ABOUT KEEP 6

Keep Six Contemporary Art (Keep6) is a no profit organization that represents and promotes the arts and culture community through exhibitions, events, and consultations. We closely with the artists and art organizations across North America and on occasion Asia.

While Keep 6 works with both commercial and non-profit organizations where we truly excel is our own events and exhibitions. What begun as a deep love and appreciation of art grew into a larger understanding of how art is integrated into the community and history. As a result most recent Keep 6 initiatives cross the boundaries of what most people perceive as art into interactive, participatory events and exhibitions.

Over the years we’ve met, friended, and bonded with many fascinating and talented individuals and collectives. Our experience has brought us together with not only artists but interior designers, multi-media specialists, architects, and government representatives. At the present time we work closely with the City of Toronto, The Japanese Consulate, and Community BIA’s.

On the day-to-day basis Keep 6 is ran and operated by Rafi Ghanaghounian in collaboration with a community of artists and creators.

KEEP 6 HISTORY

We are not big on the numbers but as the numbers below show Keep 6 has been around the block once or twice. Throughout the last decade Rafi has worked with, promoted, and introduced to the world artists from Japan to Mumbai and London, England. The full list of collaborations includes: Visual Artists, musicians, fashion designers, organizations, and book publishers.

1998-9 An Interior Motive

1999

  • Grand opening, Anoush Gallery
  • Nick Ostoff, Anthony Randall
  • Pillow Fight: Fiona Smyth, Christopher Hutsul
  • Around The Moment: Pedro Correia, Mackenzie Thatcher
  • Broken Pencil Special Anniversary Launch Party
  • New works: Juno Youn, Sandra Meszaros

2000

  • Circus Sexus Maximus: Joey Dammit, Laurence Laberge
  • New Works: Luis Jacob, Clint Griffin
  • Avenging Roller Boogie 2: Fundraiser for Anoush gallery
  • Year in Review: Christopher Hutsul
  • Miniville and the Olfactory: Fiona Smyth, Jennifer Febbraro
  • Flower Drawings: Jennifer Wardle
  • Site and Sounds of the Elevator: New paintings by Rick White, music performed by ELEVATOR
  • BLOCK: Michael Adamsom
  • 5 Artists: Kelly Palmer, Kevin McBride, Christopher Collins, Amy Bowles, Curtis McDonald

2001

  • Con Structures: Michael Murphy, Rafi Ghanaghounian
  • Canal D’amour: Christopher Hutsul
  • Our Bodies Ourselves: Brian Joseph Davis, Richelle Forsey
  • And we left it at that: Jessica Thompson
  • Zen:New paintings: Mafu Jiang
  • Danger! (due to construction): Revolver Gallery (Yorkville)
  • New Photographic Works: Michael Adamson
  • Avenging Roller Boogie 3 (Art System) Fundraiser for Anoush gallery

2002

  • Kondo (Luft gallery, Toronto, Canada)
  • EXIT (Arcadia gallery) Kevin McBride, Anthony Randall, Graham Hall
  • Group Show (VA)
  • KEEP SIX (MFA Degree show) Location: Kitchener, Ontario (Kauffman Building)
  • Metrospective: Christopher Hutsul

2003

  • Darlings (Artscape studios, 96 Spadina) VA
  • New Paintings: Saman Shams (Iran)
  • Avenging Roller Boogie 4: Anoush gallery fundraiser
  • Tokyo Doll: Design Exchange

2004

  • Andy and Me (Gladstone Hotel, Toronto): Bobby Adolphus
  • Roll Play: Japanese Halloween Fundraiser (Drake Hotel)
  • NO KIMONO: Design Exchange

2006

2007

  • Inaugural Opening: Keep Six Contemporary (K6C)
  • PUNCHCLOCK collective: Fundraiser

2008

2009

  • Emrace it! Lakeview Diner 
  • Shadowribbon: Juliann Wilding
  • Sense: Isabelle Mignault
  • All the Glitter: (VA)
  • The Deep Inside: an exhibition of 3D art (VA)
  • Pleasure Principles: Catherine Telford
  • New Works: Leslie Hopkins

2010

  • SPARK: Lindy Fyfe
  • LA ZOMBIE! Bruce La Bruce
  • Emrace it! 2 Lakeview Diner

