Image credit: Alexa Phillips, Friends (2015) ©
Come Together curated by Barbara Astman | April 27 - May 15 | Opening: Thurs. April 28th 6:30-9:30PM
Propeller gallery presents our much-anticipated annual guest curated exhibition, now in its 19th year. Each year Propeller invites a prominent figure within the arts community to contribute their knowledge and experience in developing a theme and selecting works for a completely unique exhibition. This year we have the pleasure of hosting Toronto-based artist Barbara Astman as curator. The theme, Come Together looks at unity, community and collaboration within the arts.
Adrian Fish, Alejandro Arauz, Alexa Phillips, Connie Chappel, Cairn Cunnane, Cathy Griggs, Christine De Vuono, Dianne Davis, Dorota Dziong, Elspeth Wood, Jacqueline Trealoar, Jane Murdoch Adams, Joseph Muscat, Kate MacDonald & Les Sears, Kristina Dittmar & Sam Pierre, Linda Briskin, Matthew Gardiner, Nicole Moss, Painters 6, Paula Maclean, Robert Quance, Ryan Van Der Hout, Sheilah Wilson, Theresa Passarello, Verronique Tremblay, Walter Segers, Wayne Kodje, Wilfred Wong
The theme for the Propeller curated exhibition is “Come Together”. This is obviously based on the title of the well-known Beatle’s song from 1969. The song was written originally to facilitate building bonds and uniting as one.
I am applying those very words to the art community. “Come Together” makes the case for community both personal and public. It also addresses human attachment, love, intimacy, togetherness, human interaction and longing.
Come together right now over me. (go ahead and sing it.)
- Babara Astman, Artist.
Barbara Astman’s work has received national and international recognition. Since the 1970s she has explored a wide range of photographic and mixed media. Her work is represented in many museum, corporate, and private collections, in Canada, United States, and Europe. Astman has degrees from the Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Craftsmen, and Ontario College of Art. Active in the Toronto arts community, Astman has sat on numerous boards and advisory committees. She was a Trustee on the Board of Trustees at the Art Gallery of Ontario and an appointed member to the Canadian Curatorial Committee at the AGO from 2009 – 2013. Currently she is the Chair of the Art Advisory Committee, Koffler Gallery, Toronto.
In 2008 Astman and AGO Associate Curator, Canadian Art, Georgiana Uhlyarik collaborated on a curatorial project for the Transformation AGO Exhibition, dealing with Joyce Wieland and early feminist practice.
Astman’s photo-based work was included in the AGO exhibition titled: Beautiful Fiction, fall 2009. In May 2011, her recent installation, dancing with che: enter through the gift shop, opened at the Kelowna Art Galley and toured to the McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, ON, MOCA, Calgary and MOCCA, Toronto in the spring of 2013.
She was recently in the two group exhibitions, Art Gallery of Ontario, Light My Fire Part I: Some Propositions About Portrait and Photography through October 20, 2013
Astman was commissioned to create a photographic installation for the opening exhibition at the Koffler Gallery, Toronto in November 2013 - February 2014. Most recently, April 2014, she had a solo show at the McIntosh Gallery, London, ON, accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue. Canadian Art Magazine had a feature profile of Astman’s career in the Spring 2014 issue. In the fall of 2014, her works held in the collection of the Duetsche Bank, NY, were exhibited in Herland, 60 Wall Gallery, Deutsche Bank, New York City, New York. Currently Astman’s’ work is featured in Look Again: Colour Xerography Art Meets Technology at the AGO, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario. In the fall of 2015 her most recent work, I as artifact, opened as a solo show at the Corkin Gallery, Toronto.
For more information contact:
Nathan Heuvingh, Gallery Director
30 Abell Street, Toronto, ON M6J 0A9