Thursday, September 22, 2011

Spin Off opens TONIGHT!

Join us TONIGHT from 7 to 9 PM as the Koffler Gallery opens its latest off-site exhibition Spin Off: Contemporary Art Circling the Mandala – at 80 Spadina, Suite 501. It’s a multimedia exhibition where the everyday is sacred, the ancient is contemporary, and the art is meditative. Six artists of different backgrounds present a new spin on the centuries-old motif from Hindu and Buddhist tradition, the mandala. Featuring:

Aya Ben Ron (Israel):

Mircea Cantor (France/Romania):

Vandana Jain (USA):

Gary James Joynes/Clinker (Canada):

Melissa Shiff (Canada):

Jennifer Zackin (USA):


Opening Reception
Thursday, September 22, 7 – 9 PM | Curator Talk at 7:30 PM | FREE

Re-Making Mandalas: Guided tour of Spin Off and digital artmaking workshop
Sunday, September 25, 10 AM – 4 PM
$130 + materials
Toronto School of Art, 410 Adelaide St. W., 3rd floor
Registration required:

After a special guided tour of Spin Off, participate in a day-long workshop including art-making as well as conversations with local spiritual leaders. Using different media, the workshops will centre around the creation of new mandalas in an urban environment.

On the Other Side...
Live Cinema with Gary James Joynes/Clinker
Sunday, September 25, 7:30 PM
$12 at the door | FREE for Koffler Envision Members
Toronto Underground Cinema, 186 Spadina Ave.

In this multimedia performance, Joynes/Clinker mixes sound and visuals live on stage to create a multi-sensory environment. Originally commissioned by the International Leonard Cohen Festival, On the Other Side... explores Cohen’s continued romance with the light and dark inside our human experience by appropriating Cohen’s words and bass voice as a departure point into a deep listening audio-visual experience.

Full program details are here.

See you tonight!

(Images from top: AYA BEN RON, Blister, 2002; MIRCEA CANTOR, Holy Flowers XII, 2010; VANDANA JAIN, Mandala: Agilent – Cisco, 2011; GARY JAMES JOYNES/CLINKER, Ouroboros, 2011; MELISSA SHIFF, JAMS: Jewish Animated Mandala Series, 2008; JENNIFER ZACKIN, Hanaqpacha Intiq Sombran, 2004.)