November 21, 2005

-There are loads of goodies in the oven to wind down the year...

-This is the last week of my show in the Open Studio Sales Gallery. If you haven't stopped by yet, please do. The fun ends this Saturday, November 26th.

-If any of you screen printer types stop by the gallery on Saturday, please also take advantage of the following demonstration:

Alternative Approaches in Screenprinting
by Dennis O’Neil, founder/director,
Hand Print Workshop International (Virginia, USA)

Saturday, November 26, 1 to 3 pm at Open Studio

Dennis O’Neil will present on the transformations in contemporary screenprinting through the use of powders, waxes, resists, adhesives and a variety of other materials that challenge and allow new possibilities to today’s screenprinter.

-In other news, I will have a table at the upcoming OCAD Book Arts Fair where I will be selling my recently launched folio, A Boy's Will. If you would like to have a look at it please stop by and say "hello." There is sure to be a load of neat-o stuff here.

Sunday, November 27, 2005
21st OCAD Annual Book Arts Fair

Sunday, November 27, 2005
One day only! 10 am to 5 pm

This year, nearly 60 artists and craftspeople will display their handmade, book-related work. Come admire everything from hand printed and hand bound books, unique holiday cards, artists' publications, handmade paper, buttons, and fine prints.

Admission is pay-what-you-can with proceeds going towards student scholarships. Come out to a great event to find one-of-a-kind holiday gifts!

Great Hall, Level 2, 100 McCaul Street
Information: 416-977-6000, Ext. 268

Venue: Great Hall, Level 2, 100 McCaul Street

-Continuing with the theme of year-end capitalist frenzy, have a look at the Open Studio Open House. If you are curious about the studio and its facilities, want to buy greeting cards, or just eat snacks this is the place to be! The little guy below is my contribution to this year's artist greeting cards series. They are cheap cheap cheap and there is a bunch of artist's work to pick from. Original art for bargain prices really. All the cool kids are doing it!

ANNUAL ARTIST PROOF SALE & OPEN HOUSE
Friday, December 2nd, 6-9pm
Continues to Dec. 22

Print Preview at 6 pm and Print Sale at 6:30 pm

Printmaking demonstrations at 6:30 pm: Melissa Doherty, Andrew Morrow and George Walker
Price range from $50 to $300

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! Enjoy the opening night festivities, including culinary delights and printmaking demonstrations followed by a raffle of demo prints. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to acquire affordable, unique fine art prints from more than 200 of Canada’s hottest artists! Following the Open House, the sale continues until December 22, 2005.

October 26, 2005

-RM Vaughan wrote a lovely article about my work for his column, The Big Picture, in the National Post newspaper! Read it here! Bill Clarke also wrote a small blurb about my work for his column, (t)Art at gayguidetoronto.com

-This just in...pictures of a whole new body of work, Practical Associations, along with an installation view from James K. Bartleman Art Gallery in Elliot Lake! A selection of this work will be showing very soon at my Open Studio exhibition. Keep on reading for all the details. I would love to see you there!

-There are also a few newly added images related to the A Boy's Will folio. Scroll down, waaaaaay down!

-This week's Xtra! (hitting the streets October 27) will have a feature article I wrote about the Toronto Alternative Art Fair International (TAAFI.)

October 3, 2005

-I'm happy to announce that I will be showing a body of new work very soon at the Open Studio Print Sales Gallery! YAY! The information and dates are as follows:

Practical Associations

November 3 - 26, 2005

Opening Reception:
Thursday, November 3, 6 - 8pm

Open Studio Print Sales Gallery
401 Richmond St. West. Suite # 104
Toronto, Ontario
416-504-8238
sales@openstudio.on.ca
www.openstudio.on.ca

Practical Associations is a body of work that contemplates human relationships, and the influence culture has on them. It is an exploration of how people communicate. This work examines how we understand and present ourselves, and how various structures are acted out within the relationships we have.

This work looks at how culture and social ideologies inform relationships, and how socialization affects the way we understand ourselves. Although everyone is influenced by culture, it is not always clear how these influences manifest, or why certain relational dynamics persist despite attempts to work beyond them. By using imagery and phrases from literature and popular culture (i.e. Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Francesca Lia Block, Spider-Man, and David Hockney, among others) as starting points, Practical Associations is an act of translation. Information from disparate sources is interpreted and mixed together to create a body of work.

Self-portraiture plays an important role in this work. In Practical Associations, the self-portrait or “double” is an attempt to record a history, or to leave a trace. It is an attempt to create a persona, to explore a potential, and place it within a poetic and social framework.

Produced with assistance from Toronto Arts Council

Admission is free

For more information please contact:
Astrid Ho
Print Sales Manager/Archivist
Open Studio Print Sales Gallery
401 Richmond Street West, Suite #104
Toronto, Ontario
Phone: 416-504-8238
sales@openstudio.on.ca

September 7, 2005

-It has been a long while since I posted new work on here, but I hope that you will have found the wait worth it. My New folio project, A Boy's Will is being launched very soon. Have a peak at the posted images. If you would like to put in an order for a copy just let me know, or hassle the good folks over at Art Metropole who will be hosting a reception and launch party.

