group show: winter light

Today I noticed the light – the early evening light. It was hopeful. Beautifully hopeful.

There are moments in the deep of winter, like when I am curled on the sofa under a blanket and the afternoon light stretches into my window across the floor, and wish I could bottle the beauty and calm of winter light and save for times when I need a little sanctuary. Pure serenity.

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{top to bottom, left to right: Andrew Wyeth, Renfield; Peter Van Dyck, Living Room; George Nick, Tribute to Shostakovich’s 15th Symphony; Matteo Massagrande, title unknown; Carol Rabe, Yellow Dishcloth; Paul Schulenburg, title unknown; Kenny Harris, title unknown; James Neil Hollingsworth, title unknown; Vilhelm Hammershoi, title unknown; Jim Holland, title unknown}

 

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group show: cloud machine city

Does your city have an unofficial landmark? Here in Halifax / Dartmouth, Nova Scotia there are a few structures that are, without a doubt “so Halifax”. There is the MacDonald Bridge. There is the Citadel and the Town Clock. There is our spanky new Central Library. And then there is Tufts Cove – aka ‘The cloud machine’. While Tufts Cove Generating Station is technically ‘old'(ish) (1965), it has made its way on the new “cool” landmark list. With lots of artists now laying down roots on the Dartmouth / Darkside of the Halifax Harbour, the cloud machine is getting some great artistic props.

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Other cities have some great Power Stations which undoubtedly inspired more wonderful power station art.

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{Halifax artists top to bottom left to right: Emma Fitzgerald, Halifax Harbour; Mary Garoutte, Tufts Cove; Ambera Wellmann, Tufts Cove; Gordon MacDonald, Young Street to East; Harbourside Designs, Is My Darkside Showing?} {Non-Halifax art: George Barecca, Only So Much; Yuko Shimizu, Emissions Trading 2; Julie StAmand, Cheminees; Sarah Jones, title unknown}

group show – get your gig on

We lost another great one. In the past nine days, David Bowie’s death has been written about and talked about everywhere. I wonder if my kids will remember this death like my Mom remembers the death of Lennon or I remember the death of Cobain. They might not be ‘fans’ but they might hear ‘China Girl’ and remember their Mom singing it at the top of her lungs or hear ‘Ground Control’ and remember their Dad couldn’t listen to the Chris Hatfield version b/c it couldn’t hold a candle to Bowie’s version. It is also possible that they might not remember it at all. But they will have their own Bowie’s. They will have their own music to get lost and caught up in. Because really, that is all we can ask of great art – that we are drawn in and, for a moment, make ‘contact’.

So for the fans of music and art alike, here is a group show of wonderfully amazing music gig posters.

 DigMyChili-JackJohnson DrewMillward-Phish KenTaylor-FirstAidKit DanMumford-SoundgardenKiiArens-Beck TravisBone GaryMcGarvey-Horse  BradVetterwAdrienneMiller-FosterthePeople BradVetterwAdrienneMiller-anotherFosterthePeople    ChelseyCurtin-BlackKeys JeffSoto-PearlJam    DanBlackandJessicaSeamans-Sebadoh

{top to bottom, left to right – Dig My Chili Creative Group, Jack Johnson poster; Drew Millward, Phish poster; Ken Taylor, First Aid Kit poster; Dan Mumford, Soundgarden poster; Kii Arens, Beck poster; Travis Bone, Ray LaMontagne poster; Gary McGarvey, Sleater Kinney poster; Brad Vetter in collaboration with Adrienne Miller, both Foster the People posters; Chelsey Curtin, Black Keys poster; Jeff Soto, Pearl Jam poster; Dan Black and Jessica Seamans, Sebadoh poster

solo show: troy lovegates / other

Christmas is finally packed away and the house is slowly getting back to its usual rhythm. There is still a need to sweep up the tree needles {for the umtenth time} scattered throughout the hall and livingroom. Those Christmas lights on the roof might have to wait until the Spring thaw. And dang – one of my gifts from my sweetheart is awaiting a frame. {Ikea. I am looking at you. Your frames are needed in Nova Scotia. Just sayin’.}

This Christmas, a gift of art bestowed to me was a print {the one shown below} I had been admiring for some time created by Troy Lovegates {also known as Other} in collaboration with author Jeff Parker for Papirmass‘s issue #54.

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{source: Papirmass}

I began this art blog two years ago writing about my first art love, Marc Chagall. When I first became exposed to Chagall as a teen, it was like a piece of wall paper was torn off to reveal a larger art field. I was amazed. I was enlightened. I wanted to rip away more paper and see more.

As I continued to learn and study and explore art, I have been exposed to many wonderful art works and many talented artists. But the art of Troy Lovegates is in the realm of Chagall for me – an artist that widens my perspective. He is most certainly skilled. But I am most amazed by the imagery used in Lovegates pieces. Like with many of my favorite films, books or pieces of music, some of Troy Lovegates art leaves me wondering “where the hell did that image come from?”

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I love that I am curious about Lovegates / Other’s art works. While there is an obvious “Other” style, his work is constantly evolving. I am curious by his choice of materials – often found. I am curious about this choice of imagery and themes. And I love that I am curious about this subjects, his unique looking people who wear their life stories on their bodies, real or imagined, I want to know more.

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I am going to say that the images shown in this post don’t really illustrate the wonderful detail of a Troy Lovegates artwork. Seeing a Troy Lovegates art piece in person is a treat. Owning one {or a few} is a treasure.

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Troy Lovegates, aka Other, is an artist that originally hails from Ottawa, Ontario. And though he now lives in San Fransico, California, he travels often and is best found on the internet on his Facebook page or his Flickr page.

Editor’s note: Halifax go see Other’s work in person. There is a piece of his street art on a side door of the building housing The Coast offices as well as a beautiful collaboration with Saddo on a wall on Gottingen Street.

film club: finding vivian maier

I am going to start this post with an image.

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Boom. A perfectly photographed picture. His gaze. The light. The composition.

This photograph was not taken a famous photographer. And up until 2007, this photographer was not known at all, to anyone. And if it hadn’t been for a young junk finder, John Maloof, perhaps may have remained unknown.

A fortuitous purchase of a lot of negatives at an auction, Maloof takes a journey to find the photographer of negatives. Why? Because in the thousands and thousands of negatives, John saw this:

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When John Maloof looked at these images, he knew he had found a treasure. And so began his search for a completely unknown street photographer who captured the peculiarities of everyday life.

The film Finding Vivian Maier attempts to unravel the tangled story of a nanny & housekeeper who ‘took photographs’. Vivian Maier was known by few, and those few – charges, employers, and a few shop keepers – knew very little about her. No one was sure where she came from. No one was even really sure of her name. But everyone remembered the camera around her neck.

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Her images are incredible. Her story is mystifying. And then there is the story of the kid, John Maloof’s, obsession and detective work. The documentary is well worth the watch.