Sean Weisgerber, Artist – Toronto

Sean Weisgerber is an artist working in painting, sculpture, printmaking, and installation. His practice centres on the nexus of art and commerce with an interest in how art and labour are commodified. His work Wall Drawing #3 is currently in the exhibition What’s the Value of a Dollar?, curated by Matt Kyba and on display at The New Gallery in Calgary until July 9th.

1. DIA Beacon

Dia Beacon, Riggio Galleries, Beacon, New York (photo: Bill Jacobson Studio)

I try to get to DIA Beacon every time I travel to NYC. I love the train ride out from Grand Central along the Hudson River. On arrival you enter this amazing industrial building (a former Nabisco box printing factory) retrofitted to become a heavenly shrine of major works from its extensive collection of Minimalist and Conceptual art. Visiting this space for a day cleanses all the bad art from your soul.

2. Sol Lewitt
Every year I choose a new artist of interest to do an extensive, slow, yearlong(-ish) deep dive. I dig for published books, interviews, reviews, and writings, with no particular aim other than to soak up a fuller picture of their project. This is the year of Sol.

3. Art publications and their contributors
Since the collapse of art magazines like Canadian Art, I’ve been thinking a lot about the fragile ecosystem of art publications in Canada and the irrefutable impact these have to create community by promoting and amplifying an awareness of artists and their work. I had a text published about my work in BlackFlash recently and I have to admit it made me feel seen and understood in a way nothing else matches. All to say, a big shout out to art publications and writers: we need you and you are appreciated!

4. Beef dips
I recently met a close artist friend who lives in Montreal at the halfway point between Toronto and Montreal (aka Kingston) for a beef dip followed by a Slurpee. We used to meet monthly and eat them at Park Cafe in Saskatoon and geek out about art and life for hours. Pure joy!

5. La Morena Café
I used to go to this spot for their exceptional arepas; unfortunately, the amazing lady that made them moved away during the pandemic. BUT, during my installation of a piece at the plumb gallery this spring, I reunited with La Morena Café (which was less than a block away) and found the best empanadas. Moreover, I’ve become obsessed with their house-made mustard and carrot hot sauce – which you can buy in jars!