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GLOWFAIR Sculptural Light Installation

It was great to be a part of this years GLOWFAIR FESTIVAL and to see so many people out enjoying music and art.  I installed a temporary sculptural work for the duration of the festival which ended up becoming somewhat of an interactive installation when people began lining up to get inside of the piece to get photos and selfies.

Thank you to everyone at GLOWFAIR for including me in the event, and for a great weekend.  

Timeraiser Toronto @ The Power plant Contemporary Art Gallery

"Timeraiser150 is a Canada 150 Signature Project supporting emerging Canadian artists and nonprofit organizations.  10 Timeraiser150 parties in 10 provinces allow Canadians to bid on original art by investing volunteer time, not dollars, to causes they care about.  Each Timeraiser150 pulls out all the stops to throw a great party - from live performances to delicious local food and drink. Timeraiser is truly a celebration of creativity and community!"

I am grateful to be a small part of the Toronto Timeraiser event & to have an artwork available at the auction coming up on May 24th, 2017 @ The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery.  

For more information about the event click here. 

For tickets to attend the event click here.

"Arts Alive" Public Sculpture Program

I'm happy to have this new sculptural work heading out to Victoria, BC for the "Arts Alive" Public Sculpture Program.  It is approximately 78"x30"x25" and produced from wood, paint, rope, and copper.  

ArtsAlive is Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture’s annual public sculpture program where pieces are selected to be shown outdoors for one year. Thirteen new installations have been selected by the Public Art Committee for 2017.  

"ABODE" exhibition at Gallery 115

I'll have a new sculptural work entitled "A Physical Representation of Relief" at Gallery 115 as part of their "ABODE" exhibition.  

ABODE is a contemporary art exhibition which explores the concept and feeling of home as tied to specificities of space and place. Works by the six participating visual artists span a variety of mediums: photographic documentation of site-specific installation, drawing on found images, documentary and staged photography, and sculpture. Collectively, ABODE considers “home” as something which is lost and found, dismantled and reconstructed - literally and figuratively.

Engaging with themes of presence and absence, familiarity and estrangement, these works suggest that identification with particular geographic and temporal anchors can potentially be complicated by factors of memory and perception, relocation and displacement. Where is “home” is located - and if defined, are its boundaries stable or permeable?

Presented by AHSA/AÉHA, the Art History Students' Association of the University of Ottawa. Curated by Beatrice Au, Talia Golland and Phoebe Sampey".

The show runs from March 20th-31st at 100 Laurier Ave.

Honest Eds Farewell Celebration

The iconic Toronto department store Honest Eds has closed its doors, but will reopen this weekend for a farewell celebration packed full of artworks, installations, performances and good times thanks to TO4everyone.

A big shout out and thanks to Timeraiser for including one of my pieces in the event.

Check out TO4everyone to get all the info on the weekends events.

February 24-26.

Carleton University Art Gallery

One of my new sculptural works entitled "A Physical Representation of Agitation" will be part of the current group exhibition at the Carleton University Art Gallery.  The show runs from January 13th-January 22nd.  Another must see in the exhibition is Kristina Corres collage pieces!  Swing in and have a look.  Art Gallery is located at 1125 Colonel By Drive in the St. Patricks building.

Group Exhibition at Youn Gallery

I'm excited to have 2 new pieces in a group exhibition opening next week at Youn Gallery.  The pieces in the show are titled "A Physical Representation of Relief 1 & 2".

The works are part of the ongoing series of creating physical representations of things that normally possess no physicality.  This abstract series of works poses the question, "how would/could we interact with, understand, and relate to difficult to describe human feelings if they held their own physical mass, separate and independent from the person experiencing them".    

The pieces are produced from whitewashed driftwood, balsa wood, and hand dyed beach towel on a white wooden panel.  Each measure 18"x16"

The gallery is located at 5226 Saint Laurent Boulevard and the show is viewable from November 25th - December 15th

For purchasing inquiries please contact Youn Gallery at info@galerieyoun.com

Elemental Arts Festival Recap

The Elemental Arts Festival was held on Manitoulin Island in the small village of Kagawong.  A magical little place with a very strong and passionate artistic community.

