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Category Archives: Crashing Contours

Colour and texture pull me in and keep me up at night until I’ve figured out how to make them mine; and then how to picture them so that others can see what I see, be it beautiful, political, sentimental, funny or just a scintillating juxtaposition of bits and pieces that somehow please.

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Thank god someone out there has the tenacity and natural talent to tackle this mailbox plague – cue Amanda Nelsen and her incredible Kinkade Recycled installation; a collection of 40,000 junk mail pieces folded and string bundled into 2 inch cubes that resemble colored pixels. At first I thought I was looking at a giant painting, maybe a rug. Amanda, it is because of people like you that this world is so wonderful.

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Christine Negus
you can’t spell slaughter without laughter

January 19 – February 18, 2012

Gallery TPW is pleased to present a solo exhibition by emerging artist Christine Negus. Negus’ works range from ephemeral objects, including glittery party banners, neon signs and artificially flowered memorial wreaths, to video works steeped in sweet sadness.

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On Dec. 21, 2012, many doomsday believers fear the apocalypse — anything from a rogue planet smashing into us to our world spinning end over end. However, the world should expect nothing more next year than the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, NASA says.

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Hundreds of airplanes that can no longer fly the friendly skies end up here-deep in the Mojave Desert. At the Mojave Air and Spaceport’s “boneyard”, planes that are no longer valuable enough to be repaired and put back into service are cannibalized for spare parts. It’s not exactly a delicate operation.

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Dusan Petricic: My Toronto reception and book launch November 3 @ Campbell House Museum

Nov 1- Dec 17, 2011
An exhibition of drawings and cartoons by artist Dusan Petricic
(published previously in the Toronto Star under the title “Dusan’s World”)

Campbell House Museum
160 Queen St W (at University Ave near Osgoode subway station.)

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The Illusion of Elegance
September 24 – October 17, 2011

Sylvain Louis-Seize’s latest paintings are fresh, lush explorations of our idealization of nature. “Nobody has ever seen landscapes like the ones Louis-Seize paints,” says art critic Gary Michael Dault. “And that is because he paints only the Idea of Landscape. Which is both liberating and disconcerting.”

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September 17 to November 5 Reception – September 24

His exploration of the tension between abstraction and representation is made through a meticulous process of brushstrokes from earlier works are repainted – paint itself then becoming the subject matter of the work.

Check out the schedule of free tours and talks at galleries across Toronto at
Jessica Bradley Art + Projects
1450 Dundas St W
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Every point on the planet takes the same 24 hours or so to complete a single rotation around Earth’s north-south axis…Earthquakes alter planetary speed in a two step way. Shifting plates rearrange the distribution of the Earth’s mass, causing it to bulge imperceptibly in spots it didn’t bulge before and contract in others.

Info obtained from Time 100 New Scientific Discoveries, under Physics ‘Why A Shaken Earth Means a Shorter (or longer) Day’

When scientists speak seriously about something like a spacetime cloak, they’re either (a) extremely smart or (b) a tiny bit crazy…describing the theoretical possibility of something is called “metamaterials” fabric that can be molecularly engineered to scramble the usual flow of electromagnetic energy.

One tiny glitch in the plan: Given the speed at which light travels, invisibility for even a few minutes would require a cloak about 320 million feet long!

Info obtained from Time issue 100 New Scientific Discoveries article under Physics ‘The Man in the Invisible Cloak.’