Separation

Featuring Andre Kan, Adam Chapman, and Oriah Scott.

View the show catalogue here.





My Petite Bourgeois Revolution

A tongue-in-cheek revolt for artists and those suffering from first world problems, My Petite Bourgeois Revolution isn't about starvation, cake eating and guillotines. It's a rebellion against lack of wifi, overpriced coffee, student loans and overloaded transit. It's urban revolution from the perspective of the bourgeois elite, the art student sophisticate, and the bored bohemian who can't get cable. 

Poking fun at the problems or examining the minutia of every day life while simultaneously revealing that we actually have it pretty good compared to a 1920’s Ukrainian Kulak, My Petite Bourgeois Revolution is a cutting, acerbic and fun exploration of our daily lives.

FEATURING:
Adam Corns, Adam Niklewicz, Alex Westgate, Alison Garnett, Andrew Foerster, Ben Ruby, Chiara Dattola, Chris Valentine, Cinta Arribas, Dan Page, Daria Kirpach, Emily May Rose, Fatinha Ramos, Felix Witholz, Fiona Smyth, Francesco Poroli, Frederico Gastaldi, Grace Heejung Kim, Jackie Lee, James Turner, James Yang, Marco Melgrati, Marike le Roux, Matthew Daley, Paul Bateman, Robert John Paterson, Robb Mirsky, Sean Richman, Suharu Ogawa, Tad Michalak, Veronica Grech, Xiaohua Yang, Yo Az

Curated by James Turner


Names and Places Vol. 3

The third instalment of Names and Places explores the unique relationship between graffiti and urban delivery trucks. From box trucks to cargo vans, these moving canvases present a wide range of opportunities for graffiti writers and photographers alike.

Names and Places Volume 3 features over 30 photographs of truck graffiti from Sean Bledsoe, Dom Butler, Will Gaydos, and Jordan McKie.

The accompanying art exhibition showcases paintings, photographs, and scultpure-based work inspired by trucks from artists accross a wide range of disciplines.

Participating Artists:
Chris Austin, Rich E., William Emerson Gaydos, Dave Mauz, Francis Pratt, Emily May Rose, Oriah Scott, Liang Wang

Curated by Will Gaydos


Analog Contact

Analog Contact was a design show featuring the business cards of designers, illustrators and art directors. Cards from creatives around Toronto and the GTA were on display and up for grabs. People could trade and collect their favourites and go home with dozens of beautiful print specimens, and the contact info of the people who created these little works of art. 


Fix Up Look Sharp

Fix Up Look Sharp was a revamped thrift store art show Artists took existing work found in various thrift stores and vintage shops and put their own creative spin on them, giving them new life. This is done through painting over areas, adding characters, collaging over top, adding text, and many other ways. The juxtaposition of old and new makes for a wonderful contemporary exhibition of work, where you'll be sure to find the perfect eclectic piece to bring new life to any space.


Never Real & Always True

Featuring the work of: Mark Bath, John Alan Birch, Caitlyn Chisamore, Chloe Evert, Jason Ferguson, Kayla Free, Marne Grahlman, Anthony Haley, Alyssa Mallone, Jake Odrowski, Graham Robinson, Ann Somers, Kelly Stevenson, Matthew Tribe and Nat Very B.

'Never Real & Always True' is an exhibition exploring how artists experiences with mental illness have been impacted by social stigma. A portion of all gallery proceeds will be donated to the Toronto Distress Centre, a volunteer-based organization that provides 24-hour telephone support, 365 days a year, to those experiencing emotional distress, in need of crisis intervention and suicide prevention.

Curated by Megan Kee
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In The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, author Andrew Solomon detailed his personal experience with depression, providing a particularly poignant example: 

“In the throws of depression, one reaches a strange point at which it is impossible to see the line between ones own theatricality and the reality of madness. I discovered two conflicting qualities of character. I am melodramatic by nature; on the other hand, I can go out and ‘seem normal’ under the most abnormal of circumstances. Antonin Artaud wrote on one of his drawings, “never real and always true”, and that is how depression feels. You know that it is not real, that you are someone else, and yet you know that it is absolutely true.” 

