Gallery Artists | METHOD II

Method II, annual group show at Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto

Gallery Artists | METHOD II 
August 10-24, 2019
340 and 350 Dundas St W, Toronto
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 10, 2-4 PM 

While not always evident, an artist’s methodology exists as an unseen, yet essential, part of the artistic process. This August, Bau-Xi Gallery is pleased to present Method II, a show highlighting the methods and processes behind the work of a select group of artists. Spanning both of our gallery spaces on Dundas Street West, Method II will feature the work of painters and photographers and will open up a dialogue about the journey taken to arrive at a finished piece. 

Join us on Saturday, August 10th from 2-4pm to celebrate the opening, which will be held concurrently at 340 and 350 Dundas Street West. 

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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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READ Q & A WITH CARA BARER HERE

 

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SUMMER FOCUS EXHIBITION: Virginia Mak

Virginia Mak photography, presented at Bau-Xi Photo, Toronto
Bau-Xi Photo, Toronto
August 12-31, 2017

Join us this August for our group exhibition, which focuses on work by Virginia Mak. Fostered through a deep-rooted fascination with fictional characters, Virginia Mak infuses her photographic work with poetic references to icons from classic literature, folklore and mythology. By staging scenarios around illustrious story lines and characters, Mak aims to visually depict familiar figures and re-interpret the narrative. Known for its soft focus and minimized light values, her work disrupts the boundary between painting and photography.

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CASEY MCGLYNN | IT'S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD

Casey McGlynn artwork presented by Bau-Xi Gallery

CASEY MCGLYNN | It's Not the End of the World

340 Dundas St. W, Toronto
June 3 - 17, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday June 3, from 2-4 PM

Casey McGlynn’s paintings are visual composites of autobiography and collective memory, at once literal and endlessly symbolic. Highly referential images—animals, people, popular media, textual documents—narrate scenes from the artist’s life while also prompting  the viewer’s imagination through allegory and archetype. Working with a combination of techniques, McGlynn imbues this timeless visual repertoire with contemporary life: adventurous explorations of colour, humour, and satire are delivered with what Gary Michael Dault, writing for the Globe and Mail, called “a warm and somehow compassionate abandon.” Indeed, McGlynn’s compositions capture life’s chaos while also allowing his viewer the contemplative space to insert his or her own story.

McGlynn’s works can be found in a number of private and public collections in both Canada and the US. Most recently his work was acquired for the HBC Global Art Collection in New York.

VIEW ARTWORK BY CASEY MCGLYNN HERE

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ANDRE PETTERSON | RECONNOITRE

ANDRE PETTERSON | Reconnoitre
340 Dundas St. W, Toronto
May 6 - 31, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 6 from 2-4 PM 

This May, Bau-Xi Toronto presents Reconnoitre, an exhibition of new work by Andre Petterson. These mixed media works offer both new and familiar motifs for which Petterson has become known: suit jackets, typewriters, and pianos— objects loaded with symbolic charge—are subject to a unique process that combines photography, paint, and all the conceptual implications that this pairing of mediums incites. “The thread that always feeds me,” says Petterson, “is the desire to tell a story,” and works in Reconnoitre are indeed powerfully narrative in their starkness: colour burst through the seams of a black jacket, and bundles of ribbon spill from typewriters and musical instruments, as though the machine can no longer contain its art. The result is a story about both the visual unfolding of Petterson’s creative process itself, and his playfully critical investigation of the objects that make up our lives.

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DAVID LEVENTI | Viewpoints

David Leventi at Bau-Xi Gallery

DAVID LEVENTI | Viewpoints
350 Dundas St. W, Toronto
April 22 - May 5, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 22nd from 2-4 PM | Artist in attendance

Bau-Xi Photo is pleased to present Viewpoints, a retrospective of work by New York based photographer David Leventi. Over the last ten years, Leventi has traveled internationally to document prisons, hangars, Venetian interiors, and opulent opera houses. Working with 4 x 5 and 8 x 10 inch Arca-Swiss cameras, Leventi offers visitors an impressive perspective of these monumental structures. Rendered with perfect symmetry and in sharp detail, Leventi’s works reveal his subjects in a hyper-reality normally invisible to the naked eye.

Leventi's photographs have been widely published in TIME, The New York Times Magazine, ESPN The Magazine, FT Weekend Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, among others. His work is also installed in prestigious private and public collections including The Sir Elton John Collection and The Cleveland Museum of Art.

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MICHAEL WOLF | CITY: Michael Wolf Showcase

Michael Wolf, Transparent City 16

MICHAEL WOLF | CITY: Michael Wolf Showcase

350 Dundas St. W, Toronto
March 4 - 18, 2017

On display at Bau-Xi Photo, view a selection of works from Michael Wolf's Tokyo Compression, Architecture of Density, Transparent City, and Paris Rooftops series. From the intimate to the alienating, this exhibition captures the nature of urban experience across four cities: Tokyo, Hong Kong, Chicago, and Paris.

Tokyo's claustrophobic subway systems reveal the conditions of the city’s population, and document rapidly expanding urban-industrial centers. Foregrounded views of Hong Kong, Chicago, and Paris skylines magnify perspective and present the cityscape in rhythmic layers of architecture, history, and human intervention. Together, works from each series show Wolf’s commitment to documenting the city as a space we both inhabit and behold.

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