Written in Water
Nabil Azab, Rixt de Boer, and Christian Vistan
Curated by Theresa Wang
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July 4 – August 2, 2021

Gallery Hours will be held Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4pm during the run of the exhibition. While we are accepting drop ins, in accordance with our efforts to maintain COVID safety precautions, we ask that people interested in visiting make an appointment in advance through Calendly if possible, here. If you would like to visit outside of our hours, feel free to get in touch at hearthgarage@gmail.com or DM @hearth.garage on instagram.

Featuring work by Nabil Azab, Rixt de Boer, and Christian Vistan, Written in Water offers artworks that consider the processes of memory, recollection, and forgetting.

Aristotle distinguishes memory and remembering by assigning pathos to the former and attributing deliberate action to the latter. At the heart of this distinction we might discern the nascent refutation of a linear reading of time, instead understanding the two as working radially to interpret events and experiences. The artists in this exhibition propose misalignments and fallibility within experiences of remembering. The authority of the past desanctified into phantasmata, what feels familiar also dapples in sway. A glint, a glyph, gripping onto the sticky nodes of associations. By and by, memory’s finger curls within the nook. A bed of moss and weeds envelop its trace.

RECENT EXHIBITION in association with CONTACT Photography Festival:
Dot by dot like a baby gazelle
ft. work by Mehran Mafi Bordbar, Mélika Hashemi, and Iman Lahroussi
Curated by Mitra Fakhrashrafi
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June 1 - 29, 2021

In “Ain El Karma”, a song originally written and performed in the early 1900s, poet and singer Aissa Djarmouni connects the act of tattooing to the land he wrote of, describing the puncturing of the skin, “Dot by dot like a baby gazelle grazing in the plain of the Olive River”.

The lasting popularity of this lyric links the once common practice of tattooing to the present; giving life and persistence to a tradition that, with the criminalizing of nomadic ways of being and the growing stigma associated with tattooing, is no longer widely performed in the region. 

Mehran Mafi Bordbar, Mélika Hashemi and Iman Lahroussi draw from tattoo cultures across Iran and the Maghreb to explore borders, gender, faith, and the future—especially futures which demand the rejection of binaries, static history, and erasure.

(Re)membering and (Re)imagining: the Joyous Star Peoples of Turtle Island
A Solo Project by Natalie King
April 19 - May 27, 2021
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Exhibition Text by Laura St. Amant

(Re)membering and (Re)imagining: the Joyous Star Peoples of Turtle Island is a solo exhibition at Hearth Garage by Natalie King addressing joy, love, power, reclamation and the (re)imagining of Anishinaabe futures. Reflecting on Anishinaabe stories of the stars and the practice of oral storytelling, King visualises the act of embarking on ancestor-to-ancestor conversations that exist within and beyond the current physical plane, queering real and imagined conversations of past and future.

Natalie King (she/her) is a queer interdisciplinary Anishinaabe artist, facilitator and member of Timiskaming First Nation. King's multidisciplinary arts practice includes video, painting, sculpture and installation as well as community engagement, curation and arts administration.

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DEADLINE: June 30th 2021

RECENT EXHIBITION [on site at the plumb]:

ft. work by FASTWÜRMS, Holly Fedida, Julian Yi-Zhong Hou, Chantal Khoury, Aidan Koch, Alicia Nauta, Shaelynn Recollet, Fatine-Violette Sabiri, and Véronique Sunatori
And a publication [PDF] featuring writing from Alexia, Benjamin de Boer, Forest Hope, Jennifer Laiwint, Keivan Mahboubi, and Blair Swann.

January 9 - February 7, 2021
A seasonal collaboration with the plumb

Online components including videos by Jennifer Laiwint, and FASTWÜRMS, and a song by Forest Hope, can be found at moonshow.info

Deeply connected to human projections and aspirations, the Moon is subject to an array of encounters – from personal wonder to our collective histories, of bodies of water and flesh. Following the line between waking hours and sleep, two subterranean rooms refract along the asymmetrical warp of the scrying bowl. Step towards inversion or clarity; there are still pools to welcome you near the cyclical turn of seasons pinned to canvas. Choose another way to find yourself within a labyrinthine corridor, following scorched bronze and quilts in rest. These twin chambers hinge on the reading room, a restful moth-light library; we invite you to sit a spell by the glow.

Due to current Lockdown restrictions in Ontario, there will not be regular gallery hours. For more information please contact hearthgarage@gmail.com or info@theplumb.ca

Cody Caetano x Yan Wen Chang

We’re excited to share the newest edition of our City Water broadside, Shadow Land Acknowledgment”, a collaboration between Cody Caetano and Yan Wen Chang.⁣ ⁣

"The idea and conceptual site of the Shadow Land comes from writer and traditional teacher Lee Maracle (Sto:lo), who in the past has taught it as “the space between the living and the dead where terrible things can be looked at.” ⁣ ⁣

In “Shadow Land Acknowledgement,” Yan Wen Chang and Cody Caetano torque a political genre to confront the myopia and cognitive dissonance of the city’s political shakers. ⁣⁣ ⁣

B&W prints of this edition, as pictured, are available for free/by donation, while the edition of 20 originals is for sale for $45 each. For inquiries please contact hearthgarage@gmail.com. All proceeds from this broadside will go to Encampment Support Network Toronto.

RECENT EXHIBITION [on site at Hearth]:
Travellers: A New Installation by Jordan Elliot Prosser

January 16th - February 16th, 2021

Over the Christmas season, Jordan Elliott Prosser has recycled material from a recent exhibition to transform Hearth into a diorama, inviting visitors to peer into a sculptural tableau made from Prosser’s childhood objects . Travellers is conceived in the image of the Christian trope of a redemptive interior found in representations of the nativity and persisting in western literature (Dickens), cinema (Spielberg), and visual art (Duchamp).

This exhibition is intended to be viewed from Hearth’s window, and is available for viewing at any time. It is best viewed after the sun has set on a snowy day. We are located on Ulster St. just east of Three Star Variety (621 Bathurst, Toronto, ON, M5S 2R2). For more information, see hearthgarage.com or contact us at hearthgarage@gmail.com.

Silverfish Issue 001 Cyborgities Magazine Launch: now that the artifice is dissolved,

ft. work by Jessica Kasiama, Alex Lepianka, Miao Liu, and B Wijshijer
November 14-30, 2020

Gallery hours: In response to Toronto’s second lockdown we will be closing regular gallery hours and have switched to curbside pickup and mail for distributing Silverfish magazine. As always they are free other than the cost of postage! ✨ [SOLD OUT]

now that the artifice is dissolved, showcases the works developed throughout the Silverfish workshop program by the inaugural cohort. The associated magazine will be available for free pickup at Hearth during the course of the exhibition.

Available on our Mixcloud here. Happy listening! ❤

During quarantine, we've re-started Hearth Audio, an online platform for mixes by local artists and collaborators.
See mixes by Arthur Bastos, Yan Wen Chang, Kate Kolberg, Fan Wu, Shellie Zhang, and more.

See @hearth.garage and Facebook for updates.

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