Canadian Art Hop

Canadian Art Hop and Open Studio

Open Studio is taking place in the Canadian Art Hop! We will be featuring two onsite exhibitions during this time and offering studio tours. Gallery Hours:April 25, Thursday | 11 am – 5 pmApril 26, Friday | 11 am – 5 pmApril 27, Saturday | 12 pm – 5pmPlease note that we are not open…

Sisiyutł and other Mythological Creatures

Image: John A. Sharkey & Hamdzatsi Collective, carved woodblock details.

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, April 19, 5-7 pm at Open Studio, Suite 104, 401 Richmond St. W, Toronto. Please note that this exhibition will mark the final scheduled Main Gallery exhibition before Open Studio’s temporary closure for space restructuring from July 2024 to December 2024. Our front-of-house area will be open to the public during this time, but…

Obstruction

Jill Ho-You, Inversion, 2019, etching, aquatint, spit bite and chine collé, edition size: 5, dimensions: 4’ x 5’.

Jill Ho-You’s work engages with the anxiety, fear, and speculation about the future of the planet by imaging the world after the Anthropocene reaches the predicted climax of catastrophic climate change. Set in a future where biodiversity, the environment, human industry, society, and health have been irreversibly changed, Ho-You’s work memorializes a fleeting past while…

Unbound يا يك خوان از هفت خوان اسفنديار 

Reyhan Yazdani. Image Left: Isfandiyar's Third Course: He Slays a Dragon, 17”x17”. Image Right: Buzurjmihr Masters the Hindu Game of Chess, 11”x17”. Both were created on handmade paper, editions of one, 2022.

Unbound يا يك خوان از هفت خوان اسفنديار, Reyhan Yazdani’s first solo show in Toronto, considers the displacement of objects and people, legacies of dispossession and the generational, geographical and terrestrial experiences of loss and yearning. Through creative processes of transformation, reorientation, fragmentation, replication and modification, her practice engages with objects and narratives that offer…

CONSTRUCT & ASSEMBLE

Chloe Alexander, Catch & Release, 2022, linocut on Kozo paper, edition of 10, 26” x 36”.

CONSTRUCT & ASSEMBLE is a visual case study that explores social conditioning from the everyday perspective of the other – in this case, a Black person living in the American South. The title forms an acronym that provides a step-by-step guide on how to create an idyllic, homogeneous society whose citizens abide by preconceived social…

Visiting Artists’ Residency Exhibition

Rafa Santos, Blue Atabales, 2023, polyester plate lithograph on printer paper, edition 4/5, image size 14” x 8”, paper size 17” x 11”.

We are excited to announce our 2022 – 23 Visiting Artists’ (VA) Residency exhibition featuring work by Dorian FitzGerald, Rafa Santos, and Kara Springer. The Visiting Artist Residency Program allows artists to realize a creative project in print media using traditional and experimental methods. During the residency, visiting artists work with a collaborative printmaker and…

with a difference

Main Gallery: Francisco-Fernando Granados, 'with a difference', 2023.

Created through the Nick Novak Mid-Career Printmaker Residency (find out about our residencies here), the work in this exhibition presents an exploration of contemporary possibilities for printmaking as a conceptual tool. Playing with modes of inscription that range from the performative to the mechanical, printmaking allows Francisco-Fernando Granados to negotiate formal questions of difference and…

W Y S I W Y G

Alex Linfield, The Quick Brown Fox, 2019, screenprint on plexiglass, ceramic sculptures, 22” x 30”.

What is so new about “new media”? The original definition of “media” simply meant “material” (wood, bronze, ink, and so on). It is ironic then that new media (more commonly known as digital media) is viewed as holding an immaterial existence. The digital image after all is “made” of light and a language of binary…

Cultivating Connection

Alyssa Alikpala, detail: in between, 2022, wheatpaste and foraged grasses.

This exhibition features three artists whose use of print-based processes is actively intertwined with botanical material. Taking place towards the close of winter and in anticipation of spring, the works in Cultivating Connection engage with communication, unfixed outcomes, and slow viewing. Jenn Law’s recent explorations with a Line-o-scribe involve the letterpress impression of poetic sentiments…

Semipermeable

Main Gallery: Thea Reid, Semipermeable, 2023.

An image list is available here. Semipermeable describes a barrier or membrane that is partially, but not freely or wholly permeable. Our urban environment is full of fences and windows, gates and grids – semipermeable membranes between the worlds of the public and private that are at once open and closed. These works probe the experience…

Visiting Artists’ Residency Exhibition

Main Gallery: Visiting Artists' Residency Exhibition, 2022.

We are excited to announce our 2020 – 22 Visiting Artists’ (VA) Residency exhibition featuring work by Nour Bishouty, Rachel Crummey and Laura Findlay. The Visiting Artist Residency Program allows artists to realize a creative project in print media using traditional and experimental methods. During the residency, visiting artists work with a collaborative printmaker and…

Our World in Translation

Main Gallery: Brian Kelley, Our World in Translation, 2022.

This exhibition has been extended to October 22, 2022 The world we see comes in flashes, and then it becomes an imperfect icon, an image that helps retrieve a memory but a memory that changes a little each time we revisit it. What is awareness of then, and what is it now? The urge to…

A Practical Guide to Localization

Main Gallery: Native Art Department International, ‘A Practical Guide to Localization', 2022. Materials and dimensions variable.

The creative starting point for this exhibition, A Practical Guide to Localization, by Native Art Department International (NADI) is a custom-made traffic barrier that has been taken apart and re-assembled in an improvised fashion. This gesture counters the expected aesthetic experience of a centre primarily known for printmaking. The materially versatile works exhibited in A…

florescence

Blooming over her body, a bouquet of indiscriminate desires. The grotesque body has no beginning or end; it takes up too much space and is ineffaceable from its environment. In Joy Wong’s exhibition florescence, cut-outs from etchings and lithographs are pasted over each other on the gallery walls in an expansive collage that cannot be…

New Prints

New Prints is a continuation of Tom Lecuyer’s exploration into the fundamental elements of printmaking. In this new body of work, Lecuyer asks the audience to reflect upon the printmaking process and to question the nature of a print in general. His work references the Modernist re-thinking of material hierarchy and the Minimalist tradition of…

Flux

Main Gallery: Kelsey Stephenson, ‘Flux’, 2022. ‘Flux’ created in 2020, screenprint, acrylic inks on silk, wooden dowels), each panel 3.75ft x 9ft, installation dimensions variable.

Kelsey Stephenson’s exhibition, Flux, uses images from along the North Saskatchewan, Athabasca, and Bow rivers to create imagined landscapes of disparate places – one view may encompass everything from the Saskatchewan glacier to the riverbank in Edmonton. Imagery and sounds have been taken from dissimilar times and places and brought together as a whole made…

In this moment, there is no sound

Michelle Forsyth, 'Herringbone Jacket 1' detail (from the series: Improvisations), 2021, archival pigment print, edition 1/3, 24" x 24".

Each year, Open Studio awards two yearlong residencies to artists. The Nick Novak Fellowship* is awarded to an artist currently involved with Open Studio as an artist member. Recipients are provided with rent-free access to Open Studio facilities for one year, a materials bursary, professional development assistance, including access to Open Studio’s education program and…

Over the Horizon

Main Gallery Exhibition: Libby Hague, 'Simple Gifts' (detail), woodblock prints, ‘Over the Horizon’, 2021.

As part of Open Studio’s 50th-anniversary programming in 2020 we put forward a call to our artist membership for print projects that pushed the possibilities of size in printmaking. The result is a duo exhibition, Over the Horizon, featuring artwork by Sadko Hadžihasanović and Libby Hague, which brings together two different approaches to large-scale printmaking,…

Murmuration

Installation shot of 'Murmuration', an Open Studio group exhibition celebrating 50 years. Please see image list for artwork details.

An image list is available here. “In these times of enforced isolation how can we remember and reinforce the benefit of being together? Community should not always be considered valuable on the basis of pure numbers. Surely the power is in how our numbers increase the possibilities of cooperation?  A friend of mine once spoke…

Visiting Artists’ Residency Exhibition

We are excited to announce our 2019 – 20 Visiting Artists’ (VA) Residency exhibitions featuring work by Kotama Bouabane, Meaghan Hyckie, Luke Painter and Annie Wong. The Visiting Artist Residency Program allows artists to realize a creative project in print media using traditional and experimental methods. During the residency, VAs work with a collaborative printmaker…

wHerOccurence

Main Gallery Exhibition: Richard Sewell, 'Memoir' from 'wHerOccurence', 2020.

Richard Sewell views his work as “occurrences” because they are a gathering of possibilities that he allows. He chooses to avoid rushing toward a conclusion to better notice what he is actually doing in the now, in front of him. The three works featured in wHerOccurence titled Memory, Memoir, and Mimic, together reflect on Sewell’s…

Ciara Phillips Residency

Image courtesy of the artist, Ciara Phillips. Photo credit: Erik Sæter Jørgensen.

On-site exhibition cancelled due to Covid-19 Canadian/Irish artist Ciara Phillips works with printmaking processes to make art both alone and in collaboration with others.  Through her practice, she explores the physical and tactile properties of printing and considers its histories and legacies as they relate to art and the wider realm of information production and…

Afterdark

Agata Derda, 'Afterdark', digital print on backlit film, 12” x 8”

Nick Novak Fellowship Residency recipient. In Afterdark, Agata Derda focuses on the exploration of interpersonal dynamics. As stand-ins for actual human images, she substitutes modified vegetation or man-made forms that are staged in ambiguous, foreboding landscapes. Human engagement with these fictional landscapes is suggested by carefully planned arrangement of objects within the ground (trees planted…

PRESS RECORD: prints from the Open Studio Archive

Meet the Curator Rebecca Travis: January 25, 12:00 pmJoin us for an informal talk about our current exhibition PRESS RECORD: Prints from the Open Studio Archive, led by Curator Rebecca Travis. Open Studio is excited to present its first 50th anniversary exhibition PRESS RECORD featuring prints and ephemera from the Open Studio Archive, curated by…

Visiting Artists’ Residency Exhibition

We are excited to announce our second of two 2018 – 19 Visiting Artists’ (VA) Residency exhibitions featuring work by Maura Doyle and Sidney Masuga. The Visiting Artist Residency Program allows artists to realize a creative project in print media using traditional and experimental methods. During the residency, VAs work with a collaborative printmaker and…

Amalgam

Otis Tamasauskas, Red Flower with Echo, 2018, lithograph, varied edition 1/5, 30” x 44”, $1,200 unframed, $1,400 framed.

a·mal·gamnoun: amalgam; plural noun: amalgams  a mixture or blend.“a curious amalgam of the traditional and the modern” synonyms: combination, union, merger, blend, mixture, mingling, compound, fusion, marriage, weave, coalescence, synthesis, composite, composition, concoction, amalgamation;informal: mash-up Amalgam celebrates Otis Tamasauskas’ career in printmaking, a medium enveloped by its own unique factors that present endless possibilities. Tamasauskas has always…

Visiting Artists’ Residency Exhibition

Frisk Flugt, Floatonomy (Sea of the free) & Floatonomy (Healfleet), 2018, lithography, each 18" x 24". Printed with the assistance of Jess Palmer under the auspices of the Open Studio Visiting Artist Residency Program, 2018-19.

We are excited to announce our first of two 2018 – 19 Visiting Artists’ (VA) Residency exhibitions featuring work by Erika DeFreitas and Frisk Flugt (Tina Helen and Ask Katzeff). The Visiting Artist Residency Program allows artists to realize a creative project in print media using traditional and experimental methods. During the residency, VAs work…

Do you want to take the short-cut or the long-cut?

PA System’s Do you want to take the short-cut or the long-cut? is part of an ongoing collection of works about land: human use and relationship to land, places of shared experience and memory, complex and conflicting societal relationships to resource exploitation and industry, ideas of development, commons, nations, rights, and the experience of snow…

Superstratum

Morgan Wedderspoon, Continuum, 2013-present, found objects, size variable. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Superstratum is a survey of the Earth’s surface—a new layer in the making. In this exhibition, Morgan Wedderspoon brings together found objects and borrowed text* to inquire into the relationship between the inconsistent human subject and the escalating crisis of anthropogenic global warming. Her works, playfully ethnographic in tone, embrace subjectivity, speculation and free association….

Even the continents have no place but earth

Alison Judd, ‘Map 1, tectonics’, 2018, woodcut relief, Sumi Ink, Konnyaku starch, thread on Kozuke paper, edition 1/1, 27” x 29”.

Even the continents have no place but earth. The title of this exhibition is borrowed from a poem by Canadian poet and philosopher Jan Zwicky, The Geology of Norway, which explores the discrepancy between logical language and the ineffable, how we struggle to find and express meaning. These tensions are reflected in Judd’s affinity for the factual:…

Botanique

Nick Novak Fellowship Residency recipient. Botanique is part of an ongoing body of work that explores Stewart’s long fascination with utopian architecture, the early history of photography and notions of archiving and collecting. Stewart has been photographing and researching Victorian conservatories as utopian architectures not only for their formal attributes of construction but also as sites…

Visiting Artists’ Residency Exhibition

We are excited to announce our second of two 2017 – 18 Visiting Artists’ (VA) Residency exhibitions featuring work by Colin Miner and Susy Oliveira. The Visiting Artist Residency Program allows artists to realize a creative project in print media using traditional and experimental methods. During the residency, VAs work with a collaborative printmaker and…

Visiting Artists’ Residency Exhibition

We are excited to announce our first of two 2017 – 18 Visiting Artists’ (VA) Residency exhibitions featuring work by Jaime Angelopoulos and Panya Clark Espinal. The Visiting Artist Residency Program allows artists to realize a creative project in print media using traditional and experimental methods. During the residency, VAs work with a collaborative printmaker…

Footnotes

Michelle Forsyth, Black & White Stack, 2018, Inkjet print on Hahnemüehle paper, paper size: 30 x 30 inches, edition 5/5, image size: 24 x 24".

Footnotes is the first solo exhibition of work by Michelle Forsyth in Toronto. Her work is both material and conceptual, and includes: sculpture, weaving, writing, painting, in addition to printmaking, which she uses to examine her changing relationship to the objects in her home. Recent screenprinted photographs of bundled objects and screenprinted text passages that have been…

The Shape of The Middle

This exhibition is a Featured Exhibition for the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Group exhibition featuring work by: Shannon Garden-Smith, Jenine Marsh, Tania Willard, and Fan WuCurated by Daniella Sanader Emphasizing practices that press, graze, and caress, The Shape of the Middle explores forms of touch that are essential to both printmaking and photography. The exhibition takes its…

Mood Lighting

Cynthia Dinan-Mitchell, On Air, 2017, screenprint, acrylic paint, coloured pencil and varnish on museum board, 24.8" x 33". Photo credit: Charles-Frederick Ouellet.

This new body of work is a continuation of Cynthia Dinan-Mitchell’s surrealist botanical inspiration. The hand-painted screenprints reference the vanitas theme, where vegetables, flowers, ribbons, skulls and birds tumble together in compositions as heterogeneous as they are harmonious. The light source in the works becomes the central narrative element to the compositions, where the dark…

The weight of what cannot be remembered

Emma Nishimura, An Archive of Rememory: Matsuoka Family Portrait, Japan 1931, 2017, photogravure on flax and abaca paper, 3” x 3” x 2.5”.

Emma Nishimura is a Toronto based artist, whose art practice ranges from traditional etchings and papermaking, to installations. She received her MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her BA from the University of Guelph. Emma’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is in public and private collections. Recent exhibitions include: MacLaren Art…

iterations, duplications – Nick Novak Fellowship Exhibition

Pudy Tong, DT Activity Book 2:14:54, 2017, photo-lithograph on kitakata paper, 12.5" x 21.5".

Each year, Open Studio awards two, yearlong residencies to artists of merit. The Nick Novak Fellowship is awarded to an artist currently involved with Open Studio as an artist member. Recipients are provided with rent-free access to Open Studio facilities for a period of one year, materials allowance, professional development assistance, and tuition-free access to…

Visiting Artists Residency Exhibition: Sameer Farooq & Lee Henderson

Visiting Artists

Visiting Artists Residency Exhibition: Sameer Farooq & Lee Henderson Artist Talks: Friday, October 20, 2017, 6:00 – 7:00 PM Opening Reception: Friday, October 20, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 PM Each year Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create traditional and/or experimental works in the print medium of their choice,…

Visiting Artists Residency Exhibition: Daniel Barrow & Kathleen Ritter

Visiting Artist Residency Exhibition: Daniel Barrow & Kathleen RitterArtist Talks: Friday, September 15, 2017, 6:00 – 7:00 PM Opening Reception: Friday, September 15, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 PM Each year Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create traditional and/or experimental works in the print medium of their choice, working…

Galleries Closed

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Please note that the main Open Studio gallery is closed from July 22nd through September 13th. Our next round of exhibitions will open on Friday, September 14th, and we invite you to join us. We look forward to seeing you in September!

Saimaiyu Akesuk: Prints 2013-2015 – Curated by Dr. Nancy Campbell

Saimaiyu Akesuk, Qaumajaq (Fly), 2014, stonecut & stencil, paper size: 37.3” x 24.4”, $800.

The Cape Dorset Print Collection produced at Kinngait Studios, part of the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative in Kinngait, Nunavut, has annually catalogued collections of between 30 and 60 images as well as numerous commissions and special releases every year since 1959 providing a valuable record of the changes in the community. Pulling from this archive,…

The Inhabitants of Space

This exhibition is a Featured Exhibition for the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. The Inhabitants of Space, featuring work by artists Miles Collyer, Derek Coulombe, Erika DeFreitas and Alexis Dirks, takes its title from the dedication of Edwin A. Abbott’s satirical novella Flatland (1962), which breaks down the geographical, architectural, and social structures of the world…

A Body Called Paula Exhibition and Performance

Closing Reception and Performance: Saturday, March 18, 2:00 – 4:00 PM A Body Called Paula has been risen. The work has been done. Thank you for your information Toronto. Hold the whispers of the knowledge. Carry them with the dignity. A Body is true. Who are you? It is time for the celebration of the…

Dwell

The installation Dwell, by Carolyn Wren, consists of a wooden table, two chairs, and a linocut printed linen tablecloth. Culture implies a transformation of nature, and Dwell embodies an evolutionary imprint of nature to culture, to nature and back to culture. Because nature provides raw material for cultural products, flax is the inspiration for the…

Church Playground

Artist talk at 6:30PM on March 24th, 2017 followed by an opening reception. Gabriela Jolowicz captures fleeting scenes of everyday life in one of the oldest and most traditional visual media, the woodcut. Depicting modern still life images and dense scenes of metropolitan life, Jolowicz freezes an already fading afterimage of reality in a disjointed…

Inbetweening: Nick Novak Fellowship Exhibition

Each year, Open Studio awards two, yearlong residencies to artists of merit. The Nick Novak Fellowship is awarded to an artist currently involved with Open Studio as an artist member. Recipients are provided with rent-free access to Open Studio facilities for a period of one year, materials allowance, professional development assistance, and tuition-free access to…

Diyan Achjadi & Brendan Tang: Residue: Tracing the Lore

Residue: Tracing the Lore, a collaboration between Brendan Tang and Diyan Achjadi, explores the ways that ornamental motifs can reveal or reflect histories of migration. Through imprinting fragments of images onto their own skin, as well as those of close relatives, this project asks how familial lore and traditions are transmitted, and the residues that…

Summer Salon

Opens: Friday, August 5th, 2016 Opening Reception: Saturday, August 6th, 2016, 2 – 4 PM Exhibition extended until Friday, August 26th, 2016 Over the past 45 years Open Studio has amassed a collection of original prints by significant Canadian artists through fundraising proofs artists provide from their printed editions and work donated by the artist…

