friend me

December 1, 2011 – January 7, 2012


                                           Toronto, Canada

Opening on Thursday, December 1 from 6-9pm, Edward Day Gallery is pleased to present new work by artist Carole Freeman. With this exhibition, Freeman focuses on the portrait, a subject matter that she has pursued through various series, this time taking the social networking megasite Facebook as her frame of reference. Having originally joined Facebook as a means of maintaining a connection with distant family, Freeman quickly discovered the vast community that ceaselessly uploaded images, words and sound to a constant audience, an audience of "friends." As her group of Facebook friends grew, largely comprising fellow artists, cultural producers, art dealers, critics, and educators, Freeman found the (mostly) faces of people's profile pictures, irresistible. She undertook to paint each of her Facebook friends, and here exhibits the near two hundred portraits completed to date.

Collectively, the portraits weave a unique tapestry of a global art world—as the population of friends shifts between Facebook devotees—while individually, the works mine a compelling trajectory from individual choice to painted countenance. The Facebook profile picture is a considered image, whether idealized, typical, flaunting, ironic, or clever, and the painted portrait carries its own idiosyncratic proposition. With her largely taxonomical approach, Freeman liberates the portrait from its characteristic obligation to please, but perhaps achieves a legitimate equivalent as it returns a portrait of the face one shares among friends.

The gallery is pleased to welcome Jordan Banks, Managing Director of Facebook Canada, and Ilana Landsberg-Lewis, Executive Director of The Stephen Lewis Foundation as special guests at the opening. In honour of World Aids Day coinciding with the opening of the exhibition, a portion of sales will be donated to support The Stephen Lewis Foundation Arts Fund. The exhibition continues until January 7, 2012.

On Thursday, January 5, 2012, 5 -9 pm,  Edward Gay Gallery and Carole Freeman will host a Portrait Painting Party. Everyone welcome. No experience necessary. All supplies provided by Aboveground Art Supplies. Bring a photo to paint from.

952 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario M6J 1G8

Jordan Banks, Managing Director, Facebook Canada, opening the exhibition



January 5, 2012


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