Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Untitled (home) by Melissa Penney

Toronto artist Melissa Penney's "Untitled (home)" is a mixed media installation comprised of a neon sign, four painted canvases and a doll's house. She created it for the OCAD thesis course in Sculpture and Multimedia in collaboration with Gallery 1313,  Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects and Tomorrow Gallery. It's currently on view at Gallery 1313 in Parkdale, Toronto.

We spoke about the work when I visited the gallery recently. She has been researching different kinds of homes and houses in Ontario, and in this installation, she uses different materials as a way to explore and represent different notions of "home". Here's a 30 second video of the installation:

You can see Melissa's installation at Gallery 1313 until April 1. You can follow her on Twitter: @melissa_penney.

Friday, March 9, 2012

The George Rhoads Sculpture at the Ontario Science Centre

If you've ever been to the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, you've probably seen the giant ball machine on the fourth floor. It's called the Rhodes Sculpture and is named after George Rhoads. It uses force, motion and the laws of physics to keep the balls moving and has inclined planes, levers, pulleys and gears.

Here's a short video I created on recent visit to the Ontario Science Centre:

I was fascinated by the sculpture and its intricacies. And when I started researching George Rhodes so that I could fill in the YouTube metadata for the video I discovered more.

George Rhoads is a painter and sculptor. He is best known for the large audiokinetic sculptures found throughout the world in airports, hospitals, art museums, science museums, shopping centers and other public places. His sculptures can be found at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Art Institute of Chicago, Boston Museum of Science, and the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto.

Who knew? Let me know if you've ever seen the Rhoads Sculpture.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Parkdale No. 2

The next in my series of Parkdale short videos was shot in the Queen and Dufferin area. There's the new bridge that solved the jog problem that lasted so long. There's also lots of condo development. (Here's a link to my first video:  Parkdale No. 1)