Art From The Anthologies, Alphabet City And Circuit Gallery To Offer Limited Editions

NEWS RELEASE

Art From The Anthologies, Alphabet City And Circuit Gallery
To Offer Limited Editions

Toronto, ON – October 27, 2009 — Toronto’s internationally acclaimed Alphabet City has found an ideal partner in Circuit Gallery. The two entities have joined forces to offer a series of very affordable limited edition artworks drawn from two decades of Alphabet City’s compelling, and always relevant, publications.

The collaboration, “Art from the Anthologies,” begins with works from Alphabet City’s newest anthology, Water (co-published with The MIT Press), with plans to offer material from previous editions in the near future. The works are exclusively available for purchase online through the Circuit Gallery website – www.circuitgallery.com/overview_ac/.

“Artists have always been central contributors to their thematic volumes,” says Claire Sykes, Circuit Gallery co-director. “We are very excited to be collaborating – both in raising funds for Alphabet City and in making available some very strong artwork.”

Artwork currently available includes special editions by Eamon Mac Mahon, Stefan Petranek, Meredith Carruthers and Susannah Wesley.

To mark the launch of this new collaboration a special event entitled Water, Life and Baths has been organized for Sunday, November 1, starting at 5:00 p.m. at The Department, 1389 Dundas Street West, Toronto, and is part of the larger ALPHABET CITY FESTIVAL 2009: WATER (October 31 – November 6, 2009). (Visit the Alphabet City website for more details).

The evening, moderated by Ian Brown, will convene three literary contributors to Water (all of them recent mothers) – Jowita Bydlowska, Astrida Neimanus, and Christie Pearson – who will read from their essays and reflect together on the life of watery beings. Artworks from the latest anthology, Water, will be on display for the event.


About Alphabet City

Alphabet City is a series of annual hardcover anthologies originating from Toronto, Canada. Each volume in the series addresses a one-word topic of global concern and draws on the diverse perspectives of writers and artists from many cultures and disciplines. Each book is a graphically rich and textually surprising combination of images and texts that critically and imaginatively reinvents the topic at hand.

About Circuit Gallery

Circuit Gallery specializes in high-end editions of works by emerging and established contemporary artists with an emphasis on photographic, digital and print-based works on paper. The gallery aims to make interesting, significant, quality, contemporary art more accessible by making it more affordable.

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For more information, contact:

Claire Sykes, Partner, Circuit Gallery

Tel: 647-477-2487

E-mail: claire@circuitgallery.com

All About Water – Alphabet City’s Latest Anthology and Festival

We want to alert our readers to the launch of Alphabet City‘s excellent new publication WATER (now available though MIT Press), and this year’s WATER FESTIVAL (see line-up below) which starts October 31 and continues through November 6, 2009.

Alphabet City Water

Water—chemical matrix of life, transportation conduit, industrial feedstock, agricultural necessity—is coming under new pressures. This year Alphabet City considers the current state of this most vital substance, from the mythic to the infrastructural.”

The WATER festival includes HYDROCity–a panel, exhibition, and symposium series about the future of our cities’ relationship to water.

The festival also launches Water, Alphabet City’s 14th anthology, a hardcover, full-colour artbook co-published with The MIT Press.

Festival Events Quicklist
Click below to visit the Alphabet City website for dates, times and details.

NYC Events Quicklist

Visit the MIT Store
Learn more about Circuit Gallery’s collaboration with AbC: Art from the Anthologies


About Alphabet City
Alphabet City is a series of annual hardcover anthologies originating from Toronto, Canada. Each volume in the series addresses a one-word topic of global concern and draws on the diverse perspectives of writers and artists from many cultures and disciplines. Each book is a graphically rich and textually surprising combination of images and texts that critically and imaginatively reinvents the topic at hand.

Launch Exhibition + Reception

James Rajotte, Nighclub, 2006

James Rajotte, Nighclub, 2006

Join us for our Launch Exhibition + Reception
Come out, see the work in person, and meet the artists!



