Seasons Greetings from Critical Distance and 1st Annual CDCC Edition!

What a tremendous year we had in 2018! Thanks to everyone who participated in, contributed to, and attended our exhibitions and events, including: guest curators for our annual program Toleen Touq, Nahed Mansour, Cass Gardiner, Florence-Agathe Dubé-Moreau, Maude Johnson, and Noa Bronstein; special/partner project curators Emma German, Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil, and Jackson Polys; presenting partners SAVAC, Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, Koffler Gallery, and Gallery 44; fair and festival partners Images Festival with ImagineNATIVE, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Toronto Art Book Fair, and Edition Art Book Fair; project funders and supporters Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and Artscape Youngplace; and all of our wonderful board, advisory, and team members; contributing designers, writers, and editors; and last but not least, our engaged and growing audiences in Toronto and around the world. Continue reading

Spring 2017 Billboard on Shaw: Mountainburger by Aislinn Thomas

Critical Distance is pleased to announce the selected artwork for the Spring 2017 Billboard on Shaw, a partnership with Artscape Youngplace through which we are providing opportunities for curators and artists to present large format printed artworks for the freestanding mural/billboard outside our building on Shaw Street.

Mountainburger is an 8-foot image by Kitchener-based artist Aislinn Thomas to be unveiled this week in conjunction with our opening for Signals & Sentiments. (Note above image is placeholder. We will update this post with the actual image and a description after April 27th).

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Happy Holidays and News in Brief at CDCC


Thanks to everyone who has participated and attended our exhibitions and events this fall, including guest curators Astarte Rowe, Earl Miller, and Matthew Kyba; all the exhibiting artists (listed below) from InFuture, The Amoebic Workshop, the Billboard Project, Crossing the Line, and Edition Art Book Fair; event partners Drain Magazine, SAVAC, Gallery44, and VisualAIDS; exhibition supporters Artscape Youngplace and the Danish Arts Foundation; and all of our wonderful volunteers, interns, board members, book fair selectors, writers, criticscommunity sponsors, and local and international audiences.

Extra special thanks to the amazing artists who made it all worthwhile this Fall: Morehshin AllahyariMaria Flawia LitwinManuel SaizMarianna Milhorat, and Terence NanceTamara GayerJessica DrenkGabriel Lalonde, and Claudia Wieser; Martine SymsLauren AndersonHannah BlackMarco BraunschweilerErin Christovale & Amir GeorgeDavid HarttSara Knox Hunter, and Diamond Stingily; Eve Fowler, Claire Goodwin, Leslie Hewitt, Matt KeeganMichael Queenland & Lori SalmonKevin HaasSophie Calle, Tings ChakManar Moursi & David Puig, Steven Beckly, and Jeannette EhlersPatricia KaersenhoutSøren Thilo FunderJens HaaningMaj HasagerTina HelenStine Marie JacobsenJane Jin Kaisen, and Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen.

CDCC wishes you a relaxing and reinvigorating holiday, and looks forward to making more news with you in 2017!



Our friends at Montreal-based Les Territoires have issued their annual portfolio of fundraising editions, which we are happy to share here. If you’re still looking for a gift for that special someone, check out the collection of works by nine different artists.

Shown above is the contribution by Dawit L. Petros, titled Signal (Overlapping and intertwined territories that fall from view IV). Taken from his Stranger’s Notebook series, the image centres on a new arrival to Italy, interrogating the transhistorical entanglements that bind Europe to Africa.


Please join us in welcoming Cynthia Mykytyshyn to CDCC as our 2016-17 Curatorial Resident. Cynthia is an arts administrator and emerging curator based in Toronto. She earned a Masters Degree in Cultural Studies in 2012 from Queen’s University, where her studies focused on the intersection of art practices and natural environments and culminated in a self-directed curatorial project titled Where the Wild Things…Aren’t? (2012) exploring the relationship between the human and the other-than-human. Recent curatorial projects include If These Walls Could Talk: The Ongoing Story of 401 Richmond (2014) at Urbanspace Gallery, and Nuit Blanche Toronto Independent Projects Built for Art: A Living Archive (2015) and Built For Art: A Secret Garden (2016) at 401 Richmond. Cynthia continues to be concerned with site-responsive art practices in alternative and unexpected spaces.

We are also pleased to welcome our first OCADU Academic Placement intern, Reece McCrone. Reece is a third year Publications student who has an interest in learning more about the process of curation. We look forward to working with both Cynthia and Reece over the next several months as we share knowledge and work collaboratively on all aspects of curating, arts administration, and exhibition-making in the nonprofit environment.


