Cindy Au: Chromatic Playgrounds

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Cindy Au: Chromatic Playgrounds

May 23 to July 25, 2024
Reception and Artist Talk: May 25, 2 – 4 p.m.
Ascent Gallery, Toronto

This debut solo exhibition by Cindy Au invites viewers into a world where art leaps to life. Bursting with radiant hues, these artworks are a celebration of colour and imagination. The pieces in this exhibition are the results of Au’s visual experiments – “chromatic playgrounds.” Au explores how bold colours, geometric shapes and patterns interact with each other and play with our imaginations. Several pieces create a depth of illusion that suggest three-dimensional space on flat canvases and some resemble a video glitch, created by crisp lines and the juxtaposition of contrasting colours. Through these abstract paintings, viewers are encouraged to see this exhibition as a visual adventure and feel recharged by the energy and vibrancy exuded from each piece.

About the Artist

Cindy Au is a Canadian-born Chinese artist based in Toronto. A self-taught painter, she works as a human resources professional by day. Au’s passion for painting was driven by her struggles in her personal life and her paintings have been a safe outlet for her creativity. She specializes in acrylic paintings with a high emphasis on geometric shapes and use of bold colours. Au focuses on creating pieces that can be viewed and interpreted in multiple ways.

About Ascent Gallery

Opened in 2023, the Ascent Gallery is dedicated to early-career artists and collectives, with a focus on those from equity-deserving communities, living and working in Toronto. The gallery hosts 4 exhibitions annually, with most exhibitions running for 10 weeks each. The gallery is owned and operated by the City of Toronto, Arts Services.

Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission is free and the venue is accessible. Elevator access only available during: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ascent Gallery
Level 1, 399 The West Mall
Toronto, Ontario M9C 2Y2

About City of Toronto’s Cultural Centres & Galleries
Toronto’s Cultural Centres & Galleries comprise five unique sites owned and operated by the City of Toronto. They include Assembly Hall, Cedar Ridge Creative Centre, Clark Centre for the Arts and Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery and the Ascent Gallery at the Etobicoke Civic Centre. Collectively the centres present over 40 gallery shows annually, showcasing works by more than 800 artists, and offer close to 150 art programs each year in collaboration with some 70+ community partners.

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