Good Folks – Two years of Show & Tell Gallery

Derek Mehaffey aka Troy Lovegates aka Other

The latest exhibit at Show & Tell Gallery is Good Folk, a group show celebrating the gallery’s 2nd anniversary. Here’s the line up: Swoon, Monica Canilao, Jeremiah Maddock, Derek Mehaffey aka Troy Lovegates aka Other, Labrona and Troy Dugas. It’s an impressive line up of folk-art influenced art. Good Folks opened this week and runs through March 27th. Here’s a sample of what is in the show:

Monica Canilao
What looks to be a new image from Swoon (someone please correct me if I'm wrong)

Photos courtesy of Show & Tell Gallery

A Know Hope solo show at Show & Tell Gallery

Know Hope‘s solo show There Is Nothing Dear (Nothing Is Too Much Dear) opened a little over a week ago at Toronto’s Show & Tell Gallery. From the photos I’ve seen, it looks to be some of Know Hope’s best work to date. That said, I’m a massive Know Hope fan, so maybe I’m just excited to see new work. These paintings seem to mark a new chapter for the characters in his continuing narrative.

Again, maybe it’s just that I’ve been following this narrative for quite a while now, but some of these new paintings are heartbreaking. Like when you read Harry Potter and got to the part where Dumbledore dies six books in (sorry for the spoiler, but if you haven’t read the 6th book by now, I don’t think you’re going to).

There Is Nothing Dear (Nothing Is Too Much Dear) runs through October 31st at Show & Tell Gallery.

Photos courtesy of Show & Tell Gallery

Know Hope’s huge wall at BLK River

Know Hope has just returned from Vienna and he left something quite special on the walls of the city for the BLK River Festival.

The image is in the same series as the one I’m currently using as the desktop background on my computer, so of course I’m a fan.

And while we’re on the topic of Know Hope, any readers in Toronto and in a fortunate position: Know Hope has a solo show coming up next month at Show & Tell Gallery. No doubt this show, There Is Nothing Dear (Nothing Is Too Much Dear), will be something special. I’ve been looking forward to it for a while.

Here’s the flyer:

Photos by Herbalizer

Dan Bergeron aka fauxreel at Show & Tell Gallery

Dan Bergeron, aka fauxreel, had a show open last week at Show & Tell Gallery in Toronto. Faces of the City focuses on Dan’s recent series of portraits. There are some beautiful pieces on wood, but since this series really is all about the city and how the work interacts with the wall it’s on, Dan has also included a number of photographic prints showing the portraits as they looked outdoors. And I’m not sure how’s he’s done it because it is such a challenge, but Dan has managed that delicate balancing act of using found or otherwise distressed wood has his canvas without it seeming too contrived and fake. That’s not an easy thing to do, so I’m glad to see that Dan has pulled it off.

Check out more work from the show on the gallery website, or photos from the opening on their flickr.

Photos courtesy of Show & Tell Gallery

Lister at Show & Tell Gallery

Been a bit slow posting about this one, but I’m definitely liking it. Anthony Lister’s The Beauty of Failure is on now at Toronto’s Show & Tell Gallery. Looks like a good mix of sculptures, paintings and (most importantly for some of the people I’ve spoken to although it’s not my major concern) images that don’t involve superheroes. Definitely check this out if you’re in Toronto and let me know what you think. I will be very jealous of you.

This has got to be my favorite piece in the show:

But these are pretty sick as well:

Photos by Show & Tell Gallery and check out pictures of the opening night on their flickr

Anthony Lister – The Beauty of Failure

Toronto’s Show & Tell Gallery has something big planned for next week: Anthony Lister’s latest solo show, The Beauty of Failure. A lot of artists paint superheroes. Most of the time, I don’t care for those artists. Lister is one of my exceptions. He doesn’t just paint, he actually knows how to paint, something which is surprisingly rare.

The gallery says:

The Beauty of Failure is a unique look at the reward and punishment systems, and more specifically when the two overlap.The paintings and sculptures in this show demonstrate a tounge in cheek look at contemporary pop culture through Anthony‘s signature artistic style.

Lister has been doing sculptures for a couple of years now. I think the first one was made for his 2008 show at Elms Lesters in London. These new sculptures are completely different though, and you probably won’t immediately recognize them as being made by Lister. Here’s one:

The Beauty of Failure opens July 9th at the Show & Tell Gallery in Toronto, and the show runs through August 8th.

New fauxreel in Toronto: Brick by Brick

This impressive new project by Toronto based artist Dan Bergeron aka fauxreel recently went up in the Toronto Brickworks.

The Don Valley Brickworks operated for nearly 100 years and provided bricks used to construct many well-known Toronto landmarks such as Casa Loma, Osgoode Hall, Massey Hall and the Ontario Legislature. In 1928 the factory was sold and the name changed to the Toronto Brick Company. This change in ownership also saw the factory reach peak production of 25 million bricks per year. The kilns have been closed since 1984 and the property is currently owned and being revitalized by Evergreen.
“With some initial leads thanks to filmmaker Catherine Annau, I was able to make contact with some of the former workers who were employed when the factory shut down in 1984.
I visited each subject at the their home and I shot portraits of these proud men and installed their images in the factory’s Kiln Building.
To create the brick pattern, I worked with my assistant, Joe Cornfield, to cut everything out on-site as the bricks were of different sizes and the mortar various widths and heights. An arduous task for sure, but a testament to the men who helped to build Toronto, brick by brick.”
Check out the video of the installation: Brick by Brick Video

First seen on the Show & Tell Gallery blog.
Dan’s upcoming projects include a group show at the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art this July and his first solo exhibition this September at Show & Tell Gallery.