Highlights from Toronto’s West Queen West, and burgeoning Ossington art district. Talia Shipman resin coated black and white photos interpreting Exodus: The Ten Plagues, James Olley and Brendan Flanagan both brilliant emerging artists that stay true to Jamie Angell’s program of encouraging Pop impasto painting with a pure Canadian/Group of Seven-esque soul at Angell Gallery . MKG127 presents COMMON WEALTH, 5 artists living in the United Kingdom exploring the relationship between word and image. I loved the audio piece by […]
Clint Roenisch gallery shows great works inside, but exudes the Badass ArtStar trend of the moment from the exterior. Roenisch gives you handwritten, barred out and rescribbled, graffiti chic rock and roll. He was also known for using goldstar stickers for sold paintings, though I am not certain if that is still in practice.
The Corkin Gallery in Toronto’s Distillery district not only features remarkable photographers, but the exhibition space itself is an architectural delight. The structure in the historic distillery retains the exposed brick enhancing the effect of the high ceilings with frosted glass walls. The recent exhibition for Contact, featured Japanese photographer Ryoko Suzuki who as a feminist artist critiques the fetishized japanime doll heroine body with her own face. Remarkably skilled the juxtaposition is uncanny and well emphasizes the point of […]
Mark Séguin is the hottest shocking Ottawa born painter of the moment. His works are provocative nostalgic and familiar. His reoccuring guy in a hoodie is every where out side, yet in his paintings cast an erie familiarity in the scenes that make you never want to go camping again. His works are a brilliant mix of folklore and contemporary media.
Toni Hafkenscheid’s exhibition titled Confabulation at Birch Libralato gallery is an absolute must see. Hafkenscheid creates these stunning bird’s eye photos that recall hazy childhood memories in an sublime idealism. The Birch Libralato is a powerhouse gallery representing star artists like Kelly richardsonPaul de Guzman, Michelle Gay, Kelly Richardson, Shaan Syed, Micah Lexier, Euan Macdonald, Steve Reinke and David Altmejd.
The Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art The acclaimed Brazilian artist Rosangela Renno invited photographers to capture landmarks using different cameras. The actual cameras are exhibited along side the photos, enriching the significance of the media, tactililty, and an art form advancing towards digitization. My favorite was the Holga and its image of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio.
Yes… the YYZ gallery put on an increadable show with a horribly complicated name. I_wanna_see_YOU_ is a show created by 4 Dutch artists who came to Toronto and built an exhibition around their preceptions of Toronto and Torontonians. This piece was fantastic. Postcards from around the world, with TORONTO printed on each one in the direct center of the card. Perhaps a comment on our brilliant multiculturalism, perhaps a comment on our diverse landscape, its true, from the Danforth’s Greektown […]
Redefining pictorial space in art and media, Yam Lau creates a 3D perception from a 2D animation of his bedroom, on view at Leo Kamen Gallery. It’s morning, I would guess a sunday morning. Yam Lau creates a spinning cube reflecting on each outer surface simultaneously like a mirror, the slow waking and rising from bed. The reconception and refiguration of space is the most astonishing part of this work.
Montreal’s Galerie SAS featuring artists like Karine Giboulo who creates sculptures of ironic miniature interiors. Calgary’s Skew Gallery featuring artists like Matt Crookshank who does stunning abstract works, and Terrance Houle dynamic contemporary Aboriginal artist. Toronto’s Greener Pastures featuring André Ethier, an increadible artist, paintings are erie and striking. Toronto’s LE Gallery next big thing artist Katie Pretti, Nicholas Di Genova, and Dalek. Vancouver’s Tracey Lawrence Gallery, feature photographer-performance artist Tim Lee, iconic Jason McLean who’s freeform photo drawings are […]
Engine Gallery was so kind as to let me take a last glance of the Costa Dvorsky exhibition after it was finish and half taken down. The title of the show is Jump. Children diving and jumping into colourfield abstractions. Vivid and explosive, the temperment of fearless youth. I love this exhibit, great work. Its refreshing to come out of an exhibition and feel dynamic. The movement of the figures, the explosive energetic texture of the grounds, the fluidity and […]