This past weekend, an exhibition titled Art School: Dismissed, curated by Heather Nicol, brought together works made by artists who are also art teachers. It took place in a decommissioned elementary school in Toronto. Here are some highlights:
The exhibition’s poster. All photos by VoCA.
Jay Wilson‘s sculpture made from toothpicks and white glue. It reached nicely between floor and ceiling, and was a reminder of school art projects, where the joy was in making something really cool. We liked its shape and structure.
2 stills from Tara Cooper‘s video ‘Shirts vs. Skins‘, a sweet look at two ball-playing friends.
Paulette Phillips, Bridge of Sighs, a poetic meditation tempered by the frustration of having to view it through a set of locked doors.
Debbie Adams, Bell Curve. A well-installed series of posters whose format and content encapsulate one aspect of the school experience. The student as small bundle of conflicted emotions set within a large, structured institution.
We enjoyed this drawing series (above and below) by Shelagh Keeley. One page begins with a quote from Michael Craig-Martin, who famously taught the Young British Artists (YBAs) in the UK. “How a drawing is made determines its character. Line drawings often reveal and immediacy and directness bordering on rawness. They know genuinely what is needed, no more and no less.” Hello, Tracey Emin.
This installation by Ian Carr-Harris and Yvonne Lammerich, (below) titled Copy one of the following, asked visitors to sit and copy one of several statements inscribed on the chalkboard, while listening to the sound of pencils writing on paper, coming from a series of speakers on one wall. On the other wall, the colorful pages already filled out.
Monica Tap‘s lovely torn paper installation, (above) titled Escape.
We enjoyed Yael Brotman‘s “Golden Years“, with accompanying video that referred to a childhood experience from growing up in Montreal. The gold leaf was a special touch.
Peter Freeman’s sound piece, “Recess,” was the sound of exactly that, but focused into a stairwell looking out over an empty playground. The chaos of sound with visual silence was arresting.
Finally, Lewis Nicholson and Gwen MacGregor, who coloured the inside of these cupboards with waxed crayons, transforming the most banal of spaces into a quite wonderful sculpture.