Opening Night / Private view: Thursday, April 16, 2015 / 7 – 10 p.m.
Heritage Court, Direct Energy Centre
In a crowded hall of Exhibition Place, Love Art Fair held the opening night of its second appearance in Toronto. With several international galleries, and many from the city, Love Art Fair provides a unique experience for viewers. As fair director Nicole Milkovich noted, the fair has an eclectic mix of works that hopefully anybody would be happy to enjoy. Milkovich explained that she had high hopes for this weekend, a notion seconded by several of the gallery owners.
Anthea Baxter-Page representing the Alison Milne Gallery from Toronto was excited for their second appearance at Love. Reflective of Alison Milne’s interior design practice, the booth is showcasing several photographs, and works of artist Nissim Ben Aderet who created a ‘live’ painting near the fair’s entrance.
The Recent Graduate Exhibition booth features a collection of works from recent graduates, curated by Arianne Di Nardo. Her mission was to create an exhibit that highlighted young female artists and their emerging role in the art world. For artist Stephanie Flowers, an OCAD graduate of 2013, the fair is her first, but she was excited to show her pieces. Annyen Lam, an OCAD graduate of 2012, was showing three lithographic prints, meticulously hand cut to create a three-dimensional effect. The Recent Graduate Exhibition booth offers a slightly different experience to viewers, one that speaks to the ever-changing world of contemporary art practice.
With all of the different styles, it would be difficult not to find something to love at Love. The event is also hosting interactive workshops, a Print and Kids Art studio ran by Matthew Del Degan, that allow guests to participate in art creation. Participation is a big aspect of Love, from the intertwining paths to the hands-on production, Love’s success depends on the guests, and their acceptance of the welcoming invitation that Love provides.
Text: Brinae Bain. Photo: Elena Iourtaeva and Brinae Bain
*Exhibition information: April 17 – 19, 2015, Heritage Court, Direct Energy Centre, 100 Princes’ Boulevard, Exhibition Place, Toronto. Hours:
April 17, Friday 12 – 7 p.m. and 7 – 10 p.m: Art After Dark, April 18, Saturday 11 – 7 p.m, April 19, Sunday 11 – 6 p.m.