an art show a week | week 5: All the Names

February 13, 2018

La semana pasada inicié un proyecto personal y no había podido escribir aquí así que estoy feliz de ponerme al corriente. Empiezo por contarles que el sábado me uní a un tour con Rebecca Carbin por una serie de Galerías que se encuentran el el Oeste de la ciudad. También pudimos platicar con algunos de los curadores, woo hoo! Siempre es extra interesante escuchar sobre los procesos y las ideas detrás de una exhibición y de los artistas en ellas.

Nuestra primer parada fue en Scrap Metal, una galería escondida en la parte de atrás de una fábrica. Llegando ahí uno puede sentirse desorientado, pero sólo hay que caminar por un pasillo a la izquierda de la entrada principal y buscar por la señal azul.... ¡ah, esa señal! 

Last week I started a personal project and I couldn't post here on time, so I'm glad to be -finally- catching up!... I'll start by telling you on Saturday I was able to join a tour with Rebecca Carbin around a few galleries located in the West End of the city. We were also lucky to meet some of the curators, woo, hoo! It is always extra interesting to hear about the thought process behind an exhibition and about the artists that are part of it. 

Our first stop was at Scrap Metal, a hidden gallery in the back of a manufacturer company. You may get a bit disoriented when you first get here, but fear not! Just go to the little alley to the left of the main entrance and look for the blue sign... oh, that blue sign!

Week 5: Scrap Metal Gallery
Where: Toronto
Admission: Free/by appointment
Came to see: All the Names
Favourite Artwork:
 Walead Beshty, FedEx® Kraft Box ©2005 FEDEX 330504 REV 10/05 SSCC

Annette Messager, Mes Ouvrages, “Désir,“ 1987
Iris Häussler, Sie und Sie (her, and her (pronouns), detail

Shinique Smith, Cathedral Street  // Walead Beshty FedEx® Kraft Box ©2005 FEDEX 330504 REV 10/05 SSCC

Did you know the measures of the FedEx boxes are proprietary volume owned by FedEx, meaning no one can use boxes with the same measures as theirs (for which they basically own these units of volume)? Artist Walead Beshty created a series of boxes made out of shatterproof glass to fit a series of FedEx boxes which then were sent (of course) via FedEx from Los Angeles to Torino. The cracks on these boxes became the artwork, as they also tell the story of their travels and mishandlings. You can read more about this HERE

About this exhibition:

“All the Names, the title of this exhibition, is lifted directly from Portuguese author and Nobel Prize Winner José Saramago's 1997 novel of the same name. “

“There are people who fill their time, or what they believe to be their spare time, by collecting stamps, coins, medals, vases, postcards, matchboxes, books, clocks, sport shirts, autographs, stones, clay figurines, empty beverage cans, little angels, cacti, opera programmes, lighters, pens, owls, music boxes, bottles, bonsai trees, paintings, mugs, pipes, glass obelisks, ceramic ducks, old toys, carnival masks, and they probably do so out of something that we might call metaphysical angst, perhaps because they cannot bear the idea of chaos being the one ruler of the universe, which is why, using their limited powers and with no divine help,they attempt to impose some order on the world, and for a short while they manage it, but only as long as they are there to defend their collection, because when the day comes when it must be dispersed, and that day always comes, either with their death or when the collector grows weary, everything goes back to its beginning, everything returns to chaos." - José Saramago

Curated by: Rui Mateus Amaral

All the Names

Oct. 27, 2017 - March 10, 2018
Scrap Metal Gallery
Friday & Saturday 12:00 - 5:00 pm
*or by appointment

More info here
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