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Jesse Morris Art
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Last night was Ottawa’s first Nuit Blanche event. It was a huge succes. Nuit Blanche Ottawa 2012 saw people of all ages visiting galleries near both the ByWard Market and the Hintonburg area.
I was situated at the Hintonburg Community centre and brought some art to sell while I painted live. By the time midnight came, I had sold everything I brought with me from Montreal and was very tired from painting four 3ft x 5ft paintings (which I also sold).
Check out the Ottawa Citizen for a great article with plenty of photos.
Video of me painting HERE.
A huge Thank You to all those that stopped by. I enjoyed speaking with you and thank you for your interest in my work.
The Pop Up show title “FreshPaint” was held last thursday September 6th at the Fresh Paint Gallery here in Montreal.
The project was presented by the artist collective known as “Under Pressure.” Showcasing highly talented street artists alongside various other talents, the variety of styles was amazing to see. The fine people at Under Pressure put together some of the best talent at the Fresh Paint show and made the most interesting and assorted mix of art I have seen here in Montreal yet. Check out their fight against Chevrolet.
The pop up show featured many plywood pieces with holes cut out to allow your face to fill the hole and become part of the piece. No space was wasted, with paint and sculpture on the floors, walls, windows, and ceilings for an immersive visual experience. While you wandered the two floor space, DJ Construct filled your ears with dubstep, bass, breakcore, jungle, and other audio omelettes.
Check out more of their work here below in the list. If I missed you, let me know. Great show everyone!
I have finally gathered together some photos from the Empty Sets show at La Plante which was held August 18th on Van Horne.
Mathematically themed artwork, digital displays, and interactive games held the attention of those attending late into the night.
Artists in attendance included LENNART HILBERT, KEVIN JAMEY, MORGAN CRAIG, THOMAS QUAIL, GREG STACEY, TRINA DU, JESSE MORRIS, AHUNDREDHUEVOS, RISHI RAJALLINGHAM, JOSEPH HENRY, GRACE BROOKS, FRED SIMARD, AARON MCCONOMY, DANJI BUCK-MOORE, STICKWIKI, MAXIME BESSETTE, CANDACE MOOERS, ERIC ZHAO, and ZOE WONFOR.
Empty Sets Show at La Plante.
La Plante Show – Jesse Morris Art
Come check out the creativity at the La Plante Art Show this August 18th!
La Plante, the CAMBAM(Center for Applied Mathematics in Bioscience and Medicine) Student Chapter and the Eastern Bloc Lab present an all day art show / data party / interactive object space, followed by a night of thoughtful listening, cacophonic casseroles and riotous amoeboid dancing!
—-The statement of intention:—-
In the contemporary sciences, data visualization and graphing systems play an increasingly vital role in interdisciplinary work between mathematics, life sciences, and physics. The visual results are often paradoxical, humorous, or aesthetically compelling – botched graphs, incomplete code behaving strangely, large network diagrams and so forth. While not necessarily “correct” or relevant to scientific research, these images facilitate a distinct aesthetic that opens up a unique mental space of dreaming in code, propagating arrays, quantizing qualitative experience, and extreme pattern recognition. We wish to harness this creative energy in order to comment upon the interface between science & the public // data & the brain that parses it // nature & how we quantify it!
Late-nite soundscapes with
Interactive and static works by
and more in the works
Come one, come all, open your eyes, see things new, learn some, play some, question and answer.
Price: PayWhatYouCan during the day, $6/PayWhatYouCan after 9.00. August 18th
Location: La Plante, 185 Van Horne (please walk in up the stairs), Montreal
This Saturday started late. If you get a chance to sleep in once and a while, take it.
The main objective of the day was to check out the artist-run centre Eastern Bloc. I did this after walking to ABC Cycles on Avenue du Parc and getting a pedal wrench. Park Tool makes an excellent one.
Eastern Bloc is located at 7240 Clark just off of Jean Talon. Focusing on new media and interdisciplinary art, it is unique in that it caters
“…specifically to young artists or post-graduates in the first five years of their professional career working in New Media and related disciplines.”
I was interested in the audio/visual installations and took a few pictures. The gallery itself was very large and had plenty of space for the large screens in some of the rooms.
I decided that as an illustrator/painter, joining this collective wasn’t right for me. The search goes on. If you are a recent graduate or emerging artist dealing with media arts, make sure to stop in and talk to these guys as they have an excellent set up.
There are approximately 400 galleries in Montreal. If you have talent (or don’t but other people say you do) you’ve most likely thought of displaying your work in one. Where does one start? At the beginning.
First off, you must have a body of work to show. It’s a good idea to track down the types of places and people who can help you with materials, framing, and any tools you need. That roll of canvas you like for your painting might be cheaper if you can get it from another source. Spending more money on the creation of your work than you make off of the sale is bad business. If your goal is to make money off of your art, you may not need gold leaf or pure ultramarine from the mines in Badakshan. Now create. Challenge yourself and try something new. Repetitive style may stagnate your creativity.
The artists in Montreal are a mixed bag and there are some with a lot of talent. You could be the most talented artist in Montreal but if nobody knows you exist, your talent alone won’t help you. Get busy joining artist networks. Joining supportive services for artists gets you set you up with a community of like-minded people who can offer assistance, training, certification, financial and/or legal assistance. Learn to like paperwork. Become adept at writing and develop the particular professional language that you will require. You will need to set aside time for yourself to fill out forms, state your artistic mandate, and tweak your CV.
I began by joining YES Montreal in February and recently picked up a great deal of information at a seminar about grants. I am in the process of becoming a member of RAIQ and will hopefully be a member of Eastern Bloc by next week. Also on my list are ELAN and RAAV. All of these organizations help to authenticate your status as an artist, open up opportunities, and allow you to spend more time creating and selling. All of a sudden you find yourself with many resources at your fingertips.
Nuit Blanche is an annual event which is the culmination of the two-week arts and culinary festival Montréal en lumière. Nuit Blanche is an all-night party featuring art galleries, restaurants, musical and theatre performances attended by thousands of people. Being a relatively new arrival to the city, I had the chance to partake in my first Nuit Blanche here and thought I would share some of the galleries I visited below.
Galerie d’art Michel-Ange was an interesting stop. Wet booted visitors were greeted with hot coffee and had a chance to look at the colorful pieces in the Pop Explosif show. Featured artists included Boudro, Norma Bessières, and Roger Katch showing their variations on Pop Art.
Galerie MX, a two level gallery with large windows located right next to the Place-d’Armes metro station, was the second gallery I had a look at. With a lot of variety of sculpture and paintings to look at, I spent a good hour here taking in the en[V]isager show. Some of my favourites were pieces from Jean-Pascal Fournier, Michel Desroches, Niso Maman, and Sylvain Coulombe.
The last stop and the one I found the most interesting was the debut of Art Souterrain at Nuit Blanche held in Montreal’s underground city. Close to 140 contemporary artists showcased their latest works in the vast 7km network of tunnels. I made sure to check out the Séripop interactive piece which was designed to show ‘the human destructive presence on spaces’ it began as large pieces of colored paper glued to the floor. As the night wore on, large pieces were torn off by the passers-by, and by 1am the tunnels were filled with garbage. Check out the video below.