Monday, January 12, 2015

New Website

I made a new website over the Winter Holidays.

This website is different from my last because while it has a small archive of artwork, it focuses more on my curatorial projects. While I'm still doing a few final tweeks, you may find it here:

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Evolution of a Drawing

I just finished the above drawing for Maximumrocknroll's upcoming Comics and Art Issue. This one is a real hand still hurts!

The inclusion of the photos in this post illustrates how the drawn image came to be. In the summer, I took about a dozen photos after an industrial fire in the North End of Hamilton where I live. The photos turned out really well-- the contrast between the vivid blue sky, the iconic red Hamilton brick and the extremely orange rust was really striking. And the way the remains of the fire were reduced to rubble was also really something.

As amazing as the colour was in the photo, I decided to translate the photo into a black and white drawing. The idea for the drawing comes from global cities and global culture and the continuous allure of the cities named in the illustration (the text is lifted from the American Apparel bag) in contrast to my own feelings of immobility, and the obvious immobility of a lot of people who live in my city, and more specifically, my neighbourhood.

When I moved to Hamilton, I was more or less unemployed for over a year. In one of the coldest winters on record, Ben and I would walk for a half hour to his shop one block north of the site of this fire late at night to plan the business he was about to start. Even though we were on the cusp of "starting something new," it was one of the most depressing, lonely, fraught winters of both of our lives. Occasionally, I would go back to Toronto to visit friends and a favourite topic of conversation among many of my friends and acquaintances was the trips they were about to go on, had been on, or just went on as part of school or for pleasure. The contrast between the topic of travel and the way I felt at the time felt really cruel. 

This is what this drawing is about.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Winterlore on AKIMBLOG

Nice mention of last year's Hamilton Winterfest exhibition, Winterlore, on Akimblog's 2014 Critic's Picks, Hamilton edition. Thanks, Stephanie Vegh!

This year's exhibition is fast approaching. More info in this recent post here.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Hamilton Winterfest

There are some very exciting exhibitions on the horizon in Hamilton that I'm involved with that may be of interest to those in the area engaged in the often intersecting worlds of art and heritage. I'm putting on another outdoor exhibition as part of Hamilton Winterfest this February. On The Waterfront, as well as Things Made Here are unique shows that celebrate material culture and local history. See below, as well as Tourism Hamilton's website for more details!


On The Waterfront
A Hamilton Winterfest Exhibition

Lesley Loksi Chan

Fwee Twade (Becky Katz and Matt McInnes)

Hopkins Duffield

Carey Jernigan and Julia Campbell-Such

Aaron Oussoren

C. Wells

To be on the waterfront is to be on the threshold of something. The waterfront is where settlers landed, and early trade took place. In the 19th Century, the area surrounding Pier 8 was home to some of the city’s first industrial sites, among them an iron works, boat works, sail loft and glass company. In On the Waterfront, industrial sites will serve as points of departure for contemporary artists from around and outside of the region. Evocative outdoor installations will draw on skills, materials and forms associated with early industry, as well as the social history of the neighbourhood. This exhibition will consider the Hamilton’s waterfront as a site of historical significance, tension and possibility, as well as a place where past stories and dreams of the future collide.

At the Hamilton Winterfest Kick-Off Event: February 7, 2015
12:00pm – 8:00pm

Pier 8, Hamilton

Things Made Here: The Collection of Glen Faulman
January 31 to March 21 2015
AGH Design Annex
118 James Street North, Hamilton

Glen Faulman (AKA The Hamilton Kid) is a 10th generation Hamiltonian and a 3rd generation steelworker. He is also part owner of This Ain’t Hollywood on James Street North—needless to say he has great pride in this city, and in particular, the things made here. Glen’s goal is to collect “an artifact from every manufacturing plant that ever operated in Hamilton,” which would be a number approaching a thousand.

On view at the AGH Design Annex are selections from his extensive collection of objects made in Hamilton. From a late 19th century sewing machine produced at a factory formerly located at James Street North and Vine Street, to a stunning Hamilton cash register made on James Street North at Colbourne, to nail samples and graphic ads for soda pop and beer, these everyday artifacts will be familiar to long-time Hamiltonians. They are a stunning introduction for those less familiar. Three types of objects are on display: graphic designs used commercially, the things themselves that were produced, and the things to make things with, such as nails and other components.

At the AGH Design Annex, we provide a platform for contemporary local designers. This exhibition will situate newer pieces in the context of historic local production, with the goal of celebrating those aspects of graphic and industrial design that have stood the test of time.

Curated by Melissa Bennett (Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Hamilton) and Tara Bursey (Independent Curator).

Join us during Art Crawl on Friday February 13, from 7 pm to 11pm as we launch the exhibition Things Made Here: The Collection of Glen Faulman. Meet the Collector and revel in DJ Johnny Angel’s 78 Spin Out – playing all your favorite 78’s.

For more information:

Friday, November 21, 2014

Supercrawl 2015 Call for Artist Submissions

This is a public service announcement on behalf of the Supercrawl Curatorial Committee!

Supercrawl 2015 Call for Artist Submissions

Deadline: Tuesday December 16, 2014

Supercrawl is a free annual outdoor art and music festival in downtown Hamilton, and the Supercrawl Curatorial Committee is excited to once again release our Call for Artists for 2015. Supercrawl celebrates the unique mix of arts organizations, cultures, businesses and creative people along James Street North in Hamilton. Last year Supercrawl attracted over 100,000 attendees and will continue to grow in scale in 2015.

