Elizabeth Parke

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Getting Rid of Ourselves at OCAD University

Claire Fontaine. Untitled (Tennis ball sculpture), 2008. Mixed media. Images courtesy of Onsite [at] OCAD University and OCADU Visual Resources – Melissa Jean Clark

Getting Rid of Ourselves, a group show curated by London-based Helena Reckitt at OCAD University, features work by various individual artists and four artist collectives, most of them British. Many of the included works draw on Michel Foucault’s concepts of the subject to address the theme of how subjectivity is regulated and produced. Reckitt, who before moving to London was senior curator at Toronto’s Power[.....]

Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Henry Moore. Falling Warrior, 1956-57; 
bronze; 
65 x 154 x 85 cm. 
Tate Modern, London
 © The Henry Moore Foundation. All Rights Reserved, DACS / SODRAC (2013)

Francis Bacon and Henry Moore are known for producing curvilinear compositions and contorted human forms that often double back upon and swoop around themselves. In contrast, the Art Gallery of Ontario’s dual retrospective of the artists, titled Terror and Beauty, takes a distinctly linear approach. Passing over divergent biographical information about the artists (such as that Henry Moore was the son of a coal miner[.....]

Mike Nelson: Amnesiac Hide at The Power Plant

Mike Nelson. Quiver of Arrows, 2010; mixed media. Courtesy of The Power Plant

Recently, it seems that when Toronto’s mayor isn’t making headlines, the city’s overheated condo market is. Getting to Amnesiac Hide, Mike Nelson’s exhibition at The Power Plant, is an exercise in navigating the realities of this fervor. Queen’s Quay, the city’s so-called “revived waterfront,” is undergoing a makeover in the midst of rising condo towers, which makes for a messy route to the gallery. But[.....]

Nobuo Kubota: Sonic Scores at YYZ Artists Outlet

Schwoop. Bap. Tschk-tschk. Dom. Dung. No, the start to this review isn’t full of typos; it’s my attempt at onomatopoeia to capture the sounds that greet viewers at Nobuo Kubota’s YYZ exhibit Sonic Scores. Kubota is a Canadian multimedia artist who often uses sound in his work. His practice is inspired by an interest in jazz and Zen Buddhism, and Sonic Scores presents elements attributed[.....]

Geoffrey Farmer: A Light in the Moon at Mercer Union

One imagines that Geoffrey Farmer must go through millions of X-Acto knives a year. The Vancouver-based artist is known for his cutouts of images culled from books, magazines, and other printed material, which have been exhibited at Documenta(13) and at the Tate. In his new work Boneyard (2013), currently on view at Mercer Union, Farmer adapts his signature technique—excising  any traces of context through the[.....]

Yam Lau: Tour China at Hamilton Artists Inc.

Canada has a strong history of artist-run spaces; from Montreal to Vancouver, Winnipeg to Halifax, alternative spaces for displaying art are as Canadian as hockey. Hamilton Artists Inc. is a key voice in this tradition of noncommercial spaces directed by artists. What is innovative about their current exhibition, Yam Lau’s Tour China, is that the gallery space is turned outward; the show consists of a single piece[.....]

Trade Marks at Prefix ICA

Located in the heart of Toronto’s historic garment district is Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art. While this might seem at first an accident of geography, it gains significance in light of Prefix’s recently opened group show, Trade Marks, in which the featured artists explore textiles, their relationship as First Nation artists to trade, and the contested geographies and histories of Ontario. Trade Marks, curated by[.....]