Friday, July 27, 2018

Tiny Homes: Everyone Is Downsizing, WIAprojects@1313/The Window Box Gallery



ARTIFACTS (Pam Patterson & Leena Raudvee) ever cognizant of gender politics and cultural mores, engages in deconstructing various contemporary societal issues by exploring women’s bodies across speculative edges and in liminal spaces. Here, in Tiny Homes, ARTIFACTS playfully references the contemporary tiny homes movement but here the “homes” are uninhabitable. The installation speaks to real (and oftimes painful) issues for many of Toronto’s seniors: the lack of accessible affordable housing and the fear of losing, and the need to discard, a lifetime of belongings.

The Window Box Gallery is open during Gallery 1313 hours - Wednesday – Sunday, 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm , 1313 Queen Street West Toronto, ON. 

Tiny Homes opens August 1 and runs until Sept 30 2018.



Sunday, July 8, 2018

Changes at WIAprojects!


WIAprojects will be leaving the Centre for Women’s Studies in Education at OISE UT on January 1, 2019. The Centre is closing and it is with much regret that our program must leave. We are deeply grateful to the Centre for 14 years of office, storage and exhibition space, research and workshop opportunities, the collegiality of fellow associates, and the extraordinary support of many Centre Heads.

WIAprojects will be continuing to develop projects – in research, publication and exhibition - on an ad hoc basis at different sites across Canada. We will however have an ongoing presence in Toronto thanks to the support of Phil Anderson and Gallery 1313. WIAprojects@1313 will present monthly exhibitions in the gallery courtyard window at Gallery 1313. These exhibitions may be accompanied by courtyard performances.

For 2018 WIA Directors, Leena Raudvee and Pam Patterson will, as co-curators, present a series of 4 window exhibits by provincial artists and designers opening with an ARTIFACTS window, Tiny Homes: Everyone is Downsizing on August 1st. Pamela Dodds will be our November window and Berenicci Hershorn will be exhibiting in December. October TBA.

Starting January 1 2019 to July 2019 WIA Associate Director and curator, Julia Louise Pereira will work with Joyce Jodie Kim and Shirley Shoning as  CARPOS COLLECTIVE  and curate a series of 6 window exhibitions by emerging artists. August 1 will be an anniversary window and the fall 2019 series will feature work by disability artists.



THE CANADIAN POSTCARD PROJECT
Mallory Diaczun

On daily 10-5pm to Sept 2018 

CWSE Hallway Gallery, 2nd floor 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto. 


The Canadian Postcard Project is a nationwide community initiative which connects young individuals (ages 12-20) with Canadian artists. Emerging and established professional artists from across the country participate in a postcard exchange. The project begins with each student choosing an artist/artwork s/he admires and then creating a postcard in reaction to that chosen piece. Once the student artwork is made and mailed, the Canadian artist sends a new artwork, in the form of a postcard, back in response.

Through a variety of classroom lessons that teach the act of looking, describing, analyzing, interpreting, and critiquing, students engage in cooperative learning and collaboration that results in an authentic visual dialogue between young and practicing artists. The Canadian Postcard Project brings Canadian artwork into the public school realm, and helps educate youth on different styles, mediums, and themes countrywide.

Mallory Diaczun is an artist working mostly in sculpture, installation, and community art. Her artwork flows from her love of basketball, as she hand-makes and installs basketball nets on abandoned hoops in various neighbourhoods. As an arts educator, Diaczun uses her love of sports and athletics to engage students who are at-risk. Her focus is to empower youth to build strong relationships with their communities, both locally and nationwide, and to develop a lifelong passion for the arts. Diaczun is currently facilitating a community art project in rural Palmerston, where her students with special needs will be painting murals directly onto the basketball courts and backboards in town.