Sean Martindale’s playful interventions activate public and semi-public spaces that encourage viewer engagement. His interdisciplinary work, focusing on ecological and social issues, suggests alternate possibilities for existing spaces and infrastructure. www.seanmartindale.com
Finalist Abbas Akhavan
Abbas Ahhavan makes videos, installations and performances that are site-specific to the local architecture and the micro-politics of the region in which he is working. His work challenges the notion that there is a global art audience that speaks the same visual language. abbasakhavan.blogspot.ca
Finalist Alessa Cohene
Alessa Cohene dissects, catalogues and rearranges a vast repertoire of 80”s era movies and defamiliarizes them to form new narratives. The result is a uniquely individual “composite” cinema that borrows freely from a ready-made vocabulary of shared emotional cues. www.aleesacohene.com
Mad Couture Catwalk brought to life the long association of art and mental illness through artist’s creations in the language of couture, held at the AGO. TFVA supported the catwalk live show catalogue kicking off the Workman Arts 25th anniversary. www.workmanarts.com
The 60 PAINTERS Collective in partnership with Lakeshore Arts and Humber College presented a major exhibition and symposium at the Humber College School of Arts and Media Studios. The exhibition celebrated the vital role of painting in the visual arts today and included educational tours for secondary and post-secondary students. www.60painters.com
KOFFLER CENTRE OF THE ARTS
The unusual off-site “ Summer Special” of the Koffler Gallery invites 6 Canadian artists to be inspired by the show bills, iconic signage and archives of Honest Ed’s Toronto landmark discount store. New works by the artists explore the visual vocabulary of commercial and urban signage infiltrating the building inside and out. www.kofflerarts.org
Ian Carr-Harris is an internationally recognized sculpture/installation artist, writer and teacher. He has been on the faculty of OCA (now OCAD) University since 1975 and Chief Librarian from 1971-1987. His significant exhibitions include the Sydney Biennale, Documenta 8, Venice Biennale, National Gallery of Canada and the Power Plant. Carr-Harris was one of the founding directors of “A SPACE” 1970, the first artist run centre in Toronto as well as the Power Plant.
He has served on the board of the AGO, The Harbourfront Corporation, CCCA and PACAP. Ian Carr-Harris was awarded the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2007. His practice is concerned with the themes of classification, the definition of knowledge and its elusiveness. He is represented by the Susan Hobbs Gallery.
Mercer Union is an artist run centre established in 1979. Today its mandate is to be a “Centre for Contemporary Art” programmed for cutting-edge artists around the globe. The key to this ambition is to develop their 10 year old website into a more interactive, graphic and image-laden support. This award is being given to complete the funding for this online initiative. www.mercerunion.org
This award is given to help V TAPE preserve their archives.