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Thomas Hirschorn: Information Overload at the Power Plant

My experience with Thomas Hirschorn’s work is that it’s often about overkill. And It calls attention to the fake-ness of things, as if to suggest that what we assume is solid isn’t in fact all that stable. It’s just held together with tape, or made from cardboard. Thomas Hirschorn, Das Auge, at the Vienna Secession, 2008. Images: artnews.org Thomas Hirschorn,
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Sol Lewitt in Toronto!

I went to the preview opening of the excellent new exhibition by famed American minimalist artist Sol Lewitt at the Toronto artist-run centre Mercer Union last night. The installation at Mercer Union. All images: VoCA Another view of the installation. Lewitt’s wall drawings, which are painted directly on walls, and for which buyers purchase the instructions, caused quite a sensation
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Inside the Artist’s Studio: Kent Monkman

Check out my piece on artist Kent Monkman’s home and studio in the current issue of Design Lines magazine. The studio, a former factory, was re-done by Jason Halter of boutique design firm Wonder Inc. You know Monkman for his traditionally painted landscapes into which he inserts contemporary figures of First Nations people, often doing rather unconventional things… Kent Monkman,
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Darren O’Donnell: SmallTalks

SmallTalks is a series of very short podcasts hosted by the fascinating artist Darren O’Donnell, who, “like a log drifting downstream, will snag people on the bank to slow his progress toward death, and chat with them about their aspirations.” Artist Darren O’Donnell. Image: 2.bp.blogspot.com Created in response to a life with too much time spent on the road, Darren
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Fake: Art and Artifice

We’ve been noticing something happening in the city, something slowly seeping into our daily lives without much fanfare. What is it? Simply put, it’s artifice. A real lawn vs. a fake lawn (in January) in Toronto’s Rosedale neighbourhood. Image: VoCA It’s in your parks (fake grass in Douglas Coupland’s new park, down near the lake, and on Rosedale lawns), on
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Should VoCA be More Critical? More Art Debate

The debate continues. Barnett Newman, Voice of Fire, 1967. Image: gala.univ-perp.fr Yesterday, VoCA reader Earl Miller posted a comment HERE in response to the post ‘Should VoCA be More Critical?’ He says that, given the amount of ‘bad’ art in the world, it’s important as an art journalist to find art that he likes or feels is important, but flawed.
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Louis Vuitton: Art, Fashion and Architecture

Just found this on Luxist.com: Louis Vuitton’s new book: Art, Fashion and Architecture. Image: luxist.com “A seductive anthology of the famed French fashion house’s collaborations with an international group of elite artists, architects, designers, and photographers, including Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, David LaChapelle, Annie Leibovitz, Takashi Murakami (whose updated LV monogram is featured on the cover) Richard Prince and Stephen
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Patagonia: Fire and Ice at the Rivoli, Toronto

“Photography for me is about awe in our world brought to us through nature.” -Ariel Estulin Friend of VoCA and traveling nature photographer Ariel Estulin will debut his work at the Rivoli Lounge in Toronto, from Sept 6 – 7 November. A scene in Patagonia. Image courtesy Ariel Estulin. Estulin draws inspiration from two great North American photographers, the late
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Toronto: Multi-Perspective Art

Chamber Music: Mixed media works by Kenny Lee August 12 – 23, 2009 Launch Projects, Toronto We’ve been noticing, over the past few years, that more artists are looking at objects from varying perspectives. Barbara Probst, “Exposure #34A: N.Y.C., Central Park, Umpire Rock, 06.14.05, 6:34 p.m. ,” 2005. Image: twi-ny.com Barbara Probst’s excellent photographs tackle an event from numerous points
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VoCA Recommends Joshua Neustein, the Dead Sea Scrolls at the ROM, Toronto

VoCA was at the opening of Joshua Neustein’s contemporary response to the Dead Sea Scrolls, the fascinating new show now open at Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum. Despite having had some trouble with the powers at the ROM, who apparently wanted to place stanchions everywhere, the artist and curators were able to get the installation up and it looks great. Margins,
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