomes active engagement.

October 28th film: The Band's Visit

Monday, September 08, 2008

Vessna Perunovich Exhibition & upcoming performance

Who is Vessna Perunovich?

Vessna Perunovich
Midnight Mirage, September 27, 2007 from 7 pm to 7 am as part of Nuit Blanche Toronto
at #60 McCaul Street

Originally from the former Yugoslavia, Perunovich came to Canada in 1988 and has been continually building a consistent and compelling body of work devoted to exploring several basic human urges and the challenges to their satisfaction which arise in a shifting identity-context and an amorphously altered homeland. The pieces selected for this show comprise a wide spectrum of physical media and format, from painting and drawing, to video and performance, to sculpture and installation, all marshaled to investigate the way our desire for a safe place creates emblematic experiences which amount to dreaming with our eyes wide open.

Visit to find out more.

Art Gallery of Mississauga
September 11 to October 26, 2008
Emblems of the Enigma: Vessna Peunovich
Guest Curated by Donald Brackett

Opening reception: Thursday, September 11th from 6 pm to 9 pmArtist and Curator will be in attendance.

A free shuttle bus departs from the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street W., Toronto) at 7 pm to the Art Gallery of Mississauga returning by 9pm.

The Art Gallery of Mississauga is pleased to announce a solo retrospective exhibition of the multi media work of Canadian artist Vessna Perunovich. This survey show offers a fascinating glimpse into the inter-disciplinary themes and techniques of postmodern sculpture and installation formats, with a special emphasis on the mutable nature of our personal sense of self.

"Perunovich's work employs paradoxical takes on a multitude of human appetites", the Curator comments, "she is able to make a deft commentary on our shared values as embodied creatures who require metaphysical as well as physical sanctuary. In fact, the search for sanctuary has become an emblem in itself for the multitude of miniature enigmas we all face on a daily basis."

A handsome and extensively illustrated catalogue is being published with an essay by the Curator and personal insights from the artist on the subtle nature of her multi-faceted work.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Vessna Perunovich performs I Hug the World and the World Hugs Me Back
Location: University of Toronto at Mississauga

Vessna Perunovich will be on the University of Toronto's Mississauga campus asking the students to consider physical and psychological barriers-whether gendered, cultural or religious-which serve to both unite and divide us with a dynamic performance in their space. In conjunction with her exhibition Emblems of the Enigma at the AGM, this exploration of thresholds and spaces between people, features the artist tied to a stationary object with large red fabric straps, which she pulls against in order to reach out and hug the closest passerby. Investigating themes of home, gender and transition, Perunovich's performance reveals the divisional space between individuals on both an intimate and international scale.

Perunovich is a Toronto based artist and has performed I Hug the World and the World Hugs Me Back in places as distant as London, England and as local as Cambridge, Ontario.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Summer photo album

Summer in Mississauga was packed full of fun thanks to the Art Gallery of Mississauga. I've got the photos to prove it!

Craftification on Canada Day
The Toronto Church of Craft and the Spinners and Weavers Guild work with participants to transform the street into a work of craft.

Grace N Style + Jessica Thompson + LAL
Kareem from Grace N Style works with the audience to demonstrate Jessica Thompson's wearable art, the Freestyle SoundKit.

Toronto collective LAL perform, delivering futuristic rhythms melting into warm basslines with hints of South Asian roots and hip hop formations.

Clothing Swap
Mississauga welcomed Syracuse, New York artist, Christina Kolizsavary with a clothing swap. Particpants got to clean out their closets and take home great new wardrobe pieces!

Lazy Sunday Afternoon
Lunch, a tour and discussion with curators and artists on Sunday, July 27. Here participants are enjoying coversation inside Adrian Blackwell's Model for a Public Space.

Inside the Coil
Visitors to the Gallery, during Adrian Blackwell's Models for Public Spaces exhibition, interacted with Monster Coil. Radiant City was screened during the exhibition with the Coil as a comfy seating arrangment.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Artist's Talk

Please join us for the artist talk of Sharmila Samant this Thursday August 14th at 7PM
Art Gallery of Mississauga, 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, tel: 905 896 5088

Sharmila Samant, Against the Grain, 2008

FREE shuttle bus from Toronto

A bus will leave the front of 401 Richmond Street West at 6:30 PM and return at the same place for 9:00 PM.

Executive Director, Hank Bull and Curator Makiko Hara from Centre A as well as Executive Director, Haema Sivanesan from SAVAC will also be present to introduce the project and discuss their organizations.

Sharmila Samant (b. 1967) is a major contemporary Indian artist living and working in Mumbai. Her work deals with issues of local identity within the context of globalization. Samant examines the homogenizing effect of commodification and consumer culture in relation to developing economies. Visiting Canada for the first time, Samant will undertake research with the Goan community in Toronto, Mississauga and Vancouver and develop an installation and artist book project titled “Kathajaal: A Web of Stories”.

Kathajaal: A Web of Stories will examine factors informing the return immigration of Indo-Canadians to India. Samant uses a multi-disciplinary approach, working in photography, installation and video.

