Since opening Likely General Gallery in the back of the shop in late 2013, we've had 30+ artists and vendors utilize the space. The gallery presents new work once a month and openings are typically the first Thursday of every month. We strive to be an open and inclusive space for up-and-coming artists to experiment with solo or collaborative shows. The gallery is fully booked until May 2018, but please don't hesitate to contact us with a proposal. 

 

C U R R E N T  E X H I B I T I O N 

 

       

 
TASTEFUL NUDES
CODY DEANE COCHRANE
SEPTEMBER 8th-30th, LIKELY GENERAL
OPENING RECEPTION SEPTEMBER 8th, 6pm-9pm

 

159 years after the ‘Incident’ the world is finally beginning to repopulate itself. Thick sinewy vines wrap around the remnants of melted lava-like blobs. Thick-thighed women are thriving, crawling amongst the succulents, and mutated creatures observe them in their natural habitat. Everything exists and comes into being in this decimated new world bathed in a fluorescent nuclear glow of pinks and yellows. The earth has seen this kind of destruction before, and it will again. But in the meantime, repopulate we must.

As a continuation of the themes addressed by Cody Deane Cochrane’s 2015 Come to the Mountain show at Likely General, Tasteful Nudes examines the beauty and innate grotesqueness of change, growth and destruction through the lens of sci-fi and satire.

Cody Deane Cochrane is an artist currently based in Toronto. Cody has shown at galleries across North America, including San Francisco and Austin. This is Cody’s second show at Likely General.

  

U P C O M I N G  E X H I B I T I O N S 


September | Cody Deane Cochrane, painting Toronto/Berlin
October | Kirk Clyne, digital 3D generative video, Toronto
November | Marjorie Campbell, sculpture, Toronto
December | Lindsey Lickers, paintings, Six Nations of the Grand River
January | Angela Lewis, photography, Toronto
February | Shauna Eve, drawing + painting, Toronto/Montreal
March | Erika Altosaar, photography, Toronto
April | Colour Code, poster show, Toronto
May | Lorenz Peter, drawing, Toronto
 

 

 

P A S T   E X H I B I T I O N S 

 

Half A Year |   A N D R E A   M A N I C A 

Andrea Manica is an illustrator and mural artist born in Kitchener Ontario, and currently residing in Toronto, Ontario.

This is the artwork she made in 6 months living away from Canada - From December 2016 to June 2017. Andrea traveled to Australia, Indonesia, Japan, and Hawaii. Her works capture the sights she took in and deep feelings she felt. This exhibition displays small ink drawings and gouache paintings. It also showcases the street art and murals Andrea created abroad.

The mural painted within the space is a metaphorical depiction of the most important people she met as she traveled. Despite negative experiences during her time spent away, Andrea is striving to embrace the most positive lessons and the quality time she spent with people who showed kindness and care. She uses art to heal and put her gratefulness into something tangible.

Andrea also created several products based on the artwork in this exhibition. Tote bags, prints, and more will be available for purchase.

 

REACHING FOR THE PEARL   |   D I A N A  L Y N N  V A N D E R M E U L E N 
 
Likely General Gallery
Exhibition: July 7-30
Opening:  July 7, 6-9
 
Reaching for the Pearl
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Landscape is considered through the scope of German Idealism, which challenges the subject as representing an inner state of mind. Reaching for the Pearl studies the process of transformation as ideas cross visual mediums. The growth of the pearl protects, touching the pearl forgives. The pearl you reach for is blooming with new perspective. 

 Diana Lynn VanderMeulen is a Toronto-based multimedia artist who received her BFA from York University in 2012. Her practice is fluid between collage, painting, sculptural installation, and digital media. 

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BRIC-A-BRAC  |   C H R I S   F O S T E R 

'Bric-a-Brac' is an exhibition of screen printed work by Chris Foster. The show is a collection of prints that explore still life compositions, themes and imagery. The prints are inspired by the knicknack, whatnot, doohickey, tchotchke, doodad, gaud, gewgaw, gimcrack, kickshaw, trinket, nugget and bits and bobs; the sentimental collections that clutter our domestic spaces. The prints celebrate these collections while questioning their status as commodity, tribal symbol and fetish object. 

Much of the work was produced last summer during a six week thematic residency at the Banff Centre called 'Still Alive' which explored the genre of still life. 'Bric-a-brac' is the first exhibition of this this work in Toronto.

Opening reception: Thursday, June 8, 6-9pm

Exhibition runs June 8-30

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CATALOG OF UNCERTAINTY | ALICIA NAUTA 
April 6th- April 31st, Opening Reception April 6th, 6-9pm

 

Catalog of Uncertainty is a new body of screen printed work by Alicia Nauta. These images are windows into past, present and future realities. Different environments, interior and exterior, show glimpses of troubled landscapes and strange rooms. The compositions are at times alienating due to scale,  arrangement of objects, and clashing dimensional planes. There is a total absence of human figures; spaces are instead inhabited by plants and abandoned or warped architecture. Some pose questions with no one answer, ruminating on the possibilities found in the uncertain and unwritten future. The images reflect on the dualities and exchanges present in all forms of human and natural life: with light, there is darkness; with progress, there is decline. Environmental degradation, the natural vs manufactured world, abstracted and psychedelic reality, domestic space and human belonging are key themes that are explored.

Illustrations collected from earlier publications, such as home decor guides from the 60's and 70's, botanical guides and encyclopedias, and pre-computer graphic design manuals, form the basis of the work. The images are then manipulated by photocopying, cut and paste, and finally screen printed.

Alicia Nauta is an artist living and working in Toronto. All her work is part of Alicia’s Klassic Kool Shoppe: collage, screenprinting, installation, wallpaper, books and zines, and a growing collection of found oddities for a future museum. She is member of Punchclock, a Toronto print studio, and has taught screenprinting and other DIY workshops at the Art Gallery of Ontario as part of the AGO Youth Free After Three program. She regularly tables at the NY and LA Art Book fairs with publications and prints. Her work has been exhibited at Printed Matter (US), Kogenchecho (JP), the Art Gallery of Ontario, Katherine Mulherin, Artscape Youngplace, and Art Metropole, as well as permanent wallpaper installations at Double Double Land and Likely General.

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PUBLIC HOUSE PRIVATE LIFE | ALEC SUTHERLAND | LIKELY GENERAL GALLERY
 MAR 2nd - MAR 31st,  RECEPTION MAR 2nd, 6-9
Six textiles that address personal identity, social identity, and mental health. How do we negotiate privacy while we cultivate our public personae? What do we share and what do we share? How do the spaces we inhabit inform our behaviour and our sense of self? What do chemicals have to do with it anyway? These weavings are personally informed by my experiences around mental health and the taboo.

 

 

PERENNIAL | SARAH CANNON | LIKELY GENERAL GALLERY
JAN 3rd - Feb 7th,  RECEPTION JAN. 5th, 6-9

Perennial is an exercise in self-care. Through the process of painting, Cannon develops characters to reflect on and respond to her own personal experiences with society’s imposed gender stereotypes, female internalized misogyny and subsequent expressive suppression. Cannon identifies self-imposed solitary confinement, emotional distancing and isolation as significant side-effects of female expressive suppression; we are provided a glimpse of lone female archetypes and quiet moments alone.

Perennials are the ubiquitous form of plant life we refuse to accept. We trim them down, cut them back. Under-appreciated, undervalued, resilient and determined. Albeit limp and fragile; they bloom between the cracks. 

Pictured here: Like Weeds, Oil on Canvas, 24x30 inches