Thursday, June 12, 2014

That’s So Gay 2014: On the Edge, Toronto

That’s So Gay – June 20-July 27, 2014 curated by Syrus Markus Ware Dates: June 20-July 27, 2013 Hours: 12-5pm daily Opening Reception: Thurs June 26 | 7pm-10pm Venue: 2nd Floor Gallery at The Gladstone Hotel
That’s So Gay is a celebration of new projects created by LGBTTI2QQ artists about their experiences of disability, radicalization, class, and other intersectional experiences of identity. The show attempts to interrupt the idea of a singular queer community, and reimagines what it means to talk about our lived experiences as artists from a diversity of backgrounds. Launched on the eve of World Pride 2014, the project necessarily responds to the construction of a simplified “LGBT” community in Toronto as posited in the bid for hosting the festival. As Toronto launches onto the world stage of LGBTTI2QQ activism, That’s So Gay: On the Edge will creatively explore difference through photography, performance, installation projects and large-scale works on paper.
Participating Artists: Jo Simalaya AlCampo, Daryl James Bucar, Graham Kennedy, Anna Jane McIntyre, Hazel Meyer, Abdi Osman, Alvis Choi/Parsley, Elizabeth Sweeney, Jes Sachse, Rebeka Tabobondung, Mary Tremonte, Leah Lakshmi Piepsna-Samarasinha, Shimby Zegeye Curated by: Syrus Markus Ware Thank you to the Ontario Arts Council for supporting this exhibition.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

MÉTAMORPHOSE at Studio 303, Montreal, November 30, 2013

Images from Rebecca Patek & my collabo project at Studio 303. Photos by Valérie Seguin

Sunday, November 3, 2013

MÉTAMORPHOSE at Studio 303, Montreal November 30th & December 1, 2013

30 NOV-1 DEC: MÉTAMORPHOSE (INTER)
PYUUPIRU Saturday, November 30th, 6 p.m and Sunday, December 1st, 4 p.m. @ Studio303 Price: $10 – $20 sliding scale
Studio 303 is commissioning a collaboration between two artists: one working with visual media (sculpture, textile, wearable art), and one working in movement (mime, dance, physical theatre, performance art). The result? A reciprocal metamorphosis of both object and action. Through a call for submissions, two teams were selected for this project: one, a young duo from Montreal and New York who already know each other, and the other, a blind date between a Montreal-based visual artist and a contortionist from Quebec city. Both teams will benefit from a 2-week residency at Studio 303 prior to the show. Come and discover how the performers will literally give life to the visual artists’ imagination, who in turn, transform the movement. The performer literally gives life to the visual artist’s imagination, who in turn, transforms the former’s movement. The result is a reciprocal metamorphosis of both object and action, inspired by the work of Pyuupiru, a Japanese artist known for her outlandish interdisciplinary costume creations. ARTISTS’ BIOGRAPHY Jasa Baka & Karianne Hayes: This is the very first creation project between the two artists who were introduced to each other specifically for this event. Jasa Baka holds a BFA from Concordia University’s Theatre Design program. Collaborations to create interdisciplinary and new media cross pollinations are an ongoing process. Smile Stealers, a film she wrote designed and produced has screened at NXNE, FNC and Festival Phénomena. Karianne Hayes studied at the Quebec Circus School. She mixes her past life as a book-worm and word-lover, with her present as a contortionist; this allows her to achieve a balance between poetry and acrobatics. Rebecca Patek & Anna Jane McIntyre: Rebecca and Anna Jane have been discussing starting on this exact sort of collaborative performance project for the past two years. Both of them play with themes of popular culture, North American politics, race and gender, but they approach them with very different artistic vocabularies and foci. Rebecca Patek is a New York based choreographer and performance artist creating work that is a synthesis of dance, theater and comedy. Patek’s work has been presented at The Museum of Arts and Design (NY), Movement Research at Judson Church, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, among others. Anna Jane McIntyre is an interdisciplinary visual artist with a practice combining printmaking, sculpture, performance, costume and micro-activism. She has a BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design of Toronto and an MFA from Concordia University.

More images from Colis Suspect: No return address/Aucune adresse de retour

Here are a few more images from my sculpture's progress and installation à l'Aéroport des Îles-de-la-Madeleine. Photos by AdMare Coordonnatrice : Laurène Janowsky Please note that the marvellous crate was crafted by Yan et Peter at Atelier Clark woodshop in Montreal. Thank you Clement Yeh, Natacha, Yan et Peter for all your awesome help!!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Admare: Aucune adresse de l'expéditeur / no return address

From October 26 to December, 2013 I will have a sculpture, Aucune adresse de l'expéditeur / no return address, on display in the airport in the Îles-de-la-Madeleine. The carved wood and mixed media sculpture playfully exploits the identifying characteristics of a suspicious package as per the guidelines of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The curatorial project is called, Colis Suspect, and is organised by the artist run centre Admare. The mysteriously and lopsided shaped sculpture is created from carved cedar and pine and includes a small antique phonograph horn. The shape is the result of a collage of wooden forms re-arranged and coalesced to create a lopsided shape that suggests many things it could be. There will be suggestions of animal ears, heads, legs, fur, feathers and allusions to plant life and bombs. The sculpture is wrapped in brown packaging paper secured with string and unnecessary amounts of tape. The eclectic and unusual packaging will be distressed and torn to reveal aluminium foil, wires as well as other materials that could identify the package as being highly irregular and alarming. In keeping with the characteristics of the rules of conduct for suspicious packages, the wrapping also contains excessive postage from various countries of dubious existence, illegible handwriting, handwritten notes marking the package as “confidential”, “personal”, “do not delay delivery”, poorly typed addresses, no return address, oil stains, leaking powdery substances and visual distractions. The sculpture by containing recognisable elements in strange juxtapositions attempts to be generous to its viewers by encouraging conjecture and narrative on what the package could be. This project is also a playful commentary on the current state of events in Canada and how humans attempt to control our surroundings to make it feel safer and knowable. Aucune adresse de l'expéditeur / no return address offers itself as a philosophical and visual refuge as being clearly identifiable as a suspicious package. We do not worry about it because we know what it is. In truth, much of the danger we face is apparent only after the fact, and although we try hard to protect ourselves with knowledge the most dangerous situations are often cloaked in a patina of ordinary obscurity. They are so regular and unremarkable that we cannot notice them.

