Collective City Presents a Free Screening of Three Short Documentaries

Saturday, May 11, 12 – 2pm
The Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto

Domestic Matters: Sea Foam, Garden Variety and the phenomena of residential art projects. Image courtesy of Collective City

Domestic Matters: Sea Foam, Garden Variety and the phenomena of residential art projects

Collective City collaborated with artist Ashley Culver to explore the emergence of residential art projects, otherwise known as domestic galleries. Ashley is the founder of Sea Foam, an apartment gallery she has operated in Toronto since 2015. Ashley’s research on other domestic galleries has made her a subject matter expert on this phenomenon.

Ashley connected Collective City to Erin Storus who founded Garden Variety, an exhibition space where she stages one-day art events in the backyard of a house in the Bloor Bathurst area.

Ashley and Erin share their individual inspirations for starting domestic galleries and how they differ from in the austere “white cube” of an institutional setting. And perhaps more importantly, how their domestic gallery experiences afforded them the opportunity to engage and work with artists whose work they admire and in doing so build real communities.

Wave Collective. Image courtesy of Collective City

Wave Collective

Wave Art Collective is a group of artists, educators, mobilizers and academics creating art and educational programming to foster Scarborough’s creative scene.

Collective City sat down with Wave co-founders Kevin Ramroop and Sampreeth Rao in their Scarborough studio to talk about their arts incubators called the Wave Fellowship and the videos, music and installations they make under the Wave Art Collective banner.

“Growing up in an environment that was starved of artistic opportunities,” Ramroop and Rao conceived of Wave as a platform to drive art creation while providing the infrastructure to support it. “We don’t want young artists to feel that they have to go downtown” to have an art career.

Dead Industry/ Impure. Image courtesy of Collective City

Dead Industry / Impure

In this archival documentary we revisit two mid-1990’s Toronto-based collectives who shared many of the same artists as well as the infrastructure for staging exhibitions. Artists Hugh Alcock, Tanya Read and Mikael Sandblom met while part of the Florence program of OCAD under the mentorship of Rae Johnson. Johnson’s art career had been launched a decade earlier as part of the highly influential Chromazone collective. As the documentary shows, Johnson taught the young artists the necessary skills required to launch a career in the visual arts and continued to be an encouraging supporter of their collectives well into the 2000’s.

After staging several successful, shows founders Alcock and Sandblom decided to keep the collective’s name alive by allowing other artists to take on the curatorial and operational roles of the collective, effectively turning Dead Industry into a visual arts franchise. Impure had five shows culminating in their final show “Karaoke” in 1998.

Contact: Richard Mongiat 416 536-4551 or Dave Sylvestre 416 420-7225