1. Being Scene – 12th Annual Juried Art Exhibition
Group Exhibition

Workman Arts
651 Dufferin Street – Theatre

This annual juried exhibition showcases the work of artists that have lived experience with mental illness and addiction and presents a cross-cultural portrait of the healing power of art. This year Being Scene celebrates its 12th anniversary. Being Scene 2012 opened for public viewing at Hart House at the University of Toronto from May 30th through July 29th and next moved to the Gladstone Hotel on Queen Street West from August 2nd through October 28th. Receptions and free daily public access at these two prestigious cultural venues have generated considerable exposure and sales for thirty-eight participating artists. Being Scene will be on display prior to film screenings in the Workman Arts Theatre at 651 Dufferin during our 20th Annual Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival.

2. Beneath the Surface
Group Exhibition

Workman Arts
651 Dufferin Street

TIFF Bell Lightbox
350 King Street West, Toronto

Beneath the Suface is a digital media project originally presented on the Onestop TTC screens for World Mental Health Day. The project played once every ten minutes, all day long n the network of Pattison Onestop’s TTC subway platform screens throughout Toronto October 6th – October 14th, reaching an audience of 1.3 million daily commuters.

With an aim to change the public’s perceptions of mental health each participating artist has created a series of eight or nine sequential images that tell a particular story, or express their personal interpretation of the project’s theme.  Beneath the Surface reveals real and imagined moods, states of mind, obsessions, fears, and joys lying beneath the surface of our individual and collective urban experience.

An unearthly cartoon character, surreal digital landscapes, delicate illustrations, a photo-story, still-life paintings and a powerful collage depict themes of trauma, memory and ideas, the relationship between order and chaos, isolation and connectedness.

Projects and Artists:

Subspace by Saraƒin, The Red Shoes by Catherine Jones, Moving Still Life by Michael Morbach, Dream Town by Annette Seip, Brainwashed by Sheri STRanger and Taking Birth by Jace Tracz

3. Cinemanic: A Different Kind of Picture Show
Group Show

T.A.N. Coffee
992 Queen Street West

Opening Reception: Saturday November 10th 2pm-4pm

Cinemanic: A Different Kind of Picture Show  is a group exhibition showcasing the works of twelve artists who participated in a training program led by Workman Arts member Joey DAMMIT! During an eight week training program participants were introduced to the concepts and techniques of mixed media/collage. Artists created new works responding to the theme Rendezvous with Madness. The exhibition will run Nov 1 – Dec 4, 2012.

Participating Artists:

Charles Boyes, Lynette Campbell, Joey DAMMIT!, Faeghan Williams, Roz Lawrence, Lorette Luzajic, Nicole Minerve, Paul Rennie, Geneva and Cindy Yip

4. From the Series: Excuse Me I Think I’ve Got a Heartache
Solo Exhibition: Mark Belvedere

Workman Arts Window Gallery Project
Shoppers Drug Mart
1033 Queen Street West at Lower Ossington St

“The series “Excuse me (I think I’ve Got a Heartache)” is titled after the 1960 Buck Owens and Harlan Howard song and examines the process and journey we undergo when coming to terms with loss.  Specifically, the image of the same title relates the process of grieving and coming to terms with my own mortality that followed the loss of my father in 2011.  The series titled “I Saw Him Go to Pieces” (bearing the text “I wasn’t ready to see you go”) was produced the week of his death and documents my initial reaction to the suddenness of his passing.  More generally, the vinyl banner titled SLOW DOWN illustrates the risks and complexities involved in working through any loss or depressive period.”  The exhibition runs through Nov 29, 2012.

Mark Belvedere is a New York-born, Toronto-based artist working in photography and mixed media.  His work centres primarily on topics of spiritual, psychological and political identity, both individual and collective.  Recurring themes are power and vulnerability, confidence and hesitancy, isolation and belonging, and the sway between them.  Alongside his fine art practice, Mark has worked as an editorial and commercial photographer since 1999. His work has been exhibited at Gallery 44, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Red Head Gallery, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche and CONTACT Photography Festival.

5. S p e c t r e g r a p h
Solo Exhibition: Lyla Rye

TIFF Bell Lightbox
350 King St West
Reitman Square

My work explores the perception of space by creating installations that draw the viewer into subtly disorienting situations. My goal is to throw the viewer slightly off balance:  optically, physically and psychologically.  By doing so, I create a situation where subliminal assumptions about architectural space can surface and be examined.

I recently began to focus on theatre sets by exploring the silent films of Buster Keaton.  Many of his gags required him to design architectural sets. This places his work between the theatrical vaudeville tradition and the beginning of cinematic conventions.  Spectregraph is based upon the idea of the coexistence of ghosts within a space.  Using the chase scene in Buster Keaton’s The Haunted House as the starting point, I have isolated and placed all of the activities that were filmed in the center stairwell of the 1921 movie.  I see the staircase as a metaphor for transitory states of existence.  The film includes  Buster as a hapless bank clerk, his sweetheart, a group of crooks dressed as ghosts and a devil.  All the action is overlaid  so it happens simultaneously.  The colour was inverted and the video was slowed down so it is the same time duration as the original sequence.

Lyla Rye is Toronto based installation artist, who began her studies in architecture.  She studied at University of Waterloo, York University, and the San Francisco Art Institute.  She works in installation, video and photography to explore our experience of architectural space.  Her work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally including exhibitions in San Francisco, New York, Adelaide (Australia), Paris, and Berlin. She has work in the public collections of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, York University, Cadillac Fairview Corporation, The Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Harbourfront Centre and the Robert McLaughlin Gallery.  Starting in the early 1990’s she was a founding member of the sculptors’ collective NetherMind.  Since that time she has worked in a number of collectives including 5 things, hic and Persona Volare.  She is a sessional faculty member in the Art and Art History joint program between Sheridan College and University of Toronto, Mississauga and the co-ordinator of the Professional Art Studio Certificate Program at the Toronto School of Art.