GM Sculpture Commission

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery (RMG), in collaboration with the City of Oshawa, will commission a site-specific sculpture by a Canadian artist in celebration of the City’s participation in the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

The sculpture will be installed in the spring of 2015, adjacent to the General Motors Centre (GM Centre), Durham Region’s premier sports and recreation facility, and the venue of the boxing and weightlifting events at next year’s TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

In this two-stage competition, interested artists or artists’ teams first submitted an Expression of Interest, consisting of a resume, artist’s statement as well as detailed relevant work and experience. From the submissions, the Selection Committee choose four candidates, in early September 2014, who each received a $1,500 honorarium for the production of a project proposal.

The final commission will consist of a $150,000 production budget, which includes all fees, materials, fabrication and installation costs. The cost of the commission will be provided through the gallery’s restricted Acquisitions Endowment. The commission will be awarded by November 10, 2014 with installation set to take place by May 15, 2015.

Short-listed Artists

The selection committee short-listed the following four artists to submit proposals for the commission.

Jaime Angelopoulos

Jaime Angelopoulos received her MFA from York University (2010), and BFA from NSCAD University (2005). She was awarded the Hazelton Sculpture Prize in 2013, as well as artist residencies at Meadows School of the Arts (Dallas, TX) and the Banff Centre for the Arts (Alberta). Angelopoulos has presented solo exhibitions across Canada and in the United States, notably at PARISIAN LAUNDRY (Montreal, QC), YYZ Artist Outlet (Toronto, ON), Cambridge Galleries (Ontario), Stride Gallery (Calgary, AB), among many others. In 2015 Angelopoulos will present two-person exhibitions in Finland and Chicago, as well as an artist residency at KulttuuriKauppila Art Centre in Finland. Visit artist’s website.

Marman & Borins

Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins have practised sculpture, installation and media art in Toronto since 2000. Jennifer Marman is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario. Daniel Borins is a graduate of McGill University. Both Marman and Borins are also graduates of the Ontario College of Art and Design.

The work of Marman and Borins is often intervention based – situating the visual arts within the context of everyday life, while simultaneously referring to aspects of the history of twentieth century art. Their projects identify tensions that arise in the politicization, historicization, and visuality of the artwork, often within the context of mass visual language, mass media, consumerism, and with an eye toward revisionism upon certain issues pertaining to the historicization of twentieth century art. Visit the artists’ website.

Noel Harding

As an artist, Noel Harding produced video art in the 70’s, video projection and installation in the 80’s, kinetic installations and sculpture as theatre in the 90’s. His work for the last 20 years is in public art where landscape and environment are paramount. In general, his work is an engagement in public urban realities: planning, envisioning, and mapping.  He has exhibited and lectured internationally and his work is included in collections at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the City of Amsterdam and the Hara Museum, Tokyo.

Maha Mustafa

Maha Mustafa is a Swedish-Iraqi sculptor and installation artist living and working between Sweden and Canada. She has exhibited internationally and engages various audiences and contexts of contemporary art. She has participated in numerous exhibitions and projects in museums and art galleries throughout Europe, North America, and Asia – including Mori Art Museum in Tokyo Japan, Al Sharjah Biennial of UAE, Malmoe Museum in Sweden, and MAI (Montreal Arts Intercultural) Gallery in Montreal, Canada. With her commissioned public art works, she pushes the relationship between public spaces and art.

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RMG Exposed Finalists Announced!

Our annual juried photography competition returns on 22 November, 2014, beginning at 7pm. This year, The RMG received a record number of over 360 submissions!

The jury included established photographers Mike Berube, Ryan Cleary and Marni Grossman. They were responsible for jurying the submissions and determining the final 51 selections. The quality of works submitted this year was exceptional and showed a wide range of photographic styles and great work across all levels – from student to professional photographers.

To view the finalists, please visit http://www.rmgexposed.com/p/2014-finalists.html

The jury will award prizes for each category of photography. The best overall submission will receive the CIBC Wood Gundy Emerging Photographer award, including a solo exhibition at the RMG in Spring 2015, with the $2,000 artist fee sponsored by CIBC Wood Gundy. Other prizes include cash and photographic equipment awards of up to $1,500 in various categories such as Photojournalism, Landscape, Conceptual, Youth and Community Choice. The prize winners will be announced during the event on 22 November 2014.

The selected photographs will be sold during the event in both the live and silent auction. The artists graciously donated the prints to further the educational and community programming at the RMG and will be in attendance at RMG Exposed.

Please join us in supporting the RMG and the artists in our community on 22 November, 2014 at RMG Exposed. For further information and tickets, please visit www.rmgexposed.com

Congratulations to all the finalists and thank you to everyone who submitted!

Image: Amanda Arcuri, Float, Photograph.

The Launch of jockmacdonald.org

“Hot Topics” blog posts come from the desk of Sam Mogelonsky, our Communications & Social Media Coordinator.

jockweb-timeline

Starting at the RMG in September, I had the amazing opportunity to work on a brand new website for the upcoming Jack Macdonald exhibition. In collaboration with the Vancouver Art Gallery and Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, we have launched of a project specific website at jockmacdonald.org for the upcoming exhibition Jock Macdonald: Evolving Form.

