Category: FEATURES

Interview with painter Janna Watson

by Emese Krunák-Hajagos

My paintings may seem extroverted and gregarious and loud with colour, but the truth is that they are about interiority and the creative disclosure of being from inside out.

Spectral Landscape

by Miriam Arbus

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY CANADIAN ART
February 4 – April 1, 2012

Solitude surfaces as a subject to question, as one also wonders about the certain loneliness that accompanies the realization that memories, even those that are shared, are individualistic.

NOW / Gift Shop Gift Shop

by Emese Krunák-Hajagos

ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO
January 21 – April 1, 2012

The Now service bureau kicked off 2012 inside AGO’s Young Gallery with a collaborative installation by Sean Martindale and Pascal Paquette. On January 20th, behind the NOW logo on the vindows, an extremely large crowd filled the gallery to capacity with radiant young energy.

Stan Douglas: Entertainment | Coming After

by Emese Krunák-Hajagos

THE POWER PLANT CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY
December 10, 2011–March 4, 2012

The winter season at the Power Plant opened with “two major exhibitions that delve into a wellspring of cultural history and the archive of the social.”

Haute Culture / General Idea

by Amanda Pignotti

ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO
July 30, 2011–January 1, 2012

The exhibition itself becomes a virus inserted into each viewer’s mind in the world of glamour and mass media.

Bloordale: A New Flourishing Arts Area

by Phil Anderson

The Bloordale Area around Bloor West and Lansdowne is fast becoming a haven for new art galleries, several of which have just opened. Rumour has it other galleries are considering this area now that people are discovering it to provide large accessible spaces.

Tony Scherman: “Black October”

by Haafiz Karim

Georgia Scherman Projects Gallery
October 20 – November 26, 2011

It is not the technical skills of encaustic, that captures the viewers interest but rather the exploration of a narrative based on the October Crisis

Troy Brooks: Colossus

by Jonathan Valelley

PENTIMENTO FINE ART GALLERY
October 28 – November 27, 2011

“I have always loved loud women,” says painter Troy Brooks, women who are authoritative, dynamic, bold,

Nuit Blanche 2011

by Miriam Arbus

But, while the unruly crowd lends a feeling of the carnivalesque, this level of attendance at an arts-based event is inimitable.

Abstract Expressionist New York

by Emese Krunák-Hajagos

Art Gallery of Ontario
May 28 – September 4, 2011

what made that time unique was a capacity of artists to engage with a cosmic quest, a spiritual quest to find meaning. A total commitment on the artists’ side so painting was the only thing that mattered there was no separation between the self and the art work, that’s why the paintings feel like living things.”

Electric Eclectics #6

by Ashley Johnson

July 29 – 31, 2011
Meaford, Ontario

This festival was not just about sound and included a number of interesting art installations, some malevolent robots, 3-D video and DJ-ing in the tent. There was a lot to see and do