Franz Erhard Walther’s sculptural work at The Powerplant explores the relationship of the viewer, their body, space, and the intimacy of interactions between. The room is piled with 58 precisely folded packages of cotton fabric. The sculptures only materialize once ‘activated’ by the viewers. There is a meditative quality to the unrolling / folding of the fabric. Once activated and inside the material you feel enveloped in a strange sense of quiet and focus of the intimate space you are occupying.
Toronto’s Design Xchange is an institution dedicated to the pursuit of design excellence across all different art forms from furniture, architecture, fashion, industrial design. This Is Not A Toy was co-curated by Pharrell Williams, and brings to the forefront of popular culture design and art a collection of sculptures and figurines. With artists like Kaws, Huck Gee, the driving force of the Art Toy movement.
2010 Commissioning Program and the PowerPlant, showing stunning wallsized woven tapestries of textured smoke and paper, by Pae White titled : Pae White: Material Mutters At the closing of this show, the PowerPlant will undergo a massive re-looking. Including renovations to the physical building interior, refreshing the branding strategy, and online personality. Looking forward to the relaunch March 2011.
The AGO opened Julian Schnabel: Art and Film in conjunction with the premier of his new film titled Miral at the Toronto International Film Festival. Julian Schnabel is famous for is vibrantly beautiful biographical films Basquiat, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, and the one of my most favorite films Before Night Falls. His skill is in capturing the creative energy of his subjects and then building captivating and vivid visual imagery. His masterful cinematography is enhanced by engrossing narratives […]
The installation features a 30 foot long palm tree, cast in fiberglass and resin, surrounded by 44 glass framed painting compositions. True to Keifer’s pallet of using earth, organic matter, roots, and flowers in his vitrine like paintings, conveying spiritual and mythical territories.
This spectacular David Altmejd installation was featured for Canada at the 2007 Venice Biennale. The assembled spaces are a mix of mirrors, organic and man-made found objects, building towards what Altmejd calls “narative potential” Kelly Richardson is another young emerging Canadian artist working in the theme of man vs. nature technology in her video installation. ArtJetSet saw this piece at Birch Libralato a few years ago, and it was very happy to revisit it at the AGO.
Pulp Fiction at the MOCCA, curated by Corinna Ghaznavi, brings together a group of fourteen artists from across Canada as a means of examining this phenomenon of art practice. Because the work bypasses the space, systems and many of the concerns of Canada’s established institutions, this show developes as an unintelligable dialogue between regional artists with museum standards speaking to a commercial gallery with a strong Canadiana thematic. Little dolls by Jennie O’Keefe. James Kirkpatrick, the talking that influences everything […]
The Art Gallery of Ontario reopens Over a year of renovations the Art Gallery of Ontario reopens post Gehry facelift. The exhibitions feature all the favorites from the collection that we have missed dearly. Also a very interesting photo exhibition by Edward Burtynsky documenting the stages of the renovation process. Not to far away is the other recent monumental facelift, at the Royal Ontario Museum.
The PowerPlant summer show titled Not Quite How I Remembered It, was a humorous show with depth. Featuring various artists and media, from sculpture to video, the two I liked the most were Sharon Hayes and Dario Ribleto. Hayes slide projector on the wall flashing photos of her holding picket signs amidst great crowds of people. The slogans were not so much protesting, but rather ubiquitus statements. Ribelto hung from the ceiling a mobile of little airplanes made from candy […]
The MOCCA‘s Contact exhibition titled From the Epic to the Everyday is a panoramic dialogue that stretchs accross the world, through different periods, themes, and cultures, discussing their unique identity through image. From Robert Burley’s documentary photos of the destruction of Kodak Park, Nan Goldin’s hauntingly intimate portraits, Luc Delahaye’s disaster scapes. A phenominal contrast between the redundantly ironic Martin Parr who exhibits middle class England at its worst to Bert Teunissen who photographed elderly couples in their homes, granting […]
Stephan Andrews exhibit lined one wall in its entire longer with hand drawn film stills the other projected a short animated film. Using crayon drawings on mylar he creates stills relating to media and internet. One wall cover in still frames, starting off dark and obscured, mounting into a rolling hill cut by a dark path, a deer , headlights, and a bumper. On the facing wall, a 45second annimated film the accumulation of all the stills. The grain technique […]
Vancouver’s Steven Shearer presents three artistic themes in his colourful exhibition at the PowerPlant. Massive collage of pictures and photocopies archived from off the internet portrait a sublime allusion to the movement looks and attitude of 1970s heavymetal. Taking the form of one large framed montage or entire walls filled with individually framed photos of retouched artifacts, setlists, photos and anecdotes. Heavy metal hairdoes, youth culture and the proliferation of a subculture on the internet. Contrastly, Shearer draws (in bic […]