Kat’s Gallery First Show of Original Artworks

Kat’s Gallery was putting together it’s very first show of original artworks. It had been years since I have shown in this area, so I made sure that I was part of this show. It went quite well, several pieces sold, and I learned a few of the strange quirks of the custom-framing industry, and how regional tastes vary greatly. A reporter for the local paper came by and photographed each of the artists. Unfortunately, I didn’t stay in town long enough to see if the story made it to print or not.



Untitled, 16″ X 20″, acrylic on canvas, 2009.


Untitled, 13″ X 9″, acrylic on canvas, 2010.


Untitled, 10″ X 10″, acrylic on canvas, 2010.


Untitled, 11″ X 9″, acrylic on canvas, 2010.


Untitled, 9 3/4″ X 9 3/4″, acrylic on canvas, 2010.


Untitled, 10 1/2″ X 10 1/2″, acrylic on canvas, 2010.


Untitled, 12″ X 16″, acrylic on canvas, 2010.


Untitled, 16″ X 25″, acrylic on canvas, 2010.


Untitled, 16″ X 25″, acrylic on canvas, 2010.


Untitled, 24″ X 36″, acrylic on canvas, 2010.

Connors Music Show – April 17th, 2010

I was invited to display some paintings on the walls of Connors Music. I enjoyed going back to an older style I hadn’t used in several years. Luckily, I keep pretty good notes of my sketches; I had no trouble at all re-creating the desired colours and textures.

The jewel-like surface quality of these paintings can not be fully captured on a computer screen. Transparent, opaque, iridescent, and metallic pigments are layered and glazed on top of one another, creating the illusion of physical depth, as well as some very pronounced colour shifting as the angle of light hitting the surface changes. What looks red and blue from one angle suddenly becomes green and gold from another.

For this particular series, I knew well in advance that it would be displayed at a music store, so introducing some sort of a music-inspired imagery was a no-brainer. I added some images of music score by using a gesso/toner transfer technique, which I had been wanting to play with for a while.


Untitled, 6″ X 9″, acrylic and toner on wood panel, 2010.


Untitled, 6″ X 9″, acrylic and toner on wood panel, 2010.


Untitled, 6″ X 9″, acrylic and toner on wood panel, 2010.


Untitled, 6″ X 9″, acrylic and toner on wood panel, 2010.


Untitled, 6″ X 9″, acrylic and toner on wood panel, 2010.


Untitled, 6″ X 9″, acrylic and toner on wood panel, 2010.


Untitled, 6″ X 9″, acrylic and toner on wood panel, 2010.


Untitled, 6″ X 9″, acrylic and toner on wood panel, 2010.


Untitled, 6″ X 9″, acrylic and toner on wood panel, 2010.


Untitled, 6″ X 9″, acrylic and toner on wood panel, 2010.


Untitled, 6″ X 9″, acrylic and toner on wood panel, 2010.


Untitled, 6″ X 9″, acrylic and toner on wood panel, 2010.


Untitled, 6″ X 9″, acrylic and toner on wood panel, 2010.


Untitled, 6″ X 9″, acrylic and toner on wood panel, 2010.


Untitled, 6″ X 9″, acrylic and toner on wood panel, 2010.


Untitled, 6″ X 9″, acrylic and toner on wood panel, 2010.


Untitled, 6″ X 9″, acrylic and toner on wood panel, 2010.


Untitled, 6″ X 9″, acrylic and toner on wood panel, 2010.


Untitled, 6″ X 9″, acrylic and toner on wood panel, 2010.


Untitled, 6″ X 9″, acrylic and toner on wood panel, 2010.


Untitled, 6″ X 9″, acrylic and toner on wood panel, 2010.


Untitled, 6″ X 9″, acrylic and toner on wood panel, 2010.


Untitled, 6″ X 9″, acrylic and toner on wood panel, 2010.


Untitled, 6″ X 9″, acrylic and toner on wood panel, 2010.


Untitled, 6″ X 9″, acrylic and toner on wood panel, 2010.


Untitled, 6″ X 9″, acrylic and toner on wood panel, 2010.


Untitled, 6″ X 9″, acrylic and toner on wood panel, 2010.


