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EXHIBIT OBSERVATION NO.8

THE CLOCK/ CHRISTIAN MARCLAY

THE POWER PLANT, TORONTO
NOVEMBER 8, 2012

Video artist Marclay took 3 years to create The Clock. Packed with film clips marking every minute over 24 hours. It loops in real time. Spoke to him at 8:02 pm on November 5. Oddly time hasn’t changed for him. His favourite minute was midnight. The blonde saw high noon. Actually watched in 4 sittings from 10:28 am to 4:11 pm.

EXHIBIT OBSERVATION NO.7

HEAVEN/ MIROSLAW BALKA

SCRAP METAL GALLERY, TORONTO
NOVEMBER 2, 2012

Scrap Metal Gallery is down an alley next to an auto-body shop.

Balka’s work focuses on personal and collective memories: his Polish upbringing combined with his country’s history.

Heaven “delves into the loss of self and the suspension of identity.” When the blonde moved through the rods it caused movement up and down. The distortion prevented her from seeing herself.

EXHIBIT OBSERVATION NO.6

OLD SELF VARIATION NO.2 / EVAN PENNY

ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO, TORONTO
OCTOBER 16, 2012

Jennifer Morton and Evan Penny Evan Penny is a South African living in TO.

His 3D sculptures are described as hyper realism or realist sculpture or simply pleasant horror.

Penny is all about perception, time, space and the mind bending power of media. His models pose for up to 100 hours.

Another 100 to punch the hair. Felt great to have eye contact.

EXHIBIT OBSERVATION NO.5

PICNIC BENCH/KIM DORLAND

ANGELL GALLERY, TORONTO
SEPTEMBER 26, 2012

Kim Dorland The paint is not dry. Can take a year. All of the paintings are red in his new show “I’m An Adult Now’. [Remember the band The Pursuit of Happiness – that’s their song.] Dorland is a Canadian living in TO. Tom Thomson is his hero. I have his taxidermy owl covered in day glow paint. It’s part of his Nocturnal series.

EXHIBIT OBSERVATION NO.4

LEVITATED MASS / MICHAEL HEIZER

LACMA, LOS ANGELES
JULY 22, 2012

Michael HeizerThis granite 680,000 pound boulder [megalith: a large stone marker used to mark a ritual space] that took 43 years to find was commissioned by LACMA.

If you hate it I don’t care. Feels like a 60’s minimalist monument inspired by a caveman. Desert transported to an urban desert. Land Art manifested. Beautifully dangerous.

Figures that Michael Heizer is reclusive.

EXHIBIT OBSERVATION NO.3

BUILDING / LEANDRO ERLICH

THE 104 [CENTREQUATRE], PARIS
JULY 13, 2012

Leandro Erlich Who knew that an enormous funeral home [temple of death] in a gritty hood in Paris could be so alive. The 104 [Centrequartre] collective did and set up shop to become one of Europe’s largest artist’s residences open to the public. [Artists’ zoo others call it.] Argentine artist Leandro’s trompe ‘l’oeil is a hilarious communal experience. Check out the blonde.

EXHIBIT OBSERVATION NO.2

THE KING’S LIST - IMPORTANT / UNIMPORTANT / BARBARA STEINMAN

OLGA KORPER GALLERY, TORONTO
DECEMBER 3, 2011

Barbara Steinman She is important. Montrealer Barbara Steinman has won about every award [including the Canadian Governor General’s 2002 in Visual and Media Arts]and has exhibited in many international biennials [Tokyo, Sau Paulo, Berlin, Venice, and Cologne].

No wonder that she is represented by Olga Korper.

Funny the blonde ended up in the middle, not choosing a side in this debate.

EXHIBIT OBSERVATION NO.1

YOUNG LOVE/THRUSH HOLMES

ANGELL GALLERY, TORONTO
NOVEMBER 5, 2011

Thrush Holmes Noiseless Moon show is loud. And I am talking still-lives. Neon is so strip mall. Undergrad? I want ‘Young Love’. Halle Barry n’ Elton John have a piece. Thrush is an OCAD drop out and successful. Bought his first house from sales of his paintings on eBay. He also works under his alter-ego Truman Couture. The Flames Flamed Higher, another neon.