I also finished making this smock tunic dress for myself. This is the first time i've made clothes by using a pattern. Pretty fun, the possibilities are endless and of course, the dress has pockets!
During the 2nd week of my residency I also attended two art events. The first was a tour around Art Toronto, the annual contemporary art and artist book fair at the convention centre in downtown Toronto http://www.arttoronto.ca/ It is always interesting to go to this event and have a look at what kind of work contemporary artwork galleries are trying to sell on the Canadian art market. I have been lucky enough to get free tickets for the last 3 years and I am always intrigued by the variety of work on display. Because of the focus on art as commodities, this is a strange place for artists who mainly thinks of their work as a project of ideas. In order to survive though, we need to consider this part of our practice and it is a shame that a focus on the realities of the art market or of making a livelihood as an artist aren't often discussed in the art school context.
I also attended the First Thursday event at the Art Gallery of Ontario, https://www.ago.net/firstthursdays . It is an unusual way to visit a gallery as there is basically a party happening all around you so it is much less of a contemplative space than I am accustomed to. However, the gallery space is also activated in new ways that I are engaging in new ways. We attended a nice little talk by Brian Hunter, a fellow Winnipeger and the 2016 RBC painting competition winner as well as an interesting nude performance that was obviously inspired by Marina Abramovic type of works but in a way that took itself less seriously. Here are a few images of paintings and sculptures that caught my eye.