Monday, December 26, 2011
When was the last time you went into a magazine shop? If you haven't done so lately, you should make the time. We always hear that print is dead and it probably is, but after spending some time in Presse International on College St, I really thought it was just awesome how many magazines are left and that there was some great stuff - especially Modern Painters.
Like many people, I get a lot of art info off the web, but holding a copy of Modern Painters is something else. The cover has a very specific texture and smell and the colour rendition in the magazine is terrific. My interest is not nostalgic, although I used to order the magazine when I ran a camera store, knowing it would not sell and I would get to take them home, this magazine, this thing, places art and its contents in a world of its own. I loved it all over again.
The November 2011 issue is full of a fairly diverse content and includes an interview with Maurizio Cattelan talking about his retrospective at the Guggenheim (it is a mounting of his sculptures hanging from the centre of the gallery) and an article on the painter Michael Borremans (some people will really enjoy his style of painting). The artist Byron Kim, director Julia Leigh , writer and Director of Sleeping Beauty are also featured.
Can you find more content online? Absolutely, but there is something great and altogether optimistic about buying a magazine -- seeing what is featured, wondering about how some truly bad art has the money to advertise, all that good stuff.
So this holiday season, whatever your interest, treat yourself.
You can read about that Guggenheim show here
Friday, December 23, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
|Nuit Blanche at Loop|
|Nuit Blanche at Loop|
|Nuit Blanche at Loop|
|Nuit Blanche at Loop|
|Nuit Blanche at Loop|
|Nuit Blanche at Loop|
|Nuit Blanche at Loop|
|Nuit Blanche at Loop|
|drawingmovingtable by Two Gullivers on October 8, 2011|
|Two Gullivers on October 8, 2011|
|Two Gullivers on October 8, 2011|
2012 promises to be another exciting year at loop. Stay tuned!
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
|A crankee by Jane Lowbeer|
Jane: It is a medieval tv (that is something we have in common --the medieval part) in that it is an early form of story telling that originally was accompanied with song. It consists of a box with a scroll inside that can be turned by hand. The scrolls in these wall mounted crankees are monoprints on Japanese paper.
Mark: Having spent some time with your work I have some thoughts and feelings to share. It seems that the work is only nominally about the passage of time. Shelf life denotes the limits of usefulness before things should be discarded.
Jane: As long as something is on a shelf then it has a life and if it is thrown away than it is gone. For sure some of the pieces speak more about time than others. ie, -the one with the birds, Rendez-vous. In my mind, drawing the unfurling ribbon is about the unraveling of a day, or a year or a life time . And when all three birds line up in the drawing, it represents a moment of time of connection like when you notice the bird outside singing and feel okay.
Mark: The scroll format harkens back to antiquity. Using it as well as you have places your work in an ongoing tradition which removes it from the mental list of things to be discarded.
Jane: What were traditional scrolls used for? Contemplation? Isn't contemplation about the passage of time. "Shelf Life " is also about my own time line-- referring to my theatre days as the artistic director of the 'Crankee Consort'.
Mark: There is a wonderful quality to the manipulation of materials in the scrolls that does not 'gel' with the objects on the the shelves. I doubt if there is any specific inference you wish to make but there is clearly a reason for the juxtaposition. Would you care to comment?
Jane: A couple of people observed that when turning the drawings it felt like looking at music. Maybe the objects are riffing on a theme. It was a challenge to have the objects interact with the drawing at all moments.
Mark: There is a difference between narrative and poetry. The scrolls seem to be entirely poetic. No story specifically, just the skilled notation of things experienced.
Jane: I do agree these are visual poems more than stories .The person turning the crankee can stop the at any moment creating their own composition
This conversation will be continued on Sunday, December 4 at 1 pm. Join Mark Adair and Jane Lowbeer on December 4th at Loop Gallery to hear more.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
|Persons of Interest by Gary Clement|
Sandra Gregson is one of the featured artists on World of Threads Festival website as the 40th "Weekly Fibre Artist Interview."
