Pre-Occupied: Free Artist Talks and Closing Reception

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3pm, Sunday April 1, 2012

Part of Pre-Occupied: An Exhibition of Ideas, Objects and Occupations

Hosted by Parkdale’s newest pop-up gallery
“Pre-Occupied” is a pop-up exhibition inspired by the Occupy Movement which explores how pre-occupations are manifested in objects. Presented by the Cadence Collective and hosted in an alternative venue, the exhibition runs from March 11- April 1, 2012. The closing reception on April 1 will feature artist talks and discussion.

Artists include: Kasia Czarnota, Department of Unusual Certainties, Brothers Dressler, Hugo Didier, Heyday Design, Taliaferro Jones, Amanda McCavour, Sally McCubbin, Public Displays of Affection (PDA), Liz Pead, and Ruth Scheuing.

Exhibition: There is value in claiming space for expression and allowing room for ideas to be discussed, to grow and to transform. While social media have been credited with facilitating recent protests around the world, the occupation of physical space – the undeniable presence of people and camps – has captivated attention and underlined the commitment of demonstrators. Inspired by the Occupy Movement, this exhibition considers how pre-occupations are manifested in objects. How do ideas occupy space? How are they shared and made tangible through the creation of objects, both as process and in final form? How do those objects act as catalysts to help transform and revitalize space and discussion? Two slogans serve to organize the work: “Resistance is fertile” and “It’s not a protest, it’s a process.” By exploring a series of definitions of “occupy,” connections are drawn between the act of making objects, and issues of expression, communication, employment, community and production.

Closing reception and artist talks: Artists featured in the exhibition, including the Brothers Dressler, Department of Unusual Certainties, Sally McCubbin, Public Displays of Affection and Liz Pead, will participate in “Artists Rants.” Each speaker will have five minutes to share their ideas and “pre-occupations” before the “hot potato” is passed on to the next participant. The audience is invited to engage in the discussion. The closing reception will follow.

Where: 173 Macdonell Avenue, Toronto (please enter by the side gate)

The exhibit is temporarily occupying a pop-up gallery in a new studio/gallery space in an alley garage in Parkdale, designed in collaboration with Johnson Chou. This exhibit will be the first ‘occupation’ of this alternative venue.

When: Closing reception and artist talks – Sunday April 1, 2012, 3-5pm

Exhibition hours: March 11 to April 1, 2012, Weekends noon- 6pm, weekday hours by appointment.

More information: To find out more about the exhibition and to book appointments, please visit

Organized by: Founded in 2008, the Cadence Collective is a fluid collective of thinkers, artists and curators who collaborate on interdisciplinary community art projects. For more information, please visit

With the support of: The Ontario Arts Council.

PDA a part of “Pre-Occupied” Exhibition

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Inspired by the Occupy Movement and the act of claiming a physical space to express ideas, “” is a pop-up exhibition that deals with various themes of occupation. It explores how our preoccupations (concerns, desires and actions) are manifested in objects.

Featuring work from known artists such as Kasia Czarnota, Heyday Design, Hugo Dieter, Brothers Dressler, Public Displays of Affection (PDA), Sally McCubbin and Amanda McCavour, Liz Pead, the exhibition is organized by the Cadence Collective and hosted in an alternative gallery space at 173 Macdonell Avenue, Toronto from March 11 to April 1, 2012.

Admission is free. Hours are weekends from noon-6 pm, weekdays, by appointment.

Closing artist talk on April 1, 2012 at 3pm

Please visit the website for more information:

Exhibition Posters by Mark Butterworth, Michael deLima and Amy Allicock

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As a result of PDA’s collaboration with George Brown Studio Lab, 3 students, Mark Butterworth, Michael deLima and Amy Allicock, came up with this original and interactive design for the PDA for 40 Oaks Exhibit posters. They are made of Plywood, chalkboard paint and assorted picture frames. The photos are taken by Denise Santillan.


SW Chair by Amirmasoud Hosseindoust, Danya Sturgess & Ivan Duarte

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The “SW Chair” is built from Deconstructed palettes and found wooden seat and went into the exhibition PDA for 40 Oaks and will be donated to the 40 Oaks building when it’s finished. It is built by Amirmasoud Hosseindoust, Danya Sturgess & Ivan Duarte from Ryerson University Architectural Science.

Multipurpose Cabinet by Connie Chrisholm and her students from Sheridan College

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This is one of the 16 Multipurpose Cabinets that designer and professor Connie Chrisholm‘s class at Sheridan College donated to the suites in the CRC’s brand new community building 40 Oaks. It is made from Cherry wood and Laminate.
DESIGNED BY: Connie Chisholm & BUILT BY: Joe Bauman, Jeffrey Burt, Chris Charuk, Bettie Cott, Mark Finnigan, Kamal Fox, Laura Langford, Roxanne Loncar, Kyle Peters, Tom Rocjik, Richard Ruminski, Franky Sanche, Steven Wilson, Chris Vanderwal, Aviv Zimmerman
COMPANY: Sheridan College

Entry Bench by the Regent Park community and PDA

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This is a community-engaged piece , which will be going into the new CRC building in Regent Park, 40 Oaks.

This bench was designed through community collaboration. Last summer PDA worked with members of the CRC community through the design process. After much brainstorming, analysis, discussion & sketching the group was able to come up with a design that would meet the needs of the CRC’s entry bench. We then moved to the Dixon Hall Mill Centre to build models, prepare the salvaged church pews to be transformed and construct the benches almost to completion.

PDA would like to thank Simone Ferkul, Bahar Ghaemi and Vincent Monastero for their support in the design process; Steven Johnston and Justin Teschner at the Mill Centre; David Loewy and Adrian Kenny at Ryerson; as well we would like to thank Amy Markanda for helping us with the final construction and finishing details.

aDOORable storage bench by Randall Otulakowski

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The “aDOORable storage bench”, as Designer Randall Otulakowski has playfully named his piece, is made from Salvaged doors, jamb,and stair treads. Randalls company is called 747 square feet. The piece will be going into the finished 40 Oaks Building in Regent Park.

Couch by The Big Stuff

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This funky couch is made by The Big Stuff, and is going into the CRC’s new building 40 Oaks in Regent Park. It is made from reclaimed materials.

Hub Chairs by Adi Baker and Sissel Marie Tonn

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Just like the Worship Chairs these chairs were donated by Kathy Webster of the Yonge Street Mission’s Double Take. They are called “Something Borrowed, Something Blue” (because they are salvaged from a wedding rental place) and refurbished by Adi Baker and Sissel Marie Tonn.

“Lotus” by Andrew Morson

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The stylish table is called “Lotus” and is made from Salvaged Red Oak and Steel. It is designed and built by Andrew Morson. It will be going into the finished 40 Oaks building.