-In conjunction with the launch at Art Metropole, I am also showing in the front window of the wonderful Pages Books, at 256 Queen St. W. in Toronto. Saunter on by sometime between September 12, and October 1, 2005 for an eyeful!

Hope to see you at the launch! Scout themed attire is encouraged.


A Boy’s Will
Limited Edition Folio
   
Folio launch and reception: 	
Saturday September 24, 2005
1:00-5:00 PM Art Metropole
788 King Street West
Toronto, Ontario
416.703.4400
 

 

August 18, 2005

-Hey there, Elliot Lakers! Come on over to the gallery and say hello!

Practical Associations

Daryl Vocat 
September 16-October 15, 2005 
Artist talk and opening reception: Friday, September 16, 6-9PM
James K. Bartleman Art Gallery 
White Mountain Academy of the Arts 
99 Spine Road, Elliot Lake, ON.    
1-800-368-8655 
www.whitemountainacademy.edu

The James K. Bartleman Art Gallery at White Mountain Academy of the Arts provides an opportunity for the general public to see and hear about innovative visual art practice.

Generous assistance provided by: Industry Canada FedNor, Canadian Heritage, and Human Resources Development Canada

For more information please contact:
Sam Shahsahabi
Faculty of Visual Arts
Curator/Director The James K. Bartleman Art Gallery WMAA
99 Spine Rd, Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada P5A 3S9
Toll free: 1-800-368-8655 Est. 213 Phone: 705 848-4347 Fax: 705 848-0588
sshahsahabi@whitemountainacademy.edu
www.whitemountainacademy.edu

Produced with generous assistance from The Toronto Arts Council.

July 4, 2005

-Hey there! If you are a links looking at kind of person have a peek now, I have just added a handful of new ones I think you'll like. Happy webbing!

June 6, 2005

-It's a busy time time of year for group shows and Pride festivities everywhere. Over the next month I am having work in 4 (!) group shows.

Queer in the Headlights, Curated by Karen Chapelle
Runs June 7-July 7, Part of the Toronto Pride Art Walk

Reception: Friday, June 17, 7PM
9:30PM Trash & Ready, Hunter Valentine and Will Munro DJ

NOW Lounge
189 Church St.
416-364-1301

Monday-Friday- 9am-6pm
June 18/19 and June25/26 - 1-6pm
Call or visit www.nowlounge.com for more details.
Opening June 17th- 7-9pm followed by entertainment 9pm till close.

This show spotlights some of Toronto's hottest new and established artists, providing a snapshot of the range of difference that makes Toronto's queer community so rich and unique. Working in various mediums - from needlepoint to erotic photographs - the exhibit puts an edgy spin on queer aesthetics.

Artists include: Daryl Vocat, Lynne Fernie, Wendy Coburn, David Hawe, Andy Fabo, Andrew Harwood, Dianne Davis, Tracey Day, Fernanda Faria, Melissa Levin, Cecilia Berkovic, Ian Fraser, James Blake, GB Jones, David Findlay, Carol Camper, Will Munro

 

-The Toronto Free Gallery is new-ish gallery that is doing a whole load of events for Pride month. It all starts with a group show called Imaging a Lover's Discourse, an auction to raise funds for Glad Day books and their ongoing legal costs. There's so much going on it's hard to keep track!

Imaging A Lovers Discourse
OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION
Thursday, June 9th, 9-12 pm

To celebrate the events for PRIDE Glad Day and TFG are hosting an opening party with music provided by:

Cougar Party, Miss Barbrafisch, DJ XXX
suggested donation $5.00

-LITTLE SISTER'S VS BIG BROTHER
June 11th 7-10 p.m.

Screening of Aerlyn Weissman's Little Sister's vs. Big Brother a feature documentary, which tells the story of a high stakes legal drama and a small bookstore's fight for respect.

Shooting since 1994, filmmaker Aerlyn Weissman has captured the key moments in the Little Sister's ongoing battle against censorship - capturing court decisions, book seizures, moments of personal courage and shocking violence inflicted on Vancouver's gay community.

Suggested Donation $5

-UPPITY QUEERS READING SERIES
Thursday June 16th 8-10pm
Suggested Donation $5

The following authors will be reading:
Sky Gilbert, Zoe Whittall, RM Vaughan, Drew Rowsome, Mariko Tamaki, Troy Yorke, Alex Rowlson

-SILENT AUCTION
Thursday, June 23 9-12pm

Artists have been asked to create works based on the book A Lover's Discourse by Roland Barthes. All works will be sold through a silent auction with all proceeds going to Glad Day. The donated work will be on exhibition from June 9th to June 23rd. The auction will be a cash and carry event on the 23rd. During the auction live music will be provided by DJ TK and Barbrafisch

Some of the participating artists include: Florencia Berinstein, Rob Davidovitz, Patrick de Coste, Paige Gratland, David Grenier, Lauren Hall, Luis Jacob, Stephanie Rogerson, Sholem, Lex Vaughn, Daryl Vocat, and Andrea Winkler

Toronto Free Gallery
660 Queen Street East
Toronto, On M4E 2J8
Tel. 416-913-0461
Fax 416-915-7055
www.torontofreegallery.org

-Also have a look at another big queer group show curated by Peter Kingstone. Uh oh, conflict with the reading event at the Free Gallery! isn't being busy wonderful? One of the artists is even in both events! (That RM Vaughan character is everywhere!)

