New Work in “Darkness at the Edge”

Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts presents the Annual Curated exhibition,

Darkness at the Edge…
Curated by Thom Sokoloski

June 13- July 7, 2013

Opening reception: Thursday June 13, 7- 10pm
Be prepared. For this exhibition Propeller Centre of Visual Art’s will be transformed into an immersive darkened experience of liminality. From peepholes to flashlights, viewers will explore the gallery’s exhibition while treading deeper into obscurity with an array works from national and international artists!

There are places we find ourselves where light fades and darkness arrives. 

That edge, precipice, or boundary, where the light meets the dark, can become a threshold into an unknown abyss or terrain. 

It might be the moment after opening the door to reveal the darkness of your home or studio. Entering a cave on a bright day. Looking out at a moon-lit lake of dark water that you would never dare dive into. The end of an affair, marriage or friendship. We have all looked into the darkness at the edge, the place where we let go of what we had, knew or cherished.

Darkness at the edge is about those moments of liminality; the quality of ambiguity or disorientation that occurs in life and dream when you no longer hold what you held, but have not yet begun the transition to what you will hold. During a ritual’s liminal stage, a participant “stands at the threshold,  often in a state of contemplation of what was and what could be.

As a curator, it is always fascinating to propose a theme for an exhibition, since you never can guess what the response might be. It arouses artists to respond in different ways with their practice; from what was their initial inspiration and concept to the process of rendering their final work. A kind of collective engagement occurs, unknowingly, between every artist until they each deem what work will be relevant. With over 130 submissions, Darkness at the Edge, hit a chord with a wide spectrum of artistry. My hope is that the 36 selected works you experience throughout Propeller will conjure up not only each artist’s response to liminality but also provoke a momentary mirror into each of our own.

-Thom Sokoloski

Participating artists:

Karen Abel (Canada)                                           Salvatore Insana (Italy)
Peter Barelkowski (Canada)                                Lisa Johnson (Canada)
Sarah Casey (UK)                                               Paul Kilbertus (Canada)
Charles Chadwick (USA)                                    Jennifer Laiwint (Canada)
Connie Chappel (Canada)                                  Miklos Legrady (Canada)
Morgan Chivers (USA)                                        Irina Litinsky (Canada)
Mary DiPaola (Canada)                                       Eileen MacArthur (Canada)
Daniel Djamo (Romania)                                     Slawomir Milewski (UK)
Gordana Olujic Dosic (Canada)                           Ben Ng (Canada)
Gerry Dotto (Canada)                                          Randall Okita (Canada)
Pat Dumas-Hudecki (Canada)                             Anastassia Pronsky-Stojanovic (Canada)
Stu Edwards (Canada)                                         Robert Quance (Canada)
Johanna Evans-Colley (USA)                               Luis Rodrogues (Portugal)
Ronald Gonzalez (USA)                                       Sirima Sataman (USA)
Shannon Griffiths (Canada)                                  Giovanni Senisi (Canada)
Natasha Gusta (Canada)                                      Heather Smith (Canada)
Brian Hawkins (USA)                                             Evan Steenson (Canada)
Todd Herman (USA)                                              Keijo Tapanainen (Canada)
W.W. Hung (Canada)                                            Kira Varvanian (Canada)

Gallery 44 Member’s Exhibit at Gallery 1313

Giovanni Senisi_Image 1 from Fictional Realities, 2012

For this year’s Contact Photography Festival I’ll be showing work from my “Fictional Realities” series as part of InSight at Gallery 1313.

Listed as ‘must-see’ in NOW Magazine

Update: Opening night was a huge success!

Work from AutoExuvium in Emerging Artists Exhibition @Gallery 1313

August 22 – September 2 | Emerging Artists Exhibition | Curated by Phil Anderson

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 23rd 2012, 7pm

Gallery 1313 is located at                                                    1313 Queen Street West                                                 Toronto, ON. M6K 1L8
Hours of operation:                                                    Wednesday – Sunday, 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Phone: (416) 536-6778

3 new works in AWOL’s “Square Foot Show” @Twist Gallery

SQFTGallery Hours: Wednesday– Saturday 12 – 7pm & Sunday 12 – 5 pm.
Location: Twist Gallery, 1100 Queen Street West (Just West of Dovercourt)

From AWOL’s press release:

Often imitated but never duplicated The ORIGINAL SQUARE FOOT SHOW 2012 presented by AWOL Gallery (Toronto, Canada) is celebrating its milestone 10 Year Anniversary.

Since its inception in 2003, The Annual Square Foot Show has since positioned itself as one of the finest celebrations of the vibrant artist community that helps make Toronto special. The AWOL Gallery Collective has worked tirelessly to help promote New & Established Visual Artists from all over the world with this very special art event. With hundreds of artists and over a thousand works of art, AWOL Gallery promises a dynamic visual art experience. Be the first to see the show at the Exclusive Gala Charity Reception or join the queue for the exciting Artist’s Reception, traditionally attracting hundreds with a line up to get inside. The Square Foot experience is a fun, visual delight. The show’s appeal is in the collective creative energy of having hundreds of local, national, and international artists showcasing their work in a central location.

