Toronto Gallery Hop

Last Saturday, I decided to gallery hop in Toronto’s west end (the day after an official one took place). Here’s a very brief review of each of the galleries I visited.


ABOVE: Douglas Coupland, Shinjuku, 2016, transmount, LED light panel, wooden frame, 30 inches (in diameter). As seen at Daniel Faria Gallery.

BELOW: Michel De Broin, Étant Donnés, 2013, sink, tubing, water, propane, 65.4 x 36.2 x 18 inches. As seen at Arsenal Contemporary Art (Division Gallery).

Angell Gallery

The reason for my trip. The Kim Dorland show, that closed on Saturday, was stellar. As for the space, it’s a little out of the way, but much bigger than their previous location. Fortunately for them, this is a great gallery that consistently shows good work. Definitely worth the trip.

Arsenal Contemporary Art (Division Gallery)

A huge space located just north of Bloor Street where the Michel De Broin show – which doesn’t close until December 25 – is exceptional. I highly recommend you check it out.

Christopher Cutts Gallery

A nice space located just across from the Olga Korper Gallery, the Christopher Cutts Gallery is a must visit for Toronto Art Lovers.

Clint Roenisch Gallery

Often a bit more conceptual than other galleries, its current offering from Kristan Horton & David Armstrong Six – which runs until December 17 – is a little less so and makes excellent use of the gallery space.

Daniel Faria Gallery

A heavy hitter on the national (let a lone local) scene, the Daniel Faria Gallery reps Douglas Coupland, whose current show Polychrome can be seen until this coming Saturday (the 5th).

Gallery TPW

A non-profit, artist run centre that focuses on photography, film and video, Gallery TPW serves as a nice compliment to the more commercial spaces in the area.

Olga Korper

Another Toronto staple, the physical space is almost worth the trip alone. Make sure to hit up the Christopher Cutts Gallery while there.

Robert Kananaj Gallery

Although less familiar with this gallery, I was impressed with its current group show, the Tribute “Art Fair” RKG 2016. It’s totally chaotic but worth checking out if you can make it before Saturday – when it closes.

Kim Dorland at Angell Gallery

Starting with Nuit Blanche and ending with Art Toronto, October is going to be great for art lovers. I’m especially looking forward to the Kim Dorland show opening mid-month.


ABOVE: Kim Dorland, Untitled (Painter in a Canoe), 2013, oil and acrylic on jute over wood panel, 72 x 29 inches

BELOW: Kim Dorland, So Fucked-up, 2008, oil, acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 60 x 72 inches

Kim Dorland’s new show “I Know That I Know Nothing” opens October 14 at the Angell Gallery, and, being a fan of his work, I’m really looking forward to it. While I plan on writing a review of the show later this month, here first is a little bio:

Born in 1974 in Wainwright Alberta, Kim Dorland graduated with an MFA from York University (in Toronto) and now lives and works in Vancouver, B.C.

His career began to take off in the early 2000’s and in 2007 he was a finalist in the RBC Canadian Painting Competition (he didn’t win). Since then, he’s shown in multiple venues including a solo exhibition at the prestigious McMichael Canadian Art Collection in 2014.

His work, which takes its inspiration from Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven is in some ways similar to Peter Doig, but with a heavier, almost sculptor-like hand (Dorland often adds so many layers of paint that screws are needed to anchor everything in place). To add contrast, washes and sprays are placed alongside thick globs of paint, and bright florescent colors are used to accent darker spaces. All this makes for a complex and compelling visual narrative.

The doors to this exhibition don’t open for another 16 days but if I had to guess, it’s going to be one of the years best shows.

Current/Upcoming Art Shows in Toronto

There’s never a shortage of things to do in Toronto, especially if culture is your thing. That said, if you’re in the city this winter/spring, the following shows look promising.


ABOVE: Diane Arbus, A young man and his pregnant wife in Washington Square Park, N.Y.C., 1965, gelatin silver print, 20 x 16 inches (sheet), private collection, Toronto, copyright © The Estate of Diane Arbus

BELOW: Aude Moreau, Waiting for Landing, 2015, digital print, 28 x 42 inches, collection of the artist

Outsiders: American Photography and Film 1950s-1980s

Art Gallery of Ontario (March 12 – May 29)

A selection of art misfits – including Diane Arbus, Kenneth Anger and Nan Goldin – comes to the AGO this month. Given the current state of U.S. politics, this show promises to be more relevant than ever.

Angell Gallery’s 20th Anniversary Exhibition

Angell Gallery (April 9-23)

Not a lot of info available on this (no artists listed), but I’ll give this gallery the benefit of the doubt and expect a good showing.

Aude Moreau: The Political Nighfall

The Power Plant (January 30 – May 15)

If you dig panoramas and cityscapes (I do), then this exhibition is for you. Several cities, among them Toronto and Montreal, are included.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Royal Ontario Museum (November 21, 2015 – March 20, 2016)

The world’s longest-running nature photography competition comes to Toronto with 100 stunning photos. You don’t have to be an art junky to love this.