List of video reviews, tours and panels on Canadian Art Magazine by Byron Chan:
Paulette Phillips Studies the Art World's Lies
Over the past few years, Toronto-based artist Paulette Phillips has been studying the art world's capacity for truth, using a lie-detector machine from the 1970s to measure it. Phillips's studio is on the top two floors of her Queen West home. She keeps the installation setup of the project on the first floor; on the second, art, true crime and forensics books surround drawers of meticulously organized polygraphs she's done with artists, writers and curators in Canada and around the world.
Associate editor David Balzer and Video editor Byron Chan recently visited Phillips's studio to take a deeper look at this fascinating project.
Video Preview: "Part Picture" at MOCCA
How are contemporary photographers responding to the ubiquity of digital photography? A new exhibition, set to open tonight at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto, takes up this question, arguing that young photographers are increasingly turning towards the material. By pulling from other media, they create works that are part photograph, part other—only part picture.
Organized as a part of the 2015 Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, the exhibition was curated by New York–based Chris Wiley, who gives a brief introduction to the show in this preview video.
Villa Toronto: A Critic's View
Villa Toronto, a week-long art event based in Union Station's Grand Hall with offsite programming across Toronto, uses large-scale sculpture and humour to entice visitors into considering "How to Communicate Better."
Rosie Prata reports from the opening of the Union Hall exhibition, noting that only five of the 26 artists were women. With such unequal representation, she wonders how balanced Villa Toronto's conversation can be.
Villa Toronto continues at Union Station and across the city until January 23.
Krista Buecking at Susan Hobbs: A Critic's View
In Krista Buecking’s third solo exhibition at Susan Hobbs Gallery, the Los Angeles–based Canadian artist presents a new series of work that plays with the visual vernacular of the market through abstraction.
Titled "Matters of Fact," the exhibition comprises works on paper, sculpture and an upbeat soundtrack. It strives to be at once seductive, absurd and critical.
Online editorial intern Amy Luo visits the show and discusses Buecking’s hazy, punch-coloured works on paper, which evoke the graphic visual language of market trend models and infographics, but deprive the forms of actual data and meaning.
Buecking’s ironic, intentionally empty works generate a conversation between abstract art production and market culture, Luo observes. However, with their own commodity status, these works raise the question: can self-awareness adequately count as critique?
"Matters of Fact" continues at Susan Hobbs Gallery until April 4, 2015.
A Critic's View of "Burn With Desire"
Two concurrent exhibitions at the Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto, "Burn With Desire: Photography and Glamour" and "Anti-Glamour: Portraits of Women," examine photography's role in producing notions of glamour, and dissect early Hollywood studio portraits, paparazzi snaps and pin ups.
With photographs pulled from the RIC’s Black Star Collection of photoreportage, the holdings of the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, and others, "Burn With Desire" offers an extensive look at the history and production of these images.
Interim online editor Caoimhe Morgan-Feir visits "Burn With Desire," and discusses curator Dr. Gaëlle Morel's careful use of repetition, and the exhibition's considered and effective deconstruction of these photographs.
"While "Burn with Desire" does a masterful job of underscoring glamour's constructed nature, there is something the exhibition cannot account for," says Morgan-Feir. "And that's the purely seductive nature of these images. Glamour appeals even as it unsettles."
"Burn With Desire: Photography and Glamour" continues at the RIC until April 5, 2015.
Mohamed Bourouissa Reworks Inuit Art
Many in Canada are familiar with the sight of small, stone-carved Inuit sculptures. But what happens when a non-Canadian artist decides to redraw those types of sculptures at a massive scale?
Our editorial web intern Amy Luo found out at the Art Gallery of Ontario recently when looking at the exhibition "Mohamed Bourouissa: Some Copyright Options."
For the exhibition, the Algerian-born, Paris-based Bourouissa—who is known for taking a keen look at marginalized populations in France—decided to focus on Inuit artworks from the gallery's collection. Bourouissa also integrated photographs and drawings from his own trip up North last year.
Art & Craft, Nature & Culture Merge in Chimera
"Chimera" is a small exhibition at Craft Ontario that tackles a big question—where does the border between nature and culture lie?
The objects in the exhibition include taxidermied animals from the collection of curator Morgan Mavis, as well as ceramic artworks by Julie Moon and multi-media sculptures by David R. Harper—an artist known for integrating taxidermy and embroidery into his work.
Here, Canadian Art online editor Leah Sandals takes a look at the show, which runs until November 22, 2014, in Toronto.
Along the way, Sandals notes how the show addresses recurring issues of art-versus-craft as well.
Panel Video: The Curated Market
A Video Tour of Art Toronto with Richard Rhodes
Ginsberg Glimpses: A Tour of the Beat Poet’s Portrait Photographs
Gallery Hop Toronto Tour with Drake Hotel Curator Mia Melia