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Walking in Circles: Treading Water

Bruce Parsons blowing one of his shell-horns

Today we went to see Walking in Circles: Treading Water – Bruce Parsons/Art Projects 1971 – 2022. The show runs through May 7 at the Neilson Park Creative Centre in Etobicoke (at the western edge of the amalgamated Toronto). If you’ve never been to this unusual artspace tucked away in a residential neighbourhood, I recommend you check it out. Bruce Parsons latest exhibition in this space is excellent, well worth the trip west for those of you who usually consume your art downtown.

Bruce’s exhibition features recent work on the ground surrounded by what amounts to a mini-retrospective of his painting – plus an outdoor labyrinthian work.

I admire Bruce’s work because he has a strong personal vision and a wonderful ability to make work which can be at the same time serious and whimsical, and work which pulls me right into his world. It is very inspirational to me as a painter. There is so much going on in this work.

Bruce has enjoyed a long career. On the walls, you will discover a wonderful variety of work going back decades. I would love to see some of the large new floorpieces in one of our big art institutions like the National for people to enjoy for decades to come.

We went to the Arts Centre to see Bruce Parsons work, and that’s what I’m writing about here, but if you go, don’t neglect the fab exhibition of work by John Parsons (yes he’s Bruce’s brother) in the Park View Gallery.

The Neilson Park Creative Centre is located at 56 Neilson Drive, Etobicoke.

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