The Introspective Nature of Architecture

By: Marryiam Niazi

    April showers bring may flowers. Here at Twist Gallery, they also bring concrete and glass. We kicked this rainy weather off by showcasing our much-awaited installation series, called Cityscapes.

    Toronto is the fourth largest city in North America, behind New York and Los Angeles. This city is a diverse hub of people from all walks of earth. The different neighborhoods of Toronto vary by their cultural distinctions, commercial investments and gourmet delights. The link between all areas of Toronto is the strong architecture that connects the city. In an attempt to explore this common thread, Twist Gallery decided to put Toronto’s architecture up for public introspection.

 

  Artwork from The Toronto Sunrise Series Collection by Taku Kumabe

Artwork from The Toronto Sunrise Series Collection by Taku Kumabe

  Marzena Kotapska`s vibrant acrylics of Toronto capture its energy and people

Marzena Kotapska`s vibrant acrylics of Toronto capture its energy and people

 

     The artists featured in Cityscapes are fellow Torontonians. They have a first-person account of what the city feels and looks like. These urban dwellers have channeled the inspiration from architecture into art. This is no easy process. It involves hours of observation, people watching and deep introspection. These steps are just the beginning. The next step in their work involves carving out hours of isolates time slots, gathering materials/resources and making art out of architecture. In doing so, they have managed to provide Twist Gallery patrons with visible nuances and perspectives on the same city.

    Our Cityscapes exhibit includes a mix of art styles. Kotapska’s version of Toronto is colorful and energetic scenes of the city in motion. Meanwhile, Lorie Slater prints her city on metal. Her pictures are a more jagged edged perspective on the fast-paced realities of city life. One of the pieces that seems commonplace, yet very significant is the image of a subway station car (Finch Car). Many people associate architecture only with buildings. However, architecture is not just stationary shelter. In her collection, Slater argues that moving objects ( streetcars, subway trains etc) are equally important and connected to large infrastructure. In fact, one might even refer to them as “Connecting Architecture”.

  King & Bay Streetcar, Lori Slater

King & Bay Streetcar, Lori Slater


 

TWIST GALLERY invites you to come check out your city, from a fresh pair of eyes. Cityscapes runs for the full month of April. We want to hear what you have to say. After all, it is YOUR CITY!

Students in the Spotlight

Written by: Aleksandra Kaliszuk

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This month, Twist Gallery is pleased to be featuring artwork created by students from the Visual Arts Claude Watson program at Earl Haig; a high school located in North York. The program gives talented students professional training in their field and experiential learning opportunities that help them develop their art and individualism. The school prioritizes their talent as much as their academic careers, shaping their minds and letting them express themselves through dance, drama, film arts, music, and of course, visual arts. 

Works included in the exhibit are created by students from grades nine to twelve, and feature a variety of mediums, such as watercolour, graphite, acrylic and photography. The students were actively involved in aspects of exhibit curation and the set up process.

The exceptional work and attention to detail is truly inspiring. It is no wonder that the exhibit has received great feedback from the public so far. 

Encouraging individualism, creativity, and self expression at a young age, allows youth to develop their talents and reach their true potential. Gaining exposure and gallery presence as an emerging artist is exciting and beneficial. Such opportunities allow the students to gain experience and exposure, which can lead to great successes in the future. 

Come visit Twist Gallery to see the refreshing perspectives of Toronto youth. The exhibit is up for the entire month of March! 

Artist Project 2018

Written by: Aleksandra Kaliszuk

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Thinking of things to do this weekend? Consider checking out the Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair taking place at the Better Living Centre (Exhibition Place, Toronto). Here for a short time only, from February 22th to 25th, the Artist Project is hosted in Toronto for the 11th consecutive year, and has yet to disappoint. The art fair features various works from over 250 local and international artists and appeals to artists and art lovers alike. 

Guests have the opportunity of chatting with the artists and purchasing art directly from them! Find out exactly what inspires your favourite artists! 

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Aside from a guaranteed good time, there are various exciting events and installations that take place during the fair. There is an Art Battle held on Friday February 23, featuring 16 selected artists competing in a 20 minute live painting competition. The audience plays an interactive role in the event and has the opportunity to vote for the best painting! 

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@artistprojectto

OCAD University, one of Canada’s largest art and design universities, partners with the Artist Project to put on a presentation called ‘Under Construction’ by James Knott. This presentation runs throughout the weekend, and explores reality, its notions and challenges, through a queer perspective. Showtimes are listed on the Artist Project website. 

The UnTapped Emerging Artists Competition, presented by DeSerres, features 20 selected emerging artists. Chosen out of hundred of applicants, these artists are given the opportunity to showcase their work in a dedicated space at a professional level art fair, free of charge. This allows them to gain exposure and network with other artists. This competition is dedicated to supporting the development of students and emerging artists and to bridge the gap between professional and emerging artists.

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@artistprojectto

You may even run into some of Twist Gallery’s very own at the fair. Artists such as Michelle Vella, Carolina Vargas, Lori Mirabelli and Zoey Zoric, have showcased their work at Twist Gallery in the past, and will be featured at the Artist Project. You can even get a sneak peak of the upcoming April exhibit at Twist, by admiring Lorie Slater’s work at the fair. 

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@artistprojectto

If you are from out of town - Artist Project has got you covered. Located in downtown Toronto, the fair is accessible by TTC, Go Train, and is surrounded by public parking for those who decide to drive. Artist Project has also partnered with the Gladstone Hotel to offer those who choose to stay the night 20% off their stay. All direction and promotional details can be found on their website; www.theartistproject.com.  

 

Twist Gallery: The Wedding Venue You’ve Been Looking For

Written by: Aleksandra Kaliszuk

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Picture yourself on your wedding day, surrounded by loved ones, good food, even better music, and.. art! Twist Gallery, a charming, loft-style art gallery located in the heart of downtown Toronto, is the ideal venue for your wedding and/or wedding reception. Our staff are here to help you make your special day, and all the planning leading up to it, seem effortless.

This elegant venue can accommodate both your wedding and the reception, without any additional setup required. Whether you would like a buffet or seated meal reception, Twist Gallery staff will take care of all the set up and clean up necessary to make the evening run smoothly.

We partner with local vendors to create the wedding you have been imagining. We will help you take care of details such as finding the perfect DJ to curate the soundtrack of your night, to choosing a florist that will put together flawless floral ensembles to decorate the space.

In hopes of helping you check those details off of your wedding checklist, here are some of our favourite vendors:

 

Wedding Officiant

Sarah Bunnet Gibson

www.sarahbunnett-gibson.com

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Catering

Gusto Catering

www.gusto54.com

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Photography

 

Fusion River Photography

www.fusionriverphotography.com

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Leonardo Films Photography

www.leonardofilms.ca

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Niv Shimson

www.nivshimson.com

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Christine Lim

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Music

DJ Danny Floh Back

www.flohback.com

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Florists

Scarlets Table

www.scarletstable.com

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June Bloom Events

www.junebloomevents.com

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Flora & Forage

www.floraandforage.com

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Petals & Stems

www.petalsandstems.ca

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Coriander Girl

www.coriandergirl.com

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DeLight Floral Design

www.delightfloraldesign.com

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Anthi

www.anthi.com

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Together with your chosen vendors, we guarantee that your special day will be no less than perfect.

For more information on renting our venue, click on the ‘EVENTS’ tab or contact us at 416-588-2222.

 

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The Step by Step Guide to Taking Part in a Group Show Exhibit at Twist Gallery

Written by: Aleksandra Kaliszuk

Step One: Contact Us!

If you are interested in showcasing your work at Twist Gallery, send us an email or stop by to show us your work! There are twelve months in a year, meaning twelve new and unique exhibits hosted at the gallery and twelve months of opportunity. We love showcasing all local artists, no matter if you are well established, emerging, or a student!

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@twistgallery

Step Two: Be Picky

Once we determine that your artwork is a perfect fit for an upcoming exhibit, we ask that you show us samples of your work that you would like to feature. This helps us visualize the show and select wall space in the gallery which would best compliment your work.

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@twistgallery

Step Three: Wall Space

Depending on how many pieces of your collection you would like to showcase, and how you envision them to be hung up during the show, let us know how much wall space you would like to purchase for the month.

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@twistgallery

Step Four: Getting Down to Business

Now that we know what pieces you are interested in showcasing at Twist, and how much wall space you would like, we send you a contract illustrating all the details of the show! Signing it and sending the payment confirms your interest and secures your spot in the exhibition.

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@twistgallery

Step Five: Let Us Get to Know You

It’s time to start putting together advertisements. We ask that you send us samples of your work, and any information about yourself that you would like to include in the flyers. We'll take it from here. Our subscribed mailing list will receive exhibition alerts and reminders as the time approaches as well as an invitation to the opening reception when the time comes. All of Twist Gallery’s social media outlets will be updated with information about you, and the exhibit in the upcoming weeks and during the month of the exhibit!

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@twistgallery

Step Six: Time to Celebrate!!

The month of the exhibit has finally arrived. Once you hung up your artwork on the wall and took a selfie with it for your own Instagram, all that is left to do is attend the opening reception, meet the other artists taking part in the show, and the people who came to admire you and your art!

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@twistgallery

Toronto: Art is who we are

Written by: Aleksandra Kaliszuk

The City of Toronto has a diverse identity, thriving in arts and culture. Toronto is home to 66% more artists than any other Canadian city. This is directly reflected in the numerous galleries, local eateries, museums and startups that make the city so interesting; the opportunities to create and experience art are everywhere! Toronto hosts 80 film festivals, is home to 10 city owned museums, 200 professional internationally known performing arts organizations, and hosts numerous annual events that support art culture, such as Nuit Blanche, Doors Open Toronto and Cavalcade of Lights. Such attractions and events contribute to the city’s sense of involvement and community. Toronto celebrates local talent and often showcases it throughout the city; there are more than 200 city owned public art works and historical monuments located throughout the city contributing to the generally urban landscape. There are often new installations appearing in new spots throughout the city, such as the annual Waterfront BIA exhibitions of lakefront art (up until February 25, 2018); encouraging city dwellers to pause hibernating during this cold season and explore.

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The plethora of cultural hubs and attractions in downtown Toronto make it easy for seemingly anyone to find something they are interested in experiencing or pursuing. Annually, Toronto’s cultural economy contributes approximately $11.3 billion to the city’s GDP, which is more than the energy, agriculture, mining, and forestry industries contribute combined!

Most attractions such as museums, galleries, and artistically driven neighbourhoods are located in and around the downtown core, such as the West Queen West BIA (coincidently where Twist Gallery is located) making it a desirable area for many tourists and Torontonians to visit. These areas are also home to some of the city’s most recognizable, and photogenic works of graffiti and street art created by local artists such as Ben Johnston, Kellen Hatanaka, and Arturo Parada (also known as DUROTHETHIRD).  Each of their works can be seen along Queen Street West, extending the charm of Queen Street’s infamous Graffiti Alley to other areas of downtown. Their work brightens up our city by adding colour and artistic flare while keeping it from becoming a boring concrete jungle. No wonder Queen Street West was noted as one of the hip-est streets on the globe in 2014 by Vogue Magazine!

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Being part of the city, we at Twist Gallery, love to support the community and local artists. Our April group exhibit will do just that: support local artists and showcase Toronto cityscapes through their unique perspectives.

 

Meet the Artists Behind This Month’s Exhibit

Written by: Aleksandra Kaliszuk

This month, Twist Gallery is hosting an encaustic art exhibit. For those less familiar with the term, encaustic paintings are created by layering pigmented hot wax onto various mediums and manipulated to illustrate the artists’ vision. This unique technique results in beautiful textured artworks.

Each artist featured in this month’s exhibit creates encaustic work that is mesmerizing and unique.

Sandy Middleton

Sandy Middleton is a Canadian photographer and artist; she combines both passions to create her pieces. Photographs are often the main element in her works, while using beeswax and other materials to enhance the image and how it is perceived.

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Dania Al-Obaidi

Dania Al- Obaidi is a local artist, living and teaching art in Toronto. Throughout the years, her love for abstract painting has developed into a passion for encaustic art. She believes that art should come from within a person, and is a reflection of their lifetime, skills and experiences.

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Anastessia Bettas

Anastessia’s encaustic abstract pieces connect the urban developing world with the world of art. She uses grid to portray urban sprawl, loss of open space and imaginary territories. Her work can be admired in various commercial and public galleries throughout Canada and the USA.

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Susan Fisher

Susan Fisher combines her interests in printmaking and photography with encaustic techniques to create beautiful art pieces. Susan shares her talents and expertise through private workshops, and is part of various solo and group shows throughout Canada and the USA.

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Claudia Mandler McKnight

Claudia  Mandler McKnight uses encaustic painting to express landscape and its reflective presence of place. Her work and its imagery is often inspired by the physical painting surface, its imperfections, and the overall process of creating the work. She is a visual arts teacher and maintains a private practise as an art therapist.

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Maggie Doswell

Maggie creates work that combines geometric shape and pixilation using wax and ink compositions, describing the transition from reality to abstraction, inviting the viewer to look more closely at the compositions and its meanings. She believes that visual art is a connection of material and artist through a process.

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Joya Paul

Joya Paul is a mixed media visual artist, often including a combination of collage, photography, found objects, drawings, pastel and oil paint in her work. She opened up Second Door Studio in 2015 and continues to work on her art and exhibiting, while also teaching workshops. She hopes to inspire others to discover art as an outlet to express emotions.

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Ann Sheir

Ann Sheir’s background in fine art, pottery and graphic design influences her work as an encaustic artist. Ann’s work can also be admires at her gallery/studio in the Distillery District and at Second Door Studio; she teaches workshops at both locations.

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Carolanne MacLean

Carolanne is a local Toronto artist. She creates work that is figurative and abstract, seeking to illustrate the absolute point of beauty through colour, form and texture.

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Kato Wake

Kato is a graphic designer and painting instructor in Prince Edward County. Kato believes that the creative process of painting is playful dialogue in which the conversation between the canvas, materials and the artist. It is a symbolic and physical experience in which colour plays a significant underlying role. Once the dialogue stops, the painting is finished.

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Ian Varney

Ian Varney is a local artist, using bright colours and linear motions to create encaustic works of natural scenery. Ian’s goal is to integrate unrelated images to create new places that are not found in reality.

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Support Toronto’s Art Scene- It’s the cool thing to do

Written by: Aleksandra Kaliszuk

Local art galleries, like Twist Gallery, are a significant part of Toronto’s art and design culture. Such institutions support local artists’ passions and assist them by providing additional exposure and opportunities. Toronto is developing as a city, and there are more and more local art galleries and ‘artsy’ spaces in Toronto. Local art galleries continue to open up in various neighbourhoods, graffiti is adding colour to the city, coffee shops and restaurants feature local artists’ paintings on their walls, and craft shows are hosted almost every weekend! Supporting the artistic and cultural sprawl is becoming the norm of the city, and it creates a new sense of community and cultural development. This artistic switch changes the way we as a society interact with one another, and with the city. 

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Museums and galleries are a communication medium, projecting knowledge and different perspectives upon visitors through artwork and installations. The larger institutions, funded by the government, are infamous for their well known art pieces and exhibits. Although supported by many, these galleries do not allow exposure on a local scale. Unfortunately, sometimes larger institutions may also have an unapproachable look or reputation, discouraging some individuals or groups to explore the space. Although such places are a great way to spend an afternoon, they are often filled with regular membership visitors and class field trips. 

Twist Gallery’s role is the community is to bring all local artists and community members together in a completely welcoming, relaxed, social environment. This type of social setting allows anyone and everyone to simply walk in and admire art! Showcasing only local and Canadian artists, of all levels, the gallery blurs the lines between emerging and established artists. An opening reception is organized at the beginning of each month to start off each new show, this type of event allows visitors to mingle with one another and meet the artists behind the works featured that month! Twist Gallery often encourages art students to feature their projects in group exhibits and share their talents, and works closely with various art collectives, always searching for new talent to expose to the constantly changing Toronto art scene. 

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@twistgallery

In addition to showcasing local art to the public throughout the week, Twist Gallery prides itself in organizing various community engaging events, such as the annual Holiday Market, and existing as a charming event venue, perfect for wedding receptions or corporate events! Events such as these further provide the featured artists with additional exposure to professionals and various community members. 

Toronto’s Art and Design District would not exist without the many local art galleries and shops supported by the community. As Toronto develops further, as a city and cultural hub, we encourage everyone to continue to explore these spaces and support our local artists. 

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@twistgallery

Your Happily Ever After Starts at Twist

Written by: Aleksandra Kaliszuk

Soooo you said YES!!! Now it’s time to find the perfect dress, the perfect cake, and of course, the perfect venue. There are so many details to think of when planning your dream wedding, but Twist Gallery is here to take one of those details off of your hands - the perfect venue. 

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@twistgallery

Twist Gallery is an art gallery and event space located in the heart of Toronto’s infamous Queen West. The 5,000 square foot New York- style loft is truly the perfect venue to say “I do” in. This cozy space can accommodate up to 250 guests for a standing reception or 140 seated guests. It’s loft inspired, rustic aesthetic looks beautiful decorated with floral arrangements and lights. You and your guests can dance until dawn by the French Arch windows overlooking the city streets, or catch up with loved ones while admiring art made by local artists!  

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@twistgallery

Specializing in wedding receptions and a variety of social events, our gallery is known for its incredible space and personalized care. Each detail will be attended to, and your special day will be as unique as you are. 

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@twistgallery

Why Everyone Should Support Local Artists

Written by: Aleksandra Kaliszuk

It’s no secret that purchasing a piece of artwork for your business or home will improve the aesthetic of the area. It is where and from whom you purchase the work of art that makes all the difference though. Supporting local artists by visiting local art galleries or purchasing their work creates a relationship between culture and community. One’s form of expression can be another’s inspiration.

Visiting local art galleries and art shows to admire local art empowers the artists’s freedom of expression, while potentially allowing the visitor to gain a new perspective or to be inspired. You don't have to be an artist to like art. Plus, the artworks displayed in shows are often available to be purchased!

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Purchasing art from a local artist, is not only supportive to the local artists community, but leaves you with a unique work of art! Buying pieces of art or prints from larger corporate stores means that you and thousands of other people have the same piece. So if you're thinking of purchasing a new work of art, shop locally and support your local artist community.

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@twistgallery

Twist Gallery prides itself in supporting local artists and always looking for new talent to feature their art in a group show. Each month there is a new exhibit organized, always featuring local Canadian artists!!

Pop Art: What they got away with

Written by: Aleksandra Kaliszuk

There is a lot of discussion regarding who originally said the quote ‘Art is anything you can get away with’. Both Andy Warhol, a famous American artist, and Marshall McLuhan, a Canadian media influencer have said the above quote.  Both men shared a passion for the influences of art and media. The message is widely interpreted, however can be reflected in all forms of art, specifically in pop art. 

Art is a form of expression reflecting aspects of current societal influences. It gives us the opportunity to look into the past, as well as observe the present through a different lens. Pop Art is a post WWII art movement, that was largely media influenced and inspired by popular culture (hence the name, pop art). 

This art style is inspired by comic books, popular culture and mass media. A lot of pieces are images with a twist on advertisements and consumerism. The post WWII media boom is reflected in many artists pieces, as they mimic images, norms and ads of that era. For example Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans, 1962, combined consumerism and commercialism of the time through the use of image arts. This differentiated pop artists from other artists; they presented seemingly regular objects and images in a unique style.

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Andy Warhol also created prints of actress Marilyn Monroe, one of the most popular figures of the era. These prints are recreated and mass produced to this day.

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In the month of November, Twist Gallery invites you to see Toronto’s local pop artists and admire their representation of popular culture through art. Come see what these local artists got away with. 

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The Holiday Market: The Most Wonderful time of the Year

Written by Aleksandra Kaliszuk

 

What: Twist Gallery’s Annual Holiday Market

Where: 1100 Queen St W

When: November 25, 2017 from 1-9pm

Who: Everyone!! This event is FREE to the public!

 

The weather is getting colder, meaning the holiday season is fast approaching! Tis’ the season for various gatherings and festive activities. We all know that there are more than twelve days of Christmas, and they start on November 25, 2017 at the Holiday Market hosted by Twist Gallery!

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Come see Twist Gallery transform into a Holiday Market; the perfect setting to welcome the holiday season and to enjoy with your family and friends! The artistically decorated gallery will be free to the public from 1-9 pm. The market will have interactive entertainment, such as a DIY Christmas tree (which guests will help decorate) and a holiday photoshoot (where you can make your own props), which will definitely get you in the Christmas spirit! It’s a great place to find unique stocking stuffers and gifts for your loved ones from our local vendors. Sip on hot chocolate and shop while enjoying live entertainment.

The holidays are also a time for giving, so we will be accepting food and toy donations for the local food bank!

The Queen Street West Holiday Market is definitely a place to visit, so save the date and help spread the holiday spirit!

For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/theholidaymrkt/.

Day @ Queen West

Written by Aleksandra Kaliszuk

Queen Street West is packed with various shops, restaurant and attractions that’ll make your day trip to Twist Gallery THAT much more fun! Aside from checking out the monthly exhibits Twist has featuring local artists, you can explore everything Toronto’s Art and Design District has to offer.

Cafe NEON

1024 Queen St W

www.cafeneon.ca

To start your day off right, visit Cafe NEON for some great drip coffee and brunch!

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@cafe_neon

El Almacen

1078 Queen St W

If you enjoy the aesthetic of a rustic cafe, stop by El Almacen for some Mexican style brunch; they're known for serving authentic yerba mate and empanadas.  

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Sweet Olenkas

1056 Queen St W

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Sweet tooth? No problem. Sweet Olenkas is just a few doors down from Twist Gallery and will, without a doubt, satisfy any craving. This family run business makes their own ice cream and has desserts that are both gluten free AND vegan! All treats are beautifully detailed and designed. Need I say more?  

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@sweetolenkas

Dynasty

1086 Queen St W

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It’s always a good idea to surround yourself with greenery. While in the area, check out Dynasty, a Toronto based boutique, which carries various tropical botanicals and vintage planters! This shop is just as aesthetically pleasing as their Instagram page. You’ll likely leave with a plant.. or two!  

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@dynastytoronto

Peace Collective

131 Ossington Ave

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Stop by the Peace Collective flagship store, located just north of Queen and Ossington and purchase their infamous ‘Toronto vs Everybody’ apparel. They partner with local charities; for every piece they sell, $2 is donated to a good cause. If that isn't enough- they even have an assortment of Peace Treats, such as gourmet milkshakes!

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@peacecollective

The Drake Hotel

1150 Queen St W

www.thedrakehotel.ca

If you are interested in food, Toronto merchandise, the arts, or events- this boutique hotel is definitely a place to visit. It is even a venue for local artists to perform and display their work! What’s not to love?

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@thedrakehotel

‘You've Changed’ Mural

This mural created by Jesse Harris is a common spot for a classic Toronto photo-op, located right at the corner of Queen and Dovercourt. It pays tribute to the ever changing city, and the neighbourhoods' recent gentrification, as well as sending a positive message to the patients at CAMH just next door.

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Art: How it Benefits Everyone

Written by Aleksandra Kaliszuk

Art is good for you! Yes, you read that right. The process of creating or experiencing art, whether it be a painting, music, writing, you name it, has positive benefits on one’s psychological well being! Engaging in a creative activity will result in ample health benefits.

Distraction From Everyday Life

Art is a great way to get distracted from that crazy daily routine. We are all constantly bombarded with information and notifications. Taking a moment (or two) to slow down and create something is a great way to unwind and get distracted from all those responsibilities and tasks you've been thinking about all day.

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Stress Relief

Its no secret as to why art and creativity are used as a form of therapy. Research has shown that the right kind of art can affect a hospital patients’ well being by stimulating their brain, taking their mind off their worries and decreasing their stress levels! Art is a form of meditation, and is used to nonverbally express emotions. So yes, go buy yourself that adult colouring book you were eyeing!

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Instagram @twistgallery

Sense of Accomplishment

Creating something, anything, will trigger an individual’s sense of accomplishment. Feeling accomplished, could result in an increase in self esteem and happiness. Be proud of what you create!

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Instagram @twistgallery

Problem Solving

By creating art, you challenge your imagination and ability to continue working on a project, making mistakes and facing potential obstacles. This can promote personal growth and problem solving skills which can be reflected in various situations in your life.

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Instagram @twistgallery

Critical Thinking

Creating and experiencing art can help develop critical thinking skills that can be applied in all areas of one’s life. A recent study at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Northwest Arkansas found that students that were taken to the museum improved their ability to think critically! Other benefits of visiting the museum included historical empathy and a sparked interest in art museums.

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Instagram @twistgallery

There is evidently a relationship between creativity, individual development and healing. So create something beautiful or visit a gallery… Art is for everyone!

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Instagram @twistgallery

Twist’s Top Picks for Nuit Blanche 2017!

By Nuala Murray

Saturday September 30th marks our city’s 12th annual nocturnal celebration of art and culture, Nuit Blanche. Every fall Toronto is transformed into a cultural playground for one night only: as art lovers tour the city in search of entirely free exhibitions from some of the nation’s top contemporary artists. However, as even the most seasoned Nuit Blanchers know -- it's always easy to get swept up in crowds of excited art-fanatics or stranded between remote subway stops  and end up missing the best exhibits and installations. This year the program will feature over 85 contemporary art projects by more than 350 local, national and international artists. So if you’re planning to hit the town on Toronto’s infamous White Night, take note of Twist’s top 5 Nuit installations to make sure you don’t head home without catching the highlights this year!

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1. Prosperity for All, Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology

Where is it? East Harbour (formerly Unilever soap factory)

EDIT will be opening their doors to the public for an immersive all night experience on the first floor of East Harbour (formerly Unilever soap factory). The theme of the exhibit is “Prosperity for All,” which is a wide-reaching exploration of the world’s global issues through design, photography, speakers and installations. Check this immersive art-scape out to see how design, innovation and technology have the power to transform our lives for the better!

