JANUARY


(Jan.09 – Feb.04) “LABOUR ON THE LINE” as part of the 5th Annual LABOUR ARTS FESTIVAL”

Opening reception on Friday January 28, 7:30 pm; artists in attendance

Developed by the Labour Studies program at the University of Windsor, the Labour Arts Festival brings together local cultural organizations, community groups, unions and educators in a month-long series of events designed to focus public awareness on the reciprocity of cultural and industrial production. Throughout the month of January, the festival includes lectures and symposia, film screenings, readings, workshops, exhibitions, plays and other events.

Artcite Inc.’s contribution to the 5th Annual”Labour Arts Fetstival” was an exhibition curated by Susan Gold, Zeke Moores, and Julie Sando. “Labour on the Line” featured works by: Jennii Booth, Renee Ethier, Farrah Fontaine, Ellen Higgins, Lucy Howe, Cal Lane, Margaret Lawrence, Lisa Lipton, Gisele Poisson, Kristen Poisson, Jessica Sarrazin, Andrea Slavik, JB Smith, Maureen Sullivan, Julie Tucker, and Steven Valentzas.


FEBRUARY


(Feb.08 – Mar.05): “MEDIA CITY 11 INSTALLATIONS”

Media City is an international festival of experimental film and video art presented annually in Windsor, Ontario, Canada since 1994. The festival is a co-presentation of Artcite Inc. (Windsor’s artist-run centre for the contemporary arts) and House of Toast (Windsor’s film and video collective). Each year Media City screens approximately fifty new films and videos in all gauges and formats in its international competition programs. The festival also hosts retrospective screenings and discussions with featured artists and presents installations in Artcite Inc. and other venues.

Media City 11 Installations featured video and multimedia works: “Banlieue de Vide” by Thomas Koner (Germany), “GroundConnexion” by Martin Hansen (Netherlands), “DIY no. 4” by Ed Janzen (Canada) and “Truncated” by Simone Jones (Canada) and Lance Winn (US).

Media City 11 off-site Installations (Feb. 08 – 12, 2005) featured video and multimedia works: “Aeroplanes” by Ryan Hughes (Canada) at Red Square Lounge, 100 University Ave. W., “The Porous City” by Sohail Azad (aka Kero) and Dave Xiong (Canada) in an empty storefront location at 315 Pelissier Ave.

“The Invisible Man” installation by Mike Hoolboom is currently showing at the Art Gallery of Windsor, 401 Riverside Dr. W. through April 10, 2005. This exhibition is organized by Artcite Inc. and Media City and presented in cooperation with the Art Gallery of Windsor.


MARCH


(Mar.11 – Apr.09): “HO” by Toni Hafkenscheid (Toronto, ON) and “HIDDEN NATURE” by Virginia Mak (Toronto, ON)

Opening receptionon Friday March 11, 7:30 pm; artists in attendance

Two-person exhibition, photography

Toni Hafkenscheid’s photographs are slightly disorienting, shallow depth-of-field ‘bizarre and fake’ picture-postcard scenery of British Columbia which negotiates the territory between documentary reality and the fiction of an idealized 1950s American Dream.

Toni Hafkenscheid presented a slide lecture as part of the Visitor’s in the Arts (VITA) lecture series at Artcite Inc. on Thursday, March 10 at 7:00 pm. VITA is generously funded by the participating organizations and the Canada Council for the Arts. Toni Hafkenscheid is represented by Robert Birch Gallery (Toronto, ON).

“Hidden Nature” by Virginia Mak alludes to the timeless spiritual dialogue between the individual and nature. In this series, Mak invites the viewer to re-discover elements of Romantic paintings through a modern medium. She is interested in ‘pushing’ visual possibilities in photographs to beyond its traditional photo-realistic appearance. To achieve her uniquely subtle palette, Mak “…looked for very few colours in a frame and used soft focus to dissolve the spatial definition of the subject,” thus creating a quiet pause of colour and light.


APRIL


Friday, Apr.08, 7:30 pm: “A CELEBRATION OF 5 PENDAS POETS”

at Artcite Inc., 109 University Ave. W., Windsor, ON

Presented by National Poetry Month & the Bookroom in cooperation with Artcite Inc. featuring readings by: Di Brandt Penn Kemp, Katerina Fretwell, Charles Mountford, Gloria Alvernaz Mulcahy

Across Canada throughout National Poetry Month, poetry readings will take place in art galleries, museums, boutiques, office towers, restaurants, spas…anywhere that people gather to be inspired and feed their souls.

Click here for details


APRIL


(Apr.15 – May.14): “HERE” by Peter Smith (Etobicoke, ON)

Opening reception on Friday, April 15, 7:30pm; artist in attendance

Solo exhibition, mixed-media

Image: “Noisy Planet”, 2002, courtesy of Peter Smith

Inspired by the natural environment and human intervention, Peter Smith combines found objects from both the natural and man-made worlds in an attempt to highlight the “ongoing struggle between aggressive human sprawl” and its affect on the environment. Influenced by animation, comic books and outsider art, Smith creates work loaded with the iconography of spacemen, roads, and “boxes”, which Smith sees as “breaking up the natural world”. Peter Smith is represented by Robert Birch Gallery (Toronto, ON).

Peter Smith’s solo exhibition “Here” is presented by Artcite Inc. in cooperation with the Citizens Environment Alliance’s 4th annual “Smogfest”. Beginning in 2002, the CEA initiated “Smogfest”, a month-long program of events intended to raise awareness of Windsor’s appalling air quality (Environment Canada designated Windsor as “the smog capital of Canada” ) and other environmental concerns. “Smogfest” events include film screenings, public forums, art exhibitions, artist lectures, parades and demonstrations. The CEA is a non-profit, community-based environmental research and advocacy organization.

Click here for more information about “Smogfest”.


MAY


 (May.21- Jun.18): “FOUR QUARTETS” by frank pahl (Ann Arbor, MI)

Solo exhibition, mixed-media sound installation

Opening reception ( Saturday, May 21, 7:30pm ) & a special live sound performance by frank pahl with “little bang theory” at 8:00 & 9:30 pm.

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Composer, sound artist, musician, and visual artist frank pahl builds “semi-automatic instruments” using tinkertoys, erector sets, rotisseries, popcorn poppers, toy motors, prayer bells, film sound samples, among other everyday objects. These contraptions, and in some cases, “air organs” and an “electric music box”, are triggered and sequenced by sophisticated micro circuitry to automatically perform quartets inspired by the late Elmer Bernstein’s (1922-2004) theme from “The Magnificent Seven” and music inspired by the late film composer Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996). Frank pahl has been active in the experimental music scene for decades, collaborating with the likes of Eugene Chadbourne, Shaking Ray Levis, Klimperei, Only a Mother, and Scavenger Quartet, among many others. Pahl was a member of the prominent 80s ­ early 90s avant folk group, Only a Mother, and received notable attention with his contribution to “Eyesore”, a tribute to The Residents.

Click here for more information about the artist


JUNE


(Jun.25 – Aug.13): “RELICS & Other Works” by Scott Hocking (Detroit, MI, USA) and Clinton Snider (Hamtramck, MI, USA)

Opening reception on Saturday, Jun. 25, 7:30 pm; artists in attendance

Two­ person exhibition; mixed media installation
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Image (l): “RELICS” (detail), courtesy of Scott Hocking and Clinton Snider; (r):

Opening Reception of RELICS & Other Works at Artcite Inc. on Sat., June 25.

Focusing on the interplay between man and nature within the city of Detroit (that famously decaying, once-great American city), ‘urban archaelogists’ Scott Hocking and Clinton Snider sift through the city’s discards and abandoned “treasures” (collected daily on their travels to and from their work studio) to create their floor-to-ceiling installation-environments. The abject objects the artists collect and lovingly display as cultural artifacts operate as metaphors for naturally occurring life cycles (creation, decay and rebirth).

For more information about the artists, visit: www.scotthocking.comSusanne Hilberry Gallery.

Click here to read Vince Carducci’s review of “Relics & Other Works” in the Metro times.


SEPTEMBER


FAHRENHEIT FESTIVAL OF FIRE

Saturday, Sept. 24, 7:00 – 11:00 pm

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Enjoy! Works by Canadian & US artists, battling djs: Kristen Gallerneaux, Christopher Mangin & Terrence Whalen, kid stuff & more…4 hours of all-ages fun!

Admission only $5 / $20 carload (max. 6 adults per car) Kids under 10 yrs. FREE Doors open @ 7 pm & BIG BURN @ 9 pm

It all happens at the future site of LaSalle’s Culture & Recreation Complex (watch for fest entrance & signs @ approx. 7200 Malden Rd. LaSalle, ON ­ just west of Sandwich Secondary school)

BYO chairs, blankets & bug spray
PLEASE! NO COOLERS, ALCOHOL OR GLASS BOTTLES allowed at festival site

Many thanks to the Town of LaSalle for their generous assistance in the presentation of this special event

FREE Pre-fest activities: Thursday, September 22 (4:00 – 8:00 pm) & Friday, September 23 (4:00 – 8:00 pm).
Artists will be on site creating and installing works; the public is invited to drop in and watch the construction process. If you are interested in learning more about fire sculpting by assisting the artists, please call Artcite in advance: (519) 977-6564. Public workshops: informal, process-oriented workshops will be offered explaining the process from creation to destruction, with a focus on fire safety.

