Contemporary Art, Culture

Art Toronto 2015

So I know I’ve been a little MIA recently, and for those who don’t know I’ve moved to Lake Louise, Alberta for a bit to work. It’s definitely been an adjustment from the city life I’m used to, but I love it here so far. But recently I got the opportunity to come back to Toronto last week to participate in Art Toronto 2015, Canada’s contemporary art fair and I worked with Susan Eley from Susan Eley Fine Art Gallery in New York City.

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“You Look Great” by Jade Rude, Cavier20

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At first, I was a little scared and wasn’t sure what to expect but Susan made it so easy for me and taught me so much about what it’s like to work at an art fair (I finally learned what those little red dots mean!). She has been to many art fairs south of the border in Miami but has never been to one in Canada, so the fair was new to both of us. I bumped into a few people I knew from Gallery 44 and Stephen Bulger Gallery also had a solo booth for Larry Towell and I was nice to catch up with old friends. I could have definitely picked up my game and spoke to more new people, but for my first art fair I think I did well. I met some representatives from the Canadian Embassies who were looking to purchase Canadian art to put in embassies all over the world and I thought that was a pretty neat job and definitely something to look into for the future. 

There was so much to see and even though I was at the fair for 6 days, I barely got through each booth. It was mainly galleries from Toronto and Canada but the director told us that she was hoping to make it more international next year. There were even a few galleries from Tel Aviv, Paris, London, and New York but hopefully next year will include more. You could see anything from a sculpture of a life-sized horse that costed so much it could send me to England for my Master’s Degree and I’d still have a little left over, to drawings of mystical and creepy dreams of burning houses from D3 Gallery.

Here are some of my favourites from the fair:

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Top to Bottom: “Countercurrent Flow Big” by Marck from Gallerie de Bellefeuille, Période Supplémentaire” by Serge Lemoyne from Yves LaRoche Gallery (who also showed some Clet graffiti pieces referenced in my other post), unknown gallery shot, “Un morceau de dehors” by Karine Payette, unknown gallery shot, Aggregation series by Kwang-Young Chun from Landau Fine Art, “Dreams of awakening here in this brightness” by Sherri Hay from Christopher Cutts Gallery, “À distance perdue” by Karine Payette, “Boy Falling” by Vivian Kahra from Susan Eley Fine Art

I was absolutely obsessed with “Countercurrent Flow Big” at Gallerie de Bellefeuille and pretty much stopped by each day on my lunch break just to watch the performance piece. I also really loved “Bathing in Bliss” by Joshua Jenson-Nagle at Bau-Xi Gallery. I didn’t get a good picture of it due to the plexiglass it was mounted on but I will insert one here:

"Bathing in Bliss" by Joshua Jensen-Nagle, Bau-Xi Gallery

“Bathing in Bliss” by Joshua Jensen-Nagle, Bau-Xi Gallery

Many people asked me how I got this opportunity and honestly, it was a mixture of luck and knowing the right people. I met with Emilia Ziemba who at the time was working at Red Head Gallery in Toronto a couple years ago and she remembered me and suggested me for the position.

It was such an experience and hopefully next year I will be able to do it all over again, if not working then definitely will come visit the fair if I’m not in school in London yet…but hopefully fingers crossed I will be in England…

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Art History, Contemporary Art, Culture, Travel

Art Institute of Chicago

Hello all! I know it’s been a while since I last posted but I’ve been away for some time and working lots. I promise I am working hard on keeping this blog updated. There are some really exciting things coming.

A few weeks ago, I was in Chicago for Lollapalooza and decided to visit the iconic Art Institute of Chicago (remember that scene in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off?). It is rated the #1 museum in the world according to Tripadvisor in 2014 and I can tell why. AIC probably tops the MoMA for me with its collection of Edgar Degas and Van Gogh, and modern and contemporary art collections, I was left in awe at each corner. What I especially liked about it was it’s flow and organization. I felt like I had enough time and space to explore each room and not overwhelmed by the works or the amount of people. And not to mention its staff! I met some of the most friendly people who worked there who are always willing to talk to you.

