OTHER MOMENTS: NEW SCULPTURE, PHOTOGRAPHY AND ART ON PAPER at the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen West), to February 18. 416-531-4635. Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
Although it's not strictly a local show, Other Moments successfully taps Toronto sensibilities through a diverse selection of media and artists.
Curated by Katharine Mulherin and Kris Knight , the exhibit celebrates the first anniversary of the reopened Gladstone Hotel, summoning more than 20 artists to produce works displayed on all three of its floors.
The show is quirky, playful and low-key but determined to showcase an art scene in motion. A gripping tendency in new sculpture is embodied by Christy Langer 's wall installation, Flurry. A pack of swan-like heads are disturbingly and humorously engaged in a silent screaming party.
Jason Van Horne , another sculptor, unleashes a modern apocalypse on tiny models of the urban everyday in From The Road To Nowhere Series. His dioramas are deliciously cinematic scenes, frozen moments in the collapse of society.
Sleek mobiles and fragile, bright-coloured wall sculptures by Marianne Lovink are found on all three floors. The mobiles allow the eye to chill out in appreciation of their minimalist forms, whereas the sculptures give you small jolts of joy.
You can't help falling in love with Other Moments. But it's impossible to love it all at the same time, mainly because no guiding principle takes you by the hand. That's also the strength of the show.