Gallery Artists | METHOD V

Gallery Artists | METHOD V 
August 6-20, 2022
340 and 350 Dundas St W, Toronto
Exhibition Opening: Saturday, August 6

The journey towards a finished artwork exists as an often unseen methodology that builds each artist’s polished visual language. This August, Bau-Xi Gallery is thrilled to present Method V, a show highlighting the processes behind the work of a select group of artists. Both of our spaces will be showcasing the work and artistic journey of painters and photographers- opening the dialogue of what composes a finished piece.

Join us on Saturday, August 6th to celebrate the opening, which will be held concurrently at 340 and 350 Dundas Street West.

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Kyle Scheurmann | Hold On

Kyle Scheurmann | Hold On 
April 16-30, 2022
OPENING Saturday, April 16, artist in attendance 12- 4 pm 
340 Dundas Street West, Toronto

Kyle Scheurmann’s vivid paintings share a strong ecological message. The paintings in Scheurmann’s all new exhibition, Hold On, document the ‘front lines’ of climate change as experienced first-hand by the artist at the Fairy Creek blockade and scenes of contemporary life as ecological collapse approaches. Together, these portraits of the crisis  form a cohesive narrative across paintings about the state of our environment.

 

 

“When an old-growth cedar naturally dies in an ancient forest, it turns white. These massive ‘Snags’ become the homes for countless species of wildlife while simultaneously feeding the forest around them. Bacteria, fungi and insects break down and utilize every last bit of the old tree’s resources. Sometimes, this process can take hundreds of years.

 

When an old-growth cedar is cut down and parts are left behind in a clearcut patch, they also turn white - but often in just a few seasons. These clearcuts create carbon sequester “dead zones”, totalling an area larger than Vancouver Island that pushes more carbon into the atmosphere from rabid decomposition and sun bleaching than newly planted trees can absorb.

 

“Over the past 20 years, BC forests were so heavily logged that net carbon emissions caused by the industry are now twice as large as Alberta’s oil sands.” (- David Broadland, Focus on Victoria)

 

 

On April 4th, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its 2022 assessment. Or, as the UN Secretary-General António Guterres referred to it; "a litany of broken climate promises. It is a file of shame, cataloguing the empty pledges that put us firmly on track toward an unlivable world.”

 

On the unceded clearcut mountainsides along the pacific northwest coast, you can see these broken promises everywhere you look.

 

Broken promises that fall at the feet of the BC government. From refusing to implement the recommendations of its own “Old Growth Strategic Review Panel”, to claiming there is “no logging going on” at Fairy Creek, despite Pacheedaht Elder Bill Jones stating “The BC government has issued lies saying they’ve stopped logging while we can see trucks going by loaded with the trees we’re trying to protect.”

 

This track record has not stopped the government from continuing to make bold claims designed to feature well in press conferences. During the recent COP26 summit in Scotland, “the government of BC identified 2.6 million hectares [of deferrals] of the province’s most at-risk old-growth forests, but stopped short of announcing specific or permanent protections for the ancient, rare and large trees.” (- Stephanie Wood, The Narwhal)

 

These deferrals do not stop logging. In only the areas mentioned, they just postpone it for 2 years, allowing for old growth logging to continue at a rate of 50,000 hectares per year. The “annual allowable cut” doesn’t change, ancient trees will just be cut in different locations. Most of the forests protected by the Fairy Creek Blockades are not even on this deferral list.

 

So with less than 2.7% of productive ancient forest left in BC, as well as a “Talk and Log” policy firmly in place by the government, how can we Hold On to what we have left?

 

 

At Eden Camp, one of several camps making up the Fairy Creek Blockades on unceded Pacheedaht territory - on Tree Farm Licence (TFL) 46 - the act of holding on took several literal forms.

 

Sometimes, it meant searching deep in the grove for signs of the endangered Goshawk - a rare bird that if found, would at least temporarily force the logging to stop.

Sometimes it meant locking yourself shoulder deep into the earth, physically preventing the logging trucks from going any further.

Sometimes it just meant cooking a warm meal for your fellow Forest Protectors.

 

I was scared when I first got to camp. I’d never been anywhere like that before. Not only because of the 1000-year-old cedars I now called my neighbours, but because of the persistent and swelling presence of RCMP. Their job was to forcibly remove us all in favour of short-term profit for the logging company, Teal Jones. At first, I was so scared, I sleep in my truck rather than setting up my tent just in case I needed to make a sudden late-night exit.

