December 16, 2004

Support the Lesbian Gay Bi Youth Line

Toronto ­ The LGBTQ artist community is making sure youth get heard as a
bevy of artists donate work for 2004 Line Art ­ a fundraising art auction in
support of the Lesbian Gay Bi Youth Line to take place at A Space Gallery
(401 Richmond Street West ­ Suite 110 on Saturday, December 18, 2004. Doors
open at 1pm with the auction beginning at 2pm with guest auctioneer Olivia
Chow and Sky Gilbert.

LIVE AUCTION
Saturday, December 18 at A Space Gallery(401 Richmond St West)
doors 1pm
live auction 2-5pm!

The show includes a silent auction featuring emerging LGBTQ artists and a
live auction featuring established artists such as: Assume Astro vivid
focus, Michael Alstad, Stephen Andrews, Daniel Barrow, Michael Caines, Rick
Castro, Andy Fabo, David Grenier, Luis Jacob, Peter Kingstone, Terence Koh,
Bruce LaBruce, Mellisa Levin, Nina Levitt, Will Munro, Andy Paterson, Ed
Pien, Kurt Swinghammer, Shaan Syed, ho tam, John McLaughlin, Lex Vaughan,
Daryl Vocat, and Johannes Zits.

November 23, 2004

The Open Studio Artist Proof sale is coming up really soon. If you are
looking for some relatively affordable art for the holidays you may want to
check it out.

One of the things going on that night is the artist greeting card sale as
well. There are a bunch to chose from and are great for framing. Think
really cheap art! I think the cards are $6 each. The image below is what
I've done for my card.

Even if you have no spare money, it's a nice night to hang out and take in
lots of nummy munchies! The food is much better than any other art opening
in town.

Hope to see you there!

- OPEN STUDIO’S ANNUAL ARTIST PROOF SALE & OPEN HOUSE

Announcing Open Studio’s Annual Artist Proof* Sale and Open House – Thursday
December 2, 2004 from 6 pm - 10 pm at Open Studio, 401 Richmond Street West,
Suite 104, Toronto. Come and select from original, unique, artists’ fine art
proof prints and monoprints – screenprints, etchings, lithographs and relief
prints – at prices ranging from $50-$300!

On the opening night of the sale, Thursday December 2, the print preview is
from 6 – 6:30 pm and the sale begins at 6:30 pm. Enjoy the opening night
festivities, including printmaking demonstrations and culinary delights.
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to acquire affordable, unique fine
art prints from more than 200 of Canada’s hottest artists! Following our
Open House, the Artist Proof Sale continues until December 23, Tuesday
through Sunday, with the following hours:

December 3, 4, 5, 7 & 8: noon - 5 pm;
December 9 & 10: 11 am - 8 pm;
December 11 & 12: 11 am - 5 pm;
December 14 -19 & December 21 - 23: noon - 5pm

*Artist proof prints are one-of-a-kind works that record various stages of
development of an image, or represents the final state before an edition is
printed; monoprints are prints of which no edition or multiple is printed.

office@openstudio.on.ca

Phone/Fax: 416.504.8238

401 Richmond Street West Suite 104
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5V 3A8

November 9, 2004

-Calling all Toronto folk! Please come and enjoy a feast for the eyes at the Toronto Free Gallery! The show will be up for just over a month, so mark your calendars! My art and propaganda are rapidly colliding. For this show I have recently been chained to my sewing machine and am making a propaganda quilt. Cold weather is a good time to get crafty.

Toronto Free Gallery
660 Queen St. East Toronto
Tel. 416-913-0461

Propagandista

November 18th to December 22rd
Opening Reception: November 18th 7-10pm

Toronto Free Gallery is pleased to announce, Propogandista: The Manufacturing and Dissemination of Propaganda.

All of our lives have been influenced by one form of propaganda or another. Propaganda
appeals to our emotions, ethics, morals and ideals in order to influence our behaviour.
Our politicians use it, advertisers use it, religious groups use it, corporations use it, the military
uses it, even the layperson, from time to time, strives to master the persuasive powers of this
infamous communication technique.

The methods and forms vary, from movies like the famous 1950s Duck and Cover to music
and word campaigns such as the renaming of missiles to “peace keepers.” Propaganda
can be as blatant as a swastika or as subtle as a joke. Stereotypes, myths, ideals and
legends are favourite ingredients by professional propaganda makers.

With Propagandista, Toronto Free Gallery plans to explore the various forms of
propaganda, how, why, and when propaganda is produced and distributed and what
are its effects on culture.

