today it's all about me, in ways I'm not ready to divulge...in the interim, I'm going to follow the internet trail of "Who's Getting All the Grants" in Montreal. A deadly dull enterprise for anyone not directly involved in the Montreal art scene, perhaps, or perhaps not. I've always wondered about who gets what + how much, etc. and how come, in particular, in the artist run galleries, the same ol' same ol' artists hop from one artist run gallery to another + all those things. + I'm going to pursue this train of thought + perhaps have a show about it, I'm thinking not in an artist run gallery....
It got 58,000 in 2005, which is 4833.33 per month (2006 Canada Council grant winners aren't public until 2007 August, why?) Now let's see what exhibitions this gallery (which I've shown in the past) presented in 2005. This gallery, it states on its site is open 12pm-6pm, Wed; 12pm-9pm, Thurs-Fri; 12pm-5pm, Sat-Sun.
So these are the shows listed: 2005
This Call was to Have Effect
by Pavilion Projects
in the window from December 22 to January 9 2005
opening Friday January 7 starting at 7pm (That's 18 days)
by Marianne Corless
in the gallery from January 14 to February 20 2005
opening Friday January 14 starting at 7pm (that's 38 days)
Les Reines Prochaines (5 Swiss Artists)
tour March 2005 (can't tell, was this a one nighter? or more)
"(Switzerland's les Reines Prochaines lead
a royal rebellion
by LORRAINE CARPENTER
"With a lively blend of music, lights, video, props and costumes, not to mention personality, les Reines Prochaines bridge politically infused, avant-garde art and colourful, accessible entertainment. The Basel-based group, whose alumni includes renowned artist Pipilotti Rist, has seen some lineup changes since their start in 1987, yet their method and madness have generally remained the same.
"A kind of language has developed in the music and the performance and the way of working, and this has grown over 18 years, so it's quite strong," says Barbara Naegelin, one of the group's newer members. An integral part of this language is the music, a smorgasbord of 20th-century European sounds, from classic cabaret to traditional Eastern, with touches of the contemporary. Throughout their shows, singer-songwriters Michèle Fuchs, Fränzi Madörin, Muda Mathis, Sus Zwick and Naegelin pass the mic and the instruments, taking turns singing lead (in German, French and English) and playing horns, keys, strings, synths, guitars and drums.
Accompanying their democratic musicianship is a substantial dose of liberal politics, particularly feminism. Les Reines Prochaines have always dealt with women's issues in their work, but Switzerland's swing to the right in 2003's elections, which left only one woman in its government, has not only re-stoked the group's fire, but brought a new generation into the liberal fold, a major step forward from the laissez-faire apoliticism and feminist backlash of the late '90s and early '00s. That said, les Reines's approach to politics bears little resemblance to the strident methods of North America's street activists and big womyn on campus.
"We don't speak out that we are feminists, except in interviews," explains Naegelin. "We're all women and we're talking about everyday life so we're ourselves a manifestation. We're not saying, ‘Feminism, feminism, feminism.'"
"Well, maybe a little bit in this show," adds Zwick.
"Yes, there's one song that's a parody of a war song, for equal rights," Naegelin admits.
Although Mathis, Naegelin and Zwick are already in Montreal with their installation La géographie transparente (at Galerie la Centrale until April 17), "this show" is Halluzination, to be performed as part of Studio 303's 12th annual Edgy Women festival. Les Reines' latest multimedia spectacle was inspired by Switzerland's devastating election ("The worst imaginable politician was elected," Naegelin says), and general dejection among liberals.
"We worked our whole life in a political way," says Mathis, "but we found that - "
" - it didn't help," concludes Naegelin. "The only thing that helps now is hallucinations or hypnosis," she says, as Mathis casts spells with her hands. Call it escapism dotted (and umlauted) with reality checks and crossed with irony and self-deprecation.
"We're left to our dreams but we cannot accept this, so we still talk about it," says Naegelin. "We're in the middle of it and feeling it, but we're making fun of ourselves at the same time.)"
