I started my tour of Art Toronto 2015 quite enthusiastically and energetically, determined to document everything that caught my eye and liked and make a visual archive for myself. But of-course that was quite an ambitious task to sift through over thousands of works on display. There was lots to see and to admire. I was excited to see original Damien Hirst print editions or it’s better to say seeing a Hirst’s work in person for the first time was exciting. I love dots and I can’t get enough of these spots. I “wish” to own a print one day! I also spotted a small Banksy piece somewhere but I forgot which gallery it was. The most original new work for me was DaveandJenn at TrépanierBaer Gallery. The works are detailed paintings/collages within multiple layers of resin and they weave together a vivid,colorful and surreal world. Their instagram captures some essence of their work but seeing in person is a completely different experience. ( I have a picture below but it doesn’t do the work justice! )
Another memorable, brilliant piece that drew me back a few times was from the Cluster Fuck series of Ken Nicol at Olga Korper Gallery (That gallery had the best selection of works in my opinion.) The image below is not the one that was displayed, that piece according to this video contained 200,054 fucks meticulously and beautifully handwritten in a mesmerizing, complex grid.
Arsty has a great coverage of the fair for reference and it is a great archive.
Here are the my most favourite works of the fair.
Ken Nicol, cluster fuck cluster fuck 36,000: homage to the fuckin’ square, 2015 ink on paper
Joachim Bandau, 14-09-2011, 2011, watercolour on paper, 30 x 22 inches
Bernar Venet, Two Indeterminate lines, 2014
Alberto Casari, Untitled, 2014, Wool, paint on cotton paper
Alberto Casari, EM.SB.13.05, 2013, Fieltro teñido calado y madera
Claude Tousignant, étude 1969, 1971
Damien Hirst, Diacetoxyscirpenol, 2006
Damien Hirst, Ethylamine, 2011
Amanda Valdez, dream your face off, 2015
Amanda Valdez, Mirador, Embroidery, fabric, gouache, acrylic and canvas, 2015
Bruce McLean, Garden with red, 2014, Monoprint with collage and hand colour
DaveandJenn, Thin Skin/Thick Hide, 2015