Friday, September 28, 2007

Essay for Gallery 44's The Slow Gaze

Mixed in with all of the Nuit Blanche one-night-only madness are those first September/October shows of the art season that happen to be all-nighting it as well. I wrote an essay for one of these, The Slow Gaze, which opened at Gallery 44 last Thursday. The essay is available in a nice full-colour brochure at the gallery. Since it's a co-pro with Centre VU in Quebec City, the text has also been translated into French -- my first translation!

One of the best things about writing the essay was finding out about Paul LaCroix, a 78-year-old Quebec artist whose work (seen above) feels as fresh as anything coming out of UQAM today.

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Slew of Nuit Blanche stuff today

Toronto media is officially Nuit Blanche crazy and I'm straightjacketed up with the rest of 'em...

I've got pieces today in the National Post and NOW on the topic, with more on the way this weekend.

The Post story is a interview with Laura Belem, a Brazilian artist who did that flashing-boat-talky thing in Venice a couple of years back. The NOW story consists of an interview with Janet Morton, Guelph's craft-cover queen. Both are really interesting artists in terms of work, and to chat with.

There is also some blurbage I did in the NOW guide. Oh festival coverage! Oh the blurbage!

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