Artist talk evening
by Muda Mathis & Sus Zwick & Barbara Naegelin and Les Reines Prochaines
on Wednesday March 23 at 7pm @ La Crentrale (one night)
La géographie transparente
by Muda Mathis & Sus Zwick and Barbara Naegelin
in the gallery from March 11 to April 17 2005
opening Friday March 11, starting at 7PM. (36 days)
Shop-Window Performance Links Embroidery, Biology and the Migration of Cultural Patterns
performance at La Centrale on April 20th from noon to 6:00 p.m.
and on April 21st from noon to 2:00 p.m.
opening on Thursday April 21st @ 7pm at La Centrale
WUH-PHARR : Boldly Go Where No Man Has gone Before
Concordia's 2004-05 Women and the Fine Arts group
A sound and video Exposition in the gallery on April 22nd and 23rd 2005
Opening April 22nd at 8pm @ La Centrale
ANNIVERSAIRE : hI-5
in the streets and in the gallery from April 30th and May 1st 2005
exhibition from May 7th to June 5th 2005
goin' down : metro rider invites you to go down with her.
meet @ la centrale on wednesday may 25 at 1pm
n.b. exhibition in the gallery on pause from May 18th 'til the 22nd
Studio XX presents
Périphéries + proximités
performances of : Suzanne Binet-Audet, Karèya Audet + Michelle Kasprzak, Raylene Campbell, Nathalie Derome + Nathalie Dion, et installation deTamara Vukov
performances in the gallery on Thursday May 20th at 9pm
opening on Friday May 20th at 9pm
exhibition in the gallery from May 20th to the 22nd 2005
things that go down
by karen elaine spencer
performative reading in the gallery on Friday June 3rd 2005 at 7:30pm
Les fermières obsédées
performance on St-Laurent Blvd on Thursday June 9th at 10pm
exhibition in the gallery from June 9th to July 10th 2005
Seafarers and Fishwives
by Jennifer Crane
exhibition in the gallery from July 22 to August 21 2005
opening on Friday July 22 at 7pm
artist talk on Saturday July 23 at 4pm
Multi-disciplinary event in front and inside the gallery
from August 25th to 28th 2005 !
presentation / workshop
Tuesday September 6th 2005, 6pm
The Myth of Sexual Loss
Presented with the Mois de la photo à Montréal
under the artistic direction of Martha Langford
exhibition in the gallery from September 9 to October 9 2005
opening on Friday September 9 at 6pm
artist talk on Friday September 9 at 6:15pm
exhibition from October 20 to November 20 2005
opening on Thursday October 20 at 7pm
Let it snow
Caroline Iqaluk, Annie Kavik, Sarah Qavvik, Mina Eyaituk, Sarah Kudluarok, Maggie Kattuk, Betsy Meeko, Mary Kavik Jr., Mary Kavik Sr., Lottie Arragutainaq, Hannah Kavik
curator : gyu oh
presented by the Nunavut Arts & Crafts Association in Iqaluit, Nunavut
okay now I'm starting to get riled up....
Funded by: Canadian Heritage. Canada Council for the Arts. Sheridan Institute of Technology. The Ontario Trillium Foundation. Canada's Digital Foundation. And I query the same 3 names. And I get "O". I mean really. Is there no accountability at all?
"A UNIQUE RESEARCH TOOL
Created in 1986, Artexte's bibliographic database com-
prises descriptions of more than 16,000 documents on contemporary art.
Artexte has developed several specific fields for its bibliographic database, which indicate: the names of all authors, the type of document, the exhibition dates and place, the name of the exhibition curator, etc."
