Call for Submissions - Salon of Inclusiveness 2018, Holiday Show + Sale




For the 5th year we bring our annual SALON OF INCLUSIVENESS to our brand new space, Black Cat Showroom, at 1785 St Clair West!



 October 26th - Spencer Julien: Source Material

 Spencer Julien: Source Material

Spencer Julien: Source Material
October 26-28, 2018
Reception: October 26, 7-10pm
Black Cat Artspace (Toronto)


Spencer Julien's work is an exploration of the ownership of knowledge. Within this paradox of certainty, they research as a form of art, and the archive fosters language as visual communication. The relationship built between the artist, source material, and the viewer, resolves itself as an ongoing product. Personal experience deconstructed through meticulous processes allows Julien to ask universal questions regarding self, time, and value — archival experiences providing equal amounts of certainty and doubt, with a defined process leading to a constructed abstract existence.

Time, energy, and passion culminate in perceived value. However, if the task at hand doesn’t have a predetermined personal value, will the actions result in an increased quality of being or enjoyment? As processes are employed in daily life to perform, convey, or empathize, this work examines the patterns found in-between process and product, in an attempt to ascertain motive. The development of processes, while systematic, is extremely personal and unassumingly serve the purpose of self-actualization. While navigating the complexities of decision making and desired result, the actions themselves come into question, and their role in both protection and self-defence form a bond based in irony. Through Julien's practise, they explore the space in between process and product. Questioning both the motive behind action and the value of a result, implied meaning becomes a playground for extrapolation.

Spencer Julien is an artist and curator from Toronto, currently practising in London, United Kingdom. Their work has been exhibited across Canada, the US, and the UK and they have received awards from TIFF, the Government of Canada, and the Governor General of Canada for their work in arts and culture. Julien is a graduate of Etobicoke School of the Arts, and currently attends University of the Arts London.

We would like to acknowledge that the land on which we are situated is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, Wendat, Anishinabek Nation, Métis Nation, and most recently, the territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. The territory is the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. This territory is also covered by the Upper Canada Treaties. Today, the meeting place of Toronto (from the Haudenosaunee word Tkaronto) is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work in the community, on this territory.

www.spencerjulien.ca / @spencer.julien
www.theblackcat.to / @theblackcat_to






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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Black Cat Artspace
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