New Creators Series 03: Bungalow Colony

Jul 10, 2010 - Aug 22, 2010 @ Gendai Gallery at JCCC
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"What is home? A place that one can settle, belong, escape to and feel comfort in? A set of portable values and beliefs that one can carry wherever they go? How do the notions of "home" bring us together?"

Upon its 10th anniversary, Gendai Gallery embarks on a new journey of experimental collaborations with greater East Asian perspectives, presenting its third installment of New Creators Series. Bungalow Colony is an exhibition that meditates various aspects of "home" featuring new works by A Collection of Foreign Objects (ACOFO), Aleksandra Rdest, Reiko Shimizu, Seema Narula, Steve Newberry, and guest artists, Myung-Sun Kim and Tom Ngo. The artists explore the theme through their fragmented reminiscence of objects, stories, memories, and values rooted in personal identities.

Visitors to Bungalow Colony are all welcome "home" to contribute their thoughts, interpretations, and sensations of home.


A Collection of Foreign Objects: Aleksandra Rdest, Reiko Shimizu, Seema Narula, Steve Newberry
GUEST ARTISTS: Myung-Sun Kim, Tom Ngo

Curated by: Siya Chen and Daisuke Takeya

Exhibition Date: July 10 - August 22, 2010

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 17, 2 -5 p.m. at Gendai Gallery, with guided tour by the artists.

Free Events: June 2 – July 17, See events section below for more details

Gallery Hours: Wed – Sun 12-5pm (closed statutory holidays)


A Collection of Foreign Objects (ACOFO) was founded in Japan in 2002 by a group of Canadian artists living there at the time. These artists saw important connections between the artwork they were producing and the work produced by their Japanese contemporaries. Currently based in Toronto and Hamilton, the collective has gathered regularly to collaborate on thematically based exhibitions and events that deal with our common experiences. With each endeavor, the group’s members and artwork have shifted and evolved.

As a collective, ACOFO’s goals are to facilitate connections, communication, and collaboration between emerging artists, and to challenge each other to work beyond each own established artistic practices. By thematically exploring their playful and humorous side, the collective hopes to appeal to broad audiences by utilizing their individual talents to create artistic experiences that are more engaging than the sum of their parts.

Aleksandra Rdest uses a language drawn from weather patterns; inspired by sound waves, particles and cells on a microscopic level. Rdest’s love affair with colour gives rise to her paintings, which are created by richly layering veils of paint to form a deep surface. Through painting Rdest is reaching for the sublime; the tragedy of yearning, the mockery of the unattainable just beyond her grasp.

Since graduating from OCAD Toronto in 2002 Rdest’s work has been exhibited all across Canada in commercial and public galleries; as well as in the United States and Japan. She has been an active member of A Collection of Foreign Objects since 2004.
Reiko Shimizu is a Toronto-based visual artist who works in printmaking and mixed media. She is concerned with materiality and particularly materials associated with comfort and nostalgia: fabric, stitching, and paper. Her work often refers to simple everyday objects combined with a decorative aesthetic. She celebrates these everyday things by beautifying them -- challenging our notions of value and beauty.

Shimizu is one of the founding members of the collective A Collection of Foreign Objects. She has exhibited in Toronto, Tokyo and Yokohama, Japan.
Seema Narula is an emerging artist whose previous work has experimented with diffusion of light and colour. She creates light sculpture installations by manipulating light through the use of various materials such as metal, wood, and plastic. After living in Japan and Toronto for the past 8 years, she has recently moved to Hamilton, Ontario. Intrigued by the post-industrial urban landscape of her new city, Seema is finding inspiration to experiment with new art forms reflective of her past and current history. Seema looks forward to exploring her abilities as an artist in creating and transposing her lofty dreams into colour, lights, shapes and sounds.

Seema Narula has been a member of the artist’s collective A Collection of Foreign Objects since 2007.
Steve Newberry is an emerging artist based in Hamilton. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) degree from the University of Guelph. He has traveled extensively and exhibited his work in Canada and Japan. Primarily an installation artist but comfortable working in a variety of media, his work often explores our connection to the natural world.He has been a member of A Collection of Foreign Objects since 2004.

Guest Artists
Myung-Sun Kim is a Korean-born, Toronto-based artist, primarily working in the field of sculpture and installation. Her work playfully explores everyday objects and spaces, dealing with issues of aesthetics, functionality, nomadism, mobility, intervention, and architecture. She has completed BFA in Sculpture/ Installation at the Ontario College of Art & Design in 2005, and MFA in Visual Arts Program at York University in 2009. She has received several awards and scholarships, including Dr.Eugene A. Poggetto Award, MST Bronze Sculpture Award, Sculpture Installation Faculty Award, and Graduate Entrance Scholarship to York University Graduate Program in Visual Arts. She has exhibited and presented her work in Ontario, Nova Scotia, and North Carolina.

