Archive for the public art Tag

My, my, Winnipeg: Cultural Capital of Canada!

Did you know that Winnipeg is the ‘Culture Capital for Canada 2010’? It was named so by Heritage Canada, though Winnipeg has long known it had special status as an art city. A still from Winnipeg filmmaker Guy Maddin’s wonderful, bizarre film My Winnipeg. Image: tribute.ca And it’s clear, if you visit and hang out with the arts community –
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Four Directions: A Video Exhibtion at the Brickworks, Toronto

I’m working on a video exhibition with the public art organization No. 9 Contemporary Art & the Environment. It’s called Four Directions, and its opening will coincide with the opening of Evergreen at the Brickworks, Toronto. SUNDAY September 26, 2010 – December 31, 2010 The exhibition is designed to reflect the mandate of the public art organization No. 9: that contemporary
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Art Life: Part One

Every city is full of those little artistic gestures, those flourishes made – sometimes deliberately, often not – by people who take the time to do things a little differently.I think they are too often overlooked – and I find them inspiring. Not as high art of course, but possibly inspiring for architects or designers looking for ways to inject
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Vancouver Art: The Drop

This is a lovely sculpture outside Vancouver’s convention centre overlooking Burrard Inlet. Titled The Drop, it “pays homage to the element of water and the untamable forces of nature which are omnipresent in Vancouver.” It’s by the German public art group Inges Idee, four artists – Hans Hemmert, Axel Lieber, Thomas Schmidt and George Zey, and it’s their first installation
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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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Loathed: Art as Advertising

If you’re in Toronto, have you noticed these strange statues popping up all over town? Advertising uses the language of art! The Wind Mobile ad, in front of the Black Bull pub at the corner of Queen and Soho Streets. Image: VoCA Created in the same vein of Molson’s legendary campaign, Joe Canadian’s “Rant”, this statue is pitched as an
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Less Billboards, More Art! Please Support This Cause

This just in from the Department of Culture, a community of artists and arts professionals who organized themselves in the wake of the Harper Government’s brutal cuts to the arts in the past year, in order to ensure “the social and cultural health and prosperity of our nation in the face of a Federal Government that is aggressively undermining the
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Urban Art: The Leona Drive Project, Toronto

Sadly, the Leona Drive Project is over. On from October 22 – 31, it was a very well curated project on a suburban street in Toronto that commissioned several artist projects for a site specific exhibition in a series of six vacant bungalows slated for demolition. All photos courtesy Scott Barker. We went at night, and instead on focusing on
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Art in the Garden: Alex Metcalfe, Janet Cardiff at Oakville Galleries

Oakville is almost an hour’s drive outside of downtown Toronto, and Oakville Galleries is one of VoCA’s favorite regional galleries. Gairloch Gardens is a beautiful, lakeside garden on the shores of Lake Ontario that makes the drive to Oakville worth it even without art in the garden. Audiences enjoying the Tree Listening Project. Image: alexmetcalfe.co.uk British artist Alex Metcalf’s Tree
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Public Art: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

One of Toronto’s more interesting public artworks, Douglas Coupland’s War of 1812, at the corner of Fleet and Bathurst streets. Image: nationalpost.com At meetings of the Toronto Public Art Committee (of which I’m a member), we hear art consultants propose the latest public art projects for the city. These projects can present a challenge to both the consultant and the
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