Barbara: Deb and I have been regaling you this last week with stories of our happy adventures—and today will be no different. We hope you enjoy peaking into the “Spring into Fall” fun we’ve been having lately.
Don’t you love how life does that sometimes? I mean, sometimes it’s all seriousness and work and troubles and woes, and sometimes—even while the seriousness and work may still abound—there is a surfeit of interesting, eye-opening and wonderful new experiences to be had. And relished. And, well, shared here!
As you may remember, Deb is in New York this week with her man and several of their friends. It is a time to celebrate milestone birthdays and lifelong friendships. I’m sure when she gets back she’ll have more goodies to share with us, but for now she’s going to check in here only if she can (I reassured her we could carry on quite nicely without her for a few days … yes, only a few days!).
So today we’re going to pass the time by reveling in a bit of Nuit Blanche fun. For those of you who don’t know what Nuit Blanche is, you can read a past post about it here or you can just believe me when I say: it’s a one-night, all-night, all-city, free and open to the public contemporary art exhibit, where the wild, the amazing, the weird, the wonderful, the thought-provoking and the truly inspirational are thrown together with, like, oh, 1,000,000 excited fans. It’s an incredibly special night that Deb and I now look forward to (we’ve gone for 6 of its 7 Toronto-based years) like kids look forward to Christmas.
Obviously if you don’t live here, going to Nuit Blanche isn’t an option (and for some of you living here, it might still not be an option, for many reasons from lack of interest to lack of patience), but I still think it’s worth a page-full of blog time. Deb wanted to bring her shmancy camera that night so she could take some epic shots, but then realized she didn’t want to schlep the beast around for the 7 hours we spend hiking the city, so all the photos are from our iphones.
Hope you enjoy!
|I'm too lazy to caption all the artists and piece titles, but if you're curious you can find the credits at the Nuit Blanche website. The theme this year was apocalypse and resurrection.|
|This entire exhibit took place in a parking garage under Nathan Philip Square, downtown Toronto. An amazing space for an apocalyptic exhibit. Creepy and lonely (even full of people). These pieces were very provocative.|
|Deb in art silhouette|
|The effect of these commercial images being "sucked" into this huge City Hall beam was eerie and mesmerizing.|
|Another creepy discovery: we watched this real-life tableau of zombies on a set and took our photos, but it wasn't until Deb sent me this image that we both saw the aliens on the ground.|
|Nathan Philip Square and a stunning video montage. |
To the right of this, a choir singing revival hymns to glorious perfection.