"Merete Kristiansen and Kate Barron may be on the verge of revolutionizing the Canadian art world."
- anne watson, the vancouver observer
A couple of weeks ago, in honour of International Women’s Day, we wrote about four amazing women in the Canadian art world. We thought that it was only fitting to pay a similar tribute to some of the top-notch gentleman that we have in the arts as well! Here are four young men already making their mark on the arts scene. Take note of their names as they are guys to watch.
Website: www. coopercolegallery.com
Simon Cole is the director/founder of COOPER COLE, one of Toronto’s most stimulating new art galleries. Cole has an eye for talent – the gallery exhibits an incredible roster of local and international artists. We can’t wait to check out Tessar Lo’s work next month in Past, Present, Past-Present.
But Cole doesn’t stop at being a gallery owner. He’s also one of the founders of The Ministry of Artistic Affairs, which offers an educational and creative social environment for young professionals in Toronto to explore the enrichment of collecting and supporting the arts. The Ministry organizes a series of monthly events including gallery tours, artist studio visits and jaunts to art fairs.
With a focus on younger talent combined with his network through the Ministry, Cole brings a fresh voice to the Toronto art scene.
Daniel Young & Christian Giroux
Boy it’s been a great year for Diaz Contemporary. Kim Adams wins the Gershon Iskowitz Prize and Daniel Young and Christian Giroux took home the Sobey Art Award. But when you’re as talented as Young and Giroux, winning is just a recognition of what their gallery (and collectors) already knew – these guys are ones to watch.
These artists began making art together in 2002. Whether sculpture, public art or film installations, their art is the product of an ongoing conversation concerning the modernity of the mid-century, the production of space and the built environment. Using consumer goods and industrial prototyping methods, construction systems and componentry to produce sculptural objects that partake in contemporary architectural discourse, Young and Giroux rework modernist forms of abstraction.
While Young and Giroux aren’t new to the art scene by any means (their work has been shown at Scope Miami Beach, Ace Art Inc, the Power Plant, the ExiS festival in Seoul and The Museum Fur Kunst and Gewerbe, Hamburg), you’ll be seeing more from them in the future. Their film installation 50 Light Fixtures from Home Depot has been exhibited at Mercer Union, Toronto, and the Akademie der Kunst through Forum Expanded, of the Berlinale, Berlin.
Keep tabs on these guys.
When you look across the country and examine the galleries selling historical Canadian art, one will notice an obvious trend. These are family businesses. The knowledge learned in one generation is passed on to the next so that the young talent emerges more specialized than anyone fresh out of university with a degree in art history. Nothing compares to learning on the job.
The latest example of this is Jonathan Klinkhoff, a junior partner at Galerie Walter Klinkhoff, the highly respected Montreal art gallery that was founded in 1950 by Jonathan’s grandfather, Walter Klinkhoff. Like previous generations, Klinkhoff is professional, charming and genuine (it must run in the genes) and is well respected amongst his peers. He has sold numerous important works of art and completed many appraisals and authentications for private, corporate and institutional collectors.
Yet Klinkhoff is putting a new spin on things by introducing the gallery to social media and expanding their website. This fresh way of thinking allows the gallery to maintain its position as a leader in the Canadian art world while at the same time becoming more accessible and relevant to younger collectors.
Blogger, and artist, Jeff Hamada graduated Langara college with a Fine Arts diploma, and went on to earn a Bachelors degree in Media Arts from Emily Carr Universtiy of Art + Design. Before he graduated, he was recruited for Electronic Arts, where he fine tuned his commercial art, and made an arrangement to have the remainder of his education paid for.
Hamada then made his mark for his design after he got involved with 3Sixteen, where he would help create a new logo, and ultimately a new identity for the brand.
May 2008, Hamada started Booooooom.com - a site that could catalogue interesting art. Popularity has grown consistently for the blog and Hamada himself. As stated in an interview with OpenFile in 2011, Hamada says, “People think that the internet works differently from real life when making connections with people… It takes the same amount of time to become actual friends with someone online as in person. I still try to take the time to write each person back personally, because that’s what I did at the very beginning.”
We’re big fans of Jeff Hamada, because he is consistently seeking to engage his audience with an emphasis on inclusivity. “I’m just more interested in getting people to actually make art, not just sit at the computer looking at art. I wanted to make Booooooom inclusive and not have an attitude. Have people feel free to roam around without knowing about stuff” - said Hamada in his 2011 OpenFile interview.