WORK: canada

“Keepsakes”

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I have an image-text pairing in “Keepsakes”, an exhibition opening on August 16, 2014 in Toronto, Canada:

“Keepsakes” is part exhibition and part art-trade. Twenty-seven artists from Canada and abroad have each contributed a small artwork representing themselves and their practice to be displayed at bric-à-brac studio. At the conclusion of the show, the pieces will be randomly distributed back into the hands of a fellow participant. Each artwork is a gift from one stranger to another, a token sent as a delegate in a yet unknown land. The aim of this project is to create a platform where emerging artists from near and far distances alike can establish lasting connections with each other in a meaningful way.

Reception: Aug 16th, 7-11pm

Show runs: Aug 16th – 30th

Outside of the opening, bric-à-brac studio is available for viewing by appointment. Email bric-a-brac@nadinemaher.com to arrange.

Participants:

Paul Antony Carr (Vancouver)
Paul Chartrand (Dunville, ON)
Evelyn Clarke (Vancouver)
Ursula Bero (Ottawa)
Chelsea Brant (Guelph, ON)
Kiana Browne (Toronto)
Amanda Busby (Brampton, ON)
Gianfranco Bozzo (Guelph, ON)
Cheryl Carpenter (Vancouver)
Anais DiCroce (Washington, DC)
Grace Eakins (Vancouver)
Denise Gasser (Vancouver)
Jessie Jakumeit (Toronto)
Alison Keenan (Vancouver)
Julianne Kozak (Vancouver)
Penny Leong Browne (Vancouver)
Melissa Luk (Toronto)
Alvin Luong (Toronto)
Tara MacDougall (Halifax)
Cassandra McBride (Toronto)
Ella McGeough (Toronto)
Sasha Odesse (Guelph, ON)
Louise Reimer (Toronto)
River Roy (Guelph, ON)
Nicole E. Schlosser (Halifax)
Amanda Shirlow (Northern Ireland)
Karin Vengshoel (Vancouver)

Organized by Nadine Maher

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bric-à-brac studio is sometimes a gallery, often a studio, and always the home of two emerging Toronto artists.

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“This coiled element, oversized beneath the percolator, was an even, rich and deep, yet barely luminous, red. This had the look of silent, uncompromising rage. This terrified me.”

2014. Ink on paper. Installation view, bric-à-brac studio, Toronoto, Canada. Photo by Nadine Maher.

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This might feel like home. 195 East 26th Avenue, Vancouver, Canada.

I have contributed text to another Whispers Project mural, which reads: “If only the colors were a little different, this might feel like home.” This Whisper can be seen alongside other mural and graffiti art upon the sides of Little Mountain Gallery in 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.

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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 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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