Novella’s August Art Guide

Suss by Milton Messam. Picture from
Suss by Milton Messam. Picture from

Between the lazy days of July and the first whisper of autumn in September, there’s the month of  August, where the sun sun still lingers high in the sky and students cram in as much activity as they can before returning to school.

If activities are what you’re looking for (both adults and kids alike), why not check out some art? Listed below are Novella’s picks for local art shows to check out in the month of August.

Au Courant (July 9 – August 27)
Abbozzo Gallery’s two-month rotating exhibition features paintings and sculptures from returning gallery artists such as Jennifer Walton and Karim Ghidinelli, and work from new artists Jiri Ladocha and Christina Sealey.

Between Land and Sky (July 20 – August 20)
The annual summer exhibition at the Olga Korper Gallery also features a mix of veteran and junior artists, from Reinhard Reitzenstein and Barbara Steinman to Mel Davis and Meaghan Hyckie. The theme of the exhibition is space, represented literally and metaphorically through the various works. The horizon, the passing of time and flight are just some of the images that can be seen in painting and sculpture.

TenderPixels.CorruptedFiles (July 21 – August 27)
This exhibition at the Birch Contemporary gallery investigates the intersection of visual art and technology with heavily pixelated images and the use of GIF files. The international show features work by David Hanes, Fabienne Hess, Lorna Mills and Louise Noguchi.

Milton Messam (July 21 – August 14)
To coincide with the Toronto Caribbean Carnival, Band Gallery is putting on the first Canadian exhibition of Milton Messam’s work. Messam is a Jamaican impressionist painter who has been capturing the scenery and people of Jamaica for 50 years.

Loon, Twit and Nitwit (August 3 – September 3)
Charles Street Video is putting on this multimedia group show focusing on how political agendas are conveyed through the media. Charles Street Video put out an open call for submissions in mid-July, asking for short films, video projections, animations and spoofs that are both humorous and politically charged. The finished exhibition promises to be a comedic, engaging look at political media through the works of local artists.