Making History

125 King St. East, (King and Church)
June 16-June 30

Reception: Thurs, June 16 7-10PM

Artists include: Barbara Balfour, Luis Jacob, Andrew Harwood, Alec Butler, Will Munro, Scott Treleaven, Paige Gratland, Joel Gibb, Dana, Baitz, Melissa Levin, Nancy Nicol, John Greyson, RM Vaughan, Roy Mitchell and Eugenio Salas, Johannes Zits, Ed Pien, Daryl Vocat, Allyson Mitchell, Lise Beaudry, Andy Fabo, and Deanna Bowen

-I also have a few pieces in a group show called The Man Show, currently exhibiting at Cream Gallery in Winnipeg. A listing of the dates and artists is below.

 

May 16, 2005

It seems like only a month ago I was updating this...ha ha...he..pffft. I have some new work that will be showing very soon at The Harbourfront Centre here in Toronto. The work is part of a show called Modern Day Myths and will be in the Case Studies vitrines, a space I have wanted to show for years! Come on out to the opening reception and see all the other wonderful art on display. There will be an exhibit called Levels of Comfort in the Uncommon Objects vitrines, work in The Project Room, The Photo Passage in conjuntion with Contact Festival and and exhibition titled Living Spaces-21 Contemporary Canadian Homes at the York Quay Gallery. A quick description of the exhibition, and a little sample of the work is below.

Modern Day Myths
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 19. 7-9 PM
May 20 - July 1

A group exhibition by members of Open Studio –Open Studio artist members exhibit prints exploring myths that speak both to primitive tradition and the modern day. Toronto participating artists: Tara Cooper, Elizabeth Forrest, Doug Guildford, Libby Hague,Lisa Levitt, Liliana Rodriguez, Lotti Thomas, and Daryl Vocat. Presented in collaboration with Open Studio.

York Quay Centre, Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay West
Toronto, ON.

 

March 16, 2005

Like art? Like to play cards? Like playing cards with art? There's the perfect thing coming up at Open Studio.

April 7: 2nd Edition Playing Cards Launch at Open Studio

Join us on Thursday April 7, 2005 from 7 - 9 pm for the launch of Open Studio's 2nd edition of our fundraising playing cards. Dust off your ten-gallon & shine your spurs, pardner! Join us for a wild-west party & silent auction of original art to launch Open Studio new deck of playing cards, featuring 54 unique images by OS artists! Karaoke! Dazzling Artwork! Vittles! Silent Auction of original art! Be the first on your ranch to purchase a new deck! Thursday April 7, 2005, 7pm-9pm at Open Studio, 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 104, Toronto

My card should look a little like this:

There will also be a digital version minus the numbers up for auction. Get your bids in now!

-Next, I take Seattle!

SEATTLE PRINT ARTS PRESENTS:
PAPER POLITICS: An Exhibition of Politically & Socially Engaged Printmaking

Curated by Josh MacPheePhinney Center Gallery
6532 Phinney Ave N
Seattle WA 98103
www.phinneycenter.org

April 1st-29th, 2005 Opening Friday, April 1st, 2005
‘Printing Against the Grain,’ a talk by Josh MacPhee, 6:00 pm
Artist Reception: 7:00-9:00 pm

For more information, and to order exhibition catalogue, contact Seattle Print Arts at:
info_AT_seattleprintarts.org

The exhibition features work by over 170 artists from the US and around the world. It is curated by Josh MacPhee, a Chicago-based artist, activist and author most recently of Stencil Pirates: A Global Study of the Street Stencil, published on Soft Skull Press. The exhibition includes work by artists who are primarily activists, as well as artists whose work may not always be politically motivated, but who wanted to respond to the monumental trends and events of our times. We are excited to have such a large diversity of voices in the show!

Paper Politics presents a breathtaking tour of the many modalities of printing: relief, intaglio, lithography, silkscreen, collagraph, monotype,
photography. In addition to these techniques, we are delighted to include in the show finely crafted stencils and street printing, traditional media used to convey political thought.

A 56-page full-color catalogue documenting the exhibition will be available for sale at the opening, and online at www.seattleprintarts.org. The catalogue contains all the work in the show, as well as essays by Josh MacPhee and Deborah Caplow, Lecturer in the Division of Art History at the University of Washington, on political art and printmaking.

February 6, 2005

I wrote an article about Shary Boyle and her work that is published in the upcoming issue of Shameless magazine. Launch party details are below. Hope To see you there!

Shameless presents:
Lose Your February Blues - issue #3 launch
Sunday, Feb 20 1 p.m.
The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W
Featuring The Diskettes (from Montreal), Comedian Katie Crown, The Shameless Collective Band, DJs, hot raffle prizes and more.
*all-ages*

The party is $5 and includes a copy of the new issue!