Jimmy Limit: Surplus @ Clint Roenisch Gallery

‘Surplus’ by Jimmy Limit opened with a bang last night at the Clint Roenisch Gallery as part of Toronto’s Contact Photography Festival. Limit’s installations are compositions intended to be photographed including items like coins for scale, perfect 2×3 framing ratios with sizing and colour cards in place. The installations are presented alongside photos of the installations in a meta look at the art of photography. The show is up throughout the duration of Contact. Be sure to pass by and take a look. x

Niall McClelland: Hot Sauce @ Clint Roenisch Gallery

Niall McClelland’s new show “Hot Sauce” opened last night at the Clint Roenisch Gallery. The usual crowd of Toronto’s most stylish, artsy, quirky and endearing were in attendance taking in the art and warming up by the new, quintessentially Canadian fire pit situated out front of the space on St. Helens Ave. Niall’s work was beat up and free in essence. Here’s a note from Niall himself on his style taken from his recent interview with Mark Hall-Patch for 01Magazine:

A lot of artists envy the freedom that you put into theses works, some of them being dragged over land and destroyed but almost in a loving way.

Ha, I look at it more like punishment than freedom! Yeah I mean I don’t throw things around that easily either. A while back I came across Wabi Sabi, you know that Japanese idea of embracing transience and imperfection? Just the idea of the age and the experience and the life that these objects have is valuable. The more life they have the more important and valuable they are. If they have been dented up and nicked and paint is chipped, that’s desirable in Wabi Sabi. I saw that and I thought it was so lined up with how I see things, it totally distilled these vagues thoughts I had about what I was making. It’s something that has been done for centuries and it’s how I think about things too. I like everything around me to be worn, including art . I like it when a drawing has been beat up and kicked around. I like the holes in the corners after they have been displayed multiple times, the stained areas where something has been water damaged, I think that’s interesting. – Niall McClelland

Herself.com Launch Party

The launch of Herself.com last Saturday night was a great success thanks to all the beautiful people who came out to support the project. The site has already crashed a couple of times due to overwhelming traffic. Caitlin Stasey and I are pleased to report we officially “broke the internet.” With such a positive beginning we are hopeful that Herself will become an empowering movement. Oyster Magazine and Buzzfeed have already reported the launch of the site with a couple of telling articles. We are excited to move forward showcasing ever more women and their stories. xo

Photos by Dave Gillespie // Shot at the Clint Roenisch Gallery

Harold Klunder: Live by the Sun, Love by the Moon @ Clint Roenisch Gallery

Dutch/Canadian artist Harold Klunder opened his new show at Clint Roenisch’s gallery last night with a bang. Here’s a bit about Harold from Clint:

“Keenly aware of art history and of the titans of Dutch painters who have come before him, from Rembrandt’s relentless self-scrutiny through to Vermeer’s quality of light to Van Gogh’s fevered impasto and Willem de Kooning’s early series of voracious women, Klunder embeds his influences into his own paintings, often monumental in scale and years in the making. To take in a Klunder painting is to become privy to the narrative – the excavation – of one painter’s lifelong engagement with this most storied of mediums, its profound history and its unmistakable immediacy, always unfolding now, standing outside of time, receptive to the present viewer’s gaze.”

The show will be up until December 6th at 190 Saint Helens Ave. Be sure to check it out. xo

Jason de Haan: Free and Easy Wanderer @ Clint Roenisch Gallery

Clint Roenisch executed another stellar opening last night, his second at the new space, featuring a collection by Canadian multi-disciplinary artist Jason de Haan. The space was vibrant as Toronto’s art scene elite interacted with Jason’s provocative works. The live tree dusting the ceiling wearing a gold ring on its top branch had people’s necks craned in wonder as did a chunk of million + year-old meteorite carved into a pointer finger stuck in the front wall. There was a mouldy old found sneaker atop a marble stand and a series of designer humidifiers with tortoise shell fossils and other terra matter placed upon them. The front room was decorated with a series of upside-down photographs of Jason reading ‘Moby Dick’ against horizons around the world. The show as a whole left me wondering about the relationship between natural and manmade things and how this can be more a beautiful, delicate and symbiotic harmony than we ever imagined. Well done gents. xo