Graham Gillmore @ Art Toronto 2012 via Monte Clark Gallery

I’ve been lucky enough to see more of Gillmore’s panel works before. I’m not such a big fan of the simple routed lines of the letters, I’d like to see more letter work, but there’s no doubt for me these paintings are perfect just the way they are.

Adrian Norvid’s Grand(est) Drawing (yet) @ Art Toronto 2012 via Joyce Yahouda Gallery (Montreal, Canada)

(this work was too large in too narrow a space to capture whole, so here are a few details of it. it was huge.)

Hi Adrian!  I was a student of yours at Concordia in 1991-2 for “studio art fundamentals”, which still fondly comes up in talks with friends made in that class. I made a documentary about an artist named Phadeus Gestalt and you were interviewed in it as a student of his. Hey your work is awesome and looks very different than when I took your course. Hope you are well and sorry I have to miss your opening in London this Friday.  best, Chris

Sanae Takahata @ Art Toronto 2012 via Galerie Paris (Yokohama, Japan)

These are as tall and thin as they look, and eerie in a silent, sentinel kind of way. Also oddly 3D for a something that is already 3D. I think they are so sharp in contour that the black inside the work acts as a kind of drop shadow, popping the work forward like a cut out. Neat optical effect tied into the subject matter.

Nice work, enjoyed talking to the gallery staff.

Isabelle Hayeur “Death in Absentia 6, 2011 1/5” @ Art Toronto 2012 via Galerie Division

One of my favourite Canadian contemporary artists that I discovered in the last few years. Taking a photo of her photo is ridiculous - like the rest of my art postings, I simply post to encourage connections between a wider audience and some of the best artists and galleries regardless of location and marketing clout. Anyways, Hayeur’s work is dark, brooding and subtle so I encourage you to check it out in person when you are able to.

Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook “Village and Elsewhere: Jeff Koons’ Untitled, Cindy Sherman’s Untitled, and Thai Villagers” @ Art Toronto 2012 via Tyler Rollins Fine Art

Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. The thematic levels of colonialism, post-colonialism and reverse colonialism (is that a real term?) threaded together with classical art historical practice referenced through three contemporary artists makes this work one of the best of the fair, IMHO. It’s like a mirror in front of mirror. Loved it. (Yes, I know Thailand was never colonized. I think that fact is part of this work.)

Interview: Mark Stebbins @ Art Toronto 2012 [video] « Christopher Healey

Mark and I talk about his remarkable painting and some of the thought behind his work, glitch and his unique place in history straddling the digital generation divide. Near the end of the interview my iphone actually ran out of memory so I apologize for the rough cut at that spot.

Correction: Mark was, but is not, a contestant in the RBC Painting Competition. Current and previous artists who participated had this label beside their names at the fair.