 

But the strength and power of the relationships between Forest Protectors quickly pulled me into the community. It is their conviction which has had the biggest lasting impact on me.

 

I had originally gone there as an ‘Artist in Residence’. I wanted to be witness to the realities on the frontlines of climate change. By the end of my four months, I’d also served as press on the RCMP media list, documenting enforcement in real time.

 

But most importantly, I grew into a Forest Protector too.

 

Canadian landscape painting is inseparable from the history of colonization. Although it has often played a role in the romanticization of a so-called frontier, in a contemporary context, I believe that landscape painting is required to take into consideration the reality of environmental destruction at the hands of colonialism while pursuing indigenous sovereignty as the primary step in healing.

 

In this way, the act of painting became my method of residence - documenting not only the act of ‘Holding On,’ but also reflecting on what we have left to ‘Hold On’ to.

 

As the repercussion of climate change seep deeper into our daily lives - heat domes, atmospheric rivers, fires, floods, and drought - we must urgently take stock of what’s at stake. Because cutting those trees affects us all, in every corner of the globe.

 

I am grateful for the support of the Forest Protectors I now call friends. Their assistance on the ground made my job as an artist considerably easier. Their continued encouragement and consultation in the days since camp was destroyed has been crucial to the realization of this new work. Now, it is their written reflections of experiences from the frontlines that breathe life into images they helped create.

 

Looking back, I now think go Eden Camp as one giant piece of art: A collaborative installation of determination.

 

I remember the first time I met Chickweed, just a few hours after arriving at Eden. Across the campfire, she very confidently said to me, “I’m here to put my body between those saws and these trees. What are you here to do?”

 

Exactly one year later, it’s now clear that what I went there to do was to make these paintings.”

  -- Kyle Scheurmann

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Alex Cameron | The Crashing Plane & Other New Paintings

Alex Cameron Paintings at Bau-Xi Gallery Toronto and Vancouver

Alex Cameron | The Crashing Plane & Other New Paintings
February 5-19, 2022
340 Dundas Street West, Toronto

In his first exhibition since 2020, Cameron continues his celebration of the Canadian landscape through pure pigment, this time welcoming a lighter palette to complement the rich, chromatic, works for which the artist is known. Cameron’s application is controlled with an impossibly tactile three-dimensionality that is a hallmark of his energetic canvases and his complex visual lexicon.

Alex Cameron’s paintings have been collected extensively in Canada and abroad. Notable collections include the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Bank of Canada, and The Queen’s Silver Jubilee Art Collection.

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Alex Cameron Paintings at Bau-Xi Gallery Toronto and Vancouver

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Darlene Cole | Midnight

Darlene Cole oil on canvas paintings available for sale at Bau-Xi Gallery Toronto and Vancouver

Darlene Cole | Midnight
December 5-19, 2020
340 Dundas Street W., Toronto

Darlene Cole’s most recent body of work is a reflective magnification of the painting process. While creating this exhibition, the artist experienced a blurred transition from one day to the next, punctuated by a calm intensity falling always at midnight. With a shift in our universal conditions and new realities, the rhythm of the lake, walking in the garden, and dreaming of travel all became flashes of narrative for Cole. These moments are preserved within the canvases as studies of time and memory in a ruminative solo exhibition that grants solace, introspection and connectivity.

Cole's work is extensively collected across Canada and internationally. Notable public collections include: The Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Tom Thomson Art Gallery, the K.F. Preueter Collection of Canadian Art, Royal Bank of Canada, CIBC, OCAD University, Fairmont Hotels (Toronto, Montreal, Banff), and Manulife Financial. 

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Casey McGlynn | Everyone I've Never Met

Casey McGlynn mixed media artworks available for sale at Bau-Xi Gallery Toronto and Vancouver

Casey McGlynn | Everyone I've Never Met
December 5-19, 2020
340 Dundas Street W., Toronto | Upper Gallery 


We are thrilled to present Everyone I’ve Never Met, a dynamic solo exhibition by Casey McGlynn. Using a combination of techniques working on raw plywood with mixed-media including pen, ink and pencil crayon, the artist embarks on an adventurous and satirical documentation of the faces of each person remembered from his life. With a focus on chronicling his artist contemporaries, and informed by the recent passing of Katherine Mulherin, a key figure in the Toronto arts scene, McGlynn views this new body of work as an autobiographical contribution to Canadian cultural history.


