This afternoon, while heading out to ship off some prints, I stopped off at a gallery around the corner from me. It's called Hermann Audrey, and I've been curious about this space since it popped up in the neighbourhood. This was the first show I'd been to here, and it was the work of an old school friend, Jon Todd.
Jon and I were good friends in school. Since we lived a floor apart from each other in our apartment building and shared a number of the same classes, we'd work together on projects into the wee hours, (and take breaks to play video games). In our final year of school together, something happened with Jon's work. While it had always been great, it was like a switch was flipped and his work took on a whole new dimension. He started developing this style, which at this point is pretty incredible, and it was unlike anything I'd seen.
He's been showing with Yves Laroche Gallery in Montréal for years now, and I hadn't seen his work in person in a long while. So when I went in to Hermann Audrey this afternoon, I was in awe of the work in person.
Jon's work is comprised of a number of elements. There are layers of print and transfer, giving it a feeling of collage, but on top of that are layers and layers of tiny vibrant brush strokes. The paintings practically glow. I would have taken any of those paintings home with me in a second, (except as you'll see from these photos, most of them had red dots!).
One centrepiece of the show is the giant lenticular piece which takes up the better part of the back wall. I'm attaching a few photos of it below; one from straight on, and two from either side. It's remarkable to see in person.
Congratulations on a beautiful show, Jon Todd! And to everyone else; if you're in the area of Dundas and Dufferin streets here in Toronto, you'll have to make it out to see this show.
Below are a number of the paintings on display.