Visiting Artists Exhibition: Mario Doucette & Liza Eurich

Artist Talks: Friday, June 17, 2016, 6:00 – 7:00 PM Opening Reception: Friday, June 17, 2016, 7:00 – 9:00 PM Each year Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create traditional and/or experimental works in the print medium of their choice, working collaboratively with a print media artist. The Visiting…

Visiting Artists Exhibition: Stephanie Cormier & Jacob Robert Whibley

Visiting Artists Exhibition: Stephanie Cormier & Jacob Robert Whibley Artist Talks: Friday, May 13, 2016, 6:00 – 7:00 PM Opening Reception: Friday, May 13, 2016, 7:00 – 9:00 PM Each year Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create traditional and/or experimental works in the print medium of their choice,…

How to Eclipse a Photograph

How to Eclipse a Photograph is an exhibition that considers artificial vision analogues. As technology marches toward artificial intelligence, data-driven sensory apparatuses will fill the data mines. What will life be like as a series of data points? Ian Rubenzahl is a Toronto-based artist and has been a member of Open Studio since 2011. A…

Echolalias

Performance: Friday, February 12, 2016 at 7:00 PM Angela Silver is a visual artist working with the residue of language. Her research focuses on the itinerant ways language inhabits the body. Silver’s work raises questions about the way texts function in society, public and private spaces, and authority and agency, while offering hopeful alternatives to…

Artist Proof Sale 2015

31st Annual Artist Proof Sale Opening Night Party: Thursday, December 3, 2015, 6 – 9 PM Continues to Saturday, December 19, 2015 in our galleries and online. The Artist Proof Sale is an excellent way to kickstart or build a growing art collection. And you can do it without breaking your holiday budget! Hundreds of…

Au revoir – Nick Novak Fellowship Exhibition

Each year, Open Studio awards scholarship/fellowship residencies to artists of merit, as chosen through an annual juried selection process. The Nick Novak Fellowship is awarded to an artist currently involved with Open Studio as an artist member. In addition to rent-free access to Open Studio facilities for a period of one year, materials assistance, professional…

Screen Play: Print and the Moving Image

Timed to correspond with TIFF, Screen Play: Print and the Moving Image is a group exhibition of artists whose practices incorporate print-based animation techniques, filmic themes and sensibilities, and moving images. From experimental video, to cut paper and stop-motion animations, this exhibition highlights the ways in which contemporary artists are expanding the boundaries of print,…

The Open Studio Sessions: Celebrating 45 years

The Open Studio Sessions: Celebrating 45 years Group Exhibition July 30 – August 15, 2015 Opening reception: Thursday, July 30, 2015, 6:00 – 9:00 pm Remarks at 7:00 pm in the Open Studio Gallery 45th Anniversary Party in the studio to follow reception Established in 1970 as a small storefront studio on Queen Street West,…

Galleries and Office Summer Closure

Please note that Open Studio’s galleries are closed from August 16 through September 10th. The Open Studio office will be closed from August 1st, reopening on September 1st. We will respond to all inquiries as soon as possible in September. Our first exhibitions of the fall will open on Friday, September 11th.  We hope to see you…

Visiting Artists Exhibition: Sasha Pierce and Jim Verburg

Each year Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create traditional and/or experimental works in the print medium of their choice, working collaboratively with a print media artist. The Visiting Artist Residency, in operation since 1983, is a popular program that receives applications from artists from around the world. In…

Visiting Artists Exhibition: Hazel Meyer and Beth Stuart

Each year Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create traditional and/or experimental works in the print medium of their choice, working collaboratively with a print media artist. The Visiting Artist Residency, in operation since 1983, is a popular program that receives applications from artists from around the world. In…

Embellish: A Group Show in Memory of Jeannie Thib

In memory of Jeannie Thib, Embellish features work by Thib and eight additional artists who utilize pattern and graphic motif, which were the foundation of Thib’s aesthetic and conceptual practice. Jeannie Thib was a talented artist and cherished member of the Open Studio community, who passed away in 2013. She approached ornament as both strategy and process,…

The Prints of Alanis Obomsawin

Guest Curator: France Trépanier Alanis Obomsawin, a member of the Abenaki Nation, is one of Canada’s most distinguished filmmakers. For the past 25 years, she has also worked as an engraver and printmaker, creating an important body of work, which has been exhibited in Canada and Europe. These visual artworks often deal with the same…

Open Spaces

Joani Tremblay is interested in the notion of open spaces within a Neo-Ornamentalist practice of drawing, print media and embroidery. Her research looks at the idea of psychogeography as defined by Guy Debord in 1955, which suggests that a geographical environment, like invisible or created spaces, acts on the emotions and behaviour of individuals. In…

Artist Proof Sale 2014

30th Annual Artist Proof Sale Opening Night Party: Thursday, December 4, 2014, 6 – 9 PM Continues to Saturday, December 20, 2014, in our galleries and online. Forgo the rush and hassle of mall shopping, and choose instead from hundreds of original, affordable works of art during Open Studio’s annual Artist Proof Sale. Open Studio—one…

Traces – Nick Novak Fellowship Exhibition

Each year, Open Studio awards scholarship/fellowship residencies to artists of merit, as chosen through an annual juried selection process. The Nick Novak Fellowship is awarded to an artist currently involved with Open Studio as an artist member. In addition to rent-free access to Open Studio facilities for a period of one year, materials assistance, professional…

Floods and Shelters

Sean Caulfield’s creative research involves the production of artist’s books, prints, drawings and installations that explore the impact of technology on the environment and our bodies. He is interested in creating visual images that blur boundaries between the biological and the technological, the organic and the mechanical, and challenge viewers to consider the implications of…

Visiting Artists Exhibition: Katie Bethune-Leamen & Mitch Robertson

Each year Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create traditional and/or experimental works in the print medium of their choice, working collaboratively with a print media artist. The Visiting Artist Residency, in operation since 1983, is a popular program that receives applications from artists from around the world. In…

Visiting Artists Exhibition: Roula Partheniou & Shaan Syed

Each year Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create traditional and/or experimental works in the print medium of their choice, working collaboratively with a print media artist. The Visiting Artist Residency, in operation since 1983, is a popular program that receives applications from artists from around the world. In…

Threatened, Endangered, Extinct: Artists Confront Species Loss

Curated by Matthew Brower Featuring: Bill Burns, Emmalee Carroll, Sue Coe, Roger Peet and Jenny Pope Threatened, Endangered, Extinct looks at artistic responses in contemporary printmaking to species-level threats generated by human activity. To mark the centenary year of the loss of the passenger pigeon, the exhibition presents work by artists whose practices highlight some of the…

O.W.N. (Object Work Notation)

Curated by Richard Sewell Featuring: Yael Brotman, Laura Bydlowska, Pamela Dodds, Elizabeth Forrest, Libby Hague, Isabelle Hémard, Jae Lee, Liz Menard, Liz Parkinson, Irina Schestakowich and Penelope Stewart. O.W.N. is a visual occurrence of 33 located objects by 11 Open Studio members, curated by Richard Sewell, one of the co-founders of Open Studio. O.W.N. as occurrence is evolved…

Le Grand Dérangement/The Big Clean-Up

Open Studio is pleased to present Le Grand Dérangement/The Big Clean-Up, an exhibition by Montreal-based artists Guillaume Brisson-Darveau & Pascaline Knight from January 10 – February 15, 2014. The exhibition is accompanied by a text by Montreal-based artist, Caroline Cloutier. Le Grand Dérangement/The Big Clean-Up borrows from the visual code of construction sites, utilizing a…

Sally Ayre: Traces – Nick Novak Fellowship Exhibition

Each year, Open Studio awards three scholarship/fellowship residencies to artists of merit, as chosen through an annual juried selection process. The Nick Novak Fellowship is awarded to an artist currently involved with Open Studio as an Artist Member. The Donald O’Born Family Scholarship is awarded to an artist in the beginning stages of their professional…

Overtones

Overtones, an exhibition by Baltimore, MD-based artist, Shannon Collis was presented September 13 – October 12, 2013, acompanied by a text by Toronto, ON-based sound artist, Darren Copeland. Overtones features a series of ongoing experiments that explore the relationship between sound and visual form. In this exhibition, Collis investigates the sonic behaviors of different material…

Visiting Artists Residency Exhibition: Micah Adams and Alexei Vella

Visiting Artists

Each year Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create traditional and/or experimental works in the print medium of their choice, working collaboratively with a print media artist. The Visiting Artist Residency, in operation since 1983, is a popular program that receives applications from artists from around the world. In…

Visiting Artists Residency Exhibition: Kristiina Lahde and Suzie Smith

Each year Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create traditional and/or experimental works in the print medium of their choice, working collaboratively with a print media artist. The Visiting Artist Residency, in operation since 1983, is a popular program that receives applications from artists from around the world. In…

What Lies Beneath

Featuring: Laura Bydlowska, Susan Cunningham, Jae Lee, Liz Menard, Jennie Suddick and Daryl Vocat Open Studio is pleased to present What Lies Beneath, an exhibition highlighting the work of six Open Studio artist members from April 4 – May 11, 2013. The exhibition is accompanied by a text by Jenn Law. What Lies Beneath features…

It’s All Gone Pear Shaped

It’s All Gone Pear Shaped is a series of intaglio/relief prints and sculptures created directly from the body of an airplane. By deconstructing the remains of an aircraft — a pointedly perfect symbol of post-industrial-revolution modernity, according to Collings in the accompanying essay — Pinheiro reclaims and recycles these discarded objects and alludes to the…

Saint

The act of printmaking has made Brant Schuller acutely aware of the interaction of the printed image and the materials upon which they are printed; specifically how images superimposed on the built environment can reinforce or weaken their meaning. In Saint, Schuller explores the ways in which the printed word is used to symbolically fabricate…

Liz Menard: Nature of the River – Nick Novak Fellowship Exhibition

Each year, Open Studio awards three scholarship/fellowship residencies to artists of merit, as chosen through an annual juried selection process.The Nick Novak Fellowship is awarded to an artist currently involved with Open Studio as an Artist Member. To learn more about our Scholarship/Fellowship program, please click “Scholarships” in the menu to the left. Open Studio…

