Posted by Aubrey Jax / JANUARY 9, 2015
Villa Toronto is a unique major event for Toronto's arts scene. Over 20 art galleries will take over Union Station next week (January 16-23) for a major contemporary art festival that's previously been held in Tokyo and Reykjavik. Events, exhibitions, and parties will take place on site and at galleries around Toronto in conjunction with the festival. At Villa you'll see the predictable silly art element likethis kale-focused exhibit, but from stalls to performances and screenings, most of the programming looks fascinating.
Here's my guide to getting the most out of the eight day festival.
Exhibiting galleries at Union include Toronto's Art Metropole, Jessica Bradley, and Cooper Cole plus galleries from London, Milan, Tokyo, Reykjavik, Paris, Barcelona, Zurich, and Mexico City. Seek out highlights such as Derek Sullivan's Endless Kiosk at Jessica Bradley, Aneta Grzeszykowska at Raster, Erick Beltrán's politically charged Labor, Guillaume Leblon and Elodie Seguin at Jocelyn Wolff, and (kinda funny) Zeke Moores' gold dumpster and silver port-o-potty at Diaz Contemporary. Disappointingly, out of over 25 exhibiting artists, only three are women.
Offsite Exhibitions & Events
The mass of art, screenings, and performances descending on Toronto aren't all landing at Union Station. Galleries and groups participating as venues during Villa Toronto include the AGO, MOCCA,Camera, Scrap Metal, Goethe-Institut, 8-11 in Chinatown, and more.
Parties & Talks
The Jan 16 free opening party at the AGO, Ragnar Kjartansson and Dav r Jnson present: An Evening of Misery, is rush entry only now, so arrive very, very early. Tyler Coburn will lead a talk on the "industrialization of online writing" at Union on Jan 21, and foodies can catch Food Panel with Reto Pulfer at the Drake Jan 20. See more talks and launches here.
If you missed the party at the AGO, the gallery's open hours might be a better chance to see Edward Krasiński's Studio, Babette Mangolte's documentary on the Polish avant-garde artist. See it between Jan 16-23. Fans of Michael Snow can see him and a special screening at Drake Underground Jan 21, and stop by Camera for Cozy Magic: Snow and Experiment in Film, six Polish shorts. See more screenings here.
Fans of performance art will be busy this week: at Union January 18 is Albert Camuss The First Man and W. G. Sebalds' The Rings of Saturn as selected by Iris Hussler, while on January 19 see Christine Atkinson and Laurie Kang's Is 1 hr 1 hr?. Only 10 people at a time can attend Tyler Coburn's I'm that angel readings, but you can pack MOCCA on Jan 23 to see Jon Sasaki stack a tower of bouncy castles. Find more performances here.
Villa Toronto runs January 16-23 at Union Station.
Lead photo by Chris Lyn from the blogTO flickr pool, Zeke Moores Gold Dumpster via cafka.org, AGO photo via the AGO
VILLA TORONTO, presented by Raster in association with Art Metropole, brings local and international art galleries together in the Great Hall of Union Station. Accompanying this central exhibition, in cooperation with local art organizations, will be a series of special events throughout the city. The one-week program is free and open to the public.
Villa Toronto is the most recent in a series of international gallery meetings initiated by Raster. Previous editions took place in Warsaw (2006), Reykjavik (2010) and Tokyo (2011). The event is not an art fair. Rather, the villa project aims to use the curatorial experience of private galleries to create encounters with the general public and local art communities that are innovative, stimulating, and not merely market driven. The project recognizes the decisive role private galleries play in determining the field of contemporary art and the type of explorations that take place within it. Villa encourages the cross-cultural circulation of art, artists and cultural workers, and dedicates its resources and focus to facilitate such an exchange, throughout the project and in the years to come. In the central Toronto, this collaboration will come together in Union Station—a place with great potential to boost the artistic appreciation of Torontonians.
Founded in 2000, Art Toronto is Canada’s only international fair for modern and contemporary art. The 2014 edition of the fair will be Art Toronto’s 15th anniversary – anticipated to attract over 19,000 people over 4 days. Where you can find me at Diaz Contemporary along side the likes of, BGL and all the gallery's other great artists.
Opening reception: Thursday, November 6 from 5:00–8:00 pm
Zeke Moores’ sculptures draw inspiration from everyday life. He modifies and manipulates objects in unexpected and surprising ways. Through a nuanced play with material, weight, size and perception Moores invites viewers to assess the values, which govern the aesthetics of mass production and consumer culture. Echoing the constant state of transition in our material culture, the artist reimagines ordinary and mundane objects such as cardboard boxes, wooden crates, milk crates and a moving blanket that are usually discarded and left to join the accruing detritus of disposable goods. Moores reclaims these objects as cultural artifacts of our time and recreates them in bronze and aluminium to highlight their beauty and potential while honouring the labour of factory workers who spend hours on the assembly line. Moores develops each work by hand. Drawing on his extensive knowledge and skills in foundry production and fabrication, these objects signify the dignity and merit if these labour-intensive processes. Curated by Srimoyee Mitra and Bruce Johnson
The exhibition is organized and circulated in partnership with The Art Gallery of Windsor and The Rooms Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador—Provincial Art Gallery Division, with the support of Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and the City of Windsor.
