Liberty Village Artist, Anand & The Artist ProjectNeighbourhood | Written on February 17, 2016
The integration and celebration of art in Liberty Village is a large part of the culture of our neighbourhood. Dating back to the relocation of Artscape to Liberty Village in the 1990s, our area has become synonymous in Toronto with fun, liveliness, whimsy, the eclectic, an openness and eagerness to embrace difference and of course, art.
In this blog, we recognize the incredible work of emerging artist and Liberty Village resident, Anand. You may already be familiar with Anand’s work–his “Love your city, Love your neighbourhood” project was displayed by Toronto Public Libraries in the summer of 2015. The project showcased four of Toronto’s neighbourhoods – Liberty Village, Queen West, Parkdale and Etobicoke— using a mixture of mediums including, charcoals, oils, paints and acrylics. The underlying theme was that we are all connected, brick by brick, to something greater.
In order to highlight Liberty Village’s “brick” connection to Toronto and to Torontonians, Anand used reverse graffiti to draw attention to the Toronto Central Prison, a structure that represents a significant part of Liberty Village’s history. This brick artwork also recognized Liberty Village’s residents, or, as Anand describes is, “what makes Liberty Village a great place”. Additionally, the numbers of the condos in this artwork draws attention to the unique identity of Liberty Village and its architecture, including the newly constructed Liberty Central By The Lake condominiums.
This is only one project in Anand’s incredible body of work. Anand works out of Walnut Studios and is also the Resident Artist of the NEO Exchange, Canada’s new national stock exchange. This week, Anand will be bringing his stunning artwork to Artist Project, Toronto’s contemporary art fair at the Better Living Centre at Exhibition Place. Artist Project begins on Thursday, February 18th and runs through Sunday, February 21st.
Artist Project, now in its 9th year, invites visitors to discover the work of more than 250 contemporary Canadian and international artists. It also offers visitors the opportunity to purchase art work directly from artists, like Anand, who will have pieces on display at the fair. As an added bonus, Anand will be offering a 15% discount on commissioned pieces ordered at his booth at The Artist Project. This really is an opportunity to experience contemporary art in Toronto unlike any other, and to purchase some incredible art.
In anticipation of the fair, attendees can view artists’ galleries online at the Artist Project website here. Collections are organized by medium and include, collages, drawing, glass, encaustic, digital media, mixed media, oils and acrylics, photography, pastel, print making, sculpture and watercolour.
Artist Project will also feature several, very artistic highlights:
- Crystal Kings Blazing, the entrance installation, is a 100-foot long colorful piece that includes geometric, vinyl banners and paintings by Happy Sleep, a pairing formed by Toronto artists Marc Ngui and Magda Wojtyra. This work is symbolic of willpower and creativity.
- The OCAD University Career Launchers initiative is partnering with Artist Project to present Adam Filek’s sculpture and performance work, Walking and Talking Stones. This piece is part performance art and part sculpture and navigates the origins of being careful yet spontaneous in the exploration between the body and stone.
Walking and Talking Stones is performed by Adam Filek and will take place on Thursday, February 18th from 6:00 pm – 9:00pm, Friday, February 19th from 4:00pm – 7:00pm, Saturday, February 20th from 2:00pm – 5:00pm and Sunday, February 21st from 3:00pm – 5:00pm.
- The UNTAPPED Emerging Artists Competition offers the new artists who win the competition, a space at a professional-level art fair to exhibit their artwork. It’s a great opportunity for emerging artists to launch their art and connect with other contemporary artists. Twenty finalists will be chosen and invited to display their work for free.
- The Installation Zone invites artists, across different mediums, to submit proposals for displays for feature spaces. Panelists choose the most “innovative and transformative” projects to display their large-scale and/or conceptual piece for free at Artist Project.
- The Road Trip Artist Competition invites artists, to submit work under the theme, “Road Trip,” that explores a journey, adventure or travel. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive a cash prize. Artist Project attendees can vote for the People’s Choice Award winner, who will also receive a cash prize.
Artist Project is, in no uncertain terms, a true celebration of contemporary art. For residents of Liberty Village, the location of this contemporary art fair also translates to readily accessible and incredible four-day event. Tickets start at $10 and are available for purchase on the Artist Project website here. Artist Project will be open on Thursday from 7:00pm to 10:00pm (early access previews begin at 5:00pm), Friday from 11:00am to 10:00pm, Saturday from 11:00am to 8:00pm and Sunday from 11:00am to 6:00pm.
Written by L. D. Moore