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Hot Art: Fruitful Duo

Ed Pien's Mary Magdalene

TO AUGUST 21 The city is bustling, the weather is warm and sunny; and hopefully you’re enjoying a fantastic trip to Toronto. But maybe there’s something whispering to you that the good times can’t last forever. If so, you’re not alone. Anxiety, it seems, is a universal feature of life both past and present. It’s also thematic fodder for the latest exhibition at Justina M. Barnicke Gallery. Aptly entitled Scream, after the iconic Edvard Munch painting, the display pairs intricate drawings—such as Mary Magdalene—by Ed Pien and eerie stone carvings by Samonie Toonoo in a daring evocation of worry, fear and what inspires these feelings. For a summer show it’s oppressive stuff, but perhaps when confronted by the artists’ anxieties your own won’t seem so bad.

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