united newsletter: september 2019
Year one is in the books.
Welcome to our first newsletter! First, a big thank you to everyone who came out to support the gallery, and unite to create community around contemporary art over the past year. It’s been almost a year since we polished our floors and opened up the newly renovated space to present Rod Mireau: Signs of Life, in October 2018. Rod’s monumental and elemental sculpture exhibition was followed by figurative paintings by Julie Fina in February. The spring brought us Stefan Berg’s Still Lives of Architecture, followed by Ashwini Gupte’s Greenland is Blue, featuring sculptures by Huy Lam.
In addition to presenting the works of gallery artists represented by United Contemporary, we also had the pleasure of hosting a number of shows and events over the past year. To name a few: Bonafide, an exhibition that featured young multicultural artists from across Toronto, curated by Spencer Julien and Temple Marucci-Campbell, the solo exhibitions Matthew Varey: System One, Jenny Chen: Until the End of the Sea, and Luca Soldovieri: Weight of Being, curated by Taiga Lipson. We also partnered with PhotoEd Magazine, Winfields Middle School and artist Jessica Thalmann to present Beyond the Surface, a pop-up event showcasing Winfieds students’ interventions with photographs from the City of Toronto Archives. We hosted the launch of Artlinks Inc., by Muna Cann and Gustavo Artigas as well as a perfume launch party for Lady Hayes.
Launching Year Two…
We are pleased to kick off the fall exhibition season with Sarah Dinnick: Intimate Distance, from September 26 - October 17. Join us for our opening reception the evening of September 26, from 6 - 8 p.m. More details here.
You should also check out Sarah’s solo exhibition WRAP on display at The J Spot (240 Queen St. E.), on from September 16 - October 10. Opening reception is Monday, Sept 16, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Gallery sculptor Huy Lam has an upcoming solo show Confluence at Kikospace, located at 2104 Dundas West. Confluence is co-curated with Mel Trojkovic and Huy. The show runs from Thursday, September 26 to Sunday, September 29, with an opening reception on September 26 from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Huy will give an artist talk on September 29 at noon.
We are looking forward to participating in Art Toronto at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, between October 24 - 27. As part of the art fair, United Contemporary will open its doors on Friday, October 25 from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. for the West End Gallery Hop. We will present new works by Stefan Berg, Amanda Clyne, Sarah Dinnick, Huy Lam and Gordon Shadrach at the art fair.
During the West End Gallery Hop, you can check out The Space Between at United. The Space Between is a group show of gallery artists Stefan Berg, Amanda Clyne, Sarah Dinnick, Huy Lam, Suzanne Nacha, Meghan Price, and Gordon Shadrach, curated to complement the work on display at Art Toronto. The exhibition opens on October 19 and runs through to November 2.
Shoutout to 2gallery!
Congratulations to our friends at 2gallery, the latest and greatest in Prince Edward County. 2gallery opened in Spring 2019 to showcase their wonderful collection of contemporary fine art from across Canada, in a diverse range of styles. The gallery also has a selection of historical and secondary-market works by important Canadian artists and a bookshop dedicated to Canadian art. If you’re in Prince Edward County, be sure to check out 2gallery.
Chelsea joins the team.
Finally, we are pleased to welcome our new Gallery Assistant Chelsea Rozansky. Chelsea is a writer from Toronto. In addition to her work at the gallery, she is currently the Writer in Residence at C Magazine, where she is engaged in an archival research project. Most recently, she presented a reading and participated in a panel discussion at the contemporary gallery Bunker 2. Some of her recent art criticism has appeared in STILLS, Peripheral Review, C Magazine and Brick Magazine. Chelsea has a combined honours degree of Contemporary Studies and Journalism from the University of King’s College, Halifax. While away at school, she worked as a programmer for Carbon Arc Cinema.