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 email@example.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.
Currently On View
We are delighted to introduce our current Akin Vitrine Gallery artist, Akin King alumi, soon to be Akin MOCA artist and staff member Erin Candela. Erin’s work will be on exhibit in our galleries beginning at 1485 Dupont for the month of September and then 1747 St. Clair Avenue West for the month of October.
Erin Candela is a Canadian artist originally from northern BC, currently living in Toronto. Often using historical documents such as photographs, public school books, nature encyclopedias and community journals, themes of Memory and identity are frequently present in her drawings. Ideas of North, Canadian landscape, and portentous depictions of wild creatures and characters are also common and contribute to a scattered and ambiguous narrative.
Things Go So Wrong?
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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 talent 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.
‘Things Go So Wrong?’ will be on view for the month of September 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 October at 1747 St. Clair Avenue West. Gallery is street level and can be viewed at any time.
We are delighted to introduce our current Akin Vitrine Gallery artist, Akin River member, Lilly Kim. Lilly’s work will be on exhibit in our gallery at 1747 St. Clair Avenue West for the month of September.
“My inspiration comes from emotions in life. I filter it to capture one pure feeling before I paint. I stay in the feeling and start my imagination flow. I like the quote from Pablo Picasso, ‘Painting is a blind man’s profession. He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen.’ 9 years of background in graphic design eventually became my art foundation and I started my artist journey as a second career since 2018. I open my emotional sensibility every day and create narratives behind each piece. I capture moments and precious memories in my life to create emotional connections through painting. I use acrylic and gouache with mixed media to create a dreamlike ambience in my artwork. All the small dots of my multi-cultural perspective and broad artistic background as a graphic designer, an author and a painter have eventually connected, allowing me to start my artist journey with my own unique visual voice.
I adore nature especially breezy air, wild flowers and sunsets.
I am a dreamer, and I make it to real.”
Lilly Kim (b. 1977, South Korea) has developed her art practice as a second career since 2018, based in Toronto, Canada. After completing a bachelor's degree in Chinese Language and Literature at Sungshin Women's University in Seoul, South Korea, she moved to Canada and completed an Ontario College Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design and an Ontario College Certificate in Visual Arts Fundamentals at the George Brown College in Toronto. Lilly's work received the Best of Show and 1st place in the Corporate Design category at the George Brown School of Design Award, and the Red Dot Design Award for Design concept in the education category, which exhibited in Singapore and New York in 2006. As an emerging artist, Lilly has shown with group exhibitions in Toronto, including Edition art print at 3/edition Toronto International Art Book Fair, Toronto Public Library Art Exhibits Northern District Branch, BRAVE Festival, the Artist Exhibition and Market at Harbourfront Centre, Big on Bloor Festival — JOUEZ as Participatory/Interactive Art Project. In July 2017, Lilly published a book titled ‘Diving into Imagination in Daily Lives’ in South Korea, which included short personal reflections accompanied by her illustrations, paintings and lettering designs. She is working on an upcoming exhibition in Seoul, South Korea (TBD) at the Gallery 4Walls, and is the current artist showing in the Akin Vitrine Galleries in Toronto, Canada as a member of Akin Collective.
For more information about Lilly and her work, follow our Instagram account @akinvitrine.
Shall We, Lost in Uxbridge?
Acrylic, gouache on canvas
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For more information about our artists and our programming, join us on Instagram @akinvitrine.
For more information about Laura’s work, follow our Instagram account @akinvitrine.