Erin Vincent: Fight or Flight

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Image Credit: "House" (Bronze, Antique Cloche, Fabric and Ephemeral), 2011

 

99 Gallery is pleased to announce

Fight or Flight
A solo exhibition by Erin Vincent

Opening Night: November 3rd, 7 to 10pm.

About the Exhibition: Vincent’s solo exhibition explores our still remaining instinctual tendencies when facing stress in domestic life.  Her sculptures and installations are a personal translation of the very visceral actions and reactions triggered by our relationships when based largely on security and partnership.

Each focal sculpture’s cloche encasement insulates the relationship while providing its audience a controlled view into it.  Comprised of a mix of found objects, ephemeral, bronze, cast cement and wood, the materials act as a mirror of the two juxtaposed positions we take when facing stress triggers. 

About the Artist:  Vincent’s past work largely focused on shrine like imagery giving homage to both the past and present.  Her use of discarded objects incorporated into secular shrines repurposed the greatly forgotten past.  Still present are the found objects and a mix of both the traditional and the modern in Vincent’s techniques and themes with the work growing to include new media such as bonze and cement cast sculpture.  Her shrine imagery is still very present in her Fight or Flight series but has evolved into new presentation of that which we view as sacred.

Fight or Flight runs from November 3rd to 19th, Gallery Hours: Tues – Saturday, Noon to Five.

99 Gallery
99 Sudbury Street
Toronto
www.99gallery.ca

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Gauri Gill wins The Grange Prize 2011

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Congratulations to Indian photographer Gauri Gill, Winner of The Grange Prize 2011!
 

After an eight-week public vote, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and Aeroplan are proud to announce that Delhi-based artist Gauri Gill is the winner of The Grange Prize 2011. The $50,000 prize is Canada’s largest photography prize, also granting $5,000 and an international residency to each of the runners-up, and is the only major Canadian art prize to have its winner chosen by the public.

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Gill is an Indian photographer born in 1970 and based in Delhi, India, whose body of work includes a decade-long study of people living in marginalized communities in Rajasthan, India. Her photographs “often address ordinary heroism within challenging environments,” says a statement on behalf of the nominating jury, “depicting the artist’s often-intimate relationships with her subjects with a documentary spirit and a human concern over issues of survival.”

Works by all four finalists — Canadians Elaine Stocki and Althea Thauberger, and Indians Gill and Nandini Valli — are currently on view at the AGO in The Grange Prize 2011 Exhibition, on view through Nov. 27. The public was able to vote for their choice inside the exhibition or online at www.thegrangeprize.com, where works by all four artists are still on view. The winner has been selected entirely by public vote, which drew voters from Canada, India, the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany, Mexico, and China.

The Grange Prize, a partnership between Aeroplan and the AGO, is Canada's largest cash prize for photography and a model of innovation among international art prizes. Each year, two artists from Canada and two from a partner country are chosen by a jury of experts to comprise the shortlist. Each artist is awarded an international residency, an exhibition at the AGO, and a $5000 honararium. The winner of the $50,000 prize is chosen entirely by the public, who can vote for their choice in-person at the AGO or online at www.thegrangeprize.com.


IMAGE CREDIT: Gauri Gill (Indian), Balika Mela Portraits 12. Balika Mela Portrait series2003. Archival pigment print, 30 x 40 in. Courtesy of the artist. © 2011 Gauri Gill.

   

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NAISA Sound Channel Newsletter for November 2011 (Vol.6; Iss.11)

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NAISA Sound Channel
Newsletter for November 2011 (Vol.6; Iss.11)
Produced by New Adventures in Sound Art
www.naisa.ca

1) SOUNDplay Festival Oct 29 - Nov 27
2) NAISA Youth Initiative updates
3) Art's Birthday Celebrations January 13 - 17, 2012
4) NAISA Installation Space Rental Information
5) NAISA Birthday Sound Bash installation and concert series March 2012
6) Deep Wireless Festival of Radio & Transmission Art, May 1-31, 2012

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1) SOUNDplay Festival
October 7 - November 27, 2011
www.naisa.ca/soundplay

The 10th annual SOUNDplay Festival is a meeting point for experimentation in sound art and new media encouraging new avenues for exploration. Located at various venues in the Artscape Wychwood Barns, SOUNDplay 2011 includes multi-media performances, installations, workshops and videomusic screenings. Featured artists include: Shawn Pinchbeck, Zazalie Z, Freida Abtan, Max Alexander, Kaiser Nietzsche, Benjamin Thigpen, Darren Copeland, and works by the Jeu de temps winners co-presented with the Canadian Electroacoustic Community and many more.

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Remaining Installation:
http://www.naisa.ca/soundplay/installations.html

SOUNDplay Videomusic Installation
Nov 3 - 26, Thursday to Sunday, 10am - 2pm, FREE
@ the NAISA Space (601 Christie St #252)

Performances:
http://www.naisa.ca/soundplay/performances.html

The Flight of Birds and Sacred Hearts
performances by Freida Abtan and Zazalie Z
Nov 12 @ 8 pm at the Christie Studio, 601 Christie St #170 ($15/10)

SOUNDplay Videomusic performance/screening
with performance by Max Alexander
Nov 19 @ 8 pm at the NAISA Space, 601 Christie St #252 ($10/$5)

Fast-Forward
with performance by Kaiser Nietzsche and Benjamin Thigpen
Nov 25 @ 8 pm at the Christie Studio, 601 Christie St #170 ($15/10)

Time - Space - Play
includes winning works from Jeu de Temps / Times Play competition + premiere by Darren Copeland
Nov 26 @ 8 pm at the Christie Studio, 601 Christie St #170 ($15/10)

Artist Talks / Workshops / Colloquium:
http://www.naisa.ca/soundplay/workshops.html

Artist Talk with Zazalie Z
co-presented with Le Labo
Nov 10, 2011 (8pm) Free
@ Le Labo, 55 Mill Street, Cannery Bldg #58, Studio #317, Toronto

Animating Time and Space at TAIS (After Effects workshop) with Freida Abtan
co-presented with the Toronto Animated Image Society
Nov 13, 2011 (1-4pm) cost TBA
@ TAIS, 60 Atlantic, Suite 102, Studio 9, Toronto

Masterclass with Kevin Austin
co-presented with the Canadian Electroacoustic Community
Nov 26, 2011 (4-7pm), Free
@ the NAISA Space (#252), 601 Christie St.

Toronto Artist Salon with Kevin Austin
an afternoon open colloquium with the aim of collecting and preserving the histories of pioneers in electroacoustics
co-presented with the Canadian Electroacoustic Community
Nov 27, 2011 (1-5pm), Free
@ the NAISA Space (#252), 601 Christie St.

2) NAISA Youth Initiative Updates

The NAISA youth education initiative is targeted toward youth at high schools, arts centers and community centers and facilitates the creation of new sound art works by youth through collaboration during hands-on workshops including: assembling a sound art instrument (the NAISAtron created by Rob Cruickshank), making art with sound, making radio and exploring the soundscape. To date, NAISA has produced 22 residencies in Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa and Mississauga. If you are a teacher or run a community centre and are interested in booking workshops or collaborating with NAISA, email naisa@naisa.ca. Watch the NAISA Youth Initiative video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKYoTKdL1Wc

3) Art's Birthday Celebration
January 13 - 17, 2012

New Adventures in Sound Art will once again participate in the Arts Birthday celebrations this year. Happy One Million and Forty-nineth Birthday, Art! NAISA's Art's Birthday artist-in-resident this year is Eric Powell. Check future NAISA Sound Channels or the web-site www.naisa.ca for updates.

4) NAISA Installation Space Rental Rates
Go to www.naisa.ca/rent.html for full information

The NAISA Installation space is a 300 sq.ft. space suitable for sound and media art installations as well as small performances and screenings. It includes a 16' x 16' black space on a raised floor + small storage area and is available to rent by the hour, day, week, or 2-week period. Preferred pricing is available for rentals of one week or more in duration.