This dichotomy between two conflicting qualities of character is a product of the widespread social stigma around mental illness. Many people with mental illness experience shame, ostracism, and marginalization due to their diagnosis, and often describe the consequences of mental health stigma as worse than those of the condition itself. A tortured history and troubled present means that people still feel the need to hide—and who can blame them? In a 2007 BMC Health survey of the most frequent labels used to describe mental illness, the top six answers were: disturbed, nuts, confused, psycho, spastic, and crazy. 

Mental illness has a visibility problem. You can't see depression, anxiety, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. This has contributed to the major disparity between how physical and mental illness is publicly viewed, funded, and represented. This legacy of underfunding and pervasive stigma has meant that for far too long people have suffered in silence and been denied appropriate care. 

The artists in Never Real & Always True illustrate how their experiences with mental health illness have been impacted by social stigma. 

To provide support to Toronto mental health workers, a portion of all gallery profits will be donated to the Toronto Distress Centre—a volunteer-based organization that provides 24-hour telephone support, 365 days a year, to those experiencing emotional distress, in need of crisis intervention and suicide prevention..


One Year Anniversary

Thank you for all the support, we've been open for a full year! This exhibition showcased a selection of illustrators we've had the opportunity to show work from this year.


Under 100

For this exhibition we filled as much wall space as possible with affordable artwork, perfect for unique gifts this holiday season.


Does It Hurt?: Tattoo Art Show

This exhibition aimed to showcase the range of styles in some of the most incredible tattoo artists in Toronto. 

Curated by Jonny Cakes & Emily May Rose


Hyakki Yagyo: Night Parade of 100 Demons

Northern Contemporary exhibited Hyakki Yagyo: Night Parade of 100 Demons, from October 20th, 2016 at 7pm until October 31, 2016.

The Hyakki Yagyo is a night where all manner of yokai, ogres, ghosts and other supernatural creatures parade through the streets in one massive spectacle. Those foolish enough to go outside or peek out of their windows in hopes to catch a glimpse of the supernatural are either killed or spirited away...

The following 25 illustrators interpreted a Japanese folklore classic by creating 4 creatures each. All 100 pieces were featured with a final composition of all their work.

ARTISTS: Adrian Forrow, Andrew Foerster, Chris Kuzma, Clayton Hanmer, CryWolf, Daniel Zender, Deshi Deng, Emily May Rose, Harvey Chan, Heidi Berton, James Turner, Jane Kim, Jacqui Oakley, Jenn Liv, Jennifer Phelan, Jeremy Leung, Jody Hewgill, Jon Todd, Lauren Pirie, Lynn Scurfield, Marc O'Brien, Ness Lee, Paige Clark, Shea Chang, Trevor Henderson

Curated by Hitoshi Murakami and Andrew Foerster


"Wish U Weren't Here" by Emily May Rose

"Wish U Were Here" is the first-ever solo show for Toronto-based artist Emily May Rose. Best known for her repertoire of animal characters, Emily incorporates them into paintings, drawings and installations, creating scenes of mischief and city life. The artist uses Toronto's mascot, raccoons, as a main character, placing them in scenes that are relatable to people and human relationships. Rather than focusing on the everyday antics of these animals, Emily anthropomorphizes them to add humour to their behaviour and give a charming take on these annoyances.


Work In Progress

For 2 weeks, Northern Contemporary Gallery was transformed into artist studios, inviting the public to come in during regular gallery hours to see artists in action. In this rare opportunity, visitors were able to get a behind-the-scenes look at many notable local artists and see how they work. All works created in the space during this time were then shown in a weekend group show at the end of the residency.

ARTISTS: Christina Mazzulla , Francis Pratt, Billy Franklin, Shanna Van Maurik, Colin Canary , Evan Odette, Maggie Day , Oreka James , Joshua Advincula

Curated by Bridgit Lanni


Started From The Bottom: A Loving Tribute To Drake

Featuring work from a variety of local artists and illustrators, for two weeks the gallery was adorned with loving tributes to our local hero, curated by Emily May Rose.


