Kim Adams and Marla Hlady at the Power Plant (231 Queen's Quay West) to September 3. $4, stu/srs $2, free Wednesday 5-8 pm. 416-973-4949. Rating: NNN
poignant moments are waiting for you in a double Power Plant exhibit, but be warned: unless you stay with them, they're easy to miss. A bizarre arrangement of junk can move you if you simply linger for an extra moment. The Kim Adams exhibit mounts pieces from the Hamilton artist's 25-year career of model-making. The smaller models are highly intricate, strangely threatening visions of a world consisting of boxcars and amusement park rides. You may never look at a train the same way again. Adams did say that if he could create a theme park, people would be too afraid to visit. See if you'd buy a ticket.
The large models -- huge, ungainly hybrids of garden sheds, bicycles and ironing boards -- are a pack rat's dream and a naturalist's nightmare. The junk sculptures applaud humanity's ability to transform our world, and in the same breath accuse the result of being nothing but a construct of mass-production. Cheeky monkeys.
Toronto artist Marla Hlady's work creates a dance between sound and mechanics. In one piece, three wigs spin wildly as three versions of Waltzing Matilda play at once.
Maddening and sublime, the audio track humanizes these hairpieces, turning them into romantic characters in a cruel world.
I saw them as Pretty Young Thing Hungering For Approval, Jilted Lover Gone Mad (Tom Waits's influence, no doubt) and Hippie Chick In The Wrong Decade.
If you see them, pass on this message: For all its garbage, it's still a beautiful world.