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.
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
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
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.