Among the pieces we were shown was a recent photographic work of Robbin Collyer (exhibition at Susan Hobbs Gallery), which I liked a lot. I found it in the Canadian Art Database. It's from 2000 and called Crime Scene:
The painting that is currently hanging in the lobby downstairs is 'Untitled (Spell)' by Elizabeth McIntosh:
Now what's wrong with the photo? Look again - all the logos and labels are missing. If you have a bit of time at hand, browse some of the artist's photographs, they are worth it.
Ah. Oohm... How do I put that? - I just don't like it. But I can understand that one can't possibly decide for or against building decorations by asking everybody who happens to walk by. I should also say that I've looked up some of the artist's older paintings, and these are really good! Like, something between Miro and Hundertwasser. You find a couple on this website. Here is an interesting review of the painting from the Globe and Mail: BIRTH, NEW ART by Gary Michael Dault. It mentions that the painting is the first after a "dramatic shift" that Elizabeth McIntosh made after having her daughter Chlose:
"Why is that, do you think?" She thinks about it for a minute. "It's probably having Chlose," she says. "The paintings are faster and more forgiving now. And since I have a lot less time in the studio than I used to have, it all works out."
Unfortunately, I couldn't find photos of any of the paintings I liked better (well, okay, the problem might be that I immediately forgot the names of the artists). Anyway, while browsing, I stumbled across John Copeland's paintings, which are all entangled in loops and strings ;-)
This one is titled 'A Long Journey' and depicts very precisely how I feel after a day with too many seminars
And while we are at it: on the weekend I was on a pretty weird painting trip, and made some first tries for a new series of works. I'll keep you updated on the progress of the pieces. Here's a close up on the first study (click for an enlarged picture).