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Small Works at Navillus Gallery
TORONTO, 8 November – 31 December 2014
Small Works will feature the work of an eclectic group of Canadian artists, including:
Daniel St. Amant
The 5 STooGES
All artwork featured in the exhibit is 3′ x 3′ and smaller and is priced under $1000.
Navillus Gallery will be also be hosting two SMALL WORKS Holiday Art Markets on Saturday 29 November and Saturday 13 December from 12pm – 5pm.
Small Works opening reception will be held during the Holiday Art Market on 29 November from 12pm – 5pm.
New Show: February 20th
New Gallery System, New Ways of Sorting and Organizing
The last website was built by hand in a plain text editor. I had no idea what I was doing, and changing one thing meant opening and editing at least 4 separate files. This was a whole lot of very monotonous work, and the urge to procrastinate nearly always overpowered the urge to update.
This new site is using a lot of ready made components with lots of advanced content management systems; I’m halfway through uploading all the content and I’m still discovering new features that aren’t even advertised by the theme’s creator, Devin Price.
There is now a master gallery listing of images. Images can be tagged in various ways, and galleries can be created on the fly based on whatever tag you select. That means if I tag things “abstract, 2009, acrylic, Toronto,”, you can click “2009” and see a gallery of everything I painted in 2009. With just one more click, you can be taken from there to a new gallery depicting toronto, or all my strictly abstract work.
I think this is a great addition to the website, because it frees people from the rigid organizational scheme I used on the old site, and lets you search for things however you want to search for them.
As I play around with this website further, I’m sure I will discover more cool new features that have so far gone unnoticed by me. Content from 2006 to 2010 is currently uploaded and tagged, but I still have to go through and update all the information and the availability of each piece. That won’t be a fun job…
New Year, New Site, New Gallery.
You may have noticed that things look a little different around here. That’s right, I’ve got a new website.
My old website was built to be fast and efficient, but it wasn’t flexible or easy to maintain. With the introduction of tablets, smartphones, smart TVs, and web-enabled gaming consoles, flexibility has become, in my opinion, much more of a priority. And based on the frequency of my updates, making it easier for me to do so is probably going to be a welcome change on my end.
Moore Gallery, which had me on their stable of artists, has transitioned from a gallery with a physical space into focusing on private dealing. That means that I’m a free agent in the Toronto art scene again! As much as the internet changes things, democratizes the art world, and bypasses the gatekeepers and tastemakers of the past, I’m still the kind of artist who wants to show physical objects in a white cube. I like galleries, and I’m working on settling into a new home for the foreseeable future.
Concrete and Glass
March 5, 2013
The opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 9th, from 2 to 4pm.
I put so much effort into pulling this show together and advertising it on social media, I forgot to announce it on the official website! Hopefully everybody who checks this page also checks the facebook and twitter pages.
Moore Gallery Winter Group Show
January 7, 2013
I currently have one piece on display at Moore Gallery in Toronto from January 8th 2013 to February 2nd, 2013 for their annual winter group show.
There will be no official opening reception for this show, but feel free to drop by anytime, as there is a lot of great work from a lot of great artists. I only planned on spending five minutes in the gallery, dropping off my piece then heading out, but I stuck around for nearly an hour to take it all in.
I’m really excited to announce that I will be having my second show at Moore Gallery this March. I am being pared with Sakis this time around, and although I haven’t seen any of his newer work, if it’s anything like his older encaustic paintings from 7 years ago, I think our two shows will be quite complimentary towards each other.
City Lights v2
After the successful opening of my debut show, City Lights, at Moore Gallery in Toronto, I was invited to show work at the 13th Street Winery in St. Catherines, Ontario. Although this show shares the same title as my last show at Moore, and much of the same work was on display, I wanted this show to be more eclectic. I lifted my self-imposed rule of only selecting work based on photos from time lapse sequences, and selected paintings that I thought worked well together visually with the work from the last show.
