Posts Tagged ‘money’

An art installation ‘Nest Egg’ by Brendan McNaughton
at the Corkin Gallery, Distillery District

The title of this blog post is taken from a description of McNaughton’s work on the Corkin gallery website, “The relationship between plutocrats and proletariats is central to his art practice.”  A plutocrat is a person who is powerful because they are wealthy.  Money equals power.  Proletariat on the other hand is a class of people, the working class, a class without money and without power.

below: A gold axe.  With its blade in a column, on a pedestal?  That’s not a passive positioning of the axe, i.e. it’s not just lying around.  Someone has swung it.
Axe as a symbol of the working class?  Juxtapositioned with gold, a symbol of money?

picture taken inside an art gallery - a tree trunk stands in the middle of a gold toned mirror, in the background, a gold plated (or gold colured) axe with its blade in the top of a white rectanguar column

below: A couple of the pieces were mirrors. But they were mirrors with a difference – slightly concave in shape, with a hint of gold, and marred by ragged shaped holes.  The resulting reflections are distorted and flawed.

an artwork by Brendan McNaughton of a slightly concave mirror but with a few torn holes in it. A bench is reflected in the mirror but because the mirror isnt't flat, the bench is distorted.

below: ‘Blue Chip’ a sculpture by Brendan McNaughton as viewed through one of his mirrors.  The expression ‘blue chip’ has become synonymous with high quality stocks, usually ones from the New York Stock Exchange.   Originally the expression meant stocks with higher prices because, if the story is correct, blue chips in poker are traditionally associated with the highest value.

Blue Chip, a sculpture by Brendan McNaughton, as viewed through an oval shaped mirror which is actually another art piece by the same artist.

below: The colour gold is very prevalent in this installation as are reflective surfaces.

picture taken inside an art gallery - a tree trunk stands in the middle of a gold toned mirror, also a mirror is on the top of each trunk, in the background are four panels of wrinkled gold

below: Parts of three wrinkly gold panels. There are actually four of these reflective square panels.  They are all the same size and colour but the surface patterns are slightly different.  Once again, the reflections are distorted.  Wealth distorts your view?

three square panels of reflective gold, wrinkled, material with reflections of people in them.

below: There was a group of what appeared to be photography students visiting the gallery at the same time that I was there. As I was standing beside this piece, looking for different and/or interesting angles and reflections, one of the students remarked on how he liked it when ordinary items were used in out of the ordinary ways. He then said that he wondered if it was …. and then he paused. I finished his sentence with the word ‘art’. He laughed and said yes, but that he was always afraid to say such things out loud. I gave him permission to ask “is it art?” as loud and as often as he wanted.

picture taken inside an art gallery - a tree trunk stands in the middle of a gold toned mirror,

picture taken inside an art gallery - a tree trunk stands in the middle of a gold toned mirror,

Installation ends May 1st

Rally and protest in front of the Ministry of Labour building on University Avenue.

April 15 was chosen as the day for rallies and protests across the country in support of a $15/hour minimum wage as well as other changes to labour laws.  Changes such as equal pay for equal work and fair scheduling.

photographs taken at a rally and protest in support of a $15 minimum wage, The Fight for 15 and fairness - people, many different union flags

cars driving past the protest on University Ave., people lined up on the boulevard taking pictures of the rally

photographs taken at a rally and protest in support of a $15 minimum wage, The Fight for 15 and fairness - photo taken from across University Ave

photographs taken at a rally and protest in support of a $15 minimum wage, The Fight for 15 and fairness - older woman in a blue baseball cap and smoking a cigarette holds a sign that says "Kicking ass for the working class"

photographs taken at a rally and protest in support of a $15 minimum wage, The Fight for 15 and fairness - one of the leaders, a young Asian man, gives a speech

photographs taken at a rally and protest in support of a $15 minimum wage, The Fight for 15 and fairness - three female students standing together holding signs. One says "Public Health students for decent work" and the other says " Free prescriptions, no student debt,

photographs taken at a rally and protest in support of a $15 minimum wage, The Fight for 15 and fairness - a car passes by the rally and as it does, people try to persuade the driver to honk his horn.

 

photographs taken at a rally and protest in support of a $15 minimum wage, The Fight for 15 and fairness - the contingent from York University, behind a banner that says $15 fairness now.

photographs taken at a rally and protest in support of a $15 minimum wage, The Fight for 15 and fairness - two women are talking together. One holds a sign that says $15 salario minimo (Spanish)

photographs taken at a rally and protest in support of a $15 minimum wage, The Fight for 15 and fairness - members of the OPSEU union arrive at the rally waving flags, holding signs, and carrying a banner that says Fight for fifteen dollars and fairness"

a young man is handing out leaflets to drivers of cars as they past a rally for Fight for 15 anf Fairness, a protest for decent working conditions and wages

photographs taken at a rally and protest in support of a $15 minimum wage, The Fight for 15 and fairness - two men standing together, one with a United Steelworkers flag and the other with a large effigy of Kathleen Wynne's head held above his own head

photographs taken at a rally and protest in support of a $15 minimum wage, The Fight for 15 and fairness - the rally spilled onto the street at one point. police kept the far lane open for traffic, in this picture an upmarket car (Jaguar?) passes by the crowd

photographs taken at a rally and protest in support of a $15 minimum wage, The Fight for 15 and fairness - members of the OPSEU union arrive at the rally waving flags, holding signs, and carrying a banner that says Fight for fifteen dollars and fairness"

photographs taken at a rally and protest in support of a $15 minimum wage, The Fight for 15 and fairness - a group of people stand around holding a flag banner about 3 metres by 3 metres that says fight for fifteen and fairness.

photographs taken at a rally and protest in support of a $15 minimum wage, The Fight for 15 and fairness - a white car passes by the rally, the woman driver leans out her window to take a picture with her cellphone

photographs taken at a rally and protest in support of a $15 minimum wage, The Fight for 15 and fairness - people holding signs that says "defend workers rights" and "fifteen dollar minimum wage now"

photographs taken at a rally and protest in support of a $15 minimum wage, The Fight for 15 and fairness - people holding flags and one person holding a sign that says "Unite here local 75"

photographs taken at a rally and protest in support of a $15 minimum wage, The Fight for 15 and fairness - speakers and a few people holding signs at the top of the stairs, using that part as a stage

photographs taken at a rally and protest in support of a $15 minimum wage, The Fight for 15 and fairness - large group of people standing around holding a black banner with the words "Make it fair" in large white letter.

man holding up a sign that says "Wake Up" at a rally protesting for a $15 minimum wage

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