May 29, 2007
by Canadian Architect
Internationally renowned architect, artist and lecturer Will Alsop will be unleashing his expressive contemporary paintings in his first North American art exhibit entitled Cultural Fog at the Olga Korper Gallery in Toronto from June 8th to July 28th, 2007.
As the architect responsible for the provocative Ontario College of Art and Designs tabletop building in Toronto, Alsop has become an integral part of Torontos architectural renaissance. While many see the potential in areas such as the West Queen West triangle, Alsop has also found inspiration in other city neighbourhoods including Riverdale, Roncesvalles and Kensington Market, the subject of Cultural Fog. In this exhibit, Alsop questions the nature of urbanism and community. I paint to learn, to exercise my brain and my imagination. Cultural Fog is my musing on the possibilities for Kensington Market and the real nature of community.
Alsops international experience and outsiders perspective provide a unique view of the citys potential and how it can be achieved. When speaking on community, he recognizes it all comes back to a sense of civic pride and identity. By making a city inspiring and inventive, says Alsop, it becomes different from anywhere else in the world.
Alsops paintings have been exhibited alongside his architectural projects and by several prestigious institutions, demonstrating how art contributes to the built environment. Cultural Fog is Alsops first art exhibit in North America.
The exhibit opening takes place from 6:00pm to 9:00pm on Thursday, June 7th at the Olga Korper Gallery, 17 Morrow Avenue, Toronto.