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Friday
Jul032015

On a Roll

I have participated in a number of group shows at Blizzmax Gallery. It's a unique and charming venue, an old dairy barn in the far reaches of rural Prince Edward County.

The theme of the show is 'On a Roll'. Owners Peter and Alice Mennacher wrapped the walls in paper, leaving 7 artists to cover the walls in art.

As a kid I always loved the idea of drawing BIG. This is a largely spontaneous drawing created on site with no sketches or planning. I keep things simple and bold, using a handful of Sharpie Magnums.

 

The project is about halfway there. I will post further shots as the piece gets completed.

Show opening is July 11, 7pm.

Here is the final art:

Monday
Jun292015

Surveillance

It's an uneasy subject. Something that we live with everyday. We connect, we locate, search and communicate. Ask any question and a response pops up immediately. Remember that obscure reference but can't place it? It's right there on your mobile device.

On a personal level, I have serious misgivings about carrying around a tracking device that can plot your every move, your shopping patterns and queries, who your friends are and what you 'like'. But it's a part of our modern lives. What are the implications, good and bad?

What's your comfort level?

 

I worked on this full-page article for Security Management magazine. Thanks to art directors Roy Comiskey and Elizabeth Lankes.

 

Wednesday
Jun242015

New & Notable: Summer Edition

I put a newsletter together with all of the latest, on the Illoz website. If you would like to access hundreds of images in categories like editorial, science & technology, op-ed and gallery work, check it out.

New and Notable - Summer Highlights

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Have a great summer!

Monday
Jun082015

House of Falconer

Alexandre Fida is making a difference.

Alex lives in Prince Edward County. Between all of the projects he has on the go - does he ever sleep? I am impressed by his sense of design and a wilingness to experiment, to take on the projects others long abandoned, and bring new life to old buildings. On top of that, he has redesigned Angeline's and the Walter in Bloomfield, where he is the Innkeeper.

Let's start with the House of Falconer. This building of historic significance was mouldering in neglect for as long as I lived in Picton (16 years), and certainly much longer. The last owner of the building was Thera Falconer, who ran an antique boutique on Main Street. She passed away in 2008.

The house was built circa 1858 by Captain Downes (an accomplished artist). It is a quaint Victorian cottage style building with a towering gable peak at the front. Inside is 12 foot ceilings and large, bright windows lighting the front parlours. As is the case with so many heritage buildings, it stood by while other buildings around were removed and replaced with strip malls, parking lots and a large, monolithic bank plunked directly in front of the former front gardens, blocking the best sightlines of the house. I was expecting the bulldozers to show up, as they have so many times along thoroughfare of Picton, to remove the building and erect another shortsighted retail space or parking lot.

Alex aims to restore as much of the original fabric of the building as possible, treading lightly. Along the way, he has been dusting off old chandeliers, discovering vintage film projectors and quirky retro mermaid wallpaper, amongst other things.

Alex is also working with a team of restoration and landscape architects, and documenting the process with photographer Johnny Cy Lam.

Alex commissioned me to design a logo and identity for the project. I wanted to use lettering with character, a hand-rendered font that reflected history and Alex's European heritage. I did some digging and utililized a type based on a turn-of-the century German script.

Looking at the history, character and scope of the project, I was also inspired to design and interwoven monogram. This design also incorporates a vine, I thought it captured the process of growth and change, and a bit of the 'beautiful decay' that attracted Alex to the project.

The House of Falconer is currently home to artist's studios and is holding an Open House, this Friday (June 12) from 5-9. 1 Walton Street, Picton. Meet the creative residents and visit their studios/shows - food from the Hubb as well.

Alex is also working on restoring a series of reclaimed buildings, including a beautiful log building from South Bay that was meticulously indexed, moved and rebuilt on the property behind Angeline's in Bloomfield. He's dubbed it the Babylon House (it was moved from a property on the cryptic-sounding Babylon Road).

I had the pleasure of working with Alex on the identity for Angeline's in Bloomfield as well. We decided on a two-colour rendering of the Inn - it's a beautiful building with a lot of great detail.

 

 

 

Wednesday
Jun032015

Print Show

I decided to archive and catalog some of the print work I have created over the year. It's a real treat to focus my energy on personal work, roll up the sleeves and work in the print studio. My friends Kyle and Chrissy at Spark Box Studio have provided the space, the screens and the time to make things happen.

I am in the process of setting up the store at Big Cartel. Here are a few of the images I have put on the site so far. More to come!

 

Bicycle, edition of 10, giclee print, 16" x 18"

 

Extraction, screen print on collage, series of 5, 22" x 15"

 

Bird Flew, 4 colour screen print, edition of 10, 14" x 15"

 


CMY-Robot, screen print on collage, series of 14, 12.5" x 16"

 

Birdhouse City, gocco screenprint, edition of 5, 9.5" x 8.5"

 

 

The site takes no commission and all the proceeds go directly to the artist. Support your local illustrator!  All pieces ship unframed, and are trackable.

If you have any questions, I can answer them personally.