Standard Rates:
• for workshops/events/installation set-ups: $30/hr (tech person included) 4-hour minimum; $150 per 6-hour day (tech person included)
• for installation exhibits: $300/week, $500/2 weeks

5) NAISA turns 11 Birthday Bash Installation & Concert Series
March 1-31, 2012

Back by popular demand, NAISA's Birthday Bash installation returns. On March 12, 2001, New Adventures in Sound Art became a not-for-profit organization, expanding its programming that year from one festival (Sound Travels) to 3 and committing to providing year-round sound art programming for all ages.
For the month of March, NAISA's installation space will be filled with everyday man-made objects especially selected for the interesting sounds they make when struck or played, offering you a chance to play with sound and manipulate it live. Also included will be four Saturday performance in March on this evolving instrument / sound installation.

6) Deep Wireless Festival of Radio and Transmission Art - 11th anniversary!!
May 1 - 31, 2011

A month-long celebration of radio and transmission art including performances, installations, radio broadcasts of commissioned works on CBC radio's Living Out Loud and a symposium on transmission art.

To receive the monthly NAISA Sound Channel in your inbox, please send a message to naisa@naisa.ca with "Subscribe" in the subject heading.

New Adventures in Sound Art is a non-profit organization that presents performances and installations spanning the entire spectrum of sound art. NAISA is partially funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts and the SOCAN Foundation.

Inquiries & general information:
Nadene Thériault-Copeland
Managing Director
New Adventures in Sound Art
Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St #252, Toronto, ON M6G 4C7
416 652 5115; naisa@naisa.ca



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Otino Corsano: Happiness - Part 1

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Otino Corsano

Happiness - Part 1

Opening Thursday, November 3, 6-9pm
November 3 - 26, 2011

A collection of images culled from online social media sites was the starting point for Otino Corsano's latest project: Happiness Part 1.

To further study these found, frozen images, Corsano carefully rendered these moments of repose as ink drawings. His experience as a freelance storyboarder influenced the decision to reproduce the original images as quick ink sketches, preparing them for further expansion into video. The storyboard drawings are organized into three sets of sixteen images each.

Prominent commercial film directors were each provided with one set of drawings in order to reproduce the art stills as moving scenes. The three 30-second "commercials" were produced by: Caroline Ryan, Paul Weeks and Peter Darley Miller (Editor: Ting Poo). Composer John Mark Sherlock provided the supernatural, ambient score for each video. Accordingly, the work comprising Happiness Part 1 progresses Corsano's practice of collaborating with professional, commercial creatives to produce his art.

The first digital source material is transformed through a double process of interpretation. Drawn as light pictures of enjoyment, they are suspended further as lingering moving images. The resulting art videos have the look and feel of contemporary lifestyle advertising without a visible product. Happiness is freed from purchase.

An accompanying essay "The Pursuit of Happiness: Corinna Ghaznavi on the Personal Ad Art of Otino Corsano" is available at the gallery.

This is Otino Corsano's third solo exhibition with p|m Gallery. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art, University of Toronto and Otis College of Art (Los Angeles), Corsano describes his visual art practice as neo-conceptualist, new genre work since he explores areas of meaning production in a variety of media. His art writings and artist interviews are published in artUS magazine and can also be found online at ARTPOST and Akimblog. Corsano has taught at the University of Toronto and is a Sessional Instructor at OCAD University. He has exhibited in Toronto and abroad.

p|m Gallery
1518 Dundas Street West

Toronto, Ontario M6K1T9

416.937.3862
www.pmgallery.ca
powell@pmgallery.ca
@pmgallery1518


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The Power Plant ends the Fall season with outstanding November events

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The Power Plant fall season comes to a close with
SPECIAL EVENTS and the 13th Annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition
 

 

LIVE
Isabelle Pauwels: Tic Tac Toe
Thursday, 3 November / 7 PM / $4 Members, $6 Non-Members
Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
Vancouver artist Isabelle Pauwels, whose work is currently on view in the exhibition The Plot, presents a performative artist talk. Visit thepowerplant.org or call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416.973.4000 to purchase tickets.

LECTURE: Derek Sullivan
Tuesday, 8 November / 7 PM / $4 Members, $6 Non-Members
Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
Toronto artist Derek Sullivan, whose commission and exhibition Albatross Omnibus is currently on view, discusses his practice. Visit thepowerplant.org or call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416.973.4000 to purchase tickets.

13th Annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition
12 – 20 November, 2011
FREE
Established in 1999, the RBC Canadian Painting Competition, with the support of the Canadian Art Foundation, is a unique initiative that helps to nurture and support promising new artists in the early stages of their careers. The Power Plant is pleased to showcase this exhibition of work by all semifinalists. Visit thepowerplant.org for more information.

SUNDAY SCENE
FREE with gallery admission
Our popular Sunday Scene series continues through the end of the fall season. Every Sunday at 2 PM, speakers from the world of art and beyond offer their responses to the current exhibitions.

 

For information on these events and the rest of The Power Plant's public programming for fall 2011, visit our website.


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DEREK SULLIVAN: ALBATROSS OMNIBUS
24 September – 20 November, 2011

The Power Plant's 2011 commission Albatross Omnibus by Toronto-based artist Derek Sullivan involves new artist books, and a drawing and installation project. The commission's core is a series of 52 limited edition books produced through print-on-demand technology. One full set of books is displayed in a grid-like formation hanging from wires at a height that visitors must use a stepladder to reach. Fourteen copies of each book will be available for purchase in the gallery shop, with each title exclusively available for a single day of the 52 days of the exhibition. On entering the exhibition, visitors encounter a large accordion-shaped wall with selections from Sullivan's Poster Drawings series and the nine-part Illustrations from The Albatross (2010).

Mutability, a characteristic of Sullivan's practice, is deepened in this exhibition, with different forms and ideas folding into one another in a way that tests the boundaries of the finite. The project draws on the history of artists' book production to examine its relationship to the larger art economy, while also exploring an interplay between book, furniture and garden design; concrete poetry; minimalism and conceptual art; authorship and appropriation; and the idea of reading as a stand in for interpretation. Ultimately the physical form of the book both supports and is the artwork.

Presenting Sponsor: RBC Wealth Management
2011 Commissioning Program Supporters: Aastra Technologies Ltd.; Thomas H. Bjarnason; Michelle Koerner & Kevin Doyle; Nancy McCain & Bill Morneau; Margaret C. McNee; and Samara Walbohm & Joe Shlesinger.

SIMON FUJIWARA: WELCOME TO THE HOTEL MUNBER
24 September – 11 November, 2011

Through performance, short stories, installation-sets, lectures, and novels, British-Japanese artist Simon Fujiwara scripts and performs his own biography as fiction. Often weaving his own personal history into broad historic social events, Fujiwara constructs parallel histories that he presents through his roles as raconteur and dramaturge. Playing multiple and often conflicting roles – from archaeologist and eroticist to architect – Fujiwara's seemingly multifarious identities both establish and erase themselves within his shadowy narratives, forming a complex, fleeting portrait of the contemporary individual.

Welcome to the Hotel Munber (2010) is a multi-layered installation that sets the stage for his parents' lives during the Franco era in Spain. The work is a reconstruction, based on photographs and oral histories, of the bar in his parents' hotel during the 1970s. Fujiwara's narrative installation reveals a complex research into identity and cultural heritage as an open-ended process of investigation.

THE PLOT: KEREN CYTTER, JOS DE GRUYTER AND HARALD THYS, ISABELLE PAUWELS
24 September – 6 November, 2011

Artists working in film and video have long engaged questions of narration and structure, truth and fiction. The Plot brings together the work of artists who share approaches to non-linear narrative. They use structural breaks, an economy of means (or its aesthetic) and the employment of film as a stage upon which amateur actors (or their proxies) consider history, human relationships and the space created by the camera. The Plot explores film and video not only as a tract upon which scenes are enacted, broken and re-spatialized, but as a scenario, a deception and a scheme.