THE DETAILS:

LAUNCH PARTY / RECEPTION: Thursday, October 29, 2009, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
EXHIBITION RUN: October 26, 2009 – November 1, 2009, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
VENUE: The Department, 1389 Dundas St. West, Toronto M6J 1Y4

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FEATURING WORK BY:
Robert Bean, David Clark, Bill Finger, David Grenier, Dan Larkin, Heather Layton, Akihiko Miyoshi, Stefan Petranek, James Rajotte, Susana Reisman, Roger Sayre, Sharon Switzer

Artists in attendance include: David Grenier, Dan Larkin, Stefan Petranek, James Rojotte and Sharon Switzer

Hope to see you there!

Clarie + Susana

New Online Gallery Changes The Way Contemporary Art is Bought and Sold

NEWS RELEASE

New Online Gallery Changes The Way Contemporary Art
is Bought and Sold

Circuit Gallery Launches Thursday, October 29th at The Department
With Exhibition Featuring The Works of Twelve Local and International Artists

www.circuitgallery.com

Toronto, ON – October 6, 2009 — Photographer Susana Reisman and art historian Claire Sykes are the partners behind Circuit Gallery, a new online gallery that promises to change the way contemporary art is bought and sold. Taking a bold approach to the business of art, the duo have flipped the conventional art world formula of high prices for small editions or unique objects and instead will offer larger edition works by serious contemporary artists at prices that are affordable to everyone.

“Digital technologies have changed both the way many contemporary artists now work and how images are distributed and enjoyed,” says Sykes. “This fundamental change has allowed us to break out of the old constraints and bring quality contemporary art to people at a price they can afford.”

“By offering works in larger editions and selling through the Internet we are able to keep the costs low,” adds Reisman. “It is really pretty simple, we want collecting art to be both easy and accessible.”

Primarily focused on the beginner or novice collector, Circuit Gallery also offers more seasoned collectors the chance to experiment. The gallery has an exclusive relationship with a growing roster of established and emerging artists from Canada, the US, Venezuela, and Japan, chosen for their ability to deliver work that is “fresh, visually engaging, and relevant.”

Currently, Circuit Gallery features the work of 12 artists:

Robert Bean, David Clark, Bill Finger, David Grenier, Dan Larkin, Heather Layton, Akihiko Miyoshi, Stefan Petranek, James Rajotte, Susana Reisman, Roger Sayre, and Sharon Switzer.

Prices for work on the Circuit Gallery Website range from $30 to $120 (CAD) and include photographic, digital and print-based works on paper. All of the gallery’s editions are limited to 500 and offered as ink-jet prints (giclée) or digital c-prints (chromogenic photographs). Artists supervise the printing of their individual work. Each work is numbered and includes a signed certificate of authenticity.

Circuit Gallery is fundamentally artist-centered and was conceived as a complement to conventional gallery (or dealer) representation as well as an alternative means to bring great work to a wider audience. Several of the artists represented by Circuit Gallery have conventional galleries and dealers through whom you can see and purchase other works.

The official launch of Circuit Gallery takes place Thursday, October 29, 2009, from 7 PM – 10 PM at The Department, 1389 Dundas Street West, Toronto. Artists in attendance include: David Grenier, Dan Larkin, Stefan Petranek, James Rojotte and Sharon Switzer. The accompanying exhibition runs from October 26 until November 1, 2009.


About Circuit Gallery

Circuit Gallery is the shared vision and collaborative product of Susana Reisman and Claire Sykes. The gallery specializes in high-end editions of works by emerging and established contemporary artists with an emphasis on photographic, digital and print-based works on paper. For more information, visit www.circuitgallery.com or follow the daily conversation at www.twitter.com/circuitgallery.com.

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For more information, contact:
Claire Sykes, Partner, Circuit Gallery
Tel: 647-477-2487
E-mail: claire@circuitgallery.com