I remember the miracle vividly. I was strolling east across Dundas West, making my way towards Kensington Market, when I saw the bright white light. My jaw dropped as I neared the small building, filled with bright orange crates and a colourful backlit sign. Could it be? Has the Whippersnapper Gallery resurrected from the dead? Answer: YES!
After only a couple of months since holding their own funeral, Whippersnapper Gallery has officially re-opened in a newly renovated pop up space at 594B Dundas West. On Thursday night I stopped by their re-opening party where the gallery showcased a brand new installation by the always colourful and fashionable, Piotr Adas.
The gallery has downsized significantly since moving from its College Street location, but founder Luke Correia-Damude sees this as a positive. Correia-Damude believes the ground floor and glass windowed space offers individual artists a greater showcase.
Whereas the past space needed multiple artists to fill the gallery and the overhead costs were significant, the new location allows Whippersnapper to work more intimately with the artists and give them a prime location to be showcased.
The first artist to open that night was the aforementioned Piotr Adas, who took full advantage of the space by producing an eye catching installation entitled "Top Producer" that would be difficult for any passerby to miss. Continuing his exploration in facade-like advertising, Adas' piece drew in a large crowd.
Due to the lack of space in the gallery, Whippersnapper was not able to have their usual bar and dance floor that I enjoyed in days past. Instead, the gallery organized with local corner store, Super Convenience Centre (which bizarrely and amazingly has a liquor license), to set up a bar and gathering area for all in attendance.
The night was a huge success for the gallery, which will be featuring Adas' work until October 26th. The gallery hours are from Thursday til Saturday from 1-7 PM. Be sure to check out the new space and go to whippersnapper.ca for more info.
Writing by Carey Wass
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