I’m off to Alberta for some serious studio time. I really can’t wait.
I know, I know; it’s pretty ugly, but I’ll try to make the best of it while I’m there.
I’ve been planning this piece for the past eight years. Like a lot of my work I’m going after a marriage between several languages. I’ll be leaning pretty hard on this particular trio. I’ll post some update shots later.
I’ve done a lot of work in silverpoint, and I’ve been getting loads of emails from people asking me what my drawings made of silverpoint are made of. I’m not trying to sound like a smartass; but they’re made out of silver.
I’ve found that generally speaking, traditional art supplies have been in use for so long that they are as basic as what they say on the label. So that means that Rabbit Skin Glue is a glue that is made of rabbit skin, Mummy Brown was made out of ground up Egyptian Mummies, and silverpoint drawings are the marks made by a piece of silver held in a stylus on a sheet of paper prepared with a surface, usually containing zinc. Over time the silver oxidizes and looks really beautiful.
People like to complicate this kind of technical stuff for mystique, but a simple version of it is really easy to make if you want to try it. You can just use zinc white gouache painted onto a sheet of paper as a surface ground for the silver to leave a mark on and a piece of silver bought from a jeweler and stuck into a pen, and you’re good to go. Obviously if you want to get into it there can be much more to it than that, but basically the process is the same as rubbing a nickle on a white wall.
It’s a labour intensive medium, and like etching, I love how it combines a kind of austerity with the intimacy of handmade marks. I like this slightly withdrawn quality as it allows for a broader treatment of my occasionally lurid or absurdist subject matter.
With huge thanks to Sarah, Bruce and everyone at the Gilder.
I gratefully acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.
This is my favorite one so far.
My friend and patron W. Bruce C. Bailey, who is the living manifestation of destiny, will be presenting a talk with the curator and collector Mary-Dailey Desmarais on 18 Oct 2015, 2:00 PM.
W. Bruce C. Bailey is a Canadian investment banker, lawyer, farmer, art collector and arts patron. Bailey has collected Canadian and international contemporary art in all media and genres for the past 30 years. He founded the first arts incubator in Canada (2000—2010) dedicated to launching Canadian art careers as well as initiating the first Canadian exhibitions for international artists Jake and Dinos Chapman, Peter Doig and Tony Matelli. In 2010, Bailey joined the art acquisition committee for international art after 1900 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts where he is also a Major Benefactor and Patron. As an adjunct to his art activities Bailey has acted as an artist advisor to international and Canadian artists and as an art curator and art historian. He is currently curating an exhibition featuring the work of Canadian artist Tyler Bright Hilton at Macaulay Fine Arts in Vancouver in November 2015.
With an introduction by Mary-Dailey Desmarais, this talk will provide insight into art collecting for both the novice and the experienced art collector illustrated with Bailey’s personal experiences in the art world. Following the lecture, Desmarais and Bailey will engage in conversation about their mutual experiences in collecting contemporary art. The lecture will be followed by a reception co-hosted by Desmarais and Bailey at The Power Plant.
Mary-Dailey Desmarais is a curator, art historian and collector. She received her PhD from Yale in 2015 and now works as a guest curator at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. She is a member of the Board of Directors and President of the Programming Committee of the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal and she also sits on the Directors Council of the Clark Art Institute.
Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
I was recently interviewed by the astute Hong Kong based journalist Daisy Li Meng for the Chinese daily Ta Kung Pao. We discussed some ideas informing my recent exhibition with Barbara Edwards Contemporary in Toronto.
And here it is: https://vimeo.com/135203542
I’m pleased to say that I’ll be discussing my work with Sara Diamond at Barbara Edwards Contemporary, Toronto.
Saturday, 20 June @ 2pm
Dr. Sara Diamond is the President of OCAD University and an appointee of both the Order of Ontario and the Royal Canadian Society of Artists. Her artwork is held in prestigious collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, NYC and the National Art Gallery of Canada. Currently, she serves on the Ontario Ministry of Culture’s Advisory Council on Arts & Culture and is Chair of the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Toronto Advisory Committee.
Reception to follow.
Please RSVP by June 19th as space is limited.
For more information, contact:
1069 BATHURST STREET
TORONTO, ON M5R 3G8
T 647 348 5110