Hogtown Sheet Metal

Isn’t it better to see an animal in the wild than to see one in a zoo? So it is with art. I love to see works in progress. Today, I got a treat.

Almost completed maquette just needs a bit of cleaning up. It has a nice, tactile quality.

Sculptor Gord Smith and his art collaborator Avron Mintz took me along when they went to consult about a new piece being fabricated for them by Brian, owner of Hogtown Sheet Sheet Metal and Custom Fabrication.

Finished version, at Avron’s place. It works in vertical and horizontal configurations. Photos: A. Mintz
Avron photographs while Gord studies a new copper piece Brian is experimenting with.

The 3 artists will be signing their collaborative pieces with their initials, but the order has yet to be determined. S+M+B? M+S+B? B+M+S? Comments with preferences are welcome.

Hogtown Sheet Metal has an amazing blog and good photo galleries. It was a real pleasure to meet you, Brian and Sophie (Brian’s wife and web person). Thanks for the good coffee!

Luminato: The Drawing Room

While there seem to be fewer free Luminato events than ever, the one we went to yesterday was very satisfying. The Drawing Room at Harbourfront Centre delivers huge, impactful originals by 5 artists.

The show is themed to bring under-represented or marginalized cultures out of the background and into the front room … the drawing room.

Click any image you would like to see bigger.

Shiny graphite from pressing too hard. Gallery lighting doesn’t help. Artist: Syrus Marcus Ware

This link provides good detail about images and the artists, so I will show you some of the detail you can’t see on screens showing whole works. They look small on screens and the large scale is important to the message.

I recommend a visit to the Harbourfront Centre before June 23rd.

Harbourfront Centre Artport Gallery hours: Tues. – Thurs., and Sunday: 12-6pm
Friday and Saturday: 12-8pm – Closed Mondays.

Detail of a drawing by Robert Pruitt. The artist tones his paper by staining it with tea or coffee.
Ths detail of Nathaniel Donnett’s map would not fit in the slideshow, but the materials are worth noting.

Queen’s Quay, Father’s Day

Danica and I figured it might be crowded, but we wanted to see at least one Luminato event. It turned out to a perfect day with milk-white skies and pleasant breezes.

Shot from the 509 streetcar window, on the way to Harbourfront Centre

I am having a busy day, so I will save the photos from our Luminato art experience for tomorrow, when I can do it justice. Today, just some photos of the surroundings.

Here’s where we did not have lunch. At the Amsterdam pub, estimated time for food was 45 minutes
Sky high condos wall off the city from its waterfront.
Seagull-hostile post topper. Man with net behind is collecting coins from the wading pool. Freelancer?

Shaman of Shape

I enjoyed a visit to Gord Smith’s studio/condo today, sorting out some email problems on his iPad and getting a look at his ever-changing collection of art objects.

Everywhere you look … sculptures, paintings, drawings, constantly being rearranged and changed.

Today I saw these variations in cube/tetrahehron pieces; maquettes for much larger pieces. It’s astonishing how many works of art Gord Smith can wring out of just these two shapes.

Left: A maquette is progress that plays with different finishes. It still has green masking tape on it.

Gord told me there’s an event to know about coming up on June 21st at the Emily Harding Gallery. I went to the website for information and found a surprise.

Clip taken from the Emily Harding Gallery website’s background video.

Here is the Emily Harding URL with the whole intro video. I enlarged Danica and me in my little clip. We are pleased to be seen at one of the shows there. It was the Full Circle show last November, featuring work by Gord Smith, Sylvia Singer and Robert Downing.

I found no info about the June 21st event, so I rely on Gord to fill me in.

The end of bag milk?

Could the promised 2021 federal ban on single-use plastic packaging really spell the end of this?

There’s a weasel word [harmful] in the announcement, so a political out if needed.

A real solution needs to be nationwide — we need to cover all of Canada with this decision — and that’s why the federal government is moving forward on a science-based approach to establishing which harmful single-use plastics we will be eliminating as of 2021.

Justin Trudeau

I have never liked bag milk, even though it’s cheap and light to carry. If it goes, I wonder what will take its place.

Fenton’s Leek and Stilton Soup

Your Royko Recipe for June, 2019

Fenton’s Leek and Stilton Soup
A wonderful soup from the late, much-lamented Fenton’s restaurant in Toronto.
Serves 4 to 6.
This is essentially a leek and potato soup. The crumbled Stilton, however, adds a richness and a slightly tangier taste than is usual.

2 cup peeled, diced potatoes
2 tbl. chopped fresh Italian parsley
5 cups chicken stock
4 medium leeks
1 clove crushed garlic
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp. lemon juice
freshly grated nutmeg
white pepper
1/4 cup table cream [opt.]
1/2 lb. crumbled Stilton Cheese

Bring chicken stock and potatoes to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer. Meanwhile, wash and chop white part of leeks with 3 inches of green and chop. Sauté in butter with garlic until limp. Add to simmering potatoes with parsley and lemon juice. Simmer until leeks and potatoes are tender.

Purée mixture in a food processor using the steel blade. Add nutmeg, salt, white pepper and cream. Heat thoroughly but do not boil. Serve garnished with some crumbled Stilton in each bowl.

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