Following from Artcite’s 2001 “Autumnal Equinox & Bucolic BBQ Bacchanal”, which featured the (sanctioned) burning of four artist-made 20-foot high wood sculptures before a small crowd, in 2002 Artcite hosted the inaugural “Fahrenheit”, North America’s first Fire Festival. 2005 is an important year in the growth of this festival as this year the Town of LaSalle will be co-sponsoring this year’s event. In its short, 4-year history, the scope and scale of the project has expanded significantly to include a broader selection of contributing artists and a larger audience. “Fahrenheit” 2005 will feature a number of fire artists, sculptors and performers from across Ontario and Canada, culminating in a torch-lit, night display of specially-created structures and a final “performing of the fire”. According to the festival co-organizers (the ‘Control . Burn’ collective) “fire sculpture is fleeting, kinetic and encompasses a singular moment that cannot be restaged. It is a performative medium where the lasting value is created beforeand in the spectator’s eyes. The art work is only completed when it is finally torched and witnessed”. Our 4th annual “Fahrenheit Fest” was held on Saturday, September 24, 2005 in the Town of LaSalle, Ontario.

Featured artists include: Denis Bolohan, Steve Daigle, Farrah Fontaine/qpaukl kimmerly/Kristen Poisson,
Adrian Fuerth, Ed Janzen, Bryan Lane, Ken Roung, Gligor Stefanov, Erma Sullivan, and Wayne Tousignant.

Read “Flashes of brilliance” by Metro Time arts writer Christina Kallery.


OCTOBER


(Sept.10 – Oct.29): “IN THE SHADOWS” Exhibition exchange between members of Artcite Inc. & Hamilton Artists Inc.

Opening reception on Saturday, Sept.10, 7:30 pm; artists Andrew Butkevicius, Peter Karuna, Colina Maxwell, and Aaron Murphy in attendance

Curated group exhibition; multimedia. Hamilton Artists Inc members include:

Andrew Butkevicius | Bryce Kanbara | Peter Karuna | Colina Maxwell | Aaron Murphy | Erika ReisenBerger

“In the Shadows” is a collaborative exchange conceived by members of the Artcite Inc. and Hamilton Artists Inc. programming committees as a special exhibition initiative to compare and contrast current contemporary visual arts practices in Hamilton and Windsor while identifying our commonalities-i.e., cultural practice in both cities happens largely “in the shadows” of the predominant industrial-based economy; both Windsor and Hamilton exist in (perhaps uneasy) close proximity to much larger urban centres (Detroit and Toronto).

An exhibition publication will be produced providing a curatorial framework and commissioned essays on works exhibited at both centres.

Image (details) l-r :

Erika ReisenBerger: “Liberation” (foreground), 2003, cast concrete sculpture;
Bryce Kanbara: “As I listen to the fledgling crane, With its long future, It says, “The reign of the emperor, Will last forever ­Rengetsu”, mixed media installation;
Aaron Murphy: “Abandoned 401 Rest Stop”, 2004, digital duratrans from lightjet printer in light cabinet with mattes and glass;
Peter Karuna: “Pinky” 2004, (as part of the “Dream Homes” series), colour photograph;
Colina Maxwell: “1620 Wonderful Street”, 2004, giclee print;
Andrew Butkevicius: “Generations”, 2003, hand tinted silver gelatin print and transparency film.

All images are courtesy of the artists.


NOVEMBER


 


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: MAKE VISIBLE/ INVISIBLE WORK

Artcite Inc., in conjunction with the 2006 Labour Arts Festival is committed to Make Visible / Invisible Work, a juried group exhibition dedicated to all of us who “toil unseen”.

The exhibition dates are: Jan.10 – ­Feb. 4, 2006.

We invite submissions from artists working in all mediums to document, create, and investigate the issues which surround this “unseen”, unrepresented­and largely unrecognized aspect of the labour movement. Artists are encouraged to approach this topic in a variety of ways including: the conceptual, performative, metaphorical, and allegorical. Works of a documentarian nature are also welcomed. (All media will be considered)

Submit:
· a maximum of 20 slides or jpegs on CD which represent a recent body of work (or actual work proposed for exhibition, if available). CDs must function on Mac operating systems.
· a slide and/or documentation list indicating title, year, medium, and dimensions
· a brief artist’s statement
· Curriculum Vitae, resume or biography
· a description of the proposed piece (if different from works documented in submitted support material) detailing space, installation, and AV requirements.
· a self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of your submission

Deadline for receipt of submissions: 5:00pm, November 30, 2005

Send to:
Windsor Labour Arts Festival,
c/o Artcite Inc. 109 University Ave. W.
Windsor, ON N9A 5P4

Artists accepted for exhibition will receive standard recommended CARFAC fees; one-way return shipping will be paid by Artcite Inc. There will be a closing reception for the exhibition on Friday, January 27, 7:30 pm, to kick-off the events celebrating the Windsor Labour Arts Festival.

