‘WEIRD ILLUMINATED SKY PAINTINGS’ (W.I.S.P.’S) ARE CREATED WITH LED LIGHTS AND DRONES

Drones have been getting some pretty bad press lately.  But they can do other things besides dropping bombs or hunting down terrorists. In fact, a drone is capable of showing us the world as we’ve never seen it before. A new art form has appeared, using drones and LED lights to create trails of light and colour in the sky.Fortunately or unfortunately Transport Canada has put the kibosh on flying drones near airports, heliports and aerodromes, as well as night time flying by hobbyists. These are a few TORONTO W.I.S.P.’s captured before the ban went into effect.  You’ll no doubt recognize the CN Tower, the back side of the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Sharp Centre for Design at OCADU.For much more information on TORONTO’s drones and W.I.S.P.’s check out this site – http://www.yongestreetmedia.ca/features/drones121514.aspx

WITH AN ARCHITECT’S EYE, TORONTO PHOTOGRAPHER ROSS WINTER INTERPRETS THE WORLD

        ROSS WINTER often contributes photographs to ‘Toronto Savvy’.  We’re returning the favour by showing off some of his work.

Ross’s image above was taken at the Municipal Art Gallery in DUBLIN.  After his death FRANCIS BACON’s studio was moved from London to Ireland and precisely rebuilt.  It’s now on permanent display.

<PHOTO ABOVE Ross Winter & fellow photographer Ken Straiton @ Propeller Gallery, December/2017>. Artist page:  https://www.propellerctr.com/ross-winter.html . . . website – https://rosswinter.me/ . . . BELOW – a video all about Ross by LEO LIU – https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UOGu6cYoGIgxVxIALQyXQH-VDOlH6Sck/view?ts=5a1975ad

ARTSCAPE BUCKS THE TREND OF KICKING ARTISTS OUT OF GENTRIFYING NEIGHBOURHOODS

  TORONTO can take great pride in Artscape YoungPlace, 180 Shaw Street – a massive school building converted into a 3-storey arts complex.

YOUNGPLACE8        Home to the Koffler Gallery, artists’ workplaces, a happening cafe, a dance company, yoga, piano and paper-making studios, and offices for the Luminato Festival, the structure contains 75,000 square feet entirely devoted to artistic expression.  <PHOTO ABOVE – Andrew Williamson>

YOUNGPLACE6The building was purchased in 2010 from the Toronto District School Board after it had been vacant for over a decade. Artscape’s continuing goal is to find studio space in the city centre for thousands of artists displaced by rampant development. 180 Shaw Street fit perfectly into that plan.  Following a $17-million rebuild, the century-old former Shaw Street School re-emerged as a vibrant hub for the arts and a proud member of the community.

YOUNGPLACE4Artspace Youngplace takes its name from the Michael Young Family Foundation, and joins other artist-friendly centres across TORONTO – the Distillery District, Regent Park, 401 Richmond, the Gladstone and Drake hotels, and the Wychwood Barns.

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The building at 180 Shaw Street, between Queen and Dundas, is open to the public daily from 8am to 5pm. Website: http://www.artscapeyoungplace.ca

<PHOTO ABOVE – ‘No Walls Between Us’ by Pablo Munoz, digital artwork on the theme ‘Solidarity in Canada’, erected outside Artscape Youngplace for World Pride/2014.  It remains in place.>

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