Samant states, “The projects I undertake involve eclectic collecting, documenting and recycling of urban debris, looking at the mundane and the profane. The works critique the market forces that define the cultural and art practices of the peripheral nations and question how our identities, within the global set up, can be sustained via a hybridization of our culture.”

Haema Sivanesan, Executive Director of SAVAC states, “Sharmila Samant is a significant international artist, whose work is rigorous, politically engaged and socially informed. It is a privilege to host her visit to Toronto, and to have her develop a project with the South Asian community here”

Samant’s work has been included in major international exhibitions and biennales including ”The Biennale of Sydney: Revolution – Forms that Turn” (2008); “Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India”, The Asia Society, New York, (touring, 2004 -2007); “Century City – Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis”, The Tate Modern, London, (2001).

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Radiant City in the Gallery

Come cozy up at the Art Gallery of Mississauga inside Adrian Blackwell's Monster Coil. We'll provide the popcorn and entertainment! FREE

Tuesday August 12
Tuesday Night at the Movies: Radiant City
7 pm to 8:30 pm
Art Gallery of Mississauga

Whether you call it sprawl or growth, the suburbs have been the dominant form of community planning in North America for fifty years. In this incisive study, Gary Burns and Jim Brown peer into the windows and lives of those who call suburbia home. Canada, 2007. English.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

History in a Box: Diorama making

Saturday, August 9th
Noon to 2pm
3pm to 5pm, at the Art Gallery of Mississauga
Ages 8-12 yrs
FREE pre registration suggested to ensure a spot
Register at or call 905 896 5506

History in a Box: Diorama making
A diorama is an imaginary mini-world or a scene in a box. Dioramas can incorporate cut outs, figures, models and drawings.

During the exhibition, Explorers and Dandies in an open letter to Canada Post: Frederick Hagan & Kent Monkman, Educator, Shaun Dacey will work with children ages 8 to 12 to explore how our official version of history is recorded. Through the creation of colourful dioramas, based on the works of Frederick Hagan and Kent Monkman, children will have the opportunity re-imagine history’s events with themselves as the authors.

Frederick Hagan’s (b. 1918, d. 2003) works have had the honour of being sanctioned to represent Canadian history. Issued from 1986-89, the Explorations of Canada postage stamp series was commissioned by Canada Post as a tribute to select explorers.

The current practice of artist Kent Monkman shares a similarity, in that history is regarded. However, it is an unsanctioned history which the artist constructs from the mined personal accounts of George Catlin, the traditions of 19th century landscape painting and the experiences of indigenous and two spirited people.

Explorers and Dandies in an open letter to Canada Post: Frederick Hagan & Kent Monkman will be on view at the Art Gallery of Mississauga until September 7, 2008.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

2 events from the Art Gallery of Mississauga

Thursday July 31
Meet the Artist:
Sharmila Samant
Event Type: Meet the artist / Location: Art Gallery of Mississauga / Time: 6 pm to 8 pm
Samant’s work is a combination of craft and design, with a strong critique of the market forces that define the cultural and art practices of the peripheral nations. She questions how "our identities within the global set up can be sustained via a hybridisation of our culture".

Centre A Executive Director, Hank Bull and Curator Makiko Hara as well as Executive Director, Haema Sivanesan from SAVAC will be present to introduce the project and discuss their organizations.

Sharmila Samant, Against the Grain, 2008

Project Incubator:Mississauga Central Library, 301 Burnhamthorpe Road West, August 1st - August 18th

Also don’t miss:“The Sounds of the Silenced” by Sharmila Samant
August 8th , 2008, 7-9pm
235 Queens Quay West

A 90 minute video screening examining the twin problems of slum demolition in urban Mumbai and agrarian suicides in rural India revealing the government’s apathy towards the economically disadvantaged sectors of Indian society in the drive to promote foreign investment. This series of videos forms the background for Samant’s major installation, “Against the Grain” (2008) at The Biennale of Sydney: Revolutions – Forms That Turn (2008). A co-presentation with the Harbourfront Centre as part of South Asia Calling Festival 8-10 August, 2008.

For more info, visit

Thursday July 31
Tiny Bill Cody

Event Type: performance / Location: CivicSquare Stage / Time: 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Tor Lukasik-Foss (aka tiny bill cody) is a visual artist, performer and writer whose art practice blends together drawing, sculptural assemblage with public performances of spoken word and music. His pieces often investigate issues relating to ideas of fame, obscurity and the public concert.

Fun for every age tiny bill cody delights crowds with thoughtful songs atop mountainous stools and inside sculptures like nothing you've seen before. As a new twist on the urban cowboy, his intelligent and artful observations of the contemporary urban experience, dressed up as folk songs, fascinate audiences everywhere.

