Sara Angelucci, Barbara Astman, Adam David Brown, Michelle Gay, Ido Govrin, Vid Ingelevics, Jon Sasaki

November 19, 2013 to January 19, 2014
Koffler Gallery | Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street
Curator: Mona Filip

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 | 5 – 9 PM | FREE

Click here for the digital exhibition publication with an essay by Mona Filip

The Koffler Gallery opens its new downtown gallery at Artscape Youngplace with the inaugural exhibition We’re in the Library, featuring seven Toronto artists who create works that engage the context and history of the venue, formerly the library of the Shaw Street Public School.

Sara Angelucci’s multi-part installation evokes the memories that linger inside spaces and bodies, giving voice to students of generations past so that their readings may still reverberate within these walls. Barbara Astman’s deconstructed encyclopedia celebrates the excitement and anticipation of the unknown worlds that open within the covers of a book.

Adam David Brown subverts hierarchies of control and classification as he reimagines two emblematic reference devices associated with notions of translation, language and colonialism. Ido Govrin’s sculptural audio piece articulates a sensual and enticing survey of famous authors’ last books. Collaborating with her brother Colin, Michelle Gay experiments with information technologies to poetically transform the ubiquitous desktop computer by teasing out meaning and coaxing stories from harvested data.

Inspired by a serendipitous finding on the former library site, Vid Ingelevics’ work questions the ways in which today’s students learn about the past and how that past is distilled through contemporary online search vehicles. Testing the innocent utopia of school-age murals and their corporate commercial counterparts, Jon Sasaki proposes an experiment that challenges the idealized moment of global harmony by restoring it to real life.

Engaging the library as a place of exploration, intellectual inquiry and social interaction, these artists revisit cultural icons and revel in the mysteries of books, examining the communication of knowledge and idealized notions of education. As portals to new worlds of enchantment, school libraries are often the place where some of our first journeys of discovery and self-awareness begin.


Sunday, January 12, 2014 | Artist-led Tour 2 PM | Panel Discussion 3 PM
From childhood to adulthood, the library sparks our imagination and fuels our creativity, shaping our individual and shared experiences of books. Beyond this universal relationship, it continues to inspire a wealth of artistic perspectives. Visual artist Adam David Brown, author and librarian Martha Baillie, and psychoanalyst and psychiatry professor Dr. David Dorenbaum explore these themes in a conversation moderated by Mona Flip, Curator of the Koffler Gallery. Preceded by an artist-led tour of the exhibition.

Sunday, January 19, 2014 | Noon – 5 PM
Bus tour starts at the Koffler Gallery and travels to AGYU, Blackwood Gallery, and Doris McCarthy Gallery. Seating is limited. RSVP to

Image at top: Sara Angelucci, The Readers, 2013.