"“Correspondence,” the show of photographs by Hiroshima-born, New York-based photographer Yojiro Imasaka, is the result of the covid virus quarantine. Isolated by the citywide shutdown, Imasaka went back to images shot during his trip last year to Japan, developing more than fifty gelatin silver prints by himself."
"If we think about it, the very idea of an abstract calligraphy seems paradoxical, but maybe this merger is an accurate conception of an art that Hong Bian wants very much to be of her time."
Joe Andoe at Almine Rech
"The paintings might be characterized as eccentric, but so be it--they are so marvelously detailed that their psychic reality becomes believable in light of their painterly existence."
Lee Bul at Lehmann Maupin
The paintings are of fragmented forms,
ostensibly an attempt on the artist’s part to, once again, merge biomorphic and cybertronic
shapes into a gestalt notable for its double attachment--to the human figure and to a
technological compositional arrangement.
"In my painting, there are many abstract elements. In the Herakles series, the design of the grass is made to be a repetitive surface. It’s imaginable to have a full painting of it, becoming an abstract composition."
Jaanika Peerna: Cold Love
New York-based Jaanika Peerna at the large alternative space, Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT.
Her work is very much performance-based, in which she comes close to modern dance while interacting with an audience in making drawings on paper.
with Iain Baxter& & Anatoli Vlassov
Here, Iain Baxter&man proposes words of his thoughts to Anatoli Vlassov. Words come from the mouth of one artist to land in the glottis of the other. A flesh of words that swallows and puts us in motion.
To adore spirits in ordinariness; to pursue eternity from the minute. Living in reality, pursuing
the ultimate ideality beyond reality has always been a lifelong goal of most artists in history.
- Exhibition Review by Liang Hai
Collective Palimpsests: Lichtundfire
A group show, curated by gallery director Priska Juschka, is composed of the work of five artists: Augustus Goertz, Allen Hansen, William Rosen, Alan Steele, and Christopher Stout.
- Exhibition Review by Jonathan Goodman
Robert Frank 1924 - 2019
"Social problems are always suggested in Frank’s melancholic, but highly accurate art, which presumes that the American dreams have deep rifts in its fabric."
Eva Hesse Drawings: Hauser & Wirth
Eva Hesse (1936-70) is the kind of artist whose brief, brilliant creative life has permanently captured the public’s imagination. Fashioning works made of resin, rope, and wood that are so decidedly contemporary they seem to have been made yesterday.
Amphibious Eye Project; Art Mora
Ha Eul’s photos are exquisite records of buildings made under often taxing circumstances, but what first meets the eye is his merger of water and building, in an imagery in which the fluidity of the former both supports and, to a degree, diminishes the solidity of the manmade.
de Kooning: Five Decades
Exhibition Review by Jonathan Goodman
A show like this affords us the chance to see de Kooning both work out and repeat insights about Eros and painting (and, slightly, sculpture). He is an artist of extraordinary natural gifts, which the open ambience of American culture of the time enabled him to develop into a body of work that will stay with us in history.
Polke/Nauman at Eykyn Maclean, NY
By Jonathan Goodman
Sigmar Polke and Bruce Nauman represent two of the most respected names in recent contemporary art.
The drawings come from the Froelich Collection--Josef and Anna Froelich are collectors based in Stuttgart who have been building up visual anthologies of a small group of German and American artists. Their perception of contemporary art is exceptional, as this small show demonstrates.
Renqian Yang and her Porcelain Prose
by Zi Lin
It was like anything I had seen before. The first impression of objects like this would be a dead coral excavated from bottom of ocean. Or would it be a frozen bonfire? One thing I can be sure that if the word porcelain indicates something like a Chinese vase or a coffee mug or a Tasse, then the maker of this piece of porcelain has already gone very far.
Hot & Cold: Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
Baldessari who was dubbed the “patron saint of postmodernist art” is a master of appropriating images and adding or removing conceptual elements to shift the viewer's perspective and create new visual statements.
SPRING/BREAK 2019 Fact and Fiction
Spring Break was conceived by the Brooklyn based duo Andrew Gori and Ambre Kelly. This year’s Spring/Break theme "Fact and Fiction" was inspired by today’s topsy-turvy political climate. “We thought, Well, since high stations of office are calling into question what most people would consider factual, maybe it’s a good time to explore how artists inhabit paradoxical spaces," Gori told ARTnews.
