Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Sunil Gupta curates Images of Desire : Queer Fantasy

Queer subcultures the world over have been the repository of fantastical other lives. In the face of oppressive realities they have famously responded by honing their powers of expressive imagination; be it in language or dress codes. Images have played a very significant role in this. We share a hidden art history only now becoming an appropriate subject for investigation. At times like now, post 377, there is a shift in societal norms and empower us to make visible our desires. How would you visualise your queer fantasies?

The Nigah Queerfest '09 invites you to share your queer fantasies. Send us a queer fantasy image - photos, collages, illustrations, or any other kind of scanned artwork that you can email. Submission guidelines:

1. Images must be submitted in digital format in highest possible resolution to: photo@nigah.org
2. Please include the following information with each photograph: Title (if any), Place, Year
3. Please include contact information, if applicable, for our records.
4. All submissions are due by October 10th, 2009.
5. Entries may be anonymous. But you must still submit contact details, your name or details will not be made public.
6. Entries may be modified in terms of size for display purposes. No modification or alteration of content will be undertaken.
7. Photographs submitted to The Nigah Queerfest'08 may be used for non- commercial, educational purposes, or in promotional material for the exhibit.
8. Entries submitted indicate an acceptance of the Terms and Conditions of The Nigah QueerFest.

About the curator: As an artist, curator, writer, teacher and cultural activist, Sunil Gupta challenges stereotypes and questions beliefs, by exploring issues of race, gender, and sexuality, and related issues of access, place, and identity. Gupta's photographs are autobiographical, drawing on his experiences as a gay man of colour living with HIV who moves fluidly within the landscapes, traditions, and cultures of his native India, and his adopted homes in Canada and England. He has been widely shown around the world, and is now based in New Delhi. For more information: www.sunilgupta.net

We welcome all contributions!

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Jason and Susan Martin
Drive By: Subway Installation, University of Toronto Art Centre, 2008
Jeff Thomas, Artist

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Rosalind Solomon lecture at Ryerson Tonight!

Please join us tonight to hear Rosalind Solomon speak about her work for the first time in Toronto.

Image Arts CONTACT Lecture Series and Stephen Bulger Gallery present Rosalind Solomon - Beautiful and Ugly All Eyes All Sides

When: September 25, 7pm
Where: Ted Rogers School of Management , Lecture Theatre TR2-166 (575 bay Street, enter south side of Dundas Street W., just east of Bay Street).

Please arrive early as seating is limited.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Éliane Excoffier - Salle Deux

Éliane Excoffier's opening is Sept. 24th, 2009 at 5:00 pm
at the Musée régional de Rimouski
Du 24 septembre au 15 novembre 2009
Salle Deux
Artist will be in attendance

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Book Launch Tonight!

Please join Monica Kulling and Bill Slavin in celebrating the launch of their book, It's a Snap! George Eastman's First Photograph.

Date: Wednesday, September 23rd.
Time: 7-9pm
Place: Stephen Bulger Gallery
Address: 1026 Queen Street West, Toronto, M6J 1H6

Both the author and artist will be on hand to sign books!


NEW Magenta Magazine- ONLINE

After a summer of rumours and innuendo, the Magenta Foundation is pleased to present you with the truth: YES, MAGENTA MAGAZINE IS BACK!

BIGGER, BOLDER AND BRIGHTER THAN EVER! Our first issue is online NOW at www.magentamagazine.com. With a fresh new look, a revamped editorial mandate,
and a roster of knowledgeable and dedicated contributors (who we can not thank enough for delivering such insightful and well-written texts),
the editorial team at MAGENTA MAGAZINE hope you enjoy our first online issue. So, what are you waiting for?

A world of art is just one click away at MAGENTA MAGAZINE! http://www.magentamagazine.com/

Monday, September 21, 2009

Sarah Anne Johnson - The Village Voice

Sarah Anne Johnson's exhibition, House on Fire, at Julie Saul Gallery in New York City has been reviewed in The Village Voice. Click here.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Éliane Excoffier - Salle Deux

Éliane Excoffier

Du 24 septembre au 15 novembre 2009
Salle Deux
Commissaire : Bernard Lamarche
Vernissage le jeudi, 24 septembre à 17 h
En présence du commissaire et de l’artiste

Rimouski, le 10 septembre 2009 – Le Musée régional de Rimouski invite la population au vernissage de l’exposition de la photographe Éliane Excoffier, le jeudi 24 septembre à 17 h, dans la salle Deux du Musée. Obscures (série no 2) – 01, 2006

L’exposition se veut un bilan du travail de l’artiste depuis une dizaine d’années. Cette dernière est animée d’une double inspiration : d’un côté, l’attrait pour la représentation du corps féminin, de l’autre un intérêt pour la photographie, son histoire, ses techniques et sa tradition.