Our beautiful winter show, The Path, The Divide | Brynn Higgins-Stirrup, curated by Oana Tanase opens January 19th — look for our WINTER UPDATE early in the new year, which will have much more news on upcoming events and opportunities!

Opening May 7th: On The Surface | Susana Reisman, a CONTACT Featured Exhibition

TYPOLOGY is pleased to present On The Surface | Susana Reisman, featuring the Toronto-based artist’s latest findings from her multi-year investigation into the nature of wood. Encompassing aspects of both drawing and painting even as it foregrounds relationships between sculpture and photography, the exhibition includes a selection of large-scale colour photographs and several freestanding wood sculptures. Continue reading

Upcoming event: 2 screenings featuring groundbreaking animation and cinema from China!

Still from Perfect Conjugal Bliss, directed by Zhong Su

(Note to our mailing list subscribers: sorry about that bait and switch from yesterday — but we hope you enjoyed the posts by our resident curator, Oana Tanase, and intern, Katelyn Gallucci. We’re now sending you the info on our upcoming screenings from CHINA NOW: Independent Visions, for reals! Read on for details, and if you’re as excited as we are, contact us at to get your own personal discount code for 10% off advance tickets — a bit of special treatment for our long suffering subscribers. :)

TYPOLOGY is proud to announce our support for CHINA NOW: Independent Visions, in the form of two exciting film screenings we’ll host in Small World Music Centre’s theatre space at Artscape Youngplace this spring.

Organized by Toronto-based curator and critic Shelly Kraicer, LA-based producer Karin Chien, and Chicago-based filmmaker JP Sniadecki, CHINA NOW is the touring arm of Cinema on the Edge, a program of 29 experimental films representing the best of Chinese independent film festivals from 2012-14. Launched to wide acclaim in New York last summer, Cinema on the Edge will debut in Toronto this March with a monthlong program of eight documentaries hosted by TIFF Cinematheque, under the series title The Crisis of the Real: New Chinese Independent Documentaries.

Following fast on their heels, TYPOLOGY will present our own selection from the original series: three groundbreaking animations and one experimental feature which comprise an eye- and ear-opening program of independent contemporary cinema from across China. Featuring filmmakers from Shenyang in the north to Guangzhou in the south, and Tibet in the west to Taiwan in the east, this selection bespeaks volumes on the vastness of space, time scales, and cultural difference experienced by these artists, who must find their voices in a country where censorship remains the order of the day. Continue reading

Conversations I: Rob Carter, the first in a new series by resident curator Oana Tanase

Rob Carter, Poppy Field 1 (detail image)

TYPOLOGY is pleased to announce the launch of Conversations, a new series exploring research-based arts by Curator-in-Residence, Oana Tanase. Her first interview features Brooklyn-based artist, Rob Carter. 

Rob Carter was born in Worcester, UK and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received his BFA from The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art at Oxford University and later received an MFA in Studio Art from Hunter College in New York. He has shown his work internationally, with solo exhibitions at Art In General in New York, Galerie Stefan Röpke in Cologne, Station Independent Projects in New York, Galeria Arnés y Ropke in Madrid and Fondazione Pastificio Cerere in Rome. He has also exhibited at Centre Pompidou-Metz in France, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art in Japan, The Field Museum in Chicago, Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and Museum of Arts and Design in New York. Continue reading

Presenting: Loose Ends | Mary Grisey, Faye Mullen, Jérôme Nadeau, Deborah Wang

January 14 — March 6, 2016

Each decay is a form of transformation into other living things, part of the great rampage of becoming that is also unbecoming. It is cruel, it is death, and it is also life, degeneration and regeneration, for nearly all living things live by the death of other things.

— Rebecca Solnit

TYPOLOGY is pleased to present Loose Ends, curated by Noa Bronstein and featuring sculpture, video, and photo-based works by Mary Grisey, Faye Mullen, Jérôme Nadeau, and Deborah Wang. Continue reading

Win a FREE Papercutting Workshop with Maria Flawia Litwin!

Maria Flavia Litwin, papercutting workshop, detail image

As a way to thank you, our faithful mailing list subscribers, for your continued interest and support, we’re offering a FREE Polish Papercutting Workshop with artist Maria Flawia Litwin, in conjunction with exhibition The Lowest ReliefSaturday, September 15, 2015 from 12–3 pm at Paperhouse Studio! This is a $55 value plus you’ll gain mad papercutting skills that you can use for the rest of your gift-giving life! Continue reading