The crowds were out and so was I for the all-night celebration of art— think performance: sound, video, AR, as well as more conventional ‘art’.
There were three things I saw in the downtown area that I liked: Loom (at the Church of the Holy Trinity behind the Eaton Centre), Avataq (on Yonge St. at Temperance St.) and Confluence (at The Bentway and Exhibition Place).
Loom from elsewhere collective was an intriguing and beautiful assemblage of organza ribbons that acted as a screen for projections that repeated depending on what ribbons were in the projections path. Intense images of eyes and other facial features juxtaposed with streetcars — a very Toronto image. These elements were an effective comment on our coming together after COVID has kept us apart for so long.
Loom by elsewhere collective
Avataq by Couzyn van Heuvelen, was everything a piece for Nuit Blanche should be: big — really big — suspended above the street, and lit so everyone could see it. In this case it paid homage to the avataq, a tool that tracks and tires marine animals in order to catch them. It caught me as well.
Avataq by Couzyn van Heuvelen
Confluence by Striped Canary was a massive, immersive site-specific installation comprised of interlinked picnic table structures that represented the many tributaries that have shaped Toronto. With the sound field composed by Anne Bourne, the emerging and rising water courses were undeniably powerful, with both simple materials (and I mean a lot of linear feet of 2×4’s) and a big idea. Confluence is one of the extended exhibits, viewable Wednesday to Friday from 5 pm to 9 pm, till October 16.
Confluence by Striped Canary
There were so many other amazing projects, here are a few:
A god amongst us by Eugene Paunil at 235 Queens Quay W.
Illuminated Inflorescence by Asli Alin, Bret Higgins at 235 Queens Quay W
The TRUTH by various artists at Garrison Common, 100 Garrison Rd.
Julie McNeill / Photos by Dylan MacHattie
Stackt Market (28 Bathurst St) / Photo Journal by Sara Rependa
Maziar Ghaderi, Fugee, transparent projection cube
Project statement of @armourwewear
Installation views of @armourwewear by @jaredolsewer, @alygshow and @swinrow
On the Fence
Images from Humanizing the Homeless series by Leah den Bok
Photography by Yvonne Stanley
Photography by German Prieto
*Nuit Blanche Toronto 2022. October 1, 7pm – October 2, 7am, 2022