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Public Art comes to…Ikea!

Piotr Uklanski, Jeppe Hein and Jim Lambie are among the artists who will create art works for the public to interact with, at a new IKEA store in Moscow. Jim Lambie’s floor at MoMA. Image: apartmenttherapy.com The art is part of a mixed-use plan for IKEA, where new developments will “fuse culture, commerce and leisure.” Plans for the site includes
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Explaining the Winnipeg Art Scene: Part Five

Here is the final part of an article written by former Winnipegger Edwin Janzen, an artist and writer currently based in Ottawa. The article was previously published in Drain magazine – you can read the full article, HERE, (under Related Essays) or click HERE for last week’s post on VoCA. Roger Crait, Untitled, 2009. Image: umanitoba.ca The Power of Myth
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Dogs Dogs Dogs

Dogs.We’ve been thinking about them a lot lately. Toronto is full of dogs. It’s a very dog-friendly city, aside from the over-salted winter sidewalks, which can be tough on paws. William Wegman, Basic Shapes in Color, 1993. Image: dreamdogsart.com With all the dogs comes bizarre dog owner behaviour. You see more and more people carrying their dogs around, like a
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Explaining the Winnipeg Art Scene: Part Three

Here is part three of fascinating article written by former Winnipegger Edwin Janzen, an artist and writer currently based in Ottawa. The article was previously published in Drain magazine – you can read the full article, HERE, (under Related Essays) or click HERE for last week’s post on VoCA. Stay tuned as we publish it serially, every week. Winnipeg band
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Let’s be Creative with Architectural Destruction

LOATHED: THIS article by Toronto architecture critic Christopher Hume tells of a developer who skirted the law by hiring thugs to deface a building that was slated for heritage protection. Now the building can’t be designated, so he’s able to just tear it down. Gordon Matt-Clark, Conical Intersect, 1974-5. Image: thesprawlnetwork.com Such little respect for our architectural heritage is astounding.
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In Search of Excellence: Raising the Bar for Artistic Output

Check out my article in the new aggregate news website The Mark News – it’s about why cities, and Toronto in particular, need to develop a culture of excellence. It’s because whether cities are great or mediocre has a significant effect on quality of life for citizens. And cities that pursue excellence end up with a highly developed, sophisticated cultural
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A Visit with Jason McLean, Toronto

VoCA paid a visit to the home and studio of artist Jason McLean last week. It was a wonderful glimpse inside a truly honest artistic mind. McLean was raised in London Ontario, moved to Vancouver where he attended the Emily Carr College of Art and Design, and has been in Toronto, with his family, since 2008. Jason McLean, world stage
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World AIDS Day: Artists Unite

Today is World Aids Day. Scott Treleaven, Heartworms, 2004. Image: artnet.com In light of this, there’s an exhibition we want you to know about in New York City, that runs from January 8 – 10, 2010 called Postcards from the Edge.

Loathed: Richard Serra’s Shift Endangered Again

This summer, VoCA set off to find a hidden sculpture by the great American sculptor Richard Serra, which was installed almost 40 years ago in a field near King City, outside of Toronto.  Read our earlier post about the piece HERE. Shift, in wintertime. Image: slowpainting.com Image: mcgill.ca Now, according to the Globe and Mail, “an important and controversial vote
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Loved: Bruno Billio + Gaetano Pesce

Bruno Billio, Samba Mochet, 2002. Image courtesy the artist. We love this sculpture by Toronto artist Bruno Billio.  It’s made from a carpet and 2 pairs of old Adidas Samba trainers.  It’s very suggestive, it’s funny, it’s sculptural and it’s simple.  We love how Billio is always re-thinking the most common materials. Only an Italian would have made it.