Michael Toke

Michael Toke

Michael Toke is a Toronto based visual / installation artist, born Hamilton 1964. Attending Sheridan College and OCA in the 1980s, moved to NYC and worked as head assistant to J.S.G. Boggs a commerce based performance artist. Exhibiting internationally in art and film venues.

His installations combine painting, photography, video and sculpture hung on a conceptual armature of documentary film practice. “I believe to approach hard strange and elusive ideas you must use peripheral vision and newtonian half measures; random cultivation is the path to expression and enlightenment.”

 Michael Toke
“I believe to approach strange, elusive and difficult concepts you must cultivate through discovery; to run experiments through art and medium without preconceived expectation of results. To hope that the viewer discovers with you.”
— Michael Toke

Michael Toke

 
 
 

Biography

Born Hamilton 1964, Michael Toke is a Toronto based visual and installation artist. He attended Sheridan College and the Ontario College of Art 1984-88, then NYC where he worked as head assistant to J.S.G. Boggs a commerce based performance artist. He directed and assisted directing documentary and narratives films in the early 1990s. He has been exhibiting internationally in art and film venues since.

His installations combine painting, photography, video and sculpture hung on a conceptual armature of documentary film practice; they employ interview and draw from the Scientific Method for impetus.

 

Curriculum Vitæ

Education

1989-90 Head Assistant to J.S.G Boggs, New York
1987 Experimental Studies, Ontario College of Art
1985 Foundation Studies, Ontario College of Art
1984 Art Fundamentals, Sheridan College

Solo Exhibitions

2016 Beacon, inFUTURE. (site specific installation at inFUTURE. Ontario Place, Toronto
2015 Party Room III, Milk Glass Co. Toronto
2014 Pingendi, Television Art Reality Painting Show, Toronto
2014 When I Close My Eyes, I See Numbers, Galerie Youn, Montreal
2014 We Are Happy, (live video/sculpture installation) at Art Spin Finale,Toronto
2013 We Are Happy, (live video/sculpture installation) at Roppongi Art Night, Tokyo, Japan
2012 SEX, PHYSICS and the EVOLUTION of MAN, Milk Glass Co. Toronto
2010 Babel Studies, Engine Gallery
2010 Butterfly Looks at a Rainbow, an installation; Fly Gallery, Toronto
2009 Apparatus for Sculpture and Video in Abandoned Lots, Drake Hotel permanent installation
2007 End of Days (party installation), 48 Abell, Toronto
2007 This is Bohemia (live video installation), Niut Blanche, Toronto
2007 Day in the LIFE-Volvo, comission 4 channel installation Edward Day Gallery, Toronto
2006 Bohemian Embarrassment, video installation; Fly Gallery, Toronto
2004 foundPARTY extendedREMIX, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto
2003 foundPARTY, an installation; Fly Gallery, Toronto
2003 Scope Art Fair, New York
2002 Visions of Photonic Love, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto
2002 Annointment, an installation; Fly Gallery, Toronto
2001 Internal Audit, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto
2000 Transmutations, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto
1999 Belated Reports for 1998; Edward Day Gallery, Toronto
1997 7 hearts; Yorkville Public Library, Toronto
1995 Conceptual Models for Thought Patterns; Peter Pan Restaurant, Toronto
1994 Works of the Last Three Years; Head by Wiggy Gallery, Toronto

Dual Exhibitions

2003 I do you, you do me
2003 With Andrea Battersby, Natural Light Window, Toronto
2001 Habit of Form with Sean Yelland, Edward Day Gallery, Kingston