The Plot includes Avalanche (2011) by Berlin-based Keren Cytter, whose films often present characters acting out complex and alienated relationships. Her scripted work offers an instability that references direct experience and personal observation, as well as calling upon popular cultural forms (film, television, theatre, and literature). Unstable notions of identity, memory and relationships are also found in the work of Vancouver-based Isabelle Pauwels. Pauwels' innovative approach to shooting, editing and installation draws attention to authorship and spectatorship as a process. Brussels-based collaborators Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys create films and installations, such as Das Loch (2010), that focus on issues of thwarted communication and defensive interiority. Revealing the absurdity of the world we live in, their work questions individual power and proposes a schematic equivalency between individuals and objects. Together, these works test claims to territory and storytelling.


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Institutional Donor: Nancy McCain & Bill Morneau
Primary Education Sponsor: CIBC Wood Gundy
Corporate Leaders: BMO Financial Group, Manulife Financial, Rogers, TD Securities
Government Funding: Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council

GALLERY ADMISSION:
FREE Members
$6 Adults
$3 Students / Seniors
BMO FREE Wednesday Evenings 5 – 8 PM

GALLERY HOURS:
Tuesday to Sunday 12–6 PM

Wednesday 12–8 PM

Open holiday Mondays
Please note: The gallery will close at 3:30 PM on 16 & 17 November.

Image: Photo of Derek Sullivan by Nickey Runham.
Media Contact: Robin Boyko, +1.416.973.4927, rboyko@thepowerplant.org

The Power Plant
231 Queens Quay West
Toronto, ON Canada M5J 2G8
+1.416.973.4949
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Janet Bellotto: The Lure

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217 Avenue Road

Toronto, ON M5R 2J3
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De Luca Fine Art | Gallery
presents


Janet Bellotto

The Lure 

 

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Toronto, October 22nd, 2011 – This installation exhibition runs from November 3rd to November 27th, 2011 at De Luca Fine Art | Gallery new location, at 217 Avenue Road, Toronto.

 

The opening reception is on November 3rd, 2011, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Please R.S.V.P. to invite@delucafineart.com

 

The Lure emerges from olfactory investigations borrowing from fact and fiction. Inspired by the mirage of aromas from perfume salons that attempt to seduce passers-by, Janet Bellotto entertains the gallery with an installation of illuminating and fragrant objects and scintillating video.

At a time when illnesses travel instantaneously around the globe, scent emerges and vanishes like a mirage, and yet resonates memories and emotions. The objects in Bellotto's work acts in the tradition of aromatherapy while entertaining how certain smells can conjure up memories of place. The Lure attempts to tap into the history of per fumum (Latin) – which translates as "through the smoke", where aromatic smells have been used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes.

Janet Bellotto is an artist from Toronto, who splits her time teaching in Dubai at Zayed University. She graduated from the Sculpture/Installation program from the Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto, and received an MFA in Sculpture/Studio Arts from Concordia University. Her practice encompasses sculpture, installation, photography, video and performance. She continues to write and curate, while exhibiting both locally and internationally. Exhibitions include: 2011 Untitled Original, CDA Projects, Istanbul; Contemporary Crosscurrents: Portraits and Electronic Arts, Streaming Museum in Dubai (www.streamingmuseum.org); A Cozy Lie, Redhead Gallery, Toronto; 2010 – 12th Cairo Biennale, Cairo, Egypt; Drowning Ophelia, Stratford Gallery, Stratford; 2009 – Point of Encounter, Tashkeel, Dubai; 2008 – In-Situ, The JamJar, Dubai; WAVE, The LAB, New York City; 2007 – Dehisce, kkprojects, New Orleans, USA.

