Curated by Mona Filip, Summer Special is presented off-site at Honest Ed’s, 581 Bloor Street West, Toronto, from June 21 to November 11, 2012 and opens with a free reception on Thursday, June 21, 6 to 9 PM.
The Koffler Gallery began its program of off-site exhibitions and installations in 2009 with the critically acclaimed exhibition Honest Threads by Toronto artist Iris Häussler. The Gallery returns to Honest Ed’s with Summer Special, after over three years and thirteen off-site projects.
Summer Special takes its inspiration from the trademark signs and show bills of Honest Ed’s, Toronto’s landmark discount store. Building upon the store’s tradition of craftsmanship, Toronto artists Corinne Carlson, Robin Collyer, Barr Gilmore, Jen Hutton, Sarah Lazarovic and Vancouver-based Ron Terada create new works that explore the visual vocabulary of commercial and urban signage, infiltrating the iconic building and its façade with site-specific installations.
Having culled the word 'Honest' from the familiar store signage for his Nuit Blanche intervention in 2008, Barr Gilmore plays once again the détournement game by scrambling the famous letters to spell The Son. While the evocative new sign allows for many interpretations, the artist conceives it as a self-portrait – an abstract representation of an only son, born with the Sun in Cancer. Placed atop the highest elevation at Honest Ed's, The Son becomes a radiant beacon and a sign of hope.
For full exhibition and program details, please visit: http://www.kofflerarts.org/
This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts. Special thanks to Honest Ed’s.
Exhibition: Summer Special, June 21 to November 11, 2012, FREE
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 21, 6 – 9 PM, FREE (reception at Honest Ed’s, 2nd floor, Men’s Department)
Location: Koffler Gallery Off-Site at Honest Ed’s, 581 Bloor St. W., Toronto
Hours: Monday to Friday, 10 AM – 9 PM | Saturday 10 AM – 6 PM | Sunday 11 AM – 6 PM
ASSOCIATED PUBLIC PROGRAMS
HISTORIC SUMMER SPECIAL
June 21 to November 11, 2012 | Honest Ed’s, 2nd Floor, Men’s Department | Curator: Valentine Moreno | http://www.haeussler.ca/
An exhibition highlighting unique historic signs and records from the amazing archive of the store, celebrating its long tradition of craftsmanship.
Thursday, July 12, 2012, 6 PM | Honest Ed’s Parking Lot | FREE
Outdoor concert with The Pining, a local all-girl band whose junkie balladry and storytelling relates to life in Toronto, exploring country and indie-folk sounds with a unique contemporary urban twist. Presented as part of Fringe Festival.
CONTEMPORARY ART BUS TOUR
September 30, 2012, 12 – 5 PM | FREE
Tour starts at Honest Ed’s, then departs for Blackwood Gallery, AGYU and Doris McCarthy Gallery, returning to Honest Ed’s for 5 PM. RSVP by Friday, September 28: 416 638 1881 x4249 or email@example.com
October 18 to November 4, 2012 | Honest Ed’s, various locations | FREE
Performance intervention created by playwright/director Jordan Tannahill. Actor Virgilia Griffith shifts between diverse voices as a living record of the people who sustain the store, embodying the very essence of Toronto’s working class. Presented in partnership with Suburban Beast.