Past Exhibitions / Events

MOVING HOME: The Art and Embodiment of Transience Emerging from Canada’s Child Welfare System

August 18–26, 2017

FEATURING: Zula, Xavier Binette, Wolfie, Starchild Dreaming Loud, Sophia Nahz, Singing Thunder, Rachel Macintosh, Oddane Taylor, Nicholas Ridiculous, M.T. Ness, Michelle Charlie, Jessie Stone, Gen Gagnon, Elijah M, Bethany Papadopolous, Anonymous, Amelia Merhar

Critical Distance is pleased to announce our 2017 Summer Sessions exhibition, Moving Home: The Art and Embodiment of Transience Emerging from Canada’s Child Welfare System. Presented by York University Human Geography master’s candidate Amelia Merhar, this project is the second to be hosted as part of our Summer Sessions initiative, a program through which we support emerging curators and artists by providing free space, mentorship, and installation support for their thesis exhibitions.

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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.

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SIGNALS & SENTIMENTS: A Featured Exhibition of the 2017 CONTACT Photography Festival

April 27–June 4, 2017

Sebastián Benítez, Petar Boskovic, Shelby Fenlon, Maxwell Hyett, and Mickey Mackenna (gallery); Maggie Groat & Jimmy Limit, Karen Henderson, and Josée Pedneault (stairwells)

Curated by Katelyn Gallucci

SIGNALS & SENTIMENTS, a Featured Exhibition of the 2017 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, is a two-part exhibition that examines how gesture functions as a mechanism for the production of identity. Continue reading

Precious Commodity | Eunice Luk, Ella Dawn McGeough, Juan Ortiz-Apuy, Biliana Velkova

March 10–April 9, 2017

Critical Distance is pleased to present Precious Commodity, a group exhibition of recent 
works by Eunice Luk, Ella Dawn McGeough, Juan Ortiz-Apuy, and Biliana Velkova, curated by 
Alison Cooley.

Articulating a tension between objects and their ways of being—their forms, their significance, 
their social and economic circulation—Precious Commodity brings together artworks that 
examine the complicated sweetness of things. Unanchoring objects from their exchange 
within capitalism, the artists in the exhibition resignify them as vessels for fantasy, desire, 
and alternate possibility. Reflecting on the nature of a world populated by things with 
definitive practical uses and monetary values, each artist playfully contends with form, 
usurping existing representations in the service of building new meanings.  Continue reading

The Path, The Divide | Brynn Higgins-Stirrup

January 19–February 19, 2017

CDCC is pleased to present The Path, The Divide, a solo exhibition of recent works by Canadian artist Brynn Higgins-Stirrup, curated by Oana Tanase.

Fascinated by the ways in which we confront and reconcile intuitive inquiry with organized thought and form, Higgins-Stirrup has developed a distinctive visual language and practice that revolves around learning systems, geometry, mapping, and writing. Seducing the viewer through technical exactitude and material subtlety, her artworks speak of the space that lies between knowledge and truth, information and meaning.

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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 (note above image is placeholder). As she poignantly states,

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Day With(out) Art 2016: COMPULSIVE PRACTICE

Thursday, December 1, 2016 starting at 3pm

Critical Distance is pleased to support Day With(out) Art in partnership with Visual AIDS. As the Toronto host for a screening of COMPULSIVE PRACTICE, a 65-minute video compilation of compulsive, daily, and habitual practices by nine artists and activists who live with their cameras as a way to manage, reflect upon, and change how they are deeply affected by HIV/AIDS, CDCC joins 60 other international organizations and institutions in commemorating World AIDS Day.

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Crossing the Line: Contemporary Art from Denmark

November 5–December 11, 2016

Jeannette Ehlers and Patricia KaersenhoutSøren Thilo FunderJens HaaningMaj HasagerTina Helen,
Stine Marie Jacobsen
Jane Jin Kaisen, and Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen

Critical Distance is pleased to present Crossing the Line, a timely and provocative survey of contemporary Danish art curated by Earl Miller. Recognizing the transnational nature of much recent art from Denmark, the exhibition asks: Can a nation define itself culturally by looking beyond its traditional borders?

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Critical Distance at the Edition Art Book Fair

October 28–31, 2016

featuring Dominica Publishing and works by Martine Syms, Lauren Anderson, Hannah Black, Marco Braunschweiler, Erin Christovale & Amir George, David Hartt, Sara Knox Hunter, and Diamond Stingily; plus Eve Fowler; Claire Goodwin; and Leslie Hewitt, Matt Keegan, Michael Queenland & Lori Salmon; Kevin Haas; Sophie Calle; Tings ChakManar Moursi & David Puig; Jeannette Ehlers; and selected publications and editions produced by Typology Projects and Critical Distance Centre for Curators

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The Amoebic Workshop: A Submerged Exhibition

on view September 21–October 23, 2016

Critical Distance Centre for Curators is pleased to present The Amoebic Workshop: A Submerged Exhibition, curated by Astarte Rowe and featuring countless living Mediolus corona amoebas in an aquarium habitat, plus artworks by Jessica Drenk (US), Gabriel Lalonde (Canada), and Claudia Wieser (Germany).

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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, The Billboard Project, 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. As project curator Matthew Kyba writes, Continue reading

Critical Distance presents SLIPSTREAMS in the Cinesphere

3 screenings: 9/17, 9/19, and 9/20, 2016

Critical Distance is thrilled to present Slipstreams, an original 30-min program of moving image works by Morehshin Allahyari (Brooklyn), Maria Flawia Litwin (Toronto), Manuel Saiz (Logroño, Spain), Marianna Milhorat (Chicago), and Terence Nance (Brooklyn). Our program will screen in the Cinesphere at Ontario Place on three dates during in/future, an exciting festival of art and music presented by Art Spin in partnership with Small World Music, September 15-25, 2016. Responding to the site and festival context, Slipstreams brings together five artists whose works envisage the slippage of time between past and future, and how humans seek to transcend the present moment.

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DRAIN: A Journal of Contemporary Art and Culture

Weds, Sept 7, 2016 from 6:30–9 pm

Critical Distance was pleased to host the launch event for AIDS and Memory, Issue 13.2 of Drain: A Journal of Contemporary Art and Culture, edited by CDCC advisory board member, Ricky Varghese. Complementing the magazine’s September 1 online launch, this event included a premiere of Vincent Chevalier’s film À Vancouver and a panel discussion with Chevalier, Varghese, and issue contributors Michele Pearson ClarkeLiz Gibson-DeGrooteFrancisco-Fernando GranadosTheodore Kerr, and Cait McKinney. Continue reading

painter project – version 4 | Simon M Benedict

August 20–27, 2016

We are pleased to launch our newest initiative in support of emerging artists and curators: Summer Sessions, a program through which we are making free space and staffing support available to graduates of local and regional colleges and universities to present their thesis exhibitions. For our first session, University of Guelph MFA candidate Simon M Benedict will present his performative video installation, painter project – version 4.

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Working Title | TYPOLOGY at the Toronto Art Book Fair (TOABF)

June 16 – 19, 2016

TYPOLOGY is pleased to participate in the inaugural edition of the Toronto Art Book Fair with a pop-up exhibition in the project space, a vendor table in the third floor hallway, and an artist-led book arts workshop on the front lawn, hosted in partnership with Gallery 44 and generously supported by Japanese Paper Place. Continue reading

On The Surface | Susana Reisman

May 7 – June 11, 2016

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

Script, Stage, Screen | Ciprian Mureșan

April 1 — May 1, 2016

TYPOLOGY presents Script, Stage, Screen | Ciprian Mureșan, curated by Oana Tanase. Featuring a critical selection of this internationally known artist’s experimental films, Script, Stage, Screen is the first solo exhibition of Mureșan’s work in Toronto, which we are very pleased to present in partnership with the 29th edition of the Images Festival (April 14–23, 2016). Continue reading

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

Jan 14 — Mar 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

Moving right along | Nicolas Fleming

October 15 — December 15, 2015

TYPOLOGY is pleased to present Moving right along, the first solo exhibition of work by Nicolas Fleming in Toronto. Appropriating the visual language and syntax of design-build practices, Fleming’s new artworks and site-specific installation transform the exhibition space, exploiting the inherent imperfections and irregular marks characteristic of construction sites to challenge the white cube environment in which they are situated. Constructing a room within a room, the artist’s sculptural gestures within the installation include curved walls and the representation of a fountain which bursts through the ceiling, its shiny finish reflecting the bright neon lighting illuminating the space. Continue reading

Moving Images in Contemporary Culture

2015–16 Event Series

In Fall 2015, the Images Festival and TYPOLOGY launched Moving Images in Contemporary Culture, a new series of peer-led talks and workshops on the changes, challenges, and advances in curating and presenting the moving image. Continue reading

