A little while ago, Nadja Sayej, she of the delightfully zany YouTube show ArtStars* (the asterisk* is clearly essential, people), threw out an idea: That a bunch of people who write about art in town stand up and be counted and answer the community the best they can, in the most public way possible.
So we're doing it. Despite a case of complete and utter, paralyzing stage fright, I'm always up for accountability, and happily, so are most of my colleagues. So Wednesday night in Kensington Market, we'll, er, Make Face -- we being me, Leah Sandals, David Balzer, Charlene Lau, Rosemary Heather and Otino Corsano. Expertly co-hosted by Xenia Beniviolski of the White House.
Like the lady says, bring it. We'll be ready.
Here's the deets:
The Toronto Alliance of Art Critics says MAKE FACE MOFOS!
Double Double Land - 209 Augusta, 2nd Floor
Doors open at 7:30.
Co-Facilitated by THE WHITEHOUSE STUDIO and ARTSTARS*
The newly formed Toronto Alliance of Art Critics steps forward to say BRING IT.
7 of Toronto’s art critics fess up about what sucks about galleries, artists, art dealers, art fairs, art shows and press releases. Want to know how to crack the press code? Now is your time to raise your hand and CUSS THEM OUT at this first annual panel discussion.
DAVID BALZER's writing on visual art, film, and theatre has appeared in Toronto Life, Canadian Notes and Queries, Cinema Scope, Maisonneuve, and EYE WEEKLY, where he is arts editor and "Galleries" columnist. He recently finished a short-fiction collection entitled Artists in Peril.
OTINO CORSANO is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art, University of Toronto and Otis College of Art in Los Angeles. His art writings and artist interviews are published in artUS magazine and has taught at the University of Toronto and the Ontario College of Art.
ROSEMARY HEATHER is the former editor of Mix Magazine (2002-2003) and C Magazine (2004-2009).
CHARLENE K. LAU is a Toronto-based art writer whose reviews have been published in Canadian Art, C Magazine, Akimblog and Fashion Theory (forthcoming). She is curatorial assistant at the Textile Museum of Canada.
LEAH SANDALS is a freelance art writer and editor based in Toronto. She contributes regularly to the National Post and NOW, and is also associate editor for Canadian Art's website. Her geekier free-associations are forever on view at http://neditpasmoncoeur.blogspot.com.
MURRAY WHYTE covers visual arts for the Star. He's also a feature writer for the Saturday and Sunday Star. He has written about art for the New York Times, Canadian Art magazine, the National Post and many others.
Moderated by Gonzo journalist and host of ArtStars* NADJA SAYEJ, who will cut off the cussing once it gets boring: http://artstarstv.com
Special performance by Nicole Torok!
DJ Louis Percival!
Poster by Andrew Zukerman
Documentation by Yuula Benivolski
$5 at the door.
*Capacity is limited so come early to claim a seat!
Special Thanks to the folks at Double Double Land for hosting this event.