Archive for the 'Sculpture/Installation' Category

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Grow Op: Art & Landscape at the Gladstone Hotel

The second annual Grow Op, the Gladstone Hotel’s annual design exhibition that explores issues around landscape, is on this weekend. I’m a fan of the show (and a long time fan of Grow Op’s sister exhibition, Come Up to My Room) which I blogged about last year. Windfall, by Rebecca Houston. All images: VoCA There are some wonderful, must-see installations.
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Art, Design & Sustainability

I’ve been thinking about art & nature for a while now (see my previous post HERE.) Now that spring seems to have pretty much almost sprung in Ontario, I am even more aware of the importance of nature to our wellbeing and the need to protect it. An image from last year’s Grow Op exhibition, at the Gladstone Hotel. Image
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What TO DO for Design Week? Toronto Design Offsite Festival!

As a freelancer & blogger, I’ve occasionally had the pleasure of writing about some of the many amazing young designers in Toronto. From a bespoke cobbler who apprenticed with a Florentine shoemaker to a group of custom guitar makers and an artist who works with neon, not to mention exciting cross disciplinary art/design hybrid collectives I can tell you that
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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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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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Ai Wei Wei: “Everything is art. Everything is politics”

There’s no doubt that Chinese dissident artist Ai Wei Wei is a game changing artist. In fighting for freedom of expression in his homeland of China alongside several other artists, he has drawn the world’s attention to the importance of art and the ability to create. That’s huge. Ai Wei Wei, Study of Perspective, 1995 – ongoing. Images: All VoCA
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Manhattan: Museum Marathon Part Two – Paul McCarthy WS

It’s taken me a while to digest the enormous, grotesque installation that California artist Paul McCarthy has installed at New York’s Park Avenue Armory, and that I travelled to New York a few weeks ago to see. The exhibition flyer. Image: armoryonpark.org It is certainly an amazing installation, it’s like being in a film set. It’s completely excessive and I
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Manhattan: Museum Marathon Part One

I’m just back from a ‘Museum Marathon’ weekend in New York. We saw lots, but my favorites were the Claes Oldenburg: The Street & The Store at MoMA, Ken Price at the Metropolitan and James Turrell’s Aten Reign at the Guggenheim. Claes Oldenburg, at MoMA. A sandwich soft sculpture, with ‘pleather’ olive. A shop window selling women’s undergarments. I’ve long
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Art & Nature: A Call to Action

With the recent flooding in Calgary, the oil spill in Quebec and heat waves in other parts of the world, there’s been much recent discussion that’s gotten me thinking about our environment. And of course, I like to relate it to visual art. Edward Burtynsky, Silver Lake Operations #1 (Lake Lefroy, Western Australia, 2007) Image: artobserved.com If you look at
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One Week in London & Geoffrey Farmer at the Barbican

I’m just back from a week’s holiday in London. I skipped the Venice Biennale this year – you can’t do everything, though I hear it was pretty great – and instead we spent time with our friends. A full week in London was a rare treat. The St. Martins College building at King’s Cross, with cool silver zig zag. All
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