This exhibition will feature photography, video, websites, painting and print work by the
following international artists: Santo Barbieri, soJin Chun, Stephanie Cormier, Patrick
DeCoste & Ken Moffatt, Mark Prier & Melissa Creasey, Deva Eveland, Macksim Grunin,
Khadija Ismail, Jillian Mcdonald, Allyson Mitchell, Justin McKeown, Cynara Mori, Rob
Norton, Mark Plewis, Tejal Shah, Nick Tobier, Daryl Vocat, and Rebecca Ward.
For further information please contact Heather Haynes at 416-913-0461 or by email at:
heather@torontofreegallery.org

November 3, 2004

-I have a bookmark in the following exhibition. Enjoy!

The Bookmark Project 2004: Interstate

November 7 to 14, 2004
Guest Curator: Lauren DiMonte
Held in tandem with the 28th Annual Jewish Book Fair, Leah Posluns Theatre
Reception: Sunday, November 7, 2 - 4 pm, Koffler Gallery lobby

For the third year in a row, the Koffler Gallery is organizing The Bookmark
Project, an intervention of artist-designed bookmarks. Both unique bookmarks
and multiples by practicing artists and fine art students will be introduced
into the 8,000 books on display during the 28th Annual Jewish Book Fair,
November 7 to 14, 2004, held in the Leah Posluns Theatre Lobby at the
Bathurst Jewish Community Centre. This year's participating artists include:
Adam Brown, Samuel Chow, Stephen Cruise, Heidi Eigenkind, Kristan Horton,
Deborah Koenker, Giraeme Laird, Mary-Theresa Lawlor, Meghan McKnight,
Clarence Nam, Mark Prier, Aaron Taylor, Daryl Vocat and Martin Zeilinger.
Sample bookmarks will be on view simultaneously in the Koffler Gallery lobby
showcases to November 28, 2004.

This year's theme Interstate considers the bookmark's role as a nomadic
marker, traveling from book to book and from page to page, creating textual
breaks that plot points of exit/re-entry, among and between texts. These
points map a reader's experience of a text, altering its directional unity,
similar to the on and off ramps of an interstate highway. Exit/entry points
are also created by the form the bookmark assumes. Usually the closest thing
on hand, an envelope, a pen, even another book, the bookmark in practice
wildly strays from convention, and breaks textual unity by creating on/off
ramps that connect elements of the personal and the everyday to the text.
Existing in a perpetual middle, between words, between pages, between books
and between forms, the bookmark is an interstate.

General Information

Receptions: The Bookmark Project 2004 will continue from November 7 to 14,
with a reception on Sunday, November 7 from 2 to 4 pm in the gallery lobby,
in conjunction with a reception for cameo field by Stephen Cruise. Both
projects are part of FLEX... an ongoing program of site-works and
interventions at the Bathurst Jewish Community Centre, organized by the
Koffler Gallery.

Gallery Location: The Koffler Gallery is located at the Bathurst Jewish
Community Centre, 4588 Bathurst Street, three stoplights north of Sheppard
Ave. The gallery is accessible by TTC via the Bathurst 7 bus north from the
Bloor/Bathurst subway station, or the 160 Bathurst North bus from Wilson
subway station. Buses stop at the BJCC.

Gallery Hours, Tours and Contact Information: The Koffler Gallery is open
Tuesday to Friday 10 am to 4 pm, Sunday noon to 4 pm, and Monday by
appointment. Closed Saturday, statutory holidays and Jewish holidays.
Admission is free. Gallery talks and tours are free. Group tours and
workshops are also available. Please call our information line (416)
636-1880 ext. 268 or visit our web page at www.bjcc.ca. E-mail inquiries can
be forwarded to kofflergallery@bjcc.ca.

Free Bus Tour: On Sunday, November 28, there will be a free guided bus tour
from downtown to the Art Gallery of York University and the Koffler Gallery.
The bus departs at 1 pm from 100 McCaul Street (main entrance of OCAD, just
south of Dundas). Return time is approximately 4 pm. For reservations,
please call (416) 636-1880 ext. 270.

October 8, 2004

-I will have some new work featured in a show called Propogandista at a new gallery space in Toronto called The Toronto Free Gallery (660 Queen St. East). The show will run from November 12-December 23. It is a propaganda-themed show. More information to be announced shortly.

-There is a new Hidden Cameras EP of four track recordings out now on Absolutely Kosher Records. It is titled The Arms of His "ill," and is a companion release to their new full length album, Misissauga Goddam. Features original artwork by GB Jones, Daryl Vocat, Paul P, Will Munro and Luis Jacob. Limited edition of 1000 copies. Sure to be a smash hit with vinyl collectors.

September 17, 2004

-Two new articles just posted. One on the work of John Oswald and Andrew Morrow, and one on John Monteith's work, both published in the current issue of Xtra!

September 11, 2004

-It has been a while since the last update. Just added are two new articles, one on the art of Lex Vaughn, and one on the art of Daniel Barrow. Although both artists work is quite different there is a nice interplay between the two, partially because Vaughn included a portrait of Barrow in her show!

