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IMYGRATE Artist Profile: Sean Brookes

Sean Brookes

Victoria artist Sean Brookes has three great characters in the IMYGRATE Project.

Sean Brookes Art / Artist

Sean Brookes skill with the pen is evident in his drawings of grimy, sweaty, heavy metal (magazine) style androids, zombies and humanoid creatures.

Below is a dropzone for one of Sean's Characters. (Toronto)

Check the rest of Brookes artwork as well as 103 other talented international artists at the IMYGRATE Exhibition February 19th 2009.

IMYGRATE Artist Profile: Erik Volet

Erik Volet

Victoria artist Erik Volet's graffiti roots and ink character drawings are well suited to the IMYGRATE Project.

Below is a character drawn by artist Erik Volet. Visit the IMYGRATE Exhibition on February 19th, 2010 to find out what happened to this wandering nomad.

Erik Volet imygrate Character

Volet talks about his mural in the group show "Us Ones In Between"

Below is an introduction written about Erik's artwork for his book Saturnalia. “The drawings collected in the present volume represent a fragment of a much larger work; years of incantations and descents into the emptiness of self are here displayed in a fractured and fragile way, for that which they represent cannot be given in a singular stroke. But they serve to provide us with a glimpse of another grand attempt, another striving towards the centre, another drawing aside of the veil. In these works can be seen the manipulations of a magus born in an age when it has been decreed that such a creature shall not be. Here can be seen a desire to create and recreate another system of nature, where the dead light of fluorescent bulbs can no longer blind us in our dreaming. Here we see the hand moving in the act of tracing the transformations of point and line across the encompassing whiteness of new time, where the cartoon representation of a human face stands as the irreducible representation of that real with which all our sciences struggle. It is only in the image of the face of the other that we find the reflection of the order of the self sought by all our symbolic orders.” – Ami Joseph Brosseau, August 2007

IMYGRATE Artist Profile: J.Shea

Todays IMYGRATE artist profile is a sculptor like yesterdays profile artist Scott Radke. Check back daily to see the artists that are exhibiting at the upcoming IMYGRATE Exhibition.


After refining his skills at the art institute in the late 80’s… shea’s creative career has spanned over 20 years…. working in various forms as a poster artist….animator….. sneaker designer…. puppet fabricator..… muralist… and installation artist.

J. Shea - Sculpture

j.shea was born and raised in boston, ma…. influenced at an early age by the art found in comic books… animation… and classic sci-fi film…. luckily the streets of his fair city were littered with punk rock posters and hand bills that covered telephone poles and recordshop walls…. a constant reminder of the local music scene of the 80’s & early 90’s proved to be very inspirational as well……………

after living in many cities on the east and west coasts, ingesting an array of influences along the way...… shea has been focusing on his personal art….. the work is always handmade in mixed media….. with a recycled twist….. combining influences of folk art, assemblage art , and all forms of street art……

shea exhibits his work in galleries and installation spaces across the country and just had his first international exhibition in sydney, australia….. he can be found working in his studio & riding his bike in portland, or………….


IMYGRATE Artist Profile: Scott Radke

For the next twenty five days leading up to the IMYGRATE Exhibition we will be adding a mini profile showcasing the artists involved in the exhibition. The first artist is:

Scott Radke

Scott Radke creates beautiful sculptures that are intricately textured and coloured.

These characters are often human faces within animal bodies. The characters often blur the line between youthful children and haggard elderly. If a picture is worth a thousand words, Scott's sculptures are an epic novel. Visit Scott's Portfolio

Info about IMYGRATE the exhibition

Scott Radke - Sculpture

Anteism's IMYGRATE - Group project & exhibition

Anteism - imygrate The iMYGRATE PROJECT has been a success. We traveled over 14,000km in our $350 van. We copied, cut, glued and laminated 391 characters! We scouted out the safest most favorable, unique location to set them off on their own journey.

Going on two and a half years and the migrations of our characters have ceased. They have immersed themselves into the general population. We will now have an exhibition celebrating the characters that went on this journey and the few that continued on to have solo migrations.

