Visual Arts

No Flat City: Victoria Vitasek

Meet Toronto-born photographer Victoria Vitasek, a photographer who is no stranger to Harbourfront Centre. In 2010 she exhibited The Past, The Present, The Future — a photographic series of contemporary portraits of the leaders and participants of the Polish Scouting Association in Canada (See image below)– as part of Visual Arts Exhibitions Fall 2010. Chosen by curator Patrick Macaulay to participate in No Flat City, she chose to explore the landscape of northern Toronto through portraiture. In an effort to depict subjects interacting with the diverse land formations of the Oak Ridges Moraine, she began photographing family and friends in various locations in the Moraine, then expanded her scope to include members of the Toronto Region and Conservation (TRCA).

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Toronto is not a flat city

Nine Rivers Cityopened June 21st of last year, in partnership with Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA), and illustrated the journey of six artists who captured the visible and not-so-visible aspects of the nine rivers that flow through — and around — our city. The artists carefully explored four key aspects of rivers’ formation (history, nature, landscape and people), revealing the story of these streams to the public at Harbourfront Centre’s Exhibition Common.

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We opened our new Craft & Design Studio with a smash – literally

Surrounded by 4 decades of Artists-in-Residence and friends, we officially opened our newly expanded and revitalized Craft & Design Studio with a reception and “ribbon smashing” on Saturday. A contemporary take on tradition, our current Glass Artists-in-Residence Andrea Kott, Nick Chase, Jesse Bromm, and Silvia Taylor collaborated on a glass ribbon to propel us into the next 40 years of Craft & Design at Harbourfront Centre with a smash.

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6 Reasons to be at the York Quay Centre this Friday

Tomorrow marks the opening of our Visual Arts Winter 2014 exhibitions here at Harbourfront Centre. From big legacy projects to small objects, there are so many reasons to kick off your weekend at the York Quay Centre. Here are just 6 reasons to join us from 6-10 pm. Admission is FREE.

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NINE RIVERS CITY: Vanessa Hussey

Sometimes photographs can be a bit mysterious – what, exactly, are we looking at? What is the scene that you are peering into? These questions arise often when we look at the series of photographs by Vanessa Hussey in the Nine Rivers City exhibition.

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Nine Rivers City: Meghan Rennie

Meghan Rennie has a particular way of looking at the environment around her; as a photographer, the images she creates reflect this unique perspective. For the exhibition, Nine Rivers City, Rennie created images which are carefully crafted compositions constructed to give focus to a centrally placed object or subject.

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Nine Rivers City: Jade Lee Portelli

When daylight turns to dusk and darkness approaches, our response to our surroundings dramatically changes. This change is related to our ability to see and observe what is around us. For artist Jade Lee Portelli, it is this apex of time that she focuses on for her photographic exploration of some of the city’s rivers. Her images capture the mysterious time when darkness starts to envelope the landscape and nature is by itself, void of human presence except for the glow of distant light. The rivers and landscape she photographed at dusk bring an eeriness and foreboding quality that we can observe at a safe distance within her collection of images.

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Nine Rivers City: Aaron Vincent Elkaim

A city the size of Toronto is so large that at times you are surprised to find things that you never knew existed. For the exhibition Nine Rivers City, the artist, Aaron Vincent Elkaim set out to search for the unknown and hidden aspects of Toronto’s river system. Elkaim drove all over the city with a 4 X 5 field camera looking for how the rivers have been affected by the cities growth.

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Harbourfront Centre TV: Nine Rivers City

Welcome to the launch of our new series of weekly segments entitled “Harbourfront Centre TV”. Our host, Althea Linton, will be on-site all summer long talking to vendors, artists and patrons. In our inaugural video, Althea chats with the curator and artists involved in our newest photography exhibition, Nine Rivers City. Stay tuned for episode 2.

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Nine Rivers City: Outdoor photography exhibition now open

After months of hard work and planning, Nine Rivers City is officially open. On the night before public opening, June 20th, we celebrated with a private preview and reception. The evening included opening remarks by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority CEO, Brian Denney, Adam Menkes, who spoke on behalf of Menkes, exhibition curator Pat Macaulay and of course William Boyle, CEO of Harbourfront Centre.

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