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January 24, 2013

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of presenting an illustrated talk on art and cinema called Synchronicities at the Art Gallery of Peterborough. It was really fun–thanks to everyone who came out. If you missed it–no worries–I’ll present Synchronicities Part II in Whitby on the third Thursday of March.

Since Saturday afternoon’s presentation I continue to find fascinating and relevant material that I could have included. I’d like to share my latest find that uses film as an inspiration. It’s a short film collage by the Dutch artist, Matthijs Vlot. He painstakingly sourced and pieced together various cinema snippets to recreate Lionel Ritchie’s ballad Hello 

It’s a clever project with the charm of a sentimental ransome note.

Click on the image below to play Vlot’s video. See how many of the 42 film sources you recognize. I’ve added film titles second time ’round…

Will I include this video in my next art & cinema presentation at Station Gallery on Thursday, March 21st at 7 PM? You bet!

January 16, 2013

With the new year begins a new exhibition season. Yesterday was an installation day at the Art Gallery of Peterborough (AGP). A solo show of my latest drawings will open this Saturday, January 19th. Pictured below are a few shots of me putting up some charcoal drawing inspired by 60’s European cinema.

The show will open with a presentation titled Synchronicities: Art & CinemaWith this illustrated talk, I’ll survey artists who are inspired by film and who in-turn inspire me with their work: John Abrams, Peter Doig, Mathieu Dufois, Douglas Gordon, Christian Marclay, Sheena Mcrae and Cindy Sherman

Where: Art Gallery of Peterborough, Peterborough, Ontario

When: Saturday, January 19th, 1:00 p.m.

Finishing Touches

Finishing Touches

Installing "The Waiting"

The shows at the AGP will continue until March 17th, 2013. Hope to see you in Peterborough…


March 23, 2012

Late last year, the three of us met to adjudicate for the Art Gallery of Peterborough’s inaugural Triennial (occurring every third year). Colleagues Fynn Leitch from Peterborough’s artist-run Artspace, Linda Jansma from the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, and I met up to review 116 applications from artist living in eight municipal regions. I clearly recall the jurying process was stream-lined and efficient thanks to AGP staff Anca Pascalau and Curator Carla Garnet.

Triennial opens @ AGP

Selecting work is one thing, but arranging and organizing group exhibition of this scale is another. This culmination of hard work by the AGP team and the 75 artists featured in this year’s Triennial are now on view in Peterborough. I enjoyed seeing the salon-style abstract and landscape groupings punctuated with more contemplative moments in-between. This show’s got it all—a diverse mélange of pictorial and conceptual approaches. But is there a hidden theme that runs through the show? If you’ve seen the show, let me know what you think. The show continues until April 29…