Archive for March, 2007

Spotlight: Daniel Cockburn

Still from Daniel Cockburn’s Metronome, 2002. Image: nowtoronto.com If you’ve never seen a performance by video artist DANIEL COCKBURN, VoCA highly recommends it! This Wednesday April 4th, Cockburn with present a piece titled Altogether as part of In There, an “experimental process-based collaboration” between artists and students at Toronto’s York University. It’s FREE and it’s one night only. Performances are
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Medieval and Renaissance Treasures

…is coming to the Art Gallery of Ontario from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum on June 23rd. According to the press release: “Highlights of this exhibition will include remarkable ivory carvings, such as the Late Antique Symmachi Panel.. The Symmachi Panel, Rome, Italy, about 400, Carved elephant ivory. Image: hp.uab.edu

Carolee Schneemann speaks!

CAROLEE SCHNEEMANN is an internationally recognized multidisciplinary artist, one of the main players in the feminist art movement of the 1960s and 70s. She lives in upstate New York but keeps a studio in Montreal. She is perhaps best known for her 1975 performance Interior Scroll, where she stood naked on a table and painted her naked body with mud.
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VoCa recommends 5 exhibitions across Canada:

1. ERIC GLAVIN at Birch Libralato, Toronto Eric Glavin, Ossington Ave P.S. Image: Birch Libralato Gallery. RCNT/WRKSMarch 24 – April 21, 2007 Known for photographically documenting the façades of post-war buildings and using these photographs as a basis for constructing computer-rendered abstracted images, Glavin’s interest lies in the facades’ reference to grids and geometric patterns in modernist, hard-edge painting. Eric
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Govenor General’s Award winners Announced

This morning at the AGO, it was announced that Ian Carr-Harris, Aganetha Dyck, R. Bruce Elder, Murray Favro, Fernand Leduc and Daphne Odjig will all recieve the Governor General’s 2007 Award for artistic achievement. Ian Carr-Harris IAN CARR-HARRIS is well known in artistic circles for his sculptures, site-specific installations, photography and more recently, illuminated books. Carr-Harris represented Canada at the
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Ten things VoCA loves about the Toronto art scene

In an article in the Guardian last week, Charlotte Higgins quoted prime minister Tony Blair: “London has become the creative capital of the world. There have been times when that accolade would have gone to Paris, or Berlin or to New York. Now it belongs here.” As Canada’s largest art market, Toronto may not have London’s creative attitude, or even
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Life Imitates Art

For a classic case of life imitating art, check out the New York Times article on The Legacy of Arthur Pinajian HERE. …”they were also welcome to the paintings and drawings left behind by Arthur Pinajian, an obscure artist who lived in the house with his sister for decades until they each died at 85, he in 1999, she last
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Trend: Hyper-reality in art

French philosopher Jean Baudrillard, best-known for his concept of hyper-reality, died last week at his home in Paris. Jean Baudrillard. Image: Nonplatonic.com “The very definition of the real becomes: that of which it is possible to give an equivalent reproduction. The real is not only what can be reproduced, but that which is always already reproduced. The hyper real.” -Jean
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It’s about time

The Art Gallery of Ontario seems to have – FINALLY – realized that one way to get the public interested in art is to take art outside of the gallery walls. Nevermind that the international art world realized this years ago….Hopefully the gallery’s curators will continue this positive apporach. (TORONTO: Wednesday, March 7, 2007) A spectacular contemporary wallwork by Lawrence
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