Tag Archives: VANESSA RIEGER

GHOST HOLE IV: Saturday Oct. 29th

Ex-White-House-board member Vanessa Rieger is curating Ghost Hole again and this year it is on Toronto Island! Showcasing over 30+ artists, some of them being White House members, and other local talents, transforming the Artscape Gibraltar Point Public school for one night only!!!

For this one-day only event, the school will come to life, or rather, rise back from the dead. Artists will act as necromancers and use their power of art, installation, sound, video and performance to activate the space and open gateways into strange new worlds! Some things you may encounter on your visit to Ghost Hole IV: Sculptures made by poltergeists, a haunted outhouse, bodies on the beach, boobie traps in the woods, ghostly children under the floorboards, altered states of reality, floating apparitions and historical building tours led by ghostly faculty.

Family friendly between 2pm – 6pm,
but once the sun goes down things get a lot darker!
Performances by Maylee Todd (Maloo), JAL, Processor, Barbara, Sunken Skulls, Dune Buddies and comedy by Nick Flanagan.

Tickets on sale now @ soundscapes! 12$

For more information go to: http://ghosthole4.wordpress.com

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UPCOMING: External Events

Studio Member James Fowler has curated another year of the 10×10 photography exhibition showcasing Toronto’s queer creative scene.

Opening Reception:
Thursday, June 28th, 2012: 7 pm – 11pm
at the Gladstone Hotel.

Exhibition runs from June 21 – July 15, 2012

Featuring work by: R.Kelly Clipperton, Adamo de Pax, Guntar Kravis, Sue Lloyd, JJ Levine, John Monteith, Renee Navarro, Alex Nursall, Allyson Scott and Sonja Scharf

On the strength of a resoundingly successful inaugural year, 10×10 has cemented a new yearly tradition of inviting ten queer Canadian photographers to take ten portraits of LGBTQ Canadians who have contributed to the arts. These 100 portraits celebrate those who share their talents and creativity through various art forms, as well as those who work behind the scenes to support the arts.

For its sophomore outing, the 10×10 Photography Project has assembled a new roster of ten LGBTQ photographers with varied professional backgrounds and diverse approaches to portraiture. They focus our attention on some of Canada’s leading creative minds and arts professionals, shining a light on tomorrow’s brightest stars. Some of the subjects featured in this year’s exhibition include: Kristyn Wong-Tam, Vivek Shraya, David Dixon, Daniel MacIvor, Salah Bachir, Rae Spoon, Johnny Forever, Andy Fabo, Elle Flanders, Christopher House, Damion Nurse, Zoe Whittall, Ed Pien, Sook-Yin Lee, Deb Pearce, Diane Flacks, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Shauna Dempsey, Jamie Angell and many many more!!

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Studio member Vanessa Rieger is now on the Board for Whippersnapper gallery and is helping out with the New Traditions art and music festival.

June 30th, 12noon – 11pm.
At Gibraltar Point Artscape – Toronto Island
BUY TICKETS ONLINE!

The first annual New Traditions: Island Music and Art Festival will be held on the beautiful grounds of the Artscape Gibraltar Point on the Toronto Island on Saturday June 30th. This independent artist-run and family friendly festival will feature 12 straight hours of live music, site-specific outdoor art installations, performances, folk dance workshops, a puppet slam and feasts of fresh food.

Featuring performance and artwork by:
Alessandra Naccarato
Kosa Kolektiv
Chandra Melting Tallow
Maylee Todd + Jenna Lee Forde
VSVSVS
Felix Kalmenson
Artichoke Heart Collective
Box Outside Storytelling Collective
+ featuring over 12 musical acts!

Trampoline Hall: Artist Made Tickets

Vanessa Rieger from the White House Studio Project was asked to create tickets for tonight’s Trampoline Hall at the Garrison. She will also act as a liaison to help curate different artists from the White House to make unique “artist made” tickets every month for the lecture series. We are very excited about the White House Studios becoming involved with Trampoline Hall! Stay tuned for more info on upcoming Trampoline Halls (happens once a month).

Click here for the Facebook event for tonight’s talk.

Pumpkin Carving Party!

Studio and Board member Vanessa Rieger is having her 4th annual pumpkin carving party at the White House Thursday October 20th, 7pm – 2am.
Horror movie selections by Brandon A. Dalmer.

Open to all levels of pumpkin carvers, novice to advanced.
Also, pumpkin experimentation encouraged!

Candy and roasted pumpkins seeds will be served,
as well as beer and drinks for sale.
Limited amount of pumpkins will be available for purchase.
Knives and cutting tools will be supplied
and 3 epic horror movies will be shown.
Prizes for most creative pumpkins will be awarded by popular vote.

UPDATE: Basil AlZeri will be selling halloween inspired
Artist Made Refreshing Drinks“. What a treat!

