WORK: gallery

“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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Art Waste Group Show

Click to enlarge image.I’m going to have some drawings in the Art Waste Group Show at Gallery Gachet in Vancouver, Canada. Opening reception is June 5, 2014 at 7pm. The show will be on view until Sunday, June 8. Gallery Gachet is at 88 East Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC  V6A 1K3.

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This Might Feel Like Home

Text I wrote for the Whispers Project on the side of Little Mountain Gallery forms the title for a verbatim theatre project, which runs November 14-16, 2013 at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House in Vancouver, Canada:

Run: November 14, 15 at 8p.m., November 16 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Star Star Theatre is pleased to present the premiere of a new play titled This Might Feel Like Home, curated by Mika Laulainen and Simone Brodie. This community engaged verbatim theatre project has been funded by the Neighbourhood Small Grants Program and will be playing at the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, 800 E Broadway. Admission is by Donation. What makes a place a home? Is it art on the walls, your coffee pot, the smell of your old books? Coming home to a specific person or your two rescue cats? This Might Feel Like Home celebrates the Mount Pleasant community using real words from local residents. As diverse as we are, we all have something in common, something that truly makes Vancouver special…..We all choose to make this place our home.

Verbatim theatre, or documentary theatre, uses the exact words of interviewed individuals to create a theatre piece that is not only about a certain group of people, but also by that same group. This Might Feel Like Home explores the ideas of home, community, and housing in Mount Pleasant through the stories of six very different people who share our community with us.

Directed by Simone Brodie, This Might Feel Like Home features the talents of numerous emerging actors who make Mount Pleasant their home, including Erika Babins, Randi Edmundson, Mika Laulainen, Jonathan Mason, and Xavier de Salaberry. This Might Feel Like Home will run from November 14th to 16th at 8 p.m. with a matinee on November 16th at 2 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, 800 E Broadway. For more information please contact Mika Laulainen.

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The Fifth Annual CARDED! Artist Trading Card Show

An image-text pairing from my Excerpts series is included in CARDED! again this year. This is always a really fun event, featuring the work of 50 artists in trading card form sold in $5 random packs. For one night only mingle and enjoy refreshments while trading cards. Each card is also displayed framed on the gallery walls. 

CARDED! is tonight, Saturday April 6, 2013 from 8-11pm at the new Hot Art Wet City space, located at 2206 Main Street, Vancouver, Canada.

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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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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 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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