Donovan & Siegel’s “Landscape” installation is just one of the artists’ new works at Olga Korper Gallery
AUGUST 25 TO SEPTEMBER 29 Artistic duo Hallie Siegel and Matt Donovan have made their names creating high-concept sculptural artifacts that are inspired by the past but also thoroughly modern. The latest in their ongoing series of “history machines” are now featured at Olga Korper Gallery, and employ text-based practices to make connections between sculpture, painting and printmaking. An installation titled Landscape, for example, suspends seemingly random words in space—but when viewed from a particular perspective they reveal a full, perfectly justified paragraph. Or examine a trio of cylinders that, when rolled, print poems without beginning or end—evoking the ways in which the past, present and future are unified, and how ideas tend to resurface over and over again.
A high-ceilinged former mattress factory on Morrow Avenue is just the place to visit three of the city’s finest contemporary art galleries. Amidst the concrete and exposed iron girders you’ll find venerable Olga Korper Gallery, which boasts a vast space for the display of installations, photography, paintings and sculpture. Smaller but no less innovative is Christopher Cutts Gallery—generally focusing on paintings, it presents new and historical works of modern importance by artists from Canada and abroad. And at Peak Gallery, owner-director Zack Pospieszynski strives to exhibit conceptual pieces with refined aesthetics from both emerging and established artists.
The Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival—the world’s largest festival dedicated to the display and discussion of the photographic arts—returns to Toronto this month. There are more than 225 exhibitions to see between May 1 and 31; each day Where Toronto offers a peek at one of them.
Artist: Stan Denniston
Title: Dreamers Storyboard #3, detail (courtesy of Olga Korper Gallery)
See It @ Olga Korper Gallery, as part of Denniston’s featured “Los Soñandors” exhibition, April 29 to May 29.
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John Brown's Tower Version One.
OPENS JUNE 6 Scraped, scored and textured with great welts of paint, the works of John Brown are survivors of their own visceral creation—no wonder the Toronto-based artist is known to take months to produce a single panel. Venerable art hub Olga Korper Gallery displays three of Brown’s large-scale pieces that reveal a meticulous process that combines abstract expressionism with artifacts of figuration. Widely collected and critically praised, Brown’s larger body of work, produced over a two-decade span, is also highlighted in a new catalogue to be launched at the gallery on June 18 from 6 to 9 p.m.