The Supercrawl Curatorial Committee presents a wide variety of artistic projects at the annual James Street North Supercrawl. The goal of the committee is to curate contemporary public art which challenges site and context, as well as works that present new opportunities for access and engagement for Supercrawl attendees.

The committee selects projects by local, national and international artists based on artistic merit, originality, and ability to integrate within the festival's scale and energy. This committee reports to the Supercrawl Board of Directors. Since 2010, the committee has curated works in a variety of media, including projects by Dean Drever, Zeke Moores, Sean Martindale, BGL, Kelly Mark, Kim Adams, Max Streicher, and many others. Committee members are Melissa Bennett, Tara Bursey, Amy Kenny, Courtney Lakin, Ciara McKeown, Dane Pederson, Alana Traficante, Stephanie Vegh and Matthew Walker.

The Curatorial Committee invites artists working in a wide range of creative disciplines to propose works for installation as part next year's event, taking place on September 11-13, 2015.

The Committee is interested in seeking proposals in the following media:
Installation art
Video (projection-based is preferred)
Performance art
Public interventions
Storefront window installations
New media

Works will be installed in various locations along James Street North; in addition, the committee is looking to focus on works that can be installed within the following contexts:

Mural wall on west side of 20 Wilson Street
Various windows of buildings along James Street North
Street vinyl (adhesive vinyl art on pavement, walls or windows)
Silent video shorts
*Please email us for images and further details on the above sites.

Proposals must consider public safety, visibility, and that which can be safely performed, or executed outside with large crowds at anytime of day/night, and will remain impactful during both the daytime and night hours of the festival. Each project selected will be allocated an artist’s fee and production fee. Costs such as travel and accommodation, where necessary, may be covered and will be addressed on an individual basis; production assistance may also be available.

Submission Requirements

        1. Artist's statement—conceptual statement on the work (150 words maximum)
2. Practical explanation of the work—i.e. Scale, materials, methods, etc. Thought must be given to install plan and technical/logistical requirements, as well as cost considerations
3. Three images/stills/sketches of the proposed work, supported by 3-5 images of previous work relevant to the proposed project (jpeg, max. 72dpi, no larger than 768 x 1024 pixels). Include title, year, medium, dimensions for all images
4. A clip, link or digital copy of any video (10 minutes max), if applicable
5. A statement as to whether the proposed work has been exhibited before; if it has, please include details as to where and when
6. CV with mailing address, phone number and email contact information
7. Location suggestion for your work (optional)

The Supercrawl Curatorial Committee is open to creatively diverse work that has visual impact and responds to the streetscape of the event. Artists and their work will be identified and publicized as official Supercrawl curatorial selections during the event, on the Supercrawl website and in select media releases. Artists will be required to sign a contract with Supercrawl Productions Inc. The committee will contact selected artists in late January – early February 2015.

Send submissions to


Deadline for submissions is Tuesday December 16, 2014.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Gorilla Graphics: This is Our Brain on Vinyl

Ben and I whipped up a little installation for our awesome friends at local record shop Hammer City Records for November's art crawl. This installation is also a big crazy promotional scheme for Ben's new business, Gorilla Graphics. We are grateful that Craig and Leah gave us the space to purge our brains of some silly imagery lifted from the annals of pop culture's sewer.


Art Crawl Night 
Friday, November 14 7-11PM

Hammer City Records

Gorilla Graphics is a small business run by lifelong punks Ben Needham and Tara Bursey that specializes in producing custom vinyl and sign graphics for exhibitions, promotions, artists and businesses big and small. 

Part showcase and part mural, Gorilla Graphics: This Is Our Brain On Vinyl blends the objects and visuals we love from the worlds of punk, art, pop culture and design. This installation illustrates the countless possibilities for producing vinyl graphics for application on everything from walls to windows to drum heads. Radical vinyl decals for cars/skateboards/your UFO/etc. will be sold at the opening, with all proceeds going to Hammer City Records!
Twitter: @gorillasdovinyl

Hammer City Records

228 St N at Rear off Robert Street Alley
Hamilton, ON
Show runs until the second week of December!


Carpet shop signage, West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles 

South African Embroidered Panel at the Fowler Museum, Los Angeles 

Mexican Human Skull Mosaicwork, LACMA, Los Angeles 

Jenny's, Chinatown Alleyway, San Francisco 

Ricky Henderson Planter Mosaic, Temescal, Oakland 

 San Francisco Botanical Gardens, Golden Gate Park

Night palms in Westwood, Los Angeles 

Chris Burden and Me, LACMA, Los Angeles

Scenes from my time in California, September 2014.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

That Blue. That Red. That Yellow.

This summer, I had the pleasure of working on community art project Artasia 2014, an annual program of Culture for Kids in the Arts, which is the charitable arm of the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts. I was technically the curator-in-residence for the project, which was a massive, intense collaboration! The collaborative nature of this project rendered anyone's title moot, basically-- we all did so much, and there was a lot of overlap! Part of this work involved working with Hamilton-based sculptor Svava Thordis Juliusson. Her work produced for Artasia 2014, That Blue. That Red. That Yellow, was a big hit at our preview exhibition and final exhibition at Supercrawl and it was a pleasure to see it unfold in her studio. Here are some shots of it from two separate studio visits, taken in July of 2014.