At loop gallery this weekend are Mark Adair and Jane Lowbeer. On the last day of their exhibitions, Sunday, December 4th, there will be a Q&A session. Instead of a moderator, Mark and Jane will ask each other questions.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
|Mark Adair, The Honourable Blood of Mr. E. Pussy, charcoal on paper, 4” x 4”, 2011|
Mark Adair is a Toronto artist who does both charcoal works on paper and makes sculpture. His work was recently featured in the Spring 2010 Vie des Arts (English) and was the subject of Patrick Jenkins' 2007 documentary Death is in Trouble Now. Adair is a graduate of York University, Toronto (BFA 1979) and the University of Victoria (MFA 1982). He is a founding member of The Torontoniensis Collective with whom he exhibited for over a decade.
|Jane LowBeer Untitled, detail of crankee, medium, 15” x 15”, 2011.|
Jane LowBeer started her artistic career as a printmaker studying at Atelier 17 in Paris. As artistic director of the multi-media theatre company, The Crankee Consort, she designed and constructed puppets and sets for almost twenty years. During her career she has exhibited in New York, Montreal and in Europe. Her works have granted her prizes, are included in private and public collections, and can be viewed at Loop Gallery, Open Studio and the Nikola Rukai Gallery.
Please join the artists in celebrating the opening reception on Saturday, November 12th from 2-5 pm. Learn more about Mark Adair and Jane LowBeer’s work during a Question & Answer Session at loop on Sunday December 4th, 1PM.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Mon Ton Window Gallery
402 College Street, Toronto, ON
November 2 – 30, 2011
My thought behind Thanks, Ma was to take a sort of journey to revisit an old line of artistic expression. In past works, my explorations of the theme of motherhood have centred around knitted garments that were made of unwearable materials – sweaters made of cement, glass, wax, matted dog hair. There is a harshness to these materials; a harshness that carries over to the type of mother who would wear such items. Would she be cold, detached? She wouldn’t be huggable. You wouldn’t be able to bury your face in the coziness of her. This time around, I wanted to take a lighter look at motherhood and create a more benign and much softer representation of that most basic and universal of all human relationships. This is my first representation of knitting that most closely resembles something that can be worn, although it still can not be worn.
Thanks, Ma is a kinetic work. Ma is knitting a long scarf that winds around her mobile-like children who are jiggling and dancing about her, hanging off her arms, as she works. The scarf Ma is knitting is made from scraps of yarn of varying texture, colour, type, and purpose. The different scraps of yarn are important because they are representative of all the things mothers have knitted over time as both expressions of love and of the expectations and responsibilities inherent in motherhood. These expectations and responsibilities are held, I believe, by both mothers and their children. I collected the yarn for this piece from all kinds of people – not just mothers – and all kinds of projects; some of which were finished and some of which were never completed. This is important because although we all complete our childhoods, our relationships with our mothers are never finished. And, if we have children ourselves, our relationships with them are, inevitably, never completed. Those relationships are, however, forever interwoven.
I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sE5XkY3B7r4
To see Artsync interview with Suzanne Nacha, visit the ArtSync website here. There is also coverage of the opening by Artsync in their Gallery Hop feature here.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Here, Then and There
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Not only does Suzanne Nacha have her show "Signs for Travellers" on at loop Gallery, but she also has a concurrent exhibition at Harbourfront Centre called "In Deep" which opened in Harbourfront's Project Room on September 30 and runs until December 1, 2011.
Her Harbourfront exhibition "In Deep" is an installation that uses underground imagery as a metaphor for the human condition. Utilizing a narrow range of visual logic that hovers between illusion and abbreviated sign, a subtle, dark humour guides the viewer through a landscape both physical and psychological.
Held together by a common water level - a dialogue around the language of painting and the nature of the human psyche playfully unfolds in this installation of large-scale painted objects.
Suzanne Nacha is a Toronto based artist working in painting, sculpture and installation. Through the systematic abstraction and anthropomorphism of industrial and natural landscapes, she seeks to make iconic images that act at times as psychological mirrors to human experience. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, the United States and Europe and represented in private and public collections including the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the National Bank of Canada and the Robert McLaughlin Gallery. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, she holds degrees in both Fine Art and Geology. She has taught in the Fine Art departments of OCAD University, Sheridan/UTM and York University and for the past fifteen years, has worked in the mining industry mapping geographies of fortune and need.
Image: In Deep, installation detail, oil on panel, 2011, image courtesy of the artist
235 Queens Quay West
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011
As I have already confessed to, I am not a big fan of video art but within moments of entering the large darkened room which held the Assimilate This projection, I was rendered spell-bound. The first thing you notice is the music; native chanting underpinned with a pounding dance-floor beat. Projected into a corner was the familiar countenance of Gary Farmer from Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man, Brad Pitt from the Coen Brother's Inglorious Basterds and multiple images of a native dancer, all in bright acidic colours, layered, inverted, flashing rhythmically.
This was no pedantic critique of white man's vision of the "red man" but a pop culture reclamation and re-contextualization of aboriginal imagery. Ironically, much of the power within the imagery is generated by the quality of the filmed imagery. We're talking big budget film-making with professional actors and professional art direction here. I wonder if the imagery would have had the same effect if drawn from low budget films with anonymous actors?
