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darling, we couldn't make it much past 2, let alone 10, but if you're willing to disregard our disregard, here are our choices for the best exhibitions of the past year (curiously enough, neither were reviewed by us in our regular little endeavour):
-Shary Boyle and Doug Paisley at the Pleasure Dome: perhaps grafting plaintive pop songs on to her projections is cheating slightly, but nevertheless, the closest we've come (in Toronto) to weeping at an art event.
-Auto Emotion at the Power Plant: brilliant display of curatorial skill; thorough, ambitious, and funny (unfortunately rare in art shows, let alone video art shows). For all the reaming we gave them for their Toronto show, we must give credit where (and when) credit is due.
mr. nobody's Top Ten List:
BUT FIRST THINGS FIRST!
Ethel & the Mermen are playing at the Smiling Buddha, 961 College Street (just west of Dovercourt), this Wed. Dec. 19. Show starts at 9:30, after their set, the Dubterraneans, with our brilliant friend Carlo Cesta and 45 of his brilliant friends, will play a set.
Back to mnobody:
Seems like I spent the past year hangin’ out in my basement playing music and watching youtube. Of course I could include a lot of the fly gallery shows in my top ten but that would be a little lazy of me. The fact is I was a real slacker about getting out to see some art this year so I’ll entertain you with my top ten you tube picks.
#10 The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, Paralyzed The inspiration for Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust character, this guy is just plain nuts. I love his stage energy, gives me hope as a wanna-be rock star. Best bugle solo and I have to admit I have stolen his line, ‘I have suffered for my music, now it’s your turn’.
#9. Gas Producing TV Evangelists (A Farting Preacher Potpourri) Just when I think the passing of time has bestowed a certain wisdom upon me, my love of this video proves that alas, I am becoming more juvenile. sigh, or should I say plfffft!
#8. Redneck Granny This video had me running around for a week saying ‘toodles’ to anyone who would listen. Toodles!
#7. I Was Robbed by Two Men Next time I am walking alone at night in the big city and some guy tries to mug me, I’ll be able to defend myself because all those years of doing the Jane Fonda Workout paid off.
#6. Winnebego Man! This may be the angriest man in the world. Let the expletives fly!
#5. Squirrel Melts Yet more proof that a hunk ‘o’ cheese and some mayo will make anything taste good. Notice that we don’t actually see ‘The Huntress’ or anyone eating these things in the video…..hmmm.
#4. The Library A Japanese t.v. show where a group of ‘students’ torture each other and try not to make any noise in a public library. Of course there will probably be an American version soon with David Hasslehoff hosting it and the subtlety will be completely lost.
#3. Gabelstafel fahrer - fork-lift driver. Here’s one for L.M. This could be made into a sitcom called ‘Oh that Klaus’, or something like that. Warning: not for those afraid of fake blood, or forklifts. Perhaps this inspired the recent ads for the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board commercials, like this one or this or this.
Am I the only one who finds these hilarious?
#2. Finnish Disco Lesson Holy Crap! This man has the moves! You don’t have to speak Finnish to understand that he is sendin’ out the viibe.
#1. My Lovely Horse I love Father Ted, it is one of my all time favourite comedy shows. This is from an episode called ‘A Song for Europe’. Father Ted and Dougal decide to enter the Eurovision contest and this is the obligatory video. I was so inspired that I bought a bass guitar and started a band called ‘My Lovely Horse’. We only lasted two gigs.
That’s all folks! Well actually, if this wasn’t enough mindless entertainment for one day, you can always check in with my youtube page for a growing assortment of favourites.
Sandra Rechico's Top Ten List
#1 Kim Adams at Goodwater:
#2 Corinna Schnitt's video in Eat the Food at MOCCA:
#3 FASTWÜRMS at AGYU:
#4 Michelle Allard at Diaz (it was 2006-2007 so that counts as half):
#5 Allsion Hrabluik at Diaz:
#6 Ludwika Ogorzelec at the Toronto Sculpture Garden:
#7 Michel de Broin at Mercer Union:
#8 Andrew Wright at Peak Gallery:
#9 Projections at all the U of T galleries:
#10 David Merritt at Jessica Bradley Art Projects:
The magnificent Marion Williams.
(I posted this last one before but it was a while ago in the comment section and, as someone else wrote, it's "so good it makes you wanna kill yourself.")
Just received a goody package from Ginny Kollak the curator of Stripes, a group exhibition I am in at the Tang Teaching Museum in Saratoga Springs, New York. (on until Dec. 30, 2007)
David Eppley 2007 vinyl tape
Tim Rollins and K.O.S.
David Diao Little Suprematist Prison 1986 acrylic on canvas
Lorna Mills Lucky Hubble, Infomint, Bletchingly 2007
Installation photos are always nice to get, but nothing is as awesome as this image on the poster she sent from a concurrent show at the Museum called West African Masquerade
by Phyllis Galembo.
Ngar Ball Traditional Masquerade Dance, Cross River 2004 Nigeria