Carte Blanche Participating Artists

  • Barbara Hobot (Kitchener) + Matt Schust (Toronto)
  • Bogdan Cheta (Calgary) + Janet Turner (Calgary)
  • Brad Isaacs (London) + Amanda White (Toronto)
  • Brandan Doty (Guelph) + Janine Miedzik (Guelph) 
  • Chris Cran (Calgary) + John Will (Calgary) 
  • Chris Myhr (Hamilton) + John Ford (Hamilton)
  • Christine Negus (London) + Ania Wroblewski (Montreal)
  • Conan Masterson + Gerri-Lynn Mackey (Corner Brook, NL)
  • David Merritt (London) + Nicholas Wade (Lethbridge)
  • Anonymous + Anonymous
  • Dickson Bou (London) + Jamil Afana (London)
  • drunken paw [Mark Dicey + Leslie Sweder + Janet Turner] (Calgary)
  • Gabriella Solti (London) + Debbie Westergaard Tuepah (Vancouver)
  • Gary Spearin (London) + Sandra Gregson (Toronto)
  • Gillian Dykeman (Toronto) + Jerry Ropson (Sackville)
  • Grace Braniff (Toronto) + Shizen Jambor (Vancouver)
  • Heather Carey (London) + Sasha O (Windsor)
  • Heather Kai Smith (Calgary) + Mary Rothlisberger (Palouse, WA)
  • Hilary Bowman (Calgary) + Luke Maddaford (Windsor)
  • Hyang Cho (Guelph) + Shane Krepakevich (Toronto)
  • Jamelieh Hassan (London) + Troy David Ouellette (London)
  • Jamie Q (London) + Luke Ramsey (Victoria)
  • Jared Peters (Toronto) + Gray Richards (Toronto)
  • Jason McLean (Brooklyn/London) + Etienne Zach (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Jenna Faye Powell + Matt King (Toronto) 
  • Jennifer Crighton (Calgary) + Thea Yabut (London)
  • Jennifer Martin (London) + Sandra Semchuk (Vancouver)
  • Jesse Stilwell (Calgary) 
  • Jim Verburg (Toronto) + Joy Walker (Toronto)
  • Jodie Rose Serwa (Calgary) + Sondra Meszaros (Calgary)
  • Jolie Bird (Calgary) + Heather Huston (Calgary)
  • Justin Waddell (Calgary) + David Poolman (Toronto) 
  • Kali Urquhart (Calgary) + Dallin Ursenbach (Calgary) 
  • Katie Lyle (Toronto) + Megab Hepburn (Vancouver)
  • Kelly Jazvac (London) + Jen Hutton (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Kiarra Albina (Calgary) + Heather Kai Smith (Calgary)
  • Kim Neudorf (London) + Paolo Fontin (Peterborough) 
  • Kyla Brown (Toronto) + Sara Cullen (Oxford, UK)
  • Lefty Smudges (London) + Nick Farmer (London)
  • Liza Eurich (London) + Juliane Foronda (Toronto)
  • Lynette de Montreuil (London) + Carly Butler (Halifax) 
  • Marlene Hilton Moore (Hillsdale) + Joe N (Halifax)
  • Michael Farnan (Victoria) + Shannell Papp (Lethbridge)
  • Maryse Lariviere (London) + Tiziana La Melia (Vancouver)
  • Neil Klassen (London) + Ella Dawn Mcgeough (Toronto)
  • Niloufar Salimi (London) + Rachel MacFarlane (New Brunswick, NJ)
  • Parker Branch (London) + Maggie Groat (Vancouver)
  • Patrick Cull (Kitchener) + Jon Claytor (Sackville)
  • Patrick Mahon (London) + Thomas Mahon (Cambridge) 
  • Ross Bell (London) + Jordan Broadworth (New York, NY) 
  • Ron Benner (London) + Miriam Jordan (London)
  • Sarah Froese (Hamilton)+ Neal Moignard (Montreal)
  • Serena McCarroll (Toronto) + Robert Dayton (Kitchener)
  • Shawn P. Mankowske (Calgary) + Natalie McLean (Calgary)
  • Sky Glabush (London) + David Merritt (London)
  • Sondra Meszaros (Calgary) + Jodie Rose Serwa (Calgary)
  • Tegan Moore (London) + Daniel Oates Kuhn (Beacon, NY)
  • Thea Yabut (London) + Marigold Santos (Montreal)
  • Tony McAuley (London) + Emma Bradley (London)
  • Wyn Geleynse (London) + Paul Walde (Victoria)

It has been nearly a year since DNA took over Fodemesi shoes and moved in at 123 Dundas.  Since the last tumblr post, we have renovated the space, are currently hosting our 2nd exhibition and are working on the website. 

Our 2nd exhibition features the work of Barbara Hobot and Tegan Moore.  The exhibition will be on view until September 27.

Clamour

Want to know what’s clamouring in our kitchen!?! Have a listen here.  

