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Why Toronto?: Focus on Toronto International Art Fair   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Art Toronto (Toronto International Art Fair) October 26th, 2012 - October 29th, 2012
Posted 10/24/12
If ever asked to conjure up a list of international art fairs I would bet Art Toronto is pretty low on that list (that’s even if the fair makes it on the list at all). With such heavy hitting art fairs like Frieze, Hong Kong International Art Fair, The Armory Show, Art Basel and Art Basel Miami, it’s obvious why Art Toronto could be overlooked on an international art market platform. However, Art Toronto does fill a necessary hole for Canadian collectors. One could literally walk around this... [more]
Nuit Blanche – Toronto   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 10/7/11
This was my first time attending Nuit Blanche Toronto and I was determined to make the most of the event. I speak of  Nuit Blanche in formal terms: event, festival, etc.. but really for those who do not know – Nuit Blanche is a one-night only art party with dramatic interactive art works taking over the entire downtown core of Toronto. Actually Nuit Blanche is not a homegrown event. Toronto appropriated the concept of the "white night" from the original event in Nantes, France. Now Nuit... [more]
New Sculpture at the Saatchi Gallery (Part 2)   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Richard Wilson at Saatchi Gallery May 27th, 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Posted 7/10/11
Buggenhout also had another piece, Eskimo Blues II, where objects where bound by animal hide. The shape of the work was determined by the shrinking of the hide over the objects placed inside. Sterling Ruby’s Kiss Trap Kismet and Roger Hiorns’ Copper Sulphate Chartres & Copper Sulphate Notre-Dame were also dictated into objecthood by external or uncontrolled forces. With Ruby’s work an interior support structure is entirely covered by urethane cascading over the structure. The work is the... [more]
New Sculpture at the Saatchi Gallery (Part 1)   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
David Altmejd, John Baldessari, David Batchelor, Matthew Brannon, Peter Buggenhout, Björn Dahlem, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Folkert de Jong, Roger Hiorns, Martin Honert, Thomas Houseago, Joanna Malinowska, Kris Martin, Matthew Monahan, Anselm Reyle, Sterling Ruby, Dirk Skreber, David Thorpe, Oscar Tuazon, Rebecca Warren at Saatchi Gallery May 27th, 2011 - October 16th, 2011
Posted 7/10/11
The title of the exhibition explains it all; it’s a sculpture show. The label on the tin did not lie and we have been served exactly what is expected with The Shape of Things to Come. In this regard it was both strangely satisfying -- reassuring myself of what I know as contemporary sculpture, and slightly disappointing -- nothing surprised me into reevaluating sculpture, objecthood, installation. Though I know that the trajectory of art parameters do not change overnight, if this exhibition is... [more]
– Paul Housley’s paintings are an energetic mix of styles and subject matter. The work attests to an artist that consistently reinvents his M.O. in order to reevaluate and challenge himself to be a better painter. I met Paul Housley at the Poppy Sebire Gallery in London, where his solo exhibit, A Maid for Paint, runs from May 27 - July 2. A new and exciting feature within this show will be the incorporation of sculptural work, a move in a new direction for Housely who generally showcases... [more]
Footfalls and Silence   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Brandon LaBelle at IMT Gallery April 22nd, 2011 - May 22nd, 2011
Posted 5/8/11
Have you ever been to a silent disco? No!? They are all the rage right now. Basically it’s a disco where everyone wears wireless headphones that can tune into different radio frequencies. Everyone gets to dance to the music genre that they choose while still socializing with mates and keeping the noise levels down. The most amazing part of a silent disco is when you take your headphones off, at any given time, to hear the hustle and bustle of people shuffling around the space without music. The... [more]
View Finder   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Thomas Demand, Roe Ethridge, Jim Goldberg, Elad Lassry at The Photographers' Gallery April 5th, 2011 - May 1st, 2011
Posted 5/8/11
          One of the charms and curses of living in London is the amount of tourists that flood the city on a day-to-day basis. One cannot move from point a to b without having to navigate an obstacle course of rolling suitcases, slow walking visitors 'taking in the scenery', and -- worst of all -- the sudden-stop amateur photographers. These ‘types’ can be recognized quickly through the gigantic SLR cameras around their necks and their tendency to short stop the entire population of... [more]
