Saturday, July 17, 2010

James North art crawl recap

excerpt from Stephanie Vegh's blog for a recap of July's art crawl, a review for my show at Know Your Ghosts Studio

What to all appearances started out as an art student’s apartment-gallery is still going strong in the summer months, with Know Your Ghosts at 255 1/2 James Street North (through the nondescript door then all the way up the stairs) featuring a solo exhibition of drawings by Jason Lee. The many modest portraits in The Middle Ground are refreshingly direct precisely for that very modesty, which allows Lee’s deft draftsmanship to shine through in compositions that balance areas of decadent colour with brief, suggestive line. A more vulnerable, diaristic hanging of loose-leaf drawings presides over a hidden corner of the space, and features here primarily because it was the most easily photographed. If Know Your Ghosts is in this for the long run, I would implore its inhabitant-curator to invest in some decent lighting. And I do hope this space endures for a while longer yet - at the other end of the spectrum from curatorial essays, impromptu galleries in artist apartments can breathe fresh new life into an art community, and Jason Lee’s current showing there is a vital demonstration of that fact.