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Artists from Canada, USA, Germany, Portugal, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Argentina, Israel, Brazil, Australia, India, Netherlands, Sweden, Croatia and Italy Send Their Artwork On A Road Trip Across Canada. Exhibition Opening February 19th.

iMygrate is an international art project hosted by Anteism.  In the Summer of 2007 Anteism sent out a call for artwork submissions to artists from around the world. The project called for small (Letter Size) character based artworks. There was no requirments to the artwork such as medium or content and all submissions were welcome. The only qualification was the submission had to be a chatacter of sorts. These characters (animals, monsters, robots and more) would then be distributed across towns and cities of Canada.

The 1st project goal was to distribute artist’s characters across public spaces in Canada. A migration from their comfortable studios/sketchbooks, to the great outdoors. An extended migration was planned, but could only be accomplished by the help of curious local citizens.

On the back of every character was information about the project and how to take part. These instructions ask the “finder” of the artwork to take the character to a new location, photograph it in it’s new surrounding then send the photo+location to Anteism. This was the second goal of the project, to invite the public to interact with the art and help shape the outcome.

With these photo updates and coordinates we could chart the course of the characters and document their travels. It was a very tough journey and most of the characters were lost along the way, but many made extraordinary migrations.

The iMygrate show will document and showcase the characters that went on this voyage through original artworks & photographs. There will also be an interactive multimedia display to highlight the trail that these characters took. As a companion to the show and to document the project an e-publication will be created by Anteism Publishing and will be available for free at the exhibition and online through the Anteism website.

EXHIBITION INFORMATION: Opening February 19th, 2010 • 8:00pm @ Olio Artists Co-operative / Gallery Visit for info & gallery hours. Admission $1.00 donated to Fisgard Mural Concern.

GALLERY INFORMATION: Olio Artists Co-operative / Gallery 614 1/2 Fisgard Street, Victoria BC, V8W 1R6

104 artists, from 16 different countries showcasing over 300 original pieces of character art. Hundreds of photographs documenting the journey as well as an interactive installation highlighting the migrations. Please join us for the IMYGRATE Exhibition.

More information / Press Images please contact Ryan Thompson | ryan {at} anteism {dot} com

IMYGRATE - A group project / exhibition of work by the following artists:

Action Tin Toy, Ala Ramildi, Alberto Cerriteno, Alexei Vella, Alicia Wagner, Andrea Innocent, Andrea Wong, Arjan Westerdiep, Ben Frey, Ben van Netten & kstyles, Bill Dunlap, Bill Thomson, Brad Simon, Brent Bouchard, Brett Farkas, Brian Donnelly, Brian Raszka, Bruna Guerreiro, Caleb Beyers, Cameron Forsley, C Huffman, Charlotte Cynthia Walton, Chico Baldini, Chika Kakazu, Chris Von Szombathy, Christian Gralingen, Christian Walden, Cristina Garcia Martin, Crystal Beard, Daniel Gonzalez, Dante Malo, Darin Bindle, DGPH, Diogo Potes, Duto Hardono, Elisa Sassi, Erik Jonssan, Erik Volet, Es Jottes, Forcefeedswede, Frank Flothmann, Gareth Gaudin, General Magic, George Ferrandi, Handiedan, Husk Mit Navn, J Shea, James Schneider, Jan Kromerak, Jessica May Hobdell, Jessie Holmes, JK Gallag, Joan Stiebel, John Casey, John Lytle Wilson, Jorn Kaspuhl, Josh Taylor, Justin Stone, Ken Gerberick, Kendra Lane Sherick, Lala Ladcani, Lee McLure, Lon Wenger, Luke Ramsey, M Shaffer, Madbox, Marc Johns, Marc Lynch, Maria Esaiasson, Matt Lee, Maxwell Paternoster, Mieke Driessen, Monster Flower, Mr Globp, Nadia Zanellato, Natalia Gianinazzi, Osmoze Graphik, Owen Plummer, P. Williams, Paul Antonson, Phil Corbett, Phoenix Perry, Randy Laybourne, Raymond Weekes, Richard Camara, Robin Van Wijk, Ryan Qunicy, Scott Radke, Scott Radnidge, Sean Brookes, Shea Moir, Slaven Kosanovic, Stephen Tompkins, Tanya Edgar, Tapetentiere (Buro Destruct), The Royal Art Lodge, Tony Ochre, Trust 36, United States of the Art, Warren Craghead, Weird Eye One, William Cowen, Yuka Yamaguchi, Ziqi

If I could shoot laser beams out of my eyes...