Waste Not Want Not   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Bill Woodrow at Waddington Custot Galleries March 23rd, 2011 - May 3rd, 2011
Posted 4/17/11
          ‘Skip diving’ (or the North American translation ‘dumpster diving’) is a familiar and popular pastime for most young art school students. I remember mornings where I would make an extra journey to pass by the skips on the way to the art school studio, just to scope out if anyone had thrown out any gems the previous night. People that may not be experienced in contemporary art school methods could ask, why is this practice so widespread and practically global? The answer is... [more]
Michail Pirgelis   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Michail Pirgelis at Sprüth Magers London April 6th, 2011 - May 7th, 2011
Posted 4/17/11
          There seems to be a trend recently with artists using reclaimed airplane parts as raw material for their work. Fiona Banner recently showcased at Frith Street Gallery, cast from the fuselage of a Tornado fighter jet. Christoph Büchel had a gigantic installation at Glasgow International 2010 where he controversially installed a reformed airplane as if salvaged after a wreck that happened to be under investigation. Now, Michail Pirgelis presents Los Angeles at Sprüth Magers... [more]
Significant Insignificant   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Bethan Huws at Whitechapel Gallery January 29th, 2011 - March 18th, 2011
Posted 3/13/11
    If you are purely interested in an easy Sunday afternoon of “art’ viewing where one doesn’t need to try too hard to water their cultural viewing thirst, Bethan Huws is not the right artist for you. While having a look at her show last week, I wasn’t surprised at how many viewers walked straight past her work with but a few glances in order to get to the “real art”.  It also didn’t help that the gallery space next door housed Mona Hatoum’s Current Disturbance, an installation fitted with... [more]
The body and frame   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Francesca Woodman at Victoria Miro Gallery November 17th, 2010 - January 22nd, 2011
Posted 1/16/11
No matter how long or short the run of an exhibition, audience numbers can be predicted as high for the opening days and the closing days of the exhibition. This is just in the nature of how viewers plan schedules and reflects nothing on the content of the exhibition. This weekend was the second to last weekend of the Francesca Woodman exhibition currently on show in Victoria Miro; for lack of a better phrase one could have described the thoroughfare at a consistent “packed house” level. I... [more]
Translation   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Marcin Dudek, Ben Washington at waterside contemporary January 13th, 2011 - February 20th, 2011
Posted 1/16/11
        I Will Eat This Sleepy Town is a perfect title for Marcin Dudek and Ben Washington’s exhibition where both artists display works, which have been outputted and reinterpreted from either a site located historical framework such as 1970’s Katowice Poland for Dudek or from contemporary structures and pairings found in everyday life for Washington. Together they present and investigation into interpretation and perception not only located within how artists perceive and attempt to... [more]
          2010 A YEAR IN A SNAPSHOT Susan Phillipsz becomes the fourth woman and the first audio installation artist to win the Turner Prize after being nominated for her audio installation in Glasgow Lowlands Away which depicts the artist singing folk songs beneath three bridges over the River Clyde. Her win and work became an instant marker in UK art history. At the same time as Philipsz’s win, a ‘student teach in’ demonstration was taking place in the Tate galleries responding to... [more]
A Response to the Present   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Trisha Brown, Tania Bruguera, William Forsythe, Simone Forti, Isaac Julien, Mike Kelley, Wayne McGregor, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Yvonne Rainer, La Ribot, Tino Sehgal at Hayward Gallery October 13th, 2010 - January 9th, 2011
Posted 1/2/11
        The challenge with participatory art practices is to elicit and motivate a physical response from a viewing body that have a “no touch” attitude ingrained in their viewing practice. Even the name 'visual art' references a distanced relationship with the object. Visual is related to the act of seeing, not touching, nor moving really. The current Hayward exhibition examines seminal works and new comissions from the last 50 years, along with performative works and actions that are... [more]
Huma Bhabha at Stephen Friedman   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Huma Bhabha at Stephen Friedman Gallery November 24th, 2010 - January 29th, 2011
Posted 11/28/10
