Happy to see this kind review on the freshgurb blog today.
Gladstone is the best hotel/ best neighborhood that you want to be in – well – if you are cool, and like to be among cool.
We’re feeling pretty cool.
By Jessica Baldanza – Gladstone gallery intern
At the ripe age of 19, Alex Stoddard has already been featured in a wide variety of publications for his unique take on photography, and in particular the self- portrait. Born in 1993 in Georgia, he began taking self-portraits at the age of 16 in his backyard. Since then, he has found success with his style, attracting major clients such as Universal Republic Records. His collective works share an overall theme of humanity and vulnerability – often displaying himself as the subject in the nude in nature. In many ways, Alex’s photos convey various states of the human psyche. Continually visually stunning, there is no doubt more success to be found in his future.
We are also joined this weekend by This Storm—A Perfect Place to Flee, a special edition of Rodrigo Martí‘s performance series, Barricade Sculpture Workshop. On the Saturday and Sunday of the Crawl, Martí will be constructing a mutable public structure from found-materials at the Gladstone’s booth in Trinity Bellwoods Park. Passersby are welcome to join Martí, and become collaborators in this exploratory act. Rodrigo Martí is a Mexican-Canadian artist working between sculpture, performance and drawing. His work examines the cultural and aesthetic dimensions of political struggle—in particular moments of excess and periphery. Martí received his MFA in Public Practice from Otis College of Art and Design (Los Angeles, CA). He is presently based in Toronto.
Art collectors blueprint from Alison Snowball’s collectors kit
The Gladstone has set-up shop in Trinity Bellwoods Park this weekend for the 10th annual Queen West Art Crawl!
Our theme this weekend is Keep it UP. What’s a fair price for a painting in Toronto? What are the important questions when purchasing an artwork? All this and more is explained in Alison Snowball’s ingenious and affordable kit. Containing a limited-edition screen print by emerging artist Alicia Nauta, this illustrated manual supplies aspiring collectors with everything necessary to engage in the local art market. In addition, the first one hundred kits include a limited edition screen-print by local emerging artist Alicia Nauta.
Born and based in Toronto, Alison Snowball is an independent artist, curator, and writer. A former stock trader, she translates the precariousness of finance into art by illustrating impositions of order over chaos. Alison is currently pursuing her MA in Contemporary Art History at OCAD University, where her research centers on arts economies.
Alicia Nauta graduated from OCADU with BFA in Printmaking. She works in a variety of methods, including screen printing, collage, textile printing, installation and book/zine making. She is member of Punchclock, a Toronto print studio. She is currently one of the Programming Co-ordinators at XPACE Cultural Centre.
Curated by Zach Pearl & Caoimhe Morgan-Feir
Kristin Ledgett is half of the artist design team behind the Red Room | 303 and a creative textile artist extraordinaire. Completing her studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1996, Ledgett’s explortation into fibre arts has led her to several entrepreneurial ventures.
Such ventures include: co-founding “Ruckus”a textile design house in Toronto, dedicated to producing unique hand printed fabrics, DUDE (Downtown Urban Design Event) promoting the work of various artists and crafts people in Toronto, and the The Knit Cafe, a community centre/craft school/retail venture/craft gallery on Queen Street West in Toronto encouraging the public pursuit of craft.