Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Pale Eyes - Britl Binary Video Premiere

Last week Ben McCarthy and I were pleased to premiere the new Pale Eyes video for the track Britl Binary on Chart Attack. Richard Trapunski did a small write up for it and you can watch the video below. Ben and I collaborated on the concept, and I shot, directed and edited it.


Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible!

Featuring: Julie Alexandra, Sam LaLonde, Wynne Neilly, and Theola Ross
Styling and makeup: Cameron Lee
Production Assistant: Rebecca Welbourn
Colour: Marco Fuentes
Thanks!: Paz Ramirez Larrain & Sue Johnson

✿ Music ✾

Writers: Lisa J. Smith and Ben McCarthy
Composers: Lisa J. Smith, Ryan Somerville and Ben McCarthy
Musicians: Lara Dodds-Eden and Lisa J. Smith
Producer: Ben McCarthy
Mixer / masterer: Mark Dorflinger


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Carnival of Sorts at G Gallery

Upcoming exhibition with Lorna Mills and Jennifer Chan happening at G Gallery, curated by Jacqueline Mabey/f̶a̶i̶l̶e̶d̶ ̶p̶r̶o̶j̶e̶c̶t̶s̶. The show opens September 11th and there will be a discussion and GIF making workshop taught by myself on Sunday, the 13th.

Jennifer Chan, P.A.U.L. (2013). Video still. Image courtesy of the artist.

Carnival of Sorts
Jennifer Chan, Adrienne Crossman, Lorna Mills
Curated by Jacqueline Mabey/f̶a̶i̶l̶e̶d̶ ̶p̶r̶o̶j̶e̶c̶t̶s̶

September 11 – October 31, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, September 11, 6-9 pm
Collaborative Discussion and .gif-making workshop: Sunday, September 13, 1:30-5 pm (held in collaboration with InterAccess)
Digital Catalogue: carnivalofsorts.net

G Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of works by Jennifer Chan, Adrienne Crossman, and Lorna Mills, entitled Carnival of Sorts, curated by Jacqueline Mabey/f̶a̶i̶l̶e̶d̶ ̶p̶r̶o̶j̶e̶c̶t̶s̶. All three artists appropriate images from popular culture and through their isolation and repetition, transform the arsenal of rehearsed, gendered poses of romance, suggesting other modalities of being.

Jennifer Chan’s P.A.U.L. (2013) draws mainly from yaoi, or Boy’s Love genre of anime. Remixed with dance music and the description of an ideal date, the work plums the mobility of desire. Adrienne Crossman’s Workout Series (2013) is sourced from exercise videos, cultural products intended to make bodies conform to gender-normative models of attractiveness. In a gesture of liberation, she transforms these bodied into fantastic, pan-sexual entities. Lorna Mills gathers together similar gestures; here, tongues and licking. Their isolation and preponderance, set in the infinite loop of the animated .gif, makes them darkly absurd.


Carnival of Sorts is curated by Jacqueline Mabey/f̶a̶i̶l̶e̶d̶ ̶p̶r̶o̶j̶e̶c̶t̶s̶, in collaboration with G Gallery.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

Jennifer Chan: http://jennifer-chan.com/
Lorna Mills: http://www.digitalmediatree.com/sallymckay/LornaMillsImageDump/

f̶a̶i̶l̶e̶d̶ ̶p̶r̶o̶j̶e̶c̶t̶s̶: http://failedprojects.net/

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

There Should Be Gardens - Curated by Amber Christensen

New work of mine will be featured in a group show opening at InterAccess on September 2nd.

   Image: Anna Eyler, Fugue in 3 Steps (2015).

There Should Be Gardens
curated by Amber Christensen
September 2-26, 2015

Opening reception: Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 7-9pm at InterAccess.

