Rachel Burns’ Until Now in Canadian Art Magazine

We had a lovely surprise today when Canada’s leading Art magazine listed Rachel Burns’ exhibition Until Now as one of their Must Sees:

Canadian Art Link

This is our first ever mention in Canadian Art, and is a highly sought after listing across the entire country given the depth of the readership. Selections are based on the artistic merit of current exhibitions and are an indication of an exhibition’s success.

For the full invitation to Until Now click here

Until Now opens Saturday from 2 to 5 pm at General hardware Contemporary – 1520 Queen Street West – all are invited to attend.

Invitation to Until Now

You are invited to Rachel Burns’ exhibition Until Now, which opens this Saturday at General Hardware Contemporary – 1520 Queen Street West, Toronto.
This is the first time one of our students has opened a solo exhibition at a leading commercial gallery.

Rachel Burns
Until Now
April 21 – May 12, 2018
Opening: Saturday April 21st, 2 – 5 pm
Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival Featured Exhibtiion

General Hardware Contemporary is pleased to present emerging artist Rachel Burns’ first solo exhibition. Until Now is a featured exhibition in the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival. Join us at the opening this Saturday. All are welcome.

In Until Now, Rachel Burns questions her history, her family’s history, and the concept of time itself. Through this exhibition, she reduces a short fragment of the universe to constituent parts. Burns explores the pain of impermanence with the understanding that change creates the opportunity to accept the past, and to see the overwhelming beauty in the things that do not last.

Her contemplative process involves selecting family photographs and videos as source material. Through digitally documenting and then reconstructing her archived history, the original experience is rediscovered in a new reality.
In Burns’ video work, she layers images so that they appear as softly abstract compositions, initially revealing and illuminating until accumulation renders all invisible. In some works, the process of re-documenting photographs informs graphite drawings that Burns erases once complete. She preserves the eraser rubbings as objects, often photographing them or presenting them as fragments in jars.

Burns’ multimedia work is often informed by her photographic images, and extends to painting, sculpture, drawing, and video art. Recent group exhibitions include: Art Prize at Saatchi Gallery (UK), Flash Forward Incubator exhibition at Gardiner Museum (Toronto), Viewpoint at Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY) and Ingrown at Artspace (Peterborough). Burns’ work has been published in The Trinity Review (University of Toronto) and the Flash Forward Incubator catalogue (Magenta Foundation). She has been awarded for her writing, poetry and digital art from Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards (New York).

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Until Now

There have been a few times in the past ten years when we marked an historic event in the Art Department (Contemporary or Visual or otherwise).

This announcement is the latest embodiment of a globally remarkable achievement by someone within the art program, here at ESA.

On top of all of the astounding achievements made by the students from the five majors who participated in the paradigm shifting Portfolio Day 8 (more on that at our PD9 meeting this Wednesday and publicly in May), I am very pleased to announce that for the first time in our history, and for likely one of the first times in all of the history of public education, a high school student has been given a solo exhibition at a leading contemporary art gallery.

Rachel Burns will open her solo exhibition Until Now at General Hardware Contemporary on April 21 from 2-5pm. This is a Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival Featured Exhibition.

Everyone is welcome to attend the opening and visit the exhibition as it continues until May 12.

From the description of the exhibition:
In Until Now, Rachel Burns questions her history, her family’s history, and the concept of time itself. Through this exhibition, she reduces a short fragment of the universe to constituent parts. Burns explores the pain of impermanence with the understanding that change creates the opportunity to accept the past, and to see the overwhelming beauty in the things that do not last.

Her contemplative process involves selecting family photographs and videos as source material. Through digitally documenting and then reconstructing her archived history, the original experience is rediscovered in a new reality. In Burns’ video work, she layers images so that they appear as softly abstract compositions, initially revealing and illuminating until accumulation renders all invisible. In some works, the process of re-documenting photographs informs graphite drawings that Burns erases once complete. She preserves the eraser rubbings as objects that commemorate their own loss, often photographing them or presenting them as fragments in jars.

Burns’ multimedia work is often informed by her photographic images, and extends to painting, sculpture, drawing, and video art. She has recently received recognition from Saatchi Gallery in the UK and Flash Forward Incubator in Toronto.

