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24th January – 28th February, 2013
Reception 2pm – 4pm, Sunday, January 27th
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Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery
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The past couple of months have been a flurry of activity and opportunity. I was fortunate enough to view several worthwhile art exhibitions in both Toronto and Ottawa.
A complimentary pass compelled me to take a few hours to view Art Toronto 2010. Although my pace was brisk, there was a notable decline in the show of photography. There were plenty of paintings ranging from the commercially slick to the gutsy. Poignant paintings by Jean-Pierre Ruel stopped me dead in my tracks; his abstracted figurations pulsing in a seemingly still grey ground.
I then ventured to Ottawa. There I viewed Carl Beam’s work, an Ojibwa artist from Manitoulin Island, Ontario who has a retrospective on at The National Gallery. As an artist, he is obsessed with creating and interpreting his own experience in relation to his native /Euro-American background and today’s world. His The Whale of Our Being project touched a nerve in me; perhaps, herein lies a prophesy:
‘”Under the umbrella of the whale are commodification and dollars and killing…whatever happened to the whale…in some kind of way happens to everything else.” (Curator’s notes, I think)
My last foray in exhibitions occurred at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). The house was packed for the film screening of Kinngait (pronounced King night). Kinngait is the
world-renowned, Inuit owned and operated art cooperative in Cape Dorset, Baffin Island. The film portrays first hand accounts of the beginnings of the Kinngait studio in the 1950’s to the present day. The film beautifully articulates the generational shift in artistic expression and style due to changes in community, way of life and globalization. I highly recommend viewing this film, particularly if you have an interest in Inuit art.
Now comfortably satiated from the visual feast, I feel ready for a period of hibernation. But wait! The ARTbus is coming…
I would love to know whether you went to any of these art exhibitions. If you did, what were your impressions? Be sure to leave me a comment.
I have encountered an artist fascinated with Ping. Tap the end of a metal rod upon a concrete floor and you hear, a Ping! The sound is held, somewhere in mid air, ‘where time and space are epitomized’.
The theme of self betrayal inspires a colleague to negotiate it through dance.
Figurative collages by Wangechi Mutu, currently on show at the Art Gallery of Ontario, are distinctive in style. Her work is provocative; seduction and disturbance are at play; the final image is powerful. A mother protectively draws her young son’s gaze away from the encased collages – something caught his curiosity – a familiarity perhaps, disturbingly incomprehensible to a child’s mind.
Uncertain as to how these seemingly disparate short term events will act upon my mind and my heart.
I attended the Artist Project this past weekend, held at the Queen Elizabeth Building, Toronto. Overall, there was a lot of the same old same old contrasted by some experimental attempts at self expression. However, a few displays did catch my attention. I cannot resist traditional painting that is exceptionally well done, nor the very painterly executed with an urgency to push the margins; add to that, a playful, well crafted visual statement on the better times. Unavoidable with all large, disjointed exhibits is my feeling of vertigo which signals a departure. I stepped out into the full sun.
It’s been a month since John Brown’s book launch and opening at the Olga Korper Gallery. His paintings resonate so deeply for me. I first set my eyes upon his works in 1993 and since then subsequent exposures continue to affect me, so visceral the experience. They speak to the psyche and the body. And no matter how intent I am in trying to shake them off these highly individual and drop dead gorgeous abstractions insist on penetrating further into my sensory memory.
photos by Mississauga News Staff Photographer Daniel Ho
The opening at the Art Gallery of Mississauga was exciting. People were curious enough to engage in the questioning of my intent. Their imaginations conjured up all kinds of images. Ah, the creative well – limitless!
The jazz trio lightened my step.
Yousha Liu and Bob Trumbley examine some of the art work by Toronto Artist Ina Puchala.
Robert Javornich discusses Ina Puchala’s abstract expressionist painting while George Lukjanczuk and Valentina Deek look on.