Monday, 1 October 2012

Toronto's Sleepless Night: Nuit Blanche 2012

The transition from being a suburban kid; born and raised in Ottawa, to a Toronto city gal is a tough one. There is so much to see and do that it’s difficult to figure out where to start! Lucky for me, I didn’t have to figure that out for myself, because a friend asked me to tag along to one of Toronto’s biggest art exhibitions, Nuit Blanche. Check out the public response to the event on  Twitter!
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I’m no artist, but boy is their work ever impressive; and the art at this exhibition was of no exception. The entire city was lit up from head-to-toe, covered with the most intriguing pieces of art I have seen. Videos were being projected onto buildings, actors imitated artists’ depiction of human-life, and even raw meat was put on display.
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You’re probably saying to yourself, raw meat, really? How on earth is that art? I too would have the same first reaction; however, this experience transformed the way that I define art, and the appreciation I have for it. Art is so many things – it is unique; it is limitless; it is a symbol of human-creativity; it is a part almost everything we do. With this being said, it is awfully hard to judge what is and what isn’t artwork; therefore, why must we judge at all? Instead, we should be grateful for the fact that it encourages diversity.

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For those of you who are passionate about freedom of expression, I think it is important that you support artists, since their work is a product of this ability. So, get involved with the art community, whether or not you’re the next up and coming Leonardo da Vinci.  Toronto art exhibitions.
Feel free to share what art means to YOU. Do YOU think you appreciate art as much as you should? Cheers!

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People surround the sound light installation "Quasar 2.0: Star Incubator" during the seventh annual all-night Nuit Blanche event in Toronto on Saturday, September 29, 2012. (Michelle Siu For The Globe and Mail)A person takes a photo of the "White Dwarf, 2012" sculpture by An Te Liu at the seventh annual all-night Nuit Blanche event in Toronto in the early hours of Sunday, September 30, 2012. (Michelle Siu For The Globe and Mail)
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