Upcoming shows

Here is a list of upcoming Fragmentalist exhibitions for 2014. Each of these events will showcase the work of many fantastic artists, so you should definitely come out. Also, come find me and say hi, cause we probably haven’t seen each other for a while.

ARCAFMay 24 – 25, 2014

11 AM – 7 PM

ARCAF Richmond Hill Art Sputnik Festival *
Richmond Green, 1300 Elgin Mills Rd. E., Richmond Hill

TESTy MarketplaceJune 7, 2014

11 AM – 5 PM

Toronto Etsy Street Team 5th Annual Spring Marketplace *

Church of Saint Stephen-in-the-Fields, Kensington Market, 103 Bellevue Ave., Toronto

pride in canadaJune 25 – July 5, 2014

12 – 6 PM

Pride in Canada

Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St., Toronto

ArtWalkNorthAugust 15 – 16, 2014

Fri: 11 AM – 8 PM | Sat: 11 AM – 6 PM

Art Walk North

Mel Lastman Square, North York

QWAC logoSeptember 13 – 14, 2014

11 AM – 6 PM

Queen West Art Crawl

Trinity Bellwoods Park, 840 Queen St. W., Toronto

*Edited to add: I’ve had to drop out of the Richmond Hill Art Sputnik Festival and the TEST Spring Marketplace, unfortunately, as I had to undergo unforeseen major surgery a couple of weeks ago, and am still recovering.

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

A brief report on the Riverdale Art Walk

Thanks to everyone who stopped by my booth at RAW last weekend! It was a great show with lots of visitors, engaging conversations and talented artists.

My booth at RAW

My booth at RAW

The weather was all kinds of crazy, but not during the set-up and take-down times – so I think the weather gods liked my offering. Throughout the day, ten-minute bursts of drenching rain just cooled us off from the scorching sun and made sure we got our exercise running around covering stuff up.

I got lots of compliments on my mosaics, many fascinated visitors who haven’t seen mosaics before, a few who wanted to learn how to make mosaics, but on the whole not that many who wanted to buy them. One guy brought me samples of a material called smalt, with a printout of its history and properties – that was kind of awesome. A whole lot of my friends showed up all at once and then brought me amazing artisanal ice cream from a place called Ed’s. On Sunday, there was a bluegrass band playing between bursts of rain – a joy to my honky-tonk heart.

Also, my neighbour artists were fantastic – so here’s a shout-out to them, plus a couple of others whose work I enjoyed. Click on the images to go to the artist’s site.

Lynn Leonard Photography

Lynn Leonard

Rob Boerboom Painter

Rob Boerboom

Stephen Cooper Photography

Stephen Cooper

Rob Croxford  Painting / Mixed media

Rob Croxford
Mixed media

Paul Karkas Painting

Paul Karkas

Patric Lajoie Photography

Patric Lajoie

Andrew SmithPhotography

Andrew Smith

Deirdre Wicks Watercolour

Deirdre Wicks

Playlist Friday: And now, for the weather

The outdoor art show season is upon us, so if I may address the weather gods for a moment: “You’ve pulled some interesting tricks this year. That hail-bordering-on-snow in May was a neat one. But let’s not go crazy this weekend. Some of us have outdoor exhibits to set up. Go have a beer on a patio, relax, listen to some tunes about your heroic exploits, let the sun do its thing. Kthxbye.”

“Stormy Weather” – Pixies

Sometimes there’s just nothing more to be said. When it’s time, it’s time. That time is not this Saturday. Just sayin’.

“Lightning Crashes” – Live

This is an epic, life-and-death thunderstorm they’re singing about. Once-in-a-lifetime thing. Statistically unlikely to happen this weekend. Unless your baby is due?

“Moanin’ Wind” – Michelle Rumball

This is how I feel about wind, too. But, as this lovely Toronto singer points out, you just gotta stick it out. And make sure you weight down your tent properly, or it’ll fly away.

“Strange Weather” – Marianne Faithfull

Just a really beautiful song. Not really about the weather at all.

“More Than Rain” – Tom Waits

Neither is this one. Wait, none of them are. Forget I said anything.

“Come Rain or Come Shine” – Etta James

Come shine, thanks. Oh, you’re all out of cake? So my choices are “or, death”?*

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