July 8, 2008

-On Now!

Curated by Kelly McCray

John Abrams, Dawolu Jabari Anderson (US), Sadko Hadzihasanovic, Andrew Harwood, GB Jones,
Dan Kennedy, Ai Kijima (US), Suzy Lake, John Oswald, Diana Thorneycroft, Daryl Vocat.

The Appropos group exhibition is based on the work of artists whose use of imagery integrates existing popular culture products/icons. One of the purposes of the exhibition is to emphasize the crucial relevance of appropriation to contemporary visual artists and their studio practice. As revisions to Copyright Act legislation, known as the Act to Amend the Copyright Act, are currently underway by the Canadian government, there are valid concerns that the elements of contemporary artistic practice such as appropriation and "quoting" could potentially be outlawed by draconian legislation.

July 3 – July 27, 2008
Opens Thursday July 3, 6 – 8 pm

Edward Day Gallery
952 Queen Street W. Suite 200
Toronto ON M6J 1G8
416 921 6540

April 10, 2008

-And now...


Building a Foundation

A collection of new prints by Daryl Vocat

May 1 to 24, 2008
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 1, 6pm to 9pm

Open Studio
George Gilmour Members’ Gallery
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 104
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8
Tel/Fax: 416-504-8238

Gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm to 5pm

February 2, 2008

-OK, let's try this again without a snowstorm cancellation!

-New work!! I recently finished Pact For Adventure, a little folio of prints. The launch for it at Art Metropole is coming soon.

Pact for Adventure
by Daryl Vocat

Saturday, February 16, 2008
1-3 pm, but come and linger, the shop is open until 5:00

Art Metropole is pleased to launch Pact for Adventure, a limited edition folio of 12 screen prints in a hard-cover folio by Toronto artist Daryl Vocat. The signed and numbered folio is published in an edition of 100, and retails for $120. Please join us on Saturday, February 16, 2008, from 1 to 3pm, to celebrate this new work and to meet the artist.

In Pact for Adventure, Vocat continues his exploration of childhood, morality and social dynamics with a collection of redrawn and manipulated illustrations from traditional Boy Scout manuals. Removed from their original context, the characters are immersed in a world of ambiguities. Moving toward adulthood, the boys are left to negotiate the space between the world they come from, and the world they have arrived in. These serial images chronicle a boys world full of defiance, confrontation, intimacy, and mystery. The compositions’ characters find freedom in theatrics. They imitate the world they inhabit while striving for a subculture of their own. Unburdened by conventions, they become fierce, lips curl to grins, they become outlaws. When no one is watching, they transform and stake claim to a world of their own.

Pact for Adventure is printed on Magnani Velata 140 gram acid-free paper. Each print measures 5.75” x 6.75”. The set is housed in a 6.75” x 7.75” hard-cover folio bound with Canson paper. Each cover is foil-stamped and embossed in gold, on both front and back. The entire project was hand-printed and assembled at Atelier Imago (Moncton), and at Open Studio (Toronto), in 2007. Special thanks to Anne Koyama.

Art Metropole
788 King Street West 2nd Floor, Toronto, Canada M5V 1N6
T 416.703.4400
Shop Hours Tues-Fri 11am - 6pm, Sat 12-5pm

-Want art? Get a tattoo. You might remember me making this offer a while back for the first folio, and I'm making it again this time around.

If you are interested in getting a tattoo of any of the images from my folio, Pact For Adventure, prove it. Get in touch with me, and I'll send you a clean, clear high-resolution version of whatever image you've got your eyes on. Once you get the tattoo done, send me photo documentation (actual prints) of the process. In exchange, I will give you a free copy of the folio. I'm recommending getting the work done by Bill Baker here in Toronto, he's pretty much a legend. We'll take care of you.


January 5, 2008

-One Among Many. I won an award, and now I'm in a group show.

The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition presents:
BEST of 2007, An exhibition of award winners from the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
January 14 – February 29, 2008
FCP Gallery
100 King Street West
Toronto, Ontario
Monday to Friday, 11am-3pm

Thirty-nine artists will show their latest work at the FCP Gallery from January 14 – February 29, 2008. Every year since it’s inception in 1961, the TOAE assembles an esteemed roster of judges to award cash prizes and materials to artists who are outstanding in their field, including ceramics, computer generated work, drawing, fibre, glass, jewellery, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, watercolour and