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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.

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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.

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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.

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