Alison Rossiter at Stephen Bulger (1026 Queen West), to December 20. 416-504-0575. Rating: NNN
Dan Hughes at Edward Day (952 Queen West), to January 4. 416-921-6540. Rating NNN
Windowlicker at Clint Roenisch (944 Queen West). 416-516-8593. Rating: NNN
queen west has recently seen lots of excitement as a number of galleries have relocated to the stretch west of Shaw. Stephen Bulger has as its inaugural show at its new location the dark horses of Alison Rossiter . She paints with light on photographic paper to mark the bulging muscles of horses rearing and galloping, based on studies of Velazquez, Degas and the Calgary Stampede. Edward Day opens its doors with a decent, if poorly displayed, show by Dan Hughes , highlighted by a series of portraits rendered in deep earthy tones depicting a man, frozen in time, listing to one side or checking his watch, waiting for something. Edward Day also rolls out a number of works by other gallery artists - not an overwhelmingly grand opening. The obvious standout is a large head meticulously woven out of plastic strapping material, by Robert Kananaj .
The curiously named Windowlicker show opens Clint Roenisch 's new gallery. Downstairs, a great-yellow-blob-versus-squiggly-line canvas by Chris Bennett joins a more elegant painting by brother Martin Bennett, one of the stars of the previously mentioned painting competition. Seth Scriver 's pink, upside-down ice cream cone with a face plays nicely off the small plant-like watercolours of David Liss . Upstairs, Jack Burman 's decapitated head photos are shoulders above the others.
And the washroom is very nice.