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"Bridging the Gap"
June 19 - July 1st, 2015
10 days of live painting in the making of an interactive art installation on Churchill Square (downton Edmonton), a highlight of The Works Arts & Design Festival, which celebrated its 30th anniversary this year.
Lab Art Show is an international multidisciplinary arts showcase organised by Glitz Entertainment. I got to perform in their recent show here in Vancouver -- my first time doing my live glass painting indoors in a low-light and high-traffic environment. I was a bit unsure at first but the night eventually yielded some interesting results! Thanks to the organizers and all the people who came and checked it out!
A recent live painting performance at the Lookout Arts Quarry during the Sh’Bang Festival in Bellingham produced some exciting new works! Check them out right HERE.
“My Window on the World”
August 1, 2014
Françoise painting live for the crowd on Churchill Square during the Canada Day celebrations - on the final day of The Works Art & Design Festival - applying the Two-Way-Mirror concept to a different and more performative level.
“I See You” at The Works Art & Design Festival
August 1, 2014
I See You was presented during The Works Art & Design Festival in Edmonton from June 18 to July 1st. The turnout was amazing: over 3,000 people visited the booth and created each other's portraits with the Two-Way-Mirror device, contributing to a collective art piece which would gradually fill the gallery walls.
Click here for more photographs of the exhibition.
“I See You” Chosen for The Works Art & Design Festival
May 26, 2014
I‘m very excited to announce that an audience-participation version of I See You is going live at The Works Festival in Edmonton, where it was selected as a Featured Commissioned Project! This is the largest free, outdoor art and design festival in North America and I'll be there for the full run, June 16 to July 1, 2014. Look me up if you're going (or just read the Press Release)!
Elvira Parent has just finished editing a great video---check it out!----of my original I See You performance with Michael Markowsky. Thanks again to Rafael Milcuszek, Thibault Sendra & Puma Malik for filming and photography on this project!
Tingle & Spark EP
10 April 2014
T. Nile has just released Tingle & Spark, her new five-track EP! I was proud to provide her cover portrait, which also appears on face of the Limited Edition CD. This is an early image out of some work I've been trying where I digitally enhance hand-painted versions of photographic originals. It was great working with Tamara and Tim Chow on this project.
Check out Tingle & Spark and T. Nile's summer tour schedule here.
A workshop for kids using the “Two-Way-Mirror”
February 28, 2014
I was invited to facilitate an art project in a class of 3rd graders at Hastings Elementary. The kids made collaborative self-portraits and had a lot of fun working with the Two-Way-Mirror...and so did their teacher and I! :)
“I See You” - Documentation of a conceptual painting performance
November 26, 2013
With Rafael Milcuszek and Thibault Sendra on video, and Puma Malik on camera, I just finished documenting a performance in which Michael Markowsky and I painted each other’s portrait through my Two Way Mirror tool.
I hope to take this project into galleries as an interactive piece and having people paint each other to experience the challenges of the medium. I’m interested in feedback on this project, on what you understand from it, and directions you'd like to see it take, etc. It's a work in progress, and a lot of fun to do!
International Mail Art Exhibition
September 24, 2013
I just finished this piece which will show in the exhibition "Memory: An International Mail Art Exhibition and Swap" showing at the Richmond Art Gallery from Nov 17, 2013 to Jan 6, 2014.
He taught me how to draw then I learned how to see
Photography, drawing and acrylic on acetate and paper
4" x 6"
This collage is inspired from an old photograph of my father and I playing in the hallway of the first house we ever lived in. I was about one year old and he would have been exactly the age I am now. The title is a bit funny to me because, like the chicken and the egg. I am still not sure which triggered the other, the "seeing the world" or the "learning to draw" but I am certainly grateful to my father for having exposed me to both from a very young age.
The artworks that are part of this show have to be sent through the mail as postcards and will be traded amongst the participating artists at the end of the exhibition.
I recently attended an art performance event hosted by a collective of Vancouver based Russian artists which offered space for participants to show their work, discuss art projects and socialize while grooving to the music of local live musicians and dj's.
Lately, I have been drawing with Sharpie markers on glass which I hold in front of my face like a window through which I see the world. In this performance, friend and fellow artist Puma Malik and I are attempting to draw each other's portraits through the glass. As we take turns adding a few lines to the board, it becomes increasingly challenging to create an accurate representation of the other. Perspective and depth change with the slightest body movement, lines intertwine and it eventually becomes almost impossible to tell her lines from mine. Mistakes are made, and our distorted faces end up melting on the glass into a rather scary-looking four-eyed double-mouthed thing!
With for many the goal of drawing is an attempt to see the world the way it truly is, I like to play with the idea of the discrepancy between perception and reality which is caused by the "filter" of our minds. The glass, appearing as a filter that separates us from the world, demonstrates how our own subjectivities shape and ultimately limit our ability to really see, and truly understand, other human beings.
A larger scale performance on this theme is currently in the works...stay tuned!