I will be teaching Comics and Graphic Novels at OCAD U through Continuing Studies from June 4th to July 9th, a six week long cartoon book camp- comics samples, cartooning tips, and a mini zine produced by the end!
Thursday, 16 May 2013
Thursday, 9 May 2013
Join WHAT MAKES A BABY writer Cory Silverberg and me at TCAF this weekend!
We will be on the second floor in the kids’ zone at table 267, see you there!
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2013
at Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St.,
Second Floor, The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon
Saturday May 11th, 2013, 9am-5pm Sunday May 12th, 2013, 11am-5pm
Saturday, 23 March 2013
Saturday, 16 March 2013
Join us at the Opening Reception - Saturday, 16 March, 2013 - 3-6 pm
50 Gladstone Avenue Toronto
Shan Hai Jing Dialogue. An exhibition by Fiona Smyth, Holly Lee, Erik Jerezano(main gallery)
Shan Hai Jing, literally translated as Collection of Mountains and Seas, is an ancient literature on geography and mythology in China.
The exhibition was initiated by Holly Lee, who moved to Toronto from Hong Kong (China) almost sixteen years ago. She started the series of photography titled Shan Hai Jing in 2010. Curious and touched by the works of Fiona and Erik, and finding so many similarities and equivalences under the term "mythology" in different cultures, she suggested to adopt Shan Hai Jing as a theme and catalyst to ignite a body of new work from the three artists.
Fiona Smyth explores themes related to Shan Hai Jing in her series of paintings. Internal and external landscapes are revealed in these new works. Smyth asks what are the domains that we construct to make sense of the real world. What visions do we see as we navigate the impossible. Smyth’s recurring motif of a sleeping woman appears as a symbol of both resilience and permeability. This somnambulist is both witness and creator.
Holly Lee's Shan Hai Jing is a photographic series of parks. Having lived for a number of years in Canada, she started to feel a sense of belonging, and longing to explore different textures of the city. There was an urgency to photograph the parks, which are abundant in Toronto. The preoccupation of shooting parks perhaps arises from the aspiration of wanting to see things beyond specific time, space and geographic locations. A mind journey. Are there more stories to tell, things to be reckoned with in these seemingly ordinary places? The artists once said, "My passage is not guarded nor ruled by time. Moving between the real and the imaginary, springing and bouncing off the trampoline to create free falls." In other words, Holly Lee's approach is to "rephrase" the ancient Shan Hai Jing texts with her own observation and narration, mixing contemporary and old, familiar and unfamiliar, visible and invisible. The acrobatic act is not without calculation.
Erik Jerezano's approach to this project was to build a nonlinear narrative evoking images of transition and transformation in a small expedition to his subconsciousness. Being more alert of the progression of the idea than a final result, the intention is to create a reflection about the complexity of the human relationship with the unknown, and how we use rituals and believes as an existential cane to walk towards the unexplored death. Shan Hai Jing has served as a point of departure to develop a series of drawings to be used as maps to get lost on a land of symbols and metaphors where the uncanny, the absurd and the oddness walk around the viewer in a silent parade.
The works in Shan Hai Jing Dialogue re-examine the shared genetic mystic roots of story telling, present or past. Constantly posting questions of the meaning of reality, and ways of seeing. Ancient memories passed down to us as oral traditions, blurry images and words - as "mythology" often so hard to interpret and make sense. But the word "present" posts an even bigger challenge, it becomes past at every instance of a thought.
Exhibition runs thru 28 April, 2013
Monday, 11 March 2013
Sunday, 3 February 2013
In celebration of a new association with Fiona Smyth, the Robert Kananaj Gallery proudly begins to present some of the artist’s works created in the last ten years. The exhibited works include paintings and drawings from the series Bride of Gene 2002 and The Virtuous- Rise of the Matriarchy 2007. Smyth’s themes include examinations of the elastic resiliency of female identity and the idea of traumatic memory living in the tissue of the body. Her figurative paintings reveal violent and beautiful narratives about the conflict of the exterior corporeal world and internal truths of being female.
Artist Silvia Argiolas will also be exhibiting new works at this time in the gallery space.