• Walking The Line #46: The Drill Factory
    Artpost.info, March 11th, 2007

    “What Trautrimas has done—to describe it makes it sound too easy—is to have selected certain rather worn, grubby, even abject household tools and appliances and generated entirely new and remarkably fresh “industrial” landscapes.”

    ~ Gary Michael Dault

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  • Dave Trautrimas at LE
    The Globe and Mail, March 10th, 2007

    “What makes Trautrimas’s visionary photo-constructions so compelling is the combination of the seamless reconstruction of a brand new landscape of unlikely thing juxtaposed to unlikely thing, all set down into an absolutely radiantly convincing sense of place.”

    ~ Gary Michael Dault

  • Major morphings
    NOW Magazine, March 8th, 2007

    “Trautrimas's use of small objects to summon up images of huge and improbable structures evokes several kinds of associations: the fetishism surrounding household objects, the constant task of reimagining the city through architecture and the pleasures we take as children in fantasy microcosms.”

    ~ David Jager

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  • LE Gallery’s Young Blood
    NOW Magazine, November 16th, 2006

    “This is a crucial gallery, and one hell of a show.”

    ~ David Jager

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  • Uppity Upstart
    NOW Magazine, September 28th, 2006

    “Curator and collector Wil Kucey has already stirred up the Toronto scene.”

    ~ David Jager

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  • Gallery Going
    The Globe and Mail, September 23rd, 2006

    “A Gorgeous Moment of Collective Pause. Minutiae, which is this exhibition’s title, is itself a constant daydream. And it is replete with secret lives-some of them our own.”

    ~ Gary Michael Dault

  • Gallery Going
    The Globe and Mail, August 12th, 2006

    “This small but unavoidable presence in the otherwise unpopulated landscape works simultaneously both to de-naturalize nature and, in turn, to diminish the meaning of the tiny cavortings of the raincoated subject.”

    ~ Gary Michael Dault

  • Gallery Going
    The Globe and Mail, July 22nd, 2006

    “These two lively exhibitions, while not specifically interrelated, do overlap somewhat in the fervour with which both Kirkpatrick and Hayes have positioned themselves adjacent to worlds of graphic discourse light years away from what most galleries would still consider respectable.”

    ~ Gary Michael Dault

  • Matt Bahen
    Canadian Art, Vol. 23, No. 2, Summer 2006, June 21st, 2006

    “The paintings are well exectuted… they deal with the global events in a manner that is refreshingly direct.”

    ~ Sally McKay

  • Joe E. Stewart
    Canadian Art, Vol. 23, No. 2, Summer 2006, June 21st, 2006

    “Stewart assesses our own time and his own idiosyncrasies by dressing them up in the clothing and myths of another, ostensibly golden, age.”

    ~ David Balzer

  • Gallery Going
    The Globe and Mail, March 25th, 2006

    “Despite Jason Kronenwald’s insistence that he was never much of a gumchewer, his work-a series of deliciously vulgar portraits of female pop stars-is entirely made of the stuff.”

    ~ Gary Michael Dault

  • Eye Candy
    EYE Weekly, March 9th, 2006

    “Stewart's work offers up labyrinths within labyrinths, and anyone with even a remote interest in art, literary or musical history will find much to be both dazzled and frazzled by here.”

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  • Gallery Going
    The Globe and Mail, November 19th, 2005

    “Every once in a while a young artist appears who gives you the impression of being absolutely unstoppable, an artist who is making all the right moves at the right time and whose path to success in the art world simply cannot be obstructed.

    Such an artist is Emmy Skensved…”

    ~ Gary Michael Dault

  • The Big Picture 55
    The National Post, October 29th, 2005

    “Anybody who can walk away from A Confederation of Alloys, Trautrimas’s new collection of computer-enhanced and worm-spit induced prints, without giggling at these inventive, playful works is either a total crank or too busy obsessing over technique to admire the finished product.”

    ~ RM Vaughan

  • Rewind: DALEK
    Canadian Art, Vol. 22, No. 4, Winter 2005, October 1st, 2005

    “Each work seems machine-made in its plastic perfection; only upon very close inspection do traces of the artist's hand in the brush strokes betray the fact that these are all handmade objects.”

    ~ Randy Gladman

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  • Queasily convincing
    The Globe and Mail, August 5th, 2005

    “The translucent Mylar imbues Di Genova's tableaux with a strange, buoyant otherworldliness, a fictive remoteness – handy for storytelling – which is heighten by his floating them against painted Masonite background, which then provide him with larger settings (landscape, cloudy skies, and so on.) The sandwiching of the two surfaces makes for a queasily convincing new world.”

    ~ Gary Michael Dault

  • Creepy Creatures
    NOW Magazine, July 28th, 2005

    “Di Genova draws life into all his creatures through meticulous detail. Animal hides rot and scar with myriad dots and patches, carefully rendered in greys and greens against pink and blue backdrops.”

    ~ Kevin Temple

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  • Gallery Going
    The Globe and Mail, June 25th, 2005

    “This work, like all of Porter’s things, is an engagingly fresh look at the mythological roots of our culture. And like it, all of his other sculptures, wild, improbable and shamanistically intense, reference our ancient stories, incarnating them in gloriously madcap but strangely moving ways.”

    ~ Gary Michael Dault

  • Gallery Going
    The Globe and Mail, March 26th, 2005

    “Painter Shauna Born, who graduated last year from the Ontario College of Art and design, is a very gifted painter, with an uncanny way with a likeness.”

    ~ Gary Michael Dault

  • Born again making fans
    NOW Magazine, March 17th, 2005

    “Bodies combine on the board to produce interesting compositions that extend beyond the fascination of hands and faces, again marking Born's sophistication.”

    ~ Kevin Temple

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  • Year up
    EYE Weekly, December 23rd, 2004

    “LE's roster is, in many respects, what's really happening in Toronto in 2005.”

    ~ David Balzer

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  • Rewind: Nicholas Di Genova
    Canadian Art, Vol. 21, No. 4, Winter 2004, October 1st, 2004

    “Di Genova’s splotchy black outlines, flat fields of solid muted color, and clever suggestions of depth via mylar-and-Plexiglas sandwiches, show the important influence of Japanese anime and manga.”

    ~ Randy Gladman

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  • 23-year-old’s revenge on grey OCAD
    The Globe and Mail, July 31st, 2004

    “You can understand, however, what the good grey instructors of OCAD had against him. He’s confident, flashy, eerily imaginative and disconcertingly exacting in his visions.”

    ~ Gary Michael Dault

  • APOCALYPSE WOWS
    NOW Magazine, July 22nd, 2004

    “Di Genova's drawings are viciously streamlined and powered by disciplined draftsmanship.”

    ~ David Jager

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  • Eye Candy
    EYE Weekly, July 15th, 2004

    “In a post-human future, assortments of animal species have mutated into sublime, devouring, mechanized monsters.”

    ~ David Balzer

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  • Now critics’ picks
    NOW Magazine, June 1st, 2004

    “Up-and-coming pen-and-ink samurai Nicholas Di Genova 's drawings hover somewhere between Japanime, graffiti and the drawing wizardry of Albrecht Dürer.”

    ~ David Jager

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  • Eye Candy
    EYE Weekly, May 20th, 2004

    “Fourth-year OCAD student Oleh Sirant's photography is, to use a loaded term, as painterly as CONTACT gets.”

    ~ David Balzer

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