Saturday, September 25, 2010

Betty Goodwin the great

How best to sum up Betty Goodwin’s impact on our visual culture? Put it this way: If you’re Canadian and have even the most casual interest in art, Goodwin’s work will loom large in your imagination, or more likely, will be seared into your psyche. Against all trend and fashion over the 60-plus years of her career, her devotion to the human figure — often locked in some kind of primal struggle, awash in her signature ochres and reds, blacks and deep, sooty greys — forged her a singular legacy in our world.
Source: Toronto Star

Friday, September 24, 2010

Blows your mind

He’s the champion of the avant-garde with his Cannes Film Festival winner about sexy catfish and laser-eyed monkeys.
Yet even as Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul confounds and challenges the mainstream with Uncle Boonmee Who Can Remember His Past Lives, a vivid fantasy of dreams and memories opening Thursday at Bell Lightbox, he prefers to make people laugh.
“For me, it's a comedy, a melancholy comedy,” said Weerasethakul, 40, whose name is roughly pronounced as Api-sha-tome Weera-seta-koon (he encourages people to call him “Joe,” his nickname).
Source: Toronto Star