August has been a culture month. I wish I could say I made a lot of art this summer, but sadly I haven’t. But have seen a lot of art and exhibitions.
I also wish I could write about these experiences with some profundity, but I’m sort of on a mental vacation this month. I mean, I’ve been writing and taking pictures for Etsy listings, but I’m sort of too exhausted to research things for the blog.
So I’m just gonna post some pictures from some shows I saw. Each has inspired me in some way. So hopefully I can share more creative projects come September. But for now…
Pictures 1 and 2 are from Mr. Andrew and mine’s visit to the Aga Khan Museum to see the Moon exhibition. The Museum is a beautiful building and I loved learning more about the art and imagery of the Islamic world.
Picture 3 is from the Friends With You installation at the former BCE place. The Santiago Calatrava atrium is one of my favourite spaces in all of Toronto!
Picture 4 is from the Nadia Myre exhibition at The Textile Museum of Canada. I went with my mom. It was a very cool exploration of the artist’s mixed Indigenous and Settler ancestry. I still can’t stop thinking of the pieces made from broken clay pipes found on the shore of the Thames in London. Coincidentally, my mom and I are reading about mudlarking on that very river.
And finally, Mr. Andrew and I went to the Brian Jungen show at the AGO. We’ve been big fans of his work for a long time, but we’ve only seen his pieces as parts of permanent collections and group shows. To see his body of work in such a comprehensive collection made these assemblages even more impressive. Again, Jungen investigates the space between indigenous imagery and settler pop culture in a wholly original way.