Thursday, March 21, 2019

Glenfiddich Announces the Winners of the 2019 Artist-in-Residence Prize



For immediate release:

Glenfiddich Announces the Winners of the 2019 Artist-in-Residence Prize

World-class scotch whisky leader Glenfiddich has awarded Canadian artists Christof Migone and Marla Hlady the 2019 Artist-in-Residence prize. Valued at $20,000, the prize includes airfare, accommodation, living expenses and a substantial production budget. Migone and Hlady will be spend the summer working on a new project together, at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, in the beautiful Scottish Highlands.

The three-month program hosts eight artists from around the globe to produce new works  inspired by the distillery, history, heritage, people, and craftsmanship of the surrounding area. While in Dufftown, the artists live in crofts, and are encouraged to share in a dialogue with one another and to foster cross-disciplinary ideas. Hlady and Migone’s proposal to explore the congenial gesture of ‘raising a glass’ perfectly encapsulates this spirit.

Marla Hlady is a kinetic and sound artist who works in sculpture, drawing, audio and installation. Christof Migone is an artist, curator, and writer who often works with language, voice, bodies, performance, intimacy, complicity, and endurance. Their work is celebrated across the country, and internationally.

"We're excited to be among those chosen for the 2019 Glenfiddich Residency,” says Hlady. “We each have long-standing individual art practices and started to work collaboratively in 2015. What we envision for our time at The Glenfiddich Residency can only occur as a collaboration, as we focus on the it-takes-two gesture and custom of ‘the toast’, its impetus, dynamism, spirit. What better place?”

Established in 2002, the Glenfiddich Artists-in-Residence program has become wildly acclaimed in the art world for providing artists an original setting, space, and community to create new work. The program captures the maverick spirit of the scotch whisky maker to relentlessly push boundaries and experiment with new ideas. Since its inception, the program has hosted more than 150 artists from 20 countries. Fourteen Canadian artists have previously participated, including Jon Sasaki (Toronto), Daniel Barrow (Montreal), Myfanwy MacLeod (Vancouver), Lee Henderson (Toronto), Vanessa Maltese (Toronto), Damian Moppett (Vancouver), Eleanor King (Halifax), and the late Annie Pootoogook (Cape Dorset).

Hlady and Migone were selected from over 100 entries, by a panel of six esteemed artists, curators and educators from Canada’s arts community. From the applications, the jury creates a shortlist of ten finalists, and the winning selection is made by the program curator Andy Fairgrieve, who says:

“We are delighted to welcome Christof and Marla to be our fifteenth artists in residence for Canada. The standard of all this years short listed artists was as always, incredibly high so it was a very tough choice. However their proposal to explore the ritual and ceremony of toast making while drinking is clearly a perfect fit for a whisky residency. I do feel that drinking Glenfiddich is a very social activity and making toasts embodies this sociality with a sense of performance. There is also a very social aspect to our residency programme and I am sure this summers cohort of artists will be raising glassing on the odd occasion.”

Fairgrieve and the artists are available for interviews, please contact ddyment@rogers.com.


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Liz Knox Book Launch at Art Metropole



Press release:

"Art Metropole is pleased to host the launch of Query: A compendium of Reddit threads, questioning the reality quotient of television shows, an artist’s book by Liz Knox.

Please join us on Saturday March 23rd between 2pm and 4pm to celebrate the release of this multifaceted inquiry into popular culture, contemporary identity building, and the drive to find authenticity in the scripted.

Query tracks the seemingly endless search for truth in fiction. Exploring everything from the attempt to understand one’s own identity through televised representations to how accurately a certain vocation is depicted, the book generates one long search for reality and self-identification in some of the most unlikely fictions.

Query will be available for purchase for $20.00 and the artist will be in attendance."

For more information, visit the artist's website, here, or Art Metropole, here.


Tuesday, March 19, 2019

George Brecht | Closed on Mondays









George Brecht
Closed on Mondays
New York City, USA: Fluxus, 1969
10 x 12 x 1.6 cm. (sizes varied)
Edition size unknown

An opaque plastic Canal street box contains adhesive material to secure itself permanently shut (it can only be opened very slightly). A black and white image designed by George Maciunas (see his mechanical for the layout, above) is adhered to the lid in which five children gather in front of two large double doors, with two of them doodling on the ground. The title appears as part of the graffiti on the doors, “Closed on Mondays, A Fluxgame, by George Brecht.”

Brecht's original prototype (above, bottom) was a wooden box held closed with a rubber band.

The idea comes from seeing signs in restaurant windows (Ferme le lundi), but functions just as well as a comment on the inaccessibility of art on Mondays (when many galleries are closed). The work also sits along other Fluxus kits which comment on their own opening and closing, such as Ken Friedman's Open and Shut Case.


"I made a box in Villenfranche - it had a rubber band inside. And then George came with this other thing using rubber cement and he had this photo made. That's more or less his recreation of the original model [which] has a little plastic sign on it with engraved white letters."

- George Brecht, 1983


Friday, March 15, 2019

Victor Vasarely










Victor Vasarely, the Hungarian-French artist often considered the "grandfather" of Op art, died 22 years ago today.



Christian Marclay | Krak




Christian Marclay
Krak
London, UK: White Cube, 2007
44 x 45.2 cm.
Edition of 100 signed, numbered and dated copies


Archival pigment print on paper, a reproduced shred of comic with the onomatopoeia of title. From the collection of the singer George Michael.

Bid here, from today to March 15th.

Tracey Emin | Every Part of Me's Bleeding



Tracey Emin
Every Part of Me's Bleeding
London, UK: Self-published, 1999
67 x 187.5 cm.
Edition of 3

Blue neon with an approximate current value of $100,000 CDN. The piece was the title work for a May to June 1999 exhibition at Lehmann Maupin New York, her first solo show in the United States. The exhibition also included large-scale sculptures, drawings, video, a quilt, a seaside beach hut and other neons.


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Hans Peter Feldmann | Untitled (David)





Hans Peter Feldmann
Untitled (David)
Düsseldorf, Germany: Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, 1991
23 x 12 x 12 cm. (overall)
Edition of 30 numbered copies

A painted plaster cast multiple painted in colours on the original metal plinth, valued at approximately $3000 US.