Untitled, 6″ X 9″, acrylic and toner on wood panel, 2010.


Untitled, 6″ X 9″, acrylic and toner on wood panel, 2010.


Untitled, 6″ X 9″, acrylic and toner on wood panel, 2010.

News Archive: 2010

December 19, 2010
Well, my last show, About:Blank at Open Architects was extended through to mid December. If you weren’t able to make it out, My white-on white paintings will be on display at Art Source in Markham, while Brad and I will be showing “Take a Picture” at the Burning Man decompression party on January 22nd.
I’ve also done some updating to this website. Clicking the image on the main index page leads to a gallery showing nine of my most popular images. The old, complete galleries are still there, but I thought I would be helpful to have some of best work out front, rather than having it all buried in menu that’s three clicks away.

 

November 14, 2010
Thank you to everyone who came out for the opening of About:Blank. If you weren’t able to make it out, this show runs until the end of November, you you haven’t missed you chance to see a bunch of highly textual white-on-white paintings, and the invisible images hidden within take a picture.

For a long time, this website has been very one-sided. I publish. You read. That’s it.
No more.
Over the past few days, I’ve been working on a way to loosen those reigns a bit. I’ve added a new section, a photo gallery where you can vote my images up or down. Please, let me know what you like and don’t like by heading on over to that page. You can vote for as many or as few paintings as you would like.

 

November 10, 2010
About:Blank opens tomorrow night at Open Gallery. This is the second public showing of “Take a Picture”, a collaborative artwork between Brad Blucher and myself. Take a picture consists of a series of invisible paintings that only a digital camera can see. This show also features new work by Victoria Fenninger, and some brand new paintings from me. The title comes from the minimal nature of the show. No colour on the canvas, just raw canvas, gesso and white paint, that’s about it.
Come see what can be done with almost nothing!

Opening Gala: Thursday, November 11th 2010, 6-9pm
454 Kingston Road, Toronto, Ontario.

 

November 3, 2010
Something new is in the works.
If you missed your chance to see the first-ever showing of Take a Picture during Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, don’t worry; you will soon be able to see the second-ever showing of Take a Picture.
We’ve been hard at work these past few weeks. I spent a good chunk of time up North in our secret lab, putting together a bunch of new invisible images.

So charge your camera’s batteries, clear the memory cards, and be ready for a new showing of invisible paintings.

 

OCTOBER 5, 2010
I would like to thank everyone who came out and supported us during Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2010. It was a lot of work, and seeing everything come together so perfectly that night made it all worth it.
If you would like to share any of your pictures of our event, please upload them to our Take a Picture facebook page.
If you are the kind of person who enjoys the rough and gritty behind-the-scenes stuff, we have some of that for you. If video is your thing, you can surf YouTube for this stuff, but I have posted all the videos on the Take a Picture Video page. the first 3 are promo spots, the remaining 5 are all instructional or construction footage. I have also been working on some write-ups in my blog, describing what went on in the days leading up to the event.

 

SEPTEMBER 22, 2010
It seems kind of weird to have entries from 2008 popping up in the news section, so today, I broke the page into two pieces.
The news section is still there, and it works pretty much just like before. The only difference is that instead of having a lengthy Old News section appear under the latest headline, there is now a link to this archive. The reason for the minimalist design of this website is to keep things simple and fast. I don’t like having to wait for flashy distractions to load. Having the same old entries load time and time again doesn’t really fit into the minimal theme I’m going for. I wanted to cut the fat, and get rid of the info that really didn’t need to be there.
I like simple and fast, but I don’t like having information I might want to access later on suddenly disappear on me, so I didn’t want to simply delete everything. Creating an archive seemed like an optimal solution.
I have made one visible change to the old news section. The personal updates feed now appears below the main headline. This way, you can read the news entry right away, even though the twitter feed hasn’t loaded yet. No more waiting for flashy distractions!

 

SEPTEMBER 20, 2010
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche continues to draw nearer. Now that the workload is calming down, the nervousness and excitement is starting to sink in.
I’ve got a new project in the works. Last week, I was approached by a magazine editor. They want me to create a custom artwork within certain (and very loose) parameters. Reproductions of that piece will be appearing on an insert in several months. I’m excited, since I’ve never dealt with reproductions before. I decided to use this an an opportunity to try out some new techniques, and I’ve put far more work into this piece than I normally do, and I’m still not convinced that it’s done. More details to come.

