Thursday, 30 August 2012

L'Arsenal

Arsenal Toronto I visited last week is a satellite gallery of L'Arsenal in Montreal I visited two weeks ago.  L'Arsenal's previous life as a shipyard provides a stunningly huge exhibition space to accommodate even the most ambitious art shows:








My favourute James Carl and Wanda Koop's large-scale works are in the foreground.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Order and (calculated) disorder at the Arsenal

The end of my summer holidays was highlighted by another good exhibition I saw at Arsenal Toronto last week.  The order and (calculated) disorder of Barry Allikas, Yves Gaucher and Daniel Buren's geometry-based paintings are really cool treats on a hot summer day.

Allikas at Division Gallery of Arsenal Toronto, 2012:






Gaucher at Division Gallery of Arsenal Toronto, 2012:






Buren at Division Gallery of Arsenal Toronto, 2012:


Thank you, T, for sharing your knowledge and insight about the paintings.

Monday, 27 August 2012

New Meditations

The current group show New Meditations at Daniel Faria Gallery seeks to continue, through contemporary investigations, the conversation Russian avant-garde painter Kazimir Malevich started and minimalist artists like Josef Albers and Sol LeWitt further developed.  To me, it's one of the best shows Toronto is showing this summer.

Derek Liddington:



Jose Dávila:


Elizabeth Zvonar:


Jessica Eaton:

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Portikus Printing Plant And Portikus Sounds

Being less interested in the finished work than in how images and objects come into being, Nora Schultz turned the gallery space into a printing plant, with her exhibition Portikus Printing Plant And Portikus Sounds revealing the physical traces that the printing process has left behind.

Schultz at Portikus, Frankfurt 2012: