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Recommendation: Check out Toronto art show The Course of an Empire

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The Course of an Empire, by Danielle Cole

Opening reception: Sept. 14, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Show runs Sept. 14 – Sept. 24
Unlovable Gallery (1415 Dundas St. W., Toronto)

Exhibition statement:

When we have no more oil for cars, we will drag them behind horses so we can keep on riding in them. Our love for cars is so all-encompassing that we cherish even the bad ones: the ones with wooden panels, the ones too small to hold our baggage and the ones with seatbelts so feeble they are merely decorative. We name them because we want to cheer them on as they deliver us from place to place: Ruby, Sylvie, Lulu, Mabel, and Rusty. This series is the natural extension of our unrelenting love of automobiles — sexy and sturdy, they are the stuff of fantasy.

About the artist:

Danielle Cole creates playful and intriguing collages through an assembly of original vintage graphics. If her work seems familiar, it may be because it can be found on Collective Arts Brewing’s most recent beer label. Danielle has also won the 2015 Art Here award and has been featured in Kolaj Magazine Issue #16 and in Collage Collective Co.’s book ANNUAL 2016. Following the success of her 2016 show, Clipped Wings, at Gravenfeather Gallery, several of her pieces have found homes in L.A. and San Francisco. Danielle has spent the last year traveling across the west coast of the U.S.A., as well as visiting Rome and Spain in search of materials and inspiration. Her most recent work, The Course of an Empire, has been four years in the making and benefited greatly from the colourful, lush old magazines found in her travels.


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