July 1, 2016 - Sept. 6, 2016
Walk with me until we find the right spot
Our little excursion picnic in the park
Feet in the grass until it gets dark
That’s when I saw the fire flies spark
The pop sickle stick is finally smooth
Hop on a lily pad for the summer groove
Walking arm and arm, so glad you came along
Check out the curly vine
The blanket was too small
But you call me baby doll
I could kiss you all the time
-From Picnic in the Summertime by Dee-lite
Curated by Kristin Weckworth
Ness Lee - Pleasure Mountain, 2016, acrylic, ink, cardboard, wood, dimensions variable.
Ness Lee is an award winning illustrator and artist based in Toronto whose multi-disciplinary practice includes drawing, painting, ceramics and woodwork. Lee strives to challenge the perception between fine art and illustration and the traditional parameters of application, utilizing unconventional surfaces and drawing fields. Her works are often conceptual and filled with a depth of feeling playing on humorous rhythms. Recent awards and clients include American Illustration, The Society of Illustrators, Lucky Peach and BUST Magazine.
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Ginette Lapalme - Bumbears' Garden Delight , 2016, chalk pastel, resin, magnets, wood, dimensions variable.
Ginette Lapalme is a Toronto-based illustrator and artist, a graduate of the storied OCADU Illustration program, and is one third of Wowee Zonk, a Toronto-based illustrator collective and contemporary comic book anthology. Her work has been exhibited in galleries across Toronto, and her client list includes the Walrus, Threadless, and VICE. Using comics, paintings, prints, sculpture, and jewelry, Lapalme uses cartoons and junk culture as raw material to make "cute" subversive and "pretty" punk.
Back of Lobby
Tobias Williams - "Ecstasy // Normal 002", 2016. 00:02:25
Tobias Williams is a Toronto based artist and educator with an MFA from York University. His work investigates the historic and contemporary relationship between art and technology. The Ecstasy // Normal project was first shown at Open Studio in 2015 and was the result of extensive global online research on different corporate imagery used to brand illegal MDMA pills.
Kris Knight - Carried Away, 2016, oil on canvas, 14x11”
Kris Knight is a Canadian painter whose work examines performance in relation to the construction, portrayal and boundaries of sexual and asexual identities. Drawing from personal histories of rural escapism through imagination, Knight paints disenchanted characters that are lost between youth and adulthood; they hide their secrets, but desperately long to let them go. His mythical and ambiguous portraits are a synthesis of fantasy and real-world memory; they tiptoe between the dichotomies of pretty and menace, hunter and hunted, innocence and the erotic. Throughout Knight’s professional practice, he has created thematic bodies of work that reference historical notions of regality, mysticism, romanticism and symbolism. He often skews these concepts with contemporary interests in androgyny, psychotropic alterations and the post-modern gaze. Knight’s lustrous classical cum illustrative figurative paintings, stride between a contradicting palette of sensual primaries and ghostly pastels, reflecting his adoration for 18th Century French portraiture and polaroid photography. (Courtesy of Katharine Mulherin)
Junko Mizuno - Artichokes, Coffee, Noodles, 2016. Archival Ink on paper, edition of 50, 24x30”. Pancakes II, 2012, mixed media on paper, 14 x 16". Bacon II, 2015, acrylic, ink on paper. 12.75 x 19.75"
Junko Mizuno is a renowned Japanese comics artist whose curvaceous and powerful heroines have garnered her a dedicated cult following for the past two decades. She is the author of nine graphic novels and has exhibited throughout North America, Europe and Japan. Influenced by such movements as shojo manga, art nouveau, psychedelics, pop art, and heavy metal, her distinct style empowers an emotional awakening of desire and indulgence.
(Courtesy of Magic Pony)