5 Nuit Blanche exhibits on extended display in Toronto
Nuit Blanche 2013 may be in the books, but this year's lineup included several projects slated for extended display around Toronto. Take note shy people, misanthropes, or anyone who had to work late on Saturday night: while you may have missed the bulk of Nuit Blanche, you still have time to see a handful of what were arguably the most impressive installations, including that huge tower of chairs, that huge wall of bikes, and that huge cloud of plastic bags. If this sounds underwhelming, you might not hate crowds — you might just hate art. Here are five exhibits you can check out over the next week or more.
Go inside Tadashi Kawamata's Garden Tower Toronto and a patch of sky will be circled by a ring of chairs — you'll feel a bit like Alice in Wonderland. Though mesmerizing lit up at night, the sheer number of chairs used to create the hive like structure — and the thrilling illusion that it could tumble down at any moment — make it just as magnificent in the light of day. One interesting fact: over 80% of chairs used in the exhibit came from Goodwill. So, surprise: your cast-away dining room set might be art now. You have a week left to get to Queen and Church to find out.
Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen Street East (At Church Street), until Oct. 14th
These sculptures cut into oil tanks and I-beams by Cal Lane will be on display at David Pecaut Square (between King and Wellington) for another week. While they look like something you'd find at one of the Junction's pricier unique home furnishings stores (no diss! These works are lovely), the exhibit is meant to muse on lace vs steel and ornament vs usefulness, playing with contradictions like "a wrestler in a tutu", and the concept of masculine and feminine in its admittedly traditional definition. They're just really pretty, to be honest.
David Pecaut Square, 221 King Street West, until Oct. 14th.
The rose is without why
While during the day this glowing exhibit will be less impressive, you can engage your thoughtful side any time at Nathan Phillips Square before October 14th with Boris Achour's neon-ization of a short Johannes Scheffler poem (spoiler: this poem is about a rose not having any self conscious, awkward feelings). Naturally the enormous sign is going to be much more striking when viewed at under the cover of darkness. Day or night, look for it south of the skating rink.
Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West, until Oct. 14
Toronto art lovers have been pretty unanimous in their support for Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's 2013 takeover of Toronto, from his massive and inspiring AGO exhibit to his bronze Chinese zodiac heads which appeared at NPS earlier this summer. His breathtaking City Hall installation of 3,144 bicycles has probably been more popular (and now more Instagram-ed) than any other piece of art in Toronto this year. This installation and Weiwei's AGO show both dismount (heh) October 27th.
Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West (At Bay Street), until Oct. 27
This mammoth overhanging collection of thousands of brightly coloured plastic bags by Belgium artist Pascale Marthine Tayou has been touted on Twitter as "Rob Ford's favorite exhibit", but don't let that dissuade you from checking it out this week. It's actually pretty cool, if a little depressing for those whose minds tend to jump to environmental issues. At five cents per bag, this exhibit could have made Tayou a lot of money in Toronto up until a little while ago.
Bell Trinity Square, 483 Bay Street (North of Queen Street West), until Oct. 14
The Arctic Trilogy
If you didn't get a chance to watch all three of Janet Biggs' icey arctic films, you have another week to check them out. Fade to White is a kayak mini epic featuring polar bears and a performance artist "dressed in white, singing a Baroque aria". Brightness All Around continues the weirdness with demonic chants in freezing underground temperatures, and finally In the Cold Edge, an adventure through tiny ice tunnels, might not be suitable for claustrophobics. Each film will be something to take comfort in once our own, gentler winter descends.
Scotia Plaza, 15 Adelaide Street West, until Oct. 14
Photo by Grace Willan in the blogTO Flickr pool
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