If I could shoot laser beams out of my eyes,

I would (shoot laser beams out of my eyes) A group art show at Space 1026 featuring  James Kirkpatrick, Matt Furie and Jon Bocksel.

Space 1026 is excited to present an exhibition of paintings and drawings by James Kirkpatrick, Matt Furie and Jon Bocksel. While breaking traditional storytelling techniques, the exhibited works retain motifs of narrative picture-making, challenging the viewer to interpret their own version of truth. United by shared interests in printed ephemera, comic-inspired motifs and graphic compositions, these artists bring three unique visions rich in vibrant color and sophisticated humor to Space 1026 from January 8th through the 29th with an opening reception Friday, January 8th from 7 to 10pm.


James Kirkpatrick resides in London, Ontario where he makes a lot of things to look at and to listen to. His paintings, sculpture, installation and sound pieces are inspired by the world around him, underground comics, hobo train art, good food, nice and bad people. Although James likes London, Ontario, he enjoys being away from there even more, sharing his art and music wherever he goes. Check out Jame's work in the following books Brain Trust, Canadian Haircut Cut and A Dog Named Dracula.

Sound installation by Kirkpatrick

Matt Furie was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1979. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio in 2001. Matt is a leo, he enjoys long walks in the park, bubble baths, and an occasional glass of wine. He currently lives in San Francisco. His comic series "Boy's Club" is published by Buenaventura Press.

Jon Bocksel paints words, phrases, bricks, crumbling facades, pyramid schemes, and other mundane places.  Using type specimens from letterpress catalogs, sign painting books, collected ephemera, and daily observances, Jon paints images on paper to crack jokes and act as topical vantage point.  For his work he often picks common words from our vocabulary and embellishes, exaggerates, or at times redefines their meaning, thus creating an examination into our greater surroundings and colloquial digressions.

Space 1026 was founded over a decade ago by a handful of artists and tricksters who organize rowdy public events and outrageous installations at their building and at other institutions. At the heart of Space 1026 is a communal screen-printing workshop and gallery space for monthly exhibitions by local and international artists. +++++

If I could shoot laser beams out of my eyes, I would (shoot laser beams out of my eyes)

James Kirkpatrick, Matt Furie, Jon Bocksel January 8th - 29th, 2010 Opening Reception: Friday, January 8th, 7 - 10pm Space 1026 1026 Arch St. 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA

Kirkpatrick and Weisberg - Mine Us One

James Kirkpatrick and Derek Weisberg have collaborated on a number of installations as well as producing new solo works for a show at Hatch gallery which ended in November.  The show titled Mine Us One has been well documented by artist John Casey. Check out more photo's of the show on the bunnywax blog. kirkpatrick_weisberg

Some recent artwork by James Kirkpatrick using encaustic.




Anteism Publishing at Expozine 2009


Anteism will have a table at this years Expozine. We will be showcasing our new multi-coloured zine "Canadian Haircut Cut" by Peter Thompson and James Kirkpatrick as well as two brand new individual artist books by the the duo.

Expozine, Montreal’s annual small press, comic and zine fair, will take place on Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15, 2009, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 5035 St-Dominique (Église Saint-Enfant Jésus, between St-Joseph and Laurier, near Laurier Métro). Free admission.

The opening party, featuring readings and live music, will take place Friday, November 13, at Sky Blue Door, 5403B St. Laurent (side door), 7 – 11 p.m., free admission.

This incredible event brings together nearly 300 creators of all kinds of printed matter – from books to zines to posters and graphic novels – in both English and French. In the past eight years, Expozine has become one of North America's largest small press fairs, attracting thousands of visitors as well as exhibitors from as far as France, New York, Philadelphia, Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax, Vancouver and Quebec City!

Come discover a universe of publications and printed works that is hard to find anywhere, much less all in the same room! It’s also a rare opportunity to meet hundreds of young and emerging authors, publishers and artists, and see what the winners of last year’s Expozine Alternative Press Awards are up to.

This year for the first time there will also be a program of discussions and readings running throughout the event, as well as an opening party on Friday, November 13 (details to be announced). Not to be missed!

Expozine is made possible through the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des Arts de Montréal.

