Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Close to You: Contemporary Textiles, Intimacy + Popular Culture

dateline Toronto, Wednesday June 4th 2007: Opening night of "Close To You"

With life size knitted superhero costumes (Mark Newport) a sexy 9 foot tall lady Sasquatch (Alison Mitchell) Rock and Roll lyrics embroidered on 40 different pieces of fabric ( Michele Provost) pop culture bedsheets turned into intensely over stitched fantasy lands (Ai Kijima) and a movie (Scott Kildall) Sarah Quinton's latest curatorial investigation is a riot of colour, attitudes, political under currents and just plain delight.

Michele Provost's embroider stars and text on camouflage, framed in red.

artist from left to right: Michele provost, Alison Mitchell, Scott Kildall, Ail Kijima, Mark Newport and curator Sarah Quinton

attending the opening: artist Karen Thiessen and Dorothy Caldwell are standing in Michele Provost embroidered "Its Only Rock and Roll" hallway

colour commentary in various shades of red with black accents ( persons unknowable)

Now is the time to make time to visit the Textile Museum of Canada, at 55 Centre Avenue in downtown Toronto. With the three components of the Battle Ground Project and the opening of Close to You the programming is set through the summer and into the fall. You have time to experience this mixed bag of personal exploration by contemporary artist and artisans known and unknown from the Middle East and North America.

you can read about the Battle Ground Project in the Tuesday, May 27, 2008 posting and watch for reviews of these exhibitions in the Summer Issue of fibreQUARTERLY coming soon.

check out these shows and others by exploring the TMC's extensive website


opening this weekend in Toronto and part of the World Washi Summit

May 29 - June 29. 2008

Barbara Klunder Deep Paper Cuts: recent works in washi

and Tawny Maclachlan Capon: Paper Totems: the spirit in washi

david K gallery, 1092 Queen Street West, ( entrance on Dovercourt) Toronto, Ontario,

Artist will be present on Saturday June 7, 2:00 - 5:00 PM

Susan Farquhar: Boreal Echo is also running until June 15, 2008

Loop Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition for the World Washi Summit entitled Flex.

Mark Adair · Elizabeth Babyn · Yael Brotman · Kelly Cade · Gary Clement · Elizabeth D'Agostino · Martha Eleen · Maria Gabankova · Candida Girling · Charles Hackbarth · Libby Hague · Isabelle Hemard · David Holt · JJ Lee · Liz Parkinson · Maureen Paxton · Barbara Rehus · Rochelle Rubinstein · Yvonne Singer · Adrienne Trent

May 31 – June 15, 2008
Reception: Saturday, June 7, 2008, 2-5pm

FLEX is a Loop Gallery members' exhibition incorporating washi, the traditional hand-made Japanese paper. FLEX explores the central paradoxes of this wonderful material: fragile but strong; light but resilient; understated but beautiful.

Endangered habitats, changing social factors and market forces have threatened the traditional production of this paper. FLEX, along with the other exhibitions in the World Washi Summit, shows why washi matters. Literally and metaphorically, washi demonstrates the value of cultural knowledge accumulated over centuries to a world looking for something cheap and fast. Instead, FLEX, flexes our washi muscles and plays with a new paradox, art that incorporates tradition and invention.

The World Washi Summit is a project developed by the Japanese Paper Place involving exhibitions, workshops and lectures at more than 35 prominent museums and galleries in Toronto and environs. For more information, please visit: or

Loop Gallery has been in operation since December 2000 and is one of the founding galleries of the Queen West Gallery District. Loop Gallery is a collective of professional artists and features artist/members who have a solid practice behind them, exhibition experience, and an interest in an alternative, pro-active approach to art and their career.
out of town

AK Collings, 41 John Street, Port Hope, 905-885-2001

SpaceK: Exhibition "Washi Group Show"
from June 4 - 15 featuring Ron Bolt, Milt Jewell, Liz Parkinson, Rebecca Cowan, Evelyn Von Michalofski, Malgorzata Wolak Dault, Jan Winton and Norah Deacon.

SpaceA: Norah Deacon and Lynn Jackson from June 1 - July 9

Reception: June 11, 3:30 PM - 5PM

Hours: Thurs, Fri, Sat Noon - 4PM. Otherwise, BY APPOINTMENT

Basically a lot is happening so go to the Summit

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for including an out-of Toronto gallery in your mentions of fibre and washi events. The Deacon/Jackson show at A.K. Collings Gallery in Port Hope is exquisite! Port Hope is a well preserved heritage town, well worth the 50 minute drive from Toronto. FYI, gallery hours are Thurs, Fri Sat noon to 5, Sun noon to 4, other times by appointment.