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Akin Collective + Akin Projects are excited to present our 2019 programming in two Vitrine Galleries: Our original location at our Dupont studios which launched on October 1, 2016, and a second location at our St. Clair studios. These miniature galleries feature the diverse talent of our studio members with travelling installations rotating each month. Each artist will be featured for the one month at Akin Dupont and second month at Akin St. Clair. For more information about our artists and our programming join us on Instagram @akinvitrine.

The Dupont Studios Akin Vitrine Gallery is located at the Clock Factory Building at 1485 Dupont Street (entrance on Campbell Avenue). Find Akin Studio 215 on the second floor and follow the sign into the hallway around the corner. The building is open from 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday to arrange a viewing outside of those hours please contact us at info@akincollective.com

The St Clair Studios Akin Vitrine Gallery is located at at 1747 St. Clair Avenue West, near St Clair Avenue West and Keele St and is viewable from the street level and can be viewed at any time. 

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Currently On View


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Akin Vitrine Dupont + Evan Keleman

You Are Your Own Shadow
Mixed Media
Dimensions variable
2019

Instagram: @evank_paints
evankelemen@me.com

We are delighted to introduce our Vitrine Gallery exhibition for May and June, You Are Your Own Shadow by Akin St Clair artist, Evan Kelemen!

As a visual artist, my identity is integral to my work. My identity is multi-faceted: Western Canadian living in Toronto; child of non English-speaking immigrants; animal-lover and much more. I am also Trans (FTM).

I have over 10 years of experience as a scenic painter in film and television. This has afforded me the ability to be a studio artist, creating my own work. I am primarily a self taught artist, though I have attended many classes over the years at Open Studio, TSA and other spaces. In addition to my primary media, paint, I also work in drawing, printmaking, miniatures, mixed-media and installation. Much of my work centres on the premise of constant change and rethinking one’s patterns, ideas, opinions and agendas. My artistic approach inhabits the realization, that the fear of shifting mindset remains deeply rooted in our collective consciousness. I believe we are all in constant flux and transition of one sort or another. Mine is but one of many possible transitions. I am always looking to delve into the uncomfortable position that no identity is sacred, that nothing is beyond questioning.

I made this installation piece as a way to talk about how being different is still very much pushed to the side and bullied in this society and culture specifically, but also in the wider world generally. It is the book I wished I could have read as a kid.

You Are Your Own Shadow is on exhibit in the Akin Vitrine Galleries beginning at 1485 Dupont for the month of May and 1747 St. Clair Avenue West in June.

For more information about Evan and his work, follow our Instagram account @akinvitrine. #Akinvitrine

Akin Collective + Akin Projects are excited to present our 2019 programming in two Vitrine Galleries located at Akin Dupont and Akin St. Clair. These miniature galleries feature the diverse talents of our members with travelling installations rotating each month. Each artist will be featured for the first month at Dupont and second month at St. Clair. For more information about our artists and our programming, join us on Instagram @akinvitrine.

Your Are Your Own Shadow will be on view for the month of May in our Dupont Akin Vitrine Gallery, located in the Clock Factory Building at 1485 Dupont Street (entrance on Campbell Avenue). Find Akin Studio 215 on the second floor and follow the sign into the hallway around the corner. The building is open from 9am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday.

The exhibition will then travel to the Akin St. Clair Vitrine Gallery and be on view for the month of June at 1747 St. Clair Avenue West. Gallery is street level and can be viewed at any time.


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Akin Vitrine St. Clair + Sara Pearson

Wayfinder
Mineral watercolour on terraskin paper, ceramic, aluminum, and unfired clay.
Dimensions variable
2018

Instagram: @_sarapearson_
www.sarapearsonart.com

Our April/May 2019 artist is Sara Pearson. Sara is an Akin Dupont member and her multi medium installation, Wayfinder  is on exhibition in the Akin Vitrine Galleries for the months of April and May.

Using material as a narrative tool, Wayfinder is a layered installation of collage imagery. Shimmering mineral watercolour on terraskin paper (made from stone) the overscaled landscape references a desired destination: as we travel through life and forge our path, we set goals, build foundations and envision our future. The floor of the gallery space is covered with handmade unfired clay pebbles- impermanent objects that suggest that sometimes/many times the ground shifts, falls away, and we must again find our footing and start in a new direction. Standing on this landslide is a Wayfinder, a sculptural form of ceramic and aluminum mirror, a navigational tool used as a beacon or a landmark to guide us along our new path.

Sara Pearson is a Toronto based artist whose work has centered on the merging of science (geological and gemmological) and a self-reflexive fine arts practice choosing materials and references that relate as elemental to the earth. Through abstracted painting of gemstone refraction and land formation, and sculptural methods of bronze casting, ceramics and assemblage, she has explored concepts such as human value systems, the sublime quality of nature and the journey of transformation. Sara holds a BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions with Patel Gallery, and has shown work in Ontario and British Columbia.

For more information about Sara and her work, follow our Instagram account @akinvitrine. #Akinvitrine.

Akin Collective + Akin Projects are excited to present our 2019 programming in two Vitrine Galleries located at Akin Dupont and Akin St. Clair. These miniature galleries feature the diverse talents of our members with travelling installations rotating each month. Each artist will be featured for the first month at Dupont and second month at St. Clair. For more information about our artists and our programming, join us on Instagram @akinvitrine.

‘Wayfinder’ will be on view for the month of May in our Akin St. Clair Vitrine Gallery at 1747 St. Clair Avenue West. Gallery is street level and can be viewed at any time.