Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition 2013

The TOAE was off to a very slow start today due to a combination of rain, construction on Queen Street and unspecified forces of evil. But it’s all settled in now, so go check it out tomorrow and Sunday.

Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads: Bronze by Ai Weiwei in the reflecting pool in Nathan Phillips Square

Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads by Ai Weiwei in the reflecting pool in Nathan Phillips Square

The good news is that this year the show is noticeably smaller and more manageable – you can definitely go around the whole thing in one visit.

The other great thing is that there are twelve bronze sculptures by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei on display in Nathan Phillips Square right now – the only Canadian stop on this exhibition’s North American tour – so that’s a world-class art experience bonus to your TOAE visit.

A couple of mixed media student artists whose work caught my eye: Becky Gaber, who makes what I can only describe as creepy mutant babies and Michael Rennick, whose media is seriously mixed – it’s got moss, and wood, and painting, and taxidermied baby ducks swimming in pools of resin. It’s awesome.

Becky Gaber at TOAE 2013

Becky Gaber

Michael Rennick

Michael Rennick

I basically geeked out on the sculpture and mixed media work – as usual – but there’s a lot of great painting and photography as well. I only really saw one or two drearily unremarkable painters that I totally thought could’ve been bumped to make way for my mosaics. How’s that for an overall quality recommendation?

Here are a couple more of the strange and wonderful – Janet Macpherson‘s ceramics and Julie Roch-Cuerrier‘s photographic collages:

Janet Macpherson

Janet Macpherson

Julie Roch-Cuerrier

Julie Roch-Cuerrier

And a shout-out to Tick Tock Tom and Rob Croxford, whose work I’ve already gushed about before. They are practically side-by-side and just a side step off Queen Street, so you really don’t have an excuse not to visit.

Tick Tock Tom

Tick Tock Tom

Rob Croxford

Rob Croxford

If you think I’ve missed someone really awesome – it’s still a huge show and one gets kind of bleary-eyed and misses things – do mention them in the comments!

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Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition 2013 — 4 Comments

    • Aw, Rob, that was never you in a beastly mood – it was all those unspecified forces of evil. Hope your day improved tremendously and that the rest of the weekend gets only better!

  1. Those mutant babies are pretty spectacular, especially the ones with the veins below the panty hose. Kind of funny because usually people make super boring country crafty cutesy babies dolls using that technique (AKA http://img1.etsystatic.com/000/0/5379876/il_fullxfull.266957921.jpg) – This is certainly an original twist.

    PS. Apparently the story behind those Ai Wei Wei zodiac bronze sculptures is that they are a throwback to 1860′s sculptures which Jesuit missionaries designed for the Summer Palace in Beijing – the sculptures were stolen and taken to Europe during the Opium Wars.

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