Monthly Archives: April 2015

A little more art to love…

I temporarily shook off the social cobwebs our society refers to as “motherhood” last night, and made my way to the “Art after Dark” party at Love Art. Word has really gotten around about this show, and the house was packed full of revelers who were apparently as interested in their artfully dressed peers; the free flowing whisky and craft beer; and pumping dj beats, as the variety of works on display.

The show is much smaller than a fair like Art Toronto, which gives the visitor the freedom to socialize and make the rounds at a very leisurely pace. The quality of the creative offerings also varies widely offering even the amateur a nice opportunity to practice the art of the critique. Here are a few of my favourites from the show.

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Nocturne III, Anda Kubis

I believe Anda Kubis’ huge abstract work was my favourite piece of the show. I was so happy when I noticed it was drawing me to one of my ever-favourite art-places, P/M Gallery

Aislantes (2013) Paloma Torres, 120 x 180 cms Calvi Studio, Monterrey,Mexico

Aislantes (2013)
Paloma Torres,
120 x 180 cms
Calvi Studio,
Monterrey,Mexico

The felted wool wall-hangings by Mexican artist Paloma Torres is an interesting example of an artist pushing the boundaries of her medium. The piece above is based on photos taken by the artist from subway excavations in Mexico City.

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Laura Ortiz Vega, Seny III, Embroidery Thread on Board, 8 x 10, $2200

Coincidentally, this piece  is another example of a Mexican artist pushing the boundaries of a traditional technique. Working from photos of urban graffiti, Ortiz-Vega translates her images into yarn paintings. The technique consists of  priming a board with beeswax, then poking embroidery floss into the wax to construct the image, thread by thread. Her pieces were on display at Toronto’s own Parts Gallery booth.

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Yangyang Pan, Abstract Landscape No.55, Oil on Canvas, 30” x 60”, 2015, $4500

Yangyang Pan’s abstract oil was another highlight from the typically quality offerings at Parts Gallery. You may remember the stunning “whale” works I wrote about last year shown at this booth, by Douglas Walker.

The show continues to run today and tomorrow. Click here for complimentary general admission tickets.

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Love Art is Back!

Toronto’s newest alternative art fair is back for its second year. The exhibition is Canada’s incarnation of The Affordable Art Fair which started in London in 1999. The show features a variety of art from local, national and international galleries, in a wide range of prices all for sale below the maximum $10,000 price tag.

For more information on the show, and highlights from last year, check out my post from last year’s show. If you’re interested in attending this year, follow this link for your free general admission tickets. The show starts tomorrow, April 17, and runs throughout the weekend at the Direct Energy Centre.

Take a look at some works that will be featured in this year’s show.

Brandy Masch Mayberry Fine Art Seasside, 2009, Gouache on paper.

Brandy Masch Mayberry Fine Art
Seasside, 2009, Gouache on paper.

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HIDE, 2014 by Shari Weschler Rubeck Watercolour Graphite on Paper, 22×16″ Carver Hill Gallery

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La planète poussée par le temps, 2008 by Suzanne Olivier Oil on canvas, 40×50″ Beaux Arts Des Ameriques​

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2011/2, 2011 by Jean-Jacques Duval Acrylic on Canvas, 24×36″ Beaux Arts Des Ameriques

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Only Blue by MM Acrylic and Epoxy on Wood, 40×40 Arteria Gallery