On Thursday, October 14th, In Pursuit by Nicholas Shick opened at Gallery 918 (part of the 918 Bathurst Centre). This offsite presentation by Lonsdale Gallery is part of the first ever Printopolis Festival.  Organized by Open Studio, the Printopolis Festival celebrates the art of printmaking in its various forms.

Please join us Sunday, October 24th from 10-1pm for our special open hours for the Printopolis Festival. The artist will be in attendance to answer questions and discuss the work.

In Pursuit by Nicholas Shick
October 14 – 24, 2010
Reception: Thursday, October 14 from 6-9pm
Artist in attendance/closing : Sunday, October 24 from 10 – 1pm

In Pursuit by Nicholas Shick plays with ambiguous narratives as layered as his silk screening process.  In this installation, panels of life-size figures appear to run through the gallery and out into the main entrance of the space.  In this chase it is never clear who is chasing whom, and the motivations behind the chase are left for the viewer to decide.  The existential battle of “us and them” and the fear of the unknown come into play, leaving the viewer to fill in the blanks of the story.

Nicholas Shick incorporates photography, printmaking, digital imaging and graphic arts into his practice. His large-as-life works explore themes of human behaviour through the eyes of a voyeur. Together his images offer up multiple perspectives on the ambiguities between public and private life. Shick explores awkwardness, irresolution, alienation and anticlimax in his imagery, adding colourful graphic accents that heighten their drama and visual impact.

Open Youth Printmaking Workshop
Coordinated by Tara Cooper & Nicholas Shick
with the support of the OCADU Printmaking Department
Saturday, October 9 from 2-4pm

A youth workshop teaching the principles of printmaking was held on October 9th, 2010. A selection of artworks created in this workshop are currently on display in Gallery 918 as part of the Printopolis Festival, creating a community experience within a traditional exhibition.

Thank you to our sponsor, Midoco Art Supplies at 55 Bloor Street West for their in-kind donations!

Gallery 918
918 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON  M5R 2G5

Thursday – Sunday from 12 – 5 PM

Gallery 918 is part of the 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education.
Located just north of Bloor Street West, the 918 Bathurst Centre is a new hub of social and creative innovation, offering a variety of programs, events, classes and exhibitions. Please visit our website at www.918bathurst.com for more details.