ARTbus: Contemporary Art Bus Tour

ARTbus: Exhibition tour to the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Art Gallery of York University and Oakville Galleries


Sunday 9 June 2013, 11:30 am–5:00 pm

Pick-up and drop-off at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (Hart House, University of Toronto)

FREE; advance registration required. To register, contact or 905.844.4402, ext. 27 by Friday 7 June, 4:00 pm.

Ride the ARTbus and discover some of the summer's best exhibitions in the GTA!

Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

The summer ARTbus begins at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery with a tour of Screen and Décor by the exhibition's curator Rosemary Heather. For Screen and Décor the use of pattern and ornament (in the sense of extended motif) in contemporary art is understood as an organizing principle in a world of excessive data. Artworks in the exhibition are resonant of a contemporary visual reality characterized by complex patterning. Within the frame of an all-over exhibition design created by Rodney LaTourelle and Louise Witthoeft, Screen and Décor proposes to look at this phenomenon through the work of six artists: Shannon Bool, Simone Gilges, Bernhard Kahrmann, Sanaz Mazinani, Kirstine Roepstorff, and Emmy Skensved.

Art Gallery of York University (AGYU)

The ARTbus continues to the AGYU for a special artist's tour of Sara Angelucci: Provenance Unknown, an exhibition featuring two fledgling bodies of work by Toronto artist Sara Angelucci. Inspired by found, anonymous (unattributed) photographic portraits that the artist purchased on eBay, The Anonymous Chorus and Aviary mark a distinct shift in the artist's practice. In these new works, Angelucci moves away from exploring the familiar to interrogating the anonymous; from investigating her own identity (and family lineage) to tracing the history of others. She mixes analogue sources and digital techniques, and combines artistic genres through collaboration with composers, singers and ornithologists. The Anonymous Chorus and Aviary open a temporally suspended space between past and present, where the subjects of these lost portraits may come to life, once again—in a transformed state of being. Provenance Unknown is curated by AGYU Assistant Director/Curator Emelie Chhangur, and is a primary exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

Oakville Galleries

Finally, at Oakville Galleries participants will visit the group exhibition Auto-Motive: World from the Windshield in Gairloch Gardens and at Centennial Square. Auto-Motive brings together eighteen artists who examine notions of place, perception and emotional experience from the interior of a car. The artworks assembled here explore the material relations and sensations that coalesce behind the windshield. They speak to various outlooks, revealing the car as a driving force for urban change, a site of thought and reflection, and a place for new spatialities and imagined journeys. Artists include Roy Arden, IAIN BAXTER&, Stan Denniston, Christos Dikeakos, Susan Dobson, Fred Herzog, Geoffrey James, Jesper Just, Mara Korkola, John Massey, N.E. Thing Co., Marian Penner Bancroft, Leslie Peters, Martha Rosler, Jon Sasaki, Monica Tap, Jeff Wall, and Paul Wong.


11:15 am: Meet at the Barnicke Gallery for registration check-in followed by tour with the curator.

1:00 pm: Art Gallery of York University. Tour with the artist.

2:30 pm: Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square. Visit Auto-Motive.

3:15 pm: Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens. Continue visit of Auto-Motive. Reception with refreshments.

5:00 pm: Drop-off at the Barnicke Gallery.

In-kind support provided by Trafalgar Brewing Company