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).

Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 12 – 6 pm
416-821-3060
www.generalhardware.ca
[email protected]

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.

Push + Pull at the Albright Knox Gallery

ESA has twenty students participating in this year’s exhibition Push + Pull at the Albright Knox Gallery in Buffalo, NY. Everyone is invited to the opening on April 12, 5-8pm. The exhibition continues to May 13.

Information about the exhibition, including a photograph by grade 11 Contemporary Art and Photography student Tomoka T can be found by clicking here

Exhibiting at any museum is a milestone in an artist’s career. Being able to exhibit internationally in a museum as respected as the Albright Knox is truly remarkable. The AK’s excellent current exhibition, We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85 will be running during our exhibition and is highly recommended.

Bravo to everyone included in this year’s show which will be seen by many thousands of people from all over the world. This is another outstanding representation of our school in the larger world. We are so very proud of you! Thank you!

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.

Trinity Review Spring Issue

Congratulations to Contemporary Art students Alexis Vo, Spencer Julien, Jaime Pattison, Hannah Beverage, and Rachel Burns, and grads Aden Solway and Toko Hosoya for having their art work featured in the University of Toronto’s Trinity Review 130 Spring Journal being launched April 6!

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

Scholastic Art and Writing National Award Winners

Congratulations to all of our Scholastic National Medalists! A Gold Medal is classified as being awarded to the Most Outstanding Works in the World. More than 346000 entries were submitted this year, and the following ESA students found success at the highest level:

Noah Gehman – Gold Medal (Photography)
Jaime Pattison – Gold Medal (Photography)
Noah Janosch Brown – Gold Medal (Mixed Media)
Noah Janosch Brown – Gold Medal (Ceramics & Glass)
Grace Qian – Gold Medal (Painting)
Grace Qian – Silver Medal (Painting)
Max Shoham – Gold Medal (Film & Animation)
Isabella Vella – Gold Medal (Painting), Best-in-Grade Award
Claire Wiseman – Silver Medal (Photography)
Tessa Hill – Silver Medal (Film & Animation)
Macy Kerrigan – Silver Medal (Photography)
Jessica McDonald – Silver Medal (Photography)
Kailey Moulson – Silver Medal (Sculpture)
Annabel Berthoff – Silver Medal (Fashion)

Extra congratulations to Noah G, Noah B, Jaime, Grace, Max, and Isabella who will show at Parsons the New School’s Sheila Johnson Gallery in NYC as part of the Gold Medal Exhibition in May/June.

Painting Old Honey by grade 11 student Isabella Vella which won the Best In Grade Award for all Grade 11 art submissions in the world this year

Info on the National Awards Click Here

Three Openings This Week

You are invited to three openings this week in Toronto. We would really like to see you all out for all of our upcoming events!

Wednesday February 28 7-9pm Our Grade 11 Exhibition Turning Point opens at Neilson Park Creative Centre. 90 grade 11 art and photography students exhibiting in this wonderful show of new work as warm up to Portfolio Day 9. Please join us to celebrate this remarkable achievement. Show runs until March 18. 56 Neilson Drive

Wednesday February 28 6-8pm Eight Art students are exhibiting in the Arts Etobicoke Exhibition Edge: Youth Art Show at Artscape Youngspace. Show runs until March 6

Thursday March 1 7-9pm Grade 10 Art student Ella Webber’s first solo exhibition Serena takes place at Les Enfants Terribles at 130 Foxley Place. Show runs until March 14.

Other Upcoming ESACA Exhibtions:

March 3 Four Art students are exhibiting in Tag Yourself at One Brooklyn Bridge Gallery at 360 Furman St Brooklyn, NY

March 15 Noah Brown opens his first solo exhibition Intergenerational Trauma at Project Gallery Studios 7-9pm

March 22 Ariana Pickard’s first solo exhibition Collaboration of One at Les Enfants Terribles 7-9pm

March 23 Art Talk 8 takes place at OCADU – hear 15 Art and Film students speak beautifully about their work. 7-9pm.

March 24 Graduate Michelle Nyugen’s first solo exhibition Anatomical Venus with her Toronto dealer Bau-Xi Gallery 2-4pm

April 6 Art Talk 9 at OCADU 7-9pm

April 12 ESA Fashion Show – two performances at 4pm + 7pm at ESA

April 12 Nearly twenty Art and Photography students will be exhibiting in the Albright Knox Gallery’s Future Curators Exhibition in Buffalo, NY 6-9pm

April 21 Stay tuned for a very exciting announcement about an historic exhibition that opens on this day from 2-4pm in Toronto

May 3 Dismantle – our annual Contact Photography Festival exhibition of grade 12 work opens at Artscape Youngspace 7-9pm

May 10 Spencer Julien’s first Solo Exhibition Refraction opens at Les Enfants Terribles 7-9pm in conjunction with the Contact Photography Festival

May 24 Our annual End of Year Sale and Exhibition runs from 3.30 to 9pm at ESA

May 31 Erica Bruno opens her first solo exhibition Saudade at Les Enfants Terribles 7-9pm

June 14 Giselle Valencia opens her first solo exhibition Rebirth & Regression at Les Enfants Terribles 7-9pm

July 5 Isabella Vella opens her first solo exhibition at Les Enfatns Terribles 7-9pm

Turning Point

You are invited to Turning Point – our grade 11 exhibition at the Neilson Park Creative Centre. The exhibition opens on Wednesday February 28 from 7-9 pm. This is a practice run for PD9 and an opportunity for the grade to bond together through a positive shared experience. The exhibition has been curated by Ethan Wilder. The address of the NPCC is 56 Neilson Dr, Etobicoke, ON M9C 1V7.

Turning Point runs at NPCC until Sunday March 19. Gallery Hours are:
Monday, Wednesday – Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00am – 9:30pm
Sunday noon to 4:00 pm

Thank you!

Matthew Varey

painting by Parker-Lily Tuson-Morse

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

ESA