Featured:FERMENTING FEMINISMSeptember 14–November 26, 2017

Critical Distance is thrilled to launch our landmark 5th year of programming with FERMENTING FEMINISM, curated by Lauren Fournier and featuring Sharlene Bamboat, Hazel Meyer, Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint, Sarah Nasby, Kayla Polan, Walter Scott, and Agustine Zegers.

Kombucha, guts, bacteria, vessels, vitalism, effervescence, degradation, and decay. Fermenting Feminism brings together artists whose work fleshes out the intersections between fermentation and intersectional feminisms. As the process of microbial transformation, fermentation becomes both a metaphor and material practice through which to approach feminist practices in the contemporary. Is feminism a relic of the past, something that has soured? Or is feminism still a vital imperative? This exhibition positions fermentation as a vital and viable space to re-conceive feminisms’s pasts, presents, and futures. Continue reading

Featured:FUTURE LEGACY | Design for Canada’s Next 150 YearsSeptember 8–23, 2017

Featuring The Site Magazine competition winners: Ali Navidbakhsh, Evan Wakelin, Karan Manchanda, Sarah Gunawan, and Shelley Long; plus runners-up: Anna Longrigg + Jason McMillan, Fionn Byrne, Kyung-Kuhn Lee + Mamata Guragain + Nubras SamayeenMitchell Gray, and Rob McIntosh; and honourable mentions: Dominique Cheng, Émélie Desrochers-Turgeon, Emma Mendel, Stephanie Mauer, and Studio Ha-ha

Future Legacy: Design for Canada’s Next 150 Years is an exhibition featuring winners of The Site Magazine’s inaugural design competition. In the context of Canada’s sesquicentennial, entrants were challenged to develop proposals that considered the relationship between the nation’s history, current context, and possible future trajectories. Continue reading

Featured:Billboard on Shaw: Living Things | Sarah NasbySeptember–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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Featured:SIGNALS & SENTIMENTS: A Featured Exhibition of the 2017 CONTACT Photography FestivalApril 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

Past Exhibitionsin reverse chronological order

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

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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