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

Sunday 18 January 2015, 12:00 pm–5:00 pm
Pick-up and drop-off at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
(Hart House, University of Toronto, 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto)

$10 donation includes admission to all galleries and afternoon refreshments by Trafalgar Brewing Company

For reservations, contact or 905.844.4402, ext. 24 by Friday 16 January, 4:00 pm


Ride the ARTbus and discover some of the winter’s best exhibitions in the GTA!

Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and University of Toronto Art Centre

The winter ARTbus begins at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and University of Toronto Art Centre with a tour of Sign, sign, everywhere a sign by guest curator Sarah Robayo Sheridan. Drawing on the Hart House and UTAC collections, this joint-venue exhibition considers how signs and symbols have been observed, adopted and altered in the work of artists from early modernity to today. Commercial graphics are an omnipresent feature of urban landscapes, whether in the proliferation of billboards and screens, the identity programs of nations and institutions, or the visual logic of window display. In response, artists have initiated their own symbolic studies and counter campaigns, progressively infiltrating signs and symbols to their own ends. Featuring work by Berenice Abbott, Carl Beam, James Carl, Ian Carr-Harris, Lynne Cohen, Robin Collyer, Greg Curnoe, Robert Fones, Robert Frank, General Idea, Hadley+Maxwell, Richard Hamilton, Jamelie Hassan, David Hlynsky, Luis Jacob, Will Kwan, Ken Lum, Kelly Mark, Ron Terada, Jeff Thomas, and John Thomson.

Blackwood Gallery

The ARTbus continues to the Blackwood Gallery for a tour of Inside by guest curator John Armstrong. Inside includes work by eight artists who use the various technologies and traditions that painting offers to engage the Blackwood Gallery’s exhibition spaces and reflect on the established genre of interior painting. Several of the artists will paint directly on the Blackwood’s walls or floor while other artists will exhibit mural-sized or more intimately scaled easel paintings. All of these artists connect painting in its many guises—from illusionistic or schematic tableau to a celebration of paint’s physical nature—with built interior spaces in order to ask us to reconsider painting’s longstanding critical and poetic engagement with the rooms we inhabit. Featuring work by Mark Bell, Pierre Dorion, Dorian FitzGerald, Sara Hartland-Rowe, Maria Hupfield, Denyse Thomasos, and Rhonda Weppler & Trevor Mahovsky.

Oakville Galleries

Next, at Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square and Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens, visit the opening of Depth of Perception. What once seemed like a clear division between “real" and “virtual”—tangible things/bodies and spectral images/platforms—has all but broken down in recent years. The screen image—whether cinematic, digital or otherwise—has proven to be transformative, readily altering our perception of environments, objects and ourselves, while taking on a presence and palpability akin to “solid” objects. Since at least the 1960s, artists have mined the relationship between sculpture and screen to explore what Kate Mondloch describes as "objecthood and illusionism in tandem.” Depth of Perception considers how one’s vantage point on the world—and the integrity of physical, sculptural objects—have been altered by the screen’s roles as frame, window, mirror, and interface. Featuring work by Trisha Baga, Peter Campus, Alex Da Corte, Anne de Vries, Christoph Girardet & Matthias Müller, Hadley+Maxwell, Marisa Hoicka and Johnny Forever, Oliver Husain, Vishal Jugdeo, Owen Kydd, Linda Quinlan, and Judy Radul.


11:45 am: Meet outside the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery for sign-in.

12:00 pm: Justina M. Barnicke Gallery followed by UTAC. Curator’s tour of Sign, sign, everywhere a sign.

1:30 pm: Blackwood Gallery. Curator’s tour of Inside.

2:45 pm: Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square. Visit Depth of Perception.

3:30 pm: Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens. Visit Depth of Perception. Opening reception with refreshments.

5:00 pm: Drop-off at Justina M. Barnicke Gallery.

In-kind support provided by Trafalgar Brewing Company.


Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
Hart House, University of Toronto, 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto

University of Toronto Art Centre
15 King's College Circle, Toronto

Blackwood Gallery
University of Toronto Mississauga, 3359 Mississauga Road, Mississauga

Oakville Galleries
Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square: 120 Navy Street, Oakville
Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens: 1306 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville

Images (left to right): Robin Collyer, Crime Scene, 2000. University of Toronto Collection, gift of the artist, 2013 © the artist; Mark Bell, Preparatory Sketch for Reverse Obsolescence (Deerfield Hall), 2014. Photo: Mark Bell; Hadley+Maxwell, …Um, 2006. Courtesy the artists and Jessica Bradley Gallery, Toronto. Photo: Mark Woods.