The only camera I had with me during this opening was the one in my cellphone, so the image quality isn’t up to par. But grainy blurry greenish shots are better than nothing!
These three paintings were intended to be sneak peek at where I was going for my next show, “Concrete and Glass”. But they were the first to sell, and I ended up having to do a lot more work to fill the gallery for my next gallery show.
Another angle of the set of three paintings that were the precursor to “Concrete and Glass”.
This show was the first time that I’ve had enough of an established body of work that I wasn’t rushing around at the last minute, fighting to crank out enough work to display. For this show, I was able to pick a theme, set out my entire body of work, stand back, and pick out a number of pieces that fit that theme. In this case, visual abundance was the focus – the density of images we come across in our daily lives from advertisements and videos to photos on social media, was something I was thinking about.
I selected paintings that were based on collages of images taken from time-lapse photography sequences, where I was literally choosing one or two images from thousands of possibilities and combining them into digital collages emphasizing speed, abundance, and visual density.
Ad Astra is a fan-run Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Paranormal literary convention that Adam Smith of Toronto’s Site 3 Co-Laboratory was kind enough to invite Brad Blucher and I to participate in. Two images from our “Take a Picture” series were included in this show.
Due to scheduling conflicts, I was unable to attend the Ad Astra event itself, so I don’t have any photos from the event itself. More information about this even can be found on the Ad Astra website.
“Wink” From the “Take a Picture” series. Brad Blucher, Kyle Clements.
“Build a man a fire and he’s warm for a day; set a man on fire and he’s warm for the rest of his life” From the “Take a Picture series”. Brad Blucher, Kyle Clements.
News Archive: 2012
May 18, 2012
The opening reception will be held on Thursday, June 7th, from 6 to 8pm.
I’m really excited about this show. This is the first time that I’ve had enough of an established body of work that I wasn’t rushing around at the last minute, fighting to crank out enough work to display. For this show, I was able to pick a theme, look at my entire body of work, stand back and pick out a number of pieces that fit that theme. In this case, visual abundance – the density of images we come across in our daily lives from advertisements and videos to photos on social media, was something I was thinking about. I selected paintings that were based on collages of images taken from time-lapse photography sequences, where I was literally choosing one or two images from thousands of possibilities and combining them into digital collages emphasizing speed, abundance, and visual density.
February 22, 2012
I have a strict rule about not advertising shows before the paperwork is signed, because cancelling a show and uninviting people is a terrible feeling that I prefer to avoid. If you are wondering what happened to that February showing of the DRM Boxes that I hinted at earlier, just know that I am wondering the same thing. Don’t know what happened, but it never materialized. The boxes are done though. Expect some cool videos showing off the project to be posted in late March, when things calm down slightly and I have a chance to put some proper videos together.
The show in June is still in the works. I’m not going to lie, this is easily the biggest show of my career to date, I am very excited, and a little nervous, and I am determined to step it up a notch and produce my best work to date, and looking at the fresh work in my studio, I think I am doing just that! I can’t wait to present this to the world. The only downside is that producing work that is 20% better takes 100% longer…
I am composing this update from inside one of Toronto’s top hackerspaces. A laser cutter is running in the background, and I am doing some preliminary tests for something that will be quite a technical departure from my previous work. I’m not sure where this test will lead me (if anywhere) but it is important (and a lot of fun) to always try new things.
January 12, 2012
Happy belated New Year everyone.
Brad and I are putting the finishing touches on the DRM Boxes, since we will be showing them at Open Gallery next month. I’m afraid we are kind of slacking on the organizing and planning aspect of this show, so I don’t have an opening date for you at this time, other than “February”
I have also been offered a very big show in a very cool place, so I’ve been working up a storm in my sketchbooks. I’m not going to be secretive at all about this show, so expect to see a lot of details and behind-the-scenes studio stuff posted within a month’s time.