And don’t forget about:
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2010
October 2nd
Levack Block, 88 Ossington, Toronto, Ontario

 

SEPTEMBER 12, 2010
After going through my photo collection, I found several landscape paintings from 2009 that have been missing from the gallery. Since I was updating that section anyway, I thought I might put up some the the new 2010 paintings as well.

 

SEPTEMBER 7, 2010
The largest project I’ve taken on to date, Take a Picture for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2010 is a wrap.
Brad Blucher and I have completed all the etching, drilling, soldering, and testing. I am proud to announce that the project has exceeded our expectations. The finished pieces actually work better than the prototype. It’s a great feeling to see such an involved and time-consuming project come together. Its gone from being a crazy idea of mine to a physical reality, and I am very excited to have the opportunity to present “Take a Picture” to the large Nuit Blanche audience.

Answers to questions you might have about the project can be found in the Take a Picture FAQ or in our video interview.

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2010
October 2nd
Levack Block, 88 Ossington, Toronto, Ontario

 

AUGUST 6, 2010
I’ve had a very busy spring/summer so far.
That art/music thing I hinted at in the last update ran into a few snags. It’s still happening, it’s just going to be happening 5 months later than I had hoped.
In the spring, I spent some time just North of Toronto, where I had shows going on at Connors Music and Kat’s Gallery, as well as several pieces in a silent auction.
In June, I returned to Toronto, where I had a show going in in the East end of the city. It’s a new gallery space hosted by Open Architects, called Open Gallery. The day after that opened, I had the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition at Nathan Phillips Square.
I’ve made a few fairly big behind-the-scenes changes to this website. Hopefully everything is back up and working the way it should be.
Brad and I are working on several projects in the background. Manfred Says Go is not yet in a state where I can give details, but it’s going to be a lot of fun to work so far outside of my normal skill set. We’re also working away on our Scotiabank Nuit Blanche project, Take a Picture. It’s taking longer than expected, because I also have some work in another show that is opening this Weekend.

On Saturday, August 7th, between 5-7pm, Arta Gallery, which is in the Distillery District, is having its summer group show. I will have two pieces on display; so please, head down and check it out!

 

MARCH 31, 2010
I’ve been working away on a new project, combining my art with music. No, I’m not talking about painting on stage while people play jazz in front of an audience. More details to come. (Yes, I am being intentionally vague right now)
Oh, and I’ve also updated the New Landscapes section with some new stuff.

 

FEBRUARY 28, 2010
The twitter feed has been acting strange lately. I’m not able to see any of the updates on my end, but some friends tell me they can see them just fine, while others can’t see anything. Weird. I guess I will have to return to posting real updates like this one.
The April 17th show in Keswick will be a showing of some new music-based scrape paintings. You can see a video sneak peek of those paintings by clicking here

 

FEBRUARY 19th, 2010
I’ve been neglecting to update this section for far too long. The twitter feed above is so much easier. Some new additions will be posted shortly, and I’ve got a show coming up this April 17th at Connors Music in Keswick, ON. Check it out.

Dog Days of Summer

Whippersnapper Gallery has a great reputation for supporting emerging artists, so I jumped at the chance to show there when the oportunity arose.

My friends were a bit late showing up to this event, so for the first hour, I was rather uncomfortable. To distract myself, I devised a system for gaging how successful my work is compared to everyone else: I would count how many seconds people spent looking at my work, and add 9 points per second (because there were 10 artists in the show, value is number of artists -1) Then I would count how many seconds they looked at someone elses art, subtracting 1 point per second. At the end, if their score was postitive, I had earned more of their attention than the other artists, and was therefore “winning”. (…Yea, the first hour of a show opening crawls by very slowly.)


Untitled, 38″ x 52″, Acrylic on canvas, 2009.


Untitled, 37″ x 52″, Acrylic on canvas, 2009.


Untitled, 26″ X 40″, Acrylic on canvas, 2009.


Untitled, 20″ X 26″, Acrylic on canvas, 2009.


Untitled, 24″ X 24″, Acrylic on canvas, 2009.


