Above are three skulls I drew in Montreal when i crash re-landed there a few years back. Got sidelined from completing the hundred I was aiming for but maybe Halloween might be an impetus to finish.
Drawing is my “baseline” art form, and I very much lean towards the loose, sketchy style of work. Like most of my focuses, once I get going at it it’s hard to stop but I have gone too long at times without even drawing a little. Though I am always thinking of drawing, but that is about as useful as thinking about pressing keys or thinking about digging. There is no act of art without point b, even if you have no clear idea where that it is. Especially if you don’t know where it’s going, and drawing’s a shortcut to this.
This past week I wrapped up a 10 day long project at the Visual Fringe (Festival) in Toronto. That was never in doubt. However, the evolvement of the space towards an eruption of collaborative work and the resulting potential for social / civic research was quite … unpredictable.
So, Dawn Buie and I decided to put up our own work in half the tent and that was that. I was super happy to be asked to participate and really had not been exhibiting much outside group shows and curating things.The price was right for the tent below, but then I learned a few months ago that we had to take down and pack away our stuff everynight – and to be prepared to have to move from tent to tent.
So that kinda nixed my idea to show some of my digital prints – not the right venue both practically and conceptually for this aspect of my studio work. But this was the Fringe Festival and, to my delight, I also learned that the “artist alley” was in the bar area and that lots of people come through.
Interview with Otino Corsano – this is one the best exhibits I’ve seen in 2011 so far. Thoughtful, skilled and conceptually kick-ass, it seems sparse at first glance then you quickly realize you could spend 6 hours pouring over the drawings, watching the slickly produced videos and listening to the soundtrack from another dimension.
The ambient lighting from the TV played havoc with my iphone video – this video is still very much in my interview happy place though.
excerpt from the press release below:
Otino Corsano: Happiness — Part 1.
1518 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario M6K 1T9
November 3 — 26, 2011
A collection of images culled from online social media sites, these moments of repose were then carefully rendered as ink drawings and finally further expanded into video. The storyboard drawings are organized into three sets of sixteen images each for the basis of the three videos.
The three 30-second “commercials” were produced by: Caroline Ryan, Paul Weeks and Peter Darley Miller (Editor: Ting Poo). Composer John Mark Sherlock provided the supernatural, ambient score for each video.
Accordingly, the work comprising Happiness — Part 1 progresses Corsano’s practice of collaborating with professional, commercial creatives to produce his art.