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2. Have You Seen My Sister? Artists of the Aurora

Where is it? Grosvenor Street between Bay Street and Surrey Place

Nuit Blanche isn’t only about visual art. It’s a celebration of interdisciplinary forms of culture that speak to contemporary Canadian life. This musical project features a group of artists that sing the names of Canada’s missing and murdered aboriginal women in order to draw attention to these identities that have been ignored and erased by the Canadian legal system. The collaboration of musicians and artists invite participation from their audience through a traditional Call and Response musical style, in order to directly involve Torontonians in the pursuit of justice for missing and murdered indigenous women. This musical performance is symbolically located on the grounds of Ontario parliament, in order to gesture towards the government’s lack of recognition of the lives of aboriginal women. Make sure to check out this stop to become part of an authentic musical ritual and show solidarity for our nation’s aboriginal women!

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3. Layered Cities, Anne Hanrahan

Where is it? Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street (Flex Studio 107)

This maze-like installation work superimposes images of Canadian environments with other locations that Canadians have originated from, in order to create a multiplex portrait of the future of urban Canadian landscapes. The installation works to give its viewers a distinct sense of space and locality, while reminding them of the diverse nature of our cities. The projections in the exhibit move as individual viewers walk through the exhibit, giving each viewer the power to self-create their own unique experience of time, place and location. Make sure to explore this urban maze to celebrate Canadian citizen’s diversity and to see a unique vision of the future of Canada’s multicultural urban centres!

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4. StarSCAPE by F_RM lab

Where is it? 5 Camden Street

This installation by F_RM lab, a student-led collective comprised of graduates and undergraduates at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, works to reconnect city-dwellers with their natural surroundings. The vast, glowing natural skyscape and galaxy of stars around us is rendered invisible by the pollution-clouded night sky of Toronto, but this architectural installation (an undulating canopy that stretches through an alleyway) works to surround viewers in a veil of digitally generated stars. This installation allows its occupants to be engulfed by a beautiful and immersive digital starscape -- paradoxically providing them with an artificially created experience of being within nature. However, the installation also shows its occupants a view of the real night time sky, so that viewers can see the stark contrast between the fantastic, digitized stars that surround them and the reality of the barren polluted atmosphere that hovers over our urban core. Check this installation out for a fully immersive experience that demonstrates technology’s power to actually reconnect society to nature!

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5. Holding Still // Holding Together by Annie MacDonnel

Where is it? Medical Sciences Building Courtyard, 1 Kings College Circle

Part performance art, part video installation, this work explores the body in relation to politics. The work draws inspiration from contemporary issues of police brutality in order to negotiate the relationships between bodies, power and vulnerability. The live performance aspect of the work features dancers that work together to reenact the moments of bodily/political resistance, transferring them from still image into live action. By bringing to life images from film, MacDonnel aims to give viewers a more in-depth and up-close view of bodies in conflict, hoping to influence people’s perceptions of street protests, police conflict and other methods of physical resistance that continue to circulate through contemporary media. The artist also creates an interesting contrast within her work, by using the beautiful art of dance to represent brutality and violence. Check this performance out to see how body art and dance have the ability to influence political discourse and challenge contemporary perceptions of violence!

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An Interview with Kim Puil, the Artist Behind Inner Landscapes, Arisings from the Space of Being

Written By Simran Birk

This month's exhibition at Twist Gallery, Inner Landscapes, Arisings from the Space of Being, features the extraordinary work of Kim Puil. Half way into the show, Kim’s work has met many positive reviews. Each piece is a big, bold and colorful collage that has its own backstory. We sat down with Kim to gain some perspective on how she was able to create such magnificent pieces.

I understand that you started off as a dancer, was art something you’ve always been interested in? or did you find it as another medium that you could express yourself?

 I have always been interested in art and cannot imagine a world without it. I had the privilege of being a young artist in a very exciting time in the art world. The 70’s were bristling with artists breaking boundaries and rules- and the independent art scene was thriving. The dance form that I trained in was technically very hard to do requiring discipline and commitment yet it was full of emotion, intensity and included the shadow side of the psyche. I have been drawing and creating alongside my dance since the beginning.

I understand Bon-Buddhism and yoga are important influences to this exhibition. Could you elaborate on this? Could you describe what Bon Buddhism is?

The dancer and yoga have always walked hand-in-hand so from a very young age I have practiced yoga and continue to do so. They are very complimentary to one another- i.e. movement and stillness etc. As a seeker in life, meditation was the next natural step and I even paused from my life to enter an ashram for a number of months to deepen my experience.

For me, meditation is not about “exiting” the reality of one’s life here on this planet, but it is to understand and work with the realities on all levels, of what it is to be a human. This includes all parts of us whether they are labelled “good” or “bad”, “pleasant” or “unpleasant”. I feel blessed that I was fortunate in my life to have an art form whose purpose of expression and content was to transmit these realities to the audience.

Buddhism has always peaked my curiosity because the teachings are about how to navigate the waters of this life. There is acknowledgement that suffering does exist but at the same time the idea is that we are responsible for and can mitigate how we cope with and react to the challenges that we come across.

Bon buddhism has its roots in the ancient shamans of Tibet and its culminates in the advanced meditative practices of Dzogchen- “The Great Perfection”. The Bon practices encompass the “whole” - our external world as seen in nature and the universe, and the internal world of our mind, emotions and thoughts.

I enrolled in a self-transformational program in the United States called The 3 Doors Academy that was started by my Bon teacher Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche . Over a period of 2 1/2 years one had to practice various meditation techniques, do group and personal retreats and reflect on challenges, resistance or blockages (a.k.a.”pain”) in three areas of our life: personal self, family and work/community. This culminated in 63 written “transformations” where over a period of time by working with formal and informal mediation practices we “dissolved” or experienced a “shift” in the nature of our “pain”.