This weekend was full of inspiring music, art, good food and good people.

A huge thank you to 4elements for having me.

Here are a few photos from the outdoor install.

Elemental Arts Festival

I'll be in Manitoulin Island this weekend to install and present a new sculptural artwork at the Elemental Arts Festival.

4elements Living Arts is hosting the festival in Kagawong beginning on Thursday September 29th and running through until Sunday October 2nd.  Events include a number of site specific artworks & installations, artists talks, performances, and workshops.

The sculptural piece I will be installing is an abstract interpretation and physical representation of human movement.

Bombay Sapphire and Rush Arts at Galerie Youn

Bombay Sapphire and Rush Arts have teamed up to organize a very exciting series of art shows taking place across Canada this Fall. 

From these shows, jurors will select a handful of artists to show thier work at SCOPE Miami - One of the largest and widely recognized international art fairs in the world.

One of my pieces was selected to be exhibited in the Montreal show taking place at Galerie Youn.  The opening is this Thursday September 8th, 6:00-9:00pm, 2556 Saint Laurent, Montreal.  The show will be viewable until September 12th.  

Galerie Youn

Makerspace Open House

"Ideas as Physical Entities" is a new sculptural artwork that will be on display at Makerspace during their second annual Open House.  

"Ideas as Physical Entities" - Copper, Foam, Wood, Rock, Acrylic. 2016

"This event will highlight the projects, startups, interest groups, tech, tinkering and creative happenings at Makerspace North and the city at large"

Come learn about the concept behind "Ideas as Physical Entities" as well as tour one of the COOLEST places in all of Ottawa.  Get a be behind the scenes glimpse at how local legends N-Product and Ottawa City Woodshop run their studios, have a bite to eat, and learn about 3D printing and drones!  

There is a long list of activities that will be happening throughout the day.  Familiarize yourself here.

The event takes place on August 27th from 10AM-4PM at Makerspace North, located at 250 City Centre, Bay 216.  

 

BARBED MAGAZINE

Super stoked to be featured in Detroit Art Publication "BARBED".  "Beachcomber #1" from the "Beached" series is featured in the latest Spring issue.  Order a hardcopy through their website or check out the magazine online here.  

Accomplish Today Fundraiser

My old friend Graeme Murray has started a non profit organization called Accomplish Today.  The organization raises money to help send children to camp that may not otherwise receive the chance to do so.

Taboo Gold Course in Gravenhurst Ontario is hosting a fundraiser and auction on Saturday May 28th with all proceeds going towards Accomplish Today.

I am excited to have a painting in the auction and to play a very small part in supporting the organization.

Learn more about Graeme and Accomplish today here.

Timeraiser

Some exciting news to share about 2 pieces from the "Beached" series.

"Structural Currents" and "Beachcomber 1" have been acquired by "Framework".

"Beachcomber 1"

About Framework

"Since 2003 we've worked to expand the capacity of thousands of nonprofit organizations, raised over 150,000 hours of volunteer time for the nonprofit sector, and invested $1M+ in the careers of up and coming Canadian artists"

Framework puts on events across Canada called "Timeraisers".  Art that has been acquired from Canadian artists will be auctioned off for "time", or volunteer hours at the events.

"Structural Currents" will be available to bid on at the Ottawa Timeraiser event scheduled for April 28th at the Lansdowne Horticulture building.

Tickets for the event are available here.

"Structural Currents"

"Beachcomber 1" will be available to bid on at the Toronto Timeraiser event scheduled for May 28th at "The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery".

Tickets for the event are available here.

Check out the links to learn more about Framework and Timeraiser and the great work they are doing.

Herd Magazine Feature

Herd Magazine is an Ottawa based arts and culture publication published quarterly.  I was lucky enough to be featured on a couple pages of their most recent issue.  The magazine can be found at many locations around the city of Ottawa and Toronto.  Be sure to pick up a copy if you are lucky enough to find one, or check them out online at www.herdmag.ca !  Thanks HERD!

