Gentrification and new building developments are rampant in the city of Toronto, which has given way to a very exciting (while tragic) opportunity for art activations in these defunct and scheduled to be demolished sites. This summer we saw the Luminato festival at the abandoned Hearn Generating Station, and now Toronto for Everyone – a 4 day arts festival hosted in the iconic Honest Ed’s department store. Toronto For Everyone, an initiative by the Centre for Social Innovation, invited artists to build out […]
While the Interior Design Show is happening at the convention centre, the Toronto Design Offsite Festival showcases over 100 events during the week including exhibitions, artists talks, and open studio visits, in a true celebration of the best of Canadian Design. For all the art I see, there is nothing I enjoy more than preliminary work and seeing the process behind all the magic. Highlights were seeing these architectural models by Polymétis team Michaela MacLeod and Nicholas Croft. Furniture presentation Founded by […]
Detroit has slowly been gaining notoriety as a hub for artists looking for community, and affordable cost of living. Detroit Artist Market was founded in 1932 to foster and promote Detroit and Michigan’s emerging and established artists. The space is filled with a great range of art at every price point. Some of my favourites:
Sounds, lights, noise and film, Philippe Parreno fills the Park Avenue Armory with a visceral experience. At different stages the lights would dim, certain sculptures would flash, others would chime. The piano keys would magically move and dance on their own with no music to accompany the phantom performer.
When you read ‘About Tom Sachs’ the explanation is usually along the lines of “innovative re-examination, re-construction and exploration of capitalist cultural icons and systems of daily life.” For Space Program Mars, Sachs recreated his own version of NASA space mission to Mars and astronaut protocols in a series of videos, sculptures, and performative installations. The most important part of the experience at the Armory is emphatically the ‘indoctrination.’ Participants are ‘indoctrinated’ through watching a series of videos, and then […]
OHWOW presented It Ain’t Fair: Materialism in a pop up tent in the Wynwood Design district. OHWOW is collective that hosts events, pop up fairs, runs a magazine and different events representing a creative community of a variety of artists working in a range of media from photos, sculpture, mixed media, drawing and performance. Nothing in the space was labeled – giving the whole space a united harmonious kind of feel. I especially liked the works by Michael Genovese, Aaron Young, Amanda […]
Categories: Alternative Spaces, Art Fairs • Tags: Aaron Young, Agathe Snow, Amanda Ross-Ho, Anna Betbeze, Bert Rodriguez, Daniel Arsham, David Benjamin Sherry, Michael Genovese, OHWOW, Ryan Reggiani, Sam Falls
The Creators Project is a festival of art and technology featuring interactive works, massive installations, and progressive ideas. A highlight was undeniably the massive LED sculpture titled Origin by United Visual Artists and Scanner. Glazer + Spaceman created a cathedral like setting in interpreting the Spiritualized track “Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating in Space. The warm radiating beams of light, soft fog, and the speakers embedded in the floor created a total encompassing experience. Life on Mars Revisited was a […]
Categories: Alternative Spaces, Events, Installations • Tags: Barney Clay, David Bowie, Glazer + Spaceman, Life on Mars Revisited, Mick Rock, Origin, Spiritualized, The Creators Project: DUMBO, United Visual Artists and Scanner
We have all seen the rapid growth of the gourmet Food Truck phenomenon, where entrepreneurs meet foodies rolling out concept food trucks that roam the city with massive foot and twitter followers. If you love mobility, then go check out Truck Yeah: A Mobile Meet Up TODAY, October 2, 2011 from 12-6 pm at The Crown Victoria Bar in Williamsburg. Sponsored by Jalopnik and Gawker Artists, Art Cart NYC™ and Etta Place this initiative brings together an amazing assembly of “mobile […]
The Dance of the Gallerinas is a performance art piece that combines classical ballet, pop culture, and contemporary music – all inspired by the beautiful women who help run the art world: the gallerinas. Created by a curating collective composed of renowned choreographer Avi Scher. The Flag Foundation graciously hosted the performance in conjunction with the opening of Roni Horn’s Double Mobius and One, Another a show featuring contemporary art and thematics of love, sexuality and coupling. Nothing says says love […]
I was pleasantly surprised to see the thriving art and culture scene during a recent trip to Miami. We are all well familiar with the chaos and excitement when the international art world descends upon Miami during the annual Art Basel Miami Beach fair in December. This off season summer visit happened to coincide with the Wynwood Art Walk – a spectacular monthly art event that takes place in the Wynwood Art and Design district. Galleries stay open late to […]
3rdWard is in an amazing collective space in Brooklyn, which offers studio work space, equipment, tools, and resources to the areas creative professionals. ArtJetSet has been recently attending the Wednesday night Drink and Draw. 3rd Ward offers a great atmosphere, cold beer and good music to satiate all your creative appetites during the 2 hour life drawing class. Today’s AM New York newspaper wrote an article about the events, coincidentally featuring ArtJetSet in the photo!!