          Three figures stand watching outwards towards the street from the ceiling to floor bay windows that clad the front of the gallery. At a quick glance one could mistake and sum up these figures as archeological objects, relics from the past. There is an obvious totemic feel about these figures that shout to a deeper history or symbolic gesture (most likely stemming on my part from too many field trips to museums and historic sites as a student).  Huma Bhabha’s new sculptures are in... [more]
The Naked Ear   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Fiona Banner at Frith Street Gallery, Golden Square November 17th, 2010 - January 15th, 2011
Posted 11/28/10
      I was downstairs at the Frith Street Gallery when I heard Fiona Banner’s interactive sculpture Tornado operated. The work is a large bell cast from the aluminum of a Tornado fighter jet fuselage. The loud clang reverberated through me enough to cause a startled jerk. The ring acted  like an exclamation mark which rung the size and scope of the bell into my memory from seeing the object earlier in the space. Granted, I probably would have been able to imagine the size of the bell from... [more]
– ArtSlant's London Editor, David Yu, had the great opportunity of speaking with Chris Hammond, Director of MOT International, about his choices regarding the 2010 curatorial programming that MOT International has embarked upon. The 2010 program is an experiment in curation and  exhibition challenging conventional and regimented gallery programming. Though a constantly evolving showing space is not a new concept within contemporary visual arts, MOT International’s approach to their concept of... [more]
Air Waves   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Resonance 104.4fm September 1st, 2010 - December 31st, 2010
Posted 9/12/10
        Resonance Fm started broadcasting from London on May 2002 and became the world’s first art radio station. It is as much experimental as it is informative. The programming ranges from sonic arts and music/ sound experimentation to didactic segments that focus on certain areas of the contemporary art and culture. The interesting thing about being able to broadcast art is not only being able to reach a wider audience but also to allow the audience to come to the work within a safe... [more]
Fences   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
James Prevett at Concrete August 18th, 2010 - September 19th, 2010
Posted 9/11/10
        Concrete at the Hayward Gallery is an exciting and understated space located within the Hayward Southbank building. The name reflects the bare grey material of the 1960’s brutalist architechture which was prevalent during the time this area of London was being developed. Though the rotating program of artists that they exhibit are brilliant for the space and follow contemporary art trends rather closely, the one downfall that this space suffers from is the fact that it is based... [more]
One in a Crowd   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Group Show at Flowers | Kingsland Road August 3rd, 2010 - September 4th, 2010
Posted 8/8/10
        I’ve been thinking a lot about portraiture recently and the desire that people have of capturing themselves and each other in every medium available. I suppose it is natural to want a piece of oneself to live forever. Even our Paleolithic forefathers expressed this through their paintings in Lascaux, perhaps made before large expeditions where many hunters would inevitably not return. Portraits are made for remembrance and story telling; historically they are tools used to show... [more]
Cutting to the Chase   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Jaap de Vries at 20 Hoxton Square Projects July 2nd, 2010 - August 29th, 2010
Posted 8/8/10
        There is an unsettling aesthetic at play within Jaap de Vries’ paintings. It could be the soft watercolour treatment juxtaposed with the hard and cold surfaces of the aluminum that create the figures, or the perverse and somewhat macabre subject matter of dead fish, sexual acts, and bound/ silenced women with sellotape that is presented. Conceptually the exhibition is presented as a look into the dark side of human condition where the art of creating such images exposes the viewer... [more]
Chicks on Speed at DCA   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Chicks on Speed at Dundee Contemporary Arts June 4th, 2010 - August 8th, 2010
Posted 6/12/10
          The Don’t Art, Fashion, Music performance began with an audio disclaimer that informed the audience that they had entered a performance area where anything they do, don’t do will be adding to the performance. An excited bustle fell over the crowd projecting their anticipation of the spectacle and chaos that a Chicks on Speed performance usually fulfills. Having seen their performance video work before I was keen to see how their work translated to a live arena. I was also... [more]
‘Giles said…’ The Hut Project at Limoncello   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
The Hut Project at Limoncello Gallery June 8th, 2010 - July 17th, 2010
