Gallery openings are a common-enough occurrence in Hogtown, so it takes something special for Torontoist to sit up and take notice. Last night the alt-cult Japanophiles at Magic Pony christened their lovely new store and gallery space (just across the street from their old digs at 694 Queen West) with new works by Derrick Hodgson, Toronto’s own graffiti, doodles, and farm-hand influenced artist. His mix of adorable monsters and the horrors of the every day would find a lovely home in our apartment (and cheap too!), but it was the simultaneous launch of his new book, My Mania, that really caught our eye. Published by Magic Pony themselves, the book is as gorgeous as their new space, and the packed-house at the opening seemed to agree with long lines for a chance to meet-and-greet with Hodgson.
We don’t make any claims to Sam Javanrouh’s title, but we thought we’d bring you a few photos from the event anyhow:
Rumour has it that the next Pony happening might just be a spooktacular affair, but why not check out their new digs when the space isn’t wall-to-wall Queen West-types? Open daily 12-7, Sundays until 6.
Recommended Shopping: Amongst the avalanche of rare art books, limited edition Ts, and amazing import Torontoist recommends the amazing Gorillaz vinyl figs, anything by L.A. art-duo Kozyndan, and of course Hodgson’s premiere artbook.
Clockwise from Top Left: The lovely exterior of Magic Pony’s new digs at 694 Queen West; Pony co-owner in Kristen in the new gallery space; Another packed house; the artist, beset by fans.