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

Eugenia Loli//Collage Art

A Good Day's Hunt

A Good Day’s Hunt

Pervasive Relationship

Pervasive Relationship

Dusty and Dicey

Dusty and Dicey

Kali

Kali

Throttled Infrastructure

Throttled Infrastructure

If She Fits, She Sits

If She Fits, She Sits

Every Act of Creation is First an Act of Destruction

Every Act of Creation is First an Act of Destruction

Capture I and II

Capture I and II

Omega-3

Omega-3

Soft Kisses, Stinging Bites

Soft Kisses, Stinging Bites

Am I in a scene from a Monty Python movie or tripping out on acid? My thoughts exactly as I look through California based artist Eugenia Loli‘s collages. Where else will you see an Alaskan King Crab on a woman’s face while she’s putting on lipstick in a canyon? However bizarre her compositions are, they work and I’m on the market to snatch up one of these prints…

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Wonderlust // Sarah Anne Johnson

After my internship at Stephen Bulger Gallery, I’ve got to say Sarah Anne Johnson was by far one of my favourite artists we represent. Specifically I loved her Wonderlust series which challenges the psychology and physicality of intimacy. She asked around for volunteers and friends to let her into their homes and take intimate photographs of them with their partners or just alone in the nude. She challenges the idea of straight photography because photography is more than what something looks like but it captures the feeling of the moment and that’s why she retouches photographs with paint, scratches, glitter- anything that recreates the intimacy she felt during her sessions.

Something about these photographs reveal something that is more organic and intimate than a regular nude photograph even though she manipulated them with mixed media. It feels as though we are invited in the same room with the subjects and Johnson, feeling the same emotional and physical closeness as we look into the lives and relationships of the subjects. Some argue that this series transgress the boundaries between private and public realms, stating that these images are too honest and too intimate- but Johnson balances this by using soft lighting and her use of painting, drawing, and collage.

Sparkles III, 2013 chromogenic print with glitter 28″ x 42″

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Splatter Paint, 2013 chromogenic print with oil paint 30″ x 44″

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Dripping Rainbow, 2013 chromogenic print with photospotting ink 28 x 42″

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Burnt, 2013 burned chromogenic print 28″ x 42″

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Kissing Gold, 2013 Unique chromogenic image with gold leaf

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Green Room (Scratched Cloud), 2013 incised chromogenic print 27 7/8″ x 41 7/8″

Check out the rest of her work on Julie Saul Gallery and Stephen Bulger Gallery

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Art History, Contemporary Art, Culture

New Summer Reads

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So I just got these in the mail today and I have never been so excited to read books! If you’re interested in contemporary art and what the art industry is like give these a read. The $12 Million Dollar Stuffed Shark talks about the economics and marketing of contemporary art and patterns of investment. Seven Days in the Art World is a day-in-the-life narrative of the inner workings of the contemporary art world set in New York, Los Angeles, London, Venice, Tokyo, and Basel. I’ll keep you all updated.

Here are the deeper synopses of each book:

The $12 Million Dollar Stuffed Shark by Don Thompson

Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton 

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