Toronto International Art Fair
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
October 26-29, 2012
NARWHAL will be at the Toronto International Art Fair Oct 25-29 with artists Lauchie Reid, Jacob Whibley and Noel Middleton, with an Opening Night Preview with Tibi Tibi Neuspiel and Geoffrey Pugen. The fair takes place at The Metro Toronto Convention Centre where we will be exhibiting art amongst Canadian and International galleries.
The Opening Night Preview, including the Special Collectors’ Preview, is the celebratory launch of Art Toronto and a benefit for the Art Gallery of Ontario. The event provides guests with the opportunity to preview and purchase works of art before the fair opens to the public and to meet many of the artists whose work is featured at the Fair. Guests will enjoy a new performance piece by Tibi Tibi Neuspiel and Geoffrey Pugen entitled The Tie Break: Hurdles, while socializing over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. October 25th, 2012. 6:30-10:30pm
TORONTO INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR
October 26-29, 2012
METRO TORONTO CONVENTION CENTRE
North Building, Exhibit Hall A & B
255 Front Street West
OPENING NIGHT PREVIEW
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Fri Oct 26 12 – 8pm
Sat Oct 27 12 – 8pm
Sun Oct 28 12 – 6pm
Mon Oct 29 12 – 6pm
Jacob Robert Whibley is a Toronto based artist focusing on collage, sculpture and installation. Exploring the theme of interstitial spaces, Whibley’s collages show geometric and organic forms in a suspended moment of transition. Drawing inspiration from modernist design and unfulfilled histories, Whibley assembles each collage through a process of successive movements and emphasizes the contrast between found and intentionally crafted elements. These tactile moments allude to structural and topographic forms as they shift and reconfigure towards newer possibilities.
A graduate of The Ontario College of Art and Design in the Communication Design program, Whibley exhibited as a member of Team Macho from 2005-2011, with Friends for Life (2005), Team Macho is a Tough Man(2006), Fancy Action Now (2007), Kitschy, Gay, And Over In a Second (2008) and Hibernation Sickness (2010). Magic Pony published their first monograph in 2007, entitled Fancy Action Now: The Art of Team Macho and their second monograph The Merlin Years (2012). Whibley has exhibited his solo work in Atlas Findings (2010), The Dazzle (2010), SCOPE Miami (2011) and PULSE NY (2012). Whibley’s work has been exhibited in a variety of galleries throughout Canada, U.S. and Europe. Most recently he was included in the group shows Freedom of Assembly (2012) at Oakville Galleries and Collages (2012) at Espace de l’art concret in Mouans-Sartoux, France. Primarily recognized for his abstract collages, it is with a bell is a cup until it is struck (2012) at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto that he makes an aesthetic departure to further explore themes of contemporary architecture, mark-making and memory.
Born in Canada, Noel Middleton is a Toronto-based multi-disciplinary artist who works in sculpture, installation, photography and video. Using natural, found and collected materials, Middleton creates multi-sensory, multi-media installations that bridge experiences of reclusion and fantasy with themes of social and economic deprivation. Middleton’s works play with the visual tropes of fairy tales and fantasy, presenting discomfitingly familiar characters, figures and forms that stem from these vocabularies.
Having received a BFA in New Media from Ryerson University, Middleton has exhibited in Ilavska (2007) Vesna Sontse (2008), and his solo installation project, Constantine’s Muscaria (2008). In October 2008, Middleton created Platonic Material Plane, a site-specific installation at The Gladstone Hotel for the upArt Contemporary Art Fair as part of Nuit Blanche (2008). Middleton has exhibited with Narwhal in Little Crowns (2009) and The Dazzle (2010). He has participated in art fairs PULSE LA (2011), AQUA Miami (2011) and PULSE NY (2012). Upcoming, Middleton is participating in the group exhibition 188.8.131.52.0 (Nov 2012) at RH Gallery in New York.
Born in Vancouver, Canada, Lauchie Reid is a Toronto-based painter and illustrator. As a founding member of Canadian art collective Team Macho, Reid developed a multi-faceted and diverse approach to image making that expresses a love for outmoded techniques and aesthetics, a bizarre sense of humour, and a sadly sweet view of childhood, family and personality. He has exhibited his work as a part of Team Macho in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Bordeaux, San Francisco, Amsterdam and most recently at the OPTICA Centre for Contemporary Art in Montreal, Canada (2011). In 2010, Reid was awarded the National Magazine Award for Illustration – Gold Medal.
Reid has exhibited in Toronto with Magic Pony as part of Team Macho since 2005 in Friends for Life (2005), Team Macho is a Tough Man (2006), Fancy Action Now (2007), Kitschy, Gay, And Over In a Second (2008) and in Hibernation Sickness (2010). Reid has exhibited his solo work with Narwhal in Stay Gold (2008), Life Drawing (2009), That Hideous Strength (2010) and his most recent solo exhibition The World Turned Upside Down (2011). Reid’s latest project is the large scale installation AXIS MUNDI at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada in Jan – April 2012.