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Category Archives: Relational Realities

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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Even if you ignore the pollution, cars simply take up too much space. Next time you are stuck in traffic behind what seems like a million cars, try to imagine if all those cars where replaced by pedestrians or bike riders. Suddenly, the congestion is gone.

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Oeno Gallery 3rd Anniversary Celebration

On January 21st 2012 the Oeno Gallery will be celebrating its third anniversary at its location adjacent to the Winery and Inn at Huff Estates in Bloomfield. Best known for showing a wide variety of local, Canadian and International contemporary artists in its light filled main building, the Gallery has built a solid reputation in the arts scene in Ontario.

A call for new outdoor sculptures is now underway in preparation for the 2012 summer season.

Oeno Gallery
2274 County Rd #1, Bloomfield
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Martha Eleen: I, Huck
Mary Catherine Newcomb: Grassy
January 7– January 29, 2012

I, Huck by Martha Eleen maps the domestic space framing the artist’s relationship with her son Gabe, who is vulnerable and requires constant support. A view of a dynamic person whose natural gifts of sharp wit, emanating love, and disarming honesty are obscured by disability bias. The titles are quotes from Gabe.

In her January 2012 exhibition at loop Gallery Mary Catherine Newcomb combines an image of the hare, a recurring personal symbol, with her interest in working with living media; (she) raise(s) questions about relationship between different life forms.

loop Gallery
1273 Dundas St W Toronto
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Model Citizen
Geoff Fitzgerald

“Model Citizen” will run from January 5th to February 5th
Opening Reception: Thursday January 5th, 2012 7-10pm

Galleria 814
814 St. Clair W Toronto
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Authentic happiness is determined as largely a consequence of “learned optimism”. The opposite of a defeated passive state known as depression is “learned helplessness”. The gateway to optimal functioning is found in rethinking positivity and seeking it through well-being. The goal to think positive no matter the situation is insupportable and counterproductive. A wiser aim is to find the most effective way to propel us where we want to go. Both optimism and pessimism can help us get there-smiley face not required.

Info obtained from Psychology Today’s Optimism issue, article Optimism (And Pessimism) By Annie Murphy Paul

Touched by Fire showcases the work of artists with mood disorders in its 5th annual Toronto exhibition and sale. The tagline is “the art show you have to be crazy to enter,” in colloquial reference to the relationship between mental illness and creativity.

Exhibition and Show: Thursday, Dec. 8 at Coopers Fine Art Gallery, upstairs, 111 Bathurst St. Toronto
The event is by: Mood Disorders Association of Ontario
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Daniel Richter, who is currently on display. Richter claims that he has never been freer than when painting the works for this exhibition, titled 10001 Nights, and although the result does not compare to previous heights, his irradiated figures in fucked up landscapes still manage to be light years ahead of the pack.

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Dreams may seem bizarre or nonsensical because the chemistry of the sleeping brain affects how we perceive our own thoughts, but we nonentheless continue focusing on all the same issues that concern us while we are awake.

Trying to dream about a particular problem is called dream incubation, increasing the chance that you will come up with a solution. Write down your problem, review before bed, visualize it concretely. When you awake, lie in bed and recall any trace of a dream, invite more of it to return, and write it down.

Info obtained from Scientific American Mind issue Great Idea! You Must Be Dreaming article ‘Answers In Your Dreams’ by Deirdre Barrett


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