Toronto

James Carl

Diaz Contemporary

While a long-awaited midcareer survey of James Carl’s work was being held at three other Ontario venues this winter, the Diaz Contemporary show modestly offered five of the artist’s sculptures, all from a series titled “jalousie,” 2006– , a term used in France and Germany to designate venetian blinds (and, in the former, jealousy). In a manner reminiscent of chair caning or basket weaving, Carl arduously plaits metal slats from these window treatments into elegant biomorphic shapes.

The artist’s painstaking process of testing his material’s tensile limits is especially evident in jalousie (bananier) (all works 2008). The strips of metal (in a retro and diverse mix of synthetic colors ranging from deep purple to banana yellow) appear slightly battered, suggesting that a certain degree of trial and error went into the work, the artist perhaps seeking to render the boat implied by the title.

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