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SPACE & TIME - Art Show

Eleven emerging artists exploring the space-time continuum.

Eleven emerging artists come together in the New Year at Steam Whistle’s art gallery, to explore the broad, fascinating topic of Space and Time. For millennium, philosophers, scientists, dreamers and mathematicians have all gazed up at the universe wondering how it works, and what meanings are hidden in the stars. The cosmos has returned no answers, only more questions, posing greater and more fascinating puzzles. We now must wonder not just who we are, but where we are, and even when we are.

Through Space and Time, these eleven artists will explore these mysteries; from the scientific to the fantastic, they draw and paint the world beyond their reach, through intricate embroidery to grand painting, and detailed story. Literal, but more often than not interpretative, they will explore the emotional and scientific implications of time travel through narrative and character. The art presented will loosely interpret theorem and scientific knowledge, as well as strive to create unique views of science fiction, and the culture that has grown around our fascination with space and time. Visions of aliens and interstellar clouds will abound along with surreal imagery. We will explore the relationship between our cultures and the imagined cultures of the future, the possibility of terraforming and all that entails. What will our future look like? What if we could change it? The possibilities are endless, and the Space and Time show will explore many of them.

Join us for the Opening Night Party, Wednesday January 5, 2011 from 7-11 pm. Steam Whistle Brewing, The Roundhouse, 255 Bremner Blvd., Toronto M5V 3M9, or visit the brewery all month long to check out the exhibition.

About the Artists:

Erin Ornstein is an illustrator born and based in Toronto. Her work is primarily inspired by inuit folklore, japanese ghost stories, obscure fairy tales and infused with her love of stories and storytelling. She uses an assortment of mixed media but particularly loves the fluid nature of spilled inks and layered water colours. She is currently completing a degree in design, with a major in illustration, at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Her work was recently featured at the 2009 OCAD graduation exhibition.

Mary Verhoeven is a Toronto based illustrator and typographer currently finishing her Bachelor of Design at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Her work often deals with issues of gender and queer identity in history and in contemporary context while striving to maintain approachability to a mainstream audience. She frequently uses acrylic painting or ink based drawing in her work, blending illustrative drawing and painting styles with typography to create a sense of narrative and immersion in a story or emotion.

Kaity Hill is an illustrator formerly based in Toronto and now cruising in the nation's capital. She graduated OCAD university this past year and has been on the American Illustrator's Tribute Gallery site, and in the current issue of 3x3. Acrylics are her weapon of choice but she works with a variety of media and likes to mix it up by layering and juxtaposing materials together.

Trevor Henderson is currently finalizing his bachelor's degree in Illustration at the Ontario College of Art and Design. His art was featured in the OCAD Grad Show 2009, and he recently participated in The Villain Show at the Sleeping Giant Gallery, with another show at the same location planned for February. Trevor recently concluded a lengthy internship with local horror culture magazine, Rue Morgue Magazine, and he looks forward to working freelance in illustration in Toronto when he graduates this April.

Jenn Woodall is currently completing her fourth year of study in Ryerson Universitys Fashion Design program. She will be graduating with her Bachelor of Design in April of 2010. She plans to persue a masters degree in Costume Design or in Illustration. Jenn has been featured in many fashion shows, including international competitions, such as Toronto Alternative Fashion Week, Nuit Blanche, NOW magazine's fashion design challenge, Internationl Jaihai Student Design Competition and various others.

Gillian Blekkenhorst is an illustrator, animator, and webdesigner from Thunder Bay, Ontario, currently working from Toronto. Prior to attending post secondary she did work as a webdesigner and illustrator, and published several comics through the Diorama Comics collective. She recieved a diploma in Art Fundamentals - Animation Stream from Sheridan College in 2006 and a Bachelor of Design from the Ontario College of Art and Design, majoring in Illustration, in 2009.

In 2009 she took part in the Villian Show at the Sleeping Giant Gallery, and was one of five contestants to recieve $5000 from the Say FU to Student Debt Scholarship, which she was awarded for her animated entry.

Laura Harte currently lives in Toronto, Ontario. Since graduating from the Ontario College of Art and Design with a BDes she has been working in illustration and fine arts. She has shown in the Grad Show, the Retrospective Show, and the Villain show. She won a merit in Creative Quarterly 16.

JJ Tebrake has recently completed four 2.85 X 3.90 meter encaustic paintings for a hotel’s restaurant, “The Zeppelin” in The United Arab Emirates. Commission pieces totaling in over 4 months work. The body of work incorporated significant cultural and heritage imagery of the middle east. He has worked on storyboards and mock ups for NYFA (New York Film Academy of Abu Dhabi). He is a graduate of The Ontario College of Art and Design.

Abraham Nelson works towards a character driven story within each of his pieces. Falsely innocent and consistently chaotic, the creatures and persons and living dead things come to life in the imagery he creates. He is a graduate of OCAD and participated in the Villain Show.

Katherine Verhoeven's art strives to marry mystery and beauty into melancholy scenes and depictions of emotion. Painting in a variety of mediums, her depictions of people and objects have a haunting sadness to them. She has been featured in publications such as Creative Quarterly and 3x3. Her previous shows include the MyOCAD retrospective, the Creative Arts show, Automated Regrowth and WALLSPACE.

Molly McCracken is a Canadian-born visual artist, currently living in Toronto. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design with a BDes and now works in both fine art and illustration. Molly's illustrative work uses a large mix of medias, combining photography, ink, acrylic, and personally crafted japanese papers in a digital collage which creates unique textures and layering.

About Steam Whistle Gallery:

Steam Whistle Brewing hosts monthly art exhibitions in their Retail & Hospitality area to showcase local creative talent. Although many exhibitors are established artists, some are showing for the first time. Steam Whistle does not charge rent for their gallery space, nor is a commission earned on any works that are sold. At the close of each show, one piece from the show (of the artist’s choice) is donated to their permanent collection bringing further profile to artists through the thousands of visitors to the brewery annually.

All exhibitions are open free to the public- Monday to Thursday from 12 noon to 6 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11 am -6pm, and Sunday from 11am to 5 pm. Steam Whistle Brewing- The Roundhouse- 255 Bremner Blvd. Toronto. (just south of the CN Tower) 416 362 2337 x 246.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, January 05, 2011
End Date: Sunday, January 30, 2011
Event Type: Art
Location: Steam Whistle Gallery
Time: January 5th Opening reception 7-11pm; Show on all until January 30th
Ticket: Free to the public