"Dry" by Graham Robinson

Dry is about laying it all down, sorting it out and moving forward.
I created these paintings over the course of a difficult period of my life. They are the products of a long process of working through the dark, painful parts of me that led to depression and alcohol abuse—and embracing the light, silly, loving parts on which I started the recovery of my mental health and my artwork.
These fish and aquatic animals are my feelings, emotions, urges, regrets and desires. They are my hopes, demons and fears; they are my parents and brothers and girlfriends and best friends. The process of creating them was measured and analytical. As I was doing the external work to identify, label and lovingly create images of each species, I was doing profoundly important inner work to learn, analyze and accept the depth and breadth of my own feelings. The two processes were beautifully synchronized to let me heal and create, create and heal. 
A central character in this body of work, the coverall-robed, oft’ barefoot ‘Swamper’ travels the Mystic North as steward to Mother Nature’s last fading footprint until she chooses to return in her full regalia. This work requires him to remove remaining remnants of the Days of Man. He can’t resist leaving behind some nostalgic and selfish comforts for the future. His work calls for him to observe and document the species he encounters. He develops a deeper understanding of how these strange semi-aquatic creatures have survived the last remaining stroke of true, honest wilderness. He keeps company with whichever animals happen to pass him and is most often in the company of a small brown house cat.
Through his work he develops a deeper understanding of nature from each creature he encounters—even those that terrify him. He experiences the overwhelming beauty in the witnessing of things simply existing.
Through this project I came to know that the monotony of day-to-day work and repetition can be a driving force in its own right. My curiosity and tenuous need to survive propelled me to search for the order and reason in the complexity and intricacy of Nature—in the outside world and in my psyche.
The love of the pursuit of it is perhaps enough to make life worthwhile. I now understand that there is healing power in knowing I am at once at the mercy of Nature and allowed to be cradled in her embrace.


Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday is a group exhibition based around the theme of nostalgia. This show features 15 artists working in a wide variety of mediums who have created works that will take you back; generating a sense of happiness or sadness in viewers through evoking something from the past and a desire to experience it again. 

ARTISTS: Billy Franklin, Cam Chalmers, Christina Mazzulla, Emily May Rose, Ivo Matic, Jake Carruthers, Jenn Woodall, Jimmy McGann, Joshua Advincula, Leesa Westwood, M. Glass, Rich. E., Shanna Van Maurik, T Reilly Hodgson, Will Gaydos

Curated by Emily May Rose


"Game Over" by Dave Mauz

‘Game Over’,a multidisciplinary solo exhibition by Dave Mauz, expressed the obsessive binging and purging of commodities, information and emotion in modern society. All works were created through the use of found objects and mixed media. Challenging and thought provoking, ‘Game Over’ rearranges the notion of accepted social values.


Hollywood: The Art Of The Movie Poster

Over 20 local illustrators and other fine artists reinterpreted posters from their favourite movies, transforming the iconic imagery we are accustomed to into their own vision. Giclee prints as well as the original pieces were available for sale and public viewing.

ARTISTS: Allison Burda & Cameron Gee, CLöWNBäBÿ/Kartigan, Deshi Deng, Gleb FoRo, Jeffrey Royiwsky, Jim Sage, Joaquin Varela, Jos Theriault, Keith Einmann, Lisa Vanin, M. Glass, Matthew Daley, Matthew Haskill, Michael Pagdon, Pong Ping, Raz Latif, Robert John Paterson, Robert Quance, Roman Arabia, Sophie Paas-Lang, Tiffany Huta, Uuule Brennar, Virginia Deil, Will Gaydos

Curated by Emily May Rose


Generally Abysmal

5 years in the making, Generally Abysmal celebrated the trials and tribulations of a group of illustrators that came together during their time at OCADU in the illustration program. 'Generally Abysmal' reflects on the time they spent honing their skills and finding their passion together at school and how far they've come as individual artists since then. The exhibition featured a variety of works, both collaborative and solo.

ARTISTS: Caitlyn Murphy, Cam Chalmers, Emily May Rose, Heidi Berton, Kevin Compuesto, Marley Allen-Ash, Marne Grahlman, Max Galley, Meghan Dearlove, Raz Latif, Robert John Paterson, Sabina Lindemann, Sam Nolan


Names and Places 2

The first Names and Places photo show and zine explored the relationship between graffiti, the spaces in which it exists, and the sense of place that develops as a result. Names and Places Volume 2, a film-only photography show, continued and expanded upon this discussion by presenting the subject matter through four additional, unique photographic perspectives. 