Posted 6/12/10
          This famous riddle was asked to Oedipus by the Sphinx in the famous Greek myth based outside of Thebes. This riddle is also the title to the first piece encountered by The Hut Project currently showing at Limoncello. A pair of Sphinx guard the gallery doors leading into a gold foil filled interior. This piece sets the tone for the entire show. The work projects playfulness, where one knows there will be a bit of discovery, a bit of jest, where the viewer and the context is the... [more]
Two Jonny's - Wacky Backy   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 4/11/10
The Two Jonnys' 191 - 205 Cambridge Heath Road / Bethnal Green / London / UK entrance at rear of building on Buckhurst Street open fridays & saturdays 12 - 6pm / & by appointment transport / 5 mins from Bethnal green underground (central line) / buses: 254 106 8 388 D6 +44 (0)207 998 38 58   The idea of online art projects have always peaked interest in me. These spaces sit in between private and public space. There is a certain power to these spaces that allow... [more]
Unlocking Art in the Underground   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Dryden Goodwin at Art on the Underground February 5th, 2010 - April 30th, 2010
Posted 4/11/10
“Art” is invading public space faster than spaces are being developed and built. From the performance artist doing a guerilla intervention on the street to the 19.1 million pound Kapoor eye sore that is currently being planned for the 2012 olympic stadium, art (whether intended or not) seems to occur just about everywhere in London. One part of me revels in it. Finally, art can occupy any space and is recognized in doing so by the public. Can you imagine what kind of license this... [more]
2009 in a Snap   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Roger Hiorns at Artangel July 23rd, 2009 - January 3rd, 2010
Posted 1/3/10
          2009 definitely has been a year of activity in London! With every new year there is always a recap of the last one. Here is a snap shot of landmark events, events we want to forget and unforgettable exhibitions that has occurred right here in London 2009.       Andy Warhol’s Other Voices, Other Rooms at the Hayward At the beginning of 2009 Andy Warhol’s touring show Other Voices Other Rooms lands at the Hayward Gallery. The exhibition catchphrase prompted viewers to... [more]
Nonpareil - The Turner Prize   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 12/13/09
    THE TURNER PRIZE The Turner Prize winner was announced earlier in the week…. and the winner? Well, to the shock and surprise of everyone, Richard Wright walked away with the bragging rights and the cash prize of 40000. This entire award process officially places his practice in the same league with the likes of previous winners including Martin Creed, Antony Gormley, Richard Long, Gilbert & George and nominees like Simon Patterson, Tracey Emin, Craigie Horsfield, and Tacita Dean. It... [more]
Drudge   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Phil Collins at Victoria Miro Gallery November 24th, 2009 - December 18th, 2009
Posted 12/13/09
        Telemundo is a Spanish language television network based in America. The network is famed for it’s overly dramatic and slightly cringe worthy soap operas. For Phil Collins’ new work , he recreates a half-hour Telemundo-styled soap opera with actual Telemundo actors. This film, though entertaining and humorous at times, has a political undercurrent of race and social class issues embedded within the narrative. The narrative follows five characters; three of the characters are hired... [more]
Potpourri at Parasol   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Cecily Brown, Hans Josephsohn, Shaun McDowell, Katy Moran and Maaike Schoorel at Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art November 25th, 2009 - February 7th, 2010
Posted 12/13/09
    The current show at the Parasol Unit is definitely something that I did not expect to encounter. The works that are on display seem to be a semi re-rendering of post-impressionist style, or at least the lightness of mark making that produces pseudo readable subject matter transporting one back to Art History 101. Visible Invisible attempts to portray a subject that has no physicality to it. Saying this, many of the paintings seem to rely heavily on figuration in the style of 19th... [more]
School of Saatchi - BBC2   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 12/6/09
School of Saatchi BBC2 Mondays at 21:00 Also available on the BBC iPlayer The third episode of the School of Saatchi airs tonight on BBC2. If this episode follows the same formula as the last two then the viewing public are in for a cringing, slow moving, clichéd, train wreck of a tv program. The show follows formula with any other contest styled reality television show – an audition period where a shortlist is derived that turns into several intense weeks of showing skill, talent and... [more]