Giles Whitaker and Chris Myhr

Clamour

Using found appliances, surface-transducers, speakers, computers, and electronics, Whitaker and Myhr’s collaborative installation, Clamour occupies the former workplace kitchen of the Fodemesi Shoes factory, and reanimates this space with sound and motion. An array of computer-controlled appliances operates autonomously within an immersive field of sound generated by devices embedded in the walls, ceiling and cupboards of the space. The work aims to evoke and intensify the forlorn qualities of this abandoned site, and engages with ideas of labour, consumption, appetites, and noise.

The No Boys with Frogs opening was a Smashing Success!

If you missed the party or just want to come back and enjoy the incredible work, check us out during our opening hours-

December

Thurs 5th: 12-7

Fri 6th: 11-5

Sat 7th: 11-5

Sun 8th: 12-4

Weds 11th: 11-3

Thurs 12th: 12-7

Fri 13th: 11-5

Sat 14th: 11-5

Sun 15th: 12-4

DNA Artspace is proud to present No Boys with Frogs, a site-specific project that showcases the work of thirty-six London, Ontario based artists. Please join us in celebrating the opening of our inaugural exhibition on Friday, November 29th from 7pm to 12am.

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DNA Artspace is a new addition to London’s growing art community. Owners and directors Allison and Damir Matic are passionate about contemporary art and developing a cutting edge exhibition space. Preferring the term ‘artspace’ over ‘gallery,’ their vision is to provide a welcoming environment that encourages the public to engage with, question, and discuss contemporary art. With an innovative approach to sustaining London’s creative culture, DNA Artspace aims to support the city’s vibrant emerging generation of artists and provide a broader awareness of London’s established artists. Located at 123 Dundas, DNA Artspace will be renovated this winter and will officially open to the public in the spring of 2014.

123 Dundas was originally built to house a shoe store and factory for Fodemesi Shoes, a family owned and operated orthopaedic specialist. As an opportunity to conceptually react to the transition of the building from a shoe factory to a creative space, Allison and Damir have decided to mark this turning point with a site-specific project, No Boys with Frogs. For this exhibition, a selection of artists at various stages in their career have been invited to claim an area in the building and create work that responds to the space in an open format. With a two month install period, artists have been making work that either responds to the interior architecture, comments on the history of the building, or utilizes the project and space as an opportunity to test methods and material processes that would not normally occur in their practice. When renovations commence in mid December, all the work will either be removed or destroyed.

The interior of the building has a rich variety of qualities for artists to respond to. In its current shell of a shoe store and factory, 123 Dundas is full of curiosities: Although built in the 1980s, it was decorated with a fondness for 1970s brown and orange; main floor walls jut out at varied angles; carpeted areas exist in unconventional spaces; there is a room solely designed to inhabit a stock of leather; thick layers of plaster dust cover multiple custom built shelves; faux textile patterned wallpaper seems to be peel off on its own; and the removal of display shelving has revealed hidden patterns of glue reminiscent of the most exquisite drawing gestures. 

The title, No Boys with Frogs stems from a visit to the 2013 Venice Biennale. While viewing Shary Boyle’s exhibition in the Canadian pavilion Allison and Damir noticed a comment in the guest book that read: “Love the work but where is boy with frog [sic]?” This humorous statement refers to Canadian artist Paul Peel and his painting of a boy observing a frog, The Young Biologist. The painting is housed in the Canadian Collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario, and is often deemed a highlight by visitors. Considering the notoriety of this work plus the comment in Boyle’s guest book, it appears that this painting is linked to what international audiences might associate with Canadian art. Coincidently, Paul Peel is closely connected with London, Ontario, his hometown. Operating as a response to the question in the guest book, No Boys with Frogs could be read as: “(There are) No Boys with Frogs (here)”  a playful critique of the misconception of Paul Peel as London’s only famous artist. Which ever way the title is understood, this is an exciting exhibition that foregrounds contemporary art in London and celebrates the non-traditional kind of work one can expect to experience at DNA Artspace. 

No Boys with Frogs runs from November 29th to December 15th 2013. A detailed schedule for the opening reception plus gallery hours will be posted on the website. DNA Artspace would like to specially thank all the participating artists for their support and for generously volunteering their time to this project. 

List of Artists / Collaborators / Art Organizations:

David Bobier • Dickson Bou • Parker Branch • Kyla Brown • Heather Carey • Gillian Dykeman • Liza Eurich • Wyn Geleynse • Patrick Howlett • Brad Isaacs • Kelly Jazvac • James Kirkpatrick • Neil Klassen • Maryse Larivière • Peter Lebel • LOMAA • Mackenzie Ludlow • Darrin MacAdam • Patrick Mahon • Damir Matic • Jason McLean • David Merritt • Colin Miner • Laura Mitrow • Kim Moodie • Tegan Moore • Chris Myhr • Kelly O’dette • Troy David Ouellette • Dianne Pearce • Jenna Faye Powell • Jamie Q • Giles Whitaker • Kelly Wood • Thea Yabut • Billy Bert Young