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.

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