Libby Hague: Brave Interventions

LIBBY HAGUE | BRAVE INTERVENTIONS
Presented in conjunction with Libby Hague’s Be Brave! We are in this together YYreZidency
EVERY SATURDAY MAY 26 – JUNE 30, 2012
1:00PM 3:00PM

As part of the YYreZidency program, Libby Hague has scheduled several interventions and performances to take place within her interactive installation: Be Brave! we are in this together; the anticipated super-energy combo of sculptural drama and live human performance. The interventions/performances are scheduled for Saturday afternoons from 1:00pm-3:00pm with open rehearsals happening any time during regular gallery hours. A variety of documentation will be made and presented as a small video series through the social media outlet YouTube.

Find more information on Libby Hague’s YYreZidency exhibition here.

Every exhibition can provide a formal clarity and distance which furthers self understanding. Interventions are distancing filters, which connect us to another creative mind in the short window of our availability. The format layers rather than blends ideas so that each contributing flavour stays visible, distinct, and delicious.

-Libby Hague

SCHEDULE:

MAY 26 | PHILIP ANISMAN: A READING FROM INFINITE JEST BY DAVID FOSTER WALLACE
Philip Anisman practices law, mainly securities law, in Toronto most of the time- and has written legal books,, articles, and op-eds. He also reads literature sometimes aloud at Libby Hague’s shows. May 26 is one of these times.

JUNE 2 | CATHERINE CARMICHAEL: I FOUND IT IN THE STREET– A MOVEMENT BASED SOUNDSCAPE
Carmichael’s exhibitions include a solo show at the Parisian Laundry (Montreal) and an upcoming group show at the Zweigstelle (Berlin); her performances include the New Soundworks Festival (Meaford). Carmichael’s cycle of poems: Ecstatic Shift was published in Hamilton Arts and Letters. She was a founding member of Niagara, an improvised sound performance group in the 80’s (Toronto).

Watch Catherine Carmichael’s performance now.

JUNE 9 | ERICA IRIS: A VOCAL EXPLORATION
Mezzo-soprano Erica Iris, emerged onto Toronto’s music scene with a gorgeous big voice, seamless from top to bottom, dramatic, and highly expressive. (Howard Dyck). Winner of the 2011 Eckhardt-Gramatt National Music Competition, she has made numerous performances with the Aldeburgh Connection, and is one of eight rising Canadian musicians who were recorded for broadcast on CBC Radio 2’s In Concert.

JUNE 16 | ANDREA CERSWELL: A VOCAL EXPLORATION
Hailed as the possessor of a bright, pretty voice with surprising power (Opera Canada). Canadian soprano Andrea Cerswell is emerging as an exciting presence on opera and concert stages. Highly praised as Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, she also performsas an Oratorio soloist and was featured as the soprano soloist in Carmina Burana with Brampton Symphony Orchestra. In July, Cerswell will travel to Milan to perform Despina in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, as part of the Accademia Europea dell’Opera.

JUNE 23 | ZOJA SMUTNY: A DANCE-BASED PERFORMANCE
Zoja Smutny spends her time creating dance works, performing, and teaching in Berlin, Toronto, and Montreal. Smutny’s work, both performance and video, has been presented at international festivals including Hop Scotch at the Cultural Olympiad, 2010, and the 64th Festival des Cannes, 2011. Her new solo work this I LOVE YOU thing, premiered at UFERSTUDIOS in Berlin and will be presented in Tel-Aviv in May.

JUNE 30 | MAEV BEATY: A PERFORMANCE WITH VOCAL EXPLORATION
Maev Beaty is a Toronto based actor, writer and voice artist. Her favourite stage credits include Civility (Necessary Angel), The Penelopiad, The Happy Woman (Nightwood Theatre), Ritter Dene Voss (La Mama, NYC, One Little Goat), and Parfumerie (Soulpepper). She has been nominated for Outstanding Performance Dora awards for Montparnasse and Dance of the Red Skirts (Theatre Columbus). Beaty is also co-Artistic Director of Belltower and Sheep No Wool Theatre companies, and an associate of Groundwater Productions. www.maevbeaty.com


Meav Beaty: Brave Interventions, 2012. Photo Credit: Mallory Wilkinson


Catherine Carmichael: Brave Interventions, 2012. Photo Credit: Mallory Wilkinson


Soja Smutny: Brave Interventions, 2012. Photo Credit: Mallory Wilkinson

Two YYZ Spring Events: FRIDAY APRIL 20 & SATURDAY APRIL 21


Image source: Pro Radio Antic, Romania

AT OUR ARTIEST: PEDAGOGICAL EXPLORATIONS INTO THE ITHYPHALLIC RUMINATIONS OF KEVIN HAINEY

YYZ is pleased to announce the launch of our newly improved Membership Program. To celebrate, YYZ is hosting a special event featuring some of Toronto’s most creative sound artists: FORKTINE, GASTRIC FEMALE REFLEX, and M.STACTOR.

