Archive for February, 2010

Nuit Blanche Feature: Celebrating Black on White with En Masse

February 25, 2010

Jason Botkin, is a Montreal artist and co-founder  of En Masse, an ongoing collaborative black & white drawing project that’s being featured for the second time at this year’s Nuit Blanche Festival. He was kind enough to share some info on the project and what they’ll be up to this weekend:

EN MASSE mobilizes emerging artists from Montreal and abroad in an ongoing series of artistic conversations, a non-linear dialog connecting these characters in the creation of large-scale, highly spontaneous, collaborative black and white murals and public installations.

Since its creation in 2009, EN MASSE has worked within diverse environments such as art institutions (Galerie Pangée), public events (Osheaga Festival of Music and Arts, Smart Design Mart), private contracts (l’Agence Sid Lee), and within community outreach projects (EN MASSE @ Art Pop).

Our mandate is twofold; firstly to increase the visibility of new young artists, both collectively and as individuals, and secondly, to foster community-oriented art events and programming, built upon a specific form of collaborative interaction and immersion between the chosen artists.

This edition of EN MASSE is realized in association with Art Souterrain, and the Festival Montreal en Lumieres for the Montreal 2010 Nuit Blanche festivities.

Launching on 27 February 2010, Art Souterrain is the biggest 15 day underground exhibition of contemporary art ever seen in Montreal, bringing together a huge diversity of artists for a production spanning the 3.5 km of underground tunnels from Complexes les Ailes to Complexe Guy Favreau.

This EN MASSE creation/performance event will take form in the tunnel level of Eaton Center, live during the Nuit-Blanche, anticipating the participation of 30+ artists working on a string of canvases spanning 150ft long, by 3ft high

The completed works will then be mounted high above the walkway on the overhead bulkheads until the 13th of March, 2010, remaining highly visible throughout the commercial center.

As well, we’ve received permission to pre-install an enormous 30 panel (3’x5′ each) series of drawings on paper, into light-boxes wrapping round a central spiraling staircase, a key installation which will remain in the space indefinitely.

Be sure to add En Masse to your Nuit Blanche itinerary (see next post for details). Also check out Jason’s website to see some gorgeous drawings (in particular the Erased Faces series)

Nuit Blanche 2010: THE DRAWING TOUR

February 24, 2010

We’ve sifted through Montreal’s weighty Nuit Blanche 2010 program and extracted the drawing-related events to check out during this all night romp around town! Check ça…

Marcel Dzama (Musée d’art contemporain)

Marcel Dzama is known worldwide for his fantastic, anachronistic universe and his hauntingly outrageous works. (This show is on till April 25 and is not to be missed. D&D MTL review coming soon!)

Free | 6 p.m. – 5 a.m. | Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal | 185 Ste.Catherine Street WestmétroPlace-des-Arts

En Masse Underground

One in a series of large-scale, multi-artist (30+) drawing events. Freeform collaborative jams in black and white, exploring the relationship between fine and lowbrow art.

Free | 6 p.m. – 3 a.m. | Performance: 6 p.m. – 3 a.m. Zone 9 – Centre Eaton (underground)

Sid Lee Collective: Blackboards
Blackboards explores the theme of transience by inviting prominent artists to unleash their artistic prowess on ten blackboards throughout the underground city.

Free | 6 p.m. – 3 a.m. | Performance: 6 p.m. – 3 a.m. Zone 9 – Centre Eaton (underground)

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts: Drawing from a Live Model at the Museum

Drawing from a Live Model at the Museum Draw from a live model in the evocative nocturnal setting of the Museum. Teachers will be on hand to offer guidance and answer your questions. From gestural drawing to longer studies, it’s a creative and tantalizing way to perk up your night!

Free | 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. | The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts | 1379 Sherbrooke Street WestmétroGuy-Concordia

Grande Bibliothèque: Snowball effect!

Snowball effect!Come and watch authors and illustrators creating in the heat of the moment! Facing the challenge of the blank page, authors will pair off, rack their brains and surprise you with their words. Once they are finished, the texts will be passed on to the capable hands of a group of illustrators who will take up pencil and brush and transform them into works of art under your very eyes.

Free | 9 p.m. – 3:30 a.m.| Grande Bibliothèque| 475 De Maisonneuve Blvd. EastmétroBerri-UQAM
Leonard Cohen Artworks

Leonard Cohen Artworks Come visit the exhibition of sketches and drawings of the great poet, songwriter and singer Leonard Cohen. Self-portraits annotated in his own hand, nudes and female portraits, and everyday objects invite the viewer to share an intimate moment with this extraordinary Montreal creative force who have seduced audiences the world over for forty years.