Group Exhibitions

2017 5th Anniversary Exhibition,Galerie Youn, Montréal
2017 Party Room V, Milk Glass Co. Toronto
2016 Composition poétique quotidienne, Galerie Youn, Montréal
2016 Carousel Magazine 35, Milk Glass Co. Toronto
2016 Party Room IV, Milk Glass Co. Toronto
2015 Party Room III, Milk Glass Co. Toronto
2014 Party Room II, Milk Glass Co. Toronto
2013 Phases, Milk Glass Co. Toronto
2013 LUXES DÉLAISSÉS ET ESTHÉTIQUE DE L’IDÉAL, Galerie Youn, Montréal
2013 Mini Moi, Galerie Youn. Montreal
2013 Art Spin finale exhibition, Tower Automotive, Toronto.
2013 Party Room, Milk Glass Co. Toronto
2012 Darkness, Milk Glass Co. Toronto
2012 Field Trip Project, traveling exhibition, Japan
2012 Milk Glass inaugural exhibition. Milk Glass Co. Toronto
2012 De Luca Gallery, Toronto
2010 Art Spin finale exhibition, Planet Storage, Toronto.
2010 Russia vs. Canada, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto
2009 Experimental, Median Gallery, Toronto
2008 New Works, Median Gallery, Toronto
2007 Songs of the Apocalypse, Art Mur, Montreal
2007 Warmest Heart of the Earth, De Luca Gallery, Toronto
2006 Toronto Alternative Art Fair, panelist "Is Queen Street Dead?"
2006 Hello Dolly, Spin Gallery, Toronto
2006 You Don't Wanna Miss This Shit, Gladestone Hotel, Toronto
2006 Members Club (video installation), Bergen, Norway
2005 Arco Art Fair/ Canada Showcase, Madrid, Spain
2004 Monkey See, Monkey Do, Spin Gallery, Toronto
2004 Panoramma, Spin Gallery, Toronto
2004 G-Note, Mind Control Gallery, Toronto
2003 The Flux of Fluid, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto
2003 Visitations, Kiwi Gardens Outdoor Art Exhibition, Perth Ontario
2003 Drawing Attention, Spin Gallery, Toronto
2002 Hanging Garden, Kiwi Gardens Outdoor Art Exhibition, Perth Ontario
2002 Plumb Bob, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto
2001 Milk Bedroom Gallery, Toronto
2001 Project - Final Exchange - 20 NYC>20 Toronto
2001 Intersections; Montreal / Toronto
2001 Edward Day Gallery, Kingston
2000 The Learning Network Gallery; 1st Canadian Place, Toronto
2000 PEN International fundraiser; Toronto
1997 Edward Day Gallery; Toronto
1997 The Cave Cabaret; Toronto
1996 Teodora Gallery; Toronto
1996 The Cave Cabaret; Toronto
1995 The Cave Cabaret; Toronto
1995 Artalog Gallery; Toronto
1995 Cold City Gallery Art Fair; Toronto
1992 Love and Erotica; Toronto
1990 Mermata Gallery, New York
1987 Hamilton Artist’s Inc.; Member’s Salon
1986 Hamilton Artist’s Inc.; Member’s Salon

Film and Video

2012 Bohemian Embarrassment, video (16min), 'This is my City" fest, Calgary
2011 Bohemian Embarrassment, video (16min), Tallinn University,Estonia
2011 5X, 5 video permanent installation, private residence, Toronto
2011 The Goodbye Couple (3 min.) inducted to mediaartbase.de
2011 Exodus 48, video installation, Nuit Blanche, Parkdale Film Fest, Art Spin.
2010 - ***REAL UFO FOOTAGE*** Mexico City feb09, video (1min.) Parkdale  Film and Video  - Showcase
2009 Anointment, video (6min.) Parkdale Film and Video Showcase
2008 The Goodbye Couple (3 min.) Kasseler Dokumentarfilm and Videofest
2008 25th Anniversary/ Most Touching exhibition and DVD.
2008 Figure 48 (2.5 min.), Rehab Film Festival, Toronto
2007 Paris Aurora (5 min.) Alucine Film Festival, Toronto
2007 3(1945) (18min.) and Blackworks (25min.) Camera Bar, Toronto
2007 Day in the LIFE-Volvo 4 channel installation Edward Day Gallery, Toronto
2006 The Goodbye Couple (3 min.) Kasseler Dokumentarfilm and Videofest
2005 Images Festival, Toronto / Photophobia, Art Gallery of Hamilton  - /CinemaTexas, Austin,USA / Alucine, Columbia-Toronto/ Member's Club, Norway
2005 Paris Aurora (5 min.) Rehab Film Festival
2003 Shower Scene (11 min. loop) Scope Art Fair, New York
2002 Notes for Nameless Film (7 min.); Rehab Film Festival, Toronto, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto