LIVE WITH SHARY BOYLE AND CHRISTINE FELLOWS
Shary Boyle and Christine Fellows: Everything Under the Moon
18 – 23 February / Enwave Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
Everything Under the Moon is the old-time shadow play re-imagined; a fantastical work of theatre for all ages told through projected image and narrative song. This new interdisciplinary performance work is created by Toronto-based visual and performance artist Shary Boyle and Winnipeg-based songwriter and performer Christine Fellows.
On Thursday, 23 February, stay after the closing performance for an onstage talkshow interview between Shary Boyle, Christine Fellows and The Power Plant Assistant Curator Jon Davies.
Part of Fresh Ground new works, Harbourfront Centre's national commissioning program.
Presented by Harbourfront Centre - World Stage in association with The Power Plant
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Designed by Sameer Farooq of New Ink, the Coming After publication is now available and includes a curatorial essay by Jon Davies accompanied by original illustrations by Logan MacDonald. The essay threads throughout the book, interrupted by two texts: the transcript of a 2009 keynote lecture by artist Sharon Hayes, and a new short essay by artist Zoe Leonard. The publication concludes with special artist projects by Ulrike Müller and Jimmy Robert, and incorporates the work of the fifteen artists or artist duos who were included in the exhibition: Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, Aleesa Cohene, Glen Fogel, Onya Hogan-Finlay, Christian Holstad, Danny Jauregui, Adam Garnet Jones, Jean-Paul Kelly, Tim Leyendekker, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, James Richards, Emily Roysdon, Dean Sameshima, Jonathan VanDyke, and Susanne M. Winterling
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Every Sunday at 2 PM / FREE with gallery admission
Every Sunday, speakers from the world of art and beyond offer their responses to the current exhibitions:
David McIntosh / 19 February
Lise Beaudry / 26 February
Leila Pourtavaf / 4 March
For information on these events and the rest of The Power Plant's public programming for winter 2012, visit our website.
ENTERTAINMENT: SELECTIONS FROM MIDCENTURY STUDIO
10 December – 4 March, 2012
Entertainment: Selections from Midcentury Studio is an exhibition of new photographic work by Vancouver artist Stan Douglas. The work in the exhibition continues the artist's practice of reexamining historical, site-specific layers, particularly the imaging of postwar North American diversions from cabaret to sports. The body of work is largely a meticulous studio project in which Douglas assumes the lens of a photographer who takes on various jobs from Weegee-esque photojournalism to advertising. A social system – and an economic system – of entertainment is revealed here in the artist's inhabitation of a historical fiction. Achieving verisimilitude, Douglas reconstructed a studio using authentic equipment as well as hired actors to produce staged photographs that emulate the period's obsession with noir-ish drama, magic, dance, sporting events, curious artifacts, fashion, "caught-in-the-moment" scenes, gambling, and, of course, shifting technologies.
The exhibition includes the Malabar People, a series of sixteen black-and-white portraits of the patrons and staff of a fictional 1950s nightclub. The patrons range from single women to loggers, and the staff encompass bartenders, waitresses and entertainers (a dancer, a female impersonator, a musician). Accompanying them are additional photographs from Midcentury Studio that provide a further context for period entertainment including a multiple exposure image of a dancer, photographs of stage magic tricks or sleight of hand, and large-scale images of hockey and cricket events. Together, the works reveal a highly mixed demographic. The works were shot in Vancouver, and although the locations are not always revealed, the city not only plays itself but stands in for a midcentury every city. The notion of entertainment is entwined with a postwar optimism, while at the same time inflected with darker ramifications of looking back.
Presenting Sponsor: Rogers Communications
10 December – 4 March, 2012
Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, Aleesa Cohene, Glen Fogel, Onya Hogan-Finlay,
Christian Holstad, Danny Jauregui, Adam Garnet Jones, Jean-Paul Kelly,
Tim Leyendekker, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, James Richards, Emily Roysdon,
Dean Sameshima, Jonathan VanDyke, Susanne M. Winterling
Featuring 15 artists from New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Toronto, and beyond, Coming After is a response to the recent renewal of interest in the period from the mid-1980s to early 1990s that was decisive for North American cultural politics. This time period witnessed the (first of many) Culture Wars, the birth of "queer" as an identity and theory, and the rise of a direct-action AIDS activist movement – epitomized by ACT UP – fighting a new plague that was devastating communities of artists, queers and people of colour. While these years were highly traumatic, they also represented a galvanizing, dynamic moment for queer citizenship – one that is arguably haunting our present and our future.
The artists in Coming After were primarily born in 1970 or later and share a certain queer sensibility that is in dialogue with the past in some way. Rather than melding with the consumer-culture lifestyle that has been touted as LGBT citizenship over the past fifteen years, the work evidences a sense of having come after or missed out on something. The potential represented by this very recent and more faraway radical (queer) historical moments is both an open wound and a fount of inspiration. What was lost along the way from then to now? Negotiating their hope and despair about the present and future of our world in complex and compelling ways, the artists in Coming After share a sense of themselves as part of queer genealogies and cultural lineages, with influence and affinity moving across time and space.
Support Donors: Liza Mauer & Andrew Sheiner
Onya Hogan-Finlay's parallel exhibition Lez Con at the Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives Gallery, 34 Isabella Street, is now open until 10 April, 2012, Tuesday – Thursday, 7:30 – 10 PM.
Institutional Donor: Nancy McCain & Bill Morneau
Primary Education Sponsor: CIBC Wood Gundy
Corporate Leaders: BMO Financial Group, Manulife Financial, Rogers, TD Securities
Government Funding: Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council
$3 Students / Seniors
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Tuesday to Sunday 12–6 PM
Wednesday 12–8 PM
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Media Contact: Robin Boyko, +1.416.973.4927, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Image: Shary Boyle and Christine Fellows, Everything Under the Moon, 2011.