Free | 11:30 a.m. – 3 a.m. | Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan | 305 Ste-Catherine Street West, 2e floormétroPlace-des-Arts   bus 15, 80, 129
ProspectUs (Galerie ARPRIM)

ProspectUs In partnership with Ateliers Graff, ARPRIM presents ProspectUS, a collective exhibition by the Edmonton-based Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists (SNAP). These artists talk about the intimacy and immediacy of drawing and printmaking. With these recent works, ProspectUs opens up an engaging and stimulating dialogue about printmaking.

Free | 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. | ARPRIM 372 Ste.Catherine Street West, Space 426
métroPlace-des-Arts   bus 15-80-129

Galerie et Ateliers Graff: Art Ready-to-wear

Art Ready-to-wear

The Graff Gallery welcomes you to the Quatrième traitement exhibition, featuring sculpture-drawings by Martin Boisseau. Meet artists in the Graff Studios, and watch as a work is silkscreened onto self-adhesive vinyl. Then take a piece of this work with you into the streets of Montreal, becoming a “messenger of art.”

Free | 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. | Galerie et Ateliers Graff 963 Rachel Street East métroMont-Royal

Au Papier japonais: Black and White

Black and white Au Papier japonais showcases 40 small works of black ink on manipulated washi. Grey, black and white tones reflect the spirit and inter-relatedness of dark and light, day and night, black and white.

Free | 5 p.m. – 6 a.m. | Au Papier japonais 24 Fairmont Street West
métroLaurier   bus 55

Tyler Amid The Treasures : An Evening Of Creation (Galerie Monastiraki)

Masks & cardboard constructions by poster artist Tyler Rauman adorn the gallery walls, surrounded by a mesmerizing sea of lost and found treasures, dada creations, light projections and ethereal abstractions. Also, prepare yourself for impromptu performances and spontaneous artistic creation!

Free | 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. | Galerie Monastiraki 5478 St.Laurent Blvd métroLaurier

Atelier Circulaire: Live model and late-night scratching

Live model and late-night scratching

Accompanying the printmaking exhibition by Denis St-Pierre, a drawing session with model will take place at Galerie Circulaire (room 101, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.). This entertaining evening becomes more unusual as events continue in the studio (room 503, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.) where, during the DJs live performances, the public is invited to create prints on vinyl records.

Free | 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. | Atelier Circulaire 5445 De Gaspé Street métroLaurier

General 54: Which of these things doesn’t belong in a boutique?

Which of these things doesn’t belong in a boutique?

An evening of art and music. 7 pm: Vernissage. A series of 6”x8” works examining various small objects by painter Jeremy Gordaneer. 11:30 pm: Multi-instrumentalists Marie Davidson and Xarah Dion play and sing Les Momies de Palerme, songs and sounds inspired by immediacy, chaos, nature and our cultural heritage.

Free | 7 p.m. – 2 a.m. | General 54: 54 St.Viateur Street West

métroLaurier   bus 55

Did we miss your event? Let us know:

Write, Drink & Draw (Feb. 21, Casa del Popolo)

February 17, 2010
Don’t miss a great night of drawing and music organized by Sherwin Tjia WRITE, DRINK & DRAW (Facebook link):

Around this time of year, when a lot of you like to stay in, we’re inviting you out to have a drink and get some work done!

You are invited to write, drink & draw to live music at the Casa!

Cure your cabin fever and take part in this unique opportunity to be social and antisocial simultaneously.

Bring your sketchbooks, comix, computers, pens, pencils, drawing tablets, crafts, crochet materials, collage cutouts and yarn! Be creative alone, or with others!

Be coaxed into a creative groove by the trance-improv tunes of the band Pharmakon MTL, featuring Ian Ferrier, Moe Clark, and the absorbing guitar melodies of Kris Mah.

Sunday, February 21st
Casa Del Popolo’s backroom
4873 St Laurent Blvd.
(just south of St-Joseph, on the e. side)
Doors at 8. Live music from 9 to midnight.
$5 at the door.

Crossbreeding photos

February 16, 2010

Thanks to everyone who found their way to the Concordia Greenhouse on Sunday for our first D&D of 2010! Thanks especially to Sofeel for organizing it, and to Brad Barr for playing beautiful music. We’ll be posting some of the day’s drawings as they come in.

Interview: My Own Private Dante’s Disneyland (Red Bird, Opening Feb. 11)

February 9, 2010

Jacinthe Loranger is a silkscreening and installation artist based in Montreal. Known for her psychedelic landscapes and colourful characters, My Own Private Dante’s Disneyland is a series of photographic self portraits that poses the question: what if Alice fell down that rabbit hole not as a child, but as a woman in her thirties?

We asked Jacinthe a few questions about how drawing figures into her work…

D&D: Where does your inspiration for this show, and your work in general come from these days?

JL: Un sac de crottes de fromage peut être pour moi une grande source d’inspiration au même titre qu’une peine d’amour. J’aime attribuer une personnalité  à des objets. En fait, j’imagine que ça vient pas mal de la culture asiatique.

