New Billboard on Shaw: Lost in Shape by Ruth Adler

Critical Distance is pleased to present the second artist’s project in our newest initiative, the Billboard on Shaw, through which we are providing opportunities, in partnership with Artscape Youngplace, for curators and artists to propose large format printed artworks for the freestanding mural/billboard outside our building on Shaw Street.

Lost in Shape is an 8-foot image by Toronto and Tel Aviv-based artist Ruth Adler to be unveiled the week of January 18 (note above image is placeholder — see the exhibition page for the actual image). As she poignantly states,

When I cut out the object of a photograph, my intention was to use the cut out object and discard the empty background. But instead I became interested in how the empty background held onto the shape that was no longer there. It occurred to me that this image mirrored my own life and the recent loss of my father.

Lost in Shape will be on view outside Youngplace through April 2017.

Please join us to celebrate the new billboard on Thursday, January 19th from 6–10 pm
A reception for artist will take place in our third floor gallery at Youngplace and will coincide with the opening of our January exhibition, The Path, The Divide | Brynn Higgins-Stirrup. Koffler Gallery will also open their Winter exhibition featuring Leopold Plotek from 6–9 pm so it will be an art-filled evening at Youngplace this Thursday!

Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC)
Suite 302, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON M6J 2W5
See Google map of location

About the Artist

Ruth Adler is an artist who lives and works in Toronto and Tel Aviv. Her work includes painting, drawing, photography, textiles and video. She has exhibited internationally since the 1980s at venues including Jim Kemper Fine Art (New York), Lonsdale Gallery (Toronto) and Lorber Gallery (Tel Aviv). Adler has received awards and grants for her work, including a Bravo Fact award for her video work, and has received commisions from the Iroqois Hotel (New York) and The Schneider Children’s Medical Centre (Petach Tiqvah).

Critical Distance thanks Artscape Youngplace for their generous support of this project.


image: placeholder for forthcoming 
8 x 8 foot billboard artwork at 180 Shaw Street in Toronto’s West Queen West neighbourhood — click here for the actual image.

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