Danica at Blue Mountain, laughing at the thought of Canadian winter. Say, I’ve seen those rock formations before, haven’t I?
Sure, enough. It’s in one of the slides from Peter Sever’s Round The World motorcycle ride. I wonder how many other sites Danica will also have seen. The opera house, certainly. Danica actually went to a performance of The Merry Widow and says the acoustics were fine, contrary to complaints I’ve read. Maybe it depends upon which stage. There are several in the Sydney landmark.
John Robert Colombo alerted me to the existence of the Foldscope, a cheap microscope for smartphones … but not cheap enough! JRC found that a USD $1.00 foldscope would cost CAD $54.00 because only the deluxe model was available.
Once I knew about the idea, I found many similar DIY projects online and liked one that recommended scavenging a lens from a laser pointer. I got one at my local Bargain store for 2 bucks and tried the lens on my iPad Mini camera. Not bad, really.
Brace yourselves for more of these, as I think of other things to enlarge and check to see if my iPad Pro camera does any better. I’d love to make a movie of microscopic wiggly things.
You can click-enlarge any of the slide show pictures, BTW.
This exhibition is curated by Sarah Robayo Sheridan and she gave a tour yesterday, speaking about a few works by the 19 artists represented.
Sculptures, drawings, a tapestry and even some well-lit pyjama tops benefit from gallery display. Photos and videos could just as well be viewed on devices or in books, but it makes sense to bring them into the same physical space as the other sleep-themed objects.
Old Woman in Bed, Ron Mueck, 2002. On loan from the National Gallery in Ottawa
The figure is tiny, as you can see compared with the blurry figure of a viewer.The detail is Madame Tussauds creepy and the diminutive size makes her seem very frail. It feels voyeuristic to peer at her and visitors hushed, as if not to wake her. A deathbed scene? Odd that the real hair still seems in scale.
A large blanket on the wall is a digitally-sewn tapestry from a photograph of an Indigenous woman asleep on the sidewalk. Real inclusions … pennies, a feather, a hank of hair, have been appliqued onto the surface.
Dream Catcher, Rebecca Belmore, 2014.
A complex and contradictory image, the Dream Catcher blanket is normally displayed on a real bed.
Details showing some the appliqué items.
We do have many easier ways to watch video. Why hike to a darkened room to stand and watch projections? Well, when part of a larger collection of related works, it helps to bring them together. I’ll include one example, about sleep-deprived marathon dancers. The video side was shot in the Hart House gymnasium.
It turns out that sleep is a rich vein for artists to mine. The show touches on insomnia, sleep deprivation, torture (self-induced and otherwise), the Big Sleep, laziness, sleep disrupted by artificial light, privacy rights, and even the right to take a nap in a park without being molested. Figures of Sleep, until March 3rd.
It’s the month of Valentine’s Day when Joanne Filletti puts out the annual call and artists respond with works loosely themed around the concept of heart.
Saturday’s opening reception was a light-hearted, crowded affair. 16 artists exhibiting 42 works. The show offers a lot of variety in media, sizes and interpretations of the theme. It will be up until February 18th. Gerrard Art Space 1475 Gerrard Street East, west of Coxwell.