"a kind, yodeling ogre.... a seven foot urbane urban folk troubadour" - Ric Taylor, View Magazine

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Exhibitions July 17 to September 7

Art Gallery of Mississauga, two exhibitions + New Projection Access space
July 17 – September 7, 2008
Opening receptions; Thursday, July 17th 6 pm – 9pm

A FREE SHUTTLE BUS will depart at 7 pm, Thursday, July 17th, from the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West, Toronto) returning at 9 pm. To reserve seats please call Suzanne Carte-Blanchenot at (905) 896-5507 or email

Projection Access launch with a work by Heather Keung. Heather Keung is the inaugural artist exhibiting work on the AGM’s new Projection Access space, situated in the corridor outside the Gallery, the media projection space brings art to visitors of the Mississauga Civic centre.

Inspired by repetitive daily actions and physical labour, Heather Keung's current media work investigates involuntary responses, habitual social behaviours, and the training of the mind and body.

Explorers and Dandies in an open letter to Canada Post: Frederick Hagan & Kent Monkman
Curated by Su-Ying Lee

Through Canada Post’s process of approving postage stamp imagery, and the works of artists Frederick Hagan and Kent Monkman, this exhibition asks “who has the authority to officiate over our history?” Critical examination and cheeky humour reveal the history-of-our-history, that is, how institutions determine and prescribe the standard version of history.

In tandem with the exhibition, a formal proposal has been presented to the Canada Post Stamp Advisory Committee. In the institution’s tradition of commissioning Canadian artists, Kent Monkman’s name has been put forward for consideration to design a stamp. If you wish to join the appeal, pick up a petition card at the Art Gallery of Mississauga.

A catalogue has been produced for the exhibition which includes essays by Annemarie Hagan, Mark Kingwell and Su-Ying Lee. An attempt to produce a multiple for inclusion in the publication, through Canada Post’s paid Picture Postage service was twice rejected citing Kent Monkman’s images as “inappropriate”.

Frederick Hagan
Exploration-Lithograph Portfolio, 1989
48 x 56 cm

Frederick Hagan’s (b. 1918, d. 2003) works have had the honour of being sanctioned to represent Canadian history. Issued from 1986-89, the Explorations of Canada postage stamp series was commissioned by Canada Post to honour select explorers. Although bestowed the honour of the commission, under the direction of Canada Post, Hagan’s original designs did not wholly emerge. Unable to satisfactorily realize his conceptual ambitions through the commission, Hagan was compelled to continue production on the theme of exploration. Amending the Explorations of Canada title from the stamp series to simply Exploration, the artist encompassed broader connotations through this ambitious series of lithographs.

Analogously, the current practice of artist Kent Monkman regards history. However, it is an unsanctioned history which the artist constructs from the mined personal accounts of George Catlin, the traditions of 19th century landscape painting and the experiences of indigenous and two-spirited people. Central to Monkman’s current body of work are the dandies –“glamorously garbed aboriginal men” with little tribal status, as referred to in Catlin’s accounts. Monkman reconstructs the dandies’ images to consider authorship and authenticity, bringing attention to the exclusiveness of popularly prescribed history.
Highly visible and widely disseminated, Canadian postage stamps function as communal reinforcement, enmeshing selected representations with the principle annals of Canadian history. This exhibition is furthermore an appeal to Canada Post to evolve its accounts toward inclusiveness.

Faint Heart 9,273, Kent Monkman, 2008, watercolour on paper, 12” x 9”. Collection of the artist.

Models for Public Spaces

Adrian Blackwell
Curated by Suzanne Carte-Blanchenot

Blackwell’s sculptures will sit in and outside of the gallery as infrastructures for both action and contemplation. These physical constructions act as diagrams for the strategic relations between different people in social space, opening up questions about the boundaries of the "public" in a city like Mississauga.

Models for Public Spaces presents an archive of experiments in the relation between urban space and social practices. The exhibition will survey Blackwell’s investigations, public works and collaborative structures built to produce new locations for collective action and public discourse including, How to open a car like a book, Public Water Closet, Car Pool, light net and Monster.

Previously unseen proposals dedicated for the City of Toronto such as Unofficial Entry to the Dundas Square Competition and Two-way mirror travel with Marcin Kedzior, for a sculpture on the Union Station Subway Platform further reflect the ongoing exploration into the alteration of existing spaces to encourage new ways of seeing and interacting.

Constructed to facilitate conversation between large numbers of people, Blackwell’s Model for a Public Space (speaker) will be erected in the Civic Square to open discourse around the question of what constitutes a healthy city the week of July 23rd. This circular, ramping seating structure, initially built for Toronto’s first Nuit Blanche, looks like a crater or a speaker facing upwards. Through this simple shape it is possible to sit looking inward towards one another or outward to the surrounding city.

Forum - Heritage Complex Sunday July 27, 3:00 pm

The conversational forum will be reflecting on the Art Gallery of Peel's exhibition, Heritage Complex, curated by Atanas Bozdarov and Tejpal Ajji. Speakers include,
Artist Eric Glavin and Architect Alan Tregebov.

Heritage Complex examines the built environments of cities that have recently developed adjacent to more traditionally understood urban centres.

Screening - Radiant City Tuesday August 12, 7:00 pm
Directors: Gary Burns and Jim Brown, Canada, 2007
Whether you call it sprawl or growth, the suburbs have been the dominant form of community planning in North America for fifty years. In this incisive study, Burns and Brown peer into the windows and lives of those who call suburbia home.
Adrian Blackwell is an artist and urban and architectural designer, whose work focuses on the spaces and forces of uneven development produced through processes of Post-fordist urbanization.

Blackwell has exhibited across Canada at artist run centers and public institutions including Mercer Union, The New Gallery, The Hamilton Art Gallery, The Power Plant and the Mackenzie Art Gallery, at the University of Michigan, LACE Gallery in Los Angeles, and at the 2005 Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture. Most recent exhibitions include Heritage Complex at the Art Gallery of Peel and Site Visits at Cambridge Galleries.

In 2005 Blackwell co-edited Unboxed: Engagements in Social Space, with Jen Budney and co-curated the exhibition Detours: Tactical Approaches to Urbanization in China with Pei Zhao. Since 1997 he has taught architecture and urban design at the University of Toronto, initiating the school’s China Global Architecture program in 2004. He has been a visiting professor at Chongqing University and at the University of Michigan’s College of Architecture and Urban Planning. In 2007 Blackwell won the competition to revitalize Nathan Phillips Square in collaboration with PLANT Architect Inc, Shore Tilbe Irwin and Partners, and Peter Lindsay Schaudt Landscape Architecture.

For more information on publications, programming and activities at the Art Gallery of Mississauga, please call (905) 896‑5088 or view the Gallery’s website at

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Friday, July 04, 2008

Clothing Swap-Free Wardrobe!!

Clothing Swap at the Gallery
Tuesday, July 8th at 6:30pm
Call 905 896 5506 or email to RSVP

In honour of our first ever Artist-in-Residence, Christina Kolozsvary, from Syracuse, New York, the Gallery will be hosting our first ever Clothing Swap!

What’s a Clothing Swap? A Clothing Swap is an event where the participants trade their pre-loved clothes, shoes and accessories. It’s a chance to clean out your closet, get a new wardrobe and meet the artist.

Christina Kolozsavary is taking up a short residency in Mississauga this summer in anticipation of an exhibition Couch surfing in Mississauga/Couch surfing in Syracuse. The exhibition will feature work created by Kolzsavary in response to her stay in Mississauga. Likewise, Mississauga artist, Alison Kobayashi will create work for the exhibition during a residency in Syracuse. Couch surfing in Mississauga/Couch surfing in Syracuse will be on exhibit February 5 to March 22, 2009 and will also be exhibited in Syracuse.

How do artists in the formative stages of their careers assimilate location and residential identity into their work? This exchange has been created to consider Mississauga and its identity as a city-suburb and cultural producer. A highly diverse, densely populated city, Mississauga’s identity is often overshadowed by its closest urban neighbour, Toronto. Syracuse shares some of Mississauga’s identity struggles and each of us, a few uniquely our own.

The Art Gallery of Mississauga wishes to thank Emily Vey Duke & Cooper Battersby, Couch surfing Residency co-curators and Séamus Kealy, Curator, Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto at Mississauga for provision of residence space.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


Thursday, July 3, 2008, Civic Square Stage, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
FREESTYLIE featuring:
LAL - CD Debut Deportation
Jessica Thompson - Freestyle SoundKit
Grace N' Style - Urban Hip Hop Dance

FREE shuttle bus departs from the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West, Toronto) at 7:00 pm to the Art Gallery of Mississauga, returning by 9:30 pm.

Opening the event the GNS dance crew wil be performing in wearable sound pieces that generate and broadcast electronic beats as their bodies move. When the Freestyle SoundKit is engaged, each step the dancer takes a single electronic beat is broadcast.

Toronto collective Lal's sound from the outset was one of contrasts: icy, futuristic rhythms melting into warm basslines and soothing soul melodies, with reverberating atmospherics whirling about the spacious groove. Hints of Rosina's South Asian roots and Murr's hip hop formation season their productions with a taste of tradition, while the overall sound suggests something far more progressive.

The project's creativity extends into a new media show with new media incorporating video images into and interactive stage set-up that pushes the audience to engage of the deep social messages that ripple through every song.


Crafting for Canada

At the Art Gallery of Mississauga on Canada Day, Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Gallery open for viewing from 11am to 4pm
Office Space/Public Space: Dean Baldwin and
J.C. Heywood: A Life in Layers

Craftification from 10am - 2 pm, City Centre Drive, between the Civc Centre and Central Library.

