Tag Archives: VANESSA RIEGER

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.

(((((((GHOST HOLE)))))))

poster by Jesjit Gill

Curated by Vanessa Rieger.

Ghost Holes are an unexplainable phenomena that
occur in areas of high paranormal activity. They
can be found in attics, alley ways, under bridges
or under beds. When the veil between worlds is
thinnest, these otherwise dark and lonely places
become activated and transformed. Mysterious
ghosts and supernatural entities have been recorded
opening doorways that can lead into other worlds,
other times and other dimensions.

Ghost Hole at the White House is a temporary portal
open to all souls to investigate

377 Lansdowne, Toronto, ON
8 pm – 2 am.

Featuring:

SLIM TWIG
BROKEN TREE FORT

NEW Free Drawings #6 will be unleashed!
NEW Halo Halo tape will be released from its mortal coil!

Contributing Artists:

Nicole Torok
Ariel Adele Glenesk
Jonny Wheeldon
Brette Gabel
Laura Curley
Katie Bowes
dAeve Fellows
Brandon Dalmer
Jesjit Gill
Yuula Benivolski
Xenia Benivolski
Vanessa Rieger
Adam Cowan
David Hanes
Julia Dickens
Robert Dayton
Eric Jackson
Laura McCoy
Tarp Ghost
MIDDLESCHOOL

Bands start at 10pm.

>BRING YOUR FLASHLIGHT<

This, our fourth quarterly Exhibition will culminate a year in the current White House location.
We will be moving in December – please visit with this amazing house before we leave.

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THE WHITE HOUSE IS FEATURED ON THIS MAGAZINE

In relation to our submission to the Aviva Community Fund. Please vote for us – only a couple of days left!

NEWS and CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Several of The White House residents and friends are participating in the following performance event scheduled to go all day from noon to 11 pm, Saturday September 26th.

Poster By Alicia Nauta!

“The other in the everyday” as a concept posses a variety meanings. Each artist has taken a personal approach to this concept; Vanessa Rieger and Kevin Hainey approach the theme of theft and collection by providing a glimpse into a process that builds up in front of the viewer but begins at a Laundromat down the road, Rebecca Fin Simonetti poetically touches on the subject of insanity and addiction by building a “pill tent” that contains an “other self” ready to be let out at any moment, while Zoe Alexis-Abrams’ performance builds up a precarious structure that is erected only to be destroyed moments after its completion.

The notion of the ‘other’ can be seen as a difference and a presence, retaining a discourse of collective action, voyeurism, consciousness, cause and effect and even things like fate, luck, and fortune; interference or the requesting of interference with another entity or being. Peripheral Redundance: The Other In The Everyday will feature over 22 local artists at the DeLeon White Gallery, bringing visibility to an ever-changing subject in an ever-growing world.

The show is open to Toronto and vicinity residents on September 26th, 2009 beginning at 12pm (noon) and ending at 11PM.
The event will unfold idiosyncratically in the course of these 11 hours: The first 7 hours will contain more durational and object based works, while the following 4 hours will present more action and body based works.

Zoe Alexis-Abrams,
Amelia Ehrhardt,
Laura Paolini,
Jamie Ross,
Derek Muehlgassner,
Anna-May Henry,
Johnny Wheeldon,
Melissa Fisher,
Randall Gagne,
Vanessa Rieger and Kevin Hainey,
Xenia Benivolski,
Adam Cowan,
DaHye Kim and Lanie Chalmers,
Faye Mullen,
Rebecca Fin Simonetti,
Neelam Kler,
Jubal Brown,
Audrey Pagulayan and Robin Cook and Jennifer Weddell
SR Palm,
Laura McCoy,
Minae Om

Curated by David F.M. Hanes and Xenia Benivolski

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Call For submissions

for our Halloween Haunted House Event

GHOST HOLE
Is an opening, a gate, a vortex, a temporary entrance we invite those to investigate this Halloween at the White House.

Ghost Holes are unexplainable phenomena that occur in accordance to lunar cycles during the month of October.
Various Ghost Holes open up around the city’s forgotten places and ghosts transform the space for one night only.
The locations of these Ghost Holes are mysterious and unknown until enough energy is manifested and they can be located.
There will be a 3 events before the final Ghost Hole on October 31st.

These transformations vary… from glimpses into the past, the future and sometimes into alternate dimensions.

To stay updated with Ghost Hole occurrences visit:
http://www.whitehouse.ca/ghosthole.html

Ghost Hole is manifesting on October 31st,
at 377 Lansdowne from dark fall (8pm) to the witching hour (3am).
There will be suspected strange occurrences, eerie noises and weird markings.
Bring your flashlight and dress to impress the dead.

////CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:
Please submit a brief summary of your ideas for the show to
theotherwhitehouse@gmail.com.

Artworks, installations and performances accepted until Oct. 7th.

QUESTIONS? Attend the meeting at the white house this
Wednesday 23rd, 7pm sharp!

THEBLIND

August 29, 2009. 7 pm

A quarterly Exhibition by Current Residents and Guest performers at the White House:

Victoria Cowan
Vanessa Rieger
Christy Kunitzky
Jonny Wheeldon
Andrew Zuckerman
Brandon A. Dalmer
Emily Cook
Donna Irvine
Megan Speers
Cameron Lee
Sara Titanic
Drew Belsky
Tomas Del Balso
Julia Dickens
Dan Rocca
Xenia Benivolski
Gwyneth Fischer
Aaron Li-Hill
Adam Bradley
Adam Cowan
Margaret Jean Broughton
Abena Asomaning

PERFORMERS:

Tim Comrie

Carl W. Heindl

The CN tower liquidation

Matt Davey

Elizabeth Infante

Yuula Benivolski

THE WHITE HOUSE

377 lansdowne Avenue, Toronto, ON.