I still don’t know what to do in openings (and I didn’t know Toronto had a Stanley Park)

Went to two openings yesterday because I thought some friends were going. Went there and found no one I knew. Left each place after checking out all the art.

As usual.

But these weren’t the usual places I check out, so I had some new thoughts (and these aren’t pretty thoughts):

First, the one in the Canadian Place felt weird, because there were so many security guards in the building. But I assume if you’re going to do well and put your work in fancy galleries this will be the place you’ll want to put your work in. I also noticed the pricing: Everything was hundreds if not thousands, and this was a show for “emerging artists.” 2D work, of course (as we always talk about).

Second, it took ages to get to the one at Brock and Queen because of the traffic. Pretty much the same thoughts except the gallery isn’t in a fancy, guarded building.

So—I mean—my thoughts were: Do I really want to be here? or somewhere else? If somewhere else, where?

Short-term question: “Do I show up tomorrow, or not?” Yes, this means today.