Monthly Archives: April 2016

Pieces of Me

Work by ARAS assistant Andrea Currie will be on display in Toronto on May 1.

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Art by Andrea Currie. Pieces of Me. Live Music Ft. Brooke Blackburn

A new season and a new show in TORONTO! Once again, I am excited to bring art and community together with another PomonaLIFE event. “Pieces of Me” showcases my newest works and collections, including some past favourites. The afternoon festivities also features live music from Brooke Blackburn of the 2015 Juno nominated jazz band, “Blackburn.”
My art depicts the spiral of how we live and grow in a constant flux of revisiting, revising and renewing ourselves. Like trees, we build on these layers as cycles in our individual growth, making us taller, fuller and wiser.

Andrea’s education includes an Honors English Literature degree from the University of Guelph with emphasis in classical studies and creative writing. She has a Diploma of Education from Newcastle University, Australia. Andrea has travelled the world as both student and teacher, applying her passion for creating, learning and connecting through her artistic expression which she calls PomonaLIFE.

Pomona, a goddess in Roman mythology, nurtured fruit trees, gardens and orchards.  She was meticulous in the craft of cultivation. Creators mirror Pomona’s strengths, layering hours, days and sometimes years fostering their craft.

Portraits in Exile

Pieces by ARAS instructor Sadko Hadzihasanovic are featured alongside the work of Bernard Gamoy at the Galerie d’art d’Outremont (41 Avenue Saint-Just) in Montreal until April 24.

Bernard Gamoy and Sadko Hadzihasanovic, preferring drawing and figurative painting, have for many years observed the increasingly present impact of globalization on various minority groups, either by money or uniformity of thought.

A native of the former Yugoslavia, Sadko Hadzihasanovic is interested in building the identity of the new generation of the Balkans. He focuses on certain minority groups on the margins of mainstream society, using photos or sketches taken from life in meetings with Gypsies (Young Romi) or young hunters (Hunter & Hunted), unemployed and living on the edge of large cities, resulting in a gallery of portraits full of humor and irony, which open a window to the tumultuous past of these young people left behind.

Hadzihasanovic’s pictorial approach uses a subtlety that asks the viewer to go beyond a first impression of ‘Non Finito’ (aesthetic of the unfinished). A closer reading of the portraits reveals the artistic complexity and depth of sociological thought of the artist.

Sadko Hadzihasanovic has lived and worked in Toronto since 1993. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo in Bosnia and holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Belgrade. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Canada and abroad, particularly in Serbia, and has received several grants from the Arts Council of Canada and the Toronto Arts Council, including a support grant for the production of his latest series, Hunter & Hunted.

His works are part of collections of various Canadian and foreign museums.

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Postcards at Café Titanic

ARAS instructor Sadko Hadzihasanovic will be featured by Paul Petro Contemporary Art at Café Titanic in Montreal, beginning April 22:

Paul Petro Contemporary Art is pleased to once again participate in Foire Papier – Papier Art Fair, an art fair for contemporary works on paper. This year’s edition takes place in Hangar 16 at the Port in Old Montréal.

Featured artists include Stephen Andrews, Dennis Day, Tom Dean, Maura Doyle, Gary Evans, Sadko Hadzihasanovic, Nelson Henricks, General Idea, Zachari Logan, Olia Mishchenko, Sandy Plotnikoff, Mélanie Rocan, Gretchen Sankey, Ho Tam, Carol Wainio and Joyce Wieland.

Concurrent with Papier 16 we are opening an exhibition of watercolours and works on wallpaper by Sadko Hadzihasanovic at Cafe Titanic, 445 Saint-Pierre in Old Montréal. A breakfast vernissage will be held on Friday April 22, 10-11:30am. Sadko’s work is also in an exhibition at the Galerie d’art d’Outrement, 41 Saint-Just, Montreal closing Sunday April 24th.

Also on view at the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal until August 7, 2016 are paintings by Carol Wainio in the group exhibition “Her Story Today”.

We look forward to seeing all of our friends and associates in Montreal and greeting friends from other parts of Canada attending Papier 16.



relatively gentle ways of touching

Soft Turns, a collaboration between instructor Sarah Jane Gorlitz and Wojciech Oleynik, presents an upcoming exhibit at the Modern Fuel Gallery in Kingston, Ontario, from Saturday, April 30, 2016 to Saturday, June 11, 2016 (Opening Reception: April 30, 2016 at 7 pm).


This exhibition considers curious objects and circumstances that are difficult to comprehend. Google maps locates the Terra Nova islands off the east coast of Antarctica, but since 1989, they have been known not to exist. Ptolemy’s ancient elaborate system of ‘epicycles’—a brilliant design to map out the heavens—falls just short, placing the earth at its center. Displays of handmade botanical models, artifacts of archaic 19th century teaching methods, sit behind warbled glass, interfering further with our ability to comprehend their strange codes of function.

Disproven theories do not necessarily fall into an oblivion of the false—they can surface through revisions, linger as histories of error, stand in for once held truths, or recur simply as amusing, obscure references. Their being may be crossed out, but not completely wiped away; they may reappear unexpectedly like a chunk of text that is copied and cut out of the canon of truth and then filed, ready to be pasted back in another paragraph.

relatively gentle ways of touching follows a series of copy, cut and paste procedures. Models modeled on other models, reflections of reflections, slow processes and intricate movements. Works seem to be in the process of decay or irreversible (perhaps dangerous) change. Yet what should disappear is reconfigured, repeated; this excess of material and content spills over into some shelving, various objects and several videos, as each work resonates with an aspect of another.

Soft Turns is the collaborative effort of Sarah Jane Gorlitz and Wojciech Olejnik.

White Lines: An Animated Documentary

Hanna Jovin is a previous assistant at the School, and was the art director and illustrator on this short documentary. The film is a finalist for TVO’s Short Doc Contest. You can vote here!

Inspired by the animation of Jonas Odell, this raw and confessional
documentary explores the ease with which somebody can slip into
addiction, their desperation when they hit bottom, and the determination
it takes to dig ones self, slowly and grimly, back to real life.

Producer, Director, Animator: Jessie Posthumus
Art Director, Illustrator: Hanna Jovin
Score and Mixing: Adam Duke

Thank you to Travis, for sharing your story.