So I checked it out...and looked up me, "Edith Dora Rey" Okay, not a household name, but I've got work in government art banks, I've had several government grants + government exhibitions replete with catalogues..not to mention, shows in Canada Council funded galleries. And what do I find? "No records found by latest query." Fair enough, it's not like I represented Canada in any Venice Biennial or anything. Like Barbara Steinman, who did represent Canada in a Venice Biennial. So I tried her name. Same deal... "No records found by latest query." I tried a friend of mine, who just had a mega show on the west coast, Robin Peck + has published all sorts of books, critiques, etc. etc. Same deal. So okay. That's all my brain can take for today. But I will continue this thread. Not that I'm a prairie Harper Valley redneck. I attended 2 of the finest art schools in Canada, West Coast + East Coast. I had profs, eg. Jeff Wall. But I believe in democracy + accountablitity. If you're getting 100,000 grand plus per year, plus summers "by appointment only" to host a "bibliographic database" of contemporary Canadian artists...? Deliver.
It's got a lovely website.
I may go down to the office to check it out, but I see it's by appointment only from June 26 to September 3rd. Okay. Here's what they say about themselves.
"Established in 1980 by art historian Francine Périnet and artists Angela Grauerholz and Anne Ramsden, Artexte Information Centre began as a bookstore specializing in Canadian and International contemporary art. The organization responded to an essential need in Quebec and Canada for up to date, accurate information on contemporary visual art.
In order to realize their objective of disseminating this information in 1981, the founders opened a documentation centre in Montreal. They then created Artextes Editions, which today comprises about 15 titles. Finally, they set up a national service for the distribution of exhibition catalogues and independent publications on contemporary art. In 1997 this service was transferred to a private business specializing in the distribution of this type of document, ABC: Art Books Canada.
In 1993, the bookstore moved into the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. Two years later Artexte let go of its bookstore operations, which were passed on to Librairie Olivieri in September 1995, under a partnership agreement respecting the initial objectives of the Information Centre's mandate.
In May 1996, Artexte moved to a larger space at 460 Sainte-Catherine Street West, where it still is today. This move marked the beginning of a new era for the organization and its users, by positioning Artexte within the heart of a network frequented by artists and researchers of contemporary art. This relocation also corresponds with the reorientation of Artexte’s activities by its board of directors.
In the Fall of 2000, Artexte put its Bibliographic Database at the Internet user’s disposal, along with a first draft of the Public Art Database, which will document the whole of public art works in the province of Quebec. The Public Art database will eventually include all public art works in Canada as well, thus meeting Artexte’s mandate.
After twenty years of existence, Artexte has become a renowned artistic organization which, by the scope of its activities, responds with a high level of professionalism to the specific needs of the Montreal, Quebec and Canadian visual arts milieus."
These are artist run galleries funded, partially or fully (ha, ha, that's a joke) by the CC in Montreal.
Program - Assistance to Artist-Run Centres
Articule MONTRÉAL QC Laurier–Sainte-Marie 42,000
Centre d'art et de diffusion Clark MONTRÉAL QC Laurier–Sainte-Marie 24,000
Centre des arts actuels Skol MONTRÉAL QC Westmount–Ville-Marie 40,000
Dazibao, centre d'animation et d'exposition photo MONTRÉAL QC Laurier–Sainte-Marie 90,000
La Centrale/Galerie Powerhouse MONTRÉAL QC Outremont 58,000
Oboro MONTRÉAL QC Laurier–Sainte-Marie 63,000
Optica MONTRÉAL QC Westmount–Ville-Marie 92,000
Vox, centre de diffusion de la photographie MONTRÉAL QC Westmount–Ville-Marie 43,000
So far I'm seeing Artextes Editions - Artexte Information Centre MONTREAL QC Westmount–Ville-Mariehas got quite a wad in 2005 -- 115,000 PLUS from The Flying Squad Program another 7,495 + I'm curious about them so I'm going to check them out.
"Find out who got a grant"
look for yourself but it's only 2005 for some reason, 2006 won't be available until August 2007. Why?
