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2017 Visiting Artists Residency Exhibition
Sameer Farooq: Behind the Eyes
Lee Henderson: A Hand That Points Aligns the Air
Open Studio Gallery
October 20 – November 18, 2017
Artist Talks: Friday, October 20, 2017, 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Opening Reception: Friday, October 20, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

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Top: Sameer Farooq, from the Behind the Eyes series, 2017, monoprint on paper, 22" x 30". Printed by Pamela Dodds under the auspices of Open Studio’s Visiting Artists Residency. Bottom: Lee Henderson, A hand that points aligns the air (right), 2017, photolithograph on Arches watercolour hot press natural paper, 22" x 30". Printed by Pudy Tong under the auspices of Open Studio’s Visiting Artists Residency.

Each year Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create traditional and/or experimental works in the print medium of their choice, working collaboratively with a print media artist. The Visiting Artists Residency, in operation since 1983, is a popular program that receives applications from artists from around the world. In conjunction with the residency, each artist exhibits the work produced during their period in the Studio, and gives an artist talk. These exhibitions are the result of this intensive work period.

The second of two Visiting Artists Residency exhibitions in 2017 features work by artists Sameer Farooq and Lee Henderson.

Sameer Farooq's monotype prints developed as a series of artifacts excavated from daily meditation. His process largely involves reenacting collaborative strategies employed by the Theosophy movement. For his current project at Open Studio, Farooq asks us to consider the place of internal images at a time when we are overcome by external ones.

Lee Henderson examines the texture of a text, its forms, its corpus. To print is to make thoughts tangible, to render them on the pulp of paper and to make those ideas real for others who know how to access them from the page, whether across oceans or generations. Printed text makes ephemeral ideas seem more permanent than they are. A confluence of quotations both material and representational, A Hand That Points Aligns the Air stands as a photolithographic memento mori for the nation state. MORE


Showing Concurrently

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Que Sera Sera lands at the South Pole, 1956. Credit: U.S. Navy.

Kristie MacDonald: Press Photo Antarctica
George Gilmour Members’ Gallery

Kristie MacDonald’s art practice is concerned with the preservation and destruction of documents as a means by which societies amass information, interpret evidence and construct histories. Her research-based practice engages notions of the archive and the collection, as well as their roles in the evolving meanings and contextual histories of images and artifacts. Her current research is concerned with the phenomena of recollection, remembrance, and forgetting, which drive the human urge to collect and revisit material culture and built environments. MORE


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Laine Groeneweg, Peanut Butter & Jellyfish, 2016, mezzotint on paper, image size: 12” diameter, paper size: 22” x 22”.

Group Exhibition: Monochrome
Print Sales Gallery

Monochrome is a group exhibition featuring works by Laine Groeneweg, Alex Thompson and Laura Widmer. These artists create monochromatic works to define the space that their subjects inhabit, creating dramatic effects that pull the viewer into their work. MORE


Dana Tosic
Varied Editions: Open Studio Members’ Online Gallery

An initiative of Open Studio’s Membership Committee, this online art gallery showcases the work of Open Studio members on a rotating basis. MORE


Open Studio gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country; the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario; the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council; and the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario. Open Studio also acknowledges the generous support of its members and numerous foundations, corporations and individuals.

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