Heaven is a Place on Earth at Patel Projects

I’m excited to announce my forthcoming solo exhibition Heaven is a Place on Earth that will be opening at Patel Projects the evening of June 13th. The exhibition runs from June 13 - July 25 and consists of all new work. 

The gallery is located at 184 Munro St and accessed at the rear. 

Heaven is a Place on Earth explores the potential for queerness along the spectrum of utopia to dystopia. Drawing from lesbian representation in fiction and popular culture, Crossman combines imagery and ephemera from cult narratives such as ‘But I’m a Cheerleader’ and ‘Desert Hearts’, with objects that make reference to Toronto’s own lost queer and lesbian spaces, blurring the lines between fiction and reality.

off centre

For the past few months Luke Maddaford and I have been developing off centre, an online publication dedicated to writing about contemporary art and artists outside of large metropolitan centres.

To be off centre means to be less conventional, other, eccentric, strange, or to deviate from the norm. 

Since leaving Toronto in 2016 my eyes have opened much wider to the culture and rich creative work that is taking place outside of the main Canadian art hubs that are situated in the largest metropolitan centres.

off centre is dedicated to writing about contemporary art and artists outside of these centres. We believe it is important to provide opportunities for and highlight the practices of artists, writers, and curators who produce and exhibit in these regions, challenging the expectation that culture emerges in the centre and works its way beyond.

off centre is committed to working with artists, writers, and curators who are considered emerging, Indigenous, racialized, Queer, working in alternative practices and abilities, from diverse cultural backgrounds, or otherwise underrepresented.

We lauched the project this month, and you can read more about it and our call for submissions on the website: https://weareoffcentre.com

We’re also working on the first pieces of writing, which will be posted in the coming weeks.

Critical Patch Released by Kapsula

KAPSULA as just released CRITICAL PATCH – a special issue that probes the present and future of digital technologies in arts institutions and artistic practices. CRITICAL PATCH is the final segment of KAPSULA’s two-part project organized in response to the Ideas Digital Forum, hosted by The Robert McLaughlin Gallery (RMG) and the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) in October 2018. Ideas Digital Forum gathered arts professionals for two days of engaging conversation about topics intimate to KAPSULA—namely, the role and impact of digital technologies on the ways we do our work.  

The issue features an updated essay I wrote in response to the Forum.

You can download the issue here: https://kapsula.ca/releases/KAPSULA_CRITICALPATCH.pdf

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