Friday, September 20, 2013

More from Ochre Pit Cove, Newfoundland

Here are a few quick tiny sketches from the week. Pictured are Bay de Verde, and several views of Ochre Pit Cove. Ochre Pit Cove is at the North end of Conception Bay, about an hour and a half from St.John's. My mum and I stayed at a gorgeous 200 year old cottage that was made for small petite people. It is a fishing community and was busy with trucks going up and down the road for cod catches. Up the road was a tiny yellow salt box house all locked up with long grasses and lacey curtained windows. It was easy to imagine a face peering out at you. I dared myself to go get a closer look. Inside was immaculate and lived-in looking. There was an old wringer washer, perfect for printmaking! One of my favourite places was a ghost town, Bradley's cove, inhabited only by small flocks of sheep. We sat about the root cellar and painted. Up on high the grassy tussock it was peaceful. Newfoundland is a wild place, lots of wilderness. The drive down to St.John's passes through coasts and hills and lakes, so magical it is a bit like a fairyland or how I imagine Scandinavian landscape to be. Once on driving back from St.John's I had the hands down worst drive ever exerienced. It was raining and foggy and I dind't know the curvy treacherous roads that were filled with hydroplaning ruts from the heavy trucks that pass through. What is normally a 1,5 hour drive took me 3 terrifying exhausting hours. I am not a ninny and grew up driving in heavy Canadian winters, but this was a terrible, white knuckled experience. The fog was so thick I couldn't recognise anything or see far in front of the car. Thank goodness I had been warned about the hydro-planing.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Ochre Pitt Cove, Newfoundland

And now I find myself tucked away in a gorgeous 200 year old salt box house called Baccalieu cottage in Ochre Pitt Cove. No cell phone access but wifi, fishermen, deserted buildings, stormy seas, calling gulls and wild raspberries and blueberries to pick. I have set up a temporary studio in the living room.

Monday, August 26, 2013

From the window of St.Michael's Printshop

This is what I look at all day Here is a new plate I am working on and also a new mural by Nelio from Eastern Edge Gallery's 2013 Art Marathon Festival.

St. Michael's Printshop residency, St.John's, Newfoundland August

I have been awarded a month-long residency at St.Michael's Printshop for August. It has been amazing!! The first time I have ever had a month to work on just one project. The printshop is on the commercial harbour and all day I look out onto the amazing working boats, cruisehips, tugboats, scientfic boats. In the distance is Signal Hill and the Narrows. The clouds pass overhead and cast shadows on the hilly lands below. I am staying at the artist Pam Hall's house which is contains a quiet whirlwind of artistic energies coming and going. It also houses 2 cats Chaucer and Finn.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

April 17-19, 2013, Rethinking Race and Sexuality: Feminist Conversations, Contestations, and Coalitions

The Simone de Beauvoir Institute 35th Anniversary Conference I am proud to say that my print work, Monday's Manifesto, was used for The Simone de Beauvoir Institute(SdBI) 35th Anniversary Conference, %Rethinking Race and Sexuality: Feminist Conversations, Contestations, and Coalitions at Condcordia University, Montreal . The prints were given as a thank you to the keynote speakers (going from left to right) Françoise David, Gayatri Gopinath and Anne McClintock.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Conversation

Some images from the MLK50 exhibition which was in Place des Arts gallery, Montreal from February 5 to 18, 2013. My piece was called The Conversation. Curated by KNGFU members, Vanessa Vaughan & Karl-André St-Victor MLK50 was an exhibit that looked at the aftermath of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s iconic I have a dream speech of 1963. Six artists from the US and Canada were invited to submit works and these were shown in conjunction with photos and recordings from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. archive which have never been seen before in Canada. The artists included: Stacey Tyrell, Carolyn Jean Martin, Daniel Iregui, Jamel Shabazz, Helmer and myself. My piece The Conversation is a sculptural work created from modest materials including plywood, latex paint, chalk and used clothing. These carefully chosen commonplace materials pay homage to King's use of philosophy, non-violent action and accessible language to encourage all members of society to participate in creating a future that recognises the inherent right for all human beings to be treated with equality and respect. I designed the Conversation to work as a welcoming beacon for Place des Arts passersby. Warm and strange I hoped that it would encourage people to come into the exhibition space and spend time with the past and present making of American black history. Mixed materials: Russian birch plywood, pine, felt, latex paint, chalk, used clothing, glue, milk paint, acrylic paint, blackboard paint, nails, Japanese paper, Indian ink, gold leaf, sequins, chalk, pigment, beeswax Photography by Heetesh Patel.

Casteliers de Montréal: PETIT JÉSUS, OÙ ES-TU?

In November 2012 there was a contest to make a new Jesus puppet for Les Casteliers' collection of family members of the crèche. I made a brown Jesus of course. Here he is amongst the others in the window of Le Théâtre Outremont.