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Heads Up! Young Design in Toronto this Winter

Toronto is changing dramatically these days, as anyone who lives downtown can tell you. Seemingly hundreds of condo towers are going up, and the city centre is filling in nicely. Queen West. Image: realestatebrothers.com I was at an opening the other night and I could just tell that there were condo-dwellers scattered among the artists in the crowd. It made
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Art School Dismissed: A Photo Essay

This past weekend, an exhibition titled Art School: Dismissed, curated by Heather Nicol, brought together works made by artists who are also art teachers. It took place in a decommissioned elementary school in Toronto. Here are some highlights: The exhibition’s poster. All photos by VoCA. Jay Wilson‘s sculpture made from toothpicks and white glue.  It reached nicely between floor and
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The Demise of Quality in Craftsmanship

It’s interesting to note, in light of Ryan Trecartin’s films and exhibitions such as the New Museum’s Unmonumental in 2008, that luxury goods makers have come together to lament the loss of quality in craftsmanship seen in recent years. Celine’s resort collection, 2010. Image: lefistnoir.com “All young people want to be designers and very few, makers. We want to try
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Urban Design: Toronto Steps Up

“Toronto is only beginning to evolve in the design of public space…the city feels like it was designed by the public works department.” The UQAM Residences, in Montreal. Image: VoCA Yes it does and it’s a real shame that it’s taking so long. After being in Montreal over the holidays, where the UQAM buildings off Sherbrooke are invigorating, challenging, high
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