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THE NEXT 7 DAYS:     EVENTS (9)     +     OPENINGS (1)     +     DEADLINES (7)     +     CLOSINGS (12)
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The Varley Art Gallery of Markham is pleased to present NEXT | WAVE, an exciting group exhibition and collaboration between the Varley Art Gallery of Markham and the Visual Arts Department of York University.

Please join us on Saturday, January 12, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, to celebrate the exhibition opening and panel discussion.

Ella Tetrault, Birds of Prey in Acts (video still), 2018, Single-channel video installation. Courtesy of the Artist and Molly Willows.


January 12 – February 1, 2019

Ilze Briede, Monica Bujas, Phil Delisle, Esther Catherine Gauthier, Neil Harrison, Miles Ingrassia, Katika Marczell, Ella Dawn McGeough, Naz Rahbar, Ella Tetrault

In York University’s Visual Arts programs, students at the Masters and Doctorate level are encouraged to develop their artistic practice independently within a critical and theoretical environment. The studio setting inspires artists to experiment and expand their knowledge of contemporary trends within their field whilst developing their own artistic voices.

This winter, the Varley Art Gallery of Markham partnered with the Visual Arts Department of York University to launch NEXT | WAVE, an annual exhibition presenting works by second-year MFA and PhD students.

The group exhibition is an exciting opportunity for students to exhibit in a professional setting, to broaden their exposure within the artistic community of York Region, and to engage with visitors of all ages. In a further collaboration, the exhibition texts have been researched and written by Art History graduate students at York University including – Irena Kovalenko, Lauren Kozicki, Olivia Mikalajunas, Megan O’Brien, Jennifer Polo, Elizabeth Porco, Katarina Veljovic, and Maria Won. This initiative strengthens the Varley Art Gallery’s position as a site for mentorship and as a forum for new ideas and experimentation.

The 10 artists featured in this first volume of NEXT | WAVE work from diverse backgrounds, media, styles, and theoretical frameworks. However, when presented together, shared interests and themes emerge from their works: an investigation of bodies and the borders placed on them; questions of interiority and exteriority; and a fascination with process and time in artistic creation.

Curated by Charlotte Gagnier

About the artists

Ilze Briede is a Toronto-based artist originally from Latvia. She works primarily with moving imagery, projection mapping, and sculpted three-dimensional surfaces and forms. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Chinese language and culture, and digital media production, an MA in interactive media, and is an MFA candidate at York University.

Monica Bujas is an artist from Mississauga, specializing in drawing, painting, and sculpture. She is currently pursuing an MFA at York University. Working with found wood and wood-based products, she explores how processed derivatives may be reunited with their original forms.

Phil Delisle is a painter and writer exploring various methods for representing artistic process. He has exhibited in solo and group shows around Canada. In 2012, he was the recipient of the Joseph Plaskett Painting Award. He is a PhD candidate at York University.

Esther Catherine Gauthier, originally from Quebec City, is a Toronto-based artist. She works with painting, photography, and alteration to investigate subjects such as Feminism, Christianity, and emotional and physical boundaries. Gauthier has a BFA in Art History from Concordia University and is pursuing an MFA at York University.

Neil Harrison is a Toronto-based artist, originally from Winnipeg. He is completing his PhD at York University, where he also received an MFA. Harrison’s paintings have been exhibited in Canada and Europe. In 2013, he received an honourable mention in the 15th annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition. Harrison is represented by Angell Gallery in Toronto.

Miles Ingrassia is a Toronto-based artist originally from Hamilton. He studied printmaking at OCAD University (2013) and is pursuing an MFA at York University. Now working primarily with oil painting, Ingrassia explores themes of identity, memory, the figure, gender, and class.

Katika Marczell is a Toronto-based artist operating between sculpture and painting. Her work and research are informed by alternate (often post-apocalyptic) realities, alternate ways of viewing, games, and play. She completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto and is currently an MFA candidate at York University.

Ella Dawn McGeough is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, and writer. She has exhibited internationally and participated in residencies at Banff Centre, Flaggfabrikken in Bergen Norway, and Trelex in Peru’s Tambopata National Reserve. McGeough is a PhD candidate at York University.

Naz Rahbar is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist. Most recently, her work explores issues of queer immigrant identity and orientation. She is an MFA candidate at York University and is co-founder and director at ArtCave, an art collective and organization focusing on equitable and creative art education, and community arts projects.

Ella Tetrault is a Canadian artist and scholar. She is co-founder of the Fuller Terrace Lecture Series. In 2017, she co-edited her first book with Konstanze Schütze, Alain Bieber and the NRW Forum, Pizza is God. Tetrault is a PhD candidate in the Department of Visual Art at York University.

Mon. | Closed,
Tue., Wed., Fri., Sun. | 11 AM – 4 PM
Thurs. | 11 AM – 8 PM
Sat. | 10 AM – 5 PM



About the Varley Art Gallery of Markham
The Varley Art Gallery of Markham is a municipal gallery with a vision to be a cultural hub in the City of Markham. We inspire local and national audiences to engage with art, both historical and contemporary, by presenting high quality and well-researched exhibitions as well as educational and dynamic artistic programs that are relevant to the communities we serve. We also share and celebrate the life and work of F.H. Varley, a founding member of the Group of Seven. We produce and circulate exhibitions that support the work of contemporary artists that are relevant to the communities we serve. Specifically, we support artists from York Region and seek to broaden access to the arts for diverse artists and communities.

The Varley Art Gallery of Markham is an accessible venue.

Media Contact
Niamh O’Laoghaire | 905-477-7000 ext. 3273 |
@VarleyArtGallery | |
216 Main Street Unionville, Markham L3R 2H1 | 905-477-7000 ext. 3261






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