cartoon life: More Wind in Clouds again

A few more Wind in Clouds paintings up at my Etsy shop today. Filed under: art Tagged: clouds, paintings, wind

cartoon life: Wind in clouds again

Filed under: art Tagged: acrylic, canvas, clouds, collage, painting, wind

wmtc: history repeats itself as toronto censors subversive messages in public art

Did the City of Toronto paint over a mural because a figure in it resembled Stephen Harper? Or was the mural eradicated because it bears an anti-capitalist message? Or perhaps a little of both. In early June, artist Joel Richardson said the City of Toronto painted over a mural that it had commissioned him to ...

cartoon life: Cat asleep

Soon, I’ll have my iPad back from iRepair in Toronto. This was done in Zen Brush, a few weeks ago. Filed under: art, comment, digital, drawing, illustration Tagged: Cat

Things Are Good: Haydn Makes You Healthy

Well not just Haydn, or classical music for that matter – a recent study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health has shown that the greater an individual’s engagement in cultural activities, the greater the benefit to their personal health. This trend exists across many different artistic and creative pursuits, and affects both men ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Anonymous: The Commons and the Last of the Outlaws?

The ongoing attacks on net neutrality constitute a new round of enclosures of the modern commons. If the original enclosure movements during 16th and 17th centuries in England signified the opening overture of capitalism, then the contemporary attacks on the electronic commons are certainly part of its fully formed fruition. Taking what was once common, ...

Drive-by Times: Nadia Plesner win: EU court rules against Louis Vuitton

In a win for art, an EU court has ruled in favor of Nadia Plesner in the case brought against her by Louis Vuitton for including a look-a-alike Audra style handbag in her painting Darfurnika. The ruling includes the following: “the importance of Plesner (freedom of expression through her work) outweighs the importance of Vuitton ...

cartoon life: Imaginary landscape in Adobe Eazel

Needs brushes: Flats,Fans… probably will be an in App purchase. Filed under: art, comment, digital, drawing Tagged: iPad, water

Art Threat: A Conservative government: What now?

Last week I wrote an editorial exploring the role of the arts in creating healthy and prosperous countries. With the government of Canada making major shifts across the board last night, becoming a Conservative majority government (I refuse to call it the “Harper Government”) many artists and arts organizations are writhing at the thought of ...

Politics, Re-Spun: The Political Economy of Professional Wrestling: Capital, Unions and Spandex

Wage Labour on the Fringes For all the attention it received, to my knowledge, no one provided much of a political analysis of Darren Aronofsky’s 2008 award-winning motion picture The Wrestler. I suspect this is largely a function of the subject matter of the film: professional wrestling has been a long standing punch-line, after all. ...

The streets of Philadelphia

Joy and I just got back from an amazing weekend visit to Philadelphia, and I was blown away by the city. I have been to many cities around the world – and I have never loved one as much as I love this one. I feel like I could go on and on – from the ...

Rob Maguire: Jazz Festival campaign wins marketing award

Last night in Saskatoon, Tourism Saskatchewan held their annual Awards of Excellence Gala, where the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival was in the running for the Online Marketing Campaign of the Year Award. After consuming the plates of chocolates and ground cherries adorning our table (how I do love ground cherries!), we were pleased to learn that ...

Rob Maguire: Debating art and ethics in the National Post

I was recently invited to participate in an installment of the National Post’s Culture Club. Described as a “Boy George-free effort to bring the water cooler experience online,” the project gathers arts and entertainment critics to discuss topical cultural issues. In a bid to encourage debate about art and ethics, OCAD recently invited artist Adel ...

hold my hand, performance by Montreal artist Jessica McCorrmack

ottawa craigslist ; personals ; missed connections hold my hand (City Hall Art Gallery) Date: 2010-11-30, 11:59AM EST Reply To This Post December, Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 I invite you to meet me in a public space and hold my hand. We will sit in City Hall Art Gallery and hold hands for 10 minutes (all details negotiated ...

Five of Five: Batman and the Birth of Venus

Isabel Samaras is my latest guilty pleasure artist. It hits my spot because I love both pop art and classical art. This Batman and Robin piece works in so many ways. And then there was this homage to Bouguereau and all those birth of Venus paintings, using character from Gilligan’s Island. Too much.

Mars at Night

Inhale thick smoke in a pensive positionAnd gaze unabashedly at skies overhead, wonderingAs I always do, without censor, at the originsSome nights my view is clear, others it is foggyAnd when it’s clear so much is explained, in thatPainstakingly instrusive manner the universe tends to have,when you can see Mars at night.And when it’s obscured ...

B(l)ogged down…

I’m with zoom! in that I’ve been feeling kinda down lately. I’ve had tons of great ideas for blog posts, but I just haven’t been able to put it together. Even right now, I’m only writing because I feel obligated to write something, and so my blog doesn’t go totally stale and lose all my ...

Illuminated By Street Lamps: Music For A Rainy Sunday

Polmo Polpo’s Like Hearts Swelling is perfect for Sunday.It’s a cacophonous sound collage from Toronto’s Sandro Perri.Admittedly, you’ll have to be in the right place to want to hear it.

Illuminated By Street Lamps: Local Artists Get AGO Platform

By now, you must have heard of the local food movement. Consider the AGO’s showcasing of local artists a kind of local brain food movement.My relationship with the AGO has been rocky for many years.After I visited the Art Institute of Chicago during a 2008 trip to Chicago and then again in 2009 with my ...

Rob Maguire: Marketing lies, beauty, and the Maple Leafs

YouTube is chock full of spoof ads, most of them awful. This morning I watched one that was surprisingly well made, if not particularly clever. The ad was a Toronto Maple Leafs-themed spoof on another Hogtown creation, the award-winning Dove Evolution video that drew attention to the deceptive beauty of the fashion industry. Around the ...