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[PHOTO] Colour on wall, Church and Wellesley

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Colour on wall

This pattern painted on the brick wall by Michael’s Barber Shop is part of a wider mural painted on the south-facing side of the large brick building on the northwest corner of Church and Wellesley.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 15, 2017 at 8:30 am

[PHOTO] Locks @ $C10, Tank House Lane, Distillery District

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Locks @ $C10

Locks to affix to the “LOVE” sculpture on Tank House Lane in the Distillery District can be bought for ten dollars each.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 9, 2017 at 9:00 am

[PHOTO] Lori Blondeau, Asiniy Iskwew, at Devonian Square, Ryerson University

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Lori Blondeau, Asiniy Iskwew

Cree/Métis/Salteaux artist Lori Blondeau‘s Asiniy Iskwew, part of the Scotiabank Contact Festival, is on display in Devonian Square in the heart of Ryerson University’s downtown campus.

Asiniy Iskwew (2016)—whose Cree words translate to “Rock Woman”—continues the artist’s interest in rocks connected to Indigenous traditions, such as petroforms (large stones or boulders outlining anthropomorphic, zoomorphic, or geometric forms), and rock art (paintings on or carvings into rock surfaces). In this series of photographs, Blondeau celebrates and gives homage to Plains Indigenous rock formations, significant ancient sites created for sacred and rite-of-passage ceremonies, and for recording battles and histories. She draws from oral histories of Mistaseni—a 400-tonne sacred boulder marking an important Indigenous gathering place that the Saskatchewan government dynamited in 1966 to make room for a man-made lake. Capturing performative interventions in the landscape, the images depict the artist standing statuesquely atop glacial boulders, draped in blood-red velvet cloth. Strong and solemn, her figure reflects the resilience of Indigenous cultures.

Situated in Devonian Square, a meeting place with a man-made pond in the centre of Ryerson’s campus, the photographs are seamlessly adhered to the contemporary site’s two-billion-year-old boulders imported from the Canadian Shield. The location resonates with its complex connections to the ancient sites of Blondeau’s research, as the Square serves as a gathering area, but one that is artificially constructed for an urban environment. This divergence points to issues of displacement and environmental preservation, offering a potent reminder of Toronto’s pre-colonial history and the controversial treaties that renounced Indigenous rights to ancestral lands. Here, Blondeau occupies the site—as if summoning its spirits—and proclaims (her) Indigenous history and irrefutable connection to the land.

Asiniy Iskwew in the background

Written by Randy McDonald

June 7, 2017 at 9:00 am

[BLOG] Some Monday links

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  • The Dragon’s Gaze looks at what, exactly, is going on at Boyajian’s Star. Does KIC 8462852 have a large ringed exoplanet with Trojans?
  • The Frailest Thing considers modernity as something that has its own sort of enchantments.
  • Language Hat examines how Arkansaw was mutated into Arkansas.
  • Language Log looks at the etymology for “coral reef” in Chinese.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes Krugman’s subtweet.
  • Neuroskeptic considers ketamine as an anti-depressant.
  • Torontoist describes two local startups, Partial and Wandervoic, that are trying to connect local artists with non-traditional art buyers.

[CAT] “For Monty”, on Croft Street

"For Monty"

This touching Croft Street mural and poem remembers neighbourhood cat Monty.

Written by Randy McDonald

May 20, 2017 at 8:06 pm

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • blogTO looks at eleven recent Toronto-themed books, from fiction to children’s literature.
  • Centauri Dreams considers the idea of using waste heat to detect extraterrestrial civilizations.
  • Far Outliers reports on how German East Africa substituted for foreign imports during the blockade of the First World War.
  • Marginal Revolution suggests that the fall of Rome may have been due to the failure to reconquer North Africa.
  • The NYRB Daily looks at the exuberant art of Jazz Age Florence Stettheimer.
  • The Planetary Society Blog shares a stunning portrait of Jupiter from the New Horizons probe.
  • Window on Eurasia considers the idea of containment in the post-Cold War world.
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell looks at the British election.

[PHOTO] Fourteen photos of the laneway murals of Harbord Village

One special highlight Jane’s Walk tour of the eastern side of Harbord Village was the abundance of street art–often bright in colour, sometimes quite ingenious, never unattractive–on the garages and walls of the back alleys of the neighbourhood.

David French Lane, named after the late Canadian playwright, had its fair share.

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Croft Street is particularly rich in this density.

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Written by Randy McDonald

May 17, 2017 at 3:19 pm