Taking part in the City of Mississauga's Canada Day Celebrations, the Art Gallery of Mississauga will bring the Church of Craft to City Centre Drive. The street will be closed to traffic allowing the Church of Craft to guide children in a re-imagining of the city street. Turning the asphalt into a green garden and the electrical poles into soft, colourful structures the artist collective will guide the ambitious project teaching fundamental craft skills such as stitching, knitting, and embroidery and to all ages. City Centre Drive will be transformed into a masterpiece by taking those uninhabited concrete spaces and renovating them into bright active areas.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Born to Rock n' Roll

The Mississauga Film Series Presents:


Wed, June 25, 2008
Director: John Sayles, USA, 2007
Language: English
Run Time: 122 min.
Genre: Drama/Music

Rating: PG-13

Set in a 1950’s Alabama, this passionate film about the birth of rock ‘n’ roll takes protagonist Tyrone Purvis (Danny Glover) in search of a miracle to save his roadhouse from bankruptcy. When a grand notion of recruiting regional celebrity and blues guitar stars turns into a suspenseful Saturday night he is left with the talents of one man equipped with a guitar like none ever seen: carved from a solid block of wood, and, unbelievably, electric to save the juke joint.

Honeydripper is an inspiring example of the ability cinema has to transcend boundaries of culture and era.

For more information or to reserve seating please contact Suzanne Carte-Blanchenot at 905-896-5507 or

Film Series Tickets: available in advance at the Galleries, UTM Student Union or the evening of the screening from 6:30pm at the AMC Courtney Park
Admission:AGM Members/Students/Seniors: $10.00

General Admission: $12.00
Series Pass: $30.00 (4 film package)

Screening Location:AMC Courtney Park, 110 Courtney Park Dr.
Mississauga, ON L5T 2Y3, Hwy 10 and the 401

Check out the trailer:


Tuesday, April 22, 2008

From graphic novel to film

Many films have been adapted from graphic novels. Usually they become sci fi, thriller, action films rather than animated versions of themselves. Persepolis is an award winning animated film from the autobiographical graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi.

Wednesday, April 30th at 7pm
Director: Directed by Vincent Paronnaud & Marjane Satrapi, 2007
Language: English
Run Time: 95 min.
Genre: Drama, Animation
Rating: PG-13

Filmmakers Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi collaborated to co-write and co-direct this adaptation of Satrapi's bestselling autobiographical graphic novel detailing the trials faced by an outspoken Iranian girl who finds her unique attitude and outlook on life repeatedly challenged during the Islamic revolution. The English-language version features the voice talents of Sean Penn, Gena Rowlands, and Iggy Pop, with Catherine Deneuve and Chiara Mastroianni reprising their roles from the original French-language version.

The film won the Jury Prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. In her acceptance speech, Satrapi said "Although this film is universal, I wish to dedicate the prize to all Iranians". Persepolis was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

For more information or to reserve seating please contact Suzanne Carte-Blanchenot at 905-896-5507 or

Film Series Tickets: available in advance at the Galleries, UTM Student Union or the evening of the screening from 6:30pm at the AMC Courtney Park

Admission:AGM Members/Students/Seniors: $10.00General Admission: $12.00Series Pass: $30.00 (4 film package)

Screening Location:AMC Courtney Park, 110 Courtney Park Dr. Mississauga, ON L5T 2Y3, Hwy 10 and the 401 *May 28th film Up the Yangtze, Details will be posted soon

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Young Mississauga Animators

Cawthra Park Animation Festival 2008
A secondary school student competition or link from

Date: Wed. June 4th, 7pm -10pm $5 at the door

Address: Cawthra Park S.S.
1305 Cawthra Road.
Mississauga, Ont. L5G-4L1

Contact: Festival Director
John Bissylas, Cawthra Park S.S.

The festival is a student contest with awards given to the best in each of six categories.
It will be an evening of exciting entertainment and an opportunity for students to showcase their talents to their peers and to the arts industry as well as build their portfolios.

Animation has been a fast growing industry in the fields of entertainment and advertising and many new jobs and career opportunities have opened as a result of this phenomenon. Promoting animation as an art form and employable skill would benefit students as they begin to consider post-secondary educational and career pathways.

Participating boards: Peel, Toronto District, York Region and Halton District

Awards: 1st and 2nd Place animations in each of 6 categories. Trophies given by the festival. Educational/professional opportunities given by the sponsors.

Categories: Flash Narrative, Flash non-narrative, Stop-motion, Mixed Media, 3D and Music Videos

2007 winning entries can be viewed on our website

Participating sponsors:

9Story Entertainment
Max the Mutt Animation School
Sheridan College
Thinnox Design Academy
Curry's Artists' Materials
Frischkorn Audiovisual

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Art & science meet at the Art Gallery of Mississauga

nichola feldman-kiss:\mean body
Art Gallery of Mississauga
March 27 to May 11, 2008
Opening reception Thursday, March 27, 2008

nichola feldman-kiss
the chimaera set (2005-2006)
digital transparency, light box
105 x 105 x 20 cm

Nichola Feldman-Kiss refers to this mean body project as an "expanded performance of self-portraiture". It is a melding of traditional explorations of the figure with scientific research on the human shape…in this case her own toned physique.

After training to obtain her desired body image Feldman-Kiss posed for a three-dimensional whole body scan. The resulting database consists of eighty-two three-dimensional data sets.