SATURDAY 21 APRIL 2012
DOORS OPEN | 7:00PM
ADMISSION | FREE
* One-night only: Receive a free limited edition t-shirt designed by Jacob Horwood with the purchase of a YYZMEMBERSHIP.

Twenty-first century experimental composition. Both hat and hatless performance. Instrument building and the act of dropping it on the way to the gig. The spirit of forgetting your sheet music only to call it indeterminism. Crash course in clown sounds, by the graduating class of the BBC Radiophonic workshop of non-unionized plagiarists. Presented by Old MacDonald Had A Farm at half speed.

FORKTINE | 8:00PM
FORKTINE is a noise/musique concrte project based in Toronto, Canada. Though not exclusively a solo project, Forktine was instigated and organized by Colin Hinz. The project formed as an outgrowth from Hinz’ history of building unusual, one-of-a-kind musical instruments that began in the late 1980s. These instruments have various forms, borrowing from historic mechanical musical instruments, junkyard or toy parodies of contemporary instruments, circuit-bending, mechanical gadgetry, and plain-old electronics engineering. In addition to the Forktine project, Hinz has used these instruments in numerous performances with the improvisational ensembles Six Heads and The Urban Refuse Group, and has documented their construction in the journal Experimental Musical Instruments.

GASTRIC FEMALE REFLEX | 8:45PM
GASTRIC FEMALE REFLEX was started out of necessity to punctuate awkward expanses and embarrassed silences pecking at them with lugubrious beaks and soft spit marmalade, the sound of shitty winds through dildo trees. It began under strenuous circumstances near strangers in cramped subterranean dwellings, nowhere to sit but the bed (on top of the sheets) groping, bewildered in the sonic darkness of a monolithic uncertainty, and admittedly, inadequacy. Though, for all their shortcomings as musicians, they still succeeded in producing over 30 albums worth of manic, rollicking, often insufferable gesticulations on a host of international labels. Once upon a time they had toured Europe extensively and performed at several festivals where they were unilaterally ignored. These days, every show is their last. Once every couple of months Jacob Horwood and Andrew Zukerman will rise from their convalescent beds, dust off their reel to reels and subject themselves to the torture of being in a band that sounds like shit. Eventually it will die a quiet death, be buried with its stupid name and nobody will be the wiser. RIP GFR.

M.STACTOR | 9:30PM
M.STACTOR (W.A.Davison) is a multi-disciplinary artist originally from Nova Scotia. He studied fine art at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and experimental music at Dalhousie University. His work has been exhibited, performed, and presented at numerous Canadian and International festivals. As a musician, composer, improviser, and instrument-builder, Davison has appeared in hundreds of performances as both a solo artist and in various groups and ad hoc collectives. His recorded work spans close to thirty years and has been distributed on small labels, through informal networks around the world. He remains a true experimentalist and a stalwart proponent of independent/DIY music production and dissemination. Davison has been a prominent member of Toronto’s improvising, noise, and experimental music communities since the early 90’s. He has received support from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts. Davison has been living and working in Toronto since 1989.

YYZ IS PLEASE TO HOST IN CONVERSATION | THE CURATOR’S IMAGE
FRIDAY 20 APRIL 2012
7:00PM-9:00PM
ADMISSION | FREE

Christopher Regimbal | Exhibition Coordinator, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
cheyanne turions | Independent Curator
Leah Turner | Associate, Jessica Bradley Art + Projects
Yan Wu | Programme Director, Gendai Gallery
Moderated by:
Lucas Soi | Director/Curator, Soi Fischer

Recent public dialogues such as The Curatorial Today, Art Basel (2011); Are Curators Unprofessional?, The Banff Centre (2010); and Curators In Context, ARCCO (2005) have established national and international conversations around the practical, theoretical and conceptual approaches to contemporary curatorial practice. The Curator’s Image seeks to do the same on a local level, providing a vehicle for conversation between emerging professionals who curate contemporary art in Toronto as part of institutional, commercial, artist-run and independent platforms.