Dog Days of Summer show opening, September 11th, 2009.


WhipperSnapper Gallery is huge.


Dog Days of Summer show opening.


Brad is admiring my work.


Dog Days of Summer show opening, September 11th, 2009.


There were a total of 10 artists involved in this show.


Leaving so soon?

Letting My Mind Free

Shortly after the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, I received a letter from ARTA Gallery. They were inviting me to participate in a group show. This was my first opportunity to show in Toronto’s historic distillery district.


Untitled, 25″ X 53″, Acrylic on Canvas, 2009


Untitled, 25″ X 53″, Acrylic on Canvas, 2009


My artwork, minutes before the show opening. Shot with my cellphone camera.

2009 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition is the largest outdoor art show in the country. It takes place early each July, and draws over a thousand applicants, each one hoping to be awarded one of a few hundred spots that are avaliable. Normally, I avoid shows with application or jury fees on the grounds that it’s a rip-off for young artists, but my friend Raf convinced me that this event is worthwhile. I applied and got in.

Following this advice turned out to be a wise decision. At this show, some galleries had a number of scouts how were out poking around, looking for young blood for a show. It was through the outdoor show that I was found by Arta Gallery, who picked me up for two shows.

I brought along a little point and shoot to document my experience at the Outdoor show. I made this little video out of the footage. Click here to jump to the video, (or scroll to the bottom of this page).

Artworks on Display


Untitled, 10″ X 10″, acrylic on canvas, 2009


Untitled, 10″ X 10″, acrylic on canvas, 2009


Untitled, 10″ X 10″, acrylic on canvas, 2009


Untitled, 10″ X 10″, acrylic on canvas, 2009


Untitled, 26″ X 40″, acrylic on canvas, 2009.


Untitled, 22″ X 40″, acrylic on canvas, 2009.


Untitled, 24″ X 24″, acrylic on canvas, 2009.


Untitled, 20″ X 24″, acrylic on canvas, 2009.


Untitled, 14″ X 20″, acrylic on canvas, 2009.

Back


Untitled, 6″ X 6″, acrylic on canvas, 2009.


Untitled, 6″ X 6″, acrylic on canvas, 2009.


Untitled, 16″ X 16″, acrylic on canvas, 2007.


Untitled, 16″ X 16″, acrylic on canvas, 2007.


Untitled, 15″ X 23″, acrylic on canvas, 2008.


Untitled, 20.75″ X 23.5″, acrylic on canvas, 2009.


FRiDAYS, 20″ X 26″, acrylic on canvas, 2009.


Untitled, 24″ X 24″, acrylic on canvas, 2009.


Untitled, 12.5″ X 12.5″, acrylic on canvas, 2006.


Untitled, 16″ X 18.75″, acrylic on canvas, 2006.

Back


Brain Candy: complex language that hides the fact that I have nothing to say. 12″ X 16″, acrylic on canvas, 2005.


Brain Candy: redundant justification for following my passion and not having to get a real job. 12″ X 16″, acrylic on canvas, 2005.


Brain Candy: something that would be better expressed in essay form. 12″ X 16″, acrylic on canvas, 2005.


Brain Candy: cheeky insider artists’ joke. 12″ X 16″, acrylic on canvas, 2005.

Back

Event Documentation


My booth. I thought black would set off my paintings nicely. Instead, it seemd to scare people away.


Toronto City hall. This was my view from 7am to 8pm for three days.


This was my East wall, dedicated to showing older work.


Close up of my West Wall.


Some shots of how I set up my booth. I had to change it up a little bit each time something sold, and each day, my layout and set-up techniques improved noticably. And yes, the ‘Brain Candy’ series was on display!


Random shot of Toronto. Just because.


My friends Dave and Jeff made an apearance (and brought coffee!).


The booths are ready for the downpour. Why is there always rain at a big outdoor festival?


Yet another shot of the inside of my booth.

Back

I brought my little canon point and shoot along with me to the show. I wanted to document the experience of my first show of this scale, and possibly assemble a video out of the footage. That video is posted below.

News Archive: 2009

JULY 27, 2009

The twitter feed is back up. If you don’t see it, make sure javascript is enabled.
I have been working on some videos focusing on my artwork, and interviewing some local, Toronto based artists. The links are coming soon.

