Fall 2016 at CDCC: Recent and Upcoming Exhibitions + Events


Critical Distance is pleased to announce the following exhibitions and events for Fall 2016. We hope to see you at one or more of the upcoming events; stay tuned for additional details and announcements as they become available.

featuring Morehshin Allahyari, Maria Flawia Litwin, Manuel Saiz, Marianna Milhorat, Terence Nance
3 Screenings: Sat, 9/17 from 2-3 pm, Mon, 9/19 from 7-8:40 pm and Tues, 9/20 from 7-9 pm

Critical Distance is thrilled to present Slipstreams, an original 30-min program of moving image works by Morehshin Allahyari (Brooklyn), Maria Flawia Litwin (Toronto), Manuel Saiz (Logroño, Spain), Marianna Milhorat (Chicago), and Terence Nance (Brooklyn). Our program will screen in the Cinesphere at Ontario Place on three dates during in/future, an exciting festival of art and music presented by Art Spin in partnership with Small World Music, September 15-25, 2016. Responding to the site and festival context, Slipstreams brings together five artists whose works envisage the slippage of time between past and future, and how humans seek to transcend the present moment.

The program is included in a longer set of film and video works to be screened in the Cinesphere as follows:

Saturday, September 17th from 2–3 pm
Vtape Program I, Slipstreams presented by Critical Distance

Monday, September 19th from 7–8:40 pm
Alex McLeod, Joe Hambleton, Slipstreams presented by Critical Distance, Vtape Program I, IMAX Journey of Discovery

Tuesday, September 20th from 7–9 pm
Slipstreams presented by Critical Distance, Konrad Kästner, PVS, Carsten Nicolai, IMAX Silent Sky

In/future’s schedule has more information on each artist/artwork in the above programs. Seats are first-come, first served, so please arrive 15 minutes early and be prepared to stay for the duration of the full program on whichever day you attend.

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And while you’re at the festival, keep an eye out for CDCC Founding Director Shani K Parsons‘ independent curatorial project featuring large-scale eye-popping artworks by Brooklyn-based artist Tamara Gayer inside the main entrance and on the pavilion rooftops — you can’t miss them!

In/future tickets available here. Save by purchasing them in advance online.

Claudia Wieser, Fischreiher, 2009, courtesy Sies+Höke Gallery, Düsseldorf

Mediolus corona, Jessica Drenk, Gabriel Lalonde, Claudia Wieser | 
Curated by Astarte Rowe
Exhibition opening Weds, Sept 21st from 6–9 pm | On view September 21 — October 23, 2016

We’re launching our 2016-17 program with an experimental, multidisciplinary exhibition curated by Astarte Rowe and featuring countless living Mediolus corona amoebas in an aquarium habitat, plus artworks by Jessica Drenk (US), Gabriel Lalonde (Canada), and Claudia Wieser (Germany). In The Amoebic Workshop, single-celled organisms industriously, and invisibly, craft intricate shells for themselves that embody a uniquely visual aesthetic. Conversely the artists in this exhibition demonstrate tendencies toward the ‘amoebic’ through artworks involving found components, altered and/or assembled with an affinity to natural processes and concepts. To quote philosopher Elizabeth Grosz: “Art is of the animal;” hence, “what is most artistic in us is that which is most bestial.” The introduction of a living organism into the gallery space reconfigures the relationship between human and animal acts of creation, submerging the exhibition into the virtual realm of the amoebic.

Join us for a reception with the curator on Weds, September 21st from 6–9 pm. Our event will coincide with Koffler Gallery’s opening for Yonder, a building-wide exhibition featuring Sarindar Dhaliwal, Brendan Fernandes, Rafael Goldchain, Jérôme Havre, Luis Jacob, Esmond Lee, Julius Poncelet Manapul, Sanaz and Mani Mazinani, Divya Mehra, Zinnia Naqvi, José Luis Torres, 2Fik, Blue Republic, Diana Yoo, Jinny Yu, Z’otz* Collective and curated by Matthew Brower and Mona Filip. All are welcome to what will surely be a fantastic art-filled evening!

