The Artist Project happens next weekend from Feb 20th – 23rd, at The Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto. Dubbed “Toronto’s most celebrated contemporary art fair”, The Artist Project brings together over 250 top independent artists from Canada and abroad in this huge showcase. Other highlights include Art Chats happening throughout the weekend, given by industry professionals who will touching on various aspects of making and creating art.
Our very own Steve Carty will be speaking about The Art of the Portrait, on Saturday February 22nd from 4pm-5pm. (See the schedule for Art Chats here, and you can buy tickets to the talk and this whole weekend here).
I’ll be at opening night, which happens on Thursday, Feb 20th from 7pm – 11pm, where event attendees can meet and chat with the artists that create the work, adding a nice personal touch to the massive show.
It’s getting harder and harder these days to buy fresh and accessible art, so it’s no surprise that there is an overall rise in modern art markets. This makes the Artist Project an appealing place to get a feel of what’s out there, whether you’re an art buyer, artist looking to network, or just an art lover in general. I’m hoping that the vast, impersonal feel that the large mall-like set up might bring will be off set by the fact the personal meet and greet concept of the show. You can’t deny that having all these industry people in one place is mighty convenient for exposure, and I’m sure that it will be a profitable weekend for everyone who is involved. There will also an element of discovery for art lovers because most of the artists within the space aren’t “mainstream” – they are mostly unknown talent who aren’t repped by art galleries.
Here are a couple really cool visual artists that I’m looking forward to meeting:
Artist 1: Julia Kolesova
Location: Booth 418
Based in: Toronto, ON, Canada
Julia was born and raised in Russia, and after receiving her Masters in Fine Art and Design, relocated to Toronto to pursue a career in art and photography. This series “Play” focuses on movement, shape, and shadow, and Julia uses elements of classical art and spirituality infused by different mediums of expression to make her art haunting and elegant – just up my alley. You can find more examples of her work here >> unknown-master.com
Artist 2: Labscapes
Location: Front Entrance
Based in: Toronto, ON, Canada
Labscape studios is comprised of Laura Mendes and John Loerchner, who use art to re-contextualize relationships with space, society, technology, and ourselves. They were commissioned to create an 80-foot long wall installation for the front entrance of the Better Living Center within the Artist Project. “I’m Only Human” explores the loaded language of regret using 100 golden shaped balloons. Interesting stuff, more here >> http://labspacestudio.com
I’ll be sure to explore and take lots of photos on opening night to fill you in on what I think about the whole scene.