Currently, Myung-Sun Kim is a part of KS3, a four member collaborative that brings architecture, new media, sculpture, graphics, and painting methodologies to the investigation of interactivity, movement, visual gravity, parametric structures, and domestic engineering. Myung-Sun Kim will be in Winnipeg, Singapore, and Fukuoka for her upcoming residencies in 2010.

Currently, Tom Ngo is a practicing mixed-media artist in Toronto. Over the past two years, Ngo has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the city and is represented by LE Gallery in Toronto. Through his work, Ngo explores the translation of absurdity into art and architecture. The purpose of his search is to identify and scrutinize the logic of everyday convention through the act of drawing, collage and sculpture.

In addition, Tom Ngo is employed at the renowned architectural firm of Moriyama + Teshima Architects in Toronto, developing concepts and designs for a range of buildings and projects. Ngo has actively been a part of the design group for the Queenston Toll Building in Niagara Falls and the winning team for the Jabal Omar International Design Competition. Keeping current with his professional practice informs his subject and artistic medium. Melding these with the concepts and principles of architectural theory help Ngo shape a unique and critical outlook on contemporary art and architecture.


All events are free and open to public, all are welcome!

October 16, 2009 ~ ongoing: The making of Bungalow Colony online at

Wednesday, June 2: Lunchtime Dialogue with Wynford Seniors’ Club by Aleksandra Rdest . Documentation can be viewed at

Saturday, July 10
3 - 6 pm: Artist workshops by Myung-Sun Kim, Seema Narula, Tom Ngo, and Reiko Shimizu at Gendai Gallery, during Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre’s Summer Festival

4 - 5 pm: Community Story-telling by art educator/artist Katherine Yamashita, with her mother Jean Yaeko Fujimoto, and her daughter Danielle Yamashita at Gendai Gallery

Sunday, July 11
1:30 – 2:30 pm: Gendai’s Guide Tour at Toronto Outdoor Arts Exhibition ( with a unique East Asian and “Home” perspective, available in English, Japanese, Cantonese and Mandarin.
Please RSVP by July 9 for more details, and indicate your choice of language for the tour.
Contact: 416.419.7492 or

Saturday, July 17
2:30 – 3:30 pm: Guided tour by the artists during the opening reception. Artists and Curators in attendance at Gendai Gallery

Saturday, July 24
12:30pm - 1:30 pm: Shinsedai filmmakers visit Bungalow Colony at Gendai Gallery. Watch a film at Shinsedai 2010, attend the special panel discussion of Shinsedai filmmakers at JCCC, and join them for this special gathering at Gendai gallery. (

Special free 5-film pass giveaway for 2010 Shinsedai film festival, join Gendai's Facebook and e-newsletter to stay update for details


The New Creators Series allows the artists and curators to collectively develop the exhibition through a forum of peer discussion and consultation. From bouncing around ideas of concept and vision, discussing production techniques, selecting space and installation plans for the work, brainstorming avenues of press and promotion, and the planning of supplemental programming, the forum become an active learning process for all involved. This collective educational model pushes forward Gendai Gallery's support of collaboration, dialogue, and art education.

Bungalow Colony will make Gendai’s third New Creators Series. The first one of the series, Photolab (2007) introduced four emerging Japanese female photographers working in Toronto as parallel to "Girly Photo" movement, a phenomenon during 90's in Japan. Extensions (2009), the second of the series showcased a family building their house themselves with DIY spirit.

Gendai Gallery is a not-for-profit art space located at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. Gendai’s mandate is to cultivate dialogue through contemporary art, focusing on experimental collaborations with contemporary artists and organizations for the production and dissemination of artwork from East Asian perspectives.

This exhibition has been generously supported by:
The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Tadaaki Hozumi, Ikebata Nursery School, Sonic Print, Dazzling Modern Restaurant and Bar, Nikkei Voice, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival, Wynford Seniors’ Club, Shinsedai Cinema Festival, Katherine Yamashita, Jean Yaeko Fujimoto, and Danielle Yamashita



For Media Preview and Inquiry, please contact:
Siya Chen
Tel. 416.419.7492

Image Credit: Aleksandra Rdest, Home is grown its full of you, 2010.


Artists Workshop and Community Story-telling at JCCC Summer Festival

Sat Jul 10, 2010 - 3:00 pm @ Gendai Gallery

Official Opening Reception With Artists Talks

Sat Jul 17, 2010 - 2:00 pm @ Gendai Gallery

Gendai Guide Tour for Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Sun Jul 11, 2010 - 1:30 pm @ Nathan Philips Square, RSVP by July 10 for exact meetup location

Shinsedai Filmmakers Visits Bungalow Colony

Sat Jul 24, 2010 - 12:30 pm @ Gendai Gallery