This is Ontario College of Art and Design’s (OCAD) first alumni exhibition, a voluntary initiative made possible by some very committed individuals, two years in the making. Opening night, Art Square Gallery & Cafe was bustling in an air of celebration. Elbow to elbow, savoring mouthfuls of sweet fruit and wine, the crowd was a fine blend of generations.
Fifty artists were showcased across all art and design disciplines. I found great pleasure in Dennis Burton’s, Cyan Orange Red 1964, a fresh simplification of collage and colour. Vale 2010 by Catherine proved evocative.
Not only was the vernissage a mutual opportunity to exchange vignettes on our professional practice and the business of art, it was an affirmation of our durability and commitment. We’re still kicking around!
The show continues until Sunday, Nov 28th
Art Square Gallery & Cafe, 334 Dundas St. W,
The squares and fools have left my studio for an art bazaar at B ART Gallery, Toronto. It’s an eclectic show of painting, photography, glass and sculpture. The gallery’s mandate is to showcase work that is ‘provocative and edgy created in the fusion between art and design’.
Not only did I attend the opening to meet colleagues, but I wanted to satisfy a curiosity. With sixteen artists exhibiting, did the squares and fools have a proper presence? Indeed, they did.
The Squares, a series of 23 miniature oil paintings, hang casually on one wall. Had someone alerted me to entertaining such scale of work, I would have drowned their words with uproarious laughter. Undeniably, a spell is cast in this world of tininess; wherein lies a delicacy and minuteness of complexity. Bounded in this 2 inch square, space is transfigured.
Around the corner, 3 framed subjects from The Fool’s Paradise suite (acrylic on paper) are poised in orderly sequence upon the whitewashed wall.
The show closes Oct 9th. To find out more about B Art Gallery, visit www.bartgallery.ca