The Lowest Relief | Maria Flawia Litwin

August 21–September 27, 2015

TYPOLOGY launches its Fall 2015 season with an intimate solo exhibition of art by Maria Flawia Litwin, curated by Katherine Dennis. In this new body of work, Litwin uses wycinanki (pronounced vih-chee-nahn-kee), a Polish paper cutting tradition, to weave stories layered with personal memories, social history, symbolism and mythology. Each work stems from a significant autobiographical detail in the artist’s life. Yet the illustrations are stripped of overt personal narrative. The focus instead is on quintessential life experiences — those as simple and complex as birth and death, and as fleeting or all encompassing as love, alienation, pain, fear or passion — that transcend gender, geography and culture. Continue reading

THE NEW GODS | Alejandro Garcia Contreras + Josée Pedneault

May 7–June 14, 2015

TYPOLOGY is thrilled to present a Featured Exhibition of the 2015 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, THE NEW GODS, a cross-continental collaboration between Canadian artist Josée Pedneault (Montreal) and Mexican artist Alejandro Garcia Contreras (Mexico City). Featuring an extraordinary series of large-scale photographs, this project examines fantastical rites of spring that have emerged spontaneously within Carrillo Puerto, an isolated village in the mountains of Chiapas in southern Mexico. The exhibition will also include a select grouping of smaller sculptures and paintings as an extension of the photographic subject matter into other media, an experimental approach which is integral to this multidisciplinary collaboration. Continue reading

FLIGHTS & LANDINGS | Tamara Gayer, Christine Gedeon, Janine Miedzik

March 12–April 19, 2015 (stairwells extended thru May 2016)

TYPOLOGY is pleased to present FLIGHTS & LANDINGS, a two-part exhibition of work by three multidisciplinary artists from three different cities: Brooklyn-based Tamara Gayer, Berlin-based Christine Gedeon, and Toronto-based Janine Miedzik. Known for their visually engaging, site-responsive approaches to installation, each artist will debut a large-scale project in one of the stairwell galleries at Artscape Youngplace (the Flights), complemented by a selection of smaller artworks representing object-oriented aspects of their practices in the project space (the Landings). Continue reading

Elemental | Book Works by Cathryn Miller

November 7 – December 14, 2014

TYPOLOGY is pleased to present Elemental, a solo exhibition featuring unique and editioned book works by Saskatchewan artist Cathryn Miller. Ranging from tiny folded paper projects to a new wall-sized composition, the thoughtfully conceived and often laboriously crafted works in the show represent a sustained investigation of manifold worlds, encompassing both the inner/outer, micro/macro, and meta/physical dimensions. In distilling her findings into the personal, poetic, and often playful objects on view, Miller’s observations and life experiences are made exquisitely manifest in the tactile materials, sequential structures, and storied logic of both traditional and invented or altered book forms. Continue reading

Victoria Fu, Self-Portrait in Sweden (installation view and still), 2005.

Of Other Faces

September 18 – October 25, 2014

TYPOLOGY is pleased to present OF OTHER FACES, a group exhibition featuring five artists whose works employ strategies of mirroring and doubling to investigate the paradoxical nature of our dualistic world. Through the representation or evocation of reflections, echoes, or iterations, the photographs, sounds, and videos of Andrea Cohen and Wiska Radkiewicz (Paris, New York), Victoria Fu (Los Angeles), Marta Ryczko(Toronto), and Manuel Saiz (Berlin) interrogate, express, or reveal hidden contradictions within contemporary social systems as they relate to dualities of self and Other. Continue reading

THE ORDER OF THINGS or, The Second Conference of the International Network of Personal Relationships (INPR) | LEIF-LOW-BEER, April 24 – May 31, 2014. Curated by Shani K Parsons.

The Order of Things | Leif Low-Beer

April 24 – May 31, 2014 and by appt thru June 14th

TYPOLOGY presents our spring exhibition, THE ORDER OF THINGS or, The Second Conference of the International Network of Personal Relationships (INPR). This exhibition features new and recent work by Leif Low-Beer (Toronto/Brooklyn), an artist who engages in a playful reordering of ideas, images, and expectations through the use of constructed, multi-part, and/or recombined compositions of drawings, collages, assemblages, and sculptural tableaux. The Order of Things is Low-Beer’s first solo exhibition in Canada. Continue reading

Erratic Room | Lyla Rye

November 19 – December 19, 2013 and by appt thru March 13th

One wants a room with no view, so imagination and memory can meet in the dark.
— Annie Dillard

TYPOLOGY is pleased to present our inaugural exhibition, ERRATIC ROOM. Featuring an immersive video installation and new limited edition photo series by Lyla Rye, Erratic Room is an exploration into spatial perception and its often hidden physical and psychological effects. Continue reading