In its 14th year, the InterAccess Emerging Artists Exhibition features new media work from local and national early career artists, artists transitioning to new media/technology practices and upper year post-secondary and graduate students. InterAccess is a leading voice on the international new media arts stage and this exhibition offers artists a platform for early professional development. Former participating artists and curators have gone on to work and exhibit at such institutions as the Doris McCarthy Gallery, The Walter Phillips Gallery, Western Front, Trinity Square Video, Plug In Institute for Contemporary Art, Space Media Arts in London UK, FACT, Liverpool, and Transmediale in Berlin.

The 2015 selected curator is Amber Christensen, a researcher and curator who studies feminist/queer curatorial and media arts practices. She has recently curated film/video for Vtape and Neutral Ground and is a member of the Pleasure Dome Film and Video Curatorial Collective, and an organizer with the Feminist Art Conference. This exhibition was curated based on over 90 submissions received through an open call for submissions.

There Should Be Gardens brings together five Canadian emerging and early career new media artists whose work addresses the interconnectedness of technologies, ecologies, botanies, gender and the cosmos. The exhibition explores the materiality and affectivity of matter, blurring the focus of feminism and queer feminism between the human and non-human. Featuring Alana Bartol (Calgary), Adrienne Crossman (Toronto), Anna Eyler (Ottawa/Montreal), Kara Stone (Montreal), and Alize Zorlutuna (Toronto).

About the artists:
Alana Bartol is an interdisciplinary artist and educator from Windsor, Ontario. Her collaborative and individual works explore concepts of visibility, transformation and survival through our relationships with the living non-human world and each other. Bartol's work has been presented and screened nationally and internationally including PlugIn Institute of Contemporary Art (Winnipeg), Karsh-Masson Gallery (Ottawa), Simultan Festival (Romania), Museo de la Ciudad (Mexico) and Media City International Film Festival (Windsor, ON). She holds a MFA from Wayne State University (Detroit), where she developed and taught the first Performance Art course in the Department of Art, co-founded the student-run gallery and received a Rumble Fellowship. She currently lives in Calgary and teaches at the Alberta College of Art + Design.

Adrienne Crossman is an artist, educator and curator working and living in Toronto. A graduate of OCAD University, she holds a BFA in Integrated Media and a Minor in Digital and Media Studies. She has completed residencies at Spark Contemporary Art Space in Syracuse, New York and La Baraque in Montréal, Quebec. Her practice explores the manipulation and deconstruction of digital and analogue media in order to create new artifacts through formal re-interpretations. Her curatorial practice involves a strong emphasis on fostering community within the digital new media art world and bridging the gap between virtual and physical space. Adrienne is currently a Programming Coordinator at Xpace Cultural Centre.

Anna Eyler is a multidisciplinary artist based in Montréal, QC. Eyler holds a BA in Religious Studies and Art History from Carleton University (2010) and a BFA from the University of Ottawa (2015). She is the recipient of numerous awards, notably the Governor General’s Academic Medal (2010), the Jacqueline Fry Scholarship (2014), and the Artengine New Media Award for her graduate exhibition (2015).

Kara Stone is an art-maker creating videogames, interactive art and traditional crafts. She achieved an MA in Communication and Culture at a joint program at York and Ryerson University, focusing on mental health, affect, feminism, and videogames. Her work has been featured in Vice, Wired, The Atlantic, and NPR, and consists of feminist art with a focus on gendered perspectives of affect – but it’s much more fun than it sounds.

Alize Zorlutuna is a Turkish-Canadian artist and writer who employs a diverse range of media in her practice. Working in sculpture, performance, audio and video, her work draws upon her experience as an individual living between two cultures. Negotiating multiple perspectives simultaneously, this embodied liminality informs her creative practice, manifesting in explorations of interstices. Her work explores themes of diasporic settler relationships to land and colonial violence, queer identity and Islamic culture, institutional access and historiography, as well as gendered experiences of cultural performance and/or production. The desire to activate interstices where differing perspectives meet, and the meanings created in those meetings rests at the heart of her work.

