Thursday, September 14, 2017

Nuit Blanche 2017 :: Toronto :: WIGGLY STREET :: #84

© image of Ryan Longo + aleks Bartosik
Design by Nour Bawab
WIGGLY STREET (no. 84) is an urban celebration of Canada, 150 Years into the Future.  This art installation and performance is created by the Wiggly Artists Collective specifically for Nuit Blanche Toronto 2017.  The Wiggly Artists Collective is a multidisciplinary collective that combines sculpture, visual arts, film, video, art performance, dance, sound, and music creating environments that unite their audiences. Produced by Takin Nateghi, WIGGLY STREET combines four major components that are led by four respective artists:

~ Visual and Performance Artist ~ Will create 6min long live performances each hour on the hour with Aurorah (musician) and Eros Leonard (dancer). Representing a 24-hour cycle over the 'future' years that tells a story of love and unity of the potential unknown, which are fundamental Canadian values. 

:: Rouzbeh Heydari ::
~ Filmmaker, Director, and Producer ~ Projection mapping celebrating major world milestones and symbolisms that represent Canadian culture and values, such as multiculturalism, equality, and universality

:: Ryan Longo ::
~ Sculpture Artist ~ Sculptural installations with LED components representing futuristic urban forestry.

:: TAKIN of Wiggly Events ::
~ DJ and Producer ~ Curates the Audio Component – hourly audio performances will symbolically ignite the 'Reactor' (Longo) that powers the installation, fueled by the vibrations caused by audience movement.

NUIT BLANCHE artists do not get payed to create for this FREE event, and as such, we have created a GoFundMe Page in hopes to raise funding to cover some of the costs associated in putting together this art installation. 

To help us reach our goal, please visit: 

We appreciate any help!   
 Thank You, in advance, for your on-going support!  

NUIT BLANCHE TORONTO, for event map and details for WIGGLY STREET, #84

© aleks Bartosik (2015)

© iridescent story pieces (2016)
(aleks Bartosik, Aurorah, Eros Leonard, Sara Boucher)

© aleks Bartosik (2016)

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Toronto: Queen St W

*correction: gallery is actually open until 11pm each day.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017


RAW presents VERSE
This Thursday + Friday, June 22 + 23 @ Mod Club, Toronto.
aleks Bartosik will be exhibiting on Friday! 

for tickets:  aleks Bartosik ( 

Whether or not you can attend personally, please consider spreading the word.
Thank you for your ongoing support.  

* sold * at RAW event

Monday, April 24, 2017

UPCOMING: SWG new location!

Super Wonder Gallery is re-opening again!
NEW location is 584 College St. W, Toronto. 

I'm pleased to announce that I will be part of the opening show: The Amazing Sci-Fi ShowJoin me & all the artists for the GRAND OPENING on Friday & Saturday, May 12th & 13th! 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


Museum of Northern History presents:
Entrails:  The 10th Annual Contemporary Art Exhibition
April 6 - May 3, 2017

closing reception: Saturday, April 29th, 1 - 3pm
artist talk: Saturday, April 29th 10:30am - 12pm

Sir Harry Oakes Chateau 2 Chateau Drive
Kirkland Lake, ON P2N 3M7
Phone: 705-568-8800 

Entrails, the Latin interanea, or “internal”, is the root of the word entrails (viscera or entraña, in Spanish), which either could refer to a main organ situated inside the body or generally as something internal.

The noun entrails is also used to mean the inside of something such as the entrails of a street or the vital components of a system. We could refer to this word in both a spiritual or physical way – referencing the body or the material world in which we live. In either instance, the word is often used when the internal is made visible; marking the visceral and often uncomfortable, perhaps even fatal, moment of exposure either literally or symbolically.  Thus exposure and concealment, internal and external, conscious and unconscious are important aspects of this word to consider. In thinking about the body specifically, it’s possible to also deliberate the ways that the body’s entrails record or respond to both physical and mental triggers, often manifesting inner thoughts and feelings.  This exhibition is intended to bring together a range of mediums and thoughtful responses to this theme. 

I'm pleased to announce that this little piece is part of Entrails!

© aleks Batosik, building her fiction (2015), mix media on found object, 15 x 9.5"

Whitehorse, 2016

...a little re-visit to Whitehorse Nuit Blanche. June 2016

I will be editing some of the performance videos that were created during that time and posting here in due time. Thank you for your patience, in the meantime, here's a little short documentary video that I shot during one of the windiest days! 

special thank you to Jimmy and Don Watt for helping me set this installation up! Couldn't have done it without you!

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Toronto Star

AGO course explores feminism through art: Participants learn to use visual art to inspire change and create dialogue."

by JACKIE HONG, staff reporter
Friday, April 14, 2017

Canadian artist Aleks Bartosik has long used painting, drawing and sculpture to explore feminist ideas.
Her life experiences were the inspiration behind the first edition of “Art-making Inspired by Feminist Ideas,” a course at the Art Gallery of Ontario that saw a dozen participants explore feminism through various visual mediums including zine-making, collage, painting and sculpture. 
“It was feminist-driven . . . but I don’t want that to be the only thing that (participants) take away from it,” Bartosik said in March after the conclusion of the first edition. “(I hope they get) a sense of achievement and self-expression to speak through visual language, to inspire change or create a dialogue about feminism and talk about ideas to end sexism, oppression, things like that,” she said.
“Art-making is just one form they can do that through without standing around and picketing.” 
The second edition of the course will run for five weeks starting May 3, and costs $275 for AGO members or $355 for the public. Registration is available on the AGO’s website.
The Star asked some of the first edition participants what feminism means to them and how they expressed it through the art they made during the course. 