Canada's Largest Zine Fair - Canzine


Canzine is Canada's largest celebration of small press publishing and "alternative culture", hosted by the rad magazine Broken Pencil. The event features over 150 zines from across Canada, as well as all day underground film and video open screening, panel discussions, readings and more. Below are two articles about this years event Canzine 2009.

BlogTO: Canzine 2009 All About Indie Video Games, Kooky Zines, Collaborative Comics, Unflattering Portraits, Graphic Tees and More

Torontoist: Can-Can-Canzine!

Alternative Press Expo - San Francisco


Anteism will be sharing a table at  Alternative Press Expo with James Kirkpatrick and Islands Fold this weekend (October 17th-18th 2009) in San Francisco. APE is one of the most popular and vibrant alternative comics exhibitions in the U.S. We are excited to be releasing a new zine by C.C. Walton and a collaborative multi-colour zine by the Brain Trust duo, James Kirkpatirck and Peter Thompson. Charlotte Cynthia Walton's zine is a collection of works created over the last couple of years from sketchbook drawings, paintings and her rad paper cut-outs. The Thompson/Kirkpatrick zine entitled "Canadian Haircut Cut" has been painstakingly created on a rebuilt risograph machine. Purple, blue, red, burgundy, gold, green and good old black have all been used in this rad artist book. The two new zines will be available online after APE.

If you are in SF come by and give us a visit at APE. We're at table 150.

APE 2009

Saturday, Oct. 17 / 11am - 7pm Sunday, Oct. 18/ 11am - pm

The Concourse 620 7th Street San Francisco directions

If  your around the Haight street / Fillmore area come by and check out a mural going up by Luke Ramsey, Doodles and Zosen in collab with Upper Playground.



All the Books You’ll Never Catch on a Kindle

The New York Times has a good article about the New York Art Book Fair and the 60 newcomers introduced to the lineup this year. Anteism being one of them. The exhibitors list is impressive. NY Art Book Fair

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If you harbor even a speck of doubt about the continuing viability of hold-in-your-hand-and-turn-the-pages print publications, check out the New York Art Book Fair this weekend. You’ll find thousands of new books — smart, weird, engrossing, beautiful — that will never be Kindle-compatible. They’ll make you feel good.

The fair, produced by Printed Matter, a venerable local purveyor and producer of books by artists, began in Chelsea in 2006 but this year is at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City, Queens. The move meant giving up ready foot traffic for a big gain in floor space. Whether the trade will pay off remains to be seen, but for certain the fair, once a modest event and now quite a grand one, looks great.

More than 200 exhibitors — booksellers, independent publishers, artists, antiquarian dealers — fill three floors of P.S. 1’s cavernous premises with plenty of breathing room: some of the displays look like full-fledged gallery shows. The recession has scared off a few big trade publishers, but they’ve been more than adequately replaced by 60 newcomers from Japan, South Korea, Mexico and elsewhere, many of them low on cash but high on risk tolerance.

Read more of the article on the New York Times website.

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Spur of the moment rant about the Kindle:

The Kindle (a digital ebook reading device) has some important and valid uses, but like the NYT's mentions there is no way "these" books can be replaced by a digital reader. Partially due to the fact that the people reading these books, love "books". The digital displays of the kindle look good but they're still lacking the tactile feel of the pages, smell of fresh print, ease of use and the basic fact that you can't lend or give away the book as a gift. You can't display them on your shelf, use them to swat annoying flies, prop open doors or even recycle them. I don't think that "books" on the kindle should even be called "books". A large majority of books will inevitably be read on digital readers in the future, but look back in a couple years and laugh when you find a Kindle in your local Value Village thrift store, there's a long way to go.

Amazon's Kindle and other digitally downloaded books have taken half the fun out of books, you no longer have to leave your house. I personally enjoy spending time in the bookstore, browsing physical books and talking to the staff. In an era where our communication seems to be getting fed to us through powerful new channels, we have devised one more reason to go with the flow. I welcome the addition of digital readers, I just wish they could work in unison with a stable technology that we have all grown to love, ink on paper.

