Billboard on Shaw

Nadia Myre, Indian Act (Billboard), 2002, digital print on adhesive vinyl, 8 x 8 feet, from Through Lines curated by Noa Bronstein, Critical Distance Centre for Curators, 2018. Installation documentation by Toni Hafkenscheid.

Billboard on Shaw: Nadia Myre | Indian Act

September 13–November 25, 2018

Billboard on Shaw curated by Noa Bronstein with the exhibition Through Lines, presented in partnership with the Koffler Gallery, featuring Indian Act by Nadia Myre.

Through Lines is an exhibition that brings together works of seven artists that challenge notions of redaction, tackling its typical devices of shredding, blacking out, editing, and covering up. Each project featured in this exhibition engages a restorative gesture that speaks to the ways in which history and memory are conceptualized within a contemporary context. Rather than considering redaction simply as a bureaucratic tool or an outcome of state control, these specific approaches enable new forms of knowledge production and remembering, both politically and personally. Contemplating alternative legibilities that might emerge through redaction, the exhibition highlights the spaces of inquiry revealed through acts of obstruction.  Continue reading

Nadège Grebmeier Forget, After Rendering on View (Betty Rowland meets Angela Aames), May 27, 2017, performance documentation and multi-platform intervention (billboard, 8x8 ft), in ...move or be moved by some 'thing' rather than oneself, curated by Florence-Agathe Dubé-Moreau and Maude Johnson, Critical Distance Centre for Curators, 2018. Installation documentation by Toni Hafkenscheid.

Billboard on Shaw: Nadège Grebmeier Forget | After Rendering on View (Betty Rowland meets Angela Aames), May 27, 2017.

June 23 – August 5, 2018

Billboard on Shaw curated by Florence-Agathe Dubé-Moreau and Maude Johnson with the exhibition … move or be moved by some ‘thing’ rather than oneself, featuring After Rendering on View (Betty Rowland meets Angela Aames), May 27, 2017 by Nadège Grebmeier Forget.

… move or be moved by some thing rather than oneself. examines the intersections between methods of creation and reflection particular to curatorial and choreographic spheres. As part of the ongoing discussion on dance in the museum, this exhibition responds specifically by disengaging from the danced gesture. It gathers artists who, on the one hand, borrow from curatorial and choreographic methodologies; and who, on the other hand, transform the multiple spaces (physical, virtual, social, political, historical, etc.) and temporalities of the gallery. Continue reading

Dayna Danger, Kandace (Billboard), 2018, digital print on adhesive vinyl, 8 x 8 feet, from Forward Facing curated by Cass Gardiner, Critical Distance Centre for Curators, 2018. Installation documentation by Toni Hafkenscheid.

Billboard on Shaw: Dayna Danger | Kandace

April 21–June 3, 2018

Billboard on Shaw curated by Cass Gardiner with the exhibition Forward Facing, presented in partnership with Aboriginal Curatorial Collective–Collectif des commissaires autochtones and featuring Kandace by Dayna Danger.

In partnership with Aboriginal Curatorial Collective–Collectif des commissaires autochtones, Critical Distance is pleased to present Forward Facing, a Featured Exhibition of the 2018 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Curated by Cass GardinerForward Facing is an exhibition that examines intersectionality within Indigenous identity. Continue reading

Winter 2018 Billboard on Shaw, "Ego" by Quratulain Butt, from We Look at Animals Because, curated by Nahed Mansour and Toleen Touq, Critical Distance Centre for Curators, 2018. Installation documentation by Toni Hafkenscheid.

Billboard on Shaw: Quratulain Butt | Ego

January 25–March 25, 2018

In partnership with South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC), Critical Distance is pleased to present the Winter 2018 Billboard on Shaw, featuring work by Quratulain Butt curated by Toleen Touq and Nahed Mansour as part of the exhibition We Look At Animals Because.

Growing up with roosters as pets, this motif appears frequently in Butt’s paintings. Originally created using delicate watercolor strokes in the Gadrang (opaque) miniature painting technique, the artist presents figures of brawling roosters as stand-ins for human conflict. Butt also draws, perhaps comically, on the pressures of conformity that come with family and tradition. For this exhibition, an enlarged and digitized version of the original Ego painting was commissioned from the artist for the eight-foot square billboard structure. Continue reading

Fall 2017 Billboard on Shaw, "Living Things" (Eva Zeisel vessel, kombucha, lines pattern) by Sarah Nasby, from Fermenting Feminism, curated by Lauren Fournier, Critical Distance Centre for Curators, 2017. Installation documentation by Toni Hafkenscheid.

Billboard on Shaw: Sarah Nasby | Living Things

September–December 2017

In partnership with Artscape Youngplace, Critical Distance is pleased to present the Fall 2017 Billboard on Shaw, featuring an image by Sarah Nasby, curated by Lauren Fournier.

Fermentation requires vessels to hold and contain its transformative processes. In her Living Things series, Toronto-based artist Sarah Nasby takes vessels designed by women throughout history and re-stages them in light of fermentation as both a practice and a metaphor. Here, a vessel designed by Hungarian-born American designer Eva Zeisel is filled with kombucha, a fermented tea. Nasby graphically interprets the vitality of the kombucha tonic and the undulating design of Zeisel’s pot with her own squiggle pattern, creating a work that is both elegant and excessive in its form. The objects become living things in more than one sense: vessels that we live with, and vessels containing living, bubbling matter.

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Billboard on Shaw: Mountainburger | Aislinn Thomas

May–August 2017

Critical Distance is pleased to announce the selection of Mountainburger by Aislinn Thomas for the Spring 2017 Billboard on Shaw. Through this program and partnership with Artscape Youngplace, we are continuing to provide an exciting opportunity for curators and artists to present large format printed artworks for the freestanding mural/billboard on our building’s front lawn. Continue reading

Billboard on Shaw: Lost in Shape | Ruth Adler

on view January–April 2017

Critical Distance is pleased to present the second artist’s project in our newest initiative, the Billboard on Shaw, through which we are providing opportunities, in partnership with Artscape Youngplace, for curators and artists to propose large format printed artworks for the freestanding mural/billboard outside our building on Shaw Street. Lost in Shape is an 8-foot image by Toronto and Tel Aviv-based artist Ruth Adler, to be unveiled the week of January 18, 2017.

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Come to My Window | Steven Beckly, curated by Matthew Kyba

on view September 2016–January 2017

Critical Distance is pleased to present our newest initiative, Billboard on Shaw, through which we are providing opportunities, in partnership with Artscape Youngplace, for curators and artists to propose large format printed artworks for the freestanding mural/billboard outside our building on Shaw Street. Come to My Window is an 8-foot image by Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist Steven Beckly, curated by Matthew KybaContinue reading