Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Exhibit: Deliberately Ambiguous!

Harbourfront Centre's Winter/Spring 2016 Exhibitions: Deliberately Ambiguous Exhibition Review

A few weekends ago a friend and I made the trek down to the Harbourfront Centre to visit their Winter/Spring 2016 Visual Arts Exhibitions called Deliberately Ambiguous. It was an interesting afternoon and both my friend and I enjoyed the unique art.

Harbourfront Centre Winter/Spring 2016 Visual Art Exhibition: Deliberately Ambiguous in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Artmatters, Culture, Contemporary Abstract, Craft, Design, The Purple Scarf, MelaniePs, pages from my notebbok, marissa alexander
Pages from my notebook (2016) by Marissa Alexander from Non-Objective
Five separate exhibits make up this large contemporary art exhibition by artists with, what I found, had an 'anything goes' motto and are: "highly aware and engaged in contemporary culture, these artists embrace it all." 
Harbourfront Centre Winter/Spring 2016 Visual Art Exhibition: Deliberately Ambiguous in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Artmatters, Culture, Contemporary Abstract, Craft, Design, The Purple Scarf, MelaniePs, Abstactionists, Body Mimesis Tertiary, Heidi Mckenzie
Body Mimesis: Tertiary (2015) by Heidi Mckenzie from Abstractionists
Harbourfront Centre Winter/Spring 2016 Visual Art Exhibition: Deliberately Ambiguous in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Artmatters, Culture, Contemporary Abstract, Craft, Design, The Purple Scarf, MelaniePs, pages from my notebook, marissa alexander, non-objective
Pages from my notebook (2016) by Marissa Alexander from Non-Objective
One of the reasons I like visiting the art exhibitions at the Harbourfront Centre is that they are located throughout the building and you can explore and check out the other happenings around the centre while visiting the exhibition. The first exhibit was Abstractionists whichshowcases abstract work by eight different contemporary artists. The largest of the five exhibits is Non-Objective, which highlights the achievements of the  arboufront's very own Craft and Design Studio with many past and present Artists-in-Residence. This one was my favourite and I especially liked Pages from my notebook (2016) by Marissa Alexander, which brought back memories of the thousands of doodles I drew while trying to sit through a boring lecture at school.

Harbourfront Centre Winter/Spring 2016 Visual Art Exhibition: Deliberately Ambiguous in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Artmatters, Culture, Contemporary Abstract, Craft, Design, The Purple Scarf, MelaniePs, palimpist, ursula handleigh
Palimpist by Ursula Handleigh
Harbourfront Centre Winter/Spring 2016 Visual Art Exhibition: Deliberately Ambiguous in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Artmatters, Culture, Contemporary Abstract, Craft, Design, The Purple Scarf, MelaniePs, last is first, heather goodchild, Naomi Yasui
Last is First by Heather Goodchild and Naomi Yasui
Palimpist by Ursula Handleigh is a small exhibit where the artist recreates old memories and pictures with string and light. The next exhibit, Last is First by Heather Goodchild and Naomi Yasui, explores the relationship between the depictions of "props" or objects used in paintings and photographs and the objects themselves, believing they are art in their own right. This exhibit has a very "Romanesque" feel.

Harbourfront Centre Winter/Spring 2016 Visual Art Exhibition: Deliberately Ambiguous in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Artmatters, Culture, Contemporary Abstract, Craft, Design, The Purple Scarf, MelaniePs, Untilted, moorish pattern no. 8, Owen Johnson
Untitled (Moorish Pattern No. 8) by Owen Johnson from Geo-Abstract
The last exhibit was Geo-Abstract which explored shapes, patterns and geometric designs and the possible interpretations or meanings of the symbols. There is also some amazing glass artwork that I loved.

This exhibition is very abstract and those who are not fans of the genre will not enjoy Deliberately Ambiguous, although there will be at least one or two pieces you will like. Deliberately Ambiguous runs until June 19, 2016. For more information please visit Harbourfront Centre.

P.s!: This exhibit is free and open to the public!

P.s,
Melanie!

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