Category Archives: ArtsBeat
You can’t help but marvel at the idea of personalizing a vehicle to this extent, and admittedly, I’m a wee bit jealous. But car leases being what they are, my vehicle will have to be returned with no bugs attached. The Art of Bugs van is a fixture in midtown Toronto, and I’ve been catching glimpses of it for years. It’s owned by Continue reading
Punk…because a new show will be opening this May at the MET called Punk: Chaos To Couture. From punk’s origins in New York and London, to its ongoing influence on high-end fashion, the show promises to take us on an interesting journey through these two worlds.
Patti…because “the patron saint of punk”, Patti Smith, came to town recently to promote her exhibition Camera Solo at the AGO. The legendary musician, artist, and poet also gave a concert to commemorate the 24th anniversary of the death of her friend Robert Mapplethorpe. It was Continue reading
Evan Penny‘s silicone sculptures are amazing explorations of the human form. This Canadian artist uses digital technology, along with traditional methods of sculpting, to create lifelike representations that leave you in awe of the level of craftsmanship. They have such a remarkable level of detail, you can’t help but get lost in the pimples, moles Continue reading
Still-Life With A Skull by Phillippe De Champaigne, early 17th century. (Photo)
Skulls have been used by artists through the ages, to remind us of our mortality. Here’s a small selection of what they’ve been doing with the beloved cranium and mandible combo. It’s Halloween, after all…
All sorts of interesting experiences await you on this wonderful, all night celebration of the arts. It’s a free event that runs from dusk ’til dawn, and if you’re lucky enough to have one near you, I highly recommend bringing along your kids and a bunch of their friends. Not only do they have tons of fun, but it opens up their minds about what art can be. They get to see some pretty unusual stuff, some of it interactive, and share their opinions about it. They also get to stay up later than usual, drink plenty of hot chocolate to stay warm, and wander the streets with thousand of others, in what is a very festive atmosphere. How cool is that?
Over 1oo cities are participating, although not necessarily on the same night. I’ll be checking out a few things here in Toronto, and hopefully you’ll have an opportunity to do the same near you.
Graffiti In The City: What Will Stick To The Walls is a recent article about the Toronto street art and graffiti scene. I’ve been photographing graffiti and street art for a few years now, and provided photos for this article. It’s an interesting read that touches on a number of issues including a progressive way to deal with what is being seen as a growing problem.
Clothing can be so cumbersome when the warm weather hits, don’t you think? At The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, artist Stuart Ringholt is offering naked tours as a way of exploring the themes of fear and embarrassment. With that kind of distraction, I’m wondering how much attention the art would get. Focus people, focus!