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view from my window (dogs)

September 29th, 2006 3 Comments

view from my window in old montreal

I can see this photo (billboard) from my window in Old Montreal. I am really liking it – much better than the last. As you can see it is rather overcast and rainny in Montreal today. Very autumnal weather we are having.

view from my wondow at work

Expressionist painter Philip Iverson dies (CBC)

August 17th, 2006 1 Comment

Canadian abstract and expressionist painter Philip Iverson has died from brain cancer at the age of 41.

The Fredericton-born oil painter had worked for the past five years in Montreal, where he lived with his wife Yukari.

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Barbara Roberts reports for CBC Radio. (Runs: 1:07)  

Philip Iverson

August 15th, 2006 4 Comments

Philip Iverson, artist and friend, died yesterday here in Montreal. Philip was a very talented painter – his energy and commitment towards his work continually impressed me. He was a painter’s painter and I admired his boldness in the way that he worked. I will miss visiting his studio, going for the occasional pint and seeing the next series of paintings he was working on.

Self Portrait, Oils, Thick Paper, 4.5 x 4 feet, 1992

You may view his obituary here.

Expressionist painter Philip Iverson dies (

Adagio, Oils, Acrylics, Wood, 5 x 4 feet, 2002

Visit his online portfolio.

Web Design

June 20th, 2006

Some of you may know that I have a day job working as a web designer. If you are looking to have a web site designed I am available for these type of projects. Are you an artist looking to have a professional looking portfolio site? Contact me if you are interested and I will give you a quote for your project as well as send you a list of web sites that I have designed.

Impromptu Vernissage

May 18th, 2006 1 Comment

This is a photo from the vernissage (gallery opening) of Impromptu at David Ludmer art contemporain in Montreal. (more photos).

The show features the photography of Charlotte Rosshandler, David Ludmer and Melanie Shatzky.

DLAC, 5445, av. De Gaspe, bureau 106, Montreal, 514-223-0212


May 8th, 2006 3 Comments

I am still looking for a studio to rent/share – in Montreal (Mile-end area preferably but not necessary). Please contact me if you have any leads. Thanks!

Carol Es

March 21st, 2006

Carol Es

This is a work by Los Angeles area artist Carol Es. Her blog is worth watching if you are interested in artists who blog about their work. To view details about the above work, click here.

This post is a part of a series where I highlight other artists websites.

David Ludmer : Con-struit

March 15th, 2006

David Ludmer

My friend David is having a show of his photographs. The opening is March 16, from 6PM to 7:30PM.

David Ludmer, Con-struit
March 16 to April 29, Monday to Saturday, 1PM to 5PM.
DLAC, 5445 de Gaspe avenue #106, Montreal, QC, 514.223.0212

Éric Laplante

March 3rd, 2006 2 Comments

Eric Laplante

This is a good drawing taken from Éric Laplante’s web site. I like the volumentric combined with the flat.

You can view more here : portfolio site and blog.

The Intrepid Collector

February 27th, 2006

Thanks to Lisa Hunter (The Intrepid Collector) for the link and for posting an image of one of my paintings.

The Intrepid Collector is :
Adventures in the art market — plus occasional museum and art book reviews.

I’m an arts journalist based in Montreal and New York. My new book, The Intrepid Collector: How to Find, Buy and Appreciate Art on a Budget, will be published by Crown this October.

Why do Curators want to be Artists?

February 24th, 2006 1 Comment

I read the art blog From the Floor often. Today’s post “News Flash: Curators Are Not Artists” is worth reading :

I don’t know why it’s happening all of a sudden, but lately I’m starting to get tired of curators who become so enamored of their own process that they stop thinking about the art they are presenting for display and viewers’ engagement with it.

Anselm Kiefer

February 20th, 2006 1 Comment

Sarah Milroy’s review of Anselm Kiefer’s show at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, was published in the Globe and Mail today. From the review :

The artist’s work is thus understood as creating the bridge between two realms through the very palpable and earthly medium of paint — soil impregnated with pigment and oil. It’s our cue to understand Kiefer’s attachment to the landscape, and more particularly, the scoured and plowed field, as a recurring subject in his art. The field is humble matter — paint, mud, the rotted remains of the past — from which we reach and strive.

I am looking forward to seeing it. Has anyone already been? What do you think of his work?

Vincent Romaniello

February 13th, 2006 2 Comments

Vincent RomanielloThis is an image of one of Vincent Romaniello’s paintings (please excuse the small format but you can view it larger here). I have been reading and watching his (v)blog for a while and would like to plug it here. He is a painter living in Philidelphia.

From his artist statement :
The methods and materials I use are inseparable from the concept. These opposing forces of painting precision and serendipity live side by side, sometimes working together harmoniously and sometimes creating tension.

Here is his (v)blog and here his art site (portfolio).

looking for studio space

January 27th, 2006

In a few months I will be looking for studio space (to share or rent alone). If you know of anything becoming available please let me know. The studio does not have to be that big, but in the Mile-end, Little Italy area of Montreal (other areas could work as well though).

Contact me or leave a comment below if you know of anything. Thanks!

plant fictions video

October 20th, 2005 2 Comments


i don’t often post things that i find on the web but this video is amazing. it is an animation of this strange plant-like animals juxtaposed into real nature settings.

it is in a Flash site so there is no easy way to link to it. to view the video go to, click Projects and then click Sixes Last. check it out, it is well worth it!

NYC : Williamsburg

September 14th, 2005

We went to nyc this past weekend and had a great time. On saturday we roamed around manhattan with no real plan. We happened upon The Deitch Project first annual Art Parade in SOHO in the afternoon. It was a fun, goofy, crazy event. Perhaps Montreal is in need of something like this.

Update : found this link for more photos of the parade.

Ryan WolfeOn Sunday we walked around Williamsburg area and saw quite a few galleries