Saturday, October 24, 2009

Art Toronto 2009 (aka TIAF)

welcome from TIAF

Jeffery Spalding  who curated "Home Land" to help celebrate the 10th year of the art fair spoke about the intellect of the Canadian artist being a fertile ground of diversity and vitality. Canadian  work whether made at home or abroad  competes in the world market. The exhibition while being divers includes no textile or fibre art. "Hart land is curated into 3 distinct project themes- entry to the exhibition explores notions of wilderness, Mid discussion the story tips in favour of work that explores primarily 'human nature', our urban world and the lives we conduct therein. Then the work creates a bridge from social and psychological space to the realm of the creation of abstract work."

One artist whose always amazing work is include in the show. Aganetha Dyck. is presented by  two of her "collaborative" works, Bees Wax and figurines are included in this show. Working with bees she has produce an number of garment pieces and operates with in the scope of textiles and fibres.

Aganetha Dyck Bees Wax and figurines [front view] 

Aganetha Dyck Bees Wax and figurines [front view] back View

  Cal Lane Wheel Barrel, plasma cut steel, 2007

An other artist in "Heart land" works in steel and by cutting with a welding torch makes it  appear to be lace. Cal Lane's Wheel Barrel is not the only piece by her in the show. Having a solo show at  Art Mûr in Montreal, [Sweet Crude, September 19 – October 31] they have brought others, Art Mûr , a gallery from Montreal in Booth 1000 has brought the work of three artist whose work bridges fine craft and "rough art" I'll let you think about that, Cal Lane, Barbara Todd and Nadia Myre. 

11 am installation in progress

8 pm the installation is complete  

Plasma Cut  Steel Oil Drums, 2008
 By the time I returned for the opening night party Cal Lane's Oil Drum piece had been purchased by the Art Gallery of Ontario. Cal Lane , whose work has been seen in Toronto several times, I first encounter her in the group show Frey the co- curated exhibition at the Koffler Centre and Textile Museum of Canada  which I reviewed for the British  magazine Selvedge [issue no.14]  You can read about her recent site specific lace inspired out door steel sculpture "1,000 Gallon Oil Drum " created for "Lace in Translation" exhibition at the Design Center at Philadelphia University in the recent issue  fiberARTS magazine Nov/Dec 2009

Cal Lane "Dirt " works at Koffler Gallery Frey July 2006 January 2007,
The other two artist Art Mûr  in Booth 1000 has brought the work of two others Barbara Todd a quilt maker who was featured in the Telos Art publishers book "Textile Arts of the World : Canada"

11 am installation time

Barbara Todd with her wool appliqué quilt at the Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles in April 2009 for book launch and exhibition Art Textile [read about this in April 21 2009 post April is now on: Montreal Month of the fibre and Textile arts

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Nadia Myre  a beader who works in mixed media sculpture, and video.

Nadia Myre pieces at Art Toronto 2009, digital  print and 2 sculpture

Moving into the main part of the fair you will find Quebec Tapestry artist Marcel Marios at the Gallery Roger Bellefeuille Both 712

Marcel Marois: perception No, 12, water colour

Marcel Marois with Scene no2, Tapestry, 2001-02, 36.75 x 37.5 in.; 93.5 x 94.5 cm

"Target That Will Not Feel a Thing" (Central system removed) Cut paper Target acrylic on paper by Robert Waters p/m gallery Booth 1114 

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