Anteism Publishing @ New York Art Book Fair


Anteism will be at this years New York Art Book Fair, sharing a table with our com-padres Islands Fold. Come by and say hi to Harley, checkout our titles and get a sneak peak at what's to come. We would like to give a special thanks to Canada Council for the Arts & the Department of Canadian Heritage for the support which helped us be at the show. We are especially excited to be taking part in this years fair because Canada is a featured Country.

A record 24 Canadian exhibitors will attend the fourth annual NY Art Book Fair 2009 in New York City from October 2 – 4 with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage. The Fair hosts over 200 international presses, booksellers, antiquarian dealers, and independent artist/publishers presenting a diverse range of the best in contemporary art publications.

This year Canada is the featured country so the Fair will include a special Canadian reception on Friday, October 2. The event will feature art projects by Daniel Barrow and Allyson Mitchell, current recipients of the Canada Council for the Arts International Residency Program – International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York.

The Canadian exhibitors represent a cross-section of the visual arts publishing industry in Canada. Collectively, these exhibitors have a history (either directly or within their membership) of publishing art magazines, books about art, monographs, exhibition catalogues and limited-edition artists' works. Their publications represent artists and works produced and exhibited in Canada and available for export, either as direct publication sales, as traveling exhibitions, or in relation to international exhibition and publishing opportunities for Canadian artists.

Canadian exhibitors include:

Halifax – Halifax, INK. (a consortium comprising Dalhousie Art Gallery, Eyelevel Gallery, Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, NSCAD Press (Nova Scotia College of Art & Design), Saint Mary's University Art Gallery)

Montreal – Anteism, Conundrum Press, Dazibao centre de photographies actuelles, Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Regroupement des centres d'artistes autogérés du Québec (RCAAQ)

Toronto – Art Metropole, Bywater Bros. Editions, Fabulous Fictions and Peculiar Practices, Ryan Dodgson, YYZBOOKS

Winnipeg – BorderCrossings, Plug In ICA/Plug In Editions

Vancouver – Artspeak, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Emily Carr University Press, Fillip, Presentation House Gallery, Pyramid Power

N. Pender Island, BC – Islands Fold


Brain Trust Interviewed in Monday Magazine

Peter Thompson and James Kirkpatrick have a been interviewed in the current issue of Monday Magazine. Interview with Peter Thompson and James Kirkpatrick

Pump up the Jam

By: Amanda Farrell
Peter Thompson and James Kirkpatrick get in each others’ heads

It’s obvious that Peter Thompson and James Kirkpatrick feed off each other. Really, one need only look as far as the two London, Ontario artists’ new book, Brain Trust—an eclectic, quirky collection of pen-and-ink drawings and paintings—for evidence, but their collaborative creativity is corroborated by the e-mail interview we did. The duo, who have been creating work together since 2000, answered the questions while sitting in a laundromat (I guess they even wash their clothes together) and say there’s not really any set way that their co-produced pieces happen.

“Sometimes we talk about what we want to use, like paint or just pen or something, but other than that we pretty much just let it happen,” says Kirkpatrick, who also raps under the Thesis moniker. (The two will also be doing a musical performance at their book launch Saturday.) “Sometimes a pen piece will turn into a colour thing.”

Thompson adds, “Yeah, we don’t need to ‘talk’ about anything, we are geniuses.” To which Kirkpatrick replies, “We have the Brain Trust.”

Well, now we know where the book title comes from.

However it works, know the end result is rad-tastic. The line drawings and paintings (Thompson has a background in zine-making while Kirkpatrick comes from the graffiti-art scene) have a real whimsical quality to them, often with strange characters having stranger conversations with one another (“Whoever has something they want to write down on the pieces writes it down there, and it is awesome,” Thompson says of the dialogue.) The two not only collaborate with each other, but with artists like Beau Labute, Rosie Cook and Marc Bell. Of those artists, Kirkpatrick says, “Let me tell you, by no means are they back-up singers.”

Jam-style pieces are a bit unusual in the visual-art realm, but Thompson and Kirkpatrick find working with other artists to be really rewarding.

“I don’t have to rely on my own sorry-assed solo stuff,” says Thompson. Says Kirkpatrick: “Have you ever had ice cream that was melting and you put it back in the freezer? And a month later you find it and are like, ‘stoked!’ It’s kind of like that, except it’s Peter showing up at my parents’ basement with bourbon.”

