Toronto

“We Can Do This Now”

The Power Plant

Toronto’s art scene is diffuse and diverse, resistant to rigid codification in terms of tendencies or movements. Such diffusion might suggest a disagreeable lack of cohesion or focus, but this recent exhibition demonstrated otherwise. Gregory Burke, director of the nonprofit Power Plant, and Helena Reckitt, senior curator of programs, mounted a heterogeneous array of work by twelve artists based in the city, designing a display in which minimal interpretive guidance (in the form of brief wall texts) placed the onus on the viewer to speculate on what “Toronto” is or could become.

Native Torontonian Derek Sullivan’s subtle contribution, Cameo Appearances, 2006, consisted of a series of posters boasting a suitably diverse range of linguistic, pop-culture, and artistic themes, produced by invited artists from outside the city—including AA Bronson, Fiona Banner, and Jonathan Monk—that were

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