The Annual: Shifting Ground at the Gladstone Hotel

Situated at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto’s art & design district, //THE ANNUAL// is a showcase for contemporary art, presenting an open and fertile ground for alternative and emerging practices. For the art fair’s fifth year, which runs from October 10 to 13, 2013, //THE ANNUAL// addresses the theme of Shifting Ground.

The show’s curator, Katherine Dennis, pushes local artists to look deeply at the effects of important personal, cultural and societal changes. Participating artists were invited to respond to this year’s theme by thinking literally – natural disasters, climate change, border negotiations – and metaphorically – reinvention, disruption, the creation of new worlds. Their eclectic responses consider topics ranging from the micro- to macrocosmic; the deeply personal to widely public; and the philosophical to the technological. They consider practice-based shifts in the art world and beyond.

This exhibition invites dialogue through a diverse body of artistic practices working in many mediums from painting and photography, to responsive sound, video projection and immersive installation.

2013 artists include Tim Ridout & Cate McGuire, Jessica Marion Barr, Cindy Blazevic, Julia Callon, Adam Chapman, Dominique Cheng, Mel Coleman, Kevin Day, Marc de Pape, Maria Flawia Litwin, Tahireh Lal, Ryan Louis, Pascal Paquette, Adrienne Marcus Raja, Alison Snowball, Julie Gladstone, James Olley and Anna Pantcheva.

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The opening reception takes place on October 10, 2013 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm; admission is free. Exhibition hours are Friday and Saturday from 11:00am to 8:00pm, and on Sunday from 11:00am to 5:00pm. Admission is $5 and free for students.