Recently I was commissioned by Open Studio to create a silkscreen work that could be printed during tonight's Artist Proof sale, which features prints sold between $50 and $400 (as well as food, drinks, festivities, etc.). The work is produced in an edition of 25 (+artist, printer and publisher proof) and sells for $200 CDN.
Titled Substitute City, the print is an offshoot of a film project I've been working on for a couple of years now (now renamed Dead Ringer). It borrows the format of Thom Andersen's Los Angeles Plays Itself, but features clips from cinema and television where Toronto is the location but not the setting. Several recent works have sprung from this research - the C Magazine poster, the Born on a Train newspaper and (to a lesser degree) the Sunset Strip prints.
Substitute City is an altered transit map of Toronto, which includes fictional subway stops erected by American film and television crews. The work owes a debt to Metro Net (a subway line that ran from Greece to the Yukon) by Martin Kippenberger, The Frozen North by Buster Keaton, and the various altered maps distributed by transit activists.
There's a close-up detail of the digital image above, followed by some of the stops (printed as the verso of the certificate). For more information, visit Open Studio's site, here: