September 2, 2016
New Project: Community Supported Art
Community Supported Art (or CSA) is a new collaborative fundraiser between Gallery 44 and Open Studio. Based on community supported agriculture initiatives, this
model of support connects arts institutions with patrons in order to collectively build sustainability. Subscribers receive two works of art over the course of the year. Becoming a CSA subscriber is an exciting and easy way to grow your art collection while investing in two vital art organizations.
For the inaugural edition of the CSA, we are delighted to present works by Miles Collyer and Meghan Price. Both unique artworks were commissioned specifically for this project and were created in our photo and print facilities at Gallery 44 and Open Studio. The artists have generously donated the work, with production costs being provided by Gallery 44 and Open Studio.
Your annual subscription directly supports exhibitions, education and studio facilities at Gallery 44 and Open Studio. Both are not-for-profit organizations and registered charities, relying on public donations to maintain accessible and essential programming. By subscribing to the CSA, you are fostering great art and artists in our community.
Here’s how CSA works:
- Register through Gallery 44 or Open Studio by phone, email, online or in person.
- You will receive your first print in November and your second in May. The unframed prints will be mailed to you. Alternatively, Akau Framing and Art has generously offered a 15% discount on framing services for this project. Take advantage of this discount by visiting Open Studio for a framing consultation, or Akau will also honour this discount if you bring your print to them directly.
- Your subscription also includes an invitation to an exclusive event on November 10, 2016 with tours of G44 and Open Studio’s exhibits and facilities and brief talks with both artists, Miles Collyer and Meghan Price.
Pricing (includes two prints and shipping, HST extra):
Early Bird Price (before October 10): $500
Regular price (after October 10): $580
There are only 25 subscriptions available, so reserve yours now!
About the artworks:
Collyer’s photographic series Rumble is a document of civilian deconstruction, wreckage artefacts, scarred and stirred urban landscapes. Parallels are drawn between isolated surface details found in local demolition zones to the static aftermath of warfare and aerial bombardment depicted in satellite and drone photography. Through their formal and compositional properties Rumble’s marked, crumbled and fractured scenes represent a characteristically contemporary experience; isolating principle qualities of an image, landscape and of materials to steer art towards a discussion of complex and charged politics.
Wonder As Ethical Priority belongs to a suite of three screenprints by Meghan Price. The series pairs precise cut/fold patterns for models of rocks with quotes* on the value of wonder, ambiguity and embodied knowledge. Contradictions between image and text call into question the effort of modelling, the imposition of geometry and the reduction of body to surface. While formally assuming qualities of factual diagrams, Price’s images ultimately champion the unwritten, the uncertain and the unknown.
*Jones, Rachel E. “On The Value Of Not Knowing: Wonder, Beginning Again and Letting Be.” On Not Knowing: How Artists Think, edited by Rebecca Fortnum and Elizabeth Fisher, Black Dog, 2013, pp. 16-31.
About the Artists:
Working with images and sculpture Miles Collyer is a visual artist challenging the traditional boundaries of photographic practice. His work has been exhibited across Canada, including the Art Gallery of Western Australia (Perth); Australian Centre For Photography (Sydney); The Power Plant (Toronto) and the University of Toronto Art Museum.
Meghan Price is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice is rooted in the language of textiles and looks for meaning in material, process and pattern. Price holds a degree in Textile Construction from The Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles and an MFA from Concordia University. Her work has been exhibited internationally and she has held residencies at Artspace Sydney, Open Studio, Toronto, the Scottish Sculpture Workshop and the Banff Centre. Meghan is represented by Katzman Contemporary, and creates her prints at Open Studio.
About the Organizations:
Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography is a non-profit artist-run centre committed to photography as a multi-faceted and ever-changing art form. Founded in 1979 to establish a supportive environment for the development of photography, Gallery 44’s mandate is to provide a context for reflection and dialogue on contemporary photography and its related practices. Gallery 44 offers exhibition and publication opportunities to national and international artists, award-winning education programs, and affordable production facilities for artists. Through its programs, Gallery 44 is engaged in changing conceptions of the photographic image and its modes of production.
Open Studio—Canada’s leading contemporary printmaking centre—is dedicated to the production, preservation and promotion of original fine art prints. Open Studio is a comprehensive artist-run centre for contemporary printmaking practice, providing multi-faceted services and programs to artists and the public alike. Open Studio gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country; the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario; the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council; and the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario. Open Studio also acknowledges the generous support of its members, and numerous foundations, corporations and individuals.
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