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THE NEXT 7 DAYS:     EVENTS (17)     +     OPENINGS (3)     +     DEADLINES (12)     +     CLOSINGS (6)
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On now to January 27, 2018
Doris McCarthy Gallery
University of Toronto Scarborough

Works by Roger Aksadjuak, Shuvinai Ashoona, Pierre Aupilardjuk, Shary Boyle, Jessie Kenalogak, John Kurok and Leo Napayok

Curated by Shary Boyle in collaboration with Shauna Thompson
Organized and circulated by Esker Foundation


We are of the earth and from the stars, cooked mud and pigmented wax, soot and soda, ink, wood, tobacco, fur, fire, bronze, and acrylic nails – mortal inhabitants of the earth dreaming of our spiritual or extraterrestrial foil. Drawn from this framework of earthly conditions, the visionary ceramics and works on paper of Earthlings, produced both individually and collaboratively by seven contemporary artists, are at once transformative and otherworldly – and profoundly human.

Though making work from distinct cultural and geographical positions – from Kangiqliniq/Rankin Inlet, Kinngait/Cape Dorset, Qamani'tuaq/Baker Lake, and Toronto – the artists in Earthlings share an intuitive and labour-intensive approach to materials and narrative imagery. In these works, detailed figures are subject to transformations and transmogrifications, hybrid blendings of animal and human, reality and myth, and actual and imagined spaces. These pieces seem to emerge from phantasmagorical worlds, simultaneously fleshly and physical, sensual and spiritual, alien and familiar.

Upcoming Programming

All programs are free unless otherwise noted.


Ceramics Barrel Firing Workshop with Pierre Aupilardjuk & Shary Boyle
January 13 & January 27/28
AA304, Arts & Admin Building, U of T Scarborough & Fool's Paradise (1 Meadowcliffe Drive)
$250 including materials, shuttle bus & food // $150 for U of T Scarborough students
Registration for this program has now closed. To be added to the waiting list, see
Presented in partnership with Ontario Heritage Trust

In this incredible hands-on, three-day workshop, participants will have the opportunity to create a ceramic sculpture and finish it by barrel firing — a process where ceramic pieces are coloured and marked by smoke — under the instruction of artists Pierre Aupilardjuk (Rankin Inlet) and Shary Boyle (Toronto).

Artist Talk by Shary Boyle
Thursday, January 18
1 - 2 pm
BV340, Bladen Wing, U of T Scarborough
Part of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series, co-presented with the Department of Arts, Culture & Media

Earthlings Catalogue Launch
Wednesday, January 24
6 - 8 pm
shopAGO at the Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West)
Organized by Esker Foundation in partnership with the Doris McCarthy Gallery

Join us to celebrate the launch of the beautiful Earthlings publication, with artists Pierre Aupilardjuk and Shary Boyle in attendance! Elegantly designed in large-format with over eighty colour illustrations, the publication includes texts in Inuktitut, French and English by Shary Boyle, Heather Igloliorte, Naomi Potter, and Shauna Thompson and is co-published by Esker Foundation, Doris McCarthy Gallery, Galerie de l’UQAM, and Nanaimo Art Gallery.

Exhibition Tour by Pierre Aupilardjuk
Saturday, January 27
12 - 12:30 pm
Free shuttle bus departs OCAD U (100 McCaul Street) at 11 am, first come, first served

We’re marking the last day of Earthlings with a casual exhibition tour by Pierre Aupilardjuk — he will speak to his work and the collaborative process that runs through so much of the exhibition. Get on the bus and don’t miss this remarkable show!


Doris McCarthy Gallery
University of Toronto Scarborough
1265 Military Trail
Toronto, Ontario M1C 1A4

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 11 am to 4 pm; Wednesday, 11 am to 8 pm; Saturday, 12 to 5 pm.
Admission is free. Open to the public. The gallery is wheelchair accessible.

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