Art Toronto 2013 Highlights

Battat Contemporary booth, partial view. Photo by Shani K Parsons.

With so much to do in advance of the project space opening, this year’s visit to the fair was more like a drive-by. However, even the short tour yielded many surprises and much to follow-up on. Featured here are a few favourite booths and interesting artworks from this year’s fair. For artwork information, hover over the image or see credits listed at bottom. For a closer look, click the images to enlarge. For more information on the gallery or artist, links are provided to their respective websites.


Above, Montreal-based Battat Contemporary‘s highly focused booth was a pleasure to behold. Featured below are works by Jean-François Lauda, Sophie Jodoin, and Grier Edmundson.

Jean-François Lauda, 2013. Oil on canvas. 183 x 132 cm. Photo from gallery website.

 Sophie Jodoin, Untitled (pillar), 2011. Conté and mylar on museum board. 49 x 43 cm. Photo from gallery website.   Sophie Jodoin, Untitled (high-rise), 2011. Conté and mylar on museum board. 49 x 43 cm. Photo from gallery website. 

 Grier Edmundson, perfect nothings (after AW), 2013. MDF, mirror. Photo from gallery website.

Sandy Plotnikoff‘s ongoing foil-based series continues to catch the eye at Paul Petro.

 Sandy Plotnikoff, Untitled (Foil Problem), 2013. Holographic foils and foils on vinyl. 20.75 x 16 inches. Photo of Paul Petro booth by Shani K Parsons.

Sandy Plotnikoff, Untitled (Foil Problem), 2013. Holographic foils and foils on mylar. 20.75 x 16 inches. Photo of Paul Petro booth by Shani K Parsons.

Stephen Bulger‘s starkly beautiful booth featured the work of Alison Rossiter, who processes expired photo papers to enigmatic effect.

Stephen Bulger Gallery booth, partial view. Photo by Shani K Parsons.

Alison Rossiter, Fuji Gaslight, exact expiration date unknown, ca.1920's, processed in 2010. Unique silver gelatin print. 12 x 10 inches. Image © Alison Rossiter / Courtesy of Stephen Bulger Gallery.  Alison Rossiter, Fuji Gaslight, exact expiration date unknown, ca.1920's, processed in 2010. Unique silver gelatin print. 12 x 10 inches. Image © Alison Rossiter / Courtesy of Stephen Bulger Gallery.

Roula Partheniou‘s playful wall-mounted sculptures were a highlight at MKG127.

 Roula Partheniou, work from Parts and Wholes exhibition at MKG127, 2013. Gouache and acrylic on wood. Photo of MKG127 booth by Shani K Parsons.

South Korean Gallery Tableau drew crowds of the curious to see labour-intensive rolled paper-based works by Suh Jeong-min. And no wonder – up close, the paper rolls look good enough to eat!

 Suh Jeong-min, Korea House Roof, 2013. Hanji. 140 x 140 cm. Photo of Gallery Tableau booth by Shani K Parsons.

Suh Jeong-min, Korea House Roof (detail), 2013. Hanji. 140 x 140 cm. Photo of Gallery Tableau booth by Shani K Parsons.

Mitch Mitchell‘s handmade inflatable is a similarly labour-intensive effort, stitched together from pieces of oiled newsprint paper screenprinted with rust. The respiring balloon-like sac was featured at dc3 Art Projects along with vintage industrial photos collaged by the artist.

 Mitch Mitchell, Distance Arc, 2012. Quilted newsprint, silkscreen, rust, inflation system, timing electronics. Photo of dc3 Art Projects booth by Shani K Parsons.

Mitch Mitchell, The Metropolis Chronicles: Chicago 1952, 2012. Chromira print. 30 x 36 inches, Photo from artist's website.

Celia Perrin Sidarous‘ miniature exhibitions-in-photographs, a witty play on the aesthetics and intentions of display, graced the booth at Parisian Laundry.

Celia Perrin Sidarous, Eight cubes on their own, 2013. Inkjet print on matte paper. 24 x 29 inches. Photo from artist's website.

Celia Perrin Sidarous, Eight cubes with ceramics, 2013. Inkjet print on matte paper. 24 x 31.25 inches. Photo from artist's website.

images and credits, from top to bottom:

Battat Contemporary booth, partial view. Photo by Shani K Parsons.

Jean-François Lauda, 2013. Oil on canvas. 183 x 132 cm. Photo from gallery website.

Sophie Jodoin, Untitled (pillar), 2011. Conté and mylar on museum board. 49 x 43 cm. Photo from gallery website.

Sophie Jodoin, Untitled (high-rise), 2011. Conté and mylar on museum board. 49 x 43 cm. Photo from gallery website.

Grier Edmundson, perfect nothings (after AW), 2013. MDF, mirror. Photo from gallery website.

Sandy Plotnikoff,
Untitled (Foil Problem), 2013. Holographic foils and foils on vinyl. 20.75 x 16 inches. Photo of Paul Petro booth by Shani K Parsons.

Sandy Plotnikoff, Untitled (Foil Problem), 2013. Holographic foils and foils on mylar. 20.75 x 16 inches. Photo of Paul Petro booth by Shani K Parsons.

Stephen Bulger Gallery booth, partial view. Photo by Shani K Parsons.

Alison Rossiter, Fuji Gaslight, exact expiration date unknown, ca.1920’s, processed in 2010. Unique silver gelatin print. 12 x 10 inches. Image © Alison Rossiter / Courtesy of Stephen Bulger Gallery.

Alison Rossiter, Fuji Gaslight, exact expiration date unknown, ca.1920’s, processed in 2010. Unique silver gelatin print. 12 x 10 inches. Image © Alison Rossiter / Courtesy of Stephen Bulger Gallery.

Roula Partheniou, work from
Parts and Wholes exhibition at MKG127, 2013. Gouache and acrylic on wood. Photo of MKG127 booth by Shani K Parsons.

Suh Jeong-min,
Korea House Roof, 2013. Hanji. 140 x 140 cm. Photo of Gallery Tableau booth by Shani K Parsons.

Suh Jeong-min, Korea House Roof (detail), 2013. Hanji. 140 x 140 cm. Photo of Gallery Tableau booth by Shani K Parsons.

Mitch Mitchell,
Distance Arc, 2012. Quilted newsprint, silkscreen, rust, inflation system, timing electronics. Photo of dc3 Art Projects booth by Shani K Parsons.

Mitch Mitchell, The Metropolis Chronicles: Chicago 1952, 2012. Chromira print. 30 x 36 inches, Photo from artist’s website.

Celia Perrin Sidarous,
Eight cubes on their own, 2013. Inkjet print on matte paper. 24 x 29 inches. Photo from artist’s website.

Celia Perrin Sidarous, Eight cubes with ceramics, 2013. Inkjet print on matte paper. 24 x 31.25 inches. Photo from artist’s website.

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