Praise for Until Now

Congratulations to Rachel Burns for being listed in NEOMEMOIRE Magazine as one of the four shows to see in Contact 2018 – click here to read the wonderful review of Until Now.

Rachel will be at General Hardware Saturday May 19 from 12-2 for the last day of her extended exhibition.

Rachel’s work will be on view and on sale at our End of Year Sale and Exhibition Thursday May 24 4-9pm. We will be selling Rachel’s photographic work, and drawings from two series. We hope to see you all next Thursday evening!

More Portfolio Day Press

It has been a remarkable run of attention with our Globe and Mail Article – click here to read – and our initial CTV Interview – click here to watch,

This weekend we had two more pieces of television coverage:

Global TV Segment click here

CTV’s Second Segment click here to watch

Congratulations to Rachel Burns and the grade 12’s for your remarkable achievements this year! We will celebrate by having an exhibition together at Project Gallery at the end of May – stay tuned for details

One of the Top 100 Photographers

Congratulations to ESA Photography grad Selina Disera for being named one of the Top 100 Photographers under 34 years old in the World. The award comes from the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Competition. This is a remarkable achievement and will hopefully lead to further success and a rich career.

Scholarship Updates in the Media

We have been honored to receive a fair bit of coverage for the success of our grade 12 students this year.

Rachel Burns was written about in the Globe and Mail – click here to read the article – and has been interviewed on CTV News – click here to watch the segment – and today was featured by Yahoo – click here to watch the video

Thank you to everyone involved!

Rachel will be at her exhibition at General Hardware Contemporary today until 2pm

Globe and Mail

Thank you very much to Caroline Alphonso for this recognition in the Globe and Mail

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.

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.

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