“Linear Construction in Space No. 2” and “Linear Construction No. 4” by Naum Gabo

Frank Stella

“Hat Rack” by Marcel Duchamp

“Counter-Composition” by Theo Van Doesburg

“American Gothic” by Grant Wood (did you know that the couple in the painting is supposed to be a father and unmarried daughter? The “farmer” was actually Wood’s dentist, and the woman is Wood’s sister.)

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Francis Bacon

The AIC featured a Charles Ray exhibition- his first major exhibition since a mid career retrospective in 1998 and features four new sculptures only on view in Chicago.

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Chicago-born Ray has reinvented contemporary sculptural practice since the early 1980s using aluminum and stainless steel to create a fluid like and reflective effect in his life-size and over-life-size sculptures. His works were like nothing I’ve ever seen up close. The bas-relief sculptures from afar looked flat and linear but once you got closer you realize how the depth and perception can affect how you look at a piece. The works are created from a combination of long process of study, experimentation, and a painstakingly meticulous attention to detail, control and discipline (some of his works takes as long as ten years to make!). His pieces are utterly timeless and contemporary at the same time leaving its audiences reminiscing about childhood, sleep, ghosts, and self-portraiture as well as a combination of a new medium and ancient sculptural techniques such as bas relief.IMG_0494Processed with VSCOcam with a5 preset

The show is on until October 4th, and if the staff is friendly they’ll let you take some fun pictures 😉

Have any of you ever been to AIC? What were some of your favourite works?

 

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Contemporary Art

Javier de Riba

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Javier de Riba is a catalan designer and artist born in Barcelona. He currently works as a part of the Reskate Art & Crafts Collective, developing graphics and communication projects focusing on sustainability and human treatment. In this particular project, he spray paints beautiful geometric patterns on floors and gives new life to abandoned buildings.

 

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Contemporary Art, Contemporary Design, Culture

Lernert & Sander

What I would do to to spend a day in the heads of Dutch artists and filmmakers Lernert & Sander. They’re known for their high-conceptual art films, installations, amusing aesthetics and brash sense of humour.

Recently Lernert & Sander created “Cube”, a photo of 98 unprocessed raw foods cut into extremely precise laser-cut squares. The piece was commissioned by Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant for their their food-themed documentary photography issue.

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They’ve also collaborated with designers and companies such as COS, Unilever, Jean Paul Gaultier, Eastpak, and MTV to name a few. Here are some of my favourites:

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Treats in the Streets x Jim Bachor

Wanksy via facebook

Wanksy via facebook

We can all admit it: Potholes suck. Not only are they bad for your tires and dangerous for cyclists, they are just overall eyesores. Some people just ignore them by driving around them, while others embrace them by simply changing them. You might have heard of the mysterious stylings of potholes by Wanksy, but have you heard of Chicago artist Jim Bachor? He fixes city potholes by filling them with themed mosaics for his series “Treats in the Streets”.

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Images via Bachor’s Facebook

For UK based street artist Wanksy, he spray painted penises around potholes that were being ignored by the city’s council in order to get them filled faster. Bachor goes for a less-obscene route, he uses hand-cut pieces of italian glass and marble to leave his mark on this world and also make this world a little prettier at the same time.

I’m a fan and I will be looking for his work when I’m back in Chicago in July! I can’t wait!

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Hiromi Tango

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From top to bottom: Now New Neo (2015), Sea Tears (2014), Monster Hotel and details (2014), NatureNurture (2015), Tears (2014) from Hiromi Tango and designboom

Hiromi Tango constructs and weaves by hand every wild and colourful environment with donated materials and fabrics with each embodying the personal histories and emotional memories of the donors. Focusing on mental health, she uses colour, light, texture, and performance to create environments to spark a sensory experience for each of the participants to explore.

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