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AA as healer/shaman
AA as healer/shaman

Photo courtesy of Hrag Vartanian

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Snow falls on evergreens,

thunder booms in the night sky-

shaking the needles.

Chris

Finally, Athens has a new and beautiful structure located near the ancient Acropolis to showcase the remains of this Greek monument.  Conceived in the year 2000 after many decades of previous museums being realized since 1865 ,the project was finally awarded tender to Bernard Tschumi Architects. This new museum is now a showcase to highlight the treasures of the ancient past. The museum has a total area of 25,000 metres, 14,000 of which are exhibition space. Glass, concrete and marble feature in this graceful edifice which houses sculptures, caryatids, and friezes where natural light showcases the marvels of the works.

Pilotes stand over original excavations and glass flooring allows visitors glimpses into this archaic past. Several levels allow for an even flow into exhibition spaces, an auditorium, and galleries. Five major collections are housed within the structure including relics from the Acropolis Slopes, the Archaic Period and the Parthenon. The museum is located 300 metres from the Acropolis and two kilometers from the city centre of Athens.

This new and modern edifice serves as a triumphal return to Greece’s roots and a fitting home for the hopeful return of the Elgin marbles from Britain.

http://www.theacropolismuseum.gr/

 

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Images courtesy of Bernard Tschumi Architects

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This is a urinal!

A voice said, Look me in the stars

And tell me truly, men of earth,

If all the soul-and-body scars

Were not too much to pay for birth.

Robert Frost

http://www.ketzle.com/frost/

This Italian artist has come to prominence in Toronto with his installation in the Galleria Italia at the Art Gallery of Ontario.  Born in Garessio, Italy he was part of the Arte Povera movement of the 60’s whose artists utilized simple, everyday found objects to fashion new and novel forms of art.  Penone has an affinity for nature and utilizes nature in his work to bring forth stunning and emotional sculptures from wood, leather, resin and stone.  His organic sensibility brings out the essential “nature” of the object and reveals to the viewer the essence of the world around us.

“My artwork shows, with the language of sculpture, the essence of matter and tries to reveal with the work, the hidden life within.”

The Hidden Life Within
The Hidden Life Within

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Two Bobbies Snogging

Two Bobbies Snogging

ART CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE, ANYTIME, ANY PLACE

ART CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE, ANYTIME, ANY PLACE

ART CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE, ANYTIME, ANY PLACE

Vincent Ferrane / Havana Cultura

Yoan Capote, Open Mind

A model of the human brain, to be realised as a ‘maze’ in a public space in Havana

 

Wilfredo Prieto

Wilfredo Prieto, Una Luz a lo Lejos (A Star in the Sky)

The artist put a star in the sky of Havana as his piece for the Havana Biennial.

 

Rene Francisco

Rene Francisco, Intercambio Buena Vista

 

Rene Francisco

Rene Francisco, Agua Benita

 

Alexandre Arrechea

Alexandre Arrechea, La Habitacion de Todos, 2009

A stainless steel reproduction of a house which the artist adjusts daily to the ‘rhythm’ of the economic fluctuations of the Dow Jones Industrial Average

 To see more, visit:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/cuban-zeal-revolutionary-art-and-artists-1678393.html?action=Popup&ino=1

On March 6th it was arranged that the artist named Swintak would come to Hart House at the University of Toronto to give a presentation on her past works for the possible consideration of a commission for the House. http://confluxfestival.org/artists.php?artistid=311 Swintak discussed her “Room Works” which were objects embedded on one wall with the artist in-situ.  This was viewed as a sculptural gesture of everyday items and also included “clump” photos of people’s possessions.

 

 

Wall Works saw the artist situated in residence into a gallery at the Art Gallery of Ontario where she mounted her possessions and other items donated from the passing public onto a wall encompassing a doorway.  The effect was that of a Beaux Arts frontispiece with her personal considerations and influence taken into effect. 

 

One Nuit Blanche evening saw her install a dumpster into an alleyway in the College and Spadina area that was turned into a hotel room replete with room service and a check-in desk. 

 

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 Hairless Pet Picnic took the participant through a romp in Trinity Bellwoods Park to show off people’s pets that were….obviously hairless.  This was a strictly participatory affair and co-incided with the Nude Colored Clothing event right after which was a frolic in the park with buff colored garments.

 

Space Works brought out the “Self Aware Shed” which was installed and built in YYZ gallery.  This is a found wooden shed and is currently on a ten-year journey to different locales and which will hopefully end up in the National Gallery upon completion of the project. 

 

On the same day after Swintak’s visit, I had the opportunity to view some videos by Mark Lewis, the Canadian edition to this year’s Venice Biennale.  This artist and co-founder of Public magazine deals with public, geographical and city spaces and encompasses “what the modern constitutes”.  His videos for the most part involve spectator engagement and connect the viewer not passively but actively.  They are mostly silent films and are very highly choreographed.  He sometimes utilizes a rear projection technique and incorporates a dichotomy between the foreground and background.  The videos that I viewed were an eclectic mix of his previous work. 

Airport

Airport

 

 

 

 

On March 13th I was delighted to welcome Nestor Kruger to 1 Spadina Ave. to give a presentation concerning his past work, also for possible consideration for a commission for Hart House . /www.goodwatergallery.com/GW/Exhibitions/Kruger/Kruger-ex03-07.html   He started off talking about his “Mailer” exhibition in which Goodwater gallery was transformed into a boarded up long wooden corridor in which the terminus featured a Cyclops speaker uttering the noises of a foghorn.  This was an initiative in which there was no interim space and the viewer was forced to deal with the art immediately.  The other exhibitions he conversed about was one  at the Power Plant featuring a teleprompter which displayed a text based on a dialogue between Cain and

Abel, “Oblivion” at Art Metropole which I viewed at the beginning of the season and “Geezus” again at Goodwater which dealt with the idea of perforation and the covering of open spaces.  

 

Cyclops

Cyclops