 

JULY 15, 2009

The Toronto outdoor art show was a lot of fun. Lots of positive feedback, handed out a few hundred business cards, made a few sales, and I even had one fellow blog about me. 
In other news, navigating through some of the older images in the CV section should now be a little easier.

 

MARCH 13, 2009

The CV section is now updated. Clicking an entry on my CV will bring up a gallery of images from that show.

 

FEBRUARY 11, 2009

After three very long days of work, Brad and I have finished a new piece for our show in London Ontario. I am very excited about this one. If you do enough searching on the internet, you may be able to find a sneak peek somewhere.

 

FEBRUARY 4, 2009

Alright, I have loaded three sections to the gallery, feel free to take a look. I will try to upload one new gallery each day over the course of the next week, until all of them are up, then I can get working on the CV section, which is going to take me a VERY long time. I am not looking forward to it. What I am looking forward to getting this website out of the way so I can get back to painting.

 

FEBRUARY 1, 2009

Ok, ‘shortly’ may have been a poor choice of words, 5 months have passed and there isn’t a whole lot of change on this site yet. I’m still working away, behind the scenes. Updates are on their way. I would like to thank my good friend Lilly for all of her help. Please check out her site, which can be accessed through my ‘links’ section.

 

~Kyle Clements

Images of Korea

Throughout 2007/2008, I was living in South Korea. I knew this was too good of an opportunity to pass up, so I picked up some paint, found a space, and put on a little show. This was my second time exhibiting internationally, and my first time showing in Asia

Seoul, 21″ X 31″ Watercolours on paper, 2008
This was my first time using watercolours in about nine years. I was using the kind of composition that would normally use for acrylic while using a different medium. While I am happy with the end result, the process itself was not great; it felt like I was fighting the paint the whole time, trying to force my materials to do what I wanted them to do.
I made a YouTube video documenting my experience creating this painting, which can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wr4-a-X0NBo 


Busan, 21″ X 31″ Watercolours on paper, 2008
This is the second watercolour painting I made while living in Korea, and I had a much better time with this one. Rather than forcing the watercolours to work the way I like my acrylics to work, I loosened up, and let the paint do what it wanted to do. It was looser, faster, and far more fun.
I also made a little YouTube video showing the creation of this piece: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5fWyQHEIgA 


Chonan #1, 21″ X 31″ Watercolours on paper, 2008
When I first set foot in Chonan, I knew I had found a special place. It might have been the giant hot pink dinosaur just steps away from the subway, or it might have been the food and wider streets, but this city just had great vibes, and I fell in love with it. I am very happy with how this painting turned out. This image was on the home page of this website for a number of years, and it was printed on the back of my last batch of business cards. And, like with the last two, I made video showing the process behind the making of this piece: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uzt-AhOWTMA 


Chonan #2, 21″ X 31″ Watercolours on paper, 2008
I wanted to make a painting of each major Korean city, but I liked Chonan so much, I painted it again. This time, I focused on interior shots rather than exteriors. This was a bit of a new direction for me to take for source material.
Here is a link to the video showing the creation of this piece: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yi-LPYYMJzQ 


Tom takes a closer look.


Tom and Sylvia looking at my work


Installation shot


Korean refreshments.

New Landscapes

New Landscapes was a sort of going away show for me. I had signed the contract for my overseas teaching job, and the flight had been scheduled. This would be my last art show for a long time. Canada has a strong history of landscape painting, and I wanted to head off on a distinctively Canadian note.

Y.O. Media Gallery had represented me since 2004, but it had recently closed it’s doors, and I was without a proper gallery. I managed to find a great space: a daycare centre. The large white walls were perfect for displaying art, and they wanted something colour to display. It was a perfect match.

I was trying to expand my skill-set, and I really wanted to emphasize the thickness of the paint gobs I was squeezing on to these. I picked up an air brush, because paint that has been spray-applied is perhaps the flattest and least-textural application technique. I thouht this would provide a nice contrast to the more painterly areas.


This was the very first painting in the New Landscapes Series.

