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KOFFLER GALLERY OFF-SITE PRESENTS

Flavio Trevisan: Museum of the Represented City


January 19 to April 8, 2012
Koffler Gallery Off-Site at 80 Spadina Ave., Suite 501
Curator: Mona Filip

OPENING RECEPTION | FREE
Thursday, January 19, 6 – 9 PM | Artist Talk at 7 PM

For Museum of the Represented City, his first solo exhibition at a public gallery, Toronto artist Flavio Trevisan takes an entirely new approach to his creative practice, articulating a conceptual context for his main body of work. Staging an immersive environment, he creates an ephemeral "museum of the present" that reflects on the current state of the city. The resulting installation conveys a fragmented yet revealing cartography of Toronto's built history, inviting visitors to explore different ways of engaging with the cityscape.

Trevisan's three-dimensional maps and playful objects expose the city as a collection of places successively shaped by and reshaping public ideals. Reduced to a single layer of information, the maps highlight means of moving around the urban environment – streets, paths, highways. These patterns uncover a complexity of geographical, social and political histories that have influenced Toronto's development. They indirectly emphasize the human presence, alluding to the way we occupy, experience and constantly create the city.

While rendering the metropolis at once iconic and uncanny, Trevisan produces evocative documents that conjure up memories of places, enticing the viewers to recall the roads once travelled and their stories. Sparseness allows the maps to function both as memory triggers and blank slates upon which to project our narratives. At the same time, they are loaded with the expectation of further change.

Emulating museological strategies, Trevisan sets up his sculptural works as artifacts within a constructed display system that proposes a reflective representation of Toronto. In a time of civic debates and polarized views, the artist considers the dual meaning of representation, attempting a faithful depiction of the city and advocating for its future. Ultimately, he raises questions about our continuing legacy, our shared histories and our collective expectations.

Flavio Trevisan is a visual artist with a background in architecture and exhibition design. Recent projects include Pink Republic, an installation in the window at TYPE Books on Queen Street West curated by author Derek McCormack; The Game of Urban Renewal (Special Regent Park Edition), a project for Queen Specific, curated by Joy Walker; and Flavio Trevisan: Studies of a New Past, at Diaz Contemporary, Toronto. His work has been featured in Art with Heart 2011 (fundraiser for Casey House, Toronto), Titles (curated by the Way Up Way Down collective) and A Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Toronto (published by Douglas & McIntyre). Trevisan is a founder and co-director of the convenience (a window gallery that provides an opening for art that engages, experiments, and takes risks with the architectural, urban, and civic realm), where he co-curated the Parkdale International Art Fair with Georgiana Uhlyarik in 2008. Originally from Padova, Italy, he now lives in Toronto. His work is in private collections, and can be viewed at www.flaviotrevisan.com


GENERAL INFORMATION


Exhibition: Museum of the Represented City, January 19 to April 8, 2012, FREE
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 19, 6 – 9 PM, FREE
Artist Talk: Thursday, January 19, 7 PM, FREE

Location: 80 Spadina Avenue (between Adelaide and King), Suite 501, Toronto
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 12 – 6 PM

About the Koffler Centre of the Arts
Koffler Centre of the Arts is Canada's only cutting-edge contemporary, multidisciplinary Jewish cultural institution. It has a broad mandate to serve all, and present a wide range of artistic programs through a global lens in a specifically Canadian context.

The Koffler Centre of the Arts is an agency of the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.

Planning is underway on a brand new, architecturally innovative Koffler Centre of the Arts on the Sherman Campus at Bathurst and Sheppard. In July 2009, the Koffler's administrative offices and all classes opened in the Prosserman JCC on the Sherman Campus. Starting in early 2013, Koffler Gallery exhibitions and related programs will be based at Artscape YOUNGplace in downtown Toronto. Koffler programs will continue at the Prosserman JCC on Sherman Campus and will debut at the new Schwartz/Reisman Centre on Lebovic Campus in Vaughan also in fall 2012.

Koffler Centre of the Arts acknowledges the support of Cultural Season Sponsor CIBC Wood Gundy, Media Partner National Post, the Ontario Arts Council through the Community and Multidisciplinary Arts Organizations Program, our patrons and members. The Koffler Gallery gratefully acknowledges the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

KOFFLER ON THE ROAD!
Watch for Koffler programs off-site around Toronto! As it prepares for its new facility to be completed, the Koffler Centre of the Arts continues to program exhibitions, events, performances, classes and workshops at the Prosserman JCC on Sherman Campus, the Schwartz/Reisman Centre on Lebovic Campus and at various downtown sites in Toronto. Go to www.kofflerarts.org for details and watch for Koffler events in your neighbourhood!

Image: Flavio Trevisan, Pink Republic, 2011. Photo: Ralph Plastino.

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MEDIA CONTACT
Tony Hewer, Head of Communications and Marketing, 416.638.1881 x4228, thewer@kofflerarts.org

Koffler Centre of the Arts

4588 Bathurst Street | Toronto | Ontario | M2R 1W6
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