Thursday, October 1, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
We'll be closing the Barbershop Gallery at the end of the month. Our last show "Parishil Retrospective" is work put together new and old from both Alain and I.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Elizabeth Dyer’s latest body of work, Relationship, plays with illusion and reality using wallpapers and colours that make you want to linger in the rooms awhile. By carefully editing actual rooms that she has photographed in Europe, she conveys the true sense of the space.
Her training as a decorative painter has influenced the use of materials and, in combination with her various layering techniques, plays with the ambiguity between fine art and decorating. Each room within the painting overlaps one another creating an illusion as opposed to a defined space.
Elizabeth’s work has been primarily figuratively based but in this exhibition she explores the background as the primary subject. Light and shadow dramatize the room’s contours and the absence of a figure makes it quiet. There is a personal edge to the rooms she paints which allows the viewer to create her/his own relationship with the painting. The new collection illustrates a serene yet playful sense of timelessness.
Adam Hilborn open's his first solo show titled "HOMEWARD BOUND". The collection of work includes all the pieces exploring a figurative and symbolic direction.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
In her first solo show "Imagery to Your Altitude", Anna Panchev creates a split environment between the surreal and almost tangible. One can lost in the intricacies and small corners of this world. Beautiful optical and chaotic randomness somehow create a sense of serenity. Lots is left for the viewer to explore.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Last week Barbershop Gallery presented 50 artists 50 photos with Blog TO for the Contact film festival. The portraits are of 50 local promising artists that are also featured on Blog TO's website. The opening went on until the wee hours of the morning and featured an amazing line up of Dj's ( ie: Dave Binette from Shit La Merde and Andy Capp from Bang the Party) projections courtesy of Kineticform, as well as some amazing baked treats courtesy of Sugar Baking. The show is up during the entire duration of the Contact festival and all are available for purchase with proceeds going to Sketch, a local non profit that fosters arts based learning for street youth. Photos are courtesy of Carlos Weisz from www.kineticform.com
Monday, May 4, 2009
Barbershop gallery is proud to be one of the official hosts at this years Contact photography festival. 50 Artists, 50 Photos showcases 50 photos of 50 Toronto-based emerging artists. The exhibit is an extension of the Artist Gallery unveiled recently at blogto.com/artists. Curated by award-winning photobloggers Sam Javanrouh, Rannie Turingan and Istoica and presented by blogto.com. Opening night is May 7th (7pm - midnight) and will feature a line-up of DJs, visuals and a cash bar. Exhibit opens May 7th and runs until May 31st, 2009.
DJ Line-up for May 7th launch party:
7 pm - 8pm Dave Binette (Shit La Merde)
8 pm - 9pm Jaime Sin (7th Heaven)
9 pm - 10pm Todd-Rod (Bang The Party)
10 pm - 11pm Andy Capp (Bang The Party)
11 pm - end Collaboration
Custom cupcakes by Sugar Baking
All prints will be for sale with all proceeds benefiting SKETCH, a local non profit that creates opportunities for street involved and homeless people ages 15-29, to engage in the arts in a cross-discipline studio environment or in the community
We are going to use an auction format, with all prints starting at the very accessible price of $20.
PS: Check out a review of Adam Hilborn's haircutting skills and our space here
Friday, April 24, 2009
The Superlative Order of Wandering Portraitists is up for one more week at the Barbershop Gallery. Everyone planning on spending this supposedly July like weather this weekend out and about should definitely come see the show. We have been getting a great reception from the public and heaps of good press on this particular show. Below is a link from Woman.ca who recently reviewed our show and participant Elizabeth Dyer's work, you can check it out here
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
the show is up for the rest of April before we get ready to host a show as part of the Contact photography festival. The review is available here
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Barbershop Art Gallery Presents: THE NORTHERN SUPERLATIVE ORDER OF WANDERING PORTRAITISTS
A group exhibition featuring portraits from three different perspectives:
Opening – Wednesday, April 8th, 2009 6-9:30 p m Barbershop Gallery 1718 Queen St West.
THE SUPERLATIVE ORDER consists of internationally shown artists, Adam Hilborn, Elizabeth Dyer, and Courtney Wotherspoon. Each artist’s individual approach to portraiture reflects a contemporary alternative to the traditional form. THE SUPERLATIVE ORDER examines the human condition by returning to conventional methods of drawing and painting, and in doing so, transcends the historically established aesthetic value of portraiture. The final product reflects the actions, emotions and environment that surround the subjects. Using fragments of contemporary life, THE SUPERLATIVE ORDER explores the narrative component creating a balance between composition and portrayal.
Special limited edition prints from the Simon Blackfoot March art show at Barbershop Gallery are now available for purchase. All original prints (12.5x16) are handmade and numbered and signed by the artist, quantities are limited so get em while you can. Each print is available for 45.00 CAN plus shipping and handling and applicable taxes. Contact Email me