David Urban: Lonely Boy
Corkin Gallery, Toronto
Painting came through writing for David Urban. His academic studies in philosophy and poetry led to essays on painters and painting, which clues he then followed by taking up the brush. The Lonely Boy series characterizes visual language by playing variations on a theme. A Grecian figure is tested in each painting with different postures and colors.
Tron 209 by Bruno Billio
The visual environment of Tron 209 by Bruno Billio, an installation at his suite in the Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, reminds us of the futuristic sets found in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 Space Odyssey.
Interview with Jahi Sabater
"I look to photography’s early history as a starting point in my work. Certain movements in photography, like the surrealist and early modernist images, have been an area of interest. I have also explored early photographic processes and techniques; images from instructional photo books and vernacular photographs."
Ellen Hersey & David McDonough
While Hersey explores uncertainty towards the body and image through avenues of reassembly and the dichotomy of natural and created setting, David McDonough’s paintings come closer to prolonged cartography of individual existence. Even the first encounter with these paintings is like seeing an old friend.
How to see color in space
with LYNN UMLAUF
"The eye is continuously searching for a threshold, a place to begin, be it with the symmetry, action, and discord or within the in-between subtleties."
Richard Brautigan Library Project
"I did this project to pay homage to Richard Brautigan. He has been a huge influence on my writing style and even the way I look at everyday life. He was a such a unique observer of the world. I think that if you are an artist and strongly influenced by an artist that came before you, it's only right to pay homage to that person in a way that they might be proud of. If Brautigan could see my library, I'm pretty sure he'd get a good kick out of it."
The Importance of Looking...
Interview with Julia Loughlin
"I like to fill in the whole surface and create a color space, and I'm usually thinking about the sky, or a shadow I saw earlier. I keep it really open and subtle at this point. From there, my process is slow! I like to take a lot of time to look between making moves."
Interview with TANSY XIAO
Tansy is an independent curator and art journalist, founder of Raincoat Society: a non-profit organization that features artists with fluid identities and multiple backgrounds, in the hope of bringing equal opportunities to the under-recognized without cultural stereotypes.
Having lived and traveled in 50+ countries, Xiao received her art education in hundreds of museums and thousands of streets worldwide before moving to New York.
by Ashley Johnson
"In our Western experience, nudes are commonplace, but Meraji is using the 'academic' style to address Eastern perceptions of the body. This exhibition could not take place in Tehran and Toronto becomes a neutral ground where it is permitted. He will not be banned or bloodied here and can give voice to the need to embrace women as a whole. Redemption!"
IMMERSIVE ART EXPERIENCES
"When our audience comes to our events, they don't know where they're going to (an abandoned factory, a library ?) so they don't have any bias. And that's important because that puts them on an equal level with the art. And on the top of that, we create a whole storytelling (before and during the event) and scenography to make the exhibition immersive, using light, music, performers and mystery communication."
A Short Film by Sonja Berta
"Repetra C is born from the internet itself into the physical world where she searches for true happiness with the help of the guru". The knowledge of the internet is within her but she can't access it like in the matrix, there is no driver just her and the guru whose guidance is as confusing as it is helpful.
Amanda Konishi: Studio Visit
"I grew up reading a lot of gag and newspaper strips, a few Japanese comics in my early teens, but really fell in conscious love with the medium when I discovered alternative comics..."
The Milliner’s Daughter at The Power Plant can be described in a language of emotions. Ydessa Hendeles’s work resonates even on Google Images; we call it chords of curiosity. But Emily Carr said it best; “Oh, God, what have I seen? Where have I been? Something has spoken to the very soul of me, wonderful, mighty, not of this world. Chords way down in my being have been touched. Dumb notes have struck chords of wonderful tone”.
" My approach to painting is something I am always fiddling with but I am inspired by storytelling. I like to create a sense of place and then populate it with living things, real and surreal. I like to have a general idea of the place and mood I want to create but I stay open to stream of consciousness as I paint. The story I begin with is vague but comes into clarity as I work, sometimes it takes a different direction from what I had expected."
