10.9.10

the dazzle

Last night I attended the opening for a beautiful show called The Dazzle at Narwhal, a "a study and celebration of collection fetishism." About 30 artists participated, including Melinda and Carly, and the gallery was so packed that when we left, there was a lineup to get in.

If you're in Toronto, I would encourage you to stop by. There is so much to take in! I was there for a couple of hours and didn't manage to look at everything. I took a few pictures, although it was so crowded that this was very difficult to do with a 50mm lens, particularly one that won't autofocus. It was definitely one of the best openings I've been to in a long time -- it's always nice when you bump into friends you weren't expecting to see, as well as those you were expecting to see!

If you like collections of things, magic, and taxidermy too, this is the show for you.

























REPLIES

stephanie renee: They always make me think of pictures of Guns & Roses from the 1980s (I was a huge fan at 11). Ha! But yeah, they're great!

heleen: They were a bit dirty, but yeah, excellent condition! I'm so happy to have found them.

caroline duke: Well, mine has its share of that as well! I never open it up.

K: Thank you! And thanks for the tips on the Runtones. I'm going to try them on tonight, I think. I've read some really positive reviews (that all mention pain!). I'm not much of a runner but maybe I can ease into them. Thanks again!

hibou: Ha! Yes, I kept thinking about The Secret. So from now on just wish really hard and in six months, who knows what will show up in there!

laurie: I know! I'm never that lucky!

karyn: Yes! The law of attraction, right? Haha!

jackie: Yeah, these are a bit "vintage" (they're by Bausch & Lomb rather than Luxottica, who makes them now). I hope you get them!

Miss Crowland: Yeah! Made me pretty happy!

april: Ha! Well, the ones I REALLY wanted are kind of lavender in colour. But gold-tone is good too!

Maggie: Yeah! It's nuts!

niki: Oh man, I wish! Wouldn't that be something? It would certainly make my car have a little bit of value rather than none at all. My dad had them too, and you know, these may even be his (except that if they are his, he hasn't seen them in over 10 years!).

Anna: Yes! I saw that, it's so great. I love the cat that tucks himself into bed!

Jane Flanagan: I know! It's like I'm some kind of lucky person (which I'm not).

celine: Aviators are really nice, I agree! Maybe one day you'll discover a magical kitchen drawer or something like that.

Sarah: I hope so!

a.: He didn't know I wanted them!

bee: Well! That's a nice thought, ha!

Gina: Thank you! I do like how they look on me!

29 comments:

  1. I was at this show last night too! Amazing work. You're right - it WAS packed... I think I'm going to head back today for a closer look.

    Great documentation! :)

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  2. this looks like it was such a great show! x

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  3. oh why do I not live in Toronto

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  4. What an interesting show! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  5. it looks nice! I love the calm tones of everything you photographed.

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  6. mini persian rugs? ohmy!

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  7. wow, that looks amazing! jeeealous!

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  8. I heard once it was very healthy to have and maintain a collection. It's not often to get the opportunity to have people share those collections with you, in a public setting. Beautiful, to say the least. "If you like collections of things, magic, and taxidermy too, this is the show for you." Sounds like a winner all around.

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  9. Oh man I wish I could go to this, it looks amazing!

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  10. want to see this so bad. at least i get to see your pics! thanks!

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  11. Wow! I love the paintings with the minerals. Absolutely gorgeous!

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  12. This looks like such an interesting and unique show! Normally I hate openings because I feel like I can never really look at/get close to the work on display with all the people mingling about, but it looks like you were able to do just that. Wish I could see this show in person.

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  13. This looks so amazing!!

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  14. Looks killer, as do your photos. :)

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  15. I work nearby, so I'm definitely checking it out next week.

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  16. Such an amazing looking show. Jeals!

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  17. These pictures are such an eye treat.

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  18. wow - the pieces on display are so amazing. i love the intersections between the organic and the conceptual :) reminds me i need to take advantage of more of the art galleries here in NYC...

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  19. Amazing photos! Carly's paintings look incredible!

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  20. I was so disappointed I had to work on Thursday night instead of attending this great opening. Thank you so much for taking these pictures to share! Now I have a glimpse of the excitement. I can't wait to get down there to take a look.

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  21. everything looks amazing and well put together, the bird tail wall ornaments and the letter dice (?) especially so!

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  22. this looks like one of the most magical exhibitions ever - no wonder it was so crowded! I just wish i could jet all around the world to visit everything in blogland. Thanks for sharing

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  23. Thank you so much for letting us know about the exhibit! I waliked over today on this lovely lazy/rainy/sunny Sunday afternoon to check it out. . . because of your post! So awesome. xooxchristine

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  24. This looks like a great show. Wish I could see it in person, thanks for sharing your photos.

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  25. that looks like it was a really interesting show. i'm a huge fan of carly waito, and if i could decorate every room of my house with her paintings, I WOULD!

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  26. I want to go! at least I can see them here for now. :D

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  27. This looks like it was a collection of all sorts of curiosities! The things I love. I wish I could see it myself.

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