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Eastern Bloc

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.”

(Eastern Bloc Mandate)

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.

Eastern Bloc EntranceTV & ChairProjection Light TubesHeadphones & FurDark RoomMy Ears Are Never FullSilent CoupleWoman Walking


Being an Artist in Montreal

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 2012

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.

BoudroAsk Your Phone Roger KatchGeisha Norma Bessieres

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.

Jean-Pascal FournierMichel DesrochesNiso MamanSylvain Coulombe

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.

Nuit Blanche Montréal-Art Souterrain