Archive for January, 2010

Canadian Pavilion: 1967 vs 2010

Thanks to the Canadian Design Resource, who tweeted these two images, with a *sigh* that we echo: Canadian Pavilion, or “Katimavik” at Expo 67. Image: The Canadian pavilion in Vancouver.  Federal Heritage Minister James Moore shows off the exterior of the 2010 Canada Pavilion (visible in the background) for the Vancouver Olympics. Image:

Art is, Literally, Rubbish

You may remember the British artist Michael Landy from his piece Break Down, in which he destroyed all of his 7, 226 belongings, including his passport. Michael Landy’s Break Down, 2001. Image: It was a project for Artangel and took place in a vacant shop on Oxford Street, in central London. Needless to say, it was a pretty controversial
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Canadian artists at the Vancouver Olympics

Some of the visual artists who will be exhibiting new works at the Vancouver 21010 Olympics: Eric Metcalfe, Insectarium, 2005. Image: 1. ERIC METCALFE AND GEORGE LEWIS: IKONS Ikons is a collaborative interactive art installation Vancouver performance and visual artist Eric Metcalfe and legendary American composer, trombonist and intellectual George Lewis. For the piece, Metcalfe has created seven vibrant
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Joshua Prince Ramus: “Constraints are the Mother of Invention”

Architect Joshua Prince-Ramus. Image: On Friday, we went to hear Joshua Prince-Ramus, the president of REX Architects in New York, speak at Toronto’s Interior Design Show, for the Azure-sponsored talks. Prince-Ramus is an excellent and passionate speaker, who previously worked with Rem Koolhaas.  He is also an architect who – like Koolhaas –  clearly revels in the constraints imposed
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Loved: Come Up To My Room for Alternative Design, Toronto

Last night, we went to the preview of the Gladstone Hotel’s alternative design event, Come Up To My Room (CUTMR). We’ve been in the past, and this year was by far the best. Each room on the hotel’s second floor was individually transformed, many with inspiring and conceptually tight installations. Thu, Jan 21, 2010 – Sun, Jan 24, 2010 12:00
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News: Ydessa Hendeles Donates to AGO, Toronto

Leading art collector and philanthropist Dr. Ydessa Hendeles is donating an extraordinary collection of 32 Canadian and international contemporary artworks to the Art Gallery of Ontario, representing the most significant single gift of contemporary art in the AGO’s 110-year history. A work, by Barbara Kruger, currently on view at Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation, Toronto. Image: The gift includes works
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Artist Spotlight: Scott Treleaven

Scott Treleaven was born in Toronto, Canada and graduated from the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) in 1996. Scott Treleaven, My Ever Changing Moods, 2009, ink, photographs, watercolour. Image: Now based in Paris, he has shown in Chicago at Kavi Gupta, in New York at John Connelly Presents and has had a limited edition book published by
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Fake: Art and Artifice

We’ve been noticing something happening in the city, something slowly seeping into our daily lives without much fanfare. What is it? Simply put, it’s artifice. A real lawn vs. a fake lawn (in January) in Toronto’s Rosedale neighbourhood. Image: VoCA It’s in your parks (fake grass in Douglas Coupland’s new park, down near the lake, and on Rosedale lawns), on
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Explaining the Winnipeg Art Scene: Part Five

Here is the final part of an article written by former Winnipegger Edwin Janzen, an artist and writer currently based in Ottawa. The article was previously published in Drain magazine – you can read the full article, HERE, (under Related Essays) or click HERE for last week’s post on VoCA. Roger Crait, Untitled, 2009. Image: The Power of Myth
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Dogs Dogs Dogs

Dogs.We’ve been thinking about them a lot lately. Toronto is full of dogs. It’s a very dog-friendly city, aside from the over-salted winter sidewalks, which can be tough on paws. William Wegman, Basic Shapes in Color, 1993. Image: With all the dogs comes bizarre dog owner behaviour. You see more and more people carrying their dogs around, like a
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