Water at Peterson Fine Art (18 Hazelton), to July 31. 416-975-0931. Rating: NNN Conduit at Gallery One (121 Scollard), to July 29. 416-929-3103. Rating: NN The Flux of Fluid at Edward Day (33 Hazelton), to July 27. 416-921-6540. Rating: NNN Cold Currents at Feheley Fine Arts (14 Hazelton) to July 31. 416-323-1373. Rating: NNN
peterson fine art is displaying a series of fine (as in good) artists. J. G. Freedman 's captivating paintings depict lone figures on beaches who sit in the shadows of large ships.
The beaches in the more textured works of David Wright teem with summer weekend life. Hans Engel 's minimal work stacks blue field on top of blue field, creating a definite horizon between sky and sea. Engel's work is mirrored, albeit less effectively, by Alice Teichert at Gallery One , where she's painted a yellow sky floating over blue water. This is a poorer grouping than at Peterson, a seeming afterthought quartered in the gallery's basement. Only a couple of items - Brian Burnett 's pink bog rendered on grey pinstripe, the 3D sea by Jeremy Down - merit attention.
Over at Edward Day , the exhibit is stronger. Screen grabs from a video of Tom Dean 's floating staircase work - both pre- and post-burning - showcase a classic piece involving a body of water. Jennifer Walton 's oil paintings reveal waters churned white on rocky shoals, while Michael Toke 's acrylics capture the stillness of the sea, with glittering depth markers shining from dark blue depths.
Feheley Fine Arts ' Inuit artists' perspective on water focuses on animal spirits. In one piece, a pair of yellow whales bask. Another depicts loons living in the sails of a ship.