Cat Lamora: Talisman

November 15-20, 2018

Northern Contemporary Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of Cat Lamora’s new body of work, ‘Talisman’.

‘Talisman’ is a three dimensional immersive paper installation that reimagines the symbolisms used in min hwa. Proliferated during the Korean Chosun Dynasty, min hwa were often created by untrained wandering painters in the hopes that they would offer protection and bring about good fortune. There was a heavy emphasis on maintaining the visual equilibrium within the structure of each rendition; perhaps in reflection of the importance the people placed on stability and custom. These three dimensional permutations are a reflection of the ever-evolving symbology within min hwa, adding to the existing strata of interpretations with its genesis. The process of reinterpreting the visual framework of min hwa traces the artist's process of attempting to navigate their own position in the Korean gyopo diaspora. 

Cat Lamora is a Korean-Canadian paper artist based in Toronto. Through the fragile and temporary medium of paper, her work strives to preserve the brief liminal space created at the crossroads of diaspora consciousness, memory, culture, and nostalgia, examining how each lived experience constructs the building blocks of identity.

Located in the historic Ushers Grocers warehouse on Queen West in the neighbourhood of Parkdale, Northern Contemporary aims to showcase work from a wide range of artists focusing on illustrative, representational, urban, lowbrow, comic, pop art, and experimental work.

Swash & Serif 5

Swash & Serif is an annual typography and lettering exhibition showcasing work from Toronto and around the world.

Submissions are open for 2018! Submit your work by November 11th to be considered. 

Five whole years! Hitting the half decade mark is a big deal, and we’re excited to see what you guys bring to the table. We’re looking for the coolest, most interesting, most inventive lettering and typography work you can think of. Don’t be afraid to go big, or go wild. After five years, we’re here for all of it!

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Submission deadline: Sunday November 11, 2018 at 11:59pm
Opening Night: Thursday November 22, 2018
Gallery: Northern Contemporary Gallery, 1266 Queen St. W., Toronto
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Learn more about Swash & Serif and see work from past shows on our website:

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