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Posted Jul 5, 2009 in Arts | 0 Comments

For the LOVE of ART

Jason Kronenwald

As a follow up to last time when I wrote about my visit to Toronto, I thought I should mention two very different artists whose work I came across during that trip and that I think are worth taking a look at. First up is David Altmejd, whose sculptures I first encountered in 2007 during a show at the Galerie de l’UQAm that was held concurrent with both the Montreal Bienalle and the 52nd Venice Biennalle. At that time Altmejd’s installation The Index was representing Canada in Venice. The Index has since been acquired by the AGO and is on prominent display on the first floor after one passes beneath the iconic Baroque Stair.

David Altmejd

This sprawling installation is a series of linked wooden, steel, and mirrored structures that display masses of objects both natural and synthetic in varying degrees of transformation. According to the AGO website, it took 47 crates to ship all the parts of The Index to the gallery for installation, so this can be a very time consuming (and rewarding) work to check out in detail. Along with the mirrored surfaces, The Index contains several elements that often pop up in his other work, such as a giant werewolf, stuffed birds with human characteristics, crystal formations, severed limbs with ample hair, and delicate gold chains that trail from one element to the next.

David Altmejd

I think what I enjoy about Altmejd’s works is the way elements such as the chains or mirrored pathways act like trails leading your eye into work, almost like the narrative of some grotesque story, while also bringing the eye to rest on some of the more intimate details of the work.

Jason Kronenwald

On a very different track now, a friend brought me to LE Gallery on Dundas west where I checked-out the Gum Blonde series by Jason Kronenwald.

Jason Kronenwald

These portraits of celebrity blondes are made from actual chewed gum of various colors and textures that is applied directly to a plywood surface. The idea is both a play on the term “bubblegum blondes” and a comment on the treatment of celebrity as candy.

Jason Kronenwald


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