Photographic Smorgasbord
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Photographic Smorgasbord

2005_1_20ryerson.jpgRyerson University has got to find some more space for their artists. Take the more than 40 artists showing at the School of Image Arts 3rd Year Show which runs until Feb. 3rd at the Ryerson Gallery. The 100+ works are crammed into every imaginable space. Photos are hung on top of one another, on pillars, behind desks. Travel photos are squeezed right next to portraits, intimate still-lifes compete for your attention with expansive landscapes. At times the show seems to devolve into visual clutter.
But a few things did manage to get Torontoist’s attention. There’s Morgan Brown’s “China Rising” (left) and its examination of race and ethnicity. If you forget to look up you might miss Jennifer Sciarrino’s “Toilet Series.” And there in the corner is Jamie Campbell’s diptych of a boy and girl sitting on a couch (below). To name just a few.
If this is all a little overwhelming wander down the hall where Gallery TPW is showing the work of conceptual artist Daniel Olson. Marcel Duchamp, the granddaddy of conceptual art, has his fingerprints all over this show. He even inspires “Take Five,” a video-work where Olson recreates a 1917 Marcel Duchamp photograph.