euan macdonald at Robert Birch Gallery (241 King East) until August 10. 416-955-9410. Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
It's irritating as hell, and that's the whole point.Three ice cream trucks playing their tinny little ditties pull up at a three-way suburban intersection and make a lot of noise. It's all over in two minutes, and just when you want to hurl something at the video projector, you realize you can't wait to experience it all over again.
Called 3 Trucks, the video is showing at Robert Birch Gallery on a six-minute loop along with the anything-but-restful 90-second Hammock Sleep and Untitled (Eclipse), which features a basketball drifting over a reflection of the sun in an oval puddle.
The nine drawings on view in the gallery's back room are no less frenetic. Musical notes dominate the small vans of Euan Macdonald's drawn 3 Trucks. Untitled (Desk) literally blows your socks off. And then there's his fast-selling multiple of two cast-resin model airplanes copulating. But the best work on view is the Reclining Figure that fills the gallery's front window. It will be painted over at the end of the show, since it's drawn directly on a wall.
Here in T.O., we want to claim this L.A.-based Scottish native as our own, since this is where he grew up and cut his teeth as an artist. Macdonald's still showing with the same dealer who gave him his solo debut in 91, but he's also getting raves in Art In America and Artforum. DEIRDRE HANNA