October 2015

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Art Toronto 2015 – Favorite Photgraphs

Here are some of the photography works I loved at Art Toronto 2015. I enjoyed¬†Bau-Xi gallery‘s¬†fantastic selection of works and artists. There were a lot of great pieces that you can view here on Artsy’s coverage of the fair.

Katrin Korfmann-Ibi

Katrin Korfmann, Ibi

Katrin Korfmann-Homo Ludens 42

Katrin Korfmann, Homo Ludens 42

Joshua Jensen-Nagle-Bathing in Bliss 2015

Joshua Jensen-Nagle, Bathing in Bliss,  2015

Ned Pratt-Connaigre Peninsulam 2015

Ned Pratt, Connaigre Peninsula, 2015

Milagros de la Torre, Imprint 2010

Milagros de la Torre, Imprint 2010

cara barer-Harajuku, 2015

Cara Barer, Harajuku, 2015

Nadia Myre-Orison #4 2014

Nadia Myre, Orison #4, 2014

Art Toronto 2015 – favorite works

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¬†Tr√©panierBaer 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 2015Ken Nicol, cluster fuck cluster fuck 36,000: homage to the fuckin’ square, 2015 ink on paper 

Joachim bandauJoachim Bandau, 14-09-2011, 2011, watercolour on paper, 30 x 22 inches

Venet_Two_Indeterminate_Lines_I_500_382_c1Bernar Venet, Two Indeterminate lines, 2014

alberto Casari-2014Alberto Casari, Untitled, 2014, Wool, paint on cotton paper

Alberto Casari-EM.SB2013Alberto Casari, EM.SB.13.05, 2013, Fieltro te√Īido calado y madera

Claude-Tousignant-1971Claude Tousignant, étude 1969, 1971

Damien Hirst -Diacetoxyscirpenol-2006Damien Hirst, Diacetoxyscirpenol, 2006

Damien Hirst Ethylamine-2011Damien Hirst, Ethylamine, 2011

Amanda Valdez-dream your face off -2015 Art TorontoAmanda Valdez, dream your face off, 2015

Amanda Valdez-Mirador-2015Amanda Valdez, Mirador, Embroidery, fabric, gouache, acrylic and canvas, 2015

Yves ZurstrassenYves Zurstrassen

Bruce McLean-Garden with redBruce McLean, Garden with red, 2014, Monoprint with collage and hand colour

daveandjenn-thin skin-thick hideDaveandJenn, Thin Skin/Thick Hide, 2015

If I were collecting

It is happening now – The Artist Project. It is one of my favourite art fairs for independent artists in the city. I participated two years in a row. This year I have been focusing on developing a new body of work as well as this new website so I missed being part of the hype and excitmenet of the fair.

Today I went as a visitor and had the luxury of time to take in the show in its true essence. ¬†I was pleasantly surprised how little I knew about the diversity and breath of works that the show presents. I guess once you are exhibiting yourself, there is not much chance to go and see everything. ¬†I was inspired and pumped up by all ways of seeing and views. I also experimented with a new way of ¬†observing. Instead of looking through an artist eye,¬†I decided to play a wannabe art collector. What would I buy for my private collection from local artists? Turns out quite a lot! I could literally have most of the Untapped Emerging Artists¬†works, ¬†Joani Tremblay¬†and Alea Drain¬†were my most favourite. Since I can’t afford to be a real collector (yet), I made this virtual collection ¬†on Pinterest¬†for the time being. ¬†And below are¬†my top three picks.

1. Comox Series One #19 by Kelly Rogers


I fell madly in love with this piece! The image is great but you really have to see it close-up! The raw canvas is absolutely captivating and the dynamic lines draw you in. More than anything I loved those subtle drips. I usually like detailed work that I can get back to it over and over and this is minimalistic for me but I could look at it for hours.

2. from In a Quiet Light series by Lulu Ladrón de Guevara


No wonder Lulu’s work is the chosen image of the Fair this year. I want to touch this work and have it above my desk on gloomy winter days to lift my spirit up. It is mysterious yet innocent. ¬†She has also applied a very smart and innovative technique.

3. The Whale As A Bubble by Alea Drain


Whales, bubbles, ocean, blue, whimsical, detailed, patterns …what’s not to like about this piece!