Clutter, Chaos and Confusion



Recently returned from his self-imposed artist-in-residence at a Ridgewood, New York AirBnB, Gord Bond is excited to present “Clutter, Chaos and Confusion” a show featuring his new body of drawings and paintings at Blackcat Art Space. While in New York, Gord turned his focus towards his drawing practice, filling a sketch book with 80 new and exciting drawings. 

During his time exploring New York City, Gord became increasingly interested in the piles of litter that would collect on the sidewalks, streets and railways. These pieces of trash didn’t share anything other than being cast aside, yet they seemed to tell stories. Using this unlikely source of inspiration, Gord began creating complex compositions bringing together a variety of unrelated objects, figures and animals with the intent of creating unexpected, absurd and often humorous narratives. 

These drawings are the inspiration for 4 new paintings which further explore the ideas of mark making, collage and story telling. The drawings have also been replicated in the form of a limited edition catalogue for the show. There will be only 10 catalogues available each numbered, signed and featuring a unique hand drawn sketch by Gord Bond.

Clutter, Chaos and Confusion opens June 22nd from 7pm- 10pm at Blackcat Art Space located at 2186 Dundas St W, Toronto

Collecting Moments: The Photographs of Dr. John E. Ackerman
Dr. John E. Ackerman
May 17–June 10
Black Cat Artspace
May 17, 8pm–10pm

Collecting Moments portrays stories of youth, love, and celebration through the photographs of Dr. John E. Ackerman (1921 – 2008). An accomplished amateur photographer, Ackerman’s images provide both a personal and historical account of life in Toronto in the mid-20th century. His photographs offer an intimate glimpse into the city’s first immigrant neighbourhood, St. John’s Ward, where the Ackerman family lived and owned a grocery store. Ackerman often turned his eye toward beauty found in the familiar, photographing everyday activity on the streets and joyful moments with his family, friends, and neighbours.

This exhibition is organized by the Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre (OJA), a department of UJA Federation. The exhibition images are produced from archival negatives from the Ackerman collection, which has never before been exhibited to the public. Ackerman’s collection is held at the OJA.

Curated by Charlotte Gagnier and Sarah Proulx


A Telepathic Book
Broadbent Sisters
May 5–16
Black Cat Artspace

The Broadbent Sisters’ exhibition A Telepathic Book explores the depths of intuition, nonverbal communication, and attunement while testing what might be uncovered when exploring the reaches of shared experience. For 17 days, the Broadbent Sisters used meditation and photography to telepathically send and receive images to each other across two cities. From the Greek, “tele” meaning “distant,” and “pathos” meaning “perception,” telepathy is the transmission of information from one person to another without using any of our known sensory channels or physical interaction. Each day the sisters (Joy Broadbent in Toronto, Canada, and Rose Broadbent in Zihuatanejo, Mexico) experimented in the vulnerable space of unknown communication. After the completion of the experiment, they revealed their images to each other, forming a book of uncanny connections. Attached by two spines reflecting the two sisters, the book itself is a sculptural artwork, opening in a meditative unfolding experience.

The exhibition—which features the first edition of their award-winning photobook, selected prints, and an interactive installation—mirrors the initial experiment and is designed to allow visitors to experience their own telepathic connections between images.

Curated by Aurora Cacioppo and Meagan Fillmore


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The gallery space is: Partially Accessible

Black Cat Artspace
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2186 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON Canada
M6R 1X3



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