2011

Avenging Roller Boogie 2000, 01, 02, 03

Roll Play: Japanese Halloween Fundraiser (Drake Hotel, Toronto)

Host: Hanna Sung of Much Music

Hunt and Gather 2009, 10, 11, 12

Ashita, Japanese Tsunami Relief Fundraiser, 2011

Dirty Laundry 2010, Hollywood Laundry

LA ZOMBIE, TIFF after party 2011

Gary Taxali & Royal Canadian Mint Collaboration: Spoke Club 2012, Toronto

Art Metropole

Art System

Artscape

Bloor Cinema

Broken Pencil

Cherry Cola’s

City of Kitchener/ Waterloo

City of Mississauga

City of Toronto

Design Exchange

Drake Hotel, Toronto

Edward Day Gallery

FDCC (Toronto Fashion Week)

Gladstone Hotel, Toronto

Japanese Consulate

JCCC, Toronto

Lonsdale Gallery

Metro Cinema

Metro Home Show

Pecha Kucha Toronto

Play Records

Spoke Club

The Great Hall

TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival)

Typotherapy Design

Waterloo

University of Toronto

Guelph University

OCAD

Sheridan College

University of Wester

Ryerson University

Academy of Design

Motion Clothing

Millennium Travel Canada Inc.

NOW magazine

Asian Television Network

Hardboiled Inc.