Good Things Ottawa

Kristina Corre runs a really great blog highlighting creatives and interesting happenings around the city of Ottawa called, goodthingsottawa.

She came by the studio for a visit, a chat, and shot some amazing photos.

Get a glimpse of the day to day studio practice and read a short interview here, here, and here.

 

 

Artist Profile Video

Over the past month or so I was fortunate enough to work along side Craig Mccallion to produce this artist profile video highlighting my most recent series of paintings entitled "Beached".  

This video was a very unique, and exciting experience for me to be a part of.  Painting, making, skateboarding, and being in the water seem to come as second nature, but being in front of the camera and talking about them all was something quite foreign to me.  

A massive thank you to Craig for bringing this video to life.  The "Beached" series will be up at Frank and Oak Ottawa to both view and purchase from October 2nd-December 31st.

Acquiring Materials for "Beached" Series

The Beached series is made up of materials that are commonly used in the construction of surfboards, as well as found objects that relate to surfing and life at the beach.  

Acquiring the materials used in this series was one of the most satisfying parts of the entire project.  Since some of the components that make up the sculptures aren't things you can just buy from the art store, it made for a more time consuming, but unique and interesting experience.  Wandering up and down the beach searching for washed up driftwood, exploring the aisles of KJP hardwood warehouse in awe at the size and array of species of wood I had never even heard of - let alone seen, cruising by garbage bins to see if anyone had miraculously thrown out a surfboard (it was a long shot, but actually ended up paying off believe it or not), conducting science experiments in the studio to get salt crystals to grow on old pieces of balsa, and a couple trips to Surf Side for wax was what gathering the materials for this project consisted of.  

The driftwood collecting was an amazing day spent on the beach with my mom, who was a great help at both finding pieces and helping me carry them all the way back to the car. Most of this stuff was not your average beach twig that can hang out of your back pocket, the pieces were large, heavy, and awkward to carry. That being said, finding it all and getting it back to the house was the easy part. Cutting extremely uneven, and odd shaped driftwood full of water and sand on an old table saw not equipped with safety gear was the sketchy part. I found out that sand in wood tends to create a lot of sparks, and then I found out it also tends to dull your saw blade quite quickly. I was using my dads saw, so apologies to him for leaving his blade not much sharper than a butter knife. I owe you one.

Speaking of my dad, he was the one who found the surfboards by the dump that are used in the sculptures. I asked him if he could help me out and be on the lookout for any discarded boards, and sure enough he called one day to say that not only did he find a board, he found 3! One mans trash really is another mans treasure. To be fair, one of the three boards was quite waterlogged and must have weighed 200 pounds, so it wouldn't have been much of a performer on the water. The other two were in decent shape and have some pretty rad, vintage colours and designs on them, which I am very excited to incorporate into some pieces down the line. 

Since I am definitely no scientist, the crystallized salt pieces were a lot of trial and error, mixed with Internet research and quite a few YouTube videos. The Ecovative Mycofoam was also a product of Internet research which I am super stoked on. For those of you who don't know, it is a mushroom and plant by-product based foam alternative. Very eco friendly and rapidly renewable. It is used for growing surfboards, or really anything you can think of! Check out their website and grow something for yourself! 

www.ecovativedesign.com 

KJP hardwoods is an absolutely amazing warehouse here in Ottawa that has any and every type of wood you can possibly think of. I am like a kid in a candy store every time I go. I get excited just planning a trip there. Any woodworker, builder, crafter, arborist, artist, maker of any kind needs to go to KJP. I promise you'll love it. Even people who don't like wood should go. It will make you like wood. This is where I found the balsa and basswood used in the pieces. 

The saying, "its's not the about the destination, it’s about the journey" comes to mind when looking back on the making of the "Beached" series. Quality time spent with family and friends has not only materialized into a series of paintings that I am proud of, but also created a list of memories along the way. Thanks to everyone that helped in any way to make this crazy idea of mine come to life. I couldn't have done it without you. 

The "Beached" series will be exhibited at Frank and Oak in Ottawa (297 Richmond) from October 1st - December 31.