Toronto’s art and design district is coming alive on August 8 for the West Queen West Art Crawl. Ten art galleries will be participating in this annual summer event, including several galleries at Artscape Youngplace.
Koffler Gallery, Critical Distance, Paperhouse Studios, and Artscape’s own Hallway Galleries are all showcasing thought provoking exhibitions that will be a highlight on the crawl:
Koffler Gallery’s summer exhibition is Peter’s Proscenium featuring the work of Christian Hidaka and Raphaël Zarka. They’ve turned the gallery into a perspective-bending, illusionary space, with incredibly detailed wall murals of shadowed doorways leading to other rooms and worlds, and mysterious geometric sculptures.
Opening reception of Koffler Gallery’s summer exhibition, Peter’s Proscenium. (Photo: Dahlia Katz Photography)
Critical Distance is exhibiting their, Publishing Against the Grain exhibit, featuring international independent publishers who provoke, challenge and interrogate the status quo. The exhibit features a small curated collection of Canadian publishers that we should all know.
The 2nd Annual Members Show – Luxury and Value – is currently being shown at the Paperhouse Studios. The exhibit takes a critical look at the shifting position of craft materials, playing with the hierarchy of what is seen as valuable. Five artists utilize paper to create permanent, finished objects and installations which hold significant emotional and monetary value.
In the Hallway Galleries, check out Winter Island Artist Residency Exhibition, featuring the work of five artists during this year’s residency at Artscape Gibraltar Point. Artists Sandra Smirle, Brendan George Ko, Allison Rowe and Addae Nurse undertook a range of projects, from kite created maps to a building wide scavenger hunt.
Though the crawl runs until 8pm, Artscape Youngplace will be open until 9pm.