The special project website had a complicated brief. It needed to detail the artist’s life with an extended timeline, have a live drawing tool, as well as ad interactive gallery of artworks. Additionally, it had to be bilingual and have a responsive design so it would work across all platforms – desktop, tablet and mobile. This would be the first time the artist’s works are available online in an interactive, web-based format so we needed help to ensure the website was done in an exciting and accessible way.

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To achieve this task, the RMG worked with the design and development studio Junction Design to complete the custom website. Junction design is a leading Toronto based visual identity, user experience design and development studio that is committed to helping organizations bring innovation and interactivity to their audience. We are thrilled with the website and are hoping to see engagement with this tool as visitors learn more about this important Canadian artist across Canada, and the world.

jockweb-draw

Visit the website at jockmacdonald.org and learn more about the artist and his amazing works!  Evolving Form is the first major retrospective of the artist’s work in over thirty years and is a fresh look at the influential artist’s career. The exhibition will be on display at the RMG from 31 January until 24 May, 2015.

 

 

Linda and Olinda Celebrate Anniversaries at the RMG

Last week was an exciting one at the RMGand we had plenty to celebrate. We had two important anniversaries among our staff. The first was our Senior Curator, Linda Jansma, who celebrated 25 years working with the RMG. The second was our Director of Finance and Administration, Olinda Casimiro, who celebrated 20 years at the gallery.

We asked Linda Jansma about her experiences working at the RMG and she replied:

“After 25 years – that’s a difficult one to answer! My interactions with artist has always been the best part of the job – I really see it as a privilege to be witness to the artistic process. But here are my top three memories…

The Samuel Roy-Bois exhibition that we collaborated on with the SAAG is memorable – I’m slightly claustrophobic and we had to build a 60′ enclosed corridor that had absolutely no light seepage — the idea was for people to be disoriented before the big reveal when a door was opened. And it didn’t matter how many times I went in there – my heart did a skip every time the door was closed behind me…

Finding a grant that allowed Ed Pien to go to China and research what would become his amazing series of paper cuts — and being able to show one of the first ones he’d created here in Oshawa. Finally – working with amazing people, over the years, with whom I could share a vision/interest/love of art!”

Thank you both for your contributions to the gallery – cheers to more years at the RMG!

So what’s Ello?

“Hot Topics” blog posts come from the desk of Sam Mogelonsky, our Communications & Social Media Coordinator.

Ello – It’s the newest social media on the block this month. Everyone has been talking about the developer’s approach to creating a social media platform that not only looks good, but functions without generating advertising revenue as a primary goal.

Ello was originally built by a group of seven well-known artists and programmers as a private social network. Over time, so many people wanted to use Ello that they built a public version of Ello. The network is still in the beta stage, but new features and users are being added every day. The main user appeal, apart from the streamlined design functionality, is that Ello does not sell ads or sell personal data to third parties.

After reading a bit about Ello, and playing around with it a bit myself, I decided to add the RMG to the community and be an early adopter of this network. So if you’re on Ello, come say hello and follow us at https://ello.co/thermg

Announcing the RMG’s Cultural Partnership with Art Toronto

Art Toronto, Canada’s esteemed international modern and contemporary art fair marks its 15th anniversary this year and to commemorate this milestone a refreshed floor plan, engaging programming and experiential and immersive installations will be unveiled at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, from October 24 – 27th.

As a Cultural Partner for Art Toronto, subscribers to the RMG’s e-newsletter will receive a 20% discount on regular admission tickets. Tickets are $20 onsite, $18 online and $14.40 with this code, with a maximum of 2 tickets per user.

Art Toronto:

Location
Metro Toronto, Convention Centre, North Building, Halls A,B,C
255 Front Street West, Toronto, ON
Directions and Parking

Dates & Times
October 24   12 – 8pm
October 25   12 – 8pm
October 26   12 – 6pm
October 27   12 – 6pm

Admission
General: $18.00 (Online)
$20.00 (Onsite)
Students & Seniors: $14.00
Groups +10: $14.00
3-Day Power Talk Pass: $40.00
Children Under 10 FREE

Opening Night Preview
A benefit for the
Art Gallery of Ontario
Thursday October 23

Special Collectors’ Preview
4:30 – 10:00pm
Ticket: $300.00
Includes Access to Opening Night Preview

Opening Night Preview
6:30 – 10:00pm
Ticket: $200.00

For more information or to purchase tickets visit arttoronto.ca.

RMG Fridays November: Winter Festival

In partnership with their Next Winter Festival running 6 to 9 November, we have performances by Bad Child and The Elwins. Join us on Friday, November 7 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Next Summer is a new youth collective committed to providing events for diverse voices.

Our November event also celebrates the opening of “Ron Shuebrook: Drawings.” http://www.rmg.on.ca/ron-shuebrook-drawings.php

Find The Elwins on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheElwins

Find Bad Child on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/badchildband

On the first Friday of the month, join the RMG in celebrating local talent. The gallery buzzes with live musical performances, interactive art experiences, open gallery spaces, social mingling and more. Suitable for music lovers, youth, families, date nights, and culture-vultures.

Free to attend | 7-10pm | Cash Bar | All ages welcome.

Follow the twitter feed at #RMGFridays!