Sounds like a recipe for good art to me. M

Brain Trust Book Launch

Noon, Saturday, September 26

Boucherat Gallery, 16 ¬Ω Fan Tan

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Rifflandia Concert Poster Screenprints

livestock The Rifflandia Music Festival starts tonight here in Victoria, British Columbia. Anteism worked with Olio , who have commissioned 12 premier poster artists from throughout North America to celebrate this year’s festival’s performers with 12 original posters to be printed & framed as numbered edition 18x24” serigraphs. The result - Live!Stock 09, Posters can be viewed around Victoria in store windows, the Rifflandia headquarters on lower Pandora and in the Olio Gallery.

Olio 614 1/2 Fisgard Street. The exhibition is open throughout Rifflandia from Noon-8pm, with viewing hours otherwise being Mon-Fri 4-8pm and Sat-Sun Noon-5pm.

Live!Stock 09 Artists Roster Travis Bone, Furturtle Printworks (US) - • Pink Mountaintops Sat. Sept 26th • Sugar Michael DeForge (ON) - • Cuff the Duke Fri. Sept. 25th • Sugar Evan Pine (BC) •Tegan & Sara Friday Sept. 25th • Alix Goolden Hall Shawn O’Keefe (BC) - • Final Fantasy Thurs. Sept. 24 • Alix Goolden Hall Matt Pfahlert (US) - • Mother Mother Fri. Sept. 25 • Market Square Brandon Velestuk (BC) - • Beach House Thurs. Sept. 24 • Sugar Christopher Bradford (BC) - • Bogus Tokus Sat. Sept. 26 • Lucky Bar Meaghan MacDonald (BC) • Holy Fuck Sat. Sept. 26 • Element Trevor Basset (US) - • Johnny & the Moon Thurs. Sept 24 • Sugar Joey MacDonald (BC) - • Basia Bulat Thurs. Sept 24 • Metro Theatre Ryan Thompson (BC) - • Buck 65 Sat. Sept 26 • Market Square Julie McLaughlin (AB) - • Timber TimbreThurs. Sept 24 • Alix Goolden Hall

Some snap shot photos of the poster screen printing process. From screen to final product.

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Peter Taylor - New Artwork, Prints & T-shirts

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Peter Taylor returns to Victoria with a beautiful new collection of artwork to exhibit at the Boucherat Gallery. The Vancouver artist will exhibit his intricate patterned pencil drawings (must be seen in person) and collages along with t-shirts and prints.

Opening September 12th @ 7pm Live DJ to perform as well! Drinks and fun!

Peter Taylors artwork can be found in the following books: The Feast, Manuscribbles, Abracadabra & theMake


Taylor's Artist Statement from a previous show at Ayden Gallery really sums up his work.

"Peter Taylor’s new solo exhibition Divine Play marks a continuation of the artist’s fascination with spirituality viewed through the contemplative lens of recurring characters. As with his previous work, Taylor’s paintings focus on a single figure whose facial expressions and bodily positions exude a combination of playfulness and meditative contentment. With Divine Play, Taylor has presented his most cohesive and striking depiction of these figures to date: “these are my personal sages, Taylor explains. They represent “seeds sprouting knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. In light of his generation’s increasing tendency towards cynicism and disingenuousness, these characters are a breath of fresh air, not only encouraging contemplative reflection, but similarly eschewing cliché and taboo through the knowing humour of their expressions and unselfconscious activity." Read More


Tamara Bond - Drawings, Paintings & Books

Tamara Bond graduated from Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design with a degree in Visual Arts in 2001. Her contemporary figurative drawings and books have been shown across Canada.  She has received a Canada Council Grant, a Saskatchewan Arts Board Grant and is a collective member of Jackpine Press. Her drawing process involves creating imaginary characters and narratives, which are often based on real events and experiences.  Using collage, mixed media, and rubber stamps as a rudimentary printmaking method, Bond experiments with the limits of drawing, painting and imagination in an effort to create harmony between reality and fantasy.

Tamara Bond's artwork can be found in the book Abracadabra

Bond's next solo exhibition will be in the upper gallery of the Vancouver Bau-Xi Gallery, September, 2009.