I wanted to incorporate several of the techniques from my Urban Landscapes series into my landscape paintings. Playing with outline and negative space seemed like a good idea, and I am very happy with that cloud. I wanted the image to be fairly representation in the centre, but break apart into abstraction near the edges. I believe I achieved those qualities in this piece, so I was motivated to continue with this series.


     

     

Kyle Clements - Landscape (2007)
I will always think of this painting as the highlight of this show. I’m really happy with how it turned out.

                                         
Victoria Fenninger gave me a bunch of tiny old wooden frames. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with them, I normally paint much larger than 6″ X 6″, but I stretched canvas over them and used the frames for this series. I took a more minimal approach to this series, and I think it paid off. There are a lot of landscape painters out there, but I haven’t seen any that paint like this.

             
I almost never use oil paint, but it’s always a good idea to try out an old technique in a new medium, so I gave it a shot.

    

    

I had a lot of small wood scraps left over from The Texture Series. I was planning on assembling them into a large support for an abstract painting, but something about painting landscapes on pieces of wood seemed oddly appropriate.

An Essential Evening of Music IV

The Essential Evening of Music series was a number of shows put on by David Connors. They combined art and music, and encouraged people from the two circles to mingle and share ideas. I believe this was the last show in this series.

This was a very eclectic show for me. I had very little notice, so I had to throw something together in the limited amount of time I had available. My work was going to be scattered across several different walls in different rooms, so I treated this show like three mini-shows, with each section having a certain theme. If people didn’t know me, they would think that this was the work of three separate artists. The venue was very well suited for showing The Body Room, so I gave it the best spot, and arranged everything else around it.

The Body Room

The Body Room series was inspired by the cold storage room in the basement of a house I was renting back in 2004-2005. While the rest of the house was rather nice, this one room had a very dark, menacing atmosphere. It felt like a crime scene, or something out of a horror movie. Among my friends, this strange room eventually became known as ‘the body room’

I wanted to capture the feeling and atmosphere of ‘the body room’ in an art series. To create these works, I started by photographing every square inch of the room, and capturing each object from as many angles as possible. Using a combination of Photoshop, and acrylic paint on the images, the textures and tone of the body room was transferred to these images.





 

 

Landscapes

 
 
 
Kyle Clements - River (2004)
Kyle Clements - Trees (2004)

 

Abstract

These abstract pieces are kind of random. I just threw these on the wall because there was some blank space left over, and I figured, “why not fill it”. These are probably three of my favourite early abstract pieces. I was really happy with how each of these turned out. Each one represented a major learning curve or achievement for me.




I spent two years working on this piece. I kept thinking that it was done, so I would show it. Then I’d notice something that had to be changed, so I’d get really embarrassed, and repaint it after the show was down. I probably have more hours in this one piece than any other painting.

Event

David Connors helping Kyle Clements unpack and install the art. 2007
Dave not only had to set up much of the music gear, he also helped me unpack and install the art.

 
 

Hanging paintings on a curved wall presented some novel challenges.


After the concert was over, people took the time to stop and look at my art a second time.

David Connors helping Kyle Clements unpack and install the art. 2007
Dave helped me unpack and install the art.

electrified v2.0

After my experience with Electrified, I wanted to keep the ball rolling, so I pulled this apartment show together. I was interested in taking a more minimalist approach this time around. I simplified my paintings by zooming in on small sections of other paintings, and using that as the basis for the next painting. My palette moved away from the primaries, and focused towards the tertiaries. Registration errors were made more prominent. I played around with the viscosity of the paint; going from thin and watery to thick like a drywall paste. I introduced pearlescent pigments. I wanted to see how far I could push this Urban Landscapes series, what would work, and what would not, and a non-commercial apartment showing was a great opportunity to do just that, and solicit feedback from my friends and peers.


Urban Landscape, 16″ x 16″, acrylic on canvas, 2006.


Urban Landscape, 16″ x 20″, acrylic on canvas, 2006.


Urban Landscape, 16″ x 20″, acrylic on canvas, 2006.


Urban Landscape 1, 44″ x 56″ (approx), acrylic on canvas, 2006.


Urban Landscape 2, 44″ x 54″ (approx), acrylic on canvas, 2006.


Urban Landscape 3, 42″ x 52″, acrylic on canvas, 2006.


The apartment, where the show was held.