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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.
Last night I participated in the Nuit Blanche Sur Tableau Noir event on rue Mont-Royal and had a great time. Plenty of foot traffic and many encouraging words. Thank you everyone involved with Nuit Blanche Sur Tableau Noir Montreal 2012.
The theme of the event was “J’aime mon voisin” and took place June 9th from 10pm-2am. Everyone had a different take on this theme.
Watch me paint HERE.
The Montreal YES Art Expo held June 3rd and 4th at the Montreal Science Centre was a huge success. With more than 60 artists in attendance and countless visitors the exposition had something for everyone. I had a great time meeting the other artists and seeing what drives them and their style. Business cards, ideas, jokes, emails, and sometimes personal works were exchanged at the YES Art Expo Montreal 2012.
I couldn’t find the time to speak with everyone, but I did have my favourites. Round the corner from my table was Damien Siqueiros the photographer, and on the other side was Andrew Da Silva the artist. Both talented and driven individuals whom I had the pleasure of meeting. I traded with Andrew a piece of my art for one of his and wish I made a lot more trades.
Across from me was another painter named Marion Pynn whose large paintings drew a lot of attention and I believe she said a commission has begun with one of her customers. Congratulations!
Another painter, Stephanie Payne had some large bright canvases which caught the sun just right during the day. Be sure to check out her stuff.
Genevieve Gallant showed me her interesting sculptures. Some looked like pieces of coral and others looked like fossils. Very natural work.
Claire Anderson and Steven J. Woodruff had another table worth looking at. Both glass artists of a very high caliber, I enjoyed our frank discussions about art and life in general. Glass being a medium very interesting and difficult to understand for most, these two know what they’re doing.
After making my rounds I ran into Andrew Johnson. He had a painting of a hawk which caught my eye and it turns out he is soon opening a bike shop. These bikes will be custom made for you out of bamboo.
Here is a tip. If you want anything made out of leather, check out Atelier C2 Workshop. Very hilarious and down to earth people who have a lot to offer.
I could see a giant painting of lips from where I sat. Who painted these? Layla Folkmann did. Have a peek!
Another photographer whose work I saw went by the name Nasuna. Highly talented individual that I did not get to meet unfortunately. She looks at things in an interesting way.
Have you ever had a look at what Jessica Renahan is doing? Her Zombie Bunnies looked good enough to eat.
I do not have enough room to mention all that took place and if I forgot to mention you, tough. Deal with it like an adult and write me a letter. I will keep in touch and hope to see everyone again. Keep on working and congratulations to everyone.
A full list of artists HERE.
After filling out the appropriate paperwork, sending in my CV, attaching appropriate samples of my work and writing an artists statement I have the pleasure of announcing I have been selected by a jury of artists to attend and participate in this years Montreal YES Art Expo. Details HERE.
This June 3rd and 4th you can come and see 60 artists of varying disciplines for free at the Montreal Science Center in Old Montreal.
The next few weeks will be very busy for me. The plan is to produce a new piece every day for the rest of the month in preparation for the show. With a high level of exposure and a lot of traffic this expo will be quite a success. I am very excited to be a part of it and look forward to meeting some new contacts. It’s going to be a blast.
A 24″ x 30″ drawing of Quebec Premier Jean Charest. I used burnt paper, ashes, marker, and watercolors.
Allegations of corruption, and his stubbornness surrounding the topic of tuition fees in Montreal, have put this image of him into my mind. Available for purchase.
On March 22, 2012, some 200,000 students rallied together to protest the tuition fee increases in Montreal, Quebec.
The peaceful march took place at 1pm and was greeted with enthusiasm by the local population. All were in good spirits. People cheered from the sidewalks with support for the students and waved red flags from balconies above. Many wore red to symbolize debt. Some children seen painting red squares in their windows were greeting by the students with the chant, “C’est pour vous!” or, “It’s for you!”
Other cries of protest included:
“Crions! Plus fort! Pour que personne ne nous ignore!” / “Yell! Louder! So no one can ignore us!”
“On veut étudier! On veut pas s’endetter!” / “We want to study! We don’t want to be in debt!”
The province of Quebec plans on doubling tuition fees over the next five years to $3800. The main argument put forth in favor of raising tuition is that it will provide better education for students. One does not necessarily equal the other. There are too many countries in the world to list here that provide quality free education. If you are curious about which countries provide it, there is a short list here.
Forcing those who cannot pay the extra cost for their education is wrong. Québec Premier Jean Charest will hopefully yield to the population and make a rare welcomed move in his poor political career. Jean Charest, along with Minister of Education Line Beauchamp, may end up cutting those who cannot afford the extra cash out of the system.
But that’s the point isn’t it? Keep a large group of uninformed and uneducated people?
Of course it is, because the educated are dangerous to those in positions of power.
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.
When you live in Montreal you experience Canadian winters. When you experience Canadian winters you realize it’s important to stay busy and fight cabin fever. A lengthy and satisfying project is a bike rebuild, specifically stripping the frame of a Bianchi from 1986 and sanding the hell out of it and starting over. Start your Bianchi rebuild.
If you ride bicycles you love them. If you have ridden a bicycle for any amount of time in your life you may have gone through this procedure yourself at least once. The appealing thing about this whole process is two-fold. First you get to customize your bike the way you want to see it, from colour to component. Second, your bike is clean again, and you’ve learned a few things along the way. It’s an education.
My partner has been riding her bike for seven years in the streets of Winnipeg, to the hills of Vancouver Island, and now in city of Montreal. It has been through many kilometres, the majority of them being wet and salty due to our Canadian winters. Before coming into her hands it belonged to who knows who and ridden who knows where. It was time to give it some attention.
Below are a few pictures detailing the process of the Bianchi rebuild. As of now, we have only to clear coat the frame and replace the components. The first picture gives you an idea of how bad the rust was on the frame. Many hours of sanding took place to get down to the bare metal which you can start to see in the second photo. A grinder was necessary for the rusty spots.
The particular thing about this bike was also the colour. It couldn’t be found by any Bianchi experts and so an alternate route was taken. We made contact with an autobody shop who said they could colour match the paint colour and put it into aerosol form. That is exactly what we did. The colour was achieved by applying a layer of mauve underneath a layer of pearl.
The final touch was the addition of a 2″ hand-painted Whale Shark. Measuring up to 40ft long it is the worlds largest fish. Unfortunately it is also classified as a threatened species. See what you can do here to help save the whale shark.