Discipline - Visual Arts
Program - Acquisition Assistance for Art Museums and Public Galleries
Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal MONTREAL QC Westmount–Ville-Marie 30,000
Program - Assistance to Art Museums and Public Galleries
The Saidye Bronfman Centre Art Gallery MONTREAL QC Mount Royal / Mont-Royal 58,000
Program - Assistance to Contemporary Fine Craft Artists and Curators - Creation/Production Grants to Professional Artists
Carole Frève MONTREAL QC Outremont 15,000
France Roy MONTREAL QC Outremont 9,000
Program - Assistance to Practitioners, Critics and Curators in Architecture
Jacques Bilodeau MONTREAL QC Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie 20,000
Program - Assistance to Visual Artists - Project grants
Jean-Jacques Ringuette MONTREAL QC Laurier–Sainte-Marie 20,000
Steven Topping MONTREAL QC Laurier–Sainte-Marie 13,000
Program - Project Assistance to Visual Arts and Fine Craft Organizations
Concordia University, Faculty of Fine Arts MONTREAL QC Westmount–Ville-Marie 6,000
MAI Montréal, arts interculturels MONTREAL QC Westmount–Ville-Marie 8,000
Quartier Éphémère centre d'arts visuels MONTREAL QC Westmount–Ville-Marie 8,000
Regroupement des centres d'artistes autogérés du Québec MONTREAL QC Laurier–Sainte-Marie 15,000
Program - Support to National Visual Arts Service Organizatons
Artextes Editions - Artexte Information Centre MONTREAL QC Westmount–Ville-Marie 115,000
Program - The Flying Squad
Artextes Editions - Artexte Information Centre MONTREAL QC Westmount–Ville-Marie 7,495
Regroupement des centres d'artistes autogérés du Québec MONTREAL QC Laurier–Sainte-Marie 10,000
Program - Travel Grants to Professional Artists
Bruno Andrus MONTREAL QC Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie 1,500
Lynne Cohen MONTREAL QC Westmount–Ville-Marie 1,500
André-Louis Paré MONTREAL QC Westmount–Ville-Marie 1,500
France Roy MONTREAL QC Outremont 750
Program - Visual Arts - Creation/Production Grants to Professional Artists
Michel de Broin MONTREAL QC Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie 25,000
Marisa Portolese MONTREAL QC Papineau 20,000
and I notice the manhole covers are painted "esso" red + white + I realize, oh, look that artist I was ranting about the other day (actually I wasn't ranting about him, personally, it was the fact that Canada might be a little generous throwing our money around to foreign artists) must have been here, at my very own gas station on the corner of Pine + St. Denis. painting the manhole covers. I'm not going to over exert myself tracking down his work but I'll certainly document it when I see it.
flew the coop today. Luckily I have not only my deep and abiding love for art that keeps me company, but my furry always loving family, Ollie, Bad Betty + the ever faithful Angus. Still, there is sadness. My mother used to drive me crazy with cliches, like, "well, that's life, ya-ya" (she's very Swiss), but ultimately, she's, like, ya-ya, right.
on time...then apparently 30 dollars short...so no videotron e-mails since June 18. Like I noticed. I did actually...so I called Videotron. A quick Visa intervention. 94 e-mails later...so if I haven't written people back...sorry, that's why.
an amazing baby, an amazing child, an amazing scholar, an amazing woman.
+ I will most probably put my foot in it because I didn't read the fine print, but moments ago, I got an e-mail from a local gallery, quite a renegade gallery, which I'm happy exists for a show by a fellow called Franck Bragigand, who born in France, lives and works in Amsterdam. I know because I googled his site. He's doing some whimsical art for the people kind of thing in Montreal here, which I am also happy about. Love that painting manholes stuff. What I'm not especially happy about, is according to the gallery's e-mail they're sending out to fine overburdened Canadian especially Quebecers, the highest taxed people in all the land, tax payers such as myself is the financial help of: Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Conseil des Arts du Canada, Conseil des arts de Montréal, Arrondissement Le Plateau-Mont-Royal, du Consulat général des Pays-Bas, de la Commission des services électriques de Montréal et de Belle Gueule! Fine for the European input, I'm wondering about the Canadian bits. I'm thinking dude, we are some great country doling out dough to European artists to make art on our turf. I'll have what he's having.