Location | 140-401 Richmond Street W. Toronto, ON M5V 3A8
Gallery Hours | Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00 AM 5:00 PM

BOOK LAUNCH

UNSPENT LOVE, or, Things I Wish I Told You
Shannon Gerard
ISBN 978-1-894994-58-3
176 pages
November 2011
Published by Conundrum Press

BOOK LAUNCH
FRIDAY 11 NOVEMBER 2011
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
YYZ Artists’ Outlet
#140-401 Richmond St. W
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8

Originally drawn and written as a series of online poetic vignettes, UNSPENT LOVE addresses themes such as hope, fear, and human frailty. Evolving through numerous iterations, including a gallery installation supported by the Nick Novak Fellowship at Open Studio, UNSPENT LOVE most recently appeared as an experimental wall installation at YYZ Artists’ Outlet. One chapter of this work won first place in the graphic narrative category of This Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt in 2010.

Conundrum Press is thrilled to announce the book version of the project, complete with a letterpressed wraparound jacket printed at Gaspereau Press. Embracing a variety of genres, from poetry to relational art to graphic novel, UNSPENT LOVE is as varied as the characters who populate its quintessentially human stories.

SHANNON GERARD received her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education Degrees from York University in 1996, where she completed her Masters Degree in 2007. In 2008 she received the Visual Arts (Emerging) Grant from the Toronto Arts Council. Gerard has exhibited her work in Canada and the United States including Green Lantern Gallery in Chicago (2009), Open Studio in Toronto (2008), and also took part in the MoCCA Festival in New York City in 2007. Gerard currently teaches courses in print media and nano-publishing at OCAD University.

Shannon Gerard’s work will be on dislay at YYZ until December 10, 2011.

For more information and to track the YYZUNLIMITED project, check out Shannon Gerard’s blog at unspentlove.tumblr.com.

 

YYZ CURRENT PROGRAMMING
Click each artist for more information

SATURDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2011-SATURDAY 10 DECEMBER 2011

DIL HILDEBRAND | Back to the Drawing Board
ANNIE DUNNING | Foolproof Four: Superheroes of the Forest Floor
DAVID COURT + JOSH THORPE | Around YYZ
SHANNON GERARD | UNSPENT LOVE, or, Things I Wish I Told You

 

 

 

YYZ Presents: Paul Butler’s Collage Party

YYZ PRESENTS | PAUL BUTLER’S COLLAGE PARTY
SPECIAL EVENT | WEDNESDAY 31 AUGUST 2011, 1:00PM – 6:00PM
ADMISSION | FREE

Paul Butler’s Collage Party, 2011. Image courtesy of the artist.

A type of experimental studio, The Collage Parties are traveling art events that invite the public to make works in a collective space. These events engage a spectrum of communities, including professional and non-professional artists, adults, teens as well as children. The Collage Parties serve as a source for ideas, inspiration, and connections for everyone involved, opening them to new pathways of artistic growth. Dozens of these events have been hosted across North America and Europe in public museums, commercial galleries, schools, and non-profit art centers.

PAUL BUTLER‘s art eludes definition. It is neither associated with any particular medium, nor is his practice primarily based in the studio. Rather, the creative and conceptual basis of his art includes acts as well as objects: hosting the Collage Party and directing The Other Gallery – a nomadic commercial gallery dedicated to overlooked artists’ practices established in 2001 – are integral to Butler’s creative process. In 2007 he founded the UpperTradingPost.com, an invitational website that facilitates exchange of artworks amongst artists. In 2008 he was invited to lead his Reverse Pedagogy experimental residency at the Banff Centre. He has exhibited his work at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto; White Columns, New York; Creative Growth Art Centre, Oakland, Jessica Bradley ART + PROJECTS, Toronto; and La Maison Rouge, Paris. Butler has contributed to the book Decentre: Concerning Artist-run Culture (YYZ books, 2008) as well as Hunter + Cook, Bad Day magazine and Canadian Art. Butler will be the Art Gallery of Ontario’s inaugural artist in residence this Fall.

 

 

YYZBOOKS SALE | DECENTRE 50% OFF!

