Istvan Kantor’s HOUSE OF HORROR
Exhibition runs Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th, 2-6pm
97 Walmer Rd, Apt 1, Toronto, 416.923.7767
“Doing art events in people’s apartments is a Neoist practice, it is a good formula to escape institutional blockades” says Istvan Kantor. This unusual exhibition marks Kantor’s renewed efforts to involve private spaces in Toronto’s thriving art scene. A scene that is now dominated by the Officialdom of museums and other institutions. The corporate takeover of the arts scene has eliminated all personal relationships of the artist with the event and its visitors. The take over comes as banking institutions add their names to high-profile artists as their professional protectors. In this new system, an event such as this appears to be an anachronism, but it can be interpreted as a revolutionary attempt as well. The 70’s and 80’s independent art system was completely eliminated in the 90’s by the gentrification process that not only meant new condo towers, but also the manipulation of culture through massive forces of corporate money. Kantor/Cantsin’s exhibition gives a taste of a different aspect of artistic exploration. His formula is simple and effective. Anyone can do it!
Istvan Kantor was born in Budapest where he studied medical science. In 1976, he defected to Paris. From there he immigrated to Montreal where he initiated the international operations of the Neoist Conspiracy in 1979. Throughout the past three decades he has been jailed many times for his Guerrilla blood-interventions in museums. He is the recipient of many prestigious awards, among them the Telefilm Canada Award for Best Canadian Film and Video (Toronto, 1998). The Transmediale Award (Berlin, 2001). The Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts (Ottawa, 2004) and The EMAF Award at the European Media Art Festival (Osnabruck, Germany 2009). Kantor presently resides in Toronto where his three children, Jericho, Babylon and Nineveh were born in the 90’s. www.istvankantor.com