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Posted Nov 8, 2009 in Arts | 1 Comment

Toronto International Art Fair – For the LOVE of ART

Toronto International Art Fair - For the Love of Art

Last month was the Toronto International Art Fair, one of the largest art fairs in North America and a great opportunity to check out interesting contemporary art from around the globe. Geared toward the art market, the fair consisted of over a hundred dealers and galleries selling works from both established names and up-and-comers.

One of the most memorable booths was Lausberg Contemporary. With locations in both Toronto and Germany, their stable of artists really lit up the convention center with color. Regine Schumanns’ fluorescent acrylic panels alone could be seen from a distance down the corridor, but inside the booth it was the layered enamel works by Harold Schmitz-Schmelzer that really drew a lot of attention. Many of the pieces are shallow rectangles or spheres to be hung on the wall, but I also really enjoyed the chunkier ones that could stand alone as sculpture.

Toronto International Art Fair - For the Love of Art

Also sculptural, but in a much more tactile way, were a couple of life-size animal sculptures made of cut glass shards by Marta Klonowska. At a distance, these animals appeared soft and fuzzy, but close-up, the sharp edges elicit a response from the viewer to keep hands far from them. Interestingly, the origins for her menagerie can be found in old paintings.

Toronto International Art Fair - For the Love of Art

Another work in broken glass, this time from Mexico, was Andrés Basurto with his glass skull made from broken bottles.

Toronto International Art Fair - For the Love of Art

Probably my favorite discovery at the fair was the disaster series of snow globes called Wish You Were Here by Toronto artist Sherri Hay. Filled with miniature buildings and roadways, the user causes a miniature disaster when shaking them. Follow the link to see great slow-motion footage of bricks, bicycles, and cars getting caught up in the storms.

Toronto International Art Fair - For the Love of Art

There were other Canadian artists whose work I was finally able to get a first hand look at in Toronto. Guy Laramée constructs landscapes with a nod to the sublime by sandblasting collections of historical reference books, such as encyclopedias and dictionaries. The layers of pages and tectonic strata make an interesting combination.

Toronto International Art Fair - For the Love of Art

Frost King by Jed Lind is made from aluminum that was carved from an old canoe and recast into this architectural form.  The canoe (not at the fair) is carved to look like a worn chain-link fence.

Toronto International Art Fair - For the Love of Art

These are only a few from the hundreds of artists on display at the fair. It’s definitely worth a visit next year!

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  1. I really enjoy the piece from Andrés Basurto it reminds me of Jim Skull’s work.

    check him out

    http://www.jim-skullgallery.com/

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