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It’s that time of year again; the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition is taking over Nathan Phillips Square this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For those of you who haven’t been to the show before it is one of the largest outdoor art shows in Canada, and the calibre of artists it draws is always impressive. The focus of the show is painting, drawing and photography, but today I’ll be showcasing some of the talented artists working in textiles, ceramics, metal, printmaking and more who will be at the show this year. If you’re not in Toronto, or can’t attend the show, all of the artists featured have websites where you can view more of their work.
The ceramic artists at the Toronto Art Exhibition are always stellar and this year is no exception. Whether you’re a collector or just looking for decorative or functional pieces for your home there is no shortage of beautiful work on display. Chiho Tokita is one of my favourites; her attention to form and proportion is impeccable.
In her artist statement she says that, “It is about letting form and clay speak for itself. I have always had an appreciation for utilitarian objects and the tradition of craft. Some of the objects in my work are functional. Some are reminiscent of functional forms but unmoored from utility.” This wood-fired Oil Can is a perfect example of how her work strives to find the balance between utility and form.
Lucky Jackson is one dedicated stitcher, she creates a piece of textile art a day, often using vintage textiles and freehand embroidery. Pop culture is her main source of inspiration and in her pieces you will find everyone from Bill Murray to Iggy Pop.
Her eclectic selection of fabrics and the playfulness of her work make her one of my favourites at the show. You can follow her embroidery project on her blog 365 Lucky Days and purchase art and embroidery patterns through her shop.
Of the glass artists at the show this year I am most looking forward to stopping by Jesse Bromm’s booth. His glassworks are always throught-provoking and beautiful. His landscapes feature idyllic park scenes but lurking underneath the surface is something much darker.
I’m excited to see what he will be working on this year. Jesse graduated from Sheridan College’s Craft and Design Program and he is currently an artist-in-residence at Harbourfront Centre.
Jacob Rolfe (aka The Floating World) makes wonderfully imaginative screenprints. Printmaking can sometimes get a bad rap in the fine art world where the one-of-a-kind original is praised above all else, but the fantastic artists at this years show that are working with screenprints, linocuts, lithographs, and woodcuts show true artistry in their mediums.
In much of Rolfe’s work there is a story hidden somewhere in the cartoon characters and psychedelic environments, and part of the fun is trying to decipher what his prints are about.
You can find all of these (and many other) great artists this weekend at the show. Hope to see you there!
Happy Friday Everyone!