Depuis 1996, Éliane Excoffier met en scène devant l’appareil photographique des rituels de beauté qui impliquent le corps féminin. Ses images cultivent un sens du mystère soutenu par la gestuelle des corps photographiés, mais aussi par les technologies anciennes de prises de vue qu’elle utilise. Les séries d’images de l’artiste ont été réalisées avec de vieux appareils, peu performants et même parfois défectueux, comme le mythique Kiev 60, ou encore le sténopé, un petit trou perforé dans une boîte de carton qui permet à la lumière d’entrer et de former des images.

Grâce à ces manipulations techniques et un travail dans la chambre noire, Excoffier donne à voir des images sensuelles et capte des lumières enveloppant les corps. En se servant de technologies jugées désuètes et par des images à l’aspect vieillot, l’artiste touche au coeur d’une actualité criante, soit la manipulation des images à une époque du tout numérique. Un catalogue d’exposition sera lancé cet automne pour accompagner l’exposition. Il sera publié en collaboration avec la galerie Simon Blais de Montréal et la galerie Stephen Bulger, de Toronto.

Titulaire d’un baccalauréat en arts visuels et en histoire de l’art obtenu en 1996, Excoffier vit et travaille à Montréal. Ses oeuvres font maintenant partie de plusieurs collections, notamment du Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal; Loto-Québec; Giverny Capital ainsi que Prêts d’oeuvres d’art du Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.

Heures d’ouverture du Musée régional de Rimouski :
du mercredi au dimanche de 12 h à 17 h, jusqu’à 21 h les jeudis.
Profitez des dimanches gratuits, une collaboration de L’Avantage, votre journal et de Radio-Canada.

Le Musée régional de Rimouski est subventionné par le ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine du Québec,
le Conseil des Arts du Canada et la Ville de Rimouski.

Le Musée régional de Rimouski remercie les présentateurs de cette exposition, Encadrex et Rézin.

Source : Sophie Roch
Agente aux communications

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Éliane Excoffier to give artist talk at 2pm today

Open to everyone.

Bertrand Carrière - Caux

Opens Today!
19 September - 22 November 2009
Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square
Curated by Marnie Fleming

Friday, September 18, 2009

Éliane Excoffier's Opening and Elizabeth Siegfried's Closing

Thank you to everyone who attended last Thursday!

Elizabeth Siegfried

Éliane Excoffier

Elizabeth Siegfried's friends and family

Gerald and Helen Pisarzowski

Bertrand Carrière and Melissa LaVallee

Éliane Excoffier and family

April Hickox and Bertrand Carrière


September 19th, 2009
Obsession Series

3:00 PM


Dir. Charles Vidor (USA, 1946) 110 mins

Just arrived in Argentina, small-time crooked gambler Johnny Farrell (Glenn Ford) is saved from a gunman by sinister Ballin Mundson (George Macready), who later makes Johnny his right-hand man. But their friendship based on mutual lack of scruples becomes strained when Mundson returns from a trip with a wife: the supremely desirable Gilda (Rita Hayworth), whom Johnny once knew and has now learned to hate. The relationship between Johnny and Gilda, a battlefield of warring emotions, becomes even more bizarre once Mundson disappears.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Sarah Anne Johnson - House on Fire

Opens tonight, and runs from September 17th to November 14th at the
Julie Saul Gallery

Robert Burley: Photographic Proof

Video of Robert Burley's installation "Photographic Proof" at the CCA
11 September to 19 October 2009, North Facade
To watch the video please click here.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Anthony Koutras in "Signs of the Times"

"Signs of the Times", part of the Impact 6 conference in Bristol U.K running from September 16th -19th 2009, will address how we navigate the increasingly complex, interrelated political, economic and social conditions of our global future.

As directional signage attracts attention to, establishes identities and communicates instructions to a fast paced moving public, "Signs of the Times" exhibition will utilize the inherent qualities of directional signage.

“Signs of the Times”, organized by Stefanie Dykes, University of Utah, and Curtis Readel, Northern Illinois University, is an exhibition opportunity open to twenty-five graduate level students world wide.

