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Hugo Slepoy nos hace caminar con la vista - TorontoEnter...  
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at EVOKE Gallery, Toronto November 27th, 2014 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Posted 5/11/15

Hugo Slepoy nos hace caminar con la vista - TorontoEntero Hugo Slepoy nos hace caminar con la vista - TorontoEnter... A color o en blanco y negro, los paisajes trazados a mano alzada aparecen llenos de interesantes detalles arquitectónicos de edificios históricos y moderno View on www.torontoentero.ca Preview by Yahoo ... [more]

20141106181218-at_preuzmimo_bencic_still_1 Althea Thauberger: Preuzmimo Benčić (Take Back Benčić) by Sam Ackerley  
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Althea Thauberger at Susan Hobbs Gallery November 27th, 2014 - January 10th
Posted 1/9/15

Althea Thauberger: Preuzmimo Benčić (Take Back Benčić) Review by Sam Ackerley 23 December 2014 Althea Thauberger, Preuzmimo Benčić (Take Back Benčić), 2014, film Vancouver-based artist Althea Thauberger is tough to pin down. Her varied research-centric projects have taken her around the world – from a military base in Kandahar to a remote community in Kashmir, an apartment building in Victoria to a psychiatric hospital in Prague. The results of her most recent project, filmed in... [more]

20141106181218-at_preuzmimo_bencic_still_1 Althea Thauberger Casts Kids as … Us by Blake Gopnik  
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Althea Thauberger at Susan Hobbs Gallery November 27th, 2014 - January 10th
Posted 1/9/15

Althea Thauberger Casts Kids as … Us Blake Gopnik, Thursday, December 18, 2014 This is a still from Althea Thauberger's video called “Preuzmimo Benčić (Take Back Benčić)", which I recently caught at Susan Hobbs gallery in Toronto. (Click on my image to view a clip.) Thauberger's work is always fiendishly complex but also reliably compelling, and this is no exception. The video is set and was shot in the Croatian port city of Rijeka, in the abandoned (but gorgeous) Rikard Benčić factory complex; the factory's potential reuse has apparently been the subject of great civic debate and tension. For her piece, Thauberger got 67 local children to improvise possible reuse scenarios, with some playing factory workers retrained for the “creative industries" and others playing local administrators with their own ideas for the site, while still others play bosses and laborers. (Although none of those roles are all that clearly defined; misdirection and confusion are the order of the day.) If I've made the video sound dry and academic, the crucial antidote to that is the element of absurdity that the kids inject into things – into Thauberger's video, as a work of art, but also into the political and cultural conflicts they act out. I'm somehow reminded of the Houyhnhnm chapter in Gulliver's Travels, where “dumb" animals come off as smarter than the most sophisticated of (adult) humans. But as with Swift's chapter, the meaning of Thauberger's video can't be pinned down to some simple political or moral message. The real world of adult decision-making is every bit as confusing and complex – and ludicrous – as children's play.... [more]

20141216083546-10841708_10152878753610270_1580296736_n ArtSlant Presents Philippa's Page 3 Pin-Ups  
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12/16/14 Posted 12/16/14

Selected by London-based writer Philippa Snow, ArtSlant's Page 3 Pin-Ups is an acerbic take on the topless tabloid muse. The new weekly series is inspired by Playboy’s Playmates, Page Three, and Letters To Penthouse: for anyone who’s ever muttered the phrase “fuck contemporary art” and really meant it. Today’s internet-smashing pin-up is notable for the fact she has everything the modern gentleman wants: an ass that won’t quit, one that Sir Mix-A-Lot (O.B.E.) would love. Sh... [more]

20140917181653-lyall_artforumpageflat Scott Lyall  
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Scott Lyall at Susan Hobbs Gallery October 16th, 2014 - November 22nd, 2014
Posted 1/9/15

esse.ca Scott Lyall: Susan Hobbs, Toronto, October 16 – November 22, 2014 By Dagmara Genda Scott Lyall, Black Glass (οἴνοπα πόντον), installation view, 2014. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid, courtesy of Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto Images made through digital techniques often explicitly reference mass production, authorship or commercial processes, yet Scott Lyall's recent exhibition at Susan Hobbs is marked by a very human touch. Despite th... [more]

20140223090224-jb Watchlist Artist: Zin Taylor  
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Zin Taylor at Jessica Bradley Gallery 2/23/14 Posted 2/23/14

Jessica Bradley Gallery is pleased to present Brussels-based Canadian artist Zin Taylor’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery.Since 2012, Taylor’s ongoing body of work, The Story of Stripes and Dots, has been exhibited internationally. Spanning sculpture, painting, drawing, collage, video and sound, Taylor’s storytelling begins with formal hallmarks of abstraction, the stripe and the dot. With an expansive and philosophical approach to art making, Taylor employs familiar v... [more]

Sobey Art Award 2014: Call for nominations  
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2/10/14 Posted 2/10/14

Deadline: February 28, 2014 The annual total prize value for the Sobey Art Award, Canada’s pre-eminent contemporary art award, has been increased to 100,000 CAD. In addition to the 50,000 CAD prize awarded to the winner of the Sobey Art Award, additional funding will increase the award to each of the four remaining short-listed artists to 10,000 CAD (previously 5,000 CAD) and to introduce a 500 CAD award to each of the remaining 20 long-listed artists. “The Sobey Art A... [more]