Below,  some of the work created during my class.
all photos by Cole Burston of The Toronto Star.
camille deputter

karen vianna

anna zhyn

kristyn dunnion

Sunday, February 19, 2017


Emergence and Rebirth
February 2 - 24, 2017

...transmitting stories of self-out from under the shadows.
curated by Evelisa Natasha

DATE CORRECTION: FEB 2 - 24, 2017 (not Feb 28!)
 © aleks Bartosik, chestnut lady my brown mouse, how deep you are in the ground

 © aleks Bartosik, guardian beast (detail)

broken story pieces (2017) paper installation by aleks Bartosik

Saturday, January 7, 2017

PULP: paper art party: SATURDAY, JAN 14

broken story pieces (2017) is an installation and performance by aleks Bartosik
danced by Em Leonard. music by Aurorah. film and video by Jacq Andrade.  
make-up art by Diana Kuzmina.

Ever partied in a room full of paper?

PULP : paper art party 2017 is an evening combining reclaimed materials installation art, live music, dancing, and charity. It's a fundraiser designed to examine the current life cycle of paper materials (among others) and investigate alternative uses. The event will take place next week on Saturday, January 14th in TORONTO (360 Geary Ave) from 8pm to 2:30am.  Get your tickets soon before they sell out!  This year the event will have two acts. We open with Art Lounge (8-11pm) then close with an After Party (11pm-2:30am)

***ART LOUNGE***We'll create a relaxed atmosphere for conversation, observation, and exploration of our installation art with live music by Vivienne Wilder ( and my 8min multi-disciplinary art performances, titled broken story pieces, between her act.  broken story pieces was created specifically for PULP by yours truly in collaboration with dancer Em Leonard :: film-maker Jacq Andrade :: musician Aurorah ::
***AFTER PARTY***We'll dim the lights and let the DJs take over. Dance through art and see the unique installations in a new light.
ÈBONY(Jericho One) (
Wasserman (La Grotta)
Waseem Dabdoub
Cash bar. This is a 19+ event.


DOCUMENTATION OF THE ART WORK : broken story pieces
photo credit of performance on location: Adrienne Elizabeth 
other images made by us: aleks Bartosik, Jacq Andrade 
our nest (2017) entirely recycled/reused paper installation. a. bartosik

Aurorah - our musician and composer. costume by a. bartosik

broken story pieces (2017) film by Jacq Andrade 
broken story pieces (2017) performance

broken story pieces (2017) performance (aleks Bartosik with Em Leonard)

broken story pieces (2017) film still  (directed/edited/filmed by Jack Andrade)

broken story pieces (2017) film still 

broken story pieces (2017) film still 
broken story pieces, our nest (2017) installation detail 
broken story pieces (2017) film still / projection

broken story pieces (2017) film still / projection

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

nuit blanche performance

Presenting to you:

iridescent story pieces
by aleks bartosik

Beki Bobrovski
Em Leonard

filmed and edited by OliilO
music from Dosem - Beach Kisses ( Joris Voorn Green Mix, 2009)

The team also went out and renegaded near the beautiful Death of the Sun art installation by Director X.  Thank you to those that helped us make this happen, you know who you are! 

Here are some abstract photos from the experience:

© aleks Bartosik, iridescent story pieces in front of the Death of the Sun by 
Director X. digital print (2016)
© aleks Bartosik.  iridescent story pieces in front of the Death of the Sun by Director X. digital print, 2016

© aleks Bartosik.  iridescent story pieces in front of the Death of the Sun by Director X.  digital print, 2016.

© aleks Bartosik.  iridescent story pieces in front of the Death of the Sun by Director X.  digital print, 2016.

Saturday, October 1, 2016


NUIT BLANCHE :: 145 QUEEN ST W (University & York)

I present to You 


  a short art performance in collaboration with very talented 

9:30pm* 10:30pm * 11:30pm * 12:30am *2am *3am

iridescent story pieces is an art installation created by visual artist aleks Bartosik  (ALeKs BaRtosiK ART).  This is a body of work that the artist has been exploring for over a year, creating different formations, such as a dome, a kinetic sculpture, and a series of performances in collaboration with cross-disciplinary performers.   This is a piece that is in constant change and presented in it's different formations - let the colours tell you a story. 

Over the duration of Nuit Blanche, and held in conjunction with Wiggly EventsWiGGLY Street ~ Nuit Blanche on 145 Queen St W (University & York),  iridescent story pieces performance will run about every hour for 8 minutes, starting at 9:30pm.  Working in collaboration with performance artist and dancers, Aurorah, Em Leonard, and Beki Bobrovski, (and a few surprise character appearances) the performance will evolve, transform, engage, and build into an imaginary world, or a play-ground of sorts, for ‘the adult’ (and child alike), as the fantastical creatures dance amongst and within the crowd.  

iridescent story pieces performance explores the boundaries between the real and the imaginary, I would like to take you by the hand and lead you into my maze of pictorial creations and fantastical creatures that will take you to places you never been and show you things you never seen.   
______aleks Bartosik

see YOU at Nuit Blanche!

© aleks Bartosik iridescent story pieces (2016)