Wall to Wall 2: Group Show at Art Yard (with reception on May 15)

Heya! Just wanted to let y’all know that I’ve got a couple pieces up in a new gallery just off Queen West called Art Yard. It looks like this inside:

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But it sure doesn’t look that way on the outside – there’s some crazy construction going on in the area, which has unfortunately been extended so that now it’s still rough looking while this show is happening, but it’s okay! It’s lovely inside! If you’re driving or walking through a desolate construction zone, YOU ARE IN THE RIGHT PLACE AND SOON YOU WILL BE SURROUNDED BY ART AND WILL GET THE CHANCE TO MEET A LOVELY LADY NAMED NATASZA WHO IS DOING GREAT THINGS INSIDE THIS SPACE!

So c’mon down and hang out with me for the opening reception! It’s on Thursday, May 15 from 7pm – 10pm at 30 Abell Street in Toronto. If you think you wanna come, RSVP here.

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Art that took 10 years to finish: a forest deity.

In 2004 I went for a hike on the Niagara Escarpment in Hamilton with a dear friend. We found some deer bones by the railroad tracks and I felt compelled to collect them, wash them, and together with other bits and pieces I had collected on hikes and the like over the years (pockets are for filling, ya know), I forged a creature small in stature but large in spirit: a sort of forest diety representing all the life of the forest, the passage of time, rebirth and renewal. He is made of all organic materials, and notably, his heart is the hard, smooth, dark, shiny seed of some unknown tree that floated right up to me on the surface of the ocean in Costa Rica, some many years earlier. I adored him and respected him, but became greedy in my desire to keep him close. But he does not belong to me, and cannot belong to anyone. After nearly 10 years in storage, I finally took his crumbling body and fresh hemp twine back to the same area of the escarpment with that same dear friend. While Joe was so kind as to document the process, I rebuilt this creature of sticks and bones, selected a subtle place for him at the base of a tree, and adorned him with flowers. I built a medicine wheel around him, gathering stones of appropriate sizes and placing them around him – a large stone in each of the four cardinal directions, and a smaller stone in between each of these. Properly returned to his home, we hiked back, and he remains there to grin in the moonlight, be sniffed by squirrels, have spiders’ webs crocheted into his ribs, be landed on by butterflies, and gradually melt back into the forest.

Photography by Joe Sneep and Candace Bell, 2013. To see the rest of the images, visit the Forest Spirit page on my official website, here.

Rebuilding the Bone Man

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The show’s up! And opening night is in 4 days!

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The show has been hung! There’s something colourful on the walls at 3030 Dundas in the Junction (Toronto). And a number of these colourful things are brand-spankin’ new. Actually, LOTS of this stuff isn’t on my website yet; if you wanna see it, you’ve gotta come out! MWAH HAH HA!! 

Opening: Saturday, March 9 at 7pm

The band starts at 9:30: you’ll get to hear both Kayla Howran and Amanda Mead, followed up by a DJ-ed dance party.

 

Art show coming up in a week!

Hey art lovers! There’s a funky lil’ place in the Junction (Toronto) called 3030 Dundas, which also happens to reside at the address it’s named after (funny that), and I’m having an art show there starting next week.

OPENING NIGHT PAR-TAY: Saturday, March 9 at 7pm

You get me and the art, and as if THAT’S not enough (right?), you also get the musical talents of Kayla Howran and Amanda Mead at 9:30.

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There’ll be new art, there’ll be music, there’ll be drinks, there’ll be friends and fun times. What’s not to like? Come on down!

The show’s up for a month, starting this Tuesday, March 5. But if you can come out next Saturday, come out next Saturday!

See you next weekend. 🙂