Oh + did I mention, the "Arrondissement Le Plateau-Mont-Royal" ..the h2w postal code, has the most artists living in it in ALL of Canada? Oh, I did, in a rant months ago...
"Collectors are grumbling about the scarcity of top-quality art. “There are some good things, but not as many as there used to be here,” said Donald L. Bryant, a Manhattan collector and trustee of the Museum of Modern Art. “The market is so hot, and the demand is so great, it’s getting harder to find great art.”read more I'm not saying my stuff qualifies as "top-quality art". I'm not saying it's "great art". No sirree bob, what I will say, how many gallerists/curators these days take the time to visit "no name" artists? Aren't they even curious as to what's out there?
they are blando, but pleasing in their blandness. My eyes aren't at their best. Some dumb infection, so using ointment which makes the world look oily. I painted watercolours in the backyard for a few hours today with my oily eyes but I wasn't entirely displeased by the results. Seems virtuous in some undefineable way to use such a limited palette.
here's one that got away...
actually, I have a whole file called "painted over"...I still have the digital photos. Sometimes I look at the work + wonder why? why? did I paint over that one. I'm a firm believer of the muse. You have to follow the muse. But sometimes (ha) you have doubts + you paint over something you really shouldn't have...
a visually astute fellow who works on wall street noticed in the (silent) credits,
an actor in the diner, playing Nikki Leotardo...Phil's nephew. There you go. He also mentioned 2 other possible shooters with motives also in the diner. see for yourself if you care.
is not fairing well in court. He is not allowed to blog, at all, + his blog, passionate, detailed + opinionated (like that's a crime? Oh, stop, it is? Is this Canada?) about art, art, art is sorely missed. A local art agent, Pierre-Antoine Tremblay, alleges Chris defamed him + is suing for $25,000! Here's what the Montreal Gazette wrote about it...last saturday.
either we've been "hood-winked",or Tony did get whacked last night. The last thing he saw was Meadow, then everything went black. When the Soprano movie comes out, long after everyone's bought the boxed tv series, I'm still convinced it'll be Meadow that takes over. Chase could have thrown us just another bone. A shot of the "Italian" guy coming out of the can with a gun...perhaps he felt that would have been a homage too far...?
of which I've been a huge fan for years + I'm going to go on the record...the last scene of the last episode will be Meadow -- in the near future. Or her boyfriend/husband, in a bathrobe, shufflin' down the driveway by a pool to pick up the paper. If it's not Meadow, it's boyfriend/husband, getting it for her because she's off to work -- now a lawyer, legit, ha, leading the Jersey families. Maybe even the New York families...?
a young (aren't they all) squeegee kid was sitting on the sidewalk in front of Provigo, on the corner of Mount Royal + St. Urbain, with her ever so sweet black pup, a smaller clone of Angy. Of course I couldn't resist giving her money. So I asked her where she got her sweet dog. Well, Ms leather+studs+tattoos said the pet store down the street. One of the stores that sells mutts for 3-6 hundred bucks. Mutts without papers, bred at puppy mills allowed + thriving all over Quebec. Why I thought these kids got their dogs at the SPCA, I don't know...
whoa,mama. My muse is taking me down some weird alleys. This, in real life, is strangely beautiful. The green radiates, like some nuclear after thought, the lips plump + vivid, the skin, Barbie at her finest. Plus, I'm indulging in roman numerals, which I've always thought is the height of pretentiousness + pomposity. But now that I've tried it, it's quite fun. Decidedly much less plebian than using regular numbers.
exhausting stressful lifelifelife day, this portrait from a few days ago. Hopefully tomorrow will be a calm, artartart day.
it was very cool not to paint in oils for almost a month, because when I got back to the studio, this day + the other day, well, I saw oils like one of those new york cartoon guys on their hands + knees, crawling in the desert seeing an image of an oasis. But oil is real + buttery + thick + I've embraced it. Painting today was like icing a cake, the paint is that thick. On the negative side, this painting will take months + months to dry.
one of Canada's most popular art blogs is in hot water anyone know a good freedom of speech advocate art loving lawyer?