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Summer Exhibitions Opening Reception

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Varley Art Gallery of Markham

216 Main Street Unionville

Markham, ON L3R 2H1

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Join us to celebrate the opening of our summer exhibitions with a performance from Chun Hua Catherine Dong starting at 4 p.m., followed by the opening remarks and refreshments at 6 p.m. Opening reception sponsored by
Oak Ridges Retirement Community.

Free shuttle bus to the Opening Reception departing OCAD University at 5:15PM | First-Come First-Served

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On view from May 13 to September 4, 2017:

Mother Tongue

Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Raafia Jessa, Jihee Min, Yvonne Singer, Shellie Zhang, Alize Zorlutuna

Language is a universal and abstract system of sounds and symbols. Yet, the social, political and cultural contexts in which a language is spoken greatly affects its development and usages. In ever increasingly globalized societies, our sociolinguistic identity is not often singular. The language we speak at home, or learned as a child – our mother tongue – may not be the same one used in our everyday lives. Mother Tongue invites us to consider the complex relationships that exist between language and identity; how it defines who we are and how it can inform visual artistic practice.

Image: Jihee Min, Umma (Mother) (detail), 2017, screen print on fabric, music box parts, wood and beads, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

Jon Sasaki: Things Saved For A Rainy Day

As part of Present | Perfect | Continuous, a yearlong exhibition celebrating the Varley Art Gallery’s 20th anniversary, Jon Sasaki was invited to create new work in response to our archival holdings. An unused panel from Varley's studio left in stormy weather is a meditation on the depictions of atmospheric elements in Varley’s paintings and on the physical environment they are stored and displayed in. Varley's junk drawer of 1969 made useful in the present is an attempt to imbue a collection of random ‘bits and pieces’ with a new purpose.

Present | Perfect | Continuous

To celebrate our 20th anniversary, a year-long rotation of our most popular works by F.H. Varley will be on view in the Collections Gallery. In addition, selected interventions by contemporary artists will bring new insights to the study of F.H. Varley’s work from our collection.

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What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

We have free parking located behind the art gallery. It is first come, first serve. Free shuttle bus to the Opening Reception departing OCAD University at 5:15PM (first come, first serve). The Gallery is also accessible via TTC, GO Transit and the YRT. More information here: http://goo.gl/agSj2B

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Media or press related questions can be addressed to Charlene Lo, Marketing & Communications Specialist at the Varley Art Gallery of Markham at clo@markham.ca or 905.477.7000 x3275.

Questions about the logistics of the artist talk and/or opening reception can be addressed by our Front Desk at varley@markham.ca or 905.477.7000 x3261

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, your ticket is not necessary, but please RSVP online.

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