Vice Magazine’s resident photographer Jerry Hsu put together a gritty show of his favorites titled The Torture Never Stops. Part documentary part reportage part kids behaving badly, Hsu documents life everyday though the lens of a perversly hillarious lens.
Future Cinema, a British film screening company, hosted a 60s Mod happening at the Shangri-la Studio in Greenpoint Brooklyn. Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow Up was screened, a film about a blasé fashion photographer in 1960s London, rifed with the ennui of his fashion fame, driven by a tortured artistic passion. The massive event space set the scene with recreations of the film and populated the crowd with Mod dancers and swinging London decor. The happening was a mis en scene to […]
Helac & Wirth Art Advisory in conjunction with 25CPW Gallery (an artist run gallery space) presented Stranger Than Fiction, featuring Yale Photography MFA Thesis show. Taught by Gregory Crewdson and Richard Benson, nine graduating students work was featured.ArtJetSet favorites included Tatiana Grigorenko’s blocked out family portraits. Monika Sziladi socialite social setting photos, Hrvoje Slovenc interior spaces. Lucas Foglia gorgeous landscapes.
Bring Your Own Art BYOA marked the end of the X-Initiative, which was a one year long contemporary art program, housed in the former Dia Chelsea space. The 24 Hour marathon invited artists to come and hang their work with no restrictions, essentially letting the inmates run the madhouse.
Gawker launched their first show of 2010, NSFW: Not Safe for Work, highlighting sexually suggestive works from Gawker’s roster of talented artists. Emiliano Granado’s Spring Break series, which ArtJetSet also saw at the Vanderbuilt Art From the Heart fundraiser, and Justine Lai’s Join Or Die selfportraits of the artist having sex with U.S. Presidents, were highlights of the show. Gawker Artists is an online initiative under the Gawker Media group, which promotes and exhibits artists working in all medias. An […]
The first solo exhibition of Hans Haacke in New York since 1986, Weather or Not showcases a brilliant example of Haacke’s works and practice. This large scale kinetic installation is a beautiful example of how Haacke excels in experiential environments. With an under current in economic-political discourse of the middle east, displaying texts written in Arabic, Hebrew, English and German, this room hosted a visually captivating and meditative installation.
Polish video artist Artur Zmijewski presents a series of his video installations at X Initiative. Well know for his Documenta 11 submissions, Zmijewski’s work discusses in a highly confrontational way issues of culture, religion, and ideology of soico-political difference. The first room is a series of wall mounted video screens showing Democracies, a series of 10 minute clips shot by the artist at public demonstrations around the world. At a modest volume the sound of protests and cries lull to […]
The X-Initiative has taken over the former Dia:Chelsea space, and will exist for one year and present programming over three phases, featuring a lot of video and installation projections that assume the vast floor space of this massive center. British artist Tris Vonna-Michell work is an investigation in language and convoluted narratives. Visual poetry and sound art are harmonized in the way he presents stories and events through fragmented images and chaotic accelerated monologues in frantic speach. It is the […]
Mercer Union, A Centre for Contemporary Art is an artist-run centre dedicated to the existence of contemporary art. They provide a forum for the production and exhibition of Canadian and international conceptually and aesthetically engaging art and related cultural practices.