Your intrepid #artcriticfromhell delves into film criticism (not a new space for me, but one I revisit now and again) for two films that offer different attractions. One lampoons – or realizes – the contemporary art world, and another indicates that realism is not so much a genre, as an attitude.
Melanie MacDonald’s Florida Noir, in the Dennis Tourbin Gallery at Niagara Artists Centre, is another example of how she’s one of the finest painters in the region. We talked about her influences and I offer some impressions of the works on display.
Steve deBruyn’s solo exhibition in the main space at NAC, that challenged the idea of “fine art” and brought aspects of labour and discards into the gallery space, literally and metaphorically.
Tony Calzetta’s work at the GPAG is massive and stands somewhere between signage and symbol, between painting and postering. I visited the show with Geoff Farnsworth, and our conversations turned into this article.