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Matter as Subject > New Perspectives
Jaime Angelopoulos, Georgia Dickie, Aleksander Hardashnakov, Niall McClelland, Derrick Piens, Sasha Pierce, Jennifer Rose Sciarrino, Hugh Scott-Douglas
Curated by David Liss and organized by the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art

June 23 - August 12, 2012
Opening Reception: June 22, 8-10pm

Niall McClelland, Tapestry – Diagram, 2011.
Courtesy Envoy Enterprises

This exhibition features eight Toronto artists exploring new approaches to producing artworks whose meaning and essence are revealed through the materials from which they are made. Working primarily in recognizable media such as painting, sculpture and installation, they combine found, vernacular and traditional materials with lo-tech, industrial and handcrafted processes. Astutely resourceful, informed by various conceptual strategies and working with an open attitude of experimentation, their inventive processes are meant to animate the latent expressive potential of matter, transforming materials into a coherent, poetic language of form. For these artists materiality is the core subject of their work. trans/FORM presents new perspectives on form, meaning and material that are essential to the -very definition of art.

trans/FORM is the most recent installment of MOCCA's ongoing PLATFORM TORONTO series of exhibitions, initiated in 2002, showcasing the histories and practices of the Toronto contemporary art scene. Previous exhibitions in the series include Synthetic Psychosis, (2002), examining new approaches to painting; Impulse Archaeology, (2005), celebrating the seminal 1980s art magazine Impulse; Love/Hate: New Crowned Glory in the G.T.A., (2007), a broad survey of divergent practices and trends; Empire of Dreams, (2010), a thematic exhibition exploring our relationships to the built environment; and This Is Paradise, (2011), a retrospective survey of the art scene in Toronto during the 1980s. In addition to the exhibition's focus on materiality, trans/FORM features work by an emerging generation of artists living and working in Toronto. + learn more

Project Room
National Gallery of Canada at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art
The Shape of Things
Joseph Albers, Ron Martin, Luanne Martineau, Elizabeth McIntosh, Claude Tousignant Richard Tuttle
Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art and the National Gallery of Canada.

June 23 - August 12, 2012
Opening Reception: June 22, 8-10pm

Showcasing iconic works from the 1960s to the present, The Shape of Things examines the translation of form from one state to another while tracing a shifting attitude toward a more engaged viewing experience. In this exhibition, a dynamic tension is created between pieces by Joseph Albers, Ron Martin, Luanne Martineau, Elizabeth McIntosh, Claude Tousignant and Richard Tuttle as notions of pure geometry and colour are materialized and then deconstructed in hybrid works that inhabit the gallery. Paintings sensuously slouch and stretch as though reaching to the ground; canvases ardently cling to the walls while sculptural forms assert their presence as they occupy the architectural space. The shape of these things is at once obvious and obscure as here it is our attuned encounter with each work that determines meaning. ­­+ learn more


Public Events & Education Opportunities

Artists-on-Artists #1: Meet the Artists
Saturday, June 23, 2pm, MOCCA, open to the public, free of charge

Join us for the trans/FORM kick off. MOCCA Artistic Director & Curator David Liss will lead discussions with featured exhibition artists.

Artists-on-Artists #2: Talk To Us
Saturday, July14, 2pm, MOCCA, open to the public, free of charge

Saelan Twerdy will facilitate a gallery tour with trans/FORM artists Niall McClelland and Sasha Pierce. Twerdy has written for various publications including C magazine and Canadian Art.

Artists-on-Artists #3: Let's Keep it Together: Materiality and Conservation
Saturday, July 28, 2pm, MOCCA, open to the public, free of charge

National Gallery of Canada Chief Conservator John McElhone addresses the particular preservation and conservation challenges faced by galleries in safeguarding artworks for future generations in the context of the current NGC@MOCCA exhibition, The Shape of Things.

Members' Opportunities

Collecting Art, Collecting Ideas / Members' Education Series: Scrap Metal Gallery Tour
Wednesday, June 13, 6:30 pm, Offered to Contributing Members and up ($250+)
Scrap Metal, 11 Dublin St. Unit E

MOCCA invites Members to visit the recently opened Scrap Metal Gallery, an innovative privately funded exhibition space. Scrap Metal co-founder Joe Shlesinger will discuss the gallery's collection. You will also experience The End, a beautiful and dramatic 5-channel video installation by Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson.

The Shape of Things is presented as part of the three year National Gallery of Canada at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art program that will see the two institutions co-organize and co-present a series of exclusive exhibitions in MOCCA's newly-renovated project space, drawn from the NGC's extensive contemporary art collection. These will include the presentation of single works, new acquisitions or full-scale exhibitions designed to complement MOCCA's existing programming. The National Gallery of Canada at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art is generously supported by AXA Art Canada, Cineplex Media, World MasterCard®, and The Ouellette Family Foundation. The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art is grateful for the patronage of THE ART DEPT., a leadership circle of MOCCA patrons.

All programs and activities at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art are supported by Toronto Culture, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, BMO Financial Group, Cisco Canada, The Hal Jackman Foundation, individual memberships, and private donations.

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Gallery Hours | Tuesday – Sunday 11 – 6 | Admission: Pay What You Can
Media Inquiries | Contact Fayiaz Chunara | 416.395.7490 |






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