Posts Tagged ‘Toronto’

From the Archives – Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art

Today we bring you an article from our archives, a review of Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art. Author Caitlin Sutherland notes that the show “addresses the intersection of conceptual art and writing from a unique perspective. The use of the term after in the title does not necessarily reference a chronological narrative in which conceptual writing emerged from post-conceptual art. Instead, it may signify the relationship between the two[…..]

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[…..]

Graeme Patterson: Secret Citadel at the Art Gallery of Hamilton

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Despite its universal connotations, Secret Citadel, a mixed-media installation and video projection by Canadian artist Graeme Patterson, explores the nuances of male bonding and friendship from an intensely personal perspective. The narrative of the exhibition, currently on view at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, unfolds in four parts featuring two distinct characters—a bison dressed in blue and a cougar dressed in orange—at seemingly disparate stages[…..]

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[…..]

Séripop: Looming at YYZ

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I first came across Montréal artist duo Séripop (Chloe Lum and Yannick Desranleau) a number of years ago when I was more embedded in the indie music scene here in Canada. In this sphere, the pair are known for their layered, DIY gig posters and refreshingly offbeat graphic design work. Despite their disregard for the formal rules of graphic design, Lum and Desranleau possess an intuitive[…..]

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[…..]

Ruinophilia: Luke Painter’s Rebound at Le Gallery

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There’s something dark and morose underlying Luke Painter’s surreal, methodical drawings installed at Le Gallery on Toronto’s Dundas Street West. While the compositions and their titles are playful in their kitschy pop-cultural references, the flattened perspective field, broken architectural fragments, and dampened chromatic tones create a sense of uneasiness within the viewer. Painter is traditionally trained as a printmaker, though over the last number of[…..]