October 2015


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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