-The links section has a few new ones.

June 10, 2004

-Xtra! issue #512, June 10, 2004 is now out, and along with it comes Xtra's Ultimate Pride Guide. The guide is packed to the rafters with information on Toronto's Pride festivities. I was lucky enough to do the cover and the map inside as well. Hope you enjoy it!

May 14, 2004

-The new issue of Xtra! is fresh off the presses and includes my preview article on two of the invitiational screenings at this year's Inside Out Festival.

-Xtra's Ultimate Pride Guide hits the streets on Thursday, June 10th. It's a full colour booklet packed with pride event listings. I'll be doing the cover art for it!

May 7, 2004

-The one year anniversary of this website is quickly approaching. Just one year ago I was busily toiling away, compiling loads of information and building this website. Feels like it's been a lot longer than that, though I'm not sure if that's good or bad.

-Open Studio's 100 Prints fundraiser is next week. Wednesday, May 12 marks the 19th year of this fundraising gala. There is still time to get tickets or place a bid for the "Some Assembly Required" silent auction. I have a cute little monoprint in the auction of two kids building a pipe bomb.

-There are a couple new links in the links section.

April 26, 2004

Just posted article from Xtra! on the Fruit Market Zine Fair.

April 8, 2004

-The latest round of screen printing classes at Open Studio are just winding down. This means the new season of their education programme is quickly approaching. I'll be teaching another 8 week screen printing course starting May 11, and continuing until June 29th. Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9:30 pm. For more information, or to sign up have a look at their website and/or call Jill Graham, Technical Director at: 416-504-8238. The studio has a whole host of printmaking courses and workshops, so have a look!

March 26, 2004

-Have a look at my article on the work of Michael Caines from the new issue of Xtra!

March 7, 2004

-Just posted, my feature article on Luis Jacob for Xtra!

March 1, 2004

-Over the past little while I have been doing some writing for Xtra!, Toronto's Lesbian & Gay Biweekly. For issue #503 I wrote about Carl Stewart's exhibition, Blue For Boys, at the O'Connor Gallery. I wrote about Andrew Harwood's exhibition, Trucker, at Paul Petro Gallery, and about Sinbad In The Rented World (Featuring work by: The Ensemble of Tops 'N Bottoms, Jeremy Laing, Will Munro, Joel Gibb, Scott Treleaven, Andrew Harwood, Ian Phillips) at the Art Gallery of York University, both in issue #504.

-Soon to be posted: Xtra #505, feature article on Luis Jacob.

January 30, 2004

-I will be having collection of my prints in a group exhibition at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery in Corner Brook, Newfoundland from March 4 until April 10, 2004. The show originally spawned from a print show at Open Studio that looks at notions of identity through the use of "pop" imagery. More information to follow.

-For the exhibition listed below Scott Treleaven will be producing a new issue of his zine The Salivation Army. It will include contributions from near and far including two pages of my illustrations.

Free copies of the zine will be available at the opening. You can't beat that!

SINBAD IN THE RENTED WORLD
11 February - 28 March 2004
Opening reception: Wednesday, 11 February, 6-9 pm
Two buses depart from the AGO (Dundas & McCaul) Wednesday, 11 February at 6 pm and return downtown at 8:30 pm. FREE (see below for more details)

Sinbad in the Rented World continues Director Philip Monk’s exhibition programme at the Art Gallery of York University, literally transforming the gallery in the process. Sinbad in the Rented World pays homage to legendary underground filmmaker Jack Smith who persistently asked the question, “Could art ever be useful?" Ever since the desert glitter drifted over the burnt-out ruins of Plaster Lagoon thousands of artists have pondered and dreamed of such a thing. Sinbad in the Rented World restates this question in an exhibition devoted to exploring the queer aesthetic in Toronto art, but as applied to a social function.

Sinbad in the Rented World includes works in various media by Joel Gibb, Andrew Harwood, Will Munro and Jeremy Laing, Ian Phillips, The Ensemble of Tops ‘n’ Bottoms, and Scott Treleaven. The artists drape the gallery in a type of environmental costuming, stuffing, sticking, primping and playing across a dazzling landscape of their own fashioning. The exhibition runs from 11 February – 28 March 2004.

Come celebrate the opening of Sinbad in the Rented World at the AGYU Wednesday, 11 February from 6-9pm. The Art Gallery of York University is located at 4700 Keele Street, N145 Ross Building, Toronto. Gallery hours are Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm, Wednesday until 8pm, Sunday noon - 5pm. Admission is free.

January 21, 2004

-I just completed this illustration for Xtra! Issue #502 due to be on the stands for January 22.

-Also, If you haven't had a look at the links page for a while look again and check out all the new additions!