Friday, November 21, 2008

Christof Migone - Artist Talk

Did you know that tomorrow, Saturday 22 November at 3PM Christof Migone will discuss his exhibition Disco Sec, on view at Mercer Union until 29 November?

If you haven't seen the show yet, now is your chance, and if you have, come see it again with the added bonus of an interesting fellow talking about a very cool project. More details here.

In unrelated news, I'm leaving to go to Vermont tomorrow. (I saw a Simpson's episode once where a trip to Vermont inspired Bart to say "did you know that candles are made by losers?"....and I intend to find out.)

Anyway, I may be posting even less than usual, sorry, but if anyone out there is missing my posts I suggest you just keep watching this video over and over and over again until I'm back. And you could also delve into this fantastic find.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

You Don't Really Care for Music, Do You?

Red Bull 381 Projects is here to help is wade through this question in a show that opens this Thursday, November 20, from 6:00 to 9pm, at 381 Queen Street West, 2nd Floor

Red Bull 381 Projects presents a major exhibition of four Canadian artists whose work is ingrained in the cultures, lifestyles, thought processes, and at times bizarre and eccentric outgrowths of music enthusiasm: Dave Dyment, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Alana Riley and Tony Romano.

The exhibition draws its title from Dyment’s video Pop Quiz, which features a stream of questions culled from the artist’s extensive record collection. Cheeky and provocative, the question might initially come across as a jab at the viewer, but in the context of these four artists’ work it reveals layers of meaning that address music’s cultural, emotional and transformative qualities. While viewers might feel compelled to defend their investment in music, careful consideration of the show’s title begs further questions: What does it mean to “care for” music? Can music care for us? Is it possible to care too much? Combined, these works reveal a web of associations ranging from fandom, cult obsession, nostalgia, existential rumination and the archival impulse.

Opening reception: Thursday, November 20, 6-9pm
Special Performance: Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay sings Jimmy Somerville, 6PM

Gallery walkthrough with curator Catherine Dean and artists Dave Dyment and Tony Romano: Saturday, December 6, 3pm

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Exiles

The Exiles - a legendary film that has been near impossible to see for ages - is screening at the Cinematheque this week.

Says the Cinematheque:
'The Exiles is a lacerating portrait of the isolation and hardship endured by the Native American community living in the Bunker Hill area of Los Angeles, a once-prominent neighbourhood reduced, by 1960, to decrepitude and poverty. Told with Flaherty-style lyricism, the film lies at the cusp of both fiction and documentary in its intimate dusk-to-dawn depiction of a group of friends led by a Hualapai man named Homer. As the guys set out for a raucous night on the town, Homer’s solemn, pregnant Apache wife Yvonne is left at home to long for his companionship and a better life. She embarks on a drifting nighttime stroll through the city (recalling Jeanne Moreau’s tenuous ambling in Antonioni’s La Notte, released the same year in Italy), her fragile state imparted through a wounded gaze and confessional narration. Shot in inky black and white with startling realism, The Exiles conveys “a near-heavenly vision of a near-hell” (Manohla Dargis, The New York Times).'

The screening times are as follows, hope to see you there:
November 14, 2008 7:00 PM
November 18, 2008 7:00 PM
November 19, 2008 8:45 PM
Screens at Jackman Hall

More info here.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

When the New York Times meets The Yes Men

Dave sent me this link to a Huffington Post article on a fake issue of the New York Times that has recently been distributed around the US. Evidently the fake is the work of The Yes Men, the same folks who have posed as spokespeople for The World Trade Organization, McDonald's, Dow Chemical, etc in an ongoing series of public performances/interventions that can be seen in their self-titled documentary of 2003.

It's a bit odd to read the article about this prank on Huffington Post; they report that one of the fake New York Times stories reads "columnist Thomas Friedman has confessed: 'I have no business holding a pen, at least with intent to write'", while over in the "Popular Stories on Huffington Post" section, you can scroll down to Thomas Friedman's article "We Need 'Overwhelming Force' to Green the Economy".

In any case, those of us who can't get our hands on a paper copy can check out most of the same content on their fake New York Times website.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

In a fit of enthusiasm about Kenneth Goldsmith's upcoming show at Mercer - Jan. 9/09 - Feb. 14/09 - I was looking through some old posts on WFMU and came across this video of Hermeto Pascoal and friends playing flutes and bottles in a lagoon. Please watch it. So so so so good.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Scott Lyall: Artist Talk

Sadly, I can't go to this, but I think you should.

Scott Lyall
Thursday, 6 November, 7 PM

Toronto-based artist Scott Lyall, whose exhibition ‘The Color Ball’ is currently on view at The Power Plant, discusses his work. Lyall combines drawing, painting, sculpture, and found objects into spare yet complex sculptural environments that arise from an intense period of research and digital image making. The effect is one of improvisation and incompleteness married with calm predetermination. Lyall has recently exhibited at Art Basel, Sutton Lane (London) and the SITE Santa Fe Seventh International Biennial.

$4 Members, $6 Non-Members
The Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

Sunday, November 2, 2008

City Renewal

Though we're settling into our beautiful new space nicely, we haven't forgotten about our old hood, so it's exciting to hear about a new show about to open on Lisgar Street: A CITY RENEWAL PROJECT:

November 4 - 23, 2008
Opening November 7, 7 - 11 pm

Red Bull 381 Projects is pleased to announce a large-scale, site-specific collaborative installation by fauxreel and Specter. A City Renewal Project blends the wallpapered photography techniques of fauxreel with the graphic and painterly approach of Specter as they recreate a neighborhood full of abandoned storefronts inside a 4000 square foot warehouse at 39 Lisgar Avenue in Toronto. The project focuses on the state of decay within the city, renewing these dilapidated buildings as artistic monuments and documenting their history amidst the gentrified frenzy of urban change.

In addition to the exhibition, Red Bull will be hosting Marc & Sara Schiller of Wooster Collective for a talk at the Red Bull 381 Projects gallery space, 381 Queen Street West, Suite 200, on Saturday November 8, 2008 from 7 - 10 pm. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, so arrive early to ensure a spot.

For more information or to make an appointment for an advance viewing please contact Elissa McGillivray •