De Luca Fine Art | Gallery, established in 2004, is now located at 217 Avenue Road. The gallery represents and introduces Italian and International Artists to Canadian audiences. In collaboration with select Italian Galleries, De Luca Fine Art | Gallery introduces established and emerging Canadian Artists to Europe.

For more information regarding this event and/or our services, consultation, and art rental program please visit www.delucafineart.com

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Corrado De Luca
corrado@delucafineart.com
T: (1) 416-537-4699

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Jens Diercks: différance

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Sphere   2011  – artificial turf and wood – Dia:  40.64 cm / 16 “

Jens Diercks Exhibition

différance

 November 3 to December 3, 2011

Opening reception November 3 – 5 to 7 pm

The present exhibition entitled "différance" (note the spelling) refers to the term coined by French philosopher, Jacques Derrida, in his essay of the same name which deals with the notion that there is nothing outside of context – i.e., words, signs, or symbols cannot express what they truly mean unless they are placed in contrast to additional words, signs, or symbols from which they differ. In other words, things are not what they appear to be until we know what they are not.

Jens Diercks and I met in Miami Beach in 1987 at the South Florida Art Center. He had recently graduated from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver and had come to Miami Beach because he loved to surf and because he learned that the new South Florida Art Center, with the help of a neighborhood development grant, offered affordable studio space and exhibition opportunities to emerging artists. We were all very impressed by the roll of extremely ambitious lithographs he had with him and he was almost immediately granted a space. He made the most of this opportunity and quickly began to accumulate a mountain of found objects in his studio from which he constructed objects at once relevant, engaging, and original.

When ArtMiami opened in Miami in 1991, European dealers and collectors descended upon the "American Riviera." Encouraged by the favorable currency exchange, they stayed on to enjoy a tropical holiday away from the expensive resorts of the European coasts and this provided a new market for art. Jens was in the right place at the right time and began to enjoy the patronage of contemporary art collectors and exhibition opportunities. This art scene continued to grow unabated to become, in 2002, the home of Art Basel Miami Beach, the most important contemporary art fair in North America.

Jens and I were later reunited at Heim/America at Fisher Island Gallery. When Lucie and I opened the gallery in Montréal in 2007, we were delighted to learn (thanks to Google) that Jens had also returned to Canada – albeit to British Columbia – and that we would have the good fortune to represent him once again. This exhibition, which continues his exploration of perception, is one which we are extremely proud to present.

Beaux-arts des Amériques
3944 St-Denis, Montréal, QC H2W 2M2
T 514 481 2111 F 514 481 7113
www.beauxartsdesameriques.com
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Experimental Station - Part 1, In the Laboratory

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Estación experimental [Experimental Station], an exhibition that just opened at Laboral Centre of Art and Industrial Creation, presents the work of artists whose work is inspired by scientific research. Whether the relationship they have developed with science is akin to formal research, psataphysics, science-fiction or investigates paranormal events, these artists play with out expectations and question our current knowledge without necessarily looking for a clear answer. What matters in their work is not the end result, but the process, the experiment, the long journey of trial and error.

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View of the exhibition space

The exhibition is at time playful and amusing and at time leading to more contemplative moments. I was particularly glad that Estación experimental gave me the opportunity to discover so many young Spanish artists. I hope i'll get to see more of their work in the coming years.

The first chapter of the exhibition gives a general overview of the concept behind the show. In the Laboratory brings together the artists who use their studio or an exhibition space as a place for experimentation. I've already mentioned Caleb Charland and the homemade experiments he photographs in his garage.

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Alistair McClymont, The Limitations of Logic and the Absence of Absolute Certainty, 2010

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Alistair McClymont, The Limitations of Logic and the Absence of Absolute Certainty (detail), 2010

Another artist who makes jaw-dropping experiments with physical phenomena is Alistair McClymont who recreated a tornado inside one of the exhibition rooms. The mechanics that activate the rotating column of air are not hidden from visitor's view: fans, scaffolding, black tubes and a humidifier.

The sculpture uses mundane materials to recreate a rare meteorological phenomenon that can have devastating effects. In the gallery however, visitors are free to step into the whirlwind of air and vapor and experience its physical presence without any danger.

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Ben Woodeson, Health & Safety Violation #15 - Spiral twist hazard

Danger, or rather the perception of it, is at the core of Ben Woodeson's work. The sculpture he's showing in Laboral bears the tongue-in-cheek name Health & Safety Violation #15 - Spiral twist hazard. I'm all for poking fun at the over-regulations that dominate cultural spaces (especially in England, a country never afraid of reaching new heights of ridicule in that matter.) Spiral Twist Hazard is a black cable that hangs from the ceiling and twists, untwists, whips and moves as if it had a life of its own.

Because the title warns you of the cable 'purpose', the threat becomes appealing, it puts visitor to the test: will you dare go nearer or will you retreat safely?

Spiral Twist Hazard is one of the exercises in a long series of "Health and Safety Violations" that the artist began in 2009. I'm quite fond of the aggressive shoe brush (video might take a few moments to load but well worth the wait), the pump that suffocates you by vacuuming air away from the gallery space, the beads thrown on the floor, etc. I like them all. I should interview him one day. Right?

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Rubén Ramos Balsa and Oumar Haidara Fall, Fall Machine, 2003-2011

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Rubén Ramos Balsa and Oumar Haidara Fall, Fall Machine, 2003-2011 (detail of the autonomous mechanical multiplier)

Artist Rubén Ramos Balsa worked at the service of engineer Oumar Haidara Fall to help him communicate his physics theory. The video and mock-up on show illustrate in a tangible way the Senegalese scientist's work on the mechanical disruption of symmetry.

I'm not sure i understood the theory quite clearly but from what i managed to gather, the research questions the laws of gravity inherited from Newton and tests the possibility of increasing mass in the same trajectory.

The project page explains that The work carried out jointly by the engineer and the artist explores and tests the validity of the Autonomous Mechanical Multiplier as a principle that can prove the theory of the evolutionary conservation of the unity of multiple dimensions.

I'll come back later on this week with more posts about the exhibition but don't wait for me to check out the catalogue of the show, it's available as a PDF on Laboral's website. And here's a few pitiful photos i made while visiting the show.

Estación experimental [Experimental Station] remains open through April 9, 2012 at Laboral Centre of Art and Industrial Creation in Gijón, Spain.
Previously: Experimental Station - Caleb Charland.

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AICA Incentive Prize for Young Art Critics 2011

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Published on : 2011-11-02 03:31:22
For a review on the Biennials of Curitiba and Mercosur by a young art critic from Latin America. Deadline: 31 Dec. 2011

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Adam Matak: Objects of Value

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Adam Matak's
Objects of Value

LE Gallery
Nov 2 - 27, 2011

Adam Matak's Objects of Value can be read in multiple ways. The series literally depicts objects of value: printed money, the classic example of economic value, whilst also engaging with objects of value in a cultural sense. But it also invites reflection on the cultural and historical value of paper money at a moment when the transfer of money is largely virtual. The drawings are meticulously rendered using everyday BIC pens, evoking a reconsideration of the relationship between the seemingly banal and the beautiful.

Adam Matak
Though trained as a printmaker, Adam Matak uses paint, markers and ball point pens to achieve the graphic aesthetic of print. Major themes that have consistently run through his work have been: reception, value an historical narratives that connect us. Matak has been exhibited in both private and public galleries throughout Ontario and is collected locally and internationally. He has been published in Art Works, a Canadian art history textbook, and reviewed in The National Post, The Globe & Mail and Blog TO. Le Gallery's Objects of Value marks Matak's fourth major exhibition this year.

LE Gallery
Wed - Sun 12-6pm or by appointment
1183 Dundas St W
Toronto, Ontario
M6J 1X3
4165328467

www.le-gallery.ca
www.adammatak.com
wil@le-gallery.ca

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