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Face of the deep

Opening Reception: Saturday July 6th 3-6pm
Exhibition Dates: July 6-28, 2019
Location: 1151 Queen St E

Patel Gallery is pleased to present 'Face of the Deep' an exhibition with works by Shuvinai Ashoona, Shary Boyle and Rajni Perera.

Face of the Deep highlights the inventive world-making embodied in the work of Shuvinai Ashoona, Shary Boyle and Rajni Perera. This dynamic trio of female Canadian artists engage visual storytelling to generate brand new imaginaries inspired by myth, fable, fantasy and sci-fi. Taken from a passage in the prevailing origin story of Genesis, when “the earth was without form or void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep,” the exhibition title suggests the fluid chasm of potentiality that pre-existed Creation by the paternal word. The “face” here is the creative horizon each artist punctures to give visual form to the flows and eddies of their interior territories. The works assembled in the exhibition juxtapose iconographies of depths and protrusions within each artist’s oeuvre – from deep waters to cosmic expanses; horns, tusks, fingers and tentacles evocative motifs that crest at the surface of the subconscious.

Text by: Farah Yusuf

Works by Shuvinai Ashoona are presented in partnership with Dorset Fine Arts, collaborative work by Shuvinai Ashoona and Shary Boyle also appear as part of the exhibition courtesy of Feheley Fine Arts and Pierre - Francois Art Contemporian.

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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 (, 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 (