To celebrate the second collaboration between YYZ Artists’ Outlet and Paul Butler, YYZ will be holding a one-day only sale on decentre, a YYZBOOKS publication in which Butler was a contributor.

DECENTRE is a book about artist-run culture; the efflorescence of projects, spaces, events spawned by artists at their own initiation. We asked artists and others working in artist-run spaces to write short texts addressing the issues we face in this milieu, distilling down the essence of the concept artist-run and looking into the future.

Special Event: YYZ Streaming Party

SPECIAL EVENT | YYZ STREAMING PARTY
WEDNESDAY 10 AUGUST 2011
DOORS OPEN | 7:00PM
ADMISSION | FREE
The Torontonians. Photo Credit: Chozin Tenzin

WEDNESDAY 10 AUGUST 2011| DOORS OPEN AT 7PM
ADMISSION: FREE

THE TORONTONIANS| 7:30PM
DREAM BABY DREAM: INTERROGATED BY TEENS

YYZTV SCREENING| 9:30PM
SELECTED ARCHIVE EPISODES FROM YYZTV IN THE 90’S

THE TORONTONIANS| DREAM BABY DREAM: INTERROGATED BY TEENS

Parkdale teens interview some of the most important young artists in the city and stream it live to the Internet. No question is too intrusive, no inquiry too personal and no query too prying. The lives of the young artists will be relentlessly interrogated by a bunch of 15-year-olds with absolutely no agenda.

THE TORONTONIANS are a Parkdale-based multidisciplinary collective of teens working in collaboration with Mammalian Diving Reflex. Mammalian Diving Reflex is a research-art atelier dedicated to investigating the social sphere, always on the lookout for contradictions to whip into aesthetically scintillating experiences, producing one-off events, theatre-based performance, videos, installation, theoretical texts and community happenings. Past work includes: Nuit Market, Eat the Street, Haircuts by Children, The Children’s Choice Awards, Slow Dance With Teacher, A Suicide-Site Guide to the City, Monster Makers, The Best Sex I’ve Ever Had and Old Women Shooting Guns.

MAMMALIAN DIVING REFLEX‘s work has been presented around the world in Birmingham, Bologna, Brisbane, Brussels, Calgary, Chicago, Cork, Derry, Edmonton, Enschede, Greensboro, Kitchener-Waterloo, Kuopio, Lahore, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Milan, Mumbai, Montreal, Newcastle, New York, Norwich, Nyon Prague, Oldenburg, Oslo, Ottawa, Perth, Portland, Regina, Sydney, Tasmania, Terni, Trondheim, Vancouver and Victoria.

Follow it live on twitter:
http://twitter.com/#!/mammaliandiving
http://twitter.com/#!/darrenodonnell

Watch it live online:http://www.Livestream.com/mammalian

 

YYZTV SCREENING| SELECTED ARCHIVE EPISODES FROM YYZTV IN THE 90’S

Pulled from the archives, YYZ will be screening selected episodes from our 90’s YYZTV program. Launched by YYZ on Maclean-Hunter Cable 10 (now Rogers Communications) in 1992, the show aired once a week in the Parkdale-Trinity area only, and featured film or video artist, who had been selected by the Board of Directors and who were exhibiting concurrently in the gallery. The event will be featuring video works by various artists and curators.

 

ONLINE EXHIBITION LAUNCH| YYZ in the 90’s

We are excited to announce the launch of YYZ’s online exhibition YYZ in the 90’s which takes a look at our programming initiatives during our second decade. This exhibition is part of Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC), Community Memories program supported by Canadian Heritage. Check out YYZ in the 90’s now!

 

Student Night at 401 Richmond

STUDENT NIGHT AT 401 RICHMOND
WEDNESDAY 24 MARCH 2010, 6:30PM – 9:30PM

ADMISSION | FREE

Student Night at 401 Richmond

On Wednesday, March 24, 2010, a number of galleries and art venues in the 401 Richmond building will extend their hours to facilitate visits from Toronto-area students and faculty who have evening classes. All are welcome (even if you aren’t in a class)! Take your learning out of the classroom, explore the galleries in the building, and see great art!

TENANTS: If you are interested in extending your hours, please email to Marissa Neave at mneave@yyzartistsoutlet.org so that your venue can be included in press listings.

FACULTY: If you plan to bring a group of students, please RSVP by email Marissa Neave at mneave@yyzartistsoutlet.org. (RSVPs are not required, but will be helpful for planning).