Artist Statement I am attracted to illusion, particularly that which resonates a bit of familiarity from our physical world, but is not of this place. I am interested in telling stories through my work about my home, my history and my changing place in the world. The character I have been using is transformed slightly every time, yet her face remains the same. Out of a need for efficiency and playfulness in my process, I created a stamp to work on this drawing. The image of the stamp is of a face, drawn from a doll, which was made from my likeness. She has appeared in my work for a couple of years now as the main character in many drawings, a series of flash animations and has starred as the lead in many puppet shows. It is through this character that I negotiate many ideas and new landscapes. Her body changes shape to negotiate the situation I have drawn her into- as a creature, a winged woman, or swimming through water. It is necessary for me to find play in making work, and it is often through the process of printmaking that this happens. I am delighted by the reproduction, pattern, similarity, efficiency and familiarity of this process.



Woodpile Collective - The Mend is Very Near.

Boucherat Gallery has created a great video of the Woodpile Collective's most recent exhibition "Knew". The video includes an interview with the crew's Sean McLaughlin, Blythe Hailey, and Shawn O'Keefe. The show included an amazing module art shack, made from found materials, screen prints, West Coast aboriginal influenced wooden masks and Woodpile's well known large collaborative paintings. Traditionally trained sign painters Chris and Stu Dobell contributed some amazing hand painted signage, while Darren Heise set the mood with a funny but sometimes spooky animation which played in the background on a big old wood framed T.V. Knew: Works by the Woodpile Collective

Woodpile Collective - Art Exhibition "Knew"

Woodpile Collective | KNEW

Art Exhibition Opening Friday, August 7th - 7:00pm

Running through till September 4th.

Victoria favourites Woodpile Collective will be having an art exhibition at a new gallery in Victoria called Boucherat. Boucherat is owned and operated by Kristin and Bill of Studio 16.5 and Regalia. The gallery is a welcome addition to Victoria's vibrant arts community. Bill and Kristin have been an ingredient in the glue that has held the young art scene in Victoria together. If you haven't already, come down and view the new space.

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Us Ones In Between Show & Book

Print Proof for the "Us Ones In Between" title page

Us Ones In Between Book

Anteism had the pleasure to work with Open Space and the artists of Us Ones in Between to produce a wicked little show catalog. The book is the size of a cd (5"x5") and is 60 pages of full colour artwork along with artist info, foreward by curator Nicholas Robins and an essay by Marlaina Buch.

Excerpt from essay by Marlaina Buch "The basis of relationship between Cameron, Ty, Cody, Caitlin, Erik, Brooke, Eden and Liam is assorted, both personally and artistically. Some of these artists are securely bracketed together: welded through late-night missions, long conversations, law-bending adventures and drawing sessions among friends, roommates, co-workers, lovers and peers, variously. Others fit together more tenuously, orbiting socially, waving from the periphery. Formal similarities come as a kind of psychic bleed or “’dig-able” quality rather than stylistic correspondence. Interpretations of romanticism, psychedelia, graffiti and craft braid into a new generation of artists influenced by the West Coast beat / hippy / lowbrow / funk / folk / street / tattoo art explosion of the 60s and 70s."

Check out the show and book down at Open Space from now until August 1st. We will also have the books available online shortly through the Anteism shop.

Us Ones In Between Opens 8pm Friday, July 3 To August 1 (Artist panel discussion 8pm Tuesday, July 7) Open Space, 510 Fort 250-383-8833 • Us Ones In Between also has it's own website.

Below is a review of the show by local newspaper Monday Magazine.

Fitting in Between

After several years of short-run shows in private spaces (think theMAKE, The Feast and last year’s Abracadabra), fans of Victoria’s vibrant, up-and-coming visual arts scene have the opportunity to see their favourite local artists—folks like Brooke Semple, Liam Hanna-Lloyd and Ty Danylchuk—display their works in a month-long exhibition at Open Space.

“I think it’s what we’ve always wanted, we’ve just never been able to afford it,” says Nicholas Robins, curator of Us Ones In Between. “The great thing about working finally in the capital ‘A’ arts world is there’s funding, so the artists get paid this time. They don’t lose money and we don’t have to charge people at the door to come into our art show. It instantly changes the way it’s going to be experienced.”

Read the rest of the article on the Monday Magazine website.

Cody Haight's Artwork from the Us Ones In Between Book