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.

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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.

VIEW ARTWORK BY ANDRE PETTERSON HERE

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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.

VIEW COLLECTION HERE

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JANNA WATSON | STILL LIFE

Janna Watson studio

JANNA WATSON | Still Life
340 Dundas St. West, Toronto
April 1 - 15, 2017

Bau-Xi Toronto is pleased to present Still Life, an exhibition of paintings by Janna Watson. The irony of the phrase “still life” is not lost on the artist; her paintings are anything but still, and certainly alive.  In a gestural style characteristic of Watson’s work to date, Still Life is about buzzing paint strokes and peripatetic lines cutting through calm— like cracks in marble, or bursts of lightning in a cloud. Life, in other words, must always leak into stasis. Watson describes this concept, realized in paint, as “a finely drawn but powerful distinction between moments… masses of colourful chaos anchored in the abyss, frozen in time, demanding observation.”

Watson’s work can be found in significant collections including the TD Bank Financial Group, CIBC, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, and the HBC Global Art Collection in New York. She is based in Toronto.

 

VIEW AVAILABLE JANNA WATSON ARTWORK HERE

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DREW BURNHAM | NATURE'S CONDUIT

Drew Burnham studio shot

DREW BURNHAM | Nature's Conduit
340 Dundas St. West, Toronto
April 22 - May 5, 2017

VIEW AVAILABLE DREW BURNHAM ARTWORK HERE

CONTACT US FOR ACCESS TO ARTWORK PRESALE: toronto@bau-xi.com or 416-977-0600

 

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CORI CREED | STAGE

Cori Creed in her Studio

CORI CREED | Stage

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

Visit Bau-Xi Toronto this March to enjoy the latest series by landscape painter Cori Creed. Stage represents a project to capture fleeting glimpses of nature, to isolate in paint the total experience of a scene brimming with life. For the artist, painting is an exploration of this temporal and material process, with the final canvas continuing to unfold before our eyes in vibrant hues and strong painterly forms. Time becomes an essential medium for Creed, who both relishes and contends with the impossible task of rendering an elusive moment. Lush trees bow in the wind, waves lap against the shoreline, and soft clouds build on the horizon, with the artist's characteristic splashes and drips infusing each world with perspective and spontaneity. The resulting works are scenes of nature that play out indefinitely on a painted stage. 

Cori Creed was born in Vancouver in 1973. She studied Fine Art at Simon Fraser University and Design at Capilano College. Her work has been collected and exhibited in both Canada and abroad.

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ALEX CAMERON | RAINBOW STATION

 

Alex Cameron, Breezy, 2016, Oil on Canvas, 30 X 38 in. , $6800 ACQUIRE

 

ALEX CAMERON | RAINBOW STATION

January 7 - 21
340 Dundas St. West, Toronto
Opening Reception January 7
2:00 - 4:00 pm

"Rainbow Station" is an exhibition of new work by one of Canada’s favourite contemporary landscape painters, whose explorative relationship with colour and texture has defined his work for over 40 years. Immersed in the arts from a young age, Alex Cameron was introduced to New York City’s Abstract Expressionist movement in the 1960s, and witnessed concurrent and equally powerful experiments in abstraction back home in Toronto, where he worked as a studio assistant for the late Jack Bush in the mid-1970s. Cameron’s celebration of pure pigment has since characterized his canvases, with his thick painterly application lends lively sculptural form to both his energetic landscapes and non-representational studies. Not only bold and bright, Cameron’s colours are unconventional, inverted, and built up in linear “ropes” of paint—often applied straight from the tube—that make his surfaces hum with life. His subjects—the varied landscapes of Canada observed during his regular coast to coast travels—are not merely captured or recorded in paint, but rather honoured for their complexity; they are organic, total, and magical environments that live and grow.

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.

VIEW THE COLLECTION HERE

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Anthony Redpath | Re-Fined

Anthony Redpath artwork presented by Bau-Xi Gallery

ANTHONY REDPATH | Re-Fined 
324 Dundas St. West
September 10-22 

Anthony Redpath's latest photographic series focuses on the industrial history of coastal British Columbia. Framing worn-down or vacant buildings, Redpath positions his lens at close range to distill his subjects into a series of abstracted planes of  shape and texture. Further enhanced by the complex ribbing, vaulting and rustication of the sugar refinery, pulp mills, and oil refinery that comprise the series, Redpath's attention to detail reveals the effects of time on these monolithic architectural subjects. Works in RE-FINED are technical, beautiful images which respond to shifting understandings about industry as an important feature of the Canadian landscape.

Following the work of Bernd and Hilla Becher, Andreas Gursky and Candida Hofer, Redpath's treatment of his subjects entices the viewer to go beyond the documentary style and examine closely the surface sensuality and rich palette of a decaying landscape. As critic Sky Gooden has observed, "where the Bechers stood back from their industrial subjects, Redpath rushes in."

 

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