For more information:

https://scotiabankcontactphoto.com/2018/featured-exhibition/general-hardware-contemporary-until-now
http://generalhardware.ca/

We are so proud of everyone who came before and everyone with us now who have contributed significantly to our community in order to make this possible. A special thank you to Niki at General Hardware for her grace, bravery, and hospitality. Congratulations Rachel and congratulations all! This will be a stunning exhibition.

PD9 Meeting + AT9

We will hold a Portfolio Day 9 meeting next Wednesday April 4 at 7pm in the library.

We will discuss preparation for Portfolio Day and outline process for portfolios, applications to post-secondary institutions, and scholarships. Some of this year’s grade 12 students will be on hand to share their spreadsheets and valuable information on their engagement with universities around the world. This year’s grade 12’s have shattered every record previously established.

Everyone is welcome to attend. We are asking all PD9 participants and their families to be there, and warmly invite all grade 10 and grade 9 Contemporary Art students and families, as well as those who may be part of PD10 and PD11.

All Contemporary Art students and their families are asked to attend Art Talk 9 on Friday April 6 at 7pm on the main floor of OCADU. The grade 12’s speaking that night will provide insight into process and approaches to having a successful Portfolio Day and experience at ESA. For everyone working on building an understanding of themselves and their work, listening to these incredible community members will provide significant insight and motivation.

Governor General’s Award

Many congratulations to grade 12 Contemporary Art student Spencer Julien on being awarded the Governor General’s Sovereign Medal for Volunteers.

This is a significant honor in anyone’s lifetime. To have received this award, and the Canada 150 Award, in the same year as Spencer has done, is absolutely remarkable. Congratulations Spencer. So very well deserved.

Art Talk 8 this Friday

You are invited to the eighth installment of our internationally renowned Art Talk Series this Friday evening at 7pm at OCADU – 100 McCaul Street, Toronto.

Twelve Contemporary Art students will speak about their relationship with art, and show some of what they are working on. All are welcome. Wheelchair accessible.


Holly McLachlan speaking at Art Talk 7

Congratulations!

A huge congratulations to Spencer Julien, Olivia Kerr, Juliet Di Carlo, and Isabella Vella.

These four artists representing grades 10-12 in the Contemporary Art Department will be exhibiting at the Teen Art Gallery in New York City in an exhibition opens February 22.

Thank you all for representing us so brilliantly in the capital of the art world!

To view work by these artists visit:

http://www.spencerjulien.ca/

Instagram: @isabellagvella
@dicarlojuliet
@Olivia_kerr_
@spencer.julien

image by grade 11 student Isabella Vella

New York Times

Congratulations to grad Calla McInnes who is in her second year at School of Visual Art in NYC for appearing in the New York Times this weekend with a drawing that was sold to Tavi Gevinson of Rookie Magazine while Calla was in grade 11 Contemporary Art at ESA.

LINK TO THE ARTICLE CLICK HERE

Calla appeared on the Akimbo Hit List while she was here and that piece can be found here

Congratulations Calla!

Women’s Habitat Volunteer Application Form

Reminder that further to our lunch hour workshop session with Ursual, from Women’s Habitat, last Friday…

  • Volunteer application forms are available in both the Library and Student Services.

Drop by and pick one up if you are interested.

Applying to Post-Secondary

Access a copy of the presentation to School Council made by Ms. Baldassi, ACL of Student Services.

In addition to reading the slides, you can listen in on the recording from the November 14th School Council meeting.

  • The Student Services presentation starts about 1:20 into the recording, give or take.

 

Portfolio Day 8 November 3

If you are thinking of applying to ESA this year, or are someone who would like to see what our grade 12’s have been up to, please join us between 7pm and 10 pm to view more than 2000 art works hung throughout the first floor of the building.

Parents – a reminder that some of the post-secondary representatives will be setting up tables in the library beginning at 6.30 Friday evening to speak with you about their programs. You are welcome to arrive this half hour before the general public to have any questions answered and meet the reps.

If you would like to help support this event and other fantastic work we do, you can make a tax deductible donation through our parent organisation by selecting Visual Arts here: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/13311

See you all on Friday!

2017 Choreographic Workshop

Tickets are on sale now for the 2017 Choreographic Workshop. It is a wonderful evening of talent that is happening on November 8th, 2017 at the Nancy Main Theatre at ESA. For ticket information, please visit, esainfo.ca or you are welcome to purchase tickets at the door at 6:00pm

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