Posts Tagged ‘Toronto’

Fan Mail: Gillian Willans

Mise-en-scene: Prelude, 2013; acrylic, oil on canvas; 11 x 14 in. Courtesy of the Artist and Telephone Booth Gallery, Toronto.

For this edition of Fan Mail, artist Gillian Willans of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada has been selected from our commendable reader submissions. Two artists are featured each month—the next one could be you! If you would like to be considered, please submit your website link to info@dailyserving.com with “Fan Mail” in the subject line. Gillian Willans’s series Mise-en-scène: The Paris Suite is on view at the Telephone Booth Gallery in Toronto,[…..]

Artificial Two-Step: Elizabeth Zvonar’s Banal Baroque

Elizabeth Zvonar, Cummy Loubous, 2013. Porcelain. (installation view) Image courtesy of Daniel Faria Gallery

A distressed pair of white porcelain shoes with red soles and a cast golden index finger seductively beckon you upon first entering Elizabeth Zvonar’s exhibition Banal Baroque at Daniel Faria Gallery in Toronto. The heels of the shoes are warped, the feet inside almost brainy in texture. Sawed off abruptly at the base of the ankle, the feet, shoes, and the vibrant red soles are[…..]

I am not there and I am not here

Jamelie Hassan, At the Far Edge of Words continues to October 14 at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, 952 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario.

Although difficult to generalize, a common theme ties together the exhibitions currently on view at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) and the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU). “At the Far Edge of Words” and “Imaginary Homelands” engage on some level, with the complex reflections of the artists cultural identity in relation to their exchanges with western culture, concepts of otherness, and navigating the[…..]

Stan Douglas: Entertainment: Selections from Midcentury Studio at The Power Plant

To make the images for Midcentury Studio, a selection of which are at The Power Plant in Toronto until 4 March, Stan Douglas not only constructed a working period studio stocked with authentic equipment from the post-war North America that these images ‘document’, he also invented an impressively resourceful fictional character, a working photojournalist of the time, to make them. Douglas cast himself in the[…..]

The Grange Prize for Contemporary Photography

Canada’s Grange Prize officially launched last month in Toronto. The Prize, now in it’s fourth year,  nominates four contemporary photographers, two from Canada and two from a different partner country—this year India—but lets the world decide the winner. The prize is one of many corporate-institutional partnerships (the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize presented by The Photographer’s Gallery, for example, or Canada’s recently inaugurated Scotiabank Photography Award,[…..]

Art Spin at the new 99

A walk along Toronto’s west Queen West these days is a journey through a neighbourhood still in the throes of gentrification. With a thriving gallery scene now fully entrenched, the condos are going up, taking shape amidst the soaring cranes and massive construction pits. A little jaunt south of the main drag, a newly-renovated 99 Sudbury now holds a fitness club and event spaces, as[…..]

Robert Lendrum: I’ve Been Shot

In the 1988 action film, Die Hard, John McClane (played by Bruce Willis) hustles around a Los Angeles skyscraper—sweat-soaked and shirtless—in an effort to save his wife and other hostages from a ruthless terrorist group. At various points throughout the film, McClane (an NYPD officer) survives a partial jump from an exploding building and smashes through a plate glass window. Basically, he is injured to[…..]