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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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Art Gallery as Theatre: Goodwater, Toronto

Although it’s the common model, art galleries don’t need to be commercially-driven. In Toronto, many galleries have a hard time, since the market for contemporary work isn’t strong compared to cities like London and New York. The current work by painter Elizabeth McIntosh on view at Goodwater. Image courtesy goodwater gallery. But that’s why alternative models present possibilities that are
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Saturn Return: Support Your Local Art Scene!

Saturn Return 30th Anniversary party Mercer Union, Toronto Friday July 10, 2009 Earlyish ’til lateish These days, when it’s so important to think local, it’s especially important to support your local art scene. Mercer Union Artist Run Centre in Toronto is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary on July 10 with Saturn Return. Come out and support Toronto’s artists – Mark your
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VoCA Recommends…Shary Boyle and Shuvinai Ashoona, Toronto

Noise Ghost: Shary Boyle and Shuvinai Ashoona May 28 – August 23, 2009 Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House, University of Toronto Shary Boyle, self portrait, 2006. Image: sharyboyle.com Toronto artist Shary Boyle, who is well known for her delicate figurines (often championed on VoCA) is paired with Cape Dorset artist Shuvinai Ashoona, who first came to our attention a
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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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The Museum: A Doc on the ROM

“This is a story of a man’s ambition: for a museum, for a city, and ultimately, for himself…” Thus begins The Museum, Kenton Vaughn’s insider glimpse into Daniel Libeskind’s controversial extension to Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum. The documentary, which is released on dvd this weekend, is a revealing look at the process of building the ROM crystal, from the hubris
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Surreal Things: Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

Surreal Things May 9 – August 30, 2009 Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto This is an excellent show, well worth seeing. Salvador Dali, Ruby Lips brooch, 1949. Image: ago.net It comes from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, and is filled with marvelous objects that demonstrate the creative cross-fertilization between surrealist artists and designers. There are stunningly modern Schiaparelli dresses, ceramics,
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Two Exhibitions – Highly Recommended: Toronto, Vancouver

Here are two exhibitions worth checking out on either side of the country this month: 1. Toronto South Asian Visual Arts Centre at the University of Toronto Arts Centre The One Year Drawing Project: May 2005 – October 2007: A Sri Lankan artists’ collaboration 25 May – 1 August 2009 Image: savac.net In May 2005, four artists simultaneously created four
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VoCA Rumour…

Rumour has it that video artist extraordinaire Bill Viola will be part of a three-person exhibition coming to the Royal Ontario Museum in June 2009! Bill Viola, Five Angels for the Millennium [detail] Departing Angel, 2001. Video/sound installation. Image: Kira Perov/tokyoartbeat.com The exhibition will, apparently, be mounted by the ICC at the ROM in response to the upcoming exhibition of
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One to Watch: Brendan Flanagan

Recently decamped from Toronto’s excellent Le Gallery to Angell, we like Brendan Flanagan’s ‘jolie laide’ aesthetic. We also like how his modelly use of paint bears some similarity to the Group of Seven‘s thick sketches. And we think this young painter is one to watch. Brendan Flanagan, Owl, 2009. Acrylic enamel on wood. Image: angellgallery.com Glenn Brown, Some Velvet Morning
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