Wonder of wonders: TIFF freebies, in the name of art
(Video: Nick and Sheila Pye's "The Flower Eaters," courtesy the artists and Birch Libralato Gallery)
So anyway, here it is: TIFF. Things got going officially on Thursday night, but not everything festival-related requires painful line-ups and crushing disappointment (to the poor, sad folks stuck 17-deep in the crush surrounding George Clooney's red carpet appearance: Better luck next year).
I'm not much for the hype that surrounds the annual celebrity frenzy, but it's hard not to like what the festival does with its Future Projections program, which, namely, is spread some of its wealth out and around to the local art scene, helping to fund and present festival-related exhibtions that might be prohibitively costly otherwise.
Exhibit A for me is the return of Nick and Shelia Pye to Toronto with their show of 4 video works, "Light As A Feather, Stiff As A Board," at Birch Libralato. I liked it lots, and said so. Today and tomorrow I'll be visiting some other TIFF FP shows, like Elle Flanders and Tamira Sawatzky's Road Movie at 51 Wolsely Ave, and Ben Rivers' "Slow Action" at Galllery TPW on Ossington, though a word of warning: The piece's specialized projector is causing some issues, which means it's out of commission for today (Tuesday) at least. I'll update when I know more.
And there's that movie star guy who fancies himself an artist these days; what's his name again? Oh, right, James Franco, whose collaborative installation with director Gus van Sant, called "Memories of Idaho," is installed in the atrium of the Lightbox on King Street, a free public space amid the din.
The list goes on: David Rokeby's Plot Against Time at the Drake Hotel, Gregory Crewdson's Sanctuary, at the Contact Gallery on Spadina, Peter Lynch's Buffalo Days at the ROM's Thorsell Spirit House (just inside the main entracne, and a bunch more. Check it out.