For more information on this exhibition, please click here.
For more information on Anthony Koutras and his work in this exhibition, please click here.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Ruth Kaplan Teaching Photography Classes this Fall

Ruth Kaplan is teaching a black and white photography course in association with Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography at the Toronto School of Art. Classes begin September 23rd and run through to December 9th, 2009

Ruth Kaplan is also teaching 3 Sessions of BASIC BLACK & WHITE photography at Gallery 44 on Saturdays, Oct. 17, 24, 31, 10am - 2pm

Bertrand Carrière: "Caux"

19 September - 22 November 2009
Oakville Galleries in Centennial Square

Opening and artist talk: Sunday 20 September at 2:30 pm at Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square, followed by a reception at Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens at 3:30 pm.

Bertrand Carrière, Berneval-le-Grand, France (Stairs and cliff), 2003

Bertrand Carrière's Caux captures muted aspects of a turbulent history along the Normandy Coast, particularly the beach at Dieppe, where many Canadian soldiers fell in the Dieppe Raid. His photographs uncover the ruins of the strange legacy left behind in the landscape, where cliffs rise up in an impenetrable fortress of harsh and arid beauty.
Curated by Marnie Fleming.

For more details on the following event, please visit www.oakvillegalleries.com.


September 12th, 2009
By Rail Series
3:00 PM

3:10 TO YUMA
Dir. James Mangold (USA, 2007) 122 mins
Dan Evans, an impoverished rancher and Civil War veteran witnesses a stagecoach robbery led by the infamous outlaw Ben Wade. Shortly thereafter, Wade is captured and arrested by the law in Bisbee, Arizona. Evans, in an attempt to save his livelihood, agrees to escort Wade to the 3:10 train to Yuma for the reward of $200. The transport to Contention is hazardous and filled with ambushes, pursuits by Wade's vengeful gang and Wade's own conniving demeanor that makes the ride all the more intense.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Don McKellar's "Imaginary Lovers" opens today at Stephen Bulger Gallery


Toronto – Future Projections is the Toronto International Film Festival’s popular city-wide programme of moving-image art projects, inspired by the history and culture of cinema. The programme was initiated to call attention to this new trend in exceptional visual artwork and performance that TIFF will soon welcome into its new home, TIFF Bell Lightbox. This year’s edition includes work both programmed and curated by TIFF programmers, as well as installations and exhibitions mounted in collaboration with other leading cultural institutions and galleries such as the Royal Ontario Museum’s Institute for Contemporary Culture, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, The Power Plant, The Drake Hotel, INDEXG and Stephen Bulger Gallery. Future Projection’s opening reception will take place on Sunday, September 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street West.

“Since its inception, we intended Future Projections to expand the traditional definition of film. Stories based on the history and culture of cinema dominate many media – TV, video games, the popular stage and media art in the gallery. The more we look, the more we see the power of film in the work of artists everywhere,” says Noah Cowan, Artistic Director, TIFF Bell Lightbox. “By expanding into public spaces such as Nathan Phillips Square, Metro Square and Yonge-Dundas Square, we are giving Torontonians an epic-scale preview of what we hope to achieve in TIFF Bell Lightbox: a space where cinema can interact with other art forms and disciplines in an exciting, accessible way.”

In its third edition, Future Projections features major international artists and filmmakers such as Candice Breitz, Don McKellar, Isabella Rossellini, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Jesper Just and Christopher Doyle. In addition, Future Projections celebrates the City of Toronto’s 175th anniversary with the North American premiere of Mark Lewis’s acclaimed new work created for the Canada Pavilion at the 2009 Venice Biennale and the world premiere of the new installation by Governor General’s Award-winning duo Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak. The programme also brings unique live outdoor events with world-renowned video remix ensemble Eclectic Method and a filmed performance by U.S. artist Adam Pendleton that will incorporate a concert by the band Deerhoof.

Don McKellar
Imaginary Lovers

Curated by Agata Smoluch Del Sorbo and Noah Cowan.

