September 2014

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expectations were met at Great Expectations

If you are in Toronto and you get a chance, check out Graham Gillmore‘s Great Expectations at the spectacular Division Gallery.

Once in while, I see works that I get a strong visceral reaction to and  feel an invisible pull towards them. I can’t quite describe it. It’s a sort of feeling I have towards certain style of contemporary dance. Usually there is this sense of abstract movement or a kinetic energy as well as a sense of architecture and other elements that create this strong connection for me. It is expected and obvious in dance but not so much in two dimensional works. Hardly I have seen these two art forms being compared to each other. It is not often that I myself perceive such a connection.

The above show where I discovered the works of internationally acclaimed Graham Gilmore for the first time was one of those. Everything about these text based paintings, from the vivid colour palettes, textures, texts, meaning and their ambiguity translates in a beautiful abstract dance. Obviously, I am not an art critic so I just describe my own feelings and connection to the work and I leave the description to the artist and the critique to the experts.

These two pieces below were my most favourite. The images don’t do justice as I snapped them with my phone so go and see the real thing for yourself and check out the artist or gallery’s website for better images.

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excited again about gallery hopping thanks to ArtLocal

I have been hearing about the ArtLocal app  from the time they were having a poll to choose a name for it (I have no idea how I ended up on their email list but glad that I did.) When I first downloaded the app I was not sure if it woudl last long on my iphone but today all the good stuff I was waiting for popped on the screen.

The app is designed to help discovering hottest galleries, exhibitions and artists in the city all in one place. It also allows you to follow your favourite galleries and get updates which is somehow similar to a feature on my most favourite site Artsy (where you can follow favourite artists.) You can search  based on calendar and distance.

This is just great for planning gallery hopping adventures.

I think I would like to see the information about the show and the artist more visibly with a better design than a small pop-up boxed screen. A short description on the gallery would be useful too. I would also love to have a feature where I can save the shows I want to see, or the openings I want to go to or easily add them to my calendar. It might be there and I haven’t discovered it yet. I am sure their team is constantly improving features.

This is a much needed local app. I am quite excited about using it and highly recommend it to gallery hoppers alike.

Well it is going to be a busy weekend as there are tons of awesome galleries in walking distance as well as Luminato in full swing.

Happy gallery hopping!

Image below from Blonder Online by Jillian Kay Ross happening now at Division Gallery