ARTSEEN 12 : Showcase for New and Experimental Art (Off-Site Location)

(visual art/installations/site interventions/performance)


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(Nov.25-Dec.10): ( Opening Reception on Friday, November 25, 7:30 pm )

* ARTSEEN 12 @ 363 MILL ST. ( just south of Sandwich St. in west Windsor)

off-site location hrs: Wed-Fri, 3-7 pm; Sat 1-6 pm ( or by appointment )

Some of the Artseen 12 spaces prior installation

Artseen 12 artists work (l – r) by Lindsay Beck, Natalie Mayville & Michael Pavlov, and Tony Mosna

Artcite Inc., Windsor’s Artist-Run Centre for the Contemporary Arts, is pleased to present ARTSEEN 12, our annual unjuried, off-site showcase of new and experimental visual art, site-specific installation, film, video and performance art featuring LOTS of Windsor and area artists!

This year’s exciting Artseen project takes place at the former turn-of-the-century fire hall and former detox centre at 363 Mill St. in the west end of the fabulous city of Windsor.

Artseeen 12 artists include: Asa, Kevin Atkinson, Alana Bartol, Lindsay Beck, Douglas Bedard, Leesa Bringas, Christine Burchnall, Allison Cake, Michael Califano, Steve Daigle, Christopher Durocher, Victoria Fenner, Sara Jane French, Farrah Fontaine, Adrian Fuerth, Kristen Gallerneaux, Jeffrey Hasulo, Josephine Hazen, Bernard Helling, Jesse Inkol, Ed Janzen, qtizaj, Suzanne Konyha, Leo Ogata, Natalie Mayville, Robert McKaskell, Gustave Morin, Tony Mosna, Michael Pavlov, Valerie Pearson, Nadja Pelkey, Marcie Roselle, Juliana Schewe, Jevon Speed, Gligor Stefanov, Terrence Whalen, Heather Van Winckle, and Hailey Yates.

Collectives include: Evidence Institute for Extraordinary Industrial Observations (E.I.E.I.O.) aka Christine Burchnall & Christopher McNamara; Asa Bussord, Tyne Melanson & Gordon Terpenkas; Natalie Mayville & Michael Pavlov; and Andrea Terpenkas & Brandon Sylvestre.

The public is cordially invited to join us at the gala opening reception at the site of ARTSEEN 12 on Friday, Nov.25 at 7:30 pm. ADMISSION IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Artseen 12 boiler room space before (l) and after with mixed media work “Faith” by Suzanne Konyha

Kristen Gallerneaux installing her art work on the Artseen 12 second floor; outside view of Gallerneaux’s work in progress

ARTSEEN 12 is presented by Artcite Inc., Windsor’s Artist-run Centre for the Contemporary Arts and is made possible by the generous assistance of the Cultural Affairs Dept. of the Corporation of the City of Windsor ( thank you!! ) Artcite is supported by its members and volunteers and by the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the City of Windsor


DECEMBER


(Dec.1): “INTERNATIONAL DAY WITHOUT ART”

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Art action/commemoration

Annually, members of the art community meet at Artcite Inc. to discuss activities to be undertaken to acknowledge this international day of mourning and action in response to the AIDS crisis. In the past this has involved the distribution of pins and flyers as well as guerrilla performances and symbolic “closings” of Windsor art activities.


DECEMBER


 (Dec.02 – ­Dec.24): “DOIN’ THE LOUVRE”

Opening reception on Friday, December 2, 7:30 pm

Special shopping hours: Tues­ – Sat, noon­ – 6pm.

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“Doin’ the Louvre”: Artcite’s 24th annual Christmas FUN(d)raising exhibition and sale. Give the gift they will enjoy for years to come: give the gift of ART… (or-at our crazy prices-add to your own fine art collection!)

Original art–paintings, drawings, prints, photographs (or a combination of these media), small scale 3-D works–and artist-made gift items (xmas ornaments, books, toys, cards, ‘art wear’, jewellery, etc.) created by established and emerging Windsor and Detroit area artists will all be exhibited “salon style”, with all work priced for Christmas giving!

Prices start at $1.00 (!) and nothing priced over $99.99! Shopping for unique X-mas items has never been so easy!

Bonus! As in past years, we are also offering our visitors the chance to win original artworks by distinguished Windsor artists! A $2 ticket may win you an artwork valued at $1000-$5000! DTL 2005 invited raffle artists are: Daniel Dingler, Susan Dingler, Cyndra MacDowall, Ed Janzen, and Gligor Stefanov.