group show: treme

I am a big fan of the public library system in general, but of the Halifax Public Library system specifically. You can read, listen, and watch just about anything, on any subject. But damn them for having such awesome stuff available that it forces my middle of the winter to-do task list down to make room for the following item line: “spend the entire weekend binge watching the HBO Series Treme“. Sure Season One was only ten episodes but heck ,that was ten hours of other tasks that went straight out the window (nevermind the other hour I spent googling cultural references and names used in the series.) So dear blog readers, because I have Treme {and Hurricane Katrina, and New Orleans, and jazz, and first lines…} on the brain, I pulled together a group show of art referencing the heartbreaking event of Hurricane Katrina.

I love this collection of artworks. Each piece is a great stand alone ‘take’ on an aspect of Hurricane Katrina, but together they really show the jumble of feelings: worry, fear, anguish, frustration, dependence, anger, hope, love… I also love how those feelings are conveyed through such diverse media, some artworks even containing physical remnants found after the disaster. Poignant.

RollandGolden2 RollandGolden SallyHeller-Scraphouse

David Bates TonyFitzpatrick  Swoon-Thalassa2 BenjaminJones-Evacuees BenjaminJones-Katrina  DawnDeDeaux-WaterMarkers2 JanaNapoli-Floodwall VictoNgai StanStrembicki-MemoryLoss

{Rolland Golden, title unknown; Rolland Golden, title unknown; Sally Heller, Scraphouse; David Bates, title unknown; Tony Fitzpatrick, Oh Black Water; Swoon, Thalassa; Benjamin Jones, Evacuees; Benjamin Jones, Katrina; Dawn DeDeaux, Water Markers; Jana Napoli, Floodwall; Victo Ngai, title unknown; Stan Strembickie, from project Memory Loss}

Be sure to check out this short video of Swoon installing Thalassa.

If you haven’t watched Treme yet, here is a trailer for Season One.


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.


{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?”

TroyLovegates-Canoe TroyLovegates_1 TroyLovegates-Rowing on the ashes

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.

TroyLovegates-Sunrise-Sunset TroyLovegates-Somewhere

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.

TroyLovegates-TheWay  TroyLovegates-ItCan'tHappenHere TroyLovegates-Untitled2010

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.

one: the son: no art for poor kids


{MTO, The Son: No Art For Poor Kids}

Ok – normally this blog category, One, is about a single work without discussion, but… this street art piece struck me this past week as my head and heart have been wrapped around a provincial budget issue in Nova Scotia that will affect many artists in the film and television industry. Then I read the story of this piece and where it is and how it came to be, and love it even more.}

Group Show: Bunnies

Easter Weekend is the perfect time for showcasing bunnies. Good glory there are a ton of beautiful bunny artworks, even after I decided to leave out any that referenced Alice in Wonderland and egg/Easter references. Without further ado…

AnielaSobieski-Iris AndreaDaquino

FabianCiraolo-Bunny AaronLaShomb-Lovely CathyCullis-TellingStoriestoNooneinParticular

VanessaCabban CecilePara-Bunny SaraSwink-Don'tBiteTheHandThatFeedsYou

{Above starting at top left: Aniela Sobieski, Iris; Andrea Daquino; Fabian Ciaolo, Bunny; Aaron LaShomb, Lovely; Cathy Cullis, Telling Stories To Noone in Particular; Vanessa Cabban; Cecile Para, Bunny; Sara Swink, Don’t Bite the Hand That Feeds You




ValerieDavide TiffanyCalderKingston-Hare

 Above left to right: Georgia Gerber, title unknown; Egene Koo, Hello; artist unknown from Brooklyn, NY; Valerie Davide; Tiffany Calder Kingston, Hare