Take your pumpkins home, or donate them to the Ghost Hole event!
All money/donations will go towards funding for Ghost Hole 3.

Click here for facebook event.

OPEN HOUSE: 1st Pedestrian Sunday!


The White House is opening it’s doors on the first Pedestrian Sunday of the year!

We will be showing a huge group show of various works by our current members in the studio. We will be selling art and summery refreshments. Come check out the show, hang out and join the festivities in the market!

CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS:
Elizabeth Basskin
Jeff Riffle
Nitasha NcKnight
Ceilidh Stidwill
Derek Aubichon
Jonathan Mayhew
Vanessa Rieger
Brandon A. Dalmer
James Fowler
Dessa Harhay
Zoe Solomon
Matt Tanner
Taryn Mooradian
Marisa Hoicka
Amy Wong
Paul Kevin Wadsworth
Basil Al-Zeri
Stella Mandrak-Pagani
Joey Bruni
Iris Fraser
Sarah D’angelo


SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL ART PROJECTS!

This Open House is also in conjunction with events at neighbouring studios and galleries in the neighbourhood!

JOIN THE ART HOP!

with Rochelle Rubenstein Studio, Friends of Churchill Studio, *Hotshot, Whippersnapper Gallery and Kapisanan Philippine Centre.

Vanessa Rieger’s Anonymous Identities

White House board member Vanessa Rieger is showing some of her paintings at a coffee shop in the East end of Toronto. The work will be up for the next two months so if you’re in the Leslieville neighbourhood, stop by.

Mercury Espresso Bar

915 Queen Street East
Open Mon-Fri, 8am – 8pm.



Anonymous Identities is an investigation into the ritual of concealing one’s identity. Inspired by documented photographs of terrorists, protesters, and activists from all over the world, Rieger examines the behavioral similarities between cultures. Some figures conceal their faces with items that were available to them: scarves, head wraps, bags etc. Others take the time to handcraft headdresses and create seemingly iconic faces of fear, struggle, and intimidation. At first glance these portraits can evoke fear in the viewer, but within this body of work Rieger poses many questions. What is it that we fear? Is it the unknown? Is it the threat of violence? Or is it the fear that the people underneath these masks could be our friends, our family, or our children?

By painting these portraits, Rieger reveals the process and ritual of creating identity through anonymity. Not meant to glamorize or glorify, but by isolating these “faces” of rebel men and women throughout the world, Rieger hopes to illustrate that ideas of terrorism or extremism cannot be isolated to just one group of people or one specific culture. The use of only black paints reveals depth and value in what may be considered by some as “one colour” in a “black and white” issue.

Anonymous Identities is a series of portraits Vanessa Rieger painted from 2009 – 2011. While attending OCAD for drawing and painting, Rieger was instructed by various professors never to use black paint. Many consider manufactured black paints to be “untrue” and used as a crutch by “painters who cannot mix paint.” Discovering that every manufactured black has a different hue and different quality, Rieger experimented with the medium to create form and value while using only 5 different shades of black.


Vanessa Rieger was born and raised in Toronto. She earned a degree in Drawing and Painting from OCAD and currently runs her own framing business, VR Frames. Rieger also helps run and coordinate The White House Studio Project, an artist-run studio co-op based in Kensington Market.

www.vanessarieger.com
http://mercuryespresso.com/

The Homey Show

Studio members Vanessa Rieger and Xenia Benivolski have work in The Homey Show just down the street at Double Double Land!
On until July 29, 2010.
Double Double Land,
209 Augusta, Toronto.

The work assembled for exhibition recreates the domestic environment in its various forms, from functional home furnishings such as lamps made by Michael Comeau and Hugh Alexander Scott-Douglas, to reupholstered chairs by Jacob Horwood and ceramic dinnerware by Amy Bowles. The decorative, such as a handmade rug by Anthony Record and crocheted wall hangings by Eden Veaudry, are also included, as well as work that examines what makes a space a home, including family portraits by Adrienne Kammerer, and a blessing ritual performed in proxy, at the opening, by Mary Kidd.

The exhibition also features work by:
Cameron George Lee, Nikki Woolsey, Mark Delong, Sebastian Butt, Tara Downs, Anna May Henry, Georgia Dickie, Sandy Plotnikoff, Matt King, Xan Hawes, Julia Kennedy, Life of a Craphead (Amy Lam + Jon McCurley), Xenia Benivolski, Romy Lightman, Liam Crockard, Vanessa Rieger, Terrarea (Janis Demkiw, Olia Mishchenko, Emily Hogg), Augustina Saygnavong, Abby McGuane, Sojourner-Truth Parsons and Zeesy Powers.

All work is for sale.

The Homey show is curated by Sarah Butterill, Arielle Gavin, Jesjit Gill and Laura Mccoy.