These data sets were used to create representations of her body in a variety of media. The mean body project includes a video animation, a large grid of ink-jet prints, a group of plastic rapid-prototype sculptures, four back-lit transparencies, a very large professionally bound book of data, several small bronze sculptures and a contract licensing research rights to the data.

Also included in this exhibition are large scale contour drawings generated from this same data.

This exhibition, although routed in the technology used to generate the various components, draws reference to past traditions of self portraiture and previous scientific efforts to determine standardized body-shapes through more rudimentary body measurement data.

It further explores how minor changes in the data can result in unfamiliar and almost eerie images barely recognizable as the human form. Kim Sawchuk, author of the text for the accompanying catalogue, refers to these components as uncanny. Her in-depth analysis of this mean body project touches on social and cultural issues associated with body type and the stereo typical images of the female form, of gender and power.

As Feldman-Kiss herself notes, "I am interested in how the body has been measured historically, creatively, scientifically, anthropologically and how value has been attributed because of differences."

Monday, March 24, 2008

Mississauga Film Series

In February, Director and Mississauga native Richie Mehta joined us at the AMC Courtney Park to screen and discuss his award winning film Amal.

Those in attendance were treated to a Q & A with the Director, Producers and members of the cast.

Come out and be a part of the Mississauga Film Series which gives everyone a chance to view films specially selected from the Toronto International Film Festival's Film Circut.

Wednesday, March 26th, 7pm
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Director: Julian Schnabel, France, 2007
Language: French with English subtitles

Winner of the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, this beautiful adaptation of Jean-Dominique Bauby's memoir is an affecting, revelatory tribute.

Once a successful fashion editor and carefree womanizer, Bauby awoke one day to find himself a prisoner of his own body. Paralysed by a massive stroke his muscles were rendered powerless other than the movement of his left eyelid. His nurses develop an ingenious, if exhausting, method of communication to assist him in painstakingly completing a record of his life.
For more information or to reserve seating please contact Suzanne Carte-Blanchenot at

Film Series Tickets: available in advance at the Galleries, UTM Student Union or the evening of the screening from 6:30pm at the AMC Courtney Park

Admission: AGM Members/Students/Seniors: $10.00General Admission: $12.00Series Pass: $30.00 (4 film package)

Screening Location: AMC Courtney Park, 110 Courtney Park Dr. Mississauga, ON L5T 2Y3, Hwy 10 and the 401

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Sucessful Mississauga Film Maker

Amal by Mississauga born, Richie Mehta has met with critcal aclaim since the film's 2007 premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and gone on to win numerous awards including Best Independant Film at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. Mehta has been lauded extensively since, including a mention in critic Cameron Bailey's annual top 10 list.

Wednesday, February 27th, 7pm at the AMC Courtney Park, is your opportunity to attend the Mississauga/home town premiere of Amal.

Returning to his hometown Mississauga, Mehta will personally introduce his debut film at the Mississauga Film Series with a Q&A session to follow.

About the film:

AMAL viscerally conveys the feel of working-class Delhi. Nuanced performances from some of India‘s most revered and beloved performers, including Seema Biswas (WATER), Shah (MONSOON WEDDING), Roshan Seth (SUCH A LONG JOURNEY) and Koel Purie (WHITE NOISE) enhance the film‘s authenticity and immediacy. The life-affirming story evokes lingering vestiges of the caste system and examines a family in which wealth creates nothing but the hunger for more. At the end of his life, the patriarch holds up a mirror to the world he inhabited as a tycoon but departed as an ascetic. For more information or to reserve seating please contact Suzanne Carte-Blanchenot at 905-896-5507 or

Film Series Tickets: available in advance at the Galleries, UTM Student Union or the evening of the screening from 6:30pm at the AMC Courtney Park

Admission: AGM Members/Students/Seniors: $10.00General Admission: $12.00Series Pass: $30.00 (4 film package)

Screening Location: AMC Courtney Park, 110 Courtney Park Dr. Mississauga, ON L5T 2Y3, Hwy 10 and the 401

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Stars & Robots

Karilee Fuglem is interested in non-visible phenomena that occupy what we perceive as “empty” space. For more than a decade, her site specific, semi-visible, ephemeral constructions have included materials such as fine monofilament, sequin discs, timers, lenses, water and wind to alter our consciousness about the spaces we occupy.
Karilee Fuglem; Corona Borealis, nine to five
Curated by Robert Freeman
February 7 - March 16, 2008
Opening Reception: Sunday, February 10, 2008 at 3 pm

This exhibition is specific to the Art Gallery of Mississauga and is a result of the artist's attempt to relate the Gallery and her work to the night sky... to reference the Gallery space with a universal constant.The artist has mapped out the position of a simple constellation of 6 or 7 stars, Corona Borealis, as it would be seen from the gallery site, from 9-5 on February 29th, 2008.

Through a system of nearly transparent thread lines, Fuglem makes tangible a nearly imperceptible constellation and a leap day, a time frame that is often regarded as some kind of gap in "real life".


