Archive for the 'Artist Spotlight' Category

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Behind the scenes in the Toronto art world

In case you haven’t seen it, my latest project is a series of short video clips called ARTLAND for Akimbo that showcase some inspiring people in the Toronto art world. Check out this latest video of art installer Angelo Pedari, HERE Talking to Angelo was fascinating – we got far too much material to use in just four minutes. As
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Book Review: Emily Carr – From the Forest to the Sea

A strong affinity for the natural beauty of western Canada and First Nations culture is clearly visible in the work of Emily Carr, one of Canada’s best-loved artists. Her point of view resonates strongly today, and it seems to have inspired this fresh take on her work, edited by Ian Dejardin, director of London’s Dulwich Picture Gallery, and Sarah Milroy,
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Do you support Toronto’s art scene?

“I think the Toronto art scene is one of the most exciting in the world. I actually do believe that. After New York and London, it’s the size and diversity of the scene, in terms of commercial galleries, artist-run centres, artist collectives, institutions…The number of artists who are living and working here, it’s an amazing scene. I don’t think people appreciate
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Maximal vs. Minimal (or Matthew Barney & Terence Koh)

For Luminato this year, Toronto’s annual––incredible––arts festival, I took in two very different works of art. The first was Matthew Barney’s latest film, a grandiose, operatic 6 hour long endeavor titled River of Fundament. The second was the first Canadian solo show by New York based Chinese Canadian artist Terence Koh. Matthew Barney, from River of Fundament. Image: Artspace.com I’ve
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Book Review: Christopher Pratt: Six Decades by Tom Smart

Christopher Pratt is widely acknowledged as an important Canadian painter, but he has long been viewed in the shadow of his better-known East Coast compatriot, Alex Colville. This gorgeously designed book seeks to redress the imbalance with a thoughtful journey examining almost the entirety of Pratt’s artistic practice. Christopher Pratt, Four White Boats: Canadian Gothic, 2002. Image: mayberryfineart.com Read the
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The Importance of Nature: Art on Film

I’ve been thinking a lot about nature lately. Particularly since the activist fashion designer Vivienne Westwood started promoting a petition “to adopt legislation to prohibit, prevent and pre-empt ecocide – the extensive damage to, destruction of or loss of ecosystems,” in the EU. Susumu Shingu, Luminous River, 2009. Image: re-title.com/galerie Jeanne Bucher. I think we should start a similar petition
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Henri Fabergé: A Collaborative Exploration

I’ve been wanting to tell you about this Toronto artist whose work I discovered a while ago, and now he’s having a holiday show! All images courtesy Henri Fabergé. Cock-up on St. Creskin’s Monday December 16 at Comedy Bar Toronto 9 pm $10 Presented by Henri Fabergé Feint of Hart Written and performed by: -Henri Fabergé -Kayla Lorette -Alex Tindal -Miguel
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Four Canadian Women Artists to Watch (And One Man)

The Walrus magazine ran a good piece recently, highlighting five Canadian artists to watch. I was immediately intrigued, since it was great visual art coverage in a mainstream publication and FOUR of the five were women artists. Melanie Authier. Image: MARC FOWLER/thewalrus.ca One of Melanie Authier’s paintings. Image: thewalrus.ca I spoke with art director Brian Morgan who wrote and developed
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Kim Dorland vs. Tom Thomson & the Group of Seven

I went up to the opening of a new exhibition at Toronto’s McMichael Gallery today. The exhibition was called You are here: Kim Dorland and the Return to Painting and it’s on until January 5th, 2014. I recommend you make the trip to see it. It’s a big exhibition, and there’s lots to see. There’s also another exhibition there, by
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The Power of Art: Herman Wallace’s Dream House

I wanted to write this short post because something happened recently that reminded me about the power and importance of art. From the film, Herman’s House. A friend of mine was commenting the other night that very little art that she sees on a daily basis resonates emotionally with her. It’s true – there is a tendency for much of
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