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Copies of my card from CARDED! 2012 recently arrived in the mail. They feature a downscaled image from this Excerpts entry on the front, and an abridged version of its text on the back. I have some extras. If you’d like one, contact me and I’ll mail you a card.

Photos from the show are now online. I didn’t anticipate being able to attend the event, but I managed to make it down for the last hour or so. It was a really fun evening with a great turnout, and there was some excellent art and illustration for trade and on display.

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CARDED! The Art of 50 artists reproduced on trading cards: April 21, 2012

An image-text pairing from Excerpts will be available in trading card form at this year’s CARDED! An annual event since 2009, CARDED! Trading Card Art Show features the work of fifty artists reproduced on 2.5 x 3.5 in. cards, which are sold in $5, randomised five-packs the evening of the exhibition. For one night only trade cards while mingling and enjoying refreshments. Each card will also be displayed framed on the gallery walls.

The 2012 CARDED! is this Saturday, April 21 from 8-11pm at Gallery Gachet, which is located at 88 East Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC, V6A 1K3.

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A Whisper at the Hotel Del Mar. 2012. 553 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, Canada.
Photos by Lina Fitzner.

THE MORNING OF THE SALE, EVERYONE WAS OUT THERE WAITING FOR THE DOORS TO OPEN. THEY ALL WANTED WHAT THEY’D SEEN IN THOSE PICTURES.

Whispers Project has updated its website with details about A Whisper at the Hotel Del Mar, a mural in Downtown Vancouver featuring text I wrote. Whispers Project explains that:

The Del Mar is a hotel downtown at 553 Hamilton Street well known for the owner’s stance that the building remain dedicated to providing low-income housing. It is also currently home to the Or Gallery, a foundational artistic institution in Vancouver, and already features a beautiful text piece by artist Kathryn Walter which emblazons the words “Unlimited growth increases the divide” across the building’s face.

Whispers Project is a series of typographic murals located around Vancouver, and is coordinated by Eli Horn and Jordan Bent in collaboration with local writers. The project is primarily concerned with expression and public space:

The Whispers were designed to reference the scale and style of commercial hand-lettering, but intended to communicate creative content instead of the commercial sales pitch. Enabled by barriers of economy and policy, the medium of advertising appears to have monopolized the realm of large-scale public communication. Despite the term ‘public space’ being commonly accepted as equating a sort of commons of the people, most of the physical property in our city is either privately owned, or highly regulated. While plenty of space has been made available for voices willing to pay (namely advertisers), the simple expression of an individual without economic means is rendered illegal.

There are currently two Whispers, and more are planned. Further information about each mural – as well as a map marking their locations – is available on the Whispers Project website.

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A Pigeon, A Kitchen and an Annexe: Sites of Alternative Publishing

An image-text pairing from my Excerpts series appears as a part of VerySmallKitchen’s contribution to the exhibition A Pigeon, A Kitchen and an Annexe: Sites of Alternative Publishing at Five Years in London, UK.

The nostalgic gesture of intentionally translating an up to date medium into its low-fi predecessor is the starting point for this exhibition: why use letraset when you can pick up any font off a drop down menu? Why publish books in the age of WordPress? A Pigeon, A Kitchen and an Annexe: Sites of Alternative Publishing invites you to step into the world of a bustling “press room” devoid of wi-fi: a scene created specifically for this show.

For this exhibition The Ladies of the Press* invites Annexe Magazine, Pigeon Magazine, and VerySmallKitchen to probe their practice as alternative publishers in a gallery context, collectively working towards multifarious outlets including a gallery exhibition, a publication, talk, and eventually a web based dispersal.

Photo by David Berridge.

David Berridge of VerySmallKitchen writes, in an open letter, on the inclusion of my piece from Excerpts:

I think one starting point for this project was the small card you sent me of one of the image-text pieces from your residency on the VerySmallKitchen blog. I was interested in the equal emphasis on both sides of this card (the image on one side/text the other), and how – unlike the blog post’s downward scroll – to read the card required turning over, one side concealing the other in order to be comprehended.

A Pigeon, A Kitchen and an Annexe: Sites of Alternative Publishing is on view till March 4, 2012 at Five Years. The gallery is open Saturday-Sunday, 1-6pm and is located at Unit 66, 6th Floor, Regent Studios, 8 Andrews Road, London, UK, E8 4QN.

