Tonight at the AGO: Jon Sasaki's Pine
Tonight, the Art Gallery of Ontario welcomes Jon Sasaki's Pine, the self-described "romantic conceptualist's" best attempt at finding the same kind of idyllic, artistic communion with nature so enduringly conflated with those old Canadian chestnuts, the Group of Seven. Sasaki trekked up to Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park to shoot a film (and collect water earlier this spring, for your sampling pleasure, which is what he's doing in the picture above) that represented his own artistic communion; the results are, not surprisingly, an exercise in hilariously naive futility. The work does double duty at its opening tonight, both as part of the Images Festival and the AGO's ongoing Toronto Now series. With dozens of fusty Thomsons hanging a gallery or two away, this one has particular acuity. Starts at 5 pm.