Flash Reproductions

Liquid Candy Design

Cossette Communications

TORO magazine

Studio xix

Sheridan Hotel

Drake Hotel

Canada Council for the Arts

Typotherapy Design

Anokhi Vibe

Design Exchange

Coupe Magazine

MAC Cosmetics

BITS magazine

PUBLIC

Highrise magazine

Magic Pony

Dawn Boyd

Dayna McLeod

Dayna McLeod

Deanna Bowen

FASTWURMS

Jared Mitchell

Keith Cole & Michael Caines

Kelly McCray

Kirsten Johnson

Lisa Pereira & Bennett Jones-Phillips

Lisa Pereira

Louis Durand

Natalie Wood

Pete Dako

Peter Kingstone

Scott McEwan & Michael Holmes

Aaron Leighton

Adam Williams

Adam Shax

Adam Swinbourne

Aisha Simpson

Akira Wakui

Akira Yoshikawa

Alam Choudhary

Alice Gibney

Allan Ryan

Allyson Mitchell

Amy Bowles

Amy Wong

Angus Rowe Macpherson

Anna Pantchev

Anthony Randall

Anya Galkina

Arata Anzai

Ayako Bando

Babu Eshwar Prasad

Bernice Lum

Billy Mavreas

Blaise DeLong

Brian Joseph Davis

Bruce La Bruce

Bud Fujikawa

Catherine Telford

Charlene Chua

Chris Collins

Christopher Hutsul

Chrisopher Hayes

Christine Carson

Christopher Collins

Clayton Hanmer

Clint Griffin

CUM collective

Curtis McDonald

Cynthia Chapman

Daisuke Takeya

Dalton Sharp

Dalton Sharp

Dan Witz

Daniela Pulido

Daphne Gerou

Dasar

Dennis Chow

Derek Sullivan

Diana Mcnally

Divya, Mehra

Einstein Mobile Car

Ellen Shattuck

Erin Zimmerman

Faisal Anwar

Fiona Smyth

Flavio Trevisan

Graham Hall

Gregory Blunt

Gretta Gibney

Harvey Chan

Hirohisa Kadomatsu

Hironori Tsuchida

Hiroyuki Sekiguchi

Howard Podeswa

In-Sun Kim

Isabela Martinez

Isabelle Mignault

Isley Rojas

Jae-hong Ahn

Jamelie Hassan

James Fowler

James Gauvreau

Jamie Cullen

Jane Steenberg

Janice Kim

Jason Gringler

Jennifer Febbraro

Jennifer Wardle

Jessica Thompson

Jin Arakawa

Jinny Yu

Joe Morse

Joel Richardson

Joey Dammit

John Kennedy

Jon Todd

Jon Todd

Jorgen Lauritzen

Joscelyn Gardner

Joshua Choi

Julia Burton

Julie Moon

Juliann Wilding

Junko Mizuno

Juno Youn

Justin Waddell

Kasia Piech

Kate Terry

Katie Bethune’Leamen

Katsutoshi Nakano

Kay Byrne

Keiko Tokushima

Keita Morimoto

Kelly Palmer

Kelsey Brookes

Kevin McBride

Kevin Rogers

Kim Dorland

Kirocomic

Kobayashi

Kristiana Clemens

Kristin Ledgett

Kurt Swinghammer

Kyoko Ookubo

Laura Adams

Laura Cowell

Laura Horne

Laurence Laberge

Leo Scopacasa

Leon Vymenets

Leslie Peters

Leslie Hopkins

Linda Perez

Lindy Fyfe

Lo Bil

Lorenz Peter

Louise Jacob

Luke Gustafson

Mackenzie Thatcher

Mafu Jiang

Marc Bell

Marc Ngui

Maria Botterill,

Marie Becker-Pos

Mark Bartkiw

Martin de la Rue

Martin Kuchar

Martin Ouellette

Martin Reis

Masakazu Inoue

Mathew Chesney

Mathew Daley

Matt & Andrew – Doublenaut

Matt Bahen

Matt Evans

Matthew Daley

Mehre Khan

Michael Adamson

Michael Comeau

Michael Murphy

Michael Myers

Michelle Allard

Miki Shinozaki

Mitsuhiro Yamadiwa

Munya Madzima

Nadia Kurd

Nancy Lalicon

Nicholas Di Genova 

Nick Ostoff

Nick van Woert

Nimit Malavia

Nobuyuki Takahashi

Okikokiko

Orbital Arts Collective

P. Roch Smith

Patrick DeCoste

Paul R James

Pedro Correia

Peter Chan

Pierre Julien

Pmmy Skensved

Raffaela Prencipe

Randall Koroluk

Rashmi Varma

REN

Reyo

Rey Ortega

Richard Kern

Richelle Forsey

Rie Aikawa

Rikki Kasso

Risa Kusumoto

Robert Farmer

Ron Loranger

Ryan Suter

Sakis

Sam Shahsahabi

Saman Shams

Sandra Meszaros

Sarah Beveridge

Sarah Elise Hall

Sarah Peterson

Scott Sawtell

Sean Scott

Seth Scriver

Shary Boyle

Shawn Kuruneru

Shelly Bahl

Shigeko Okada

Shinobu Akimoto

Shinya Kumazawa

Shoichi Aoki

Simone Ahuja

Sondra Meszaros

Sonomi

Sook Yin Lee

Stacey Case

Steve Driscoll

Steve Manale

Steve Wilson

Suzanne Nacha

Sylvia Singer

Takashi Iwasaki

Takeji Nakagawa

Tamara Izsak

Tania Sanhueza

Tanya Reed

Tara Azzopardi

Tazeen Qayyum

Ted Zourntos

Thrush Holmes

TILT

Tim Domoslai

Tim Mcgregor

Tomo

Tomori Nagamoto

Ulysses Castellanos

Vijay Kumar Singh

Will Munro

Winnie Truong

Wojciech Olejnik

Wonder Farms

Y M Whelan

Yuki Kita

Yukiko Otsu

Yumi Onose

Yuriko Kubota

Angela Rawlings

Dr. James Maskalyk

Dwayne Morgan

Gareth Strachan

Greg Kearney

Joey Comeau

Kristyn Dunnion

Lisa Foad

Louise Bak

Russell Smith

Sean Dixon

Souvankham Thammavongsa

Steve Venright

Tamai Kobayashi

Tamara Faith Berger

Zoe Whittall

100 dollars

Ashely Ingram

Ben Boles

Brian Joseph Davis

Castlemusic

Clara Venice

Final Fantasy

Gentleman Reg

Guvnor General

Henri Fabergé and the Adorables

Ken Ogawa

Kevin Drew

Kids on TV

Louise Jacob

LSdoubleDcup

Maylee Todd

Melleny Melody (Melleefresh)

Milie Croche

Nick Van Woert

Nobu Adilman

Nobu Adilman: Choir!Choir!Choir!

Paul Sheppard

Peaches

Peter Chapman

Rambunctious featuring Michael Louis Johnson

Rick White (Elevator)

Sara St. Onge

Shawn Kuruneru

The Blankett

The Ugly

The Youngest

Will Munro

World Provider

Dean Horn

Denise Gagnon

Gord Peteran

Hiromi Kani

Lydia Klenk

OK 47

Scott Laughton

Shinichi Miter

Takayuki Suzuki

Tom Deacon