Demons Stole My Soul : Rock 'n' Roll Drums in Contemporary art at MOCCA, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (952 Queen West), to July 3. 416-395-0067. (Call for full concert and events schedule.) Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
On the surface there's little affinity between the pristine whiteness of an art space and the roiling mosh pit of a death metal concert. Yet they come together amazingly well at the MOCCA , where curator and artist Camilla Singh , no stranger to the drum herself, delivers a novel tribute to percussion and its place in contemporary art.
The show features sculptural drum installations, videos of drum performance and a series of live and recorded drum concerts.
Cryptopsy drummer Flo Mounier dominates the exhibit's opening with a video of his brutally accurate soloing (he performs live on the evening of June 16). Greg Forrest immortalizes a rock history moment with his bronzed version of Keith Moon's demolished kit, while Jean-Pierre Gauthier 's drum installations are whimsical Dadaist assemblages overrun with wires and hardware, surprising viewers with sudden flurries of percussive activity.
The oddest kits in the show are in Walter Willem 's Cheese Kit Diptych, drums made from wheels of Dutch cheese and plastic cheese replicas. Drummer and artist Han Bennink will "finish" them by performing live on them June 17 with saxophonist Brodie West .
Finally, Dave Lombardo of Slayer continues to astonish in his latest collaboration with DJ Spooky , an album called Drums Of Death , part of an audio installation at the show and a live performance at the Drake June 18.
A concert for kids, a drum workshop and a panel discussion round out the show's impressive and diverse tribute to drumming.
Rather than usurp drums for the purpose of art, the show uses art to raise a full metal salute to the world of the drummer.