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Love Art Preview

My daughter really is becoming a lady-about-town. Last night I had a lovely dinner at Bent on Dundas. Upon our entrance the hostess said “Sterling! I remember your smile from your visits to Mildred’s Temple Kitchen.” Wow. I might have to begin marketing this. That was Sterling’s second evening jaunt of the week. On Wednesday, she joined myself and my husband along with the lovely abstract painter and OCAD/Waterloo instructor Linda Martinello to the evening preview of the Toronto’s inaugural edition of the Love Art Fair.

Lulupa Hutong, Huang Kai, $7869, 134x 94cm This is one of four woodcuts that fit together to create the entire street of a Beijing Hutong- the rapidly disappearing old school communist neighbourhoods.  For more on Beijing's vibrant art scene see this previous post.

Lulupa Hutong, Huang Kai, $7869, 134x 94cm. China Print Art Gallery. This is one of four woodcuts that fit together to create the entire street of a Beijing Hutong- the rapidly disappearing old school communist neighbourhoods. For more on Beijing’s vibrant art scene see this previous post.

I’ve got to say, art fairs really are the way to go with toddlers, as there is so much more art at their level. Not to mention the kid-friendly zones that sometimes happen (the Artist Project sets up a nice space for kids). The “kid zone” was mostly closed for the preview, but Sterling still tried her hand at crayon wall-art- (fun, but not a habit I wish to establish really)

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With house red in hand, I was easily able to patrol the relatively small space- a refreshing change from the visual onslaught of Art Toronto- and get a few pics of some of the offerings on display. I’ve included prices in the captions to give all of you burgeoning collectors an idea of what to expect.

Douglas Walker,R-281, Oil on Paper on Canvas on Panel, Framed, 30" x 110", $7500, Parts Gallery. The glossy oil paint combined with the tiled effect tricked me into thinking this whale painting was actually a tiled piece.

Douglas Walker,R-281, Oil on Paper on Canvas on Panel, Framed, 30″ x 110″, $7500, Parts Gallery. The glossy oil paint combined with the tiled effect tricked me into thinking this whale painting was actually a tiled piece.

Douglas Walker, R-282, Oil on Paper on Panel, Framed, 24" x 32", $1900

Douglas Walker, R-282, Oil on Paper on Panel, Framed, 24″ x 32″, $1900

 

If you haven’t already picked up a two-for-one card at participating galleries (I saw some piled in the window at PM Gallery) use the promo code LoveART241 to order your half price tix online. Also, with Sunday as mother’s day, mom’s get in free with a plus one, and kids under 12 are free also. Perfect place for a mother’s day gift to remember.

 

Kevin Grass, Suburbia, Acrylic on Panel, 35"x53", $9500, Evan Lurie Gallery

Kevin Grass, Suburbia, Acrylic on Panel, 35″x53″, $9500, Evan Lurie Gallery

 

Cluca, Day Life Heroes, Oil on Paper, 50"x50", 2014, $8500, Galerie Youn

Cluca, Day Life Heroes, Oil on Paper, 50″x50″, 2014, $8500, Galerie Youn

Jonathan Savoie, Aerial Tokyo #10, Chromira Print edition of 10,  24"x16.5", 2010 Galerie Youn. $1100

Jonathan Savoie, Aerial Tokyo #10, Chromira Print edition of 10, 24″x16.5″, 2010 Galerie Youn. $1100

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A first peek at Contact

Sterling enjoyed her first press conference this week. Missing the remarks, I’d venture to say that her personal highlight of the Contact Media Preview was playing tag with MOCCA head of operations Brett Despotovich. She was also particularly entranced by Tundrunning, a looping video by Canadian artist Dominique Rey, which features the artist running through the snow and falling, clad in an absurd fluorescent green costume typical of those created for the series.

Dominique Rey

The figures in the works are all covered in layers of stuffed nylon stockings, sometimes hanging testicularly with filled water balloons or mounds of plush white cellulite. Similar in some ways to Cindy Sherman’s explorations of feminine persona, all of the photos document Rey in various uninhibited attempts to uncover “the other within.” In a short conversation, Rey described how analysis of her previous works unearthed a preoccupation with women on the outskirts of society. Rey has photographed the entire virgin/whore gamut- pretty literally- from documenting a disappearing order of nuns to living with exotic dancers.

Through the pieces on show this May at MOCCA, Rey embarked on the “futile” attempt to uncover the other within herself. Armed with a tickle-trunk of props, the artist travels to remote locations- mostly in her native Manitoba- and frees herself in bizarre posture play.

I was also lucky enough to have a chat with the gentle and engaging young Meryl McMaster. (You can also see some of her work on permanent display in Liberty Village in the foyer of the Mildred’s Temple Kitchen/Goodlife Fitness building) Her photos also feature herself in a variety of identities. The works were inspired by the “solo” portions of two Outward Bound trips she took in her mid-teens. During these adventures, participants are given the knowledge and tools to survive by themselves for three days in the wilderness. Half First-Nations herself, McMaster easily drew the connections between these sometimes boring, sometimes terrifying and ultimately expansive moments to the vision quests routinely embarked upon by native youth.

Wind Play, Meryl McMaster, 2012, courtesy of Katzman Contemporary

Wind Play, Meryl McMaster, 2012, courtesy of Katzman Contemporary

Each of the works in her series are inspired by a diverse interplay of a remembering of personal emotions and the attempt to delve into her cultural history. In Wind Play, McMaster conjures the excited youthful expansiveness of her Outward Bound vision quest into an enchanted personification of a playful beast that easily evokes sasquatches’ own first ecstasy trip. The artist created the costume by sewing together 5000 long balloons (the kind used for making balloon animals).

Contact officially kicks off tonight with an opening party at MOCCA. Tomorrow, join Material Self photographers Namsa Leuba, Dominique Rey and David Favrod for a talk at the gallery at 11:30am. Also, come to the gallery for a tour by curators Bonnie Rubenstein and David Liss on Wednesday, May 14 at 6pm.

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Namsa Leuba, Statuette Ndoki, Saleou Guinea, from the series Ya Kala Ben, 2011 courtesy of the artist

 

Header Image: Dominique Rey, After the Shower, 2011