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Steven Nederveen | Infinite Possibilities

Steven Nederveen at Bau-Xi Gallery

Steven Nederveen | Infinite Possibilities
November 7- 21
340 Dundas Street West, Toronto

We are pleased to present a new body of work by Toronto-based artist, Steven Nederveen, in a solo exhibition aptly titled Infinite Possibilities. Through a continued exploration of movement articulated in the swirling eddies and crashing falls of water, Nederveen’s compositions capture a singular moment, encompassing a meditative rhythm and intensity, in a time that calls for stillness and reflection.

Through Nederveen's mixed-media process, a two-fold mirroring takes place: the paint material adopts the qualities of water as fine sprays and heavy pours while textured pools obfuscate the underlying image. The artist's hand, too, becomes the means through which the momentum of the wave is enacted, its force wearing away at the photographic emulsion even as it builds up the artwork surface.

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Steven Nederveen at Bau-Xi Gallery
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Ephemera | David Burdeny

David Burdney | Ephemera
October 13-27, 2018
350 Dundas St West, Toronto
Opening reception: Saturday, October 13, 2-4pm

Bau-Xi is pleased to present Ephemera, a solo exhibition featuring all new works by Canadian artist David Burdeny. These photographs represent two ephemeral landscapes in China; an ancient mountain landscape, set within the Anhui Provence of eastern China, and a temporary construct of ice in the northern city Harbin.  Separated by geography and climate, these landscapes are spatially and culturally different, yet remarkably similar on a fundamental level.  Both landscapes are born from their environment, exist within it, and then ultimately decay back into it with the natural processes of time. The icy city of colour will melt come spring, run down the banks of the Songhua River and return to whence it came, while the diffuse mountain views of Haungshan fade in and out of sight as airborne vapor makes it's way up from the valley below. In both cases, there is an infinite exchange of energy between the land and its environment as water turns to gas, then to liquid, then to solid, and we are left to admire the beauty and complexity of it all.

David Burdeny is an acclaimed Canadian photographer whose travel-inspired landscapes are characterized by unusually long exposures that result in detailed images and soft colour studies.

Burdeny describes his photography as ‘discovery-driven’ and has traveled to places including Antarctica, Iceland, Brazil, China, France, Italy and Cambodia in pursuit of his work. Influenced by notable photographers such Michael Kenna, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Fay Goodwin, David deliberately photographs in poor light and near darkness. He uses unusually long exposures to see that which our eyes cannot. Moving beyond the literal, his images have been described as ominous, haunting, beautiful and meditative.  

Burdeny’s work has been exhibited internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions.  He is the recipient of many notable photography accolades, including Photographer of the Year in the Nature Category at the International Photography Awards. Burdeny’s work has been extensively collected and is included in both private and corporate collections. Most recently, editions of his newest works have been acquired by the HBC Global Art Collection in New York.

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JOSEPH PLASKETT | A CENTENARY

Joseph Plaskett | A Centenary
July 7 - 28, 2018
Running Concurrently at Bau-Xi Vancouver & Toronto
Opening Reception: Saturday July 7, 2-4 pm, Upper Gallery

"The art that I make and that I see others make confirms the miracle of being alive. Almost every day I live in a state of exaltation." - Joseph Plaskett

To commemorate the hundredth anniversary of Joseph Plaskett’s life, Bau-Xi Vancouver and Toronto are pleased to present A Centenary, concurrent exhibitions of select works from the estate of Joseph Plaskett, on view from July 7th to July 21st.  

A consummate bohemian, masterful painter and a prolific artist until his passing, Plaskett dedicated his practice to the intimate expression of everyday life: fruits and vegetables artfully scattered about, arrangements of potted plants and fresh flowers, portraits of the artist and his friends, interiors of his Paris apartment and landscapes of his Suffolk garden.

“The word I choose to describe the quality of a still life is intimacy. I am closer and closer to the small world surrounding me and its surroundings. I make constant discoveries.” - Joseph Plaskett

Despite the enduring subject matter throughout Plaskett’s oeuvre —the domestic scenes and humble artifacts of his immediate surroundings — the artist’s treatment of light, colour and form was continually evolving and ever exploratory, shifting from the dramatic contrast and painterly realism of his earlier works to the brightly saturated, graphic forms of his later years, lovingly rendered and infused with warmth and humanity of the artist’s hand.

During his lifetime, Joseph Plaskett became well established for his contribution to Canadian art historical canon, and was awarded The Order of Canada for excellence in the field of visual art and inducted as a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art. Bau-Xi Galleries are honoured to share this special collection of works with admirers and collectors in celebration of Joseph Plaskett’s art, life, and legacy.


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Bau-Xi Photo Summer Focus | Virginia Mak


Summer Focus Exhibition | Virginia Mak
July 7-21, 2018
350 Dundas St West, Toronto

This July, Bau-Xi Photo is pleased to present a group exhibition, with a special feature on Untitled, the latest series by Toronto-based photographer Virginia Mak. This body of work is characterized by Mak's distinctive off-focus lens, which allows her to create abstract character studies that blur the boundary between painting and photography. 

Born in Hong Kong, Virginia Mak has received multiple degrees in both liberal and fine arts. She has exhibited extensively across Canada where her work has received multiple awards, as well as project, exhibition and travel grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Her photographs can be found in public and private collections in Hong Kong and North America.  

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Gallery Artists | Play

 Jeffrey Milstein aerial photography, presented by Bau-Xi Gallery
Gallery Artists | PLAY

June 9 - 23, 2018
350 Dundas Street West, Toronto

This month, Bau-Xi is pleased to present a group exhibition titled Play, showing works by gallery artists such as Jeffery Milstein, Barbara Cole, Joshua Jensen-Nagle and Katrin Korfmann.

From Jeffrey Milstein's striking aerial shots of Disneyland, to Katrin Korfmann's composed scenes of children playing against brightly coloured backgrounds, this exhibition is curated around themes of recreation and playfulness. The bright colour palettes that characterize these works also impart a sense of joy; pops of pink and turquoise can be found along the shorelines of Joshua Jensen-Nagle's sandy beaches, and the primary hues of Barbara Cole's Petit Prince works are reminiscent of the simplicity and joy of childhood.

Visit Bau-Xi Photo from June 9-23 to see this incredible exhibition. Click here to view the photography collection. 

 

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Jeffrey Milstein | LA NY

Jeffrey Milstein | LA NY

December 2-16, 2017
350 Dundas St West, Toronto
Opening Reception + Book Launch: Saturday December 2, 2:00 - 4:00 pm 

Bau-Xi Photo is pleased to present LA NY by Jeffrey Milstein. The exhibition will feature work from his newly released book, LANY: Aerial Photographs of Los Angeles and New York (Thames & Hudson, 2017). Shot from a helicopter, these stunning aerial photographs of Los Angeles and New York offer the viewer a fresh perceptive on two of the most iconic cities in America. 

Join us on December 2nd from 2:00-4:00 pm to celebrate the opening of the exhibition and book launch. 

Milstein’s photographs have been published in Men’s Vogue, TIME Magazine, European Photography, American Photo, Eyemazing, Die Zeit, Wired, PDN, Esquire and Conde Nast Portfolio.  His acclaimed series “Aircraft: The Jet as Art” was exhibited in a year-long solo show at the National Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.

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Cara Barer | Letters and Landscapes

Cara Barer | Letters and Landscapes 
350 Dundas St. W, Toronto
September 9 - 23, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday September 9, 2-4pm.  Artist in attendance.  

Bau-Xi Photo presents Letters and Landscapes, a new body of work by Houston artist, Cara Barer.  Using sheet music reminiscent of her childhood and travel photographs from the artist’s own collection is “a natural next step” for Barer that combines process with personal ephemera. The resulting patterned, abstract compositions are powerful simply in their pictorial poignancy, but each image is also a layered object with a history, one that for Barer “hints of its origins, and culminates in a picture of my pictures of the world.”  

Cara Barer has exhibited in solo and group show throughout the US and Canada since 1994. Her work has been featured extensively in such publications as New York Magazine, The Washington Post, Harper’s Magazine, The Boston Globe and The New Yorker; and can be found in the collections of Bloomingdale’s, Saks, Lehigh University, Nordstrom, United States Embassy, Kyiv, Ukraine, VISA and Wells Fargo Bank and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She is based in Houston, Texas.


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