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SICK!: In House with Dessa Harhay and Amy Wong

Opening Thursday May 12th @ 7PM – 11PM

@ The White House Gallery – 277.5 Augusta Ave.

Featuring DJ dance party (DJ Ambulance Wolf)
Live musical experience with Parent-Teacher Night:
and BON FIRE Jewelry line by Rachel Hawkes Cameron

‘Sick!’ presents new work by Toronto born artists Dessa Harhay and Amy Wong. The two painters will be exhibiting work that reflects the ambiguity of the word ‘sick’ – referring to the notion of being affected by physical and mental illness, or as a compliment – a word that takes on both a positive and negative light depending on context. The work contemplates decadence, beauty, consumerist culture, information overload, the recent election results in Canada and the search for spirit throughout.

Having exhibited together as founding members of local art collective, the YPF, Harhay and Wong have often developed their practice side by side as Concordia University fine arts graduates (Montreal, QC). Since living in Montreal, both artists have taken different paths, leading them to live in separate parts of the world such as Chicago, Amsterdam, China, and New York. They have now regrouped in Toronto to show a collection of new work reflecting their growth while apart.

(exhibition on display through to May 20th)
Sitting hours: daily 1-5pm


IN HOUSE: with Nitasha McKnight and Ceilidh Stidwill

a duo-show featuring new works by Nitasha McKnight and Ceilidh Stidwill
in part with the White House Studio Project’s “In House” exhibition series.

The opening reception will be held at The White House (277.5 Augusta Ave)
on Friday, April 22nd between the hours of 7pm and 11pm.
Live musical performances by Fresh Flesh and Drainolith starting at 10pm.

The show will be on exhibition at the White House studios
from April 21st – 28th.

Additional viewing times TBA.

Click here for the facebook event.

IN HOUSE with Jeff Riffle

“Through the Trees”

Through Jeff Riffle’s new series of paintings inspired by nature he asks a simple question: “What makes up all this beauty?” For his process Riffle goes for long walks with his camera and captures the inspirational details within the nature that surrounds him. The feeling of being small and engulfed by nature causes the “big picture” to blur and fade. Focusing on the smaller details is what ultimately led Riffle to create his current series of works.

“By playing with scale and enlarging the subject matter then breaking it down into basic shapes and colors I begin to understand what makes nature’s “big picture” so beautiful and therefore answer my original question. What makes up this beauty ARE all the tiny organic shapes and pieces all pressed together to form what is all around me. I guess the old adage is true; it is all in the details.”
-J. Riffle

Jeff Riffle will be interviewed tonight (Thursday March 24th) as part of
Otino Corsano’s lecture on “the artist interviewer” for the Guess What?! lecture series. Come check it out!

Click here for Jeff Riffle’s Facebook event.
Click here for Otino Corsano’s Guess What?! facebook event