One night in September, five painters created 100 paintings as part of the Queen West Art Crawl’s Night Crawl in Parkdale. It was an event intended to turn the inherently solitary process of painting on its head; the upcoming exhibition brings the work back to the traditional gallery setting.
Another Good Night, as the event was titled, featured Toronto artists engaged in a live ‘exaggeration’ of their studio practice. The canvasses were hung throughout the upstairs room at The Rhino and over the course of the evening, as people came and went watching the work evolve, the paintings were completed.
Now an exhibition is being mounted so viewers can see the paintings created at Another Good Night in a different context according to artist and organizer David McKenzie.
“The night of, they were thrown all over the room, they were leaning against walls and face up on tables drying,” McKenzie said. “So I think it is important to show them in a context where you can actually really see the paintings, rather than seeing them in dim lighting, scattered around the room.”
Viewing the work in a gallery changes the experience of seeing the paintings, but it doesn’t change the meaning of the work, according to McKenzie.
“There is just a certain artistic integrity with a gallery show that we like,” McKenzie said.
The work from Another Good Night will show at Creatures Collective, located at 822 Dundas St. W.
All of the paintings will be on display from Nov. 15 to Nov. 21. The opening reception is at 8 p.m. on Nov. 15 and is free to attend. Painters featured are: McKenzie, Chris Pemberton, Jack Cerre, Morgan Booth and Oscar Figueroa.