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Loved: Come Up To My Room 2011

It’s design week in Toronto. Tonight, I just got back from the Gladstone Hotel’s ‘alternative design event,’ Come up to my Room, or CUTMR. Founded by the fabulous Pamila Matharu and the Gladstone’s Christina Zeidler, CUTMR works because the rooms are small, and the artist/designers can literally take their idea and run with it. It’s refreshing to see such unfettered
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Loved: Paul Thek at the Whitney

Regular readers will know I’m a big fan of the late American artist Paul Thek. Recently, we stopped off in New York over the holidays to see the exhibition of work by the late, great American artist at the Whitney (on the last day of the show.) Paul Thek – shown in Andy Warhol’s Screen Test. Image: accessibleartny.com I’ve long
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Art Lights up the Night Sky in Kitchener, Ontario

Over the past few years, I’ve often mentioned, and championed, regional art galleries in Ontario and Canada. Artist Luke Painter and one of his works. Image: blogto.com CAFKA (Contemporary Art Forum, Kitchener and Area) is a regional not-for-profit arts organization whose mission it is to “present innovative art within a public space.” It has evolved from a small, regional festival
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Loved: Women Rule in Oakville

I went out to Oakville for the opening of Un-home-ly, director Matthew Hyland’s first major exhibition with the gallery. Paulette Phillips, Homewrecker, 2004. All images: VoCA I am told that Matthew’s background is in feminist studies, so it seems fitting that his curatorial career at the gallery should begin with a show of feminist work. The show is the first
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Loved: Guillermo Gomez-Pena & James Luna in Performance

Last night we went to a performance by Guillermo Gómez-Peña, who we had seen a few years ago at MOCCA and blogged about HERE, this time together with the American First Nations artist James Luna. Guillermo Gomez-Pena with curator Philip Monk. Image: VoCA La Nostalgia Remix is the last in a series of projects called The Shame-man meets El Mexican’t,
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Nuit Blanche Toronto 2010: Your Thoughts?

Did you go to Toronto’s “All Night Contemporary Art Thing” – Nuit Blanche this year? What did you think – Did you LOVE it or LOATHE it? Fujiko Nakaya’s fog installation at philosopher’s walk at Nuit Blanche 2006. Image: topleftpixel.com The organizers blocked of Yonge Street – was this a good thing? How did the art fare? Better or worse
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Loved: Hahn / Cock by Katharina Fritsch

I love this proposal by German artist Katharina Fritsch for London’s Fourth Plinth. I love that it appears to be in International Klein Blue, which I blogged about a while ago. Katharina Fritsch, Hahn / Cock. Image: london.gov.uk As you probably know, the empty plinth has been a site for artistic proposals over the past few years, including Rachel Whiteread,
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Best Summer Show: Flavio Trevisan

Since I haven’t been away – yet – this summer, my favorite summer show is in Toronto, at one of my favorite galleries. Flavio Trevisan, The Three Dales, 2010. Image: flaviotrevisan.com With the mayoral debate gearing up and the fact that Torontonians seem obsessed with urban issues and how to evolve our ward-centric patchwork quilt of a city, this show
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Power Ball Toronto: Best Ever?

The 2010 Power Ball, the annual fundraiser for Toronto’s Power Plant Gallery, took place June 3, and took as its theme ‘The Ball that Started it All‘, which, it turned out, worked well! All photos VoCA/Scott Barker. Billed as “a carnivalesque line-up of amazing art, extraordinary entertainment, and spectacular prizes“, it aimed to “remix the best of the best from
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Loathed: Ryan Trecartin at the Power Plant

Though watching Ryan Trecartin’s films aren’t entirely a waste of time, it sure feels that way at the time. The hyper-intense mix of screeching voices, messily-costumed performers and banal scenarios come across like a reality tv show of drag queens on crack. Ryan Trecartin, Still from A Family Finds Entertainment, 2004. Image: kera.org Watch one of Trecartin’s videos on Youtube,
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