Inlandsis

The landscapes we believe to be permanent can sometimes transform to the point where certain world representations vanish. Inlandsis deals with this shift. Through a site-specific installation constructed out of 5000 pieces of screenprinted and folded paper, the artist places the viewer in a space between real landscape and its imagined transposition. Calling to mind…

Visiting Artists Exhibition: Derek Sullivan & Tom Ngo

Each year Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create traditional and/or experimental works in the print medium of their choice, working collaboratively with a print media artist. The Visiting Artist Residency, in operation since 1983, is a popular program that receives applications from artists from around the world. In…

Visiting Artists Exhibition Mark Crofton Bell & Catherine Lane

Each year Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create traditional and/or experimental works in the print medium of their choice, working collaboratively with a print media artist. The Visiting Artist Residency, in operation since 1983, is a popular program that receives applications from artists from around the world. In…

Proof

Mark Franchino’s work explores our constructions of everyday environments and events, and the nature of human dynamics that evolve within, around, and through them. His work addresses seemingly mundane spaces and activities as physical constructions that reinforce and perpetuate implicit value systems. What are the rules? What purpose do they serve? In the Proof series,…

Invocation

From February 24 – March 31, 2012, Open Studio was pleased to present Invocation, an exhibition by Mankato, MN based artist, Erik Waterkotte. The exhibition was accompanied by a text by Minneapolis, MN based writer Brandon Cooke. Invocation is a word that connotes magic. It can be a prayer of entreaty or a formula for…

Micropolis 2.0

From January 12 – February 18, 2012, Open Studio presented Micropolis 2.0, an exhibition by Montréal-based collaborators Arthur Desmarteaux and Allison Moore. The exhibition was accompanied by a text by Banff-based artist and writer Lisa Borin. Arthur Desmarteaux and Allison Moore’s Micropolis is an ever-expanding and evolving installation comprised of collaged screen and digital prints,…

Tara Cooper: Weather Girl’s Field Guide to Lightning – Nick Novak Fellowship Exhibition

From October 27 through November 26, 2011, Open Studio was pleased to present the 2011 Scholarship/Fellowship Exhibitions, featuring artists Tara Cooper (Nick Novak Fellowship), Lauren Nurse (Donald O’Born Family Scholarship), and Flora Shum (Don Phillips Scholarship). Each year, Open Studio awards three scholarships/fellowships, providing artists working in print media with both professional support and access…

Everyday Ephemera

From September 15 – October 22, 2011, Open Studio presented Everyday Ephemera, a solo exhibition by Calgary-based artist Dana Tosic. The exhibition was accompanied by a text by Toronto-based writer and artist J. Eric Steenbergen. Focusing on fleeting, intimate, moments Everyday Ephemera explores notions of time and memory, and the body’s potential to infer a…

Visiting Artists Exhibition: Meredith Setser and Jennie Suddick

Each year, Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create works in the print medium of their choice, working collaboratively with a print media artist. These exhibitions by Setser and Suddick are the result of this intensive work period. — Meredith Setser is a printmaker and textile artist and assistant…

Visiting Artists Exhibition: Caitlin Erskine-Smith and Joy Walker

Each year, Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create works in the print medium of their choice, working collaboratively with a print media artist. These exhibitions by Erskine-Smith and Walker are the result of this intensive work period. Caitlin Erskine-Smith’s work deals with the ideas surrounding the use of…

Project for Calendar Studies

From March 31 – April 30, 2011, Open Studio presented Project for Calendar Studies, a solo exhibition by Brooklyn, New York-based artist David Eustace. The exhibition was accompanied by a text by Slocan Valley, BC-based curator Deborah Loxam-Kohl. Project for Calendar Studies includes large canvas monoprints created by hanging the canvases at three-month intervals along…

Home and Away

From February 17 to March 26, 2011, Open Studio presented Home and Away, a solo exhibition by Toronto-based artist Kristie MacDonald. The exhibition was accompanied by a text by Toronto-based artist and writer Jen Hutton. Combining installation, printmaking, sculpture – and even a fully functioning printing press installed in a set of dresser drawers –…

Mexico Inside Out: Group Exhibition

From January 6 to February 12, 2011, Open Studio presented Mexico Inside Out, a group exhibition featuring José Chán (Xalapa, Mexico), Alec Dempster (Toronto, ON) and Daniel González (Los Angeles, USA). This exhibition brought together the work of three established Mexican printmakers who use linoleum and woodblock to explore specific geographical, historical and personal histories…

Shannon Gerard: Unspent Love, or, Things I Wish I Told You – Nick Novak Fellowship Exhibition

From November 4 through 28, 2010, Open Studio was pleased to present the 2010 Scholarship/Fellowship Exhibitions, featuring work by artists Shannon Gerard (Nick Novak Fellowship), Nadine Bariteau (Donald O’Born Family Scholarship), and Tobias Williams (Don Phillips Scholarship). Each year, Open Studio awards three scholarships/fellowships, providing artists working in print media with both professional support and…

