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ARTBOMB: Behind the Scenes

My daily online art auction project, ARTBOMB, has been up and running – very successfully! – for over three months now, so I thought I would give you a peek inside the studio. The view of our photographer’s set-up, from the side. ARTBOMB is a project by myself with my incredibly brilliant partners Jim Shedden and Carrie Shibinsky. We scour
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Costa Rican Art: Erika Stanley at Galeria Valanti

There’s all kinds of art out there. One of the things that I find so exciting and inspiring about my new project ARTBOMB is seeing art by such varied artists, from the not-so-art-educated to the very highly educated. There is an enormous range of work, which is what makes art (as a language) so incredible and potentially mind-opening. All work
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Flying Limbs: VoCA visits Josh Malcolm

I visited artist Josh Malcolm in his studio this afternoon. His large oils on canvas were everywhere, and I found them very intriguing. They are very high energy – Malcolm says he’s inspired by European and American expressionist painting. But they’re quite different, and quite challenging. At first glance, they looked, to me very modern…but sort of unfinished. In the
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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
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Tropical Gothic: VoCA Visits Francisco Gomez

The other day, I stopped in at the studio of Toronto artist Francisco Gomez. A detail from Empire of Dust, Macca, 2009. All images: VoCA Born in Caracas Venezuela, he moved to Canada in 1991 and studied at OCAD. Gomez generally works in ink and pastel on mylar – an unusual combination that Gomez tells me is difficult, since the
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Loved: Nowheresville at General Hardware

The other week I dropped in to see one of my new favorite galleries, General Hardware Contemporary, in Parkdale. Not only was owner Niki Dracos super friendly, happily accompanying me in my rush around the gallery (I was late for a talk at Art Toronto) but I was really impressed by the work. Paintings by Anahita Rezvani-Rad. All images: VoCA
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Woven Paintings: VoCA Visits Rob Davidovitz

I stopped by the studio of young painter Rob Davidovitz the other afternoon. Rob doesn’t paint in the traditional sense, though. Instead he uses paint to create these textile/painting hybrids. A woven painting by Rob Davidovitz. All images: VoCA He mixes paint colours in a kind of pastry tube (more on that below) and squeezes it out in long lines,
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New Gallery: Daniel Faria opens in Toronto

“Saint Helen,” says new gallery owner Daniel Faria of the name of his opening exhibition, “is the patron saint of new discoveries.” A fitting choice then, for his gallery – a former auto body shop, and a place where, as he points out, collectors will discover new and exciting artists. The beautifully scripted title of Daniel’s inaugural show. All images:
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Visit to Canoe Lake: Tom Thomson’s Grave

Last weekend, we went up to a friend’s cottage on Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park. You may recognize the name – it’s well known as the lake where Group of Seven painter Tom Thomson mysteriously died at age 42 in July, 1917. He had left to go on a fishing trip, but after only a few hours his canoe was
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Post No Bills: Winnipeg’s Pop Up Art Gallery

While it’s clear that Canada has some thriving art scenes in Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto and Winnipeg, the issue continues to be the comparatively weak market for contemporary art. We have Nuit Blanche in Montreal and Toronto (which is a good start) and we have art fairs for collectors, but the question is how to get the average non-art person visitng
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