February 7 - March 16, 2008
Opening Reception: Sunday, February 10, 2008 at 3 pm

This experimental laboratory created in the gallery by Kristen Keller will allow students of Cawthra Park Secondary School to work directly with her constructing robotic structures. These mechanical mongrels are fabricated out of found objects, rescued materials and recycled plastic. Outfitted with drawing utensils motorized to make marks on flat surfaces these robots independently make paintings and drawings of their own.

In collaboration with Cawthra Park Secondary School and InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre. The Art Gallery of Mississauga would like to acknowledge the generous support of Deserres, Oakville (formerly known as Loomis Art Store) for their contribution to MONGREL MEDIA.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Mississauga is celebrating Art's Birthday and you are invited!

Art’s Birthday - a celebration of art
Thursday, January 17, 2008
2 to 10 p.m.
Great Hall
Mississauga Civic Centre
300 City Centre Drive

Visit for more information about the occasion of Art's Birthday.

Performances & Telecommunications

Roving reporter Darla Kitty (aka Halifax sound artist Eleanor King) keeps everyone abreast of happenings throughout the day, including radio on the ice rink and Internet streams from around the world.

I Want to be a Radio Announcer: A chance to experiment with the medium of radio.

Mississauga Sound Map: A sonic journey through the city of Mississauga

Art Gallery of Mississauga: What’s a birthday without a birthday card? Create your own postcard and mail it on-site then celebrate by making your own commemorative button.
View a screening of Robert Filliou’s work.
Gallery on Call
, 905-615-3200 ext. 4707: Learn about the history of Art’s Birthday by calling into the gallery. Gallery On Call is a voice-messaging system functioning as an audio guide and extended programming to the Art Gallery of Mississauga’s exhibitions. Five minutes in length, the recordings provide information by bringing in new voices from the community to author interpretive resources.

2 – 2:30 p.m.
Tetsuo Kogawa, live from Japan via Radio Kinesonus, battles with Halifax audio artist Stephen Kelly on-site in a radio transmission race.

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Sound artists Eleanor King and Stephen Kelly
put the sounds of the Civic Centre, inside and out, under sonic microscope.

3:30 p.m.
Youth Troopers for Global Awareness

The body makes pictures and sound. This theatre troupe introduces the art of tableau accompanied by rhythm of spoken word.

3:45 p.m.
Mississauga Sound Map Unveiling
Mississauga residents and visitors were invited to contribute sound recordings of places in Mississauga that were meaningful or intriguing to them. To contribute more recordings to this map, Contact:

4 p.m.
Mississauga Children’s Choir
composes their own Happy Birthday song on the spot, conducted by vocalist Christine Duncan.

4:15 p.m.
Birthday Cake

Sound artist Rob Cruikshank provides the icing with portable NAISAtrons (sound art objects).

4:30 p.m.
Energetic krumping dance is wired for sound.

5 p.m.
Tour the Mississauga Civic Centre with your eyes closed. In a soundwalk, the listening “audience” moves through a place and the environment “performs.” In a soundwalk, time is taken to hear the environment. Every soundwalk is a unique listening experience.

5 - 7 p.m.
New Adventures in Sound Art
scans the globe for Art’s Birthday radio art including Internet streams from Kunstradio, Vienna.

7- 10 p.m.
Comedian Matt. Miller
hosts and evening of music by Mississauga DJ Kurtis Lewis and turntablist Mike Hansen who will spin to the theme of Forever Young with cameo appearances by Back2Basics dance troupe and other surprise guests.

Art’s Birthday was proposed in 1963 by French artist Robert Filliou to celebrate the presence of art in our lives. It has since been celebrated on January 17 as an annual exchange-art event by a collection of artists and artist organizations around the world.

This marks the first year of Art’s Birthday celebrations in Mississauga that explores performance, installations and exchange-art. Explorations with telecommunications have long been part of this event in which artists from around the world unite over radio waves, via the Internet, and through mail art. As Mississauga forges its new identity for the 21st century, communications are key to its development, and the activities for Art’s Birthday are a perfect forum for exploring creative ways to interface with local and global communities.

Presented by the Mississauga Office of Arts and Culture and New Adventures in Sound Art in partnership with the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Canadian Association for Sound Ecology and in conjunction with Kunstradio - Vienna, Western Front – Vancouver, and Radio Kinesonus – Japan. Many thanks to CKLN Toronto for their sponsorship and broadcast of Art’s Birthday.
The Mississauga Office of Arts and Culture positions itself on the cusp of arts, culture, technology, architecture and urban design. It will play an integral and strategic role in the growth plan of the city for the 21st century. For further information go to

New Adventures in Sound Art is a non-profit organization that produces performances and installations spanning the entire spectrum of electroacoustic and experimental sound art. For more information go to

FREE bus transportation from downtown Toronto – Gladstone Hotel 2 p.m. with 4:30 p.m. return, and 7 p.m. with 10 p.m. return. BY RESERVATION ONLY RSVP 905-615-3200 ext 4065 or

is pure Mississauga energy, from break dancing to krumping.