Kelly Jazvac’s playful, mostly abstract assemblages are made out of discarded materials reclaimed from the advertising and plastics industry. Her sculptures and wall works propose connections between synthetic materials and larger social, environmental and economic systems.
Jazvac’s current focus is a plastic pollution-focused research group, which includes an interdisciplinary collaboration with geologist Dr. Patricia Corcoran and oceanographer Charles Moore. Their work centers around the discovery and study of a new stone they’ve termedPlastiglomerate, a mix of natural materials—sand, coral, volcanic rock—and melted plastic debris that washes ashore from the ocean. Their findings have been published in GSA Today, and reported by The New York Times, Science Magazine, The Huffington Post, and The Globe and Mail. They consider this research to be evidence of the Anthropocene, a new geological epoch in which human progress has left an indelible mark upon the fossil record.
James Street North’s monthly Art Crawl is in a continual state of transformation that is responding to the evolving neighbourhood it calls home. Over the past eight years, the art seen at these monthly events has spilled out into the public space – occupying empty nooks and open spaces along James Street North. From its inception, Supercrawl sought to celebrate that freedom found outside of a traditional gallery space by exhibiting artwork that challenges expectations, generates curiosity about contemporary art and offers audiences entry to a spectrum of ideas.
Supercrawl is thrilled to continue this momentum this year, through the Hamilton premiere of the work of visual artist Dean Drever. Drever studied sculpture at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Alberta. His work has been shown at White Columns in New York, the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Saskatchewan, the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Guerrero Gallery in San Francisco, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in Ottawa.
In addition, Zeke Moores and Sean Martindale respond to the streetscape created by Supercrawl. Moores, a Sobey Award nominee in 2011, endeavours to redefine the audience’s conceptions of value with large metal castings of everyday objects. Martindale, an emerging talent from Toronto, creates site-responsive work that questions and engages with festival infrastructure making the audience reevaluate our shared environments.
Supercrawl proudly exhibits and supports many local artists representative of the variety of talent growing within Hamilton’s cultural community. Laura Marotta is a McMaster University Studio Arts alumna with a Master of Fine Arts from University of Guelph who practices out of the Paper Box Studios on Cumberland Avenue in Hamilton. Andrew McPhail’s performance and sculptural works are well recognized in Hamilton; this year he brings his work to a new level through a multi-day community interaction. kírkē represent the next wave of artists living and working in Hamilton that are charting a fresh and exciting course. Marco D’Andrea transforms an alley through a sound installation, while David Collier’s imagery will surprise and delight as festival-goers can read his oversized comics reproduced on the pavement of the street.
Summary of Supercrawl 2014 art projects
Dean Drever (Kingston/Toronto)
In Bear Hunt, Dean Drever draws on the Kodiak, a Haida symbol of supreme physical and supernatural power, as a meditation on power, vulnerability and the nature-culture divide.
Zeke Moores (Windsor)
Moores chooses to monumentalize the (oft-derided) utilitarian port-o-potty to dramatic effect by creating a casting that far removes this object from its plastic origins.
Laura Marotta (Hamilton)
Octagon Shelter is a wood and steel structure with quirky openings. It explores built shapes, positioned somewhere between sculpture and architecture.
Sean Martindale (Toronto)
Martindale’s textile-based intervention playfully responds to the characteristics of the site, questioning the urban environment and prompting the audience to rethink public space at this crucial moment of transformation in downtown Hamilton.
Andrew McPhail (Hamilton)
McPhail’s sequined T-shirts blatantly convey personal and commonly shared insecurities about identities and perceptions.
Marco D’Andrea (Hamilton)
The Mulberry pedestrian corridor will be reimagined as a sound portal full of speakers with an amplified canopy of ambient rhythms.
Natalie Hunter (Waterloo)
Hunter’s ethereal photographic collage explores personal memory and the places of her childhood on the outskirts of Hamilton.
David Collier (Hamilton)
Collier’s graphic work displays the wealth of artistic and literary inspiration he finds in Hamilton; his comics are printed as large images covering the street.
The Cocoon is a sculptural sanctuary within the rush of Supercrawl – an introspective refuge that celebrates the beauty of change.
Papier14 settles once again in the Quartier des spectacles to offer visitors unprecedented access to contemporary art. This seventh edition will bring together an even greater number of artists and galleries from across Canada, revealing the various forms of this unique and versatile medium. This year, Papier will shine beyond its marquee tent with several satellite activities and exhibitions.
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Sonnu Assu | Rebecca Belmore | Melvin Charney | Erika Dueck | Zeke Moores | Diana Thorneycroft | Barbara Todd | Jinny Yu
Erika Dueck The Ephemeral Mind II, 2014 papier, carton, miroirs et techniques mixtes dimensions variables
Rebecca Belmore Fringe, 2013 impression numérique 60 x 183 cm édition de 7
Sonny Assu Longing series, 2011 impressions numériques 39 x 49 cm
Diana Thorneycroft Nighthawkes, 2012 impression numérique 58.5 x 72 cm édition de 20
Zeke Moores Boxes, 2014 bronze dimensions variables
Jinny Yu Monoprints, 2014 sérigraphies
December 20, 2013 – April 20, 2014
Organized in partnership with The Art Gallery of Windsor
Support by the Ontario Arts Council
The show still up, and if you haven't gotten the opportunity to check it out, get on down there...The exhibition looks amazing. Thanks to The Rooms and they're impressive building, the spaces and views are spectacular.