November 6, 2013

It has been over a week since Art Toronto – but I feel like I am still recovering. It was full on for 6 days, from unloading crates, curating and setting up shop, hours upon hours of chatting and the final break down the evening of the final day.

I had the pleasure of curating and representing The Dopamine Collective this year, a group of scientific minds creating artworks inspired by their varied scientific backgrounds. I have worked with the director and one of the scientists/artists, Dr. Sean Stewart in the past with the Kopec Chun Gallery and The Tom Thomson Art Gallery. You will also see one of his works in my rotating banner images on my homepage.

The response was fantastic – many interested attendees asking questions and giving feedback regarding the link between art and science. The pseudo laboratory table set up at the front of the booth – was an aesthetic risk – but a very important part of the experience. Participants enjoyed the hands on activities and artifacts displayed and their correlation to the works of art exhibited.

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And perhaps the reason I feel a little bleary…I moved from Art Toronto mode to ARTontheWalls mode – one of my volunteer projects curating/organizing with a committee in our home, The Argyle Lofts. This was our second annual ARTontheWALLS, where we host an event showcasing artists/residents creative endeavors in various units through-out the building. Participants vote on their favourite works and we display the art on a rotating basis in our main lobby over the year. Every work is exhibited – the votes really just allow us a democratic way to create a sequence. It is a successful and social afternoon.

Earlier in the month, hopped on the Performance Art Bus starting out at MOCCA then to Varley Art Gallery and the Markham Museum. I am really supportive of these programs because I am such a proponent of regional art galleries and museums. They are filled with important art and artifacts, exceptionally curated exhibits run by accomplished professionals and they need us to come though their doors! The Art Bus tours are free, fun and informative.  Sign up for email blasts from local public galleries/museums, Akimbo or Slate and get on the next bus out of town!

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