Summer Group Exhibition
Opening Reception June 8, 2019, 2-5pm
Exhibition Dates: June 8 - 30, 2019
Location: 1151 Queen St E
Together and apart these artists challenge us to meditate upon the multiple simultaneous meanings of patterns and sign and the relationship they create between the ancient and the modern, the historic and the present. Their work asks us to consider how the concept attached to a familiar sign morphs as it is modified, and how new connections and narratives from co-opted signs and symbols can occur when an ancient or historic form is adapted to a new media. Weaving both formal and tangential threads these artists create a ‘third’ space in which ideas of history, the infinite and identity collide to explore the context of our physical and mental environments.
Patel Gallery presents distinct exhibitions from select Canadian artists, highlighting the dynamic role experience plays in creating and interpreting art works. The gallery aims to illuminate new and critical movements in contemporary art through enabling diverse narrative practices and aesthetic experiences. Patel Gallery also provides consulting services and presents curatorial and collaborative initiatives that support art making, develop new audiences, and enhance appreciation for arts and culture.
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ADRIENNE CROSSMAN: HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH
Opening Reception: June 13 7:00-9pm
Exhibition Dates: June 13 - July 25
Location: 184 Munro St (rear)
Heaven is a Place on Earth is a solo exhibition of new work by Adrienne Crossman that explores the potential for queerness along the spectrum of utopia to dystopia. Drawing from lesbian representation in fiction and popular culture, Crossman combines imagery and ephemera from cult narratives such as ‘But I’m a Cheerleader’ and ‘Desert Hearts’, with objects that make reference to Toronto’s own lost queer and lesbian spaces, blurring the lines between fiction and reality.
Adrienne Crossman (she/her, they/them) is an interdisciplinary artist, educator and curator working in Hamilton, Ontario. She holds an MFA in Visual Arts from the University of Windsor (2018), and a BFA in Integrated Media with a Minor in Digital and Media Studies from OCAD University (2012). Their practice investigates the liminality between the digital and the physical while highlighting queer sensibilities in the everyday. Crossman is interested in how the terms trans* and non-binary apply to media as well as gender, and she creates queer interventions through the manipulation of digital media and popular culture. Adrienne has completed residencies in Syracuse (NY), Montréal (QC), Artscape Gibraltar Point on the Toronto Islands (ON), and Studio Beat (studio-beat.com), and has exhibited at: Xpace Cultural Centre (Toronto, Ontario), Idea Exchange (Cambridge, Ontario), 8eleven (Toronto, Ontario), Studio L’ Eloi (Montreal, Quebec), Moscow Biennale for Young Art (Moscow, Russia), The Art Gallery of Windsor (ON), and The Wrong New Digital Art Biennale (thewrong.org).