D&D: How does drawing factor into your silkscreen work? What is your process when you start a project like this (do you work from sketches, use source photos, etc) How much is planned and how much happens by chance?

JL: Je travaille avec le dessins depuis très longtemps. En fait, je suis vraiment plus à l’aise avec des crayons qu’avec un pinceau. Tout mon travaille en sérigraphie depuis les cinq dernières années, c’est du dessin. Je sais pas mal le résultat à l’avance dans ma tête. Je pense en séparation de couleur.

D&D: Do you consider yourself a drawer, or is it just a way to get to the final silkscreened work?

JL: C’est bizzare mais non je ne me considère pas comme une dessinatrice. En fait,je dessine mal! J’ai juste vraiment du fun!

Le dessin fait partie intégrante de ma pratique mais j’essaie de ne pas me définir selon mon médium. J’ai quand même l’impression de toujours reproduire mes dessin que ce soit en photo ou en sculpture.

My Own Private Dante’s Disneyland: The fantasmagoric universe of Jacinthe Loranger
Vernissage February 11th, 19:00–24:00
February 12th–15th, 12:00–18:00
Red Bird Gallery, 135 Van Horne O.

Drink & Draw Sunday Feb. 14, 1-4pm: CROSSBREEDING!

February 8, 2010

(message en français ci-bas)

It´s the middle of winter, deep in hybernation mode, life as we know it is sound asleep. But! somewhere in Montreal, high up in the downtown craziness of the city, lies a tiny paradise of plants and trees and love. Wanna find out where it is? Better yet, wanna draw the beauty inside it? Then come and draw with us at the Concordia Greenhouse, perched on the 13th floor of the Concordia Hall Building, 1455 De Maisonneuve W. Take the elevator to the 12th floor, turn left and follow the signs to the Greenhouse (up the emergency stairs).

The Greenhouse is undergoing lots of change these days thanks to the labour and love of the volunteers and Arlene (Greenhouse coordinator), and we will be able to witness the new seedlings they have been planting, along with the beautiful companion plants that fill the newly finished wooden beds. We´ll have the whole Greenhouse to ourselves and can occupy whichever rooms we feel most inspired by. PLUS we will be treated to live experimental guitar music by Brad Barr!

Meet there on Sunday February 14 at 1pm. In celebration of this day of love, the theme of the session is Cross Breeding.

For more info contact: dndmtl {at} gmail {dot} com


C’est le milieu de l’hiver, la vie telle qu’on la connaît dort tranquille, ensevelie sous la neige. Mais quelque part à Montréal, tout haut parmi le chaos de la ville, se trouve un paradis de plantes, d’arbres et d’amour. Tu veux le découvrir? Ou encore mieux, tu veux le dessiner? Alors viens dessiner avec nous à la Serre de Concordia, perchée au 13e étage du Hall Building, 1455 De Maisonneuve O. Prends l’ascenseur jusqu’au 12 étage, tourne à gauche et suis les enseignes jusqu’à la serre (prends les escaliers de secours pour t’y rendre).

La serre subie actuellement plusieurs changements grâce au travail acharné des bénévoles et de la coordonatrice Arlene. Nous pourrons observer les nouvelles semences qu’ils viennent tout juste de planter, ainsi que les jardins qui garnissent les tous nouveaux bacs en bois. Nous aurons la chance d’avoir la serre au complet à nous seul et pourrons choisir d’occuper les salles qui nous inspire le plus! Il y aura aussi de la musique live avec le magnifique Brad Barr.

Nous nous rencontrons dimanche le 14 février à 13h. En célébration de cette journée de l’amour, le thème de la session est Les Plantes Hybrides!

Pour plus d’informations contactez: dndmtl {à} gmail {point} com

Tyler Rauman at Monistaraki (Feb. 5)

February 4, 2010

From the Monistaraki blog:

Tyler Rauman, known for his detailed and otherworldly gigposters featuring hypnotic patterning, papercraft ghosts and lush geometric structures, presents new works bound to spellbind the visually acute viewer.

Vernissage Friday, February 5th, 7pm – 10pm (5478 St-Laurent)

Reportage Illustration & Studio 1482

February 3, 2010

If you’re a fan of reportage illustration, location drawing, pen & ink, or all of the above you will LOVE the work of eight incredible illustrators at Studio 1482.

From their website:

About Reportage Illustration

re·port·agenoun an account of an act, event, history, etc., based on direct observation or on thorough research and documentation. Unabridged (v 1.1)

Studio 1482 is founded on the discipline of reportage illustration and the direct connection it provides to the world we live and interact in …

They also run, which you’ve probably heard about, and are affiliated with a great source of visual stimulation and inspiration that we’ll write more about soon.

Sophie Glowa at Cagibi (ending soon)

February 2, 2010

If you haven’t seen Sophie Glowa’s show of huminal drawing/paintings and cut outs at Cagibi (5490 St-Laurent) pass by soon. It won’t be up for long!