Lori’s Horror

The New Romantics at A*Level Revolver (112 Scollard), to March 9. 416-963-3131. Rating: NNN Rating: NNNchristopher lori is.


The New Romantics at A*Level Revolver (112 Scollard), to March 9. 416-963-3131. Rating: NNN Rating: NNN


christopher lori is the wes Craven of the Toronto art world. His 8-by-10-inch black oil pastel drawings show placid domestic scenes on the verge of going terribly, terribly awry. With his thick, oily black lines, he sketches out a pastoral theatre of the macabre, something like Little House On The Prairie-meets-Nightmare On Elm Street. Pigtailed girls hide knives behind their backs while wild men wield axes.

These 20 or so small yet intrepid drawings constitute a veritable cinematic storyboard for a slasher flick.

Controversial curator Jubal Brown, in his brilliant broker style, has mounted yet another intriguing group show revisiting ideas of young adult artists clinging to youth.

Ingrid Z layers pencil crayon on mylar drawings over photographs of industrial wastelands to spectacular effect.

In her testy drawings, punks and mods let it all hang out.

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