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Critic’s choice – MOCCA, Toronto


Murray Whyte, Toronto Star, 2009

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Pulp Fiction, the summer show at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, seems at first glance to be a broad survey of a rough pop-cultural vernacular (read: naughty cartoony bits) that has insinuated itself into contemporary art in recent years, thanks to the inclusion of artists such as Marc Bell and Peter Thompson. But the broader context – of a generation of young Canadian artists working collaboratively in this imposed do-it-yourself era of diminishing art grants – gives pause. And the sheer visceral cheekiness to be found here, so important in art, and so often absent, makes you wonder about how self-neutering that institutional culture of ours has been. (952 Queen St. W., mocca.ca. Runs to Sept. 20)