Category: FEATURES

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,

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

Kevin Schmidt : “Don’t Stop Believing”

by Matt Macintosh

Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (Hart House), University of Toronto

What I found particularly admirable is Schmidt’s ability to effect a transformation in attention toward the mundane. What, thankfully, is not purged is, as the exhibition’s title may suggest, an invitation toward attentive light-heartedness—something equally worth bringing to the church or the arena.

Chris Shoust: Communicating With The Mentally Ill

Chris Shoust: Communicating with the Mentally Ill

by Phil Anderson

Many of the works are colourful and pleasing to look at, occasionally using layers and mixing up the media at while others are more graphically disturbing. Shoust displays his talent at putting together these graphic images and colour works.

The Square Foot Exhibit

by Phil Anderson

“A couple of things such as the number of artists that take part in the show and the number and variety of works that are exhibited in one room. Once all the artwork in hung it actually starts to look like one big art piece which is the installation itself.”, said Basin

DENNIS BURTON / Word Magic – Toronto 1970’s

by Ashley Johnson

A sign of cultural maturity in developed societies is the wholehearted support and celebration of its artists. Their contribution is recognized as ‘cultural capital’, to be nurtured and exported, whether as art objects or social ideas. Value is attached and upheld by institutions that generate knowledge and shows about that product.