ARTISTS: D. Butler, Will Gaydos, Chris M., Jason P., and P. are all currently based in Toronto.

Curated by Will Gaydos


"Mad World" by Chris Austin

Northern Contemporary was proud to host Chris Austin’s inaugural Solo Exhibition in Toronto, MAD WORLD. Exploring the impact humankind has had on our environment and the effects of global warming through gouache paintings and hand carved maquette’s, MAD WORLD touched on our relationship with the world. Chris Austin brought his otherworldly landscapes to Northern Contemporary.

“We seem to live in a world that is constantly consuming every resource we have,” says Chris Austin.“My feeling is that society is catching up to the idea that things might not be so great in the not too distant future. Mad World addresses these issues.”


BUNZ ART SHOW

Northern Contemporary teamed up with Bunz Mom Emily to bring you the Bunz Art Show! This exhibition filled the space with art by bunz, for bunz. 

NO CASH IN THE ZONE - all artwork for trades only! While title cards featured all usual info; name, title, size and medium, instead of price we used ISO (In Search Of). Anyone could contact the artist and set up a trade based on their ISO and we'd apply a red "sold" dot once a trade had been agreed upon. 


"Window Studies" by Caitlyn Murphy

In Window Studies, the artist brought forward a collection that utilizes windows as frames and the world beyond as her subject matter. Looking through the windows of her apartment onto the street below or glancing out of a passing car at night, Caitlyn Murphy created an intimate and personal visual record of the urban landscapes that surround us.

Caitlyn Murphy lives and works in Toronto. This was her first solo show.


Guilty Pleasures

Northern Contemporary teamed up with Homesick to bring you a showcase of guilty pleasures music and art, featuring the work of 14 incredible artists working in a variety of styles including illustrative, urban, lowbrow, and photography. 

ARTISTS: T. Reilly Hodgson, Jennifer Ilett, Francis Pratt, Emily May Rose, Christian Stearry, William Emerson Gaydos, Max Pope, Joshua, Tiffany Huta, Billy Franklin, Ashley Smallwood, Brendan Gore, Elise Von Kulmiz, Alannah Gibson

Curated by Emily May Rose


Fucci x Untitled&Co SS16 Capsule Launch

Toronto fashion staple Untitled&Co and pop artist Fucci came together to create a limited edition capsule collection merging the concept of contemporary art prints with the ubiquitous cultural icon; the printed t-shirt. Untitled&Co and Fucci created a unique experience in which art meets fashion in a statement reflecting commercialism and disposable culture. The limited edition shirts served as numbered prints of the showcased paintings which were available for purchase at the opening. 


Girls, Girls, Girls: A Feminist Art Show

Although 51% of visual artists are women, the level of representation in the Art world does not reflect this. Its staggering to note that less than 4% of the artists in the Modern Art section of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art are women, but 76% of the nudes are female. 

Girls, Girls, Girls was a collection of contemporary feminist art, celebrating the impact it has on the cultural arena and role as social vanguard for gender equality. Working in a wide range of mediums, this exhibition created an unbiased space for these artists to react freely to the feminist issues that affect their lives on a daily basis. 

 Northern Contemporary is proud of its commitment to supporting and promoting women artists who have been under-represented and mistreated in the gallery world for too long.

Curated by Emily May Rose


New Beginnings 

Thursday, February 11th, 7-11pm

This grand opening exhibition will feature a diverse roster of artists working in a wide range of mediums. New Beginnings is curated with a focus on illustrative, representational, lowbrow, pop art, urban, and experimental art, this show aims to showcase the essence of the gallery and its commitment to bringing interesting contemporary work to the city. Northern Contemporary will work with a wider range of artists than Toronto has seen before to bring you all kinds of events and exhibitions to promote Toronto’s already-thriving art community. 

ARTISTS: Adam Chapman, Adam Spivak, Andre Kan, Andrew Foerster, Cam Chalmers, Cam Miller, Chris Austin, Chris Perez, Christian Stearry, Emily May Rose, Heidi Berton, Kevin Compuesto, Marley Allen-Ash, Marne Grahlman, Maxwell Galley, Meghan Dearlove, Raz Latif, Robert John Paterson, Rosena Fung, Sabina Lindemann, Sam Nolan, Tiff Huta, Tyler Armstrong

Curated by Emily May Rose

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