Don't let the name mislead you. Headbones Gallery , while certainly not your average contemporary art gallery, is not in any way, shape or form an anatomical research centre or artifact museum. I can assure you.
According to Richard Fogarty, Director of Headbones, the name is a reference to the cross-sectional skull studies of Leonardo da Vinci , who had named the skull a receptacle for creative ideas. "We see Headbones Gallery as a venue in which the results of creative ideas are exhibited", says Richard.
If the name "Headbones" doesn't catch your attention, the work within the gallery surely will. Specializing in contemporary drawing, sculpture and works on paper, the gallery exhibits and archives an impressive and schizophrenic collection of sketches, concept drawings, scribbling and doodles to fully conceived drawings and original prints.
When you walk inside the gallery you'll notice a series of drawers stacked on top of one another. The drawers, aptly called the flat files, carry over 1200 original works on paper: a comprehensive archive built from the work of approximately 130 artists. No need to be shy. Simply ask and Richard will happily pull out his white gloves and give you the flat files tour. Alternately you can check out their vast library of artist catalogues and anthologies, conveniently on display for onlookers to peruse.
Next time you're in Leslieville here's an idea: grab a latte from the Mercury Organic Espresso Bar on Queen East and take a stroll up Carlaw to Headbones Gallery. You'll know you're there when you see the skulls!
Headbones Gallery proudly represents the work of Stephan Bircher, Scott Ellis, George Dewitte, and Srdjan Segan.