CURTAIN CALL! at Galerie Lausberg Contemporary (880 Queen West), to January 28, 416-857-5767. Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
Why, when Toronto's gallery district convulses to spawn a new gallery, is it never big news?
Last month's opening of Galerie Lausberg has gone almost unnoticed, and that's a pity, because it throws new ingredients into the mix.
The opening exhibition, Curtain Call!, brings a vitamin boost of international artists to Toronto, all of them working out of Germany, all of them prolific in varying media.
Frank Piasta 's silicone painting makes you want to take a horizontal head dive into its azure-blue universe. The thick layers of coloured silicone on aluminum quietly catapult you into a state of tranquility and lightness sensations that battle the heaviness of the materials.
Infinitely Red, by Marc Rembold , has the opposite effect. A strangely perfect red plexiglass surface screams for your attention. The intensity of colour and bold shine keep your head turning through the tour.
Another natural beacon is Harding Meyer 's face of a soldier painted on canvas. Tears are about to run down the soldier's face as you stand there balancing your own flutter of feelings.
The washed-out, fluid texture of the paint matches the almost-tear. It makes you think of your granny's figurine collection.
At the same time, under the layers of irony and kitsch, Harding's work expresses real feelings.
You thought you had the galleries on Queen West cornered?
Thanks to Galerie Lausberg, fresh reinforcements have just arrived from Europe.