Now in it’s Tenth year, The Square Foot Show is one of AWOL Collective’s proudest achievements and they plan to make this another very special celebration of visual art and the artists that create it. Square Foot brings together artists from a variety of backgrounds, disciplines and career levels, offering their work at $225 per piece. Established and emerging artists are provided with a distinctive group show opportunity while exposing their work to galleries and collectors. The Square Foot Show is a must-see event for artists and collectors alike. Having long outgrown it’s original home at the AWOL Gallery, Square Foot will be presented off-site in the Twist Gallery venue at 1100 Queen West. Twist Gallery provides the perfect space to experience a show of this magnitude; accommodating over a thousand pieces of art and hundreds of art lovers.

This year AWOL will be hosting a ticketed Gala Preview on Friday August 3rd from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, with proceeds from ticket sales going to support local charities, The Daily Bread Food Bank and Arts For Children and Youth.

Work from my series Fictional Realities in new show @Propeller

June 20- July 1 | Sincerely Yours | Curated by John Kissick

Propeller’s 15th Annual Curated Exhibition

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 21, 7-10 PM

“The kernel, the soul—let us go further and say the substance, the bulk, the actual valuable material of all human utterances—is plagiarism.” -Jonathan Lethem

I fake it so real that I’m beyond fake.”  -Courtney Love

“Ever wondered what an authentic experience felt like? You know—a feeling that you were reasonably sure was yours’ and yours’ alone; a gesture that didn’t inevitably collapse into a set of chiches; having an idea that didn’t already have a citation index attached to it; the premise that you, your thoughts and your actions were in any meaningful way unique? I keep thinking at some point in my past, I must have had an authentic feeling—but certainly not lately.  For the most part, I–like most artists I know–have come to an uneasy peace about the whole thing, figuring that “mediation is me” and besides, authenticity is so twentieth-century. But I continue to be haunted by one particularly troubling aspect of this equation: if authenticity is now accepted in most quarters as a cultural construct rather that an existential truth, then how the hell do we recognize sincerity anymore. Or is sincerity, like its corollary authenticity, contingent on a world outside ourselves? And if so, what does it mean for individuals who produce work based on notions of intuition and self-expression?

The exhibition has taken as its premise the idea that sincerity is a contested term in contemporary art practice. All of the artists chosen for the exhibition have in some way addressed the challenge of the authentic in a particular way, each coming to the problem with a specific critical strategy. A number of works in the show address a certain longing for a graspable authentic experience that seems somehow just out of reach. There are others for whom our thoroughly mediated world of experience is what constitutes the “new” authentic. Still others see authenticity as simply a social construction, and thus the act of addressing it in art is, at its core, ironic. Together, the works in this exhibition provide an intriguing snapshot into the challenge of being an artist–and in essence locating the self–in this complicated thing we call contemporary art.”    – John Kissick

Participating Artists:

Ashleigh Bartlett
Tammi Campbell
Sarah Carney
Sarah Comfort
Candice Davies
Stephanie Deumer
Joel Fullerton
David Griffin
Bailey Govier
Tadaaki Hozumi
Pat Dumas-Hudecki
Steven James Brown
Rachel Ludlow
Eileen MacArthur
Matt Macintosh
Brad Muir
Frances Patella
Jenna Faye Powell
Tony Saad
Giovanni Senisi
RICHard SMOLinski
Shawn Stovell
Laura Taler
Maria Whiteman
Ross Winte

A catalog will be published to coincide with the exhibit.

Solo Show in Toronto for Contact Photography Festival

Solo show in Toronto this May!

 Listed as ‘must-see’ in NOW Magazine
Recommended on blogTO

AutoExuvium is an ongoing body of work that explores the concept of automobiles as “shells” or outer skin for those encased within them. The scars they bear suggest ‘impact’ literally and symbolically and suggest a strained relationship with their environment.  Idealized visions of mechanical beauty are subverted to something tarnished and tortured yet still alluring.  By compressing and pulling the digital file’s data the wrecked car degenerates further and serves as an uneasy, modern vanitas.

Figure and Ground @Gladstone Hotel


Gladstone Hotel and Speakeasy present:
EXPOSED 2011: Figure and Ground
Annual Exhibition of Photography

On View during CONTACT Festival: May 5-22, 2011
Opening Reception: May 5, 2011 7pm-10pm

The photographic image is a construction of figure and ground. We perceive and recognize shapes and structure through a scenic agenda. Exposed 2011 explores how photography inherently directs our attention, delineates the ways viewers perceive environments and understand the world around us.

With Works By:
Melissa Bender, Lucy Camptuaro, Katherine Childs, Sheryl Dudley, Derek Flack,
Melanie Gordon, George Hardy, Dawn Harmer, Sophie Hogan, Mike Holland, Jesse Jackson, Adam Johnston, Özant Kamaci, Ralph Kolewe, Arnold Koroshegyi, Michael Krauss, Dave Lawson, Laurent Lévesque, Chris Mottalini, Peter Mulcair, Liam Philley, Helen Posno, Tom Ridout, William Sabado, Annette Seip, Giovanni Senisi, Catia da Silva, Mafalda Silva, Anuta Skrypnychenko, Susan Spagnuolo, Jane Watson, Shelley Wildeman, Nicole Winters & Peter Young

Also on Exhibit during CONTACT
3rd Floor Exhibition: Works by Martie Giefert (closes June 5th)
4th Floor Exhibition: Isabel M. Martinez, The Weekend (closes June 5th)
Art Bar: Bruce Zinger, The Human Landscape (closes May 29)

Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen St West