Exhibition review by Liang Hai:
In the past years, her focus on creation has gradually transferred from interpreting the literal environment to exploring possibilities of abstraction.
Yun Hyong-Keun at David Zwirner
Yun Hyong-Keun was a major artist--and, more than likely, a great one. His range of emotion, in these charged, near monochromatic paintings, is marked by a sober intensity bordering on tragic vision.
Dragon and Maidens - Sobin Park
Sobin Park, originally from Korea, now lives in Beijing, where she maintains her studio. By inundating the work of art with so much weighted drawing, Park can sometimes lean far toward tangles of black that can seem isolated.
“The Pencil Is Key"
The artists being shown at the Drawing Center were jailed not so much for what they expressed as for what they believed or even simply for being who they were; usually, the art they made, unlike a writer’s political texts, was not considered an actionable offense.
Bill Traylor at Zwirner
There may have been a time when this body of work would have been called naive or outsider art, but that time is past; moreover, such simplistic terms don’t do justice to the complex subtlety of Traylor’s artistic production.
Antonia Papatzanaki "Microscopies"
Consulate General of Greece in New York
As a demonstration of contemporary visual thinking, the exhibition reveals the artist’s determination to work out compositions whose execution relays the smallest kinds of systems found in nature.
"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.
Han Qin: "Ethereal Evolution"
The therapeutic power characterizing Han’s paintings recently attained a new form of expression which could affect a much broader domain. Once she earned herself a bigger exhibition venue, dance-like movements of her figures finally got the chance to break through the pictorial surface.
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."
L U M I S E T
The musical duo, Lumiset, from Sweden debut album is inspired by snow. The album is released on an interactive website.
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”.
Victor Romao: Growing up Rural
"In Sigmund Freud's essay titled Das Unheimliche", or "The Uncanny", he describes how a severed human limb can cause one to experience uncanniness due to our fear that it may still move, though we know it's not possible. This combination of fear and confusion is a result the familiar clashing with the unfamiliar and visa versa. I'm also playing with the words "limb" and "violence"…as in the act of severing a part from its host."
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.
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...
Studio Visit: ANNA PANTCHEVA
"I am pushing my drawing practice to a more physical level; it’s been what feels like an athletic and grueling pursuit to excavate my graphite drawings and turn them into multiple 10 foot long 3D cut outs."
An Interview with Emily Gove Curator/Director at Xpace
This exhibition was inspired by zines and mix tapes; the artists and works were selected in an intuitive, relational way.
July 30th-August 22nd, 2015
Artists Involved: Lauren Cullen, Beth Frey, Katie Morton and Amy Wong
Curated By: Emily Gove
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.
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.
OCTOBER 27th, 2014
Moon Room at Narwhal Contemporary was curated by Kristin Weckworth and emitted mystery and magic, engaging the powers that be.
THE WORLD IS VAST and YOU ARE NOT
OCTOBER 4th, 2014
AMY WONG... "I’m basically an angry Asian feminist disguised as an oil painter. Hah! I’m occupying a space that isn’t intrinsically welcoming to me. It feels performative because it’s very simply about presence, asserting that presence, and being loud about it."
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.
Yang Cao & Susan Szenes
FOUR: MAR 12 - 29, 2014 @Gallery M Contemporary
A group exhibition showcasing paintings from four emerging, Toronto based artists. Susan Szenes and Yang Cao are two artists amongst the group that has caught my eye in this show.
Andrew Rucklidge and Max Johnston
SHIFTER^HUNTER & DIMENSIONAL OSCILLATION : MAR 1 - APR 2, 2014 @Christopher Cutts Gallery
New works by Toronto based artists, Andrew Rucklidge and Max Johnston
FEBRUARY 13th, 2014
Tasman Richardson, a Toronto video artist shares his impressions after showing his work at London Art Fair UK! Also a new body of work to be unveiled in the near future at Neubacher Shor Contemporary in Toronto.
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.
GLITTER: APR 4 - 14, 2013 @AWOL Gallery
Hair, diamonds, dazzling colour - a girls best friend? Why is femininity associated with such spectacle? We ask Rachel Ludlow whose recent exhibition titled “Glitter” at AWOL gallery displayed such eye candy.