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The roadtrip continues with London Ontario, my home town. The top two rows represent typical local scenery. The bottom row represents the hot spots of my misspent youth: the patio (if you can call it that) at the Brunswick Tavern, the New Yorker rep cinema (no longer in operation), and Richmond St. (the main drag) where I used to buy "vintage" clothing and second-hand copies of Rolling Stone magazine.
On Wednesday evening I will be making a fool of myself in the Mark Lombardi show at the AGO, in company much better equipped than I to address Canadian art, politics and foreign affairs. I will, however, be armed with cue cards and small diagrams. If you are in Toronto come on by and heckle.
Global Theory Slam
Wednesday, October 20, 7 to 8:30 pm
Mark Lombardi’s extensive research into the relationships that define contemporary cultures, economies and geopolitics, is often dismissed as ‘conspiracy’. Join Toronto personalities in the exhibition space as they share their theories on the relationships that underpin Canadian art, politics and foreign affairs.
Here's the next batch from my SW Ontario tour...representing Windsor to Sarnia. The upper left is the monolithic GM evil genius lair on the Detroit side of the St. Clair River. Upper right is Windsor's casino sign that beams across the border/river, beckoning those yankee dollars. Stay tuned in the days ahead for more glam shots of Chemical Valley!
I am currently on a family-induced mini-road trip in South Western Ontario. These pictures represent the Toronto to Windsor leg of the tour. The bottom right image is of Detroit across the fields. This little corner of the province (very near where I grew up) is verdant and flat and oozes with that bleak sublime that characterizes Canadian dark humour. My next post will represent Windsor and Sarnia and the landscape between the two...tornado country.
There is a lot to say about Scott Carruthers' show (see below). This post is a toss-off, cause I'm on the road. I'm putting up more images to try and give a better sense of the overwhelming scale of the project. The drawings span three and half walls, and each of the images is as interesting as every other. It's a kind of compendium of everything, a history of the world located in the present media moment depicting epic themes of passion and despair combined with abject jokes, and stumbling, crumbling banal humanity. One of my friends referred to the experience as "watching" the show, and it was as immersive as movies, maybe more so. If you go to see it, book a bunch of time, cause there's easily an hour worth of art to see.
Scott Carruthers is a berserker artist. I love his overwhelming work. His next show opens this Friday in Hamilton. Go see it!!
'All at Once'
by Scott Carruthers
Hamilton Artist's Inc.
Oct. 15 - Nov. 20
Opening : Oct. 15, 8 - 11 pm
231 Bay St. North, 2nd floor, Hamilton, Ont.
On Saturday I went to a sound performance, "Music for Incandescent Events," by Sarah Peebles and Rob Cruickshank. A bunch of us stood around on the rooftop pation at DeLeon White gallery at pre-dusk. As the light in the sky dimmed, a sensor in a little yellow, waterproof box picked up the change and triggered mp3s of Peebles playing a Japanese mouth organ called a sho. Not being trained at the subleties of sound, I found the tones quite simple and near-ambient. The piece progressed for about 20 minutes as the sun set, stopping when the sky became dark and the first couple of stars started to twinkle. It was a very pretty sky and an unusual experience to just stand quietly with a bunch of people and watch light change colour ... reminiscent of James Turell. Red clouds eased into blue and black. Buildings became silhouettes. The earth spun to the east and it all got colder and darker. Happens every day.