My Plan

After building a body of work, and a small exhibition record, it was time to take a step back in order to move forward. It’s been a while since I’ve finished something new, but I’m getting there.

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In the past two years, I have moved homes, gotten engaged, and payed down debt. As such, my focus has not been on my art. Sure, I’ve dabbled a bit from time to time, but I’ve yet to dive back into it fully.

That’s okay, because in the past, I would dive in head first. Moving forward, I will take my time producing new work (spreading production costs over a longer period of time), and be more selective in how I show it.

I’m going to think twice before paying juries to reject me. I’m going to think twice before showing my work in a tent. I’d still like to be represented by a gallery, but if that doesn’t happen, so be it.

I’m going to make work, I’m going to show it (likely in a space I’ve rented), then I’m going to take a step back, take a break, and figure out how to do it all over again.

Slow and steady wins the race.

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My Favorite Toronto Buildings

Toronto may not be the world’s prettiest city, but it’s not without it’s charm. That said, here are a few of my favorite buildings – any list without the CN Tower doesn’t count.

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ABOVE: Michael Lee-Chin Crystal (addition to the Royal Ontario Museum). Designed by Daniel Libeskind. Completed in 2007.

ABOVE: Toronto-Dominion Centre. Designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Completed in 1969.

ABOVE: CN Tower. Designed by WZMH Architects: John Andrews, Webb Zerafa, Menkes Houdsen. Completed 1976.

ABOVE: Royal Bank Plaza. Designed by WZMH Architects. Completed 1979.

About My Work

As an artist, it is sometimes good to think about your work, and why you do the things you do. Below, is a little bit about my subject matter, materials, composition and themes.

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SUBJECT MATTER

Buildings: I am a fan of interesting buildings, but for my art, I prefer generic elements that could be placed in any urban environment. There are no discernible landmarks in my artwork.

Clouds: I like the universality of clouds and their ability to transcend all landscapes. I often use them as backgrounds in my pieces, and as a means of bringing unity to a series of work.

Trees: I see trees as living sculpture, and I am constantly taking photographs of those I find interesting. Beyond their importance to the well-being of the planet, they have a distinct visual place in both urban and rural environments. Being a northerner, I’m especially interested in those with a definitive – and visible – life cycle.

People: I generally don’t include them in my work. If they’re there, they are tiny and nondescript. This is intentional (see below).

MATERIALS

Mirrors: Without question, my favorite material is mirror paint. Beyond its aesthetic aspects – which I love – I use it as a means of bringing the viewer into the piece, and making them a part of the landscape (see above).

Mica: I like shiny things, and, as people often associate shiny things with worth, I use mica flakes to convey the value of the natural subject matter in my art.

COMPOSITION

Measurement: Maybe it’s my OCD, but when it comes to measurement, I am incredibly anal. Every element in a given piece has a specific measurement, and those measurements are repeated across a series.

Repetition: As above, I’m big on symmetry, so an element or two from one of my artworks will be repeated in some form throughout a series (of the same measurement of course). This is another way of conveying unity.

THEMES

Juxtaposition: Having grown up in the suburbs and lived the majority of my adult life in the city, I am fascinated by the duality of the urban and the rural. Whether it be visual, cultural or political, the two are often diametrically opposed.

Connectivity: While polarity is a central them in my work, I combine visual elements and materials so as to bring multiple works – and view points – together as one. This is by no means an attempt to lead the viewer. They will take from the work as they choose.

Nuit Blanche 2017

This past weekend, I hopped on the subway and headed downtown to take in the latest edition of Toronto’s Nuit Blanche. Here is a short review, along with my thoughts.

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ABOVE: Crowds swarm the ‘Toronto’ sign at Nathan Phillips Square

BELOW: The Hendrick’s L.E.V.I.T.A.T.R.E hot air balloon

Nuit Blanche isn’t for everyone. If, like me, you’re unable to stay up late, you’re going to have to deal with large crowds. If, unlike me, you’re a night owl, you’ll likely have to deal with drunks and miscreants (or so I’ve heard. I’m in bed by 12).

Whatever your sleeping habits, Nuit Blanche can be an interesting way to spend the night, so long as you temper your expectations. This year’s event was a little too heavy on venues requiring long ass line ups, but the corporate art of previous editions was a little less prevalent (one exception being the floating gin ad in Nathan Phillips Square).

One thing this year’s edition had more of was political statements. This should come as no surprise, given the buffoon currently denigrating the office of President of the United States, and the heated political divisions he continues to sow (just had to get that in there). Sigh!

All told, I did enjoy looking at some semi-cool stuff on a beautiful fall night in Toronto. Nuit Blanche isn’t the be all and end all of cultural events, but it can be a nice way to spend an evening (weather permitting).

My Social Media Accounts

I’m feeling lazy today, so I thought I’d include some links to a few of my social media accounts. I’m not as active as I used to be, but I do post semi-regularly.

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Instagram

Probably where I’m most active. All pics are my own unless otherwise noted.

Facebook

I enjoy going through my feed, but rarely post about myself. I share things of interest, and my weekly blog post.

Twitter

Same as above.

Google Plus

Same as above.

Pinterest

I rarely create a new board. I mostly share images from my Instagram account and my weekly blog post.

Linkedin

I used to get involved in group discussions. Now, I just share my weekly blog post.