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Toronto: The Experience of Being Human, at MOCCA

I went to see the new show at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art the other day.

I discovered that since they have begun collaborating with the National Gallery of Canada, they no longer allow dogs inside, which was an unfortunate discovery for Hudson, who was with me.


Faith La Rocque, Crystal Ladder, 2011. All images: VoCA

Anyway, I found the work on view to be fresh and exciting! When all of a sudden you see work like this you realize something special is going on. There’s an energy here that I haven’t seen in the city for some time. Bravo to curator Camilla Singh for bringing it all together.


Faith La Rocque, Salt Ramp with Celestial Children, 2011.

Having said that, I found something amiss in the curating. I couldn’t reconcile the grouping of work with the show’s title. I asked for some reading material, but was told that it was all available online. It was only later, when I read the somewhat awkward exhibition text that I realized that I think the title for the show is wrong.


Faith La Rocque, Salt Ramp with Celestial Children, 2011.

There’s a phrase in the text that resonated much more with me than the title ‘Ineffable Plasticity: The Experience of Being Human‘ It’s this: “The life force that animates us” and I think I would have called the show ‘Life Force’ with some kind of subtitle. The work seems to speak more to a Life Force; it doesn’t put such a fine point on it and I feel that it works better with the art. But that’s just me.


Sherri Hay, What dream became amongst our accumulated daylight, 2011


Susy Oliveira, Nature Stoned, 2011.

In any case, I do recommend the show. There is some wonderful work there, most particularly the terracotta sculpture installation by Jordan MacLachlan and the paintings by Anders Onionen.

It’s on until December 31, 2011 and you don’t want to miss it.


Mat Brown, All Within the Circle of Willis.


Mat Brown, All Within the Circle of Willis.


Mat Brown, All Within the Circle of Willis. Intallation view


Susy Oliveira, Petal Piece, 2011.


Jordan MacLachlan, Unexpected Subway Living, 2010-2011.


Jordan MacLachlan, Unexpected Subway Living, detail, 2010-2011.


Jordan MacLachlan, Unexpected Subway Living, detail, 2010-2011.


Anders Onionen, Noseum, 2011.


Anders Onionen, installation view.

One Response to “Toronto: The Experience of Being Human, at MOCCA”

  1. Tim says:

    I thought that the the title suited the the show. I just didn’t see “ineffable plasticity” or “the experience of being human” in that piece of the stacks of bags. According to the exhibition text, that was part of the show!?

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