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Art Meets Fashion – Jeremy Laing Curates!

Fashion designer Jeremy Laing, it turns out, is also an avid art collector.

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Jeremy Laing’s exhibition. Sign by Derek Sullivan. Image: VoCA

I discovered this on Saturday of the Toronto International Art Fair, when I led a tour for the Canadian Art Foundation’s young patron group, the New Contemporaries, and Laing took the time to show us around the installation that he curated.

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Neon diamonds by Luis Jacob, and a rack with Oliver Husain’s silk scarves. Image: VoCA

It was called Everything Must Go, the idea of which was to conflate the lingo of bargain basement sales with a survey of some of Canada’s brightest young things (many of whom are Laing’s friends. He often trades his garments for art, he told us.)

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Douglas Coupland’s installation of coloured thread. Image: VoCA

The aesthetic of the work – actually, the entire exhibition – was a little Neo-pop, with Young and Giroux, two sculptors who make (post) modern sculpture using IKEA furniture and Douglas Coupland, with his multicoloured spools of thread.

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Works by General Idea. Image: VoCA

There was a fantastic display case of work by Canadian art godfathers General Idea, a cute piece of painted silk scarves (to be framed or worn) hanging on a dollar store rack by VoCA favorite Oliver Husain, and the wittily designed signage – and ironic flyer – was by artist Derek Sullivan.

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A maquette of In Sit You, by Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins. Image: VoCA

The work was all available for sale at galleries who were at the fair. None of it, as far as I know, was from Laing’s own personal collection.

3 Responses to “Art Meets Fashion – Jeremy Laing Curates!”

  1. emelie says:

    hey andrea
    I am just wondering if you came to see voca’s favourite Oliver Husain’s silk scarves in his solo exhibition at AGYU last January??

  2. Andrea says:

    Hi Emelie,
    I didn’t, unfortunately. I don’t get up to AGYU nearly as much as I should – you guys do such incredible work – the Kristan Horton show, the excellent Borins/Marman show…

    I really enjoyed Oliver Husain’s video with the stained glass in it though.

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