The Role of the Media – Saturday, May 20 at 1-2PM, PLUS Art Fair, Cotton Factory, Hamilton
Being an artist is one component of a larger equation, which includes the media. What role does it play in the artist’s career? From print to online, we explore the minds of those who see what others will see.
Sam Mogelonsky: AKIMBO
Mogelonsky specializes in promoting the visual arts, combining her art-world wisdom with her marketing and sponsorship acumen. She is presently the Director of Sales and Business Development for Akimbo Art Promotions – a Toronto-based online company that promotes contemporary visual art, video, new media and film locally, nationally and internationally. She has worked with arts organizations including The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Mercer Union, the Canadian Friends of the Israel Museum, the Red Head Gallery, the Union Gallery and Rearview Project(s). Sam is also a practicing artist and holds an MFA from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and a BFA from Queen’s University, with exhibits across Canada and internationally.
Sky Goodden: Editor MOMUS
Goodden is the founding editor of Momus, an international online art publication that stresses a return to art criticism. It has attracted over 500,000 readers, and regularly publishes some of the world’s most highly-regarded critics. Momus has been praised by peer publications and institutions including Frieze, The New Inquiry, artnet News, the College Art Association, and the LA Times. Goodden was the founding editor of BLOUIN ARTINFO Canada, which she ran from 2011 to 2014. She has written for Modern Painters, Art + Auction, Canadian Art, the National Post, Art21, artnet News, and C Magazine. She holds an MFA in Criticism & Curatorial Practice from OCAD University, which recently presented her with an Alumni of Influence Award, the “Trailblazer”.
FREE with admission – http://www.plusartfair.com/programming.htmlView
“Sam Mogelonsky’s equally anti-social but far more subdued sculptures are also on view. Their sequined surfaces are inviting but they hide an army of pins that threaten to draw blood with just a touch, which is a bit of a bummer after Kissick’s rollercoaster ride. I lean more to the works here that are just surface. I don’t need danger with my delight.” – Terence DickView
I hope to see you at the opening on September 11 from 6 – 9pm at Katzman Contemporary! Cheers and thank you for your support!
Pins & Needles
September 11 – October 11, 2014
Opening September 11 from 6 – 9pm
Katzman Contemporary, Toronto
Pins & Needles is decorative, playful, and obsessive, with a hidden sinister edge. Sam Mogelonsky’s painstakingly constructed sculptures use embellishment to speak to notions of craft production and decoration. Her work references ostentation and design, the dual nature of bodily pleasure and pain, and at the same time initiates a dialogue between the mass-produced and the hand-made.
Mogelonsky’s biomorphic forms draw the eye, reflecting changing light and colour. While these surface qualities entice viewers to approach for a closer look, upon inspection, their decadence is revealed as façade – the captivatingly vibrant forms conceal sinister undertones. The sequins, systematically hand-pinned to these styrofoam figures, remind the viewer of the intense process of the physical acts of labour – and the resulting pain – involved in their creation.
Mogelonsky also encases document tubes with sequins, secured with long, sharp pointed pins. The spiraling interior view produces a kaleidoscopic effect that speaks of extravagance and decoration, while also calling attention to the dual nature of pleasure and pain. These objects reveal a studded interior core of methodically placed pins whose deliberate labour results in a threatening spiral arrangement; an intoxicating aesthetic that solicits further investigation.
Mogelonsky’s sculptural practice focuses on the manipulation of light hearted, naïvely seductive, artificial surfaces to reveal narratives that oppose the materials used in the creation process. Her obsessive repetition of decorative elements and process-driven labour challenges the limits of adornment, as well as contemporary consumption and its tendencies towards the ominous consequences of excess.
Presented in the project room at Katzman Contemporary in tandem with Sugar Won’t Work, the most recent and perhaps radical iteration of John Kissick’s painterly approach.
Above: Installation shot with ‘Bent Spiral’, ‘Pins & Needles’ and ‘Harvest Moon’, all works 2014.
86 Miller St, Toronto, ON, M6N 2Z9
Tel: 416 654 9515
Tuesday – Thursday 11am to 5pm
Friday – Saturday 11am to 6pm or by appointment
To get to the gallery via TTC, take the 168 Symington bus north from Dundas West Station to the stop at Osler and Davenport, the gallery is one street west of the stop.View
SEPTEMBER 6 – OCTOBER 26, 2014
The exhibition title TBD, most typically used as an acronym for ‘to be determined’, proposes that the definition of a contemporary art gallery is not fixed. TBD exposes the defining factors of contemporary art galleries for scrutiny and examines the institutions’ effects on communities in order to imagine possible futures and new approaches.
Curated by Su-Ying Lee, Assistant Curator, MOCCAView
The CFIM Associates visited Caviar20 in Toronto this past week and it was a great summer kick-off event!
The Associates is a Toronto-based group in our 20′s and 30′s interested in engaging with the local and international art world through arts-based programming.
Our goal is to raise funds and awareness for the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, an institution with outstanding and broad-ranging collections, from archaeological works to cutting-edge contemporary art. The Museum aims to create cross-cultural dialogues within Israel and abroad, and CFIM’s efforts support the free admission and programming for Israeli children of all religions and ethnicities.View
I recently helped the lovely Su-Ying Lee and Jennifer Davis with their curatorial initiative – Rear (View) Projects as the Marketing & Communications Manager (so lots of Facebook-ing, Tweeting, Instagramming and print/web stuff). The project was a great success with a hue turn out for the opening!
Flipping Properties was commissioned by Rear View (Projects) for an unconventional exhibition platform – a laneway in Toronto’s Little Portugal neighbourhood. The project is a continuation of an ongoing study of super-furnitures by Lai, an architect, and the team of Bureau Spectacular. The installation takes the familiar house icon, the pentagon, as its formal starting point. Lai denatures this symbol of domesticity, converting it into super-furniture which is ‘too big to be furniture and too small to be architecture.’ This intervention in Toronto’s urban fabric provokes us to reconsider the potential uses for overlooked spaces in the city and question typical modes of interaction between art, place and audiences.
During the opening event on July 11, 2014, pieces of the installation will tumble and relocate within the laneway, creating a place for neighbours to gather and imagine an architecture that can reorient infinitely. Join us for a lively talk with Lai and CBC host, Britt Wray, who will discuss the topic of ‘rotation’ from the varied perspectives of architecture and science.
Flipping Properties is free and open for view anytime from July 11, 2014 to September 14, 2014 in the laneway at Sheridan Avenue & Gordon StreetView
ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation
With the Red Head Collective
2156 N. Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL
June 25 – July 16, 2014
Opening: Friday, June 27 from 6-9 pm
What is the meaning of a box? In their exhibit, Inside, Outside, created by 16 Toronto artists, the essence of the “box” is explored. Boxes protect and contain a precious item within which is usually something of personal significance. The shape and function is archetypal and has existed since the dawn of mankind. This three-dimensional structure becomes the perfect metaphor for understanding our personal relationships with the “other” that surrounds us.
Artists of The Red Head Gallery, Toronto: Mathew Borrett, Gabrielle de Montmollin, Tonia di Risio, Teri Donovan, Peter Dykhuis,Gillian Iles, Lynn Christine Kelly, Margie Kelk, Nina Leo, Ian Mackay, Sam Mogelonsky, Matthew Schofield, Peggy Taylor Reid, Sally Thurlow, Elaine Whittaker, and Xiaojing Yan.View