I've provided a link to Bear Witness' videos on Vimeo. If you're interested in native/dance music mash ups, check out A Tribe Called Red.
Monday, October 17, 2011
The evening started with King Pillowtop (Stephen Keeping) layering loops of spoken word over top of granular, textural sounds and pounding dance beats. Central to Pillowtop's performance was a cassette recording of a group prayer session that he had found in a tape deck at Value Village. The recording was made for a mysterious being named Riley. Who is Riley? Throughout the taped session, prayer participants switch back and forth between addressing Riley directly and petitioning the Lord on Riley's behalf. Speaker after speaker address Riley, through stream-of-consciousness prayer, as a "champion" or "champ". In the course of about ten minutes, he is referred to as a warrior or soldier about a hundred times. It's unclear whether Riley is a soldier heading off to war, a baby being baptized, or a dearly departed member of the congregation. There was something urgent and desperate in this strange ritual. And why didn't Riley keep the tape? Did he flee the congregation? Is he dead? Working on Bay Street? The piece moved somewhat toward resolution in it's last few minutes with some melodic flute (I think) mixed into the sonic stew.
After a short break, Avery Strok (who usually performs along with Richard Vainio as Lorde Awesome), accompanied by Marc Cohen on drums and Suzanne Farkas on flute and voice, took the stage (floor really). Using recordings from his earlier solo work as the base for the performance, Avery set the tone by layering synth drones over the recorded tracks. Marc provided minimalist percussive accents on his electronic drum kit, which was being run through a Boss digital delay pedal while Suzanne's ethereal sheets of echoing flute wove through the whole shimmering sonic tapestry and pulled it together like golden thread. The music was by turns; magical, dreamy, other-wordly, cosmic and ambient.
Avery Strok is the mastermind behind the In-Between Sounds series, which takes place the first Thursday of every month at the Only Cafe on Danforth Ave. Most months, Lorde Awesome holds down the fort with an experimental electronic jam session that often includes guests such as Cymbl (Richard Baker) and Rick Hicks. Each month a musical guest is invited to perform a set, then join Lorde Awesome in a collective jam.
Every month is different. Last month, Bonecreak Ulysses II (that's myself and Marc Cohen) played a set. Marc joined Lorde Awesome and Rick Hicks for an epic, non-stop, hour long marathon set that just kept getting louder and faster. I slipped in at the 30 minute mark. Just when I thought things were slowing down and getting ready to land, it just got wilder. As mountain bikers say, it was "epic". Lorde Awesome opens for Hans-Joachim Roedelius tonight at The Garrison.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
David Holt’s paintings in his third show at Loop depict landscapes as well as motifs derived from displays of birds, antiquities, and other collections found in museums of natural history. Many of the works playfully reinterpret the grid-like arrangements of objects in museum display cases while others elaborate on concepts of ideal landscapes, from both Eastern and Western classical traditions. Taken together, the works explore our ideas about nature, culture, and memory.
A painter who has had many solo and group shows in the US, David Holt has been the recipient of a painting grant from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation and an artist residency at the Ragdale Foundation. Holt lives and works in Toronto where he teaches art at Upper Canada College.
In a classically inspired narrative that looks at the idea of passage as both a means of access and a turning point or crossroads, Suzanne Nacha’s series of paintings entitled Signs for Travelers offers up a simplified visual logic that acts as a mirror to the human condition. Dark humour prevails as anthropomorphic forms evolving from underground tunnels, caves and rail systems play at the boundary between visual sign and physical trigger.
Suzanne Nacha is a visual artist working in painting, sculpture and installation. Through the systematic abstraction and anthropomorphism of industrial and natural landscapes, she seeks to make iconic images that act at times, as psychological mirrors to human experience. Born in Hamilton Ontario, she holds undergraduate degrees in both Geology and Fine Art from McMaster University and the University of Guelph respectively, as well as an MFA from York University in Toronto. She has taught in the Fine Art departments of OCAD, Sheridan/UTM and York University, and for the past fifteen years has worked in the mining industry mapping geographies of fortune and need.
Patrick Macaulay is the Head of Visuals Arts at Harbourfront Centre. Over the past fifteen years he has curated numerous exhibitions and has moved the visual arts programming at Harbourfront Centre in new and exciting directions. He received his MFA from The Art Institute of Chicago, BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and has worked in the studio programme at The Banff Centre.
