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About the exhibition

nature in the garage

Toronto - natureinthegarage , an exhibition carried out by Gallery 1313, in association with liveARTs, and in partnership with the City of Toronto, will run from June 29 to August 6, 2006. This project houses ten artists from Canada and abroad, each using a Royal Outdoor garden shed which will be placed in several primary locations in downtown Toronto to provide viewers with an in-depth and stimulating learning experience about contemporary art in a non-traditional site. natureinthegarage is a presentation of the City of Toronto's Live with Culture campaign.

For the exhibition, Gallery 1313 will be transformed into a central information hub where visitors can view documentation of the artists' work and the construction of the exhibition, as well as obtain their "passport" to visit all the locations. In the gallery, Janet Bellotto curates the exhibition, No Such Place, containing work that stems from similar ideas of the exhibition in relation to nature and environment with artists Stan Denniston, Andreas Hagenbach, Carolyn White and Walter Willems. Works by Fran Freeman and Stephanie Cormier can also be found at the gallery. Also in conjunction with the exhibition is a strong outreach program in the form of various lectures and tours.

The public launch on June 29th included remarks by: Rebecca Ward, Cultural Affairs Officer - Public Art at the City of Toronto Culture Division; Wu-Chiao Hsieh, Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office; Senior Trade Commissioner and Consul-General, Ms Sally-Ann Watts; Phil Anderson, Director of Gallery 1313; and natureinthegarage curator Janet Bellotto.

Curated by Janet Bellotto, Nature in the Garage features artists who utilize the space of the shed to investigate and interpret conditions of the natural environment within an urban reality, while exploring the paradigm between art and environment. Artists include: Mary Anne Barkhouse (Minden, Ontario), Catherine Bodmer (Montreal/ Switzerland), Maria Fernanda Cardoso (Australia), John Dickson (Toronto), Noel Harding(Toronto), Yvonne Lammerich (Toronto), Gwen MacGregor (Toronto), Rod Strickland (Windsor, Ontario), Noboru Tsubaki (Japan), and Diing-Wuu Wu Walis (Taiwan).

In natureinthegarage , the use of the shed counterpoints a common cultural icon, found in many backyards, transforming it into a dream sphere where visitors can experience the narratives and representations constructed by the artists. The downtown locations of City Hall, Harbourfront, Fort York, the courtyard at 952 Queen Street West, Drake Hotel and Gallery 1313 will aide to promote the interactive nature of the exhibition, made accessible to a large and varied audience.

natureinthegarage will serve as a unique encounter for visitors and tourists to the various locations, and further appeals to a public that values contemporary art and culture.

For more information or images contact: Phil Anderson, Director,
416.536.6778 or

We would like to thank the generous support of our sponsors: LWC Campaign 05/06, Department of Canadian Heritage, Royal Outdoor Products, Oki Printing Solutions, liveARTs, Ontario Arts Council, Drake Hotel, Toronto Arts Council, CJ Graphics Inc. Printers & Lithographers, Greyhound Canada, Canadian Centre for Contemporary Art, Australian Government & Trade Commission, Taipei Economic & Cultural Office, Steam Whistle Brewery, Harbourfront Centre, Cultural Capital of Canada, and Active Surplus.

Gallery 1313
1313 Queen St. W
Toronto, ON M6K 1L8
416 536 6778

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