It’s not every day an artist decides to take a circular saw to his work. With one slice, Belgian-Mexican artist Francis Alÿs dramatically split one of his paintings into two equal parts. The result, The Cut (2015), is currently on view in the AGO’s John & Nancy Mulvihill Gallery (Level 1). From one canvas, Alÿs created new two paintings and left a deep jagged incision in the wall, inviting viewers to consider how creation and destruction can be one and the same.
See him in action here:
Intrigued? Then don’t miss Alÿs’s solo exhibition A Story of Negotiation that currently fills Level 5 of the AGO’s Contemporary Tower. Praised by The Globe and Mail for his “remarkable social interventions,” Alÿs’s solo exhibition has captivated visitors with its poetry and depth since it opened in December.
Organized in conjunction with the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City, the exhibition features three of his recent large-scale video works: Tornado (2000–10), a depiction of the artist’s encounters with Mexico’s “dust devils”; Don’t Cross the Bridge Before You Get to the River (2008), an imagining of a bridge across the Strait of Gibraltar, which separates Africa and Europe; and REEL-UNREEL (2011), a film set in Kabul whose narrative begins in the children’s game of hoop and stick.
The exhibition runs through April 2, and is free with general admission.
AGO Members see it as many times as they want for free! So be sure to take it all in before it’s too late. For more information about becoming an AGO Member, visit us here.
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