Darren Copeland is the artistic director of New Adventures in Sound Art. He is also a sound artistwho has received international attention, including solo releases DVD-A Perdu et retrouvé and the CD release Rendu Visible on empreintes DIGITALes (
He has created work for many media: radio art, installation sound art, theatre, and concert music. Recent highlights include his radiophonic adaptation for ZKM of Berger Sellin's book ich will kein inmich mehr sein and his long distance cellphone collaboration with Annette Finnsdottir in Copenhagen for AGM.

A musical chameleon with a near five octave range, Christine Duncan has a repertoire that spans improvisation, opera, rhythm and blues, pop and folkloric music. She has collaborated with Bob Murphy, Hugh Fraser, Miles Black, Jean Martin,Veda Hille, Paul Plimley, Danielle Palardy Roger, Kenny Wheeler, Dave Young, P.J. Perry, Ray Charles, Linton Garner, Paul Horn, Jeff Healey, John Oswald, Paul Dutton, Nobuo Kabota and many others.

Mike Hansen is a Mississauga based artist, performer and radio personality and has been involved in the Canadian improvised music scene for over a decade. As a turntablist born out of the school of Marclay, Tetrault and Jeck, Hansen disembowels the turntable. Approaching the record player as an instrument, needles cut through vinyl as knives through butter. Records are being replaced by the players themselves now used to generate sound that is processed through a series of Lo-Fi electronics, haunted by samples of actual recordings. Sounds are chosen at random, slowed down, ripped apart and manually looped. Mike Hansen’s turntablism has resulted in recordings and performances with Canadian and international players such as Tomasz Krakowiak, Michael Snow, John Oswald, John Butcher, Kaffe Matthews, and Gert-Jan Prins.

Stephen Kelly works with sound sculpture and site-specific audio installation and do-it-yourself electronics. Interested in intersections between audio art and music he creates kinetic, viewer responsive audio exhibitions and has built several unique musical instruments. Stephen has recorded, produced, and released over 14 musical albums on his independent label Dead Bum.

Eleanor King works with site-specific installation incorporating elements of audio, video, photography and sculpture. Eleanor often uses radio as a medium for audio performance, she hosts a regular radio program on CKDU 97.5 FM in Halifax. Her work incorporates humorous elements to critique social behaviors, investigating consumer and tourist culture.
Tetsuo Kogawa introduced micro free radio to Japan, and is widely known for his blend of criticism, performance and activism. He has written over 30 books on media culture, film, the city and urban space, and micro politics. He has been teaching at Tokyo-Keizai University and demonstrating radio-art experiments in various countries.

Kurtis Lewis is a Mississauga-based DJ who explores the boundaries of house, jazz, afrobeat, trip hop, electro, and techno.

Matt. Miller currently resides in Mississauga and is a graduate of Humber College School of Comedy. He has performed at Yuk Yuks, Second City, and the Alt.Lounge at the Rivoli. He was recently nominated for Tim Sims Fresh Meet Showcase – top 20 comedians in Ontario.
Celebrating over 25 years of choral excellence, the Mississauga Children’s Choir (MCC) is a treble voiced choir of over 125 children from 6 to 17 years of age. Under the leadership of Music Director Thomas Bell, the choir has grown to include three graded ensembles – Training, Intermediate, and Concert. The MCC is dedicated to providing young singers with exceptional musical experiences through excellence in performance, music education, recording, touring and service to the community, The MCC has toured across Canada and in Europe.

Youth Troopers for Global Awareness (YTGA) is a group of very passionate high school students, determined to bring about awareness of global and local social issues through writing, visual art and theatre. Tired of feeling helpless about the injustices occurring in the world, they began writing about issues that they are passionate about, in the summer of 2006. Their ultimate goal is to spread awareness which they feel is the initial action that creates the reaction. Only through awareness of what the problem is, can the solutions come to light. YTGA recognizes the suffering and torment the unfortunates and underserved are going through and they dedicate their efforts to them, for if they are unable to speak for themselves, YTGA will be their voice. For further information go to

Event Management
City of Mississauga
Zainub Verjee, director, Office of Arts and Culture
Jennifer Kaye, manager, Arts & Culture Initiatives
DB Boyko, supervisor, Arts & Culture
Sandra Desrochers, public affairs specialist, Communications
Richard Stone, A.V. systems technician, IT
Jim Morley, supervisor, IT Networking Service
Steve Draper, manager, Information Technology
Alex Lo-Basso, designer, Creative Services
Susanne Carte-Blanchenot, Outreach Programmer, Art Gallery of Mississauga
Su-Ying Lee, Curatorial/Administrative Assistant, Art Gallery of Mississauga
New Adventures in Sound Art
Nadene Thériault-Copeland, managing director
Darren Copeland, artistic director
Hector Centeno, soundmap programmer
CKLN Radio
Mike Phillips, station manager, CKLN
Special thanks to Don Sinclair, professor & co-ordinator, Fine Arts Cultural Studies Program, York University.
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