Three-Dee Realms Plus

From September 16 to October 30, 2010, Open Studio presented Three Dee Realms Plus, by Yorodeo, Halifax-based collaborative printmaking duo Paul Hammond and Seth Smith. Hammond and Smith create screenprinted images that can be viewed with anaglyphic (red/blue) 3D glasses. Hammond and Smith explore the potential of the 3D medium, creating works with layered depth…

Visiting Artists Exhibition: Kate McQuillen & Greg Staats

Each year Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create traditional and/or experimental works in the print medium of their choice, working collaboratively with a print media artist. These exhibitions by Chicago-based artist Kate McQuillen and Toronto-based artist Greg Staats are the result of this intensive work period, and the…

Visiting Artists Exhibition: Bill Burns & Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay

Each year Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create traditional and/or experimental works in the print medium of their choice, working collaboratively with a print media artist. These exhibitions by Toronto-based artist Bill Burns and Montréal/Berlin-based artist Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay are the result of this intensive work period, and…

The Reconceptualized Universe of the Anti-Logo League Girls

Open Studio presented The Reconceptualized Universe of The Anti-Logo League Girls, a solo exhibition by Toronto-based artist Stephanie Cormier from April 8 to May 15, 2010. Stephanie Cormier’s Anti-Logo League Girls are warriors created from society’s detritus. Fashioned from appropriated advertising images and discarded packaging, Cormier’s characters exist to defend the environment and protect us…

Silence

Open Studio presented Silence, a solo exhibition by Tampere, Finland-based artist Janne Laine from February 25 to April 3, 2010. Janne Laine works primarily in the medium of heliogravure, an intaglio process that produces detail and tones similar to a photograph (also known as photogravure). The works exhibited in Silence describe idealized landscapes that depict…

Far Off Kin

Far Off Kin, a solo exhibition by Toronto-based artist Celeste Toogood, ran in the Open Studio Gallery from February 5 – 28, 2009. Toogood’s mixed media prints reveal images of isolated and uninhabited landscapes— images which guide the viewer through a “negotiation of the natural in an age in which nothing goes untouched and in…

Shelf Life

Open Studio presented Shelf Life, a solo exhibition by Red Deer, Alberta-based artist Lisa Turner from January 14 to February 20, 2010. Lisa Turner’s artistic practice has been concerned with using popular imagery to examine mass media, material culture and consumerism, with a specific interest in how contemporary buying behavior is influenced by the 24-hour…

Pamela Dodds: Memory’s Witness – Nick Novak Scholarship

Open Studio presented the 2009 Scholarship Exhibitions from November 5 to 28, 2009 by artists Pamela Dodds (Nick Novak Scholarship), Hazel Eckert (Donald O’Born Family Scholarship), and Kelsey Schuett (Don Phillips Scholarship). Each year, Open Studio awards three scholarships, providing artists working in print media with both professional support and access to studio facilities to…

Mary had a Little Lamb

Open Studio is presented Mary Had A Little Lamb, a solo exhibition by Bloomsberg, Pennsylvania-based artist Marilee Salvator from October 8 to 31, 2009. Using collected and appropriated imagery, Mary Had A Little Lamb incorporates three installations that explore the artist’s past and address broader, historical issues surrounding the roles and stereotypes of women. The…

Situational Prints

Situational Prints, a solo exhibition by London, England-based artist Denise Hawrysio, was presented at Open Studio from June 25 to July 18, 2009. Denise Hawrysio has worked in a variety of media over the course of her career. Hawrysio’s conceptualized prints are rooted in the experiential and combine elements of performance and socially engaged collaboration….

Visiting Artists Exhibition: Tine Bech & Suzanne Nacha

Each year Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create traditional and/or experimental works in the print medium of their choice, working collaboratively with a print media artist. These exhibitions featuring London, England-based artist Tine Bech and Toronto, Ontario-based artist Suzanne Nacha were the result of this intensive work period…

Continuum Ininterrompu (Uninterrupted Continuum)

Influenced by the philosophy of Henri Bergson, Continuum Ininterrompu investigated perceptions of time and the difference between time as a physical phenomenon and time as a personal experience. According to Barbara Balfour in the accompanying essay, Ledent’s installation—printed in a restrained palette of red and black—“draws in the viewer from the open doors of Open…

Snowball

Snowball: Kyle Bravo, Jenny LeBlanc, Claire Rau March 5 – 28, 2009. Opening reception: Thursday March 5, 6-9pm. Snowball, a print-based performance project and “printstallation” by American artists Kyle Bravo, Jenny LeBlanc and Claire Rau, was exhibited in the Open Studio Gallery from March 5 to 28, 2009. As Toronto-based writer and artist Andy Fabo…

Reliquary

Reliquary, a solo exhibition by Windsor-based artist Victor Romão, presented Romão’s hybrid self-portraits and reliquary objects, which reflect on ‘traditionally masculine roles’, through a combination of two- and three-dimensional work. A brochure with an essay by Toronto-based artist and writer Luke Painter accompanies this exhibition. Grounded in the artist’s experiences growing up in rural Southwestern…