The Photograph in Review - NYC
For most of human history, people relied on the artist to provide a glimpse of that which was out of reach. In modernity, it is quite easy to take for granted the idea that we know that which we have not experienced in person in an often very intimate way. Before the cameras, you had to rely on the subjective experience of the artist to draw or paint or write or sing or tell stories about giant beasts and sapphire blue waters.
An Interview with Tibi Tibi Neuspiel
"Feeding into this art world are schools which are far from any sort of academic meritocracy, rather they unabashedly flaunt and celebrate their ability to give credence to ones already existing status."
De-briefing Dar'a/Full Circle
Are Arab and Muslim artists inextricably tied to their politics? Are these artists forced, by their circumstances, to utilize transhistorical references? London Ontario based artist Jamelie Hassan is not limited to a single medium. Instead, the material practice is a utility which is secondary to her overarching goal; the improvement of the arts and, by extension, the improvement of humanity.
An Interview with Amanda Burk
Stories of Contentment and Other Fables by Amanda Burk. "One of the stories we often tell
ourselves as humans is that we are civilized, but personally I am not sure that we are nearly as
tame or as civilized as we pretend to be."
Total Eclipse of My Heart
An Interview With Gavin Lynch
Angell Gallery FEB 4 - 25 2017
"Growing up in northern British Columbia, I witnessed physical changes to the landscape from a young age; I have memories of camping on clear cut logging blocks, of watching the forest across from my childhood house gradually disappear, of seeing the devastation of forest fires. All of which seemed pretty normal, growing up in a remote logging community."
Before The End
An Interview with James Kirkpatrick
"I look to work on surfaces that offer new unexpected challenges. I’m not limited to them being similar qualities to something I would have worked on outside but those early experiences opened me up to the enjoyment of using so many different things to create with."
The New Flesh
Curated by Tasman Richardson At The Music Gallery, Toronto
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Doors: 7pm | Concert: 8pm
Sherri Hay (New York)
Bruno Ribeiro (Montreal)
Jeremy Bailey (Toronto)
Jenn Norton/Steph Yates (Guelph)
Robin Kobrynski (Paris)
Tasman Richardson (Toronto)
Katie Switzer/Paul Moleiro (Toronto)
"A circuit-bending, generative audio-visual presentation."
Studio Visit with Richard Green
Green generally only works with found objects and is well known for his work with found textiles. Green says that, “textiles embody the the same aspects/character of any art form - color, texture, design, content, intention. With a history of reflecting social, political and economic changes.”
The shortlisted artists for the 2016 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize have all shown works that share ideas of how the human body is viewed, used, and affected historically and presently. The flow of the space and the deliberate positioning of artists and their works have not only helped in creating the perfect ambiance, but it has also allowed viewers, like me, to naturally transition from one artist to the next seamlessly...
Read our review and interviews with the four finalists...
Summering South of Detroit in Windsor - Essex County
Decay and gentrification go hand in hand and are both thriving here, there is a fine balance and a strong community of people who have devoted themselves, not only to art but to the city. There is definitely a niche here to be filled as well as a compelling pull to be in the thick of it…
" We’re semiotically sophisticated. There is a danger in the way we navigate our visual landscape versus our ability to articulate and critique how this operates or what the long-term effects will be. We’re passive perhaps out of visual exhaustion."
The Found Image:
"I have been collecting images for at least ten years now. I grab screen shots and download images from news organizations and popular media sites. I am mostly interested in archiving current events, so that I may have a chance to think through those issues and perhaps work with them from some distance at a later point."
read the full interview...
by Miklos Legrady, February 6th, 2016
"we better get used to the fact that painting occupies a position all by itself, you can't get rid of it or deprecate it, it's unique."
THE HOME OF MR. PEEPS
@Mike Weiss Gallery
December10 - January 30, 2016
In this exhibition by German artist Stefanie Gutheil titled The Home of Mr Peeps, Gutheil's inner eccentricities set the imaginatorium stage high.
The Chime @InterAccess
Marc De Pape's first solo exhibition at InterAccess, The Chime, is on now until August 8. This exhibition features a completely new chime that has been redesigned, rebuilt, and returned to respond to visitors to InterAccess. The original chime is also on display, along with selections from Scoring the City, Marc's visual album created from the Chime's data recordings.
Loosening Identity: Ashley Johnson
Artists trying to make socio environmental paintings in the 21st century face a number of challenges. We are generally aware that aspects of our shared existence are in crisis and that remedial action needs to be taken to address issues like climate change, rampant capitalism, poverty and environmental degradation.
