BREAKTHROUGH PLUS EXHIBITION
Breakthrough Plus was held at Leslie Grove Gallery and Gagne Contemporary from May 19-June 5, 2022.
Joon Hee Kim
Michael James Polubiec
Lisa Gwen Robbins
John Gagné, Juror
Gagné Contemporary works with artists across Toronto, Canada and New York City, USA. Part of an art advisory that includes gallery shows, studio visits, artist representation and a curatorial practice.
What began in NYC as a side hustle – leading art walks through Lower East Side and Chelsea galleries, volunteering with Brooklyn arts organizations, conducting studio visits with artists and collectors – soon became THE hustle and a fully viable business. Warmly embraced by the arts community, I began curating exhibitions in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Returning to Toronto in 2020, I established Gagné Contemporary in a former stable in the Leslieville neighbourhood where I’ve been presenting solo and group shows. I also manage two websites that allow me to sell and ship artwork internationally, as well as support the gallery shows.
Leslie Grove Gallery - 1158 Queen St East, Toronto & Gagné Contemporary Gallery 136 Brooklyn Ave., Toronto
FUSION received a record number of submissions for Breakthrough PLUS 2022. Featuring work by students, emerging and established clay and glass artists, juror John Gagné selected pieces to be exhibited at Gagné Contemporary and Leslie Grove Gallery in Toronto's Leslieville neighbourhood. Both galleries are within 10 minutes of each other and we encourage those who visit Breakthrough PLUS to hop between both gallery locations.
"It’s an honor to have been asked to jury the show this year. I found looking at the entries for the first time VERY exciting – the impressions and vitality and surprises are fresh! Particularly this year, after so many of us have been under wraps for too long, the exuberance and material force of many of the pieces are so gratifying. As are the quieter, gentler works. There’s a notion that society gets the art it deserves. I believe that’s true here in the best sense. The work in Breakthrough PLUS 2022 feels necessary." - John Gagné, Juror
Awards were given to clay and glass artists:
Tucker's Pottery Supply Best in Clay: $500 Gift Certificate - ALANA MARCOCCIA
Pottery Supply House Best in Glass: $500 Gift Certificate - FRANCIS MUSCAT
Best in Show for Established Artists: $500 - LESLEY MCINALLY
Best in Show for Emerging Artists: $250 - TAEYOUK YEO
Craft Ontario Affiliate Award: 1 year Craft Ontario Professional Membership - CAROL GRANT
FUSION Membership: 1 year Individual Membership - SILVIA TAGUSAGAWA
HISTORY OF BREAKTHROUGH
FUSION was pleased to host our inaugural emerging artist exhibition: BREAKTHROUGH in June, 2018. We were astounded by the response from our call for entry. Forty eight artists from across Canada submitted 126 pieces for consideration. All are either currently students, or within five years if their training.
The result was an exhibition from 28 artists that was vibrant, varied and engaging. The exhibition was a wonderful survey of sculptural and functional work from the next generation of glass and clay artists. Using a multitude of materials and construction methods within their respective disciplines, these artists are breaking new ground.