Projects

Between a rock and a hard place

Justine Wong
November 7th – 14th, 2018

OPENING RECEPTION: November 7th 2018: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Exhibition Dates: November 7th – 14th, 2018.
Gallery Hours: TBA

In “Between a rock and a hard place”, the artist explores the idea of transition through sound landscapes hidden within a series of ceramic vessels. Like leaning our ears affectionately against a conch shell, the artist allows us to carefully and consciously listen to transition slowly unfolding. What forms and sounds shape our transitions, if only we listened to them more closely? A transition is neither kind nor gentle: it is brute and honest, upheaving and unforgiving. Most of all it is loving, for every transition carries us into a new landscape made of all facets of us.”

Chromakey Lavender, a Queer Film Screening: A Nightmare on Elm Street 2

Sunday October 14th, 2018
Doors: 6:30pm
Film: 7:00pm
Discussion 8:15pm – 9:30pm

Please join 156 Studio Projects in a screening of “A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge”, the fourth in a series of monthly screenings of influential queer films of cult notoriety. The second installment in the Nightmare on Elm Street series, “A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge” tells the story of Jesse Walsh, a teenager who begins to have recurring nightmares of Freddy Krueger, a murderous paranormal entity, after moving into the home of a character from the film’s predecessor.

9x

Benjamin de Boer, Rowan Lynch and Philip Ocampo
October 4th – 12th, 2018

156 Studio Projects is pleased to present “9x”, a site-responsive exercise between Toronto based artists Benjamin de boer, Rowan Lynch and Philip Ocampo. Founded on an interest in collaboration, process, and trust, “9x” is an accumulative exhibition that reevaluates itself continually through the course of a 9 day period. In three rotations of three, Ocampo, Lynch and de Boer contribute new works to the space, allowing the exhibition to gradually amass objects as time passes. Works already in the space will be rearranged to accommodate the newcomer, with this process repeated over the course of the exhibition.

Object of Affection

Stacie Ant, Dainesha Nugent-Palache, Alisson Escobar, Holly Jo, Elizabeth Khan.
Curated by Michelle Cieloszczyk
September 3rd – 13th, 2018

156 Studio Projects is excited to host “Object of Affection”, a group exhibition curated by Michelle Cieloszczyk. In “Object of Affection” womxn lead narratives about the gaze, media and pop culture, fetishization, and representation. This exhibition ponders who or what is loved and praised and in what condition affections might be received. The expression and externalization of such emotions are complicated through interpretations of them as potentially one-sided or unsolicited. What is the boundary between a gentle feeling of fondness, and an infatuation which flattens and denies its recipient subjecthood?

Home Away Home at 156 Studio Projects

Ness Lee and Shellie Zhang
September 6th – 10th, 2018.

156 Studio Projects is excited to host artists Ness Lee and Shellie Zhang as a part of “Home Away Home”, a multi-disciplinary visual and media arts exhibition & festival celebrating diversity, immigrant stories and vernacular architecture of the city, featuring exterior/ interior installations in historic Victorian and eclectic architecture. Laneways, streets, parks, public space and alternative exhibition spaces, in addition to galleries will be used to activate the neighbourhood in new exciting ways for the public.

Chromakey Lavender, a Queer Film Screening: Pepi, Luci, Bom

Sunday August 19th, 2018
Doors: 6:30pm
Film: 7:00pm
Discussion 8:15pm – 9:30pm

Please join 156 Studio Projects in a screening of “Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón”, the third in a series of monthly screenings of influential queer films of cult notoriety. Written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar, “Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón” (1980) follows the adventures of three friends in Madrid: Pepi, a independent woman working freelance in the city; Luci, a mousy, masochistic housewife; and Bom, a punk rock singer.

how does a .jpg feel against your skin?

Sophia Oppel and Blair Swann
August 24th – August 30st 2018

156 Studio Projects is excited to present “how does a .jpg feel against your skin?”, a collaborative project by Sophia Oppel and Blair Swann that explores the relationship between text and image, specifically referencing the way image economies exist as a framing mechanism for bodies online. Using a co-written text as a conceptual reference point, from which portions were fed into various search engines, “how does a .jpg feel against your skin?” re-interprets the resulting images from their original linguistic terms, exploring their lateral relationships to one another.

This project was made through 156 Studio Project’s first studio residency.

Chromakey Lavender, a Queer Film Screening: Happy Together

Sunday July 22nd, 2018
Doors: 6:30pm
Film: 7:00pm
Discussion 8:15pm – 9:30pm

Please join 156 Studio Projects in a screening of “Happy Together”, the second in a series of monthly screenings of influential queer films of cult notoriety. Following the experiences of two lovers who relocated to Argentina in an effort to save their turbulent relationship, Happy Together explores love, displacement, and cycles of pain.

Tavo Tangible

July 18
5-10PM

156 Studio Projects, Keep Six Contemporary Arts & Kensington Market Art Fair are excited to announce artist Dave Setrakian (TAVO) as a featured artist. Dave’s work exhibits metaphors for gossip & satire, contrast & comparison and social & political ideals. Dave’s tools are multiple and mixed and extend beyond the paintbrush. In his latest collection Dave has developed signature characters that have embodied the contemporary mood of Toronto’s culture in a series of illustrations that are reflections of his current state of mind entangled with love, sex, music and humor.

Chromakey Lavender, a Queer Film Screening: Paris is Burning

Sunday, June 10th, 2018
Doors: 6:30pm
Film: 7:00pm
Discussion 8:15pm – 9:30pm

Please join 156 Studio Projects in a screening of “Paris is Burning”, the first in a series of monthly screenings of influential queer films of cult notoriety. A 1990 documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston, “Paris is Burning” chronicles 90s New York City ball culture, which served as a haven for Black, Latinx, drag queens and other members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Night Life

Sean Lewis
May 13th – May 20th, 2018

156 Studio Projects is pleased to present “Night Life”, a series of oil paintings by Sean Lewis focused on the fading of a summer day, when street lights glow, and the air thickens.They illustrate a place unhinged from the one we know, giving a surreal undercurrent to familiar places. The monotone of Winter has ended, and Summer is whispering back to you.

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Place yourself in the beating heart of Toronto’s Kensington Market, a burgeoning district loved by locals. With its door directly on Augusta Avenue, this modern gem is the ideal blank slate for your exhibition. Fresh white walls and high exposed ceilings create an airy vibe, while a floor-to-ceiling glass storefront gives pedestrians a taste of your personality.

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Place yourself in the beating heart of Toronto’s Kensington Market, a burgeoning district loved by locals. With its door directly on Augusta Avenue, this modern gem is the ideal blank slate for your exhibition. Fresh white walls and high exposed ceilings create an airy vibe, while a floor-to-ceiling glass storefront gives pedestrians a taste of your personality.

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