Friday, April 28, 2017

home* at R \ F gallery

Poster by Rebecca Welbourn, Flash by Lee D'Angelo                                                      

I've been working on curating an exhibition that will open at R \ F on Friday May 5th in Toronto.
It runs from May 5-21 and is located in the large garage  on the east side of the laneway south of 899 Dundas.

Opening reception May 5 7-10pm
Screening at 7:30 pm - pwyc
Gallery Hours : Thursday - Sunday 12-6pm

Sarah Kelly, Luke Maddaford, Lee D’Angelo & Bethany Rose Puttkemery

Curated by Adrienne Crossman

home* features the work of Sarah Kelly, Luke Maddaford, Lee D’Angelo and Bethany Rose Puttkemery, four Ontario based artists residing in Toronto and Windsor. Ranging from the methodical navigation of a queer body in the southern Ontario landscape, the building of community through an anti oppressive lgtbq tattoo practice, and the creation of queer utopian worlds imagined through 3d renderings and stop motion animation, the works in this exhibition explore ideas around the intersection of queerness, community and home.

There will be a short screening of video works at 7:30 during the opening on the evening of May 5th.

Stick and Poke Tattoos:
Lee will be offering stick n poke tattoo appointments during the opening and throughout the exhibition. They can be contacted at Lee is a queer tattoo artist working privately with a mandate to prioritize safe space for lgtbq people. Walk-ins are welcome. See examples of previous work on their instagram @rat666tat

R \ F is a new gallery and event space in downtown Toronto dedicated to collective experimentation and critical practice. It is located at the first garage on the east side of the laneway south of 899 Dundas, just west of 174 Claremont St. (Behind the OVO store)


Sarah Kelly is based in Windsor, Ontario, where she is completing an MFA in Film and Media Arts. Since 2013, she has been performing and producing music as a solo artist under the name “Tigerwing”. Tigerwing is known for using the human voice with technology to create otherworldly soundscapes and visuals to match. She likes making digital art and music because it feels like magic. Through these media, dreams of alternative queer utopias manifest in the virtual realm.

Lee D'Angelo is a multidisciplinary visual artist working off the grid in Toronto as tattoo artist. Lee's practice is informed by feminist and queer politics, which through this lens interrogates contemporary notions of the body. Often by using normative representations of gender found in pop culture Lee dissects and reclaims what it means to identify as a woman.

Bethany Rose Puttkemery is a freelance florist and artist living and working in Toronto. Puttkemery creates large-scale floral installations, transporting the viewer to a place of whimsy. She is deeply invested in celebrating nature. Puttkemery holds a BFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University. Her fine art background works with her experience in the floral industry to create pockets where these two worlds can be melded.

Luke Maddaford is an interdisciplinary Canadian artist whose practice explores the intersection of identity and place. He has exhibited throughout Canada, and holds a Diploma in Visual Art and Design from Keyano College, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drawing from the Alberta College of Art + Design, and an MFA in Visual Art from the University of Windsor. He currently lives in Windsor, ON, where he builds windows in a factory, and operates a contemporary art space out of his garage.