Red Canoe Series by Kurt Swinghammer

Red Canoe Series by
Kurt Swinghammer
July 2 – September 15
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Red Canoe 2, Kurt Swinghammer, 2014
Acrylic on canvas, 48″ x 48″

Ice Age Scotty Review by David Jager

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Ice Age Scotty Review
David Jager for NOW Magazine

May 22, 2014
Her enigmatic, occasionally haunting images pay homage to the imagination and to unusual and beautiful toy design.” …David Jager read the full review —

www.nowtoronto.com/art/story.cfm?content=198081

VERSO Presents: Photographs by Julie Jenkinson

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Ice Age Scotty
Photographs by Julie Jenkinson

May 1-June 1, 2014
CONTACT Photography Festival
Opening: Saturday, May 3 from 4-6 pm

Ice Age Scotty
In 1961 eleven miniature Japanese Celluloid toy dogs boarded a JAL flight from Tokyo to Moscow where they were to be featured at an international exhibition for rare toys.

Two hundred miles outside of Moscow, the aircraft’s engine malfunctioned and crashed into a glacier in the White Sea. Scotty, the pack leader, guides his fellow passenger canines through a dreamy adventure in the arctic.

Ice Age Scotty is Jenkinson’s playful homage to rare vintage Japanese Celluloid toys.

Scotty, 2014. Archival pigment print. 

MAX LUPO Opening: Objects of Note

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VERSO Gallery Presents
MAX LUPO: Objects of Note
April 5-27, 2014

Opening Reception & Performance
Saturday April 5 from 4-6 pm

Additional Performances
Saturday, April 12: 1-4
Sunday, April 27: 1-4

***BlogTO—Must See Art Shows

Max Lupo’s Objects of Note takes all of the things you never knew you wished you had, and puts them in one place. Are you your own worst enemy? Do you need a portable confidence booster? Or are you disturbingly lonely while sitting around the house? These, and many other essential human dilemmas, can all be solved by an Object of Note!

The devices on view present themselves as an object waiting to be touched, and it is through the user’s interaction that the limit of the device’s functionality is revealed. Together the viewer and artist will find that what the objects purport to do is both a very real reality, and an obvious sham.

Artist Statement
In my most recent work I become both inventor, and television infomercial host. The devices I create present themselves as an object waiting to be touched, and it is through the user’s interaction that the true character of each device is revealed. The power of the objects reside in their ability to engage with the viewers on both a tactile and conceptual level.

The objects may attempt to offer a concrete solution for some deleterious human ailment, or perhaps they are simply a lightning rod for irony. In either case, the objects are created to be reactive to the user, in a way that allows them to reveal truths about themselves, the user, and myself – all at once.

Max Lupo is an emerging artist/inventor who travels the world (not really) in order to bring the most exotic and fascinating inventions to life.

Image: Dial Me a Story. Modified vintage telephones, 2014

VERSO Presents Rod Bergeron

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Rod Bergeron: CUPVILLE
OCAD 2014 Sculpture/Installation Thesis Exhibitions Series
between zero and one

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 22 from 3 – 6 pm
March 20 – March 30, 2014

Artist Statement 

I have never really seen myself as an environmentalist but I see how that label can be attached to much of my work.

I am interested in creating assemblages by recycling and re-purposing materials. My current project involves using a common cultural cast off, the Tim Hortons’ cup. I have taken apart and reworked the cups into buildings and houses. It is my expectation that this project will inspire us all to do better with what we have. There is a finite amount of land and resources and we can and should make the most of them.

CUPVILLE, uses the best urban land use practices from around the world and incorporates them into one unified piece. The project represents six blocks of an urban community. I want to address our over use of natural resources, the constant disregard for our environment, both natural and built, and the restructuring of society. It is my expectation that we see ourselves in this piece; we examine our role in where we live and question how we engage in our environment.

Image: Rod Bergeron, CUPVILLE. 2014. Tim Hortons’ cups, wire, white tissue paper, black foamcore.

VERSO Presents Rachel Zinman

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OCAD Sculpture/Installation Thesis Series
between zero and one

Rachel Zinman
Mounds
Exploring the Human-Termite Connection.
March 6-16, 2014
Opening: Saturday, March 8 from 3-6 pm
Artist Statement

I have always been interested in natural systems. My work often reflects my interests in naturally occurring geometry and architecture created by insects.

Insects like bees, wasps, termites, and ants, particularly fascinate me. Their social functions and nest/hive building were what really caught my interest initially. I have often been surrounded by many of these insects in my time tending my vegetable garden. Being in contact with these interesting, complicated and necessary creatures is what made me start making sculptural work on organic architecture.

Image: Mounds, 2014, 64 x 45”. Chicken wire, plaster, wood chips, and internal  lighting.

Family Dynamics: Show Extended to Feb. 23

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Show EXTENDED until FEB. 23

Family Dynamics
New Sculpture by Libby Hague
A family of sculpture meets for an annual birthday party.

Images:
1. My back hurts (I hate dancing) (let me see those hands) (don’t make a spectacle of yourself), 2013. 
Papier-mache, ball, beads, paper (fascinator), woodcut, upholstery nails, cord.
2. Queen for a day, 2013. 
Wooden spine, woodcuts, rope, hooks, tiny copper nails, party apron.

There’s a Swinger at the birthday party!

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Sculpture by Libby Hague at VERSO until Feb. 9.
Image: Swinger (will there be dancing?)

HOURS: JANUARY 29

PLEASE NOTE: REVISED GALLERY HOURS
JANUARY 29: 
12 pm- 5:45 p.m.
Sorry for any inconvenience and thank you.

VERSO Presents Libby Hague

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Family Dynamics
New Sculpture by Libby Hague
A family of sculpture meets for an annual birthday party.

http://www.libbyhague.com/

January 18 – February 9, 2014
Opening Saturday, January 18 – 4-6 pm.
Image: Big head: big heart: the happy child.
Papier maché, woodcut, upholstery tacks, fancy apron, hammered copper, rope, hairnets, Irish beach treasure, painted wood, fishing nets, jewelry, gravity.