an art show a week | week 10: Cup and Ball

March 10, 2018

Roula Partheniou, Cup and Ball

These may look like a bunch of ordinary cups in the middle of a room but look again and you'll realize these are actually 500 detailed sculptures meticulously arranged. Everything that looks familiar here, is probably not.

It feels like it was yesterday when I discovered this secret gallery at the top of the BMO building.
Ok, ok... the truth is: it's not actually completely secret, but it feels like it!... in a good way, of course. 

I first found out about the space through a post by Toronto Star's art critic Murray Whyte (whom I discovered when I started this project and now I'm a declared fan... hi there if you're reading!)

This gallery is only open by appointment on Fridays because it is actually located in the middle of an operating business floor! The pieces that are shown here are part of their private collection, so it's a great opportunity to see up close artwork from contemporary Canadian artists. No pictures allowed.

On this floor we can also find The Project Room which, as the name indicates, is a space that hosts for almost a year a contemporary art project commissioned by BMO. This year's exhibition is “Cup and Ball, by Sculptor Roula Partheniou.

Week 10: Cup and Ball
Where: The Project Room
Admission: by appointment only

About the show

Nothing is quite what it appears. Each ball, each cup stack or tempting prize is meticulously crafted in cast resin or wood, faithfully painted, and arranged perfectly to convince us they are familiar, mass-produced ready-made objects. Entirely ordinary. But perception is trumped by skill here, and the game is all about perception itself.

January 18 - November 30
Bmo Project Room
King & Bay

Appointments only on Friday

*All photos courtesy of Roula Partheniou, The Project Room.

an art show a week | week 9: Winter Stations

March 06, 2018 Ashbridges Bay Park

Make Some Noise!!! Alexandra Grieß & Jorel Heid Hamburg, Germany
Ok, this week I might be a bit biased, but I was dying to see these Winter Stations! Here's the thing: as some of you know I was working at OCAD U for a while and there I got to meet some of the faculty and students participating in the project so I couldn't help but to feel happy and excited for everyone. #soproud -Plus, it's always great to hang out with friends and see some public art!

Week 8: Winter Stations
Where: Ashbridge's Bay
Admission: Free
Favourite Artwork: Revolution, by OCAD University (oops!)

Revolution, by OCAD University
Ben Chang, Anna Pogossyan, Amr Alzahabi, Carlos Chin, Iris Ho, Tracee Jia, Krystal Lum, Adria Maynard, Purvangi Patel, Judiette Vu

Wind Station Paul van den Berg & Joyce de Grauw Rotterdam, Netherlands

Obstacle Kien Pham Surbiton, United Kingdom
Nest, Ryerson University - Adrian Chiu, Arnel Espanol, Henry Mai Toronto, Ontario, Canada
About WinterStations
This is a single-stage open international competition, welcoming artists, designers, architects and landscape architects to submit concept proposals for WinterStations' temporary artwork installations.

For it's fourth year, the theme was: “Riot:, and the seven winners will be on display at Ashbridge's Bay until April 1st. 

For a list of all the winners click here

WinterStations 2018
Ashbridge's Bay
February 18 - April 1st

an art show a week | week 8: The Artist Project

March 04, 2018

Week 8: 
The Artist Project | Contemporary Art Fair
Where: Toronto, Better Living Centre
Admission: $15
Favourite Artwork: Loved many pieces, discovered lots of artists and had fun conversations with some of them but I really connected with these: the intricate and other-worldly collages by Loraine Mohar, Gordon Shadrach and Carlos Delgado's portraits, and Lana Filippone's ceramics. Especially “The Life and Death of the Garnet Berry“ which would go perfect with my “Pomegranate Eater“ illustration by Toko Hosoya I have at home. 

Gordon Shadrach
Lana Filippone, The Life and Death of the Garnet Berry
Loraine Mohar
Carlos Delgado
Johanna Reynolds

And, of course, what would all of these be without friends!? Big shoutout to my art sister Stephanie!

About the exhibition:
From collectors and curators, to gallerists and designers, visitors can explore and discover works of art from over 250 top contemporary artists from Canada and abroad. This is a unique opportunity to meet and buy art directly from artists at Toronto’s favourite art fair.

The Artist Project
Better Living
February 22-25

an art show a week | week 7: Jim Goldberg: Rich and Poor

March 01, 2018

Week 7: Main Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre
Where: Toronto
Admission: Free
Came to see: Jim Goldberg, Rich and Poor
Favourite Photo: To my own surprise, I don't have a favourite piece this time. I guess the magic happens when you see one photo next to the other. They're very powerful on their own, but they're so much more when they're together! Choosing just one feels like taking something out of context. 

I didn't want to post a lot of pictures this time because these photographs are so intimate it feels strange to share them out of the gallery. I'm not trying to be too exquisite but trust me, each photo has such a strong voice,  it's easy to hear them talking to each other. Sometimes even yelling at each other.

It's amazing the way Jim takes these portraits and more than capturing a person, he captures a whole story, the struggles and desires of his subjects. It's also a bit crazy to think how current the images feel although they were taken more than thirty years ago... I can't stop thinking about how aspirational the rich people sound (!) and how these ideas are so accepted and encouraged these days.  -ok, ok, I might be getting a bit carried away!

This was my first time at the Ryerson Image Centre and I was so greatly surprised!... It's a stunning building from the outside and there are also various areas to visit, so make sure you have a bit more than an hour to really enjoy without rushing!


About the exhibition:

From 1977 to 1985, photographer Jim Goldberg worked with both impoverished and affluent residents of California’s San Francisco Bay area to realize the series Rich and Poor. His powerful portraits, inscribed with revealing self-observations by the people he photographed, captured the social and economic divide increasingly prevalent in the United States. 

Jim Goldberg: Rich and Poor
Ryerson Image Centre
Jan 24 - April 8

an art show a week | week 6: Sarah Cale, Potpourri

February 20, 2018

Week 6: Clint Roenisch Gallery
Where: Toronto
Admission: Free
Came to see: Sarah Cale, Potpurri
Favourite Artwork: My Vertigo

Take a closer look at these flowers and you'll soon notice instead of brushstrokes, artist Sarah Cale has carefully placed pieces of commercial papers to create this stunning piece.


About the Exhibition: 
“The work in this exhibition was made over a one-year period of upheaval in five different studios. Paintings are often made of recycled packaging, reused dried paint flecks chipped from dead surfaces and oil paint built up in an oozing history. 

They are potpourri, sitting in a pretty dish as an illusion of what was. Masking the scent of dampness. They were amidst mildew and spiders and dust. Smells, both real and deceptive, fake perfumes, slipping in and out of worlds. Organic saccharine, visual rot, a hallucination. These paintings self-consciously go down a wormhole of a still life, a jumping off point into a wide gulf. Where chunks of ceramics, lace and petals are reformed in strange and musty molds.“

Sarah CalePotpourri
11 January - 25 February 
Clint Roenish Gallery 

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