Don McKellar's Imaginary Lovers is a multi-channel installation that resulted from McKellar's self-described obsession with the intimate and authentic aesthetics of the cell phone. The acclaimed actor, director and Tony-award winning writer has created a series of carefully constructed films, each featuring a different woman in a different foreign locale, reciting a tender and heartfelt personal video-phone message for an unnamed and deeply missed lover. Part travelogue, part contemporary epistolary form, the installation resonates around issues of desire and displacement, as well as the complicated politics of travel and human

Exhibition Dates & Hours: Stephen Bulger Gallery, September 10 through 19, Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Reception with the Artist: Sunday, September 13th, 2-4pm at the Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street West.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Jeff Thomas in PHOTOQUAI 2009

The 2nd biennial festival of non-Western contemporary photography

50 PHOTOGRAPHERS including Jeff Thomas, Arthur Renwick and Adrian Stimson from Canada.

Created by the musée du Quai Branly in 2007, PHOTOQUAI, the biennial for non-western photography, will be held from September, 22 to November, 22 2009 at the Quai Branly opposite to the museum, in partnership with the cultural institutions.

For more information, please click here.

Laura Letinsky at the Art Gallery of Peel

Art Gallery of Peel
Viewpoints: Presence Through Abscence
9 September - 18 October 2008

Recent photography by various artists including Laura Letinksy, Robert Polidori, Jeff Bark, Rafael Goldchain, and Greg Staats. Curated by Fausta Facciponte.

For more information, please click here.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

"Open Secrets", Recent Photographs by Luis Mallo

Luis Mallo, Open Secrets (5G12b), 2008, C-Print
Luis Mallo, Open Secrets (5G12b), 2008, C-Print. Courtesy of Luis Mallo.

September 8th - October 10th, 2009

Praxis International Art is proud to present Open Secrets, recent photographs by Luis Mallo (b. Havana, Cuba. 1962). A selection of the works recently exhibited at the Project Gallery of The Jersey City Museum.

In this series of photographs, Luis Mallo enters the world of museum storage spaces, giving us access to the confidential and forbidden rooms that hold the valuable objects of our historic and cultural identity. Mallo breaches the walls that keep most of us out, but, at the same time, manages to maintain the secrecy and sanctity of the private space, leaving it mostly undisturbed and not seeking to fully expose or unveil it.

For more information on Luis Mallo's exhibition, please click here.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Robert Burley at the 11th Mois de la Photo

The Spaces of the Image
11th PRESENTATION September 1- October 11, 2009.

Canadian artist Robert Burley in the company of the artist and officials will launch the official publication for Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal 2009 at the Shaughnessy House, Canadian Centre for Architecture, located at 1920 Baile Street, Montréal.

Robert Burley, Photographic Proof, 2008-09.
Photomontage of the installation on CCA north façade.
Courtesy of the artist.

The photographic installation Photographic Proof by Robert Burley is a collaboration between Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal and the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal, and with the support of 3M™ Scotchprint® Graphics.

For more information please visit Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal website www.moisdelaphoto.com

Friday, September 4, 2009

Review of Scott Conaroe in akimbo blog

Scott Conarroe, "Streetcar Stop, New Orleans, LA", 2008 (© Scott Conarroe, courtesy: Stephen Bulger Gallery)

For the full article, please click here.


September 5th, 2009
By Rail Series

3:00 PM


Dir. George Roy Hill (USA, 1969) 110 mins
Loosely based on historical fact, Butch and the Sundance kid, the leaders of the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang, are planning another robbery. They decide to rob the Union Pacific train twice. The first robbery goes well but the second robbery does not. A second train arrives, which is carrying a posse that has been specially outfitted to hunt Butch and Sundance. Trailing them no matter where they run Butch and Sundance escape to Bolivia.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Ruth Kaplan and Rosalind Solomon in group show "Lisette Model and Her Successors"

"Lisette Model and Her Successors" opening today September 1st, 2009 at Mount Holyoke College Art Museum and runs to December 13th, 2009. This exhibition brings together for the first time a selection of 150 vintage works by Lisette Model (American, 1901–1983)—one of the last century’s most significant photographers—and 13 of Model’s illustrious students who went on to leave their own marks on American photographic history: Diane Arbus, Bruce Cratsley, Lynn Davis, Elaine Ellman, Larry Fink, Peter Hujar, Raymond Jacobs, Ruth Kaplan, Leon Levinstein, Eva Rubinstein, Gary Schneider, Rosalind Solomon, and Bruce Weber.

For more information on this exhibition, please go to the Aperture Foundation blog here, or the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum website here.

Sarah Anne Johnson

Sarah Anne Johnson’s "House on Fire" exhibition at Julie Saul Gallery is number 8 on art critic Jerry Saltz’s “Want-to-see” exhibitions for Fall 2009.

To view the whole article, please click here.