Extended Practices: Systems and Seriality


Diane Borsato



Tom Friedman | At Luhring Augustine Gallery  | At Saatchi Gallery | At Gagosian gallery | At Stephen Friedman gallery

Tom Friedman
Untitled, 1990
Bubble gum
Approximately 1,500 pieces of chewed bubble gum molded into a sphere and displayed at head height in a corner, hanging by its own stickiness


Georgia Grieve | Ikea Drawings

Allanah Volkes | Google Drawings  | UFC Drawings | More

Jason Polan | Every Person In New York (blog) (book)

Jenny Odell

Nicolas Feltron
For those of you obsessed with data visualization created an app:



Listen to an new interview with illustrator and author, Kate Bingaman Burt. Remember? We saw her work at the beginning of the term—she is the artist that draws everything she purchases.

Junk Mail into Art
Another excellent automated directive.

Christoph NiemannAbstract Sunday • He is also featured on the Netflix show, Abstract

Martin Brief | A Brief History of Time | Amazon God | almost any of the projects on his site

Christian Bok | Eunoia | web iteration | Wikipedia entry

On Kawara | Twitter |





Call for emerging artists


Gallery 44 (Toronto) is seeking artists for PROOF.

From the Gallery 44 website:
is Gallery 44’s annual exhibition of photo-based work by Canadian emerging artists reflecting a range of current concerns and practices in contemporary photography from across the country.

This is a great opportunity for emerging artists. More information here.
Deadline is November 7.
Need help with your application? Make an appointment with me.




This is an image from Nigel Grimmer’s series, “Art Drag Album”


Read an interview with Nigel and see more of his work at Behold: The Slate Magazine Photography blog.


Live! Art + Photo III—gestural inspiration


QUANTUM – Teaser from Cie Gilles Jobin on Vimeo.

Gilles Jobin was the 2012 artist-in-residence at the CERN* physics laboratory in Switzerland. He created an abstract dance piece inspired by concepts in particle physics. A brief description from this New York Times article.
“…dancers will begin with a subtle jiggling motion that evokes the vibration of subatomic particles, which could be seen as a sort of quantum twerk. Under crackling ambient music assembled from supercollider data by the composer Carla Scaletti, they begin to orbit and swarm, pulled by invisible forces like gravity and magnetism. The spectacle will be lit, somewhat ominously, by lamps that swing on motorized pendulums — a “lumino-kinetic sculpture” contributed by the German artist Julius von Bismarck. “You don’t have to know anything about physics, it’s not a demonstration or explanation of scientific concepts,” Mr. Jobin said. “Now that I know that everything is moving, that we are mostly made of emptiness, that our bodies are holding together with incredible forces, it feels different to move my body.

Don’t know what CERN is? My heart just died a little.
CERN is the European Center for Nuclear Research a world-wide science effort, where scientists probe the fundamental structure of the universe and ask questions like: What is the universe made of? and How did the universe start?

Photo Bus Trip! *Friday, January 24*


Hello Photographers!
All aboard the party bus (well, not that much of a party since we’re leaving at 8:30 am). Here is our itinerary for the day. Remember to bring $9 in exact change for your admission to the AGO.

Bus leaves the circle outside the U.C.

Arrive at 80 Spadina. If you have colour film you want to process, there will be a quick stop at Toronto Image Works. If you are not dropping off film for processing, you can look at the Image Works gallery.

Art Gallery of Ontario
We will be viewing, Light My Fire: Some Propositions about Portraits and Photography.
118969-660 Cosindas-Princess-550

Leave AGO for the Ryerson Image Centre.
The two main exhibits are:

Robert Burley: The Disappearance of Darkness.

The exhibition Robert Burley: The Disappearance of Darkness examines both the dramatic and historical demise of film-manufacturing facilities and industrial darkrooms. The photographs taken between 2005 and 2010 speak to sites and events related to the key corporations (Kodak, Agfa, Ilford). As an artist working in photography for the past thirty years, Burley has been both an observer and a participant in this radical transition. This exhibition addresses the emergence of a new technology, which irrevocably changed photography, as well as the abrupt and rapid breakdown of a century old industry, which embodied the medium’s material culture. (text from the Ryerson Image Center website)

Phil Bergerson: Emblems and Remnants of the American Dream


Since 1995, Canadian photographer Phil Bergerson has made dozens of extended road-trips, criss-crossing the United States in search of the ‘American Dream’. Drawing upon the social landscape tradition, Bergerson found his material amid the melancholic detritus of the contemporary city: in modest store window displays, hand-painted murals, graffiti, and crudely-made signs. Here is a chaotic urban topography, one fuelled by unmoored dreams, raw desires, commercial fantasies, rampant patriotism, religious fervour, and a smouldering violence. The sumptuous colour photographs elicit a sense of both wonderment and disquiet, and ultimately a yearning for order, for meaning.
(text from the Ryerson Image Center website)

There is also a student gallery.


The installation is composed of one 16mm film looping continuously, and three vinyl reproductions of the remaining filmstrips. By working with these two distinct modes of presentation — the 16mm film requires the viewer to remain still and the filmstrips entail a physical movement across the space — the installation accentuates the spatiality and materiality of time passing.

With the use of the now-discontinued colour reversal Kodak Ektachrome film stock as source material, the transient nature of celluloid film mirrors the ephemeral nature of the sitter’s gaze. Through the progressive destruction of the film as it continues to play, the work brings life to a material and a subject matter that will inevitably disappear with time.
(text from the Ryerson Image Center website)

Leave Ryerson


Lunch. You will be in the area of 80 Spadina. Find some food, eat it.

Tour 401 Richmond and other galleries in 80 Spadina. At this time you may pick up your film from Toronto Image Works.

Bus leaves for Guelph

Arrive in Guelph
Boo hoo, you are sad the day is over. Perhaps you suffered from Stendhal syndrome?



Strolling and observing, the flaneur is therefore a kind of detective of the streets who, by his association with the suspicious circumstances of the public sphere,
comes to be regarded as a conspicuous presence in the crowd himself. The detective approaches the secrets of the city from a double, and often ambivalent, perspective
that circumscribes the flaneur’s existence as well: moving in the streets as an active, observing camera, he becomes a screen on which he projects himself as an observed
medium of modernity. (Gleber, p.16)