Art Spin

Art Spin helps launch new 99 Gallery on Sudbury St.

The second annual Art Spin exhibit is now on at the brand new 99 Gallery, a massive 5,000 square foot exhibition space at 99 Sudbury, which opened to correspond with the last gallery tour of the season. In addition to work from Keith Bentley, Vuk Dragojevic, Scott Eunson, James Gauvreu, Markus Heckmann, Gillian Iles, Gareth Lichty, Sarah McCaw, Wrik Mead, Tom Ngo, TH&B, and Vanessa Maltese, opening night featured a wheat paste demonstration by Fauxreel (a.k.a. Dan Bergeron) and live music from Rambunctious, Sean Pinchin, Tangi Ropars, The Bob Standards and the Short and Curlies.

99 Gallery is one of the largest art spaces to open in the city in the last little while, and should serve as a reminder that West Queen West remains a go-to spot for gallerists despite the rising rents and a recent string of galleries moving northward. Gallery director Ash Butti claims that the new gallery "aims to provide an innovative setting for contemporary art and to bridge the gap between accessibility and artistic vision," which, based on this first exhibit, appears to mean that the work shown here will shy away from avant-garde aspirations in favour of something a bit more playful.

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Art Spin's second annual exhibition runs until Sept. 24th. Work can be viewed from Tuesday to Saturday, 12 to 5 p.m.

Photos by Jesse Milns


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