 Kim Puil and  In the Midist of It All

Kim Puil and In the Midist of It All

Could you also explain the processes behind these collages? They’ve must have taken hours and hours of work! Could you elaborate on the type of mediums you used?

The first step in my process is meditation practice either with or without a purposeful intention. My subject is my experience of “how things are living in me” at a particular moment in time and my working relationship with the meditation practices in any given moment. It’s funny that my work space is very, very tiny and yet the collages are big! I am choreographing in a new way - and at times I am moving my body all over the place as I cut and try to reproduce the kinesthetic sense of what it is that I have felt. I like to use handmade papers from around the world, discarded and found objects as well as the recycled cardboard that is the “canvas.” It takes usually 3-4 weeks to lay down the layers of paper and objects. The job I hate the most is the gluing as I do not usually glue as I go along. I have to make sure that I am well-centered and not tired as this is an arduous process that requires concentration and great patience - a practice of its own!

Inner Landscapes, Arisings from the space of being. Why this title?

“Inner Landscapes” refers to me, the traveler, and my reactions and feelings travelling through the different terrains of my life. “Arisings From The Space Of Being” alludes to what they refer to in Dzogchen as the base of all or on the elemental level - the element of space where everything in existence arises from and dissolves back into. These collages are my arisings- past, present and future and an expression of what it is to be alive.

Finally, what is your favorite piece in this work? Why?

I don't have a favourite piece. I know all of them very intimately as they are all “me” and are a visual, kinetic experience from a very real moment of time in my life. My connection to them is much like that of 2 lovers…we shared, we loved, we travelled the heart and corners of ourselves and now it is time to part, to continue the journey of exploration and share the love with others.

With many great reviews, Inner Landscapes, Arisings from the Space of Being is not to be missed. Come on down to Twist Gallery before June 30th, to see the work before it is gone!

 

150 Years of Canadian Art

Written By: Simran Birk

Canada is short of its 150th birthday in a few weeks. Over a century of development and progress has ranked Canada among the highest in international measurements of government transparency, civil liberties, quality of life, economic freedom, and education. However, Canada’s progress and flourishment in cultural and artistic movements should also be acknowledged and recognized.  Let us recount Canada’s finest artists from the past century and half.

It is important to start this article with recognizing and celebrating indigenous art. Indigenous art is an important part of Canadian art as it describes a history and culture that has been established in Canada for centuries. It should also be acknowledged that the word ‘Canada’ is believed to originates from the St. Lawrence Iroquoian word kanata, meaning "village" or "settlement". Bill Reid is a renowned Haida artist who specializes in jewelry, sculpture, screen-printing, and paintings. His work has can be found in various galleries and museums across Canada. An important accomplishment of Reid’s is that two of his sculptures, Raven and the First Men and Spirit of Haida Gwaii, are prominently featured on the $20 Canadian note from 2004 to 2012.

 Bill Reid,  Spirit of Haida Gwaii, 1986

Bill Reid, Spirit of Haida Gwaii, 1986

Another aboriginal artist that deserve recognition for their artistic work is Rebecca Belmore. Belmore specializes in installations and performance pieces. Belmore is especially important as her piece’s addresses history, voice and voice-lessness, place, and identity. Belmore work incorporates art, history, and politics to create a truly impactful piece of work. Some of Belmore accomplishments include the 2013 Governors General Awards as well as being the first aboriginal woman representing Canada at the Venice Biennale in 2005.

 Rebecca Belmore

Rebecca Belmore

Moving on to other artists who have influenced the Canadian art scene, the Group of Seven is a name that is known by many Canadians. The Group of Seven is a group of artists who specialized in painting Canadian landscape during the early 20th century. The group originally consisted of Franklin Carmichael, Lawren Harris, A. Y. Jackson, Frank Johnston, Arthur Lismer, J. E. H. MacDonald, and Frederick Varley. The Group of Seven is best known for initiating a national art movement in Canadian art. The Group traveled across Canada, depicting its varying landscapes in a new perspective, that gained popularity among Canadian society.

Emily Carr is name that is often associated with the group of Seven and Canadian artists. Although Carr was not officially member of the group, she was closely associated. Carr is known for being one of the first artist to adopt a Modernist and Post-Impressionist painting style. Initially, Carr’s work is focused on indigenous culture and art. However, there is an evident shift to landscape paintings later in her life, when she became involved with the Group of Seven. Carr is an important figure in Canadian art history as she broke and changed the customary representational form of landscape paintings by painting the landscape and spirit of Canada in a modern style. Carr’s life and work is recognized through the many Canadian art institutions named in her honor and the various galleries and museums that hold her work.

 Emily Carr,  The Indian Church,  1929

Emily Carr, The Indian Church, 1929

The late 20th century and early 21st century art scene has also been impacted with various artists from different movements and mediums. One group that should be mentioned is the media based artists, General Idea. General Idea was an active art group from 1967 to 1994, that is made up of artists Felix Partz, Jorge Zontal and AA Bronson. General Idea’s work specialized in the twisting forms of popular mass media culture, such as beauty pageants, television talk shows and trade fair pavilions into unconventional media forms. These forms would include postcards, posters, balloons etc. General Idea’s later work addresses the AIDS crisis’s, spreading awareness of this disease through various projects. General Idea’s accomplishments include being featured in the Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery of Canada.

