Sunday, January 20, 2013

Before I Die ...

The Before I Die ... art project was started by New Orleans-based artist Candy Chang. It began in her hometown, where she found a derelict house, transformed it into a giant chalkboard and stenciled the sentence "Before I die ..." onto a wall. This was an invitation to passers-by to fill the blanks and complete the sentence with their thoughts. It was installed in Toronto at Queen and Dufferin Streets in Parkdale in September 2012.

Here's my 30-second iPhone video which captures some responses from Torontonians:

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Evan Penney: Re Figured

I recently visited Canadian sculptor Evan Penny's exhibition at the Art Galley of Ontario. The survey of the artist's work included many large-scale, hyper-realistic sculptures of human figures that were both astonishingly realistic and clearly artificial. The effect was a jaw-dropping yet disconcerting reminder of the constructs used when producing human representations today. The AGO's Evan Penny: Re Figured will be on view until February 10, 2013.