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Toronto Now series continues with artist collaboration

Second in Toronto Now Series is an interdisciplinary display of Toronto talent

(TORONTO - May 31, 2010)  The AGO's Toronto Now series continues with the installation of 11:11, a collaborative work featuring Toronto-based artists Sebastian Butt, Janis Demkiw, Olia Mishchenko, Sandy Plotnikoff and Christine Swintak.  11:11 will be on view from June 5 to July 25, in the Young Gallery, a free, street-level space adjacent to Frank restaurant, facing Dundas Street.

"The AGO is excited to continue its commitment of showcasing local artists through Toronto Now," says Matthew Teitelbaum, the AGO's director and CEO.  "Providing a platform for Toronto-based artists to connect with the community is what the Young Gallery was designed for, and is the essence of what this series is all about."

Comprising large-scale drawings of what appears to be a manufacturing plant, combined with three-dimensional interpretations of parts of the same structure; 11:11 proposes a balance between its two- and three-dimensional elements, while projecting an uncanny, asymmetrical effect.

"Though their approach to making art varies, this diverse group of artists share an energy and a connection to the community that ensures a vibrant collaboration for the second showing of Toronto Now," says Michelle Jacques, the AGO's associate curator of contemporary art. "11:11 allows patrons to experience the interplay between the drawings, sculpture, installations and prints that the various artists contribute."

11:11 explores a set of ideas and images from different viewpoints and in different media.  A multi-disciplinary artist but primarily a sculptor, Butt is interested in building things with operating components and visible processes. Demkiw uses found objects and materials to stage spatial disruptions, absurd shifts in scale, and strategic approaches to display. Mishchenko is best known for drawings that explore intuitive ways of constructing and building the world.  Plotnikoff produces varied works with foil printing, clothing fasteners, text, photography and multiples. Swintak's interdisciplinary projects incorporate installation, intervention and performance, and often involve other people and repurposed structures.

Following 11:11, The Toronto Now series will feature the work of Toronto artist Allyson Mitchell, whose recent work has been focused on large-scale sculptural figures that merge feminist elements with neocraft and fun fur. Her installation will open July 31, 2010.

Toronto Now is a rotating series, featuring a different local artist every two months.  The exhibition gives Torontonians the opportunity to view the wealth of artistic talent in their city.

Toronto Now will be open during Frank's regular hours. To make a reservation at Frank, visitors can call 416-979-6688 or visit us online at

Toronto Now is generously supported by The Contemporary Circle. Contemporary programming at the AGO is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.


With a permanent collection of more than 79,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. In 2008, with a stunning new design by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, the AGO opened its doors to the public amid international acclaim. Highlights include Galleria Italia, a gleaming showcase made of wood and glass running the length of an entire city block along the Gallery's façade; and the feature staircase, spiraling up through the roof of Walker Court and into the new contemporary galleries above. From the extensive Group of Seven collection to the dramatic new African art gallery; from the cutting-edge works in the Vivian & David Campbell Centre for Contemporary Art to Peter Paul Rubens' masterpiece The Massacre of The Innocents, a highlight of the celebrated Thomson Collection, there is truly something for everyone at the AGO.


For more images and more information contact:

Sean O'Neill, 416-979-6660 ext. 403,

Antonietta Mirabelli, 416-979-6660 ext. 454,

The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Culture. Additional operating support is received from the Volunteers of the AGO, the City of Toronto, the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts.


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