Architect Alsop's Art Arrives
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Architect Alsop’s Art Arrives

We’ve previously written about renowned architects designing furniture, but those creative design types also like to get their fingers dirty with paint on canvas. What could be more appropriate than an art exhibit from the guy who designed the OCAD tabletop building?
Starting tomorrow, modernist British architect Will Alsop will be premiering Cultural Fog in Toronto—his first North American art exhibit. Alsop says he’s been inspired by city neighbourhoods, which include Riverdale, Roncesvalles and the West Queen West Triangle, home to his upcoming West Side Lofts project. The subject of Cultural Fog is Kensington Market and “the real nature of community,” according to Alsop.
The architect’s notorious OCAD addition plays a significant part in Toronto’s recent architectural awakening, and Torontonians are starting to see an artistic and cultural merit in unusual landmarks. In fact, the OCAD is probably Alsop’s most photographed structure. “By making a city inspiring and inventive,” he says, “it becomes different from anywhere else in the world.”
The works displayed in Cultural Fog are as avant-garde as Alsop’s architectural designs, with structural elements drawn in a canted, wonky-perspective and crowded with a mayhem of organic flowers, splashes and scribbles. Alsop’s signature amoeba-like shapes, seen in the West Side Lofts sales office and The Public in the U.K., are also present on canvas.
The exhibit continues until July 28 at the Olga Korper Gallery at 17 Morrow Ave. Tomorrow’s opening is from 6-9 p.m.