 A.Y. Jackson,  Red Maple,  1914

A.Y. Jackson, Red Maple, 1914

 General Idea,  AIDS,  1988

General Idea, AIDS, 1988

Canada’s art scene is much like the country; incredibly diverse with passion and culture. The artists in this article are a few of the many who contribute to Canadian art.  However, it is important to understand that art in Canada is influential and impactful in various ways; whether its making a statement about politics or bringing awareness to a disease, art always has a purpose. With Canada’s 150th birthday coming up, it is important to not only celebrate the birth of this great nation but also to recognize it many accomplishments throughout the years, whether it be in science, culture or art.

ABUSING COPYRIGHT JUST AIN’T RIGHT

By: Lauren Ali

Three years ago, artist Richard Prince caused one of the biggest stirs in the art world with his exhibition entitled, New Portraits. In the project, he screenshotted and printed Instagram posts of celebrities and random teenagers that he then proceeded to sell for $900,000 a piece. Prince has been known in the past for violating previous copyright laws by reproducing other artists work but this project really created a stink. Perhaps it was the fact that the pieces sold for $900,000 and these people in the photographs who originally posted them on Instagram got no credit or portion of the sale. Or maybe because the project lacked creativity and Prince selectively printed sexualized photographs of women while adding unsettling comments underneath them. In all fairness, some people who had their images blown up were simply flattered by having been noticed by the photographer and to have been featured in the exhibition. However, this whole situation leads back to the main issue of copyright.

 

Instagram’s copyright laws state:

 

“Instagram does not claim ownership of any Content that you post on or through the Service. Instead, you hereby grant to Instagram a non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide license to use the Content that you post on or through the Service, subject to the Service’s Privacy Policy, available here http://instagram.com/legal/privacy/, including but not limited to sections 3 (“Sharing of Your Information”), 4 (“How We Store Your Information”), and 5 (“Your Choices About Your Information”). You can choose who can view your Content and activities, including your photos, as described in the Privacy Policy.”

In a nutshell, it means you have the right to what you post on Instagram and you own the copyright to those images. It also states that by choosing to post on Instagram, you do not surrender your rights and ownership to those photos and anyone wishing to copy or reproduce them requires your permission. Although, it is also important to note that when you post content on the platform that it is solely your content or you have obtained the permission to post it.  

 

Initially, Prince didn’t alter the physical image at all besides deleting some comments and adding his own caption underneath it. Some could argue he didn’t appropriate the entire image since he changed the comments so it wasn’t the exact same image as before. It’s difficult to dictate what does and doesn’t qualify as copyright since it is so simple to get around the already established but rarely followed laws. When in doubt or fear of having your working being stolen, remember to upload the images at a lower resolution and add watermarks over the content. Certain websites can prevent the copying and pasting of images unless they are given proper consent by the artist. If you want to repost or reproduce, remember to contact the artist asking for their permission first! It is hard to remain truthful and original with the work that people are producing nowadays with social media circulating images every second of every day, who is to say they didn’t think of an idea first? But remember, being an artist has many challenges so it’s important to respect your fellow person and their work.

What do you think of Richard Prince’s controversial exhibition? Do you believe that what he did was an appropriation of art or he was simply taking advantage of an opportunity? Let us know below!

 

 

Priceless Art; Five Most Expensive Artworks Ever Sold.

Written by Simran Birk

It is an ironic statement, priceless art; when in fact most Van Gogh’s or Picasso's pieces are sold in the millions. So how can be art be referred as priceless if there is often a selling price. The idea that famous works of art are considered priceless, is the result of the inflating value of the artwork overtime. When a museum or private buyer acquire the infamous artworks of Warhol or Da Vinci, there is no reason to sell the work for it will always be considered valuable. With time, these pieces will be worth more than what was invested. Therefore, essentially they are considered priceless due to its exponentially increasing worth.

What classifies a ‘priceless’ work of art. The title of the most expensive artwork is shared between, Willem de Kooning, Interchange and Paul Gauguin Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?). Each were purchased at 303 million and now inhabit a museum or the collections of private buyer.

 Paul Gauguin,  Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?) , 1892

Paul Gauguin, Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?), 1892

 Willem de Kooning,  Interchange, 1955

Willem de Kooning, Interchange, 1955

Paul Cézanne, The Card Players is the third most expensive piece of art. It was sold at a 256 million to the Royal Family of Qatar. The fourth most expensive piece of art sold is Jackson Pollock, Number 17A which sold at 202 million to a private buyer.

 Paul Cézanne,  The Card Players , 1894–1895

Paul Cézanne, The Card Players, 1894–1895

 Jackson Pollock,  Number 17A , 1948

Jackson Pollock, Number 17A, 1948

Finally, the fifth most expensive piece of artwork ever sold is No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red) by Mark Rothko. It was purchased by Dmitry Rybolovlev in a private sale for 188 million.

 Mark Rothko,  No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red) , 1951

Mark Rothko, No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red), 1951

The value of art is a subjective matter; as cliché as it sounds, one mans garbage is another’s treasure. It is believed that Van Gogh had only sold one painting in his whole life; however, he is now considered a prominent figure in the world of art and his work is worth millions. This demonstrates that the value of art is ever changing. However, it is evident that the most valuable art is one whose intensity and expression has the power to impact the emotions of another. That is truly priceless art.