A young artist whose first exhibition in Toronto opens on July 12th from 4 - 6pm and runs until July 29th at the Montgomery Inn Museum.
"My main inspiration for my work is the paint itself. I am obsessed with paint. The feel of paint. The materiality of the paint. I study paintings. Look at them in books and galleries. And paintings do not lie." explains Laurianne Simon.
BULGER GALLERY AT 20
Bulger's story is one of hobbyist photographer turned successful photography gallerist / dealer, “In high school my hobby of photography veered into the direction of ‘fine art photography’ and became a full time passion while I studied at Ryerson...
image: Copyright Sarah Anne Johnson, courtesy Stephen Bulger Gallery
Three Wise Guys, 2013
Original Sin & Codeine Chronicles
Robert Farmer and Ron Loranger’s recent exhibition at Project Gallery showcased their traditional styles.
Farmer paraded Star Wars stormtroopers around the gallery like humiliated bullies wearing many colourful clothes including tutu’s and wonder woman costumes.
Loranger’s famous blobet's incorporated sometimes surrealist and sometimes graphic drawing, honing a stream of conscious and a graffiti-esque style of poetry.
read the interview...
The Toronto-based artist recently exhibited Minimized Histories: Marginalization and Unrest at the Art Gallery of Mississauga. The show consisted of miniature dioramas depicting scenes of human struggle and conflict. Talwst’s work is compelling as each mini sculpture is like a tableau, freezing shameful moments in history that, we as humans, are not proud of.
An Interview with Linda Martinello
Chambers of Indefinite Extent @ PM Gallery until March 28th.
Martinello’s recent paintings are her unique surveys of ancient places constructed from layered mylar with graphite and oils. These works manifest from geological formations of cenotes (a natural pit, or sinkhole resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath) across the Yucatán Peninsula in Southeastern Mexico.
Christie Lau's Animal Kingdom
Human//Nature @Navillus Gallery
March 5 - April 4, 2015
"As I learned about animals and their bizarre behaviours I saw that we already live in a world of such unexpected beauty and mystery, only we can truly seek it and it is more intricate and enchanting than anything I could imagine. In this way, I can see how the behaviours or themes I fixate
on are those that are phenomenal."
An Interview with Daniel Faria
Douglas Coupland: Our Modern World
January 22 – March 21, 2015
Curator, Daniel Faria, speaks to us about Douglas Coupland's latest exhibtion, Our Modern World, at the Daniel Faria Gallery until March 21st, 2015. In this show, Coupland explores three series of work: Deep Face, Trash Vortex, and The MonteCristo.
Ark an Interview with Matt Bahen
March 6th - 28th, 2015 at Le Gallery
Matt Bahen’s recent installation of painting and sculpture at Le Gallery is a metaphorical expression. The immense installation of a black, fabricated hull of a ship tucked behind a faux wall is an ominous focal point to this new body of work.
LUMEN: Laura Madera
February 21, 2015
"I think you can work to understand the nature of something, it's internal logic, it's properties - a kind of get-to-know-you symbiosis. Collaborating in this way I can obliquely arrive at some profound moments within a process; creating something approximating the terrible beauty found in Nature. At it's best there are glimpses, at it's worst piles of uninteresting visual gibberish."
I COULD SEE EVERYTHING
An Interview with Margaux Williamson:
January 25th, 2015
"I recommend that you watch her film Teenager Hamlet, read her manifestos, How To Dress In Our New World, How To See In The Dark, and How To Act In Real Life, and be deeply moved by her paintings…"
2015-06-21 – 2024-06-21
AN INTERVIEW WITH JENNIFER ROSE SCIARINNO:
January 24th 2015
"I'm sure my personal relationship with time is much like everyones, except I've been told I sometimes have bad time management skills. Time to me feels linear, stagnant, fleeting but oddly malleable."
AN INTERVIEW WITH KINGSVILLE ONTARIO’S KNIGHT TWINS
January 19th, 2015
"It was brought to my attention, recently, the story about the famous Knight twins from my Canadian home town of Kingsville, Ontario!"
by Laura Horne-Gaul
PAINTING THE IN BETWEEN: An Interview with Pat McDermott,
January 10th, 2015
Pat McDermott received his BFA in 1989 from York University, Toronto. He currently lives and works in Kingston, ON.
McDermott’s creations “are part of a language that describe and reveal a process… an approach that suspends the viewer’s understanding as a way to make the work resonate beyond itself.”
CELEBRATING KIM ADAMS
@ the Varley Art Gallery, Sept 13, 2014 - Jan 11, 2015
"One For The Road” shows Adams’ one of a kind sculptures and installations made from repurposed, mundane objects found in our daily lives. Items such as toy cars, umbrellas, chairs, and a variety of things found at a local hardware store, are all taken apart and reassembled to make one beautifully crafted train wreck.
something that could be is much more interesting than something that is
An Interview with Marianne LOVINK
@ OLGA KORPER GALLERY December 13th - January 24th, 2015
Private Parts by Marianne Lovink is a fantastical exhibition where organic meets non-organic. The idiosyncratic configurations appear to be crawling up the wall or flying through the air. This body of work is a continuation of Lovink’s interest in sensual, hybrid, ambiguous forms that relate to the human body.
PM GALLERY'S DECADE LONG SUCCESS
Dec 1, 2014
I met up with Pm Gallery’s owner Powell MacDougall at the Toronto International Art Fair (TIAF) this year hoping to find out her little secret behind her innovative gallery located on Dundas Street West just after Dufferin Street. MacDougall recently celebrated her love for art with a Ten Year anniversary Show that showcased what her gallery is all about.
Stream of Subconsciousness
Kathryn Bemrose Summons a Stream of Subconsciousness
AUGUST 20th, 2014
Bemrose is striving, as Emile Bourduas once did, to transpose the stream of consciousness to canvas. Emile Bourduas was the founder of the Quebecois group The Automatistes in the 1940’s. “The present exists in response to the past. I find this difficult and challenging, which is why I am appreciative of the Automatistes,” explains Bemrose.
August 3, 2014
An interview with Toronto's very own, Carly Waito reveals the story and process behind her fascination with minerals and gems.
AUGUST 8th, 2014
Matthew Carver is a Kitchener/Waterloo based artist/educator. He has had solo exhibitions in Canada, Berlin, Malaysia and Singapore. His latest body of works are dystopian, fictitious interiors housing an intersection of his travels to the East with the West.
OP ART Re-Imaged: Imaginable Spaces
MAY 21 - JUNE 21, 2014
Curated by Madi Piller and Kate Wilson
The show was inspired by The Optical or Op Art movement, grandfathered by Victor Vasarely in the 1930’s, his imagery has fueled Piller throughout her life. “Op Art re-imaged: Imaginable spaces lives beyond the walls of the gallery - like a Vasarely painting.” (Madi Piller)
MAY 31, 2014
It has been some time since I’ve caught up with Toronto-based artist, Paddy Leung. The last time I spoke to her, she was doing her quirky drawings - Paddy has since transformed her 2-D images to 3-D installations. Her playful creations can be found anywhere from gallery spaces, to store front window displays, to events, and children’s birthday parties.
IMAGE OF DETACHMENT: APR 2 - 26, 2014 @Gallery M Contemporary
Polish artist Grazyna Adamska-Jarecka shares with us her extremely personal and intimate self portraits.
JANUARY 1, 2014
Checking in with Christy Langer after moving from Toronto to Berlin. Her artwork will be making an appearance in Toronto in a group exhibition titled Op-Art Re-Imagined, hosted by the Toronto Animated Image Society (curated by Madi Piller) it opens Saturday May 24, 2014 at Trinity Square Video and the Women’s Art Resource Centre (both located in 401 Richmond, Toronto).
TEMPORAL MATTER: DEC 7-29, 2013 @ Loop Gallery
“Living life as a continuum is pivotal…”
Campbell’s latest body of work is elegantly and very precisely put together, the imagery is both futuristic and organic. “While thinking about this new work and how to overlay composite imagery, consideration was given to what is real, also the symbolic and the abstract.
SCRAMBLE: JUN 6 - JUL 6, 2013 @Christopher Cutts Gallery
José Bellver as a painter has a devoted awareness to colour, texture, and value. A further examination of the works assembled for Scramble, shows his sensibility to light, depth, and value as he plays with different textures and mediums that reflect light.