October 15 – November 6, 2011
Reception: Saturday, October 15, 2011, 2-5 PM
Q&A: Saturday, October 15, 2011, 1 PM moderated by Patrick Macaulay
Images: David Holt, Landscape with Bird, acrylic on linen, 20 x 20 inches, 2011; Suzanne Nacha, tongue tied, oil on panel, acrylic, rope, 25 x 32 inches, 2011.
Monday, October 10, 2011
|David Holt, studio photograph, August 2011|
|David Holt, Ornithology in 3 Rows, acrylic/linen, 2011|
|Royal Alberta Museum Collection|
|Ornithology (red), acrylic/canvas, 2011|
Over the years I have been fortunate to have lived and worked near wonderful museums such as the Florence Museum of Natural History (La Specola) http://www.museumsinflorence.com/musei/museum_of_natural_history.html,
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History http://www.mnh.si.edu/ , the American Museum of Natural History http://www.amnh.org/, the Teylers Museum in Haarlem http://www.teylersmuseum.eu/index.php?item=1&lang=en, the Naturalis Museum in Leiden http://www.naturalis.nl/en/, and now the Royal Ontario Museum http://www.rom.on.ca//. A big influence on my work has also been David Freedberg’s book ,“The Eye of the Lynx”, about the role of visual images in the early history of Italy’s first major scientific society http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/E/bo3618933.html.
My ornithological paintings will be accompanied by paintings of landscapes and other subjects from natural history in my upcoming loop exhibition. These and other paintings can be seen on my website: https://sites.google.com/site/davidholtpaintings/
Friday, September 30, 2011
Visit Loop Gallery on Saturday, October 1 to see SLEEP - the live performance of The Two Gullivers, Flutura and Besnik Haxhillari in a Scotiabank Nuit Blanche event. The slumber-party performance begins at 630 pm.
Loop Gallery is located at 1273 Dundas Street West in Toronto (Map No. C56).
The exhibition and all related programming is curated and organized by Vesna Krtich in collaboration with loop Gallery, as part of our first publicly funded, guest-curated exhibition programming initiative. Gullivers' Rehearsal is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council. Additional partners include the Harbourfront Centre, The Walrus Magazine, the Drake Hotel, Oyster Boy, Scotiabank Nuit Blance 2011, and FADO Performance Art Centre.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
|Night Kingdon by Jane LowBeer|
An opening reception will take place on Thursday, September 29 from 6-8 pm. The show ends on October 21, 2011.
The Gallery is located at 900 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. For additional information about the gallery visit their website: www.airdgallery.org
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Performance Art + Partnership
Thursday, September 29, 2011, 7:00 - 9:30 pm
(doors open at 6:30 pm)
Panel Discussion: Performance Duos, 7:00pm
Performance art is often thought of as a solitary activity, or one that involves multiple collaborators. What unique issues are raised when intimate partnerships between artist couples become the subject of creative partnerships? Artist pairs working in performance art, often in combination with video, photography or drawing, will situate their work within the larger social, historic and political context of their shared practice.
Panelists include: Toronto-based performance duo, Paul Couillard and Ed Johnson, Governor General Award winning artists, Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak, and Montreal-based Flutura & Besnik Haxhillari, (Two Gullivers). The panel will be moderated by Jim Drobnick, art critic, curator and Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Theory at the Ontario College or Art and Design.
Keynote Presentation at 830 pm
Amelia Jones, Professor and Grierson Chair in Visual Culture, McGill University, 8:30pm
“The Body as Archive/The Archive as Body: Intimacy in the Study of Live Art”
The researcher has an "intimate" relationship with the archive, but also often with the still-living artist. Jones explores relations of intimacy as they condition our access to histories of live art.
Event Location and Ticket Information:
The Brigantine Room, York Quay Centre, Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8
Ticket Cost: $10
To purchase tickets contact the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at (416) 937-4000
or visit: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/visualarts/2011/visual-arts-special-event/
Performance Art + Partnership is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Gullivers’ Rehearsal: Drawing into Performance, curated by Vesna Krstich at loop Gallery, September 28 – October 9, 2011. The event is organized by Vesna Krstich in collaboration with loop Gallery, and in partnership with Harbourfront Centre. Loop gratefully acknowledges the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, The Walrus Magazine, Oyster Boy Restaurant, Drake Hotel and FADO Performance Art Centre.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Rochelle Rubinstein's current exhibition with Lanny Shereck entitled HOMESTEAD is at loop Gallery until September 25, 2011. Homestead, features a collaborative installation of Lanny's house-like structures covered with Rochelle's block-printed, painted and embroidered silk - an exploration of the notion of home and of dwelling. Together the artists intended to evoke the permanence and strength of stone in combination with the fragility and comfort of fabric.