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Omar Badrin, Cry Baby, soft polyurethane tubing, nylon industrial fishing twine and mason line, 2015
Image courtesy of the artist

Humber Galleries is launching a fresh new vision with our fall show. We are declaring our earnest affection for creative people who help us to see the world and ourselves differently.

Into You is a group exhibition presented across our two locations, Fall in Deep at North Space and On the Edge at L Space. Crushes can be confusing, exciting, and all-consuming—like being on the edge of a great void and surrendering to an intense feeling. The desire to be accepted by someone else can amplify self-conscious feelings of difference. And yet, as revolutionary poet Sonia Sanchez has written, ‘you can’t have relationships with other people until you give birth to yourself.’ Into You highlights artmaking as a meditative act of self-discovery. Like any great infatuation, the deeper one goes, the more there is to discover.

Featuring works by Omar Badrin, Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby, Francisco-Fernando Granados, Allyson Mitchell, Jagdeep Raina, and Xiaojing Yan, Into You dives deep into the compulsion to create variations of forms that are strangely attractive. They beg to be noticed. Through pastel drawings, crochet, sculpted paper, found textiles, video, and digital drawings on an iPhone, each artist tells a story about themselves, their communities, and how others see them. On the Edge at L Space explores visibility and invisibility at the margins. Who or what goes unnoticed, blends in, and stands out? Fall in Deep at the North Space houses cocoons and second skins. These are protective spaces for transformation, becoming, and turning inward in total surrender. Together, the exhibitions are about belonging on one’s own terms.

Into You: On the Edge
Omar Badrin, Francisco-Fernando Granados, Allyson Mitchell, Jagdeep Raina, and Xiaojing Yan
Curated by Alissa Firth-Eagland and Farah Yusuf
August 29 - November 24, 2017
Opening Reception: September 5, 4 - 7 PM
L Space
Humber College Lakeshore Campus
Room L1002
19 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive
Toronto, ON M8V 4B6

Into You: Fall in Deep
Omar Badrin, Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby, Allyson Mitchell, and Xiaojing Yan
Curated by Alissa Firth-Eagland and Farah Yusuf
August 29 - October 20, 2017
Opening Reception: September 7, 4 - 7 PM
North Space
Humber College North Campus
LRC 1st Floor
205 Humber College Boulevard
Toronto, ON M9W 5L7

Hours: Monday to Friday, 10 AM - 4 PM

For additional information please contact alissa.firth-eagland@humber.ca, visit http://www.humbergalleries.ca/, or find HumberGalleries on social media.

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Artists

Omar Badrin is an interdisciplinary artist born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His work stems from his upbringing in Newfoundland and focuses on cultural identity as well as its construction and representation through the use of visual metaphors. Badrin received his MFA at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in 2015, where he was awarded the graduate medal for his work in the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art Media and Design program. Since graduating, he has received project and travel grants from the Toronto Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Badrin currently lives in Toronto.

Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby have been working collaboratively since June 1994. Their work has been broadcast and exhibited around the world. Duke and Battersby are currently teaching at Syracuse University in Central New York. In 2010 they were shortlisted for the Sobey Art Award. Their work is distributed by Video Data Bank in Chicago, Argos in Brussels, Vtape in Toronto, and Video Out in Vancouver. In 2012, a book about their work titled The Beauty is Relentless, was published by Coach House Press.

Francisco-Fernando Granados is a Toronto-based artist. His multidisciplinary critical practice spans performance, drawing, installation, cultural theory, digital media, public art, and community-based projects. He has presented work at Art Gallery of Ontario, Mercer Union, Art Gallery of York University, Doris McCarthy Gallery, Blackwood Gallery, Gallery TPW, Trinity Square Video, Images Festival, Nuit Blanche, Harbourfront Centre, and Sur Gallery. His writing has been published in FUSE, KAPSULA, Canadian Theatre Review, and PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art. He completed a Masters of Visual Studies at the University of Toronto in 2012, and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at OCAD University.

Allyson Mitchell is a maximalist artist working in sculpture, performance, installation, and film. Her practice melds feminism and pop culture to investigate contemporary ideas about sexuality, autobiography, and the body, largely through the use of reclaimed textile and abandoned craft. Her works have exhibited in galleries and festivals across Canada, the US and Europe, including Tate Modern, Textile Museum of Canada, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Andy Warhol Museum, Walker Art Center, British Film Institute, Winnipeg Art Gallery, and Art Gallery of Ontario. She is based in Toronto where she is an Assistant Professor in the School of Women's Studies at York University. She is represented by Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects and runs FAG Feminist Art Gallery with Deirdre Logue.

Jagdeep Raina was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario. He completed his MFA in the department of Painting at the Rhode Island School of Design and his BFA at the University of Western Ontario. During the summer of 2012, he was accepted into the advanced painting intensive program offered by Columbia University, which took place in Paris, France.

Xiaojing Yan is a Chinese-Canadian installation artist based in Markham, Ontario. She holds a BFA in decorative art from Nanjing Art Institute, Jiangsu, China, as well as her MFA in sculpture from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Yan’s sculptures have been exhibited in galleries and museums in China, Canada, and the US. Yan is the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Young Alumni Award from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the 2013 Mandarin Profile Awards of Fairchild TV, and the prestigious Chalmers Arts Fellowship. She’s also the recipient of project grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.


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