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CONTEMPORARY ART BUS TOUR
Sunday, November 19, 2017 | 12–5 PM | FREE

The tour picks up at Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West) then departs for Blackwood Gallery, Oakville Galleries, and Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery.

To RSVP: email blackwood.gallery@utoronto.ca or call 905-828-3789 by Friday, November 17 at 5pm.


BLACKWOOD GALLERY, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO MISSISSAUGA
Infrastructures and Aesthetics of Mutual Aid
Circuit 3/5 of Take Care
November 20–December 9, 2017
Curated by Letters & Handshakes

The Sustenance Rite
Curated by Lauren Fournier
Anthea Black, Thirza Cuthand, Erika DeFreitas, Petrina Ng, Zoë Schneider, Kara Stone, Evan Tyler, Justice Walz, Jessica Lynn Whitbread

In a time of generalized anxiety, precarity, and upheaval, how do artists sustain themselves? What do we make of self-care imperatives in light of our late-capitalist, neoliberal, neocolonial context? How do we care for others while also caring for ourselves? The Sustenance Rite is a group exhibition featuring work by emerging and mid-career Canadian artists that engages issues of health, wellness, healing, care, and survival from queer, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour), and intersectional feminist perspectives. The works in this exhibition proffer alternatives to dominant discourses of health that are critical and reparative. Reflecting on the rites and rights of mental, emotional, and physical healthcare in the contemporary moment, these artists make space for the rituals that sustain us.

Radiodress
MKV: Credit River Immersion

As part of Radiodress’s ongoing research around the queer body as a material site of resonance and empathy, MKV: Credit River Immersion acknowledges the physical toll that social justice work, migration, and climate change takes on marginalized bodies. Basing MKV upon the Jewish ritual bath ceremony of mikvah, the artist queers the traditional process, leaning towards an embodied and multi-dimensional spirituality. Traditionally, the mikvah bather is naked and immersed in water that comes from a natural source. The Shomeret, or guide, sits beside them and offers prayers suited to the purpose of their immersion. MKV: Credit River Immersion incorporates a localized awareness of the colonial footprint on our local water sources, and, in line with the mikvah tradition, some of the water is gathered from melted snow or rain around the gallery site.


OAKVILLE GALLERIES
FASTWÜRMS
#Q33R_WTCH_P155
September 24–December 30, 2017

Melding conceptual art with queer culture, performance art, Witch Nation mysticism, and an eclectic DIY sensibility, FASTWÜRMS (Kim Kozzi and Dai Skuse) have developed an influential poly-disciplinary art practice over the past four decades. In #Q33R_WTCH_P155, a new site-specific project, the joint authorship reimagines and transforms Gairloch Gardens, suggesting an alternate queer-witch history for the site as Warlok Gardens. In this narrative, Warlok Gardens functioned from 1943 to 1944 as the cover location and code name for an ultra secret allied military intelligence unit, UR BZRK Warlok, which initiated a visionary war against war. Reflecting on our past, present and future, FASTWÜRMS create a space that is at once fictional and historical.

Tamara Henderson
Seasons End: Out of Body
September 24–December 30, 2017

In her writing, film, painting, and installation, Canadian artist Tamara Henderson is concerned with altering everyday objects in fantastical and intuitive ways, often with a reference to dreams, fairy tales, the spiritual realm, and the natural world. At the center of Seasons End: Out of Body is a cast of human-like figures robed in colourful, embroidered costumes. These figures weave together an intensely personal story of travel between countries and states of being, of material alchemy and transformation, and of slipping between worlds, particularly from the world of matter and flesh to one that is “out of body.”

Produced by REDCAT and Glasgow International with support from Oakville Galleries, Serpentine Galleries, and Rodeo Gallery.


KITCHENER-WATERLOO ART GALLERY
Carry Forward
Curated by Lisa Myers
September 29, 2017–January 14, 2018
Maria Thereza Alves, Marjorie Beaucage, Deanna Bowen, Dana Claxton, Brenda Draney, John Hampton, Jamelie Hassan, Mike MacDonald, Nadia Myre, Krista Belle Stewart, Maika’i Tubbs.

Documents, such as contracts and treaties, are officiated in the stasis of printed word, indicating sociopolitical biases and attitudes of a specific moment. The complex history of documentation through film and photography entangle power relations or trouble how we separate authenticity from fiction; the colonial gaze from the Other; and propaganda from ideology. As a form of "official" information, they reveal not only that which is deemed worthy of public record, but also the relationship between those on either side of the camera. Carry Forward will convene artworks that propose different modes of understanding how realities are registered, contested, and even fabricated within the framework of an archive.



IMAGE CREDIT (clockwise from top left):
FASTWÜRMS, #Q33R_WTCH_P155, 2017. Courtesy of the artists; Deanna Bowen, “1911 Anti Creek-Negro Petition” from Immigration of Negroes from the United States to Western Canada 1910-1911 (detail), 2013. Courtesy of the artist and The Art Gallery of York University. Photo: Michael Maranda, © Deanna Bowen; Justice Walz, Anxiety Escape Kit (detail), 2017. Courtesy the artist.; Installation view of Tamara Henderson, Seasons End, 2016. Courtesy of the artist and RODEO, London. Photo: Ruth Clark.



Blackwood Gallery
University of Toronto Mississauga
3359 Mississauga Rd. N., Mississauga
905.828.3789
www.blackwoodgallery.ca

Oakville Galleries
Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square: 120 Navy Street, Oakville
Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens: 1306 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville
905.844.4402
www.oakvillegalleries.com

Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
101 Queen St. N., Kitchener
519.579.5860
www.kwag.ca