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First of all, please let me introduce myself: I'm the blogger who dropped off the face of the earth for a couple of weeks there (again). Busy times in the pages of ye olde dinosaur, the newspaper, where I finally finished a two-part series on China and reviews of winter shows at the Oakville Galleries and the Power Plant (the first part, anyway, on "Nothing to Declare," the fun and engaging Canadian sculpture show; part two, on Michael Snow, will be this weekend.)
Keeping ever busy, I endured a white-knuckle drive up to Owen Sound yesterday to the Tom Thomson Gallery, where I saw Steven White's very good sculpture show, The Combine Project. A little piece on that, and Sandra Smirle's excellent Been & Gone, at Board of Directors -- that's one of her 100 pieces, at right -- will be in the paper tomorrow.
Anyway, heard something interesting today -- that Jamie Angell will be abandoning his Queen Street digs in the new year, relocating up around the corner on Ossington. This shouldn't surprise anyone; after 13 years here, Angell was a notable holdout on Queen east of Shaw, where contemporary galleries have long since been supplanted by the inexorable creep westward of retail, restaurants and other such predictabilities.
It's a bit of an inevitable shame: This has been in process for a long time, but it's always sad to see remainign bits of urban texture smoothed over for the generic mean. Not that I don't enjoy a quality Americano and croissant, but I like it with a generous serving of difference, too -- something Queen notably lacks these days. In any case, best of luck to him -- Ossington seems to be the same process in hyperdrive, a night-time playground where the bigger-dollar draw of booze seems destined to do in the art presence on short order. But Angell hasn't survived this long not knowing what he's doing, so I'm sure he has a plan. Hopefully he can stick there and help keep the process at bay.