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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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!

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

PD8 Fundraising Campaign

Hello!

We would love your assistance to pay for Portfolio Day 8 on November 3 2017. 85 grade 12 students from 5 of our arts majors will speak to representatives from 70 schools and programs from around the world, including Harvard, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Paris College of Art.

We need to raise $300 per student for materials required to create 2500+ artworks, all of our hanging materials, and food for the day. Remember that the public is welcome to join us at 7pm to see the exhibition so bring your friends and family.

Please click through to our Crowdfunding Campaign to watch our video made by grad James Perry – now at School of Visual Art in New York, and please share the link with as many people as possible. We need to hit our target to make PD8 a reality.

Thank you!

Matthew Varey

PD8 Meeting Reminder

On Tuesday September 19 we invite all parents and students participating in Portfolio Day 8 and those looking ahead to PD9 + PD10 to join us in the library at 7pm.

During the meeting we will discuss the grade 12 year, Portfolio Day 8 schedule and responsibilities for parents and students, applying to post-secondary programs, scholarship strategies, and launch our fundraiser.

All are welcome to attend. For Contemporary Art and Photography parents + students in grades 9-11 this is an opportunity to begin planning ahead and volunteer your time.

See you then!

Matthew Varey

Art and Portfolio Day Updates

We are very excited to usher in the beginning of what is sure to be our busiest and most successful year to date.

We have tracked more than eighty exhibitions within our community in the past twelve months, so were involved in an exhibition every 4.5 days for the entire year! Stay tuned for many more to come, including those at our exhibition space Les Enfants Terribles at Ossington and Argyle.

2017 2018 Grade 12 student Noah Brown is speaking this Sunday at 10.30 am at the Roncesvalles United Church about his work for Portfolio Day 8. Noah has been using the church as a studio this summer and will address the congregation, revealing the issues within his ongoing series of large-scale felted images. All are welcome to attend and we are hoping to film the talk so share with you all. See the attached poster for more information.

We have launched our own YouTube channel and hope that you will all subscribe – it can be found by clicking HERE

We participated in the Second Annual Toronto Art Book Fair June 15-18 2017 and there is a lovely letter written to our students in the recent publication about the fair titled PINK & GREEN. Here is the letter by Emily Pleasance:
“Dear Students. Where was this when I was in my teens? The t-shirts and tote bags, the pins and patches, the pencil cases covered in pencil drawings and the kiss-cheek key-chains? They were everywhere, actually. But not like this. You hijacked the bits and bobs that were given to you. You stole them, re-purposed them, injected them with the youth experience, and gave them right back. It was a DIY of life itself.

One can’t help but notice the colour, exploration, sexuality, laughter, confusion, and self-discovery found in all of your art. There is mindful execution that makes this work very strong. The illustrations in the zine Fat Aphrodite are unassuming and whimsical. My drawings at that age were boring and looked as if I had tried too hard. (I was trying too hard.) The writing in A Childhood in its Last Twelve Hours is both raw and developed. It’s opening, “The Life and Love of Eve Rivers” made me choke up and cry. I cried because its honesty hit a little too close to home. I also cried because this eloquent piece of writing now exists in the world and will hopefully find its way into the hands of someone in dire need of empathetic connection.

Your show-and-tell-like table was so thoroughly laid out. Your work is fruitful and incredibly honest. The artifacts you created have no remorse for the customary and no respect for the conventional. Thank god.

What I saw at your table was an experience I wished I had lived, art I wish I had created, and an honesty I wish I had been surrounded by. It was a rejection of all rites-de-passage. It was a marking of territory and a proof of existence. It was a claim to the Arts not as a privilege but as a right. Do not stop your unbridled expression! Do not give into the do’s and don’ts! Most importantly, do not listen to me (or anyone), for you know better.

We need our youth to discipline the Disciplines.

Sincerely, Emily Pleasance, an envious admirer.”

We thank you so very much Emily for writing about us!

ESA Contemporary Art Graduate Callen Schaub has been receiving a lot of attention recently, including several million views of videos of him painting on BuzzFeed and other platforms, including this video by the CBC – click here to watch Callen’s next solo exhibition takes place at Project Gallery with an opening reception and live performance on Thursday Sept 28th 6-10pm.

Portfolio Day 8 will be a turning point in our history. Stay tuned for time and date of our parent/participant meeting mid-September. We will review the process that helped one of our 2016 2017 grade 12 students receive more than a million dollars in scholarship offers, provide information on assisting with the event, and speak about the application and scholarship process. PD8 happens Friday November 3rd, and everyone is invited to join us to see the 80+ exhibitions by our grade 12 students from 7pm to 10pm. Click here for our invitation We will be launching our PD8 fundraising campaign in the next two weeks, and hope everyone will assist in getting the word out to support grade 12 students from all six majors in this remarkable international event and life time opportunity.

Thank you ahead of time for your participation and assistance this year! This is an exciting place to be and I am honored to work with you all.

As always, please follow us on Instagram at esa_contemporary_art and esa_contemporary_photography

Matthew Varey

ESA