Anthropocene at the Art Gallery of Ontario

This past weekend, I visited the Art Gallery of Ontario to check out its latest exhibition: Anthropocene. For those unfamiliar with the show, here is a quick review.


ABOVE: Edward Burtynsky, Dandora Landfill #3, Plastics Recycling, Nairobi, Kenya 2016 (Detail), pigment inkjet print

BELOW: Edward Burtynsky, Oil Bunkering #1, Niger Delta, Nigeria, 2016 (Detail), pigment inkjet print

I’ve long been a fan of Edward Burtynsky’s photography, and the film Manufactured Landscapes is one of my favorite documentaries. For those reasons, I was super excited to check out his latest exhibition, Anthropocene at the Art Gallery of Ontario. In it, his photographs are presented alongside the work of filmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier.

For those unfamiliar with Burtynsky’s work, he travels the world documenting the effects of humans on the ecosystem. His photographs are superbly done, beautiful, and sad.

For those unfamiliar with the term Anthropocene, it is defined as follows: From the Greek anthopos, meaning “human being” and kainos, meaning “new” or “recent.” It is the proposed current geological epoch, in which humans are the primary cause of permanent planetary change.

This is an often stunning, often depressing exhibition that will leave you with a lot to think about. Information is presented in a non-preachy manner, and viewers are left to draw their own conclusions. It is truly global in its scope, and contains images from both developed and developing nations.

Anthropocene may be the most important exhibition the Art Gallery of Ontario has had all year. If you put the time and effort in to see Infinity Mirrors, you should definitely come see this.

Antropocene is at the Art Gallery of Ontario until January 6, 2019.


Happy Belated…

…Halloween. In the spirit of the season, here are a few creepy shots taken from recent museum/gallery visits. It’s kind of surprising how many scary things can be found there.


ABOVE: Sculpture by Jean-Robert Drouillard as seen at Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

ABOVE: Spider as seen at the Royal Ontario Museum

ABOVE: Sculpture by Jean-Robert Drouillard as seen at Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

Fall Art in Toronto

I’ve been a little behind in my art viewing these past few months. Here are two current Toronto exhibitions that I plan on visiting and reviewing in future blog posts.


ABOVE: Edward Burtynsky, Clearcut #1, Palm Oil Plantation, Borneo, Malaysia, 2016. Pigment inkjet print, 148.6 x 198.1 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto. © Edward Burtynsky, 2017.


September 28, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Art Gallery of Ontario

Photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier travelled the world to document the irreversible marks of human activity. More than Banksy, even more than Infinity Mirrors, this may be the exhibition everyone should see this year.


September 22, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Museum of Contemporary Art

The inaugural exhibition of the long delayed Museum of Contemporary Art, includes 16 artists and covers 3 floors. Through various materials and disciplines, each artist examines how we believe and perceive. If anything, it’s worth a visit just to check out the new space.


Saturday at the ROM

I recently visited the Royal Ontario Museum to check out two of its newish exhibitions, as well as it’s permanent collections. Here is a quick overview of what I saw.


If you can justify the high admissions charge, I suggest you go to the Royal Ontario Museum to see the following:

Spiders – Fear & Fascination (on until January 6, 2019)

This is a fairly well put together, kid friendly exhibition that tries putting spiders in a favorable light. I enjoyed it, and see the value of spiders to the ecosystem – still don’t want to hang out with them though.

Iris van Herpen – Transforming Fashion (on until October 8, 2018)

While the spiders exhibition may appeal more to kids, this one may appeal more to adults. Although not a fashionista, the designs – and the thought processes behind them – really impressed me as an artist. Iris van Herpen’s clothes are intricate, scientific and sometimes over the top. They’re also pretty cool.