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A Whisper at the Hotel Del Mar. 2012. 553 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, Canada.
Photos by Lexane Rousseau.

Text that I contributed to Whispers Project has been installed as a mural at 553 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, Canada. Whispers Project is a series of typographic murals located around Vancouver, and is coordinated by Eli Horn and Jordan Bent in collaboration with local writers:

Obscured in their isolation the words gain new context from their surroundings and speak for more than a single author. Drawing on the finality of commercial hand-lettering and the immediacy of graffiti, Whispers will develop a language which is driven neither by capital nor dissent, but by the inquisitive exploration of human experience in this urban landscape.

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COPY // unfold Launch Event: December 3, 2011

Work from my Excerpts series is included in the second edition of Critical Writing Collective’s COPY, “a publication which explores writing within visual art and performance practice.” There is a launch event happening from 6:30-7:30pm this Saturday, December 3 at S1 Artspace in Sheffield, UK:

COPY // unfold proposes a tension between the resolved and unresolved, drafted and rewritten, finished and unfinished through works which explore, respond to or enact a state of being ‘in process’.

Alain AyersDavid Berridge, Julia Calver, Paul CarrRachel Lois ClaphamEmma CockerLaura DavidsonJoanna LovedayFlatten the MountainDaniel FogartySarah Frydenlund, Derek Horton, Tamarin NorwoodFlora RobertsonTerry SlaterRichard TaylorJohn Winslow,Paul Wright. COPY is designed in collaboration with Dust.

We hope you can join us for the launch of COPY unfold on Sat 3 December.

Following a short introduction to the publication contributors Emma Cocker, Joanna Loveday, Daniel Fogarty, J.D.A Winslow and Paul Wright will present their work through readings, video and print, followed by an informal discussion involving CWC, further contributors and design collective Dust, with the chance to ask any questions.

The launch provides a great opportunity for late viewing of the S1 Members Show 2011 for anyone who hasn’t seen the exhibition and a chance look around the S1 Open Studios (3-7pm). The S1 Christmas event Metallic Merryfest starts at 9pm and we welcome you to join us for the event, we will invite any guests to join us for drinks and food in the interim period. Find the events on Facebook.

For details on the venue please visit the S1 Artspace website and find it on Google Maps.

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VerySmallKitchen Residency: Nathaniel’s Perpetual Motion (4)

Image-text pairings from a new narrative thread of my Excerpts series – entitled Nathaniel’s Perpetual Motion – debuted over on VerySmallKitchen as part of a three month residency from August through October.

In the final installment of image-text pairings, Nathanial briefly glimpses what could well be a perpetual motion. This hint at the infinite occurs during the humiliating and perceptually almost-immeasurable duration of time that marks his arrival at the limits of his own technical and physical prowess. See the drawings and read their titles here.

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ART FOR LIFE 2011

Tickets are now on sale for the 18th Annual ART FOR LIFE Fine Art Auction (Saturday, November 26). The event is a fundraiser for The Vancouver Friends For Life Society, a non-profit organization offering complementary health services to those afflicted by life threatening illness. Two of my drawings will be in the silent auction portion of the evening.

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VerySmallKitchen Residency: Nathaniel’s Perpetual Motion (3)

I am currently doing a three month residency on VerySmallKitchen. Image-text pairings from a new narrative thread of my Excerpts series – entitled Nathaniel’s Perpetual Motion – will be debuting over on VerySmallKitchen until the end of October.

In the third set of image-text pairings, Nathaniel reflects upon the conveniences and dangers of superabsorbent sanitary sponges. See the drawings and read their titles here.

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VerySmallKitchen Residency: Nathaniel’s Perpetual Motion (2)

I am currently doing a three month residency on VerySmallKitchen. Image-text pairings from a new narrative thread of my Excerpts series – entitled Nathaniel’s Perpetual Motion – will be debuting over on VerySmallKitchen between now and October.

In the second installment of image-text pairings, Nathaniel conceptualizes the trajectory of the sound editing project he’s undertaken. He perceives the impossibility of ever realizing his intentions, knowing that any conclusion will always signal failure. See the drawings and read their titles here.

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