20131121082118-01_boudreau Watchlist Artist: Olivia Boudreau  
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Olivia Boudreau at Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects 11/21/13 Posted 11/21/13

In The Steam Bath, a video installation by Olivia Boudreau, women appear and disappear through dissolving curtains of steam. Old and young, the women lie back, slouch, and sit on sauna benches. Within this life-size frame of blue tiled walls, Boudreau lulls us towards a sentient experience of an intimate interior. On the screen, the humidity is palpable: hair is wet and skin is slick. As the hiss of hot air clears for the first time, a lingering veil of performance settles in. In what feels... [more]

Art Toronto Opens This Week: Our Upcoming Coverage of the Fair  
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10/21/13 Posted 10/21/13

Art Toronto is Canada's largest gathering of international contemporary art, a world-class affair that attracts the many collectors and arts professionals of Canada to its cultural hub. Our Art Toronto Special Edition, coming out this week, will give you an in-depth preview of what to see, which booths to visit, and what artists to watch out for at the fair and out in the city! *ArtSlant's Special Editions cover worldwide art fairs, biennials and the art world. M... [more]

Art Gallery of Ontario celebrates opening week of 'David Bowie is' (Sep. 25 - Nov. 27, 2013)  
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9/13/13 Posted 9/13/13

(Excerpt from 'David Bowie is dressing up and staying out late during opening week at the AGO' posted on AGO website. Found here http://www.ago.net/david-bowie-is-dressing-up-and-staying-out-late-during-opening-week-at-the-ago) An exhibit of iconic British pop star David Bowie’s costumes, lyrics and other memorabilia will go on display at Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario, straight from the Victoria & Albert museum in London, England. The record-breaking exhibition David Bowie is makes its... [more]

Aimia | AGO Photography Prize announces 2013 short list  
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8/31/13 Posted 8/31/13

(Excerpt from 'Art Gallery of Ontario' posted on e-flux. Found here http://www.e-flux.com/announcements/aimia-ago-photography-prize-announces-2013-short-list) The Aimia | AGO Photography Prize is Canada's largest photography prize and one of the largest arts and culture prize programs in the world. On August 27, Aimia, a global leader in loyalty management, and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), announced the four artists who have been shortlisted for the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize, Canada’s leading internatio... [more]

20130530165044-cobain_lr FrameWork 8/13: Althea Thauberger on Duane Linklater  
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Duane Linklater at Susan Hobbs Gallery June 20th, 2013 - August 10th, 2013
Posted 8/15/13

A STORY Upon stepping off Tecumseth Street and entering the gallery, a massive diagonal graphic stretching from ceiling to floor, like a cartoon lightning bolt, startles. It seems a bit funny. Overly dramatic or inappropriate. It is a bright, sunny, psycho yellow,[1] and sings, or zings, against the white. In the far corner, hang two prints with images you know. Out of habit, you glance left (where there is a framed print),[2] hesitate for a second, and walk towards it. The matte and frame are unfashio... [more]

20130530165044-cobain_lr Duane Linklater - Artforum Review  
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Duane Linklater at Susan Hobbs Gallery June 20th, 2013 - August 10th, 2013
Posted 8/15/13

SUSAN HOBBS GALLERY 137 Tecumseth Street June 20–August 10 Growing up on the land of the Moose Cree First Nation near the tip of James Bay in northern Ontario, Duane Linklater had two choices in or out: by small plane or, more frequently, via the Ontario Northland Railway, which, until government cutbacks forced the closure of the southern segment of the line last year, ran some 530 (often desolate) miles between the town of Moosonee and Toronto. To call it a lifeline might be an overstatement, but for Linklater... [more]

20130530165044-cobain_lr Duane Linklater: Two worlds, gently colliding  
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Duane Linklater at Susan Hobbs Gallery June 20th, 2013 - August 10th, 2013
Posted 8/15/13

Ontario's Sobey Award finalist focuses on his Native identity through a thoughtful, thoroughly contemporary lens By Murray Whyte June 21, 2013 For decades, the Ontario Northland train rumbled north and south, a conduit between the hectic metropolis of Toronto to the far-flung communities on the shores of James Bay. Up, way up, in Moosonee, Duane Linklater had the railway's simple gold-and-blue logo imprinted on his brain from his youngest years. Up there, there's no road; over land, the train... [more]

Watchlist Artist: Eric Doeringer  
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8/8/13 Posted 8/8/13

This summer, NO FOUNDATION presents Survey, an exhibition by New York-based artist Eric Doeringer. Survey features Doeringer's artwork from the past five years, recreating works by artists such as Andy Warhol, Sol LeWitt, On Kawara, Edward Ruscha, John Baldessari, Richard Prince and Damien Hirst. The gallery will be re-hung every two weeks, with each mini-exhibition containing Doeringer's versions of works by a different group of artists. Doeringer has replicated artworks spanning movements from... [more]

Salesroom Artist: Mirek Jan Bialy  
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7/6/13 Posted 7/6/13

(Image: Mirek Jan Bialy, Entry to a dream, 2013, Oil on Canvas, 30 X 36 X 7/8 Inches; © Mirek Jan Bialy) Mirek Jan Bialy (b. 1960, Sopot) My work is intuitive. I use form, shape, texture and colour to express my emotions. For many years I experimented with a number of different styles, including portraits, still lives, abstract paintings, landscapes and symbolic paintings. Now, I am committed to abstract, influence by many great artists such as Michael Goldberg, Marc Rothko, Willem de Ko... [more]


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