Archive for July, 2010

African Night, July 24 (Galérie Synesthésie)

July 21, 2010

In honour of the Festival International Nuits d’Afrique, Galérie Synesthésie is hosting their second cultural-themed drawing event this Saturday, July 24. The cost is $15, which includes wine and snacks. Here’s the Facebook event.

À l’avant-dernière journée du Festival International Nuits d’Afrique le Galérie Synesthésie nous propose un atelier de modèle vivant à la thème africaine. Le prix d’entrée est de 15 $ (incluant le vin et les victuailles). Voici l’événement facebook.

And here are some images from last month’s Jimi Hendrix Drawing Experience:

Jason Botkin: Last Minute (Galerie Pangée, July 14)

July 9, 2010

A new series of paintings by Jason Botkin will be on display at Galerie Pangée starting Wednesday July 14. Entitled “Last Minute,” the show is part of Extreme Painting (link to Canadian Art article), an exhibition series bridging 16 commercial galleries across Montreal. The show will be up until the first week of August.

Comic book launch: Yes, Yes… No: The story of one of many virgins (July 12)

July 9, 2010

I first saw Sofeel (aka Sophie Laplante)’s drawings at Expozine in 2005. Despite being modest photocopies of ballpoint pen line drawings, they leapt off the page, drawing me in with their delicate simplicity.

Sofeel’s work stems from her life experiences. Her artwork and zines cover such territory as masturbation, mourning a lost love, sexual abuse and hating Christmas. Like peering into a private journal, the viewer is brought inside the head and world of the artist, where things can be equally profound, funny, and cringe-inducing.

Yes, Yes… No is a story about a 23 year old virgin named Faube, and her experiences coming to terms with sex, family and feelings of inadequacy. It jumps between present time (2006) and her past through flashbacks and journal excerpts. Faube is a bit of a dork, a bit of an outcast, but she’s starting to figure it out.

Sofeel draws quickly, crossing out things that don’t work, often redrawing mouths or eyes several times until she gets them right. Readers will notice that many of these “mistakes” were left in, revealing her process while helping to portray a confusing moment or situation.

“I think initially I thought up the idea [for the comic] because I was sure I wasn’t alone in feeling so shitty/stressed about my virginity,” says Sofeel. “I want the “late” virgins and the ones who have difficulty dealing with their sexuality in general to not feel so secluded. In my head, I didn’t go through all that weird pain for nothing. It’s selfish, but it’s the truth.”

This self-published first run of 45 copies features lovely silkscreened covers, 25 of which include a 7” flexi-disk vinyl of the artist (also a musician) performing her song “Virgin Romance.”

Art is the search for truth, and artists like Sofeel, who are brave enough to be honest about the most personal of things, help us all along this path.

—Aimée van Drimmelen

Yes, Yes… No: The story of one of many virgins is being launched Monday July 12th at Casa del Popolo, 5 à 7. Comics are $20, $25 with flexi disk. www.sofeel.ca

Drawing Expo 2010: Galerie Rye (July 10)

July 2, 2010

Don’t miss Drawing Expo 2010, a giant group show coming up just in time for summer. Hosted by the brand new Galerie Rye in the heart of the Village, the show takes place July 9-25. Vernissage July 10, 8 p.m.

Drawing Expo! is an annual exhibition currated by Gabriel Deerman which presents Artists from Canada and abroad working in the field of contemporary drawing. Since its inception in Vancouver in 2007 Drawing Expo has explored current trends and looked forward to what the future holds for this exciting medium. This large group exhibition celebrates imagination, fantasy and the surfaces where these worlds are projected.

While the focus of the exhibition is drawing, the artists involved challenge disciplinary borders and definitions with their varying approaches to the work. Using print media, collage, brush and ink or the pen; from doodles to intricately executed renderings, a question of ‘What is drawing?’ is posed and an invitation to the viewer to ponder over and enjoy.

Drawing Expo! 2010 proudly features works by: Lee Hutzulak, Lucas Soi, Michael Comeau, Leyla Majeri, Aimée van Drimmelen, Shawn Kuruneru, Nadia Moss, Jaynus O’ Donnell, Robert Clifton, Todd Stewart, Nathan Jones, Shane Watt and James Whitman