About the curator: 
Amber Christensen is a researcher, librarian, organizer and emerging media arts curator. She is currently completing an MA in Cinema and Media Studies at York University and also holds a Masters of Library and Information Studies from the University of British Columbia. Her research and curatorial practice explores feminist and queer feminist modes of cultural productions and collectives through investigations of the affective experience. She has curated film and video screenings for Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative (Regina, SK), Regional Support Network (Toronto), Vtape (Toronto) and is a member of the Toronto based Pleasure Dome Film and Video Curatorial Collective.

Information can be found at: http://www.interaccess.org/exhibition/there-should-be-gardens

GIF of the Day on Art F City

Thank you to Rea McNamara for the write up and feature on Art F City about my She-Ra kaleidoscope GIF.

"She-Ra: Princess of Power, along with Jem and the Holograms, were forerunners of the Saturday morning girl-power cartoon block. The lead heroines frequently flipped between two seemingly diametrically opposing personas: She-Ra was the goddess-bitch alter-ego of Princess Adora, and Jem allowed Jerrica Benton, record label owner, to prototype upon herself holographic technology for pop music domination. At a time when women wore the power suit to navigate the still rocky 9-to-5 corporate terrain of the 1980s, these were heady, proto-feminist messages for millennial women: the Dressing for Success drag show, if it were, of understanding the difference between private and public personas that arguably continues today via our SnapChat or Instagram accounts.
Adrienne Crossman, a Toronto-based visual artist, has been riding on this kaleidoscopic nostalgic trip, re-contextualizing scenes from She-Ra as well as My Little Pony and Power Puff Girls in a series of GIFs and video installations as a critical exploration into the media products of these trademarked girl-power cartoon franchises. “I feel like pop culture’s really rich and has such an influence over the way we think about the world in a way that you can just brush it off as fluff but it’s actually such a symptom—such a representation— of the current mentality,” she explains in an interview.
And this GIF — curated earlier this year in Whippersnapper Gallery’s Sidewalk Screening programme — is a rapid cut focusing on the unicorn of her faithful steed, Swift Wind (née Spirit), and a mandala into that universe. It’s a journey into commercial breaks, Made-In-Taiwan plastic dolls, read-along book and cassette tapes — the merchandise artifacts that became the IRL extensions of the fantasies we were bought and sold." -Rea McNamara
Source: http://artfcity.com/2015/08/11/gif-of-the-day-adrienne-crossmans-girl-power-mandalas/

The GIF also got a mention on The Frisky, which you can read here.

Friday, June 12, 2015


made a furb

Tuesday, June 2, 2015


Work in progress for a new zine / exhibition

Friday, May 15, 2015

updates updates updates updates

It's Spring!

A lot of things have been happening and there is even more coming up!
Here's a little point form update:

Alvvays have been touring with the projections I made for their live show last December. They took the projections with them through Europe and have been screening them while they perform at various shows including one at the Bowery Ballroom back in April, as well as a Juno Awards party and the Indies awards show as part of Canadian Music Week.

I've been curating a series of video's for Xpace's External Space. So far I've curated Tobias William's The Emotional Problems of living, exhibition essay can be found here.

The most recent work in the series if Colin Rosati's Data Library. The work just opened and can be viewed here. It will be up until June 22nd installed in the Learning Zone on the OCAD U campus and hosted on xpace's homepage at xpace.info. The exhibition essay I wrote for that work can be found here.

I'm in the process of wrapping up post production for a new music video I shot and directed for the Guelph band The Folk. The video will be released sometime in June before their show at NXNE - June 20th at the Silver Dollar.

Last week I shot a music video for the track Britl Binary by Pale Eyes. This was a greatly collaborative endeavour with helps from old pals and new pals and i'm really looking forward to start post production. It should be released early summer of this year.

I will be selling my first edition ever of prints. CMYK silkscreens printed by Tobias Williams and taken from a still of my Workout '13 video piece. They will be on sale at the Xpace Fundraiser opening June 5th and hosted by Tough Guy Mountain.