By STEPHANIE ROGERSON
NOW | DECEMBER 21 - 27, 2006 | VOL. 26 NO. 16
Daryl Vocat's Boy Scouts strike a balance between creepiness and naïveté.
Art Reviews
York Quay double play


LISE BEAUDRY and DARYL VOCAT at York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West), to December 31. 416-973-4000. Rating: NNNN

York Quay Centre is a cornucopia overflowing with local artists.

Until the end of the year, the halls and galleries hold multimedia works, videos, paintings and photographs by Dean Baldwin, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay and Ho Tam, Barbara McGill Balfour, Yael Brotman, Libby Hague, Tanya Mars and Sally McKay, to name only a few.

Among these group and solo shows, the art eye candy of Lise Beaudry and Daryl Vocat deserves a visit.

Beaudry's Bolerama series of opulent large-format colour photographs of rounded compact camping trailers are rich in character. Her photos of these playful Canadian-made nomadic structures are touching, humorous and nostalgic.

A bilingual sound installation accompanies the stunning images. Interviews with trailer owners and workers at the Boler factories, which closed in the 70s, shift the Bolerama series from quirky photo show to accessible and engaging sociological document.

Vocat's The Secret Of The Midnight Shadow is a new series of underwear-clad boys. This mischievous artist has the uncanny ability to strike a balance between innocence and perversion. Using found illustrations from Boy Scouts handbooks, he removes the boys from their original contexts and places them in a world that's like a mix of Lord Of The Flies and your favourite issue of Love And Rockets.

 

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