Additional events related to the exhibition are being planned; stay tuned for updates.


Mural on Shaw Street by Steven Beckly | 
Curated by Matthew Kyba
September 2016–January 2017

Critical Distance is pleased to present “8 x 8 at AYP” (aka the Artscape Youngplace mural on Shaw Street), featuring a large 8-foot square photograph by Toronto-based artist Steven Beckly. As project curator Matt Kyba writes, “In Come to My Window, a finger presses against a plane window waiting for a reciprocal touch…. Captured from the clouds and situated outside Artscape Youngplace, the billboard expresses a similar and unfulfilled wish: a desire for a public and global intimacy that stems from the ground and blooms from the individual. Against the backdrop of windows that adorn the repurposed school, the image becomes a public invitation to engage these openings as sites for social connection.” Critical Distance thanks Artscape Youngplace for their generous support of this project.


October 28–31, 2016

We are pleased to be participating in the first Edition art book fair in Toronto, running concurrently with Art Toronto, Canada’s international art fair, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Details coming soon.

Jeannette Ehlers, Søren Thilo Funder, Tina Helen, Maj Hasager, Jens Haaning, Stine Marie Jacobson, Jane Jin Kaisen, and Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen | Curated by Earl Miller
Opening November 5th from 6–9 pm

In this timely and provocative exhibition, Canadian audiences will be introduced to recent Danish art. The included work was chosen from studio visits curator Earl Miller made in Denmark last year. Impressed by the outward-looking nature of much contemporary Danish art, which addresses global and cross-cultural subjects, often in a political context, Miller’s focus gradually narrowed to artists exploring cultural interchange, cultural displacement, and immigration. Sound works, performances and photographs reveal migrant patterns and alter them in unexpected ways. Featuring a live performance by visiting artist Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen on the evening of the opening (details to be announced). This exhibition is produced with the support of the Danish Arts Foundation.

WU by Rudolf Komorous, performed by Eve Egoyan
Intimate Studio Concert Series | Artscape Youngplace, Suite 304
4 Sundays in November from 6–7 pm

In support of our wonderful 3rd floor neighbour, pianist Eve Egoyan, we’re sharing this invitation to her new series of intimate concerts in her studio at Artscape Youngplace. She’ll be performing WU by Rudolf Komorous, composed especially for her. With a max capacity of 20-25 guests, each of the four performances will fill up fast, so contact Egoyan at eve.egoyan (at) bell (dot) net to reserve your seats soon. Tickets are available at a sliding scale of $20 – $25 and donations above the ticket price are very welcome.

“Wu” in Zen is ‘not’ the expected. The pleasure of Komorous’ WU is the pleasure of the unexpected. Listening to a line of notes falling like water drops from a melting icicle, at irregular intervals, a note rising when you anticipate it will descend, a chord appearing in a line of single notes like a crow in a flight of sparrows. WU is a one movement composition made up of 31 segments divided by rests, the duration of each note and the tempo (variations on slow) of their succession is a collaboration between composer and pianist. Their sequences, while sometimes hinting at melody, are less like song and more like conversation. This music is not built on cultural agreements intended to be shared by a collective. Everything about WU is individual. Everything about it pushes you back into your own time. Oddly, this music, that at first listening might appear as non-sense, becomes a lovely discourse seemingly native to the understanding. WU is a sensitive and elegant collaboration, deep in feeling, displayed with impeccable dignity. (Edited from a review by The Live Music Report.)

Drain: A Journal of Contemporary Art and Culture | Issue 13.2: 
AIDS and Memory | Edited by Ricky Varghese
Wednesday, September 7th from 6:30–9 pm

Critical Distance was pleased to host the launch event for AIDS and Memory, Issue 13.2 of Drain: A Journal of Contemporary Art and Culture, edited by CDCC advisory board member, Ricky Varghese. Complementing the magazine’s September 1 online launch, this evening event included a premiere of Vincent Chevalier’s film À Vancouver and a panel discussion with Chevalier, Varghese, and issue contributors Michele Pearson Clarke, Liz Gibson-DeGroote, Francisco-Fernando Granados, Ted Kerr, and Cait McKinney.

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