After an exhausting but satisfying weekend preparing and showing for the annual YES Art Expo, I am recovered enough to post a few thoughts on my experience. There’s always a bit of je ne sais quoi with exhibit-and-sales events like the YES Art Expo — a bit of bustling and hustling, but it was also a wonderful chance to connect with visitors and fellow exhibitors. Here’s a rundown.
Montréal artist-activist Emily Rose Michaud is launching the second edition of her ‘zine Pouvoir Aux Pousses! / Sprout Out Loud! tomorrow at local comics powerhouse Drawn & Quarterly. Emily established the Roerich Garden* in 2007, as part of the Sprout Out Loud! gardener’s collective.
The Roerich Garden is located on a plot of land formerly owned by a railway company, and is one of the last undeveloped green spaces in Montréal’s Mile End neighbourhood. This local community space is surprisingly biodiverse, and has been used by locals for various activities, and like other unofficial urban greenspaces on “vague terrains” worldwide, raises questions about citizen engagement, urban occupation and land use. Residents are now working with city officials to keep it as a open, green and communal space.
*Roerich refers to Nicholas Roerich, early 20th century Russian painter, writer, philosopher and theosophist who worked to establish “pax cultura” (a culture of peace).
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Pouvoir Aux Pousses! / Sprout Out Loud! zine launch + presentation + planting
DRAWN & QUARTERLY in Montreal.
Wednesday, May 22, 5 to 7 PM.
Graphic novelist / cartoonist Alison Bechdel (of Fun Home and Dykes to Watch Out For fame) came to Montréal to speak last week. She was humourous and humble in person, and gave some surprising insights into her creative process (lots of photo staging, writes in Adobe Illustrator). Though I haven’t picked up one of Bechdel’s books in a while, it was refreshing to see her latest work — coming in a full circle, I suppose — and to also see the great diversity of her audience.
Here’s an electronic music set that my husband and I put together for a September party in Montreal, under the banner of Dharmakaya. The track selections were almost split evenly down the middle between me and him, surprisingly, but it took lots of work to whittle it down, and for me to learn the basic techniques of operating a pair of CD-J mixers…! All in all, a very positive experience, many thanks to the dancers 🙂
I’m happy to announce that I’ve been chosen to be a part of YES Montréal’s Art Expo this summer, taking place at the Montréal Science Center, along with fifty-nine other emerging artists, musicians and performers who will be exhibiting and showcasing their work. Admission is free. More info here, check out this video of the day:
The end of April has been a crazy time for us — we moved and love our new place, but it was an herculean effort, and we’re still living out of boxes and tripping over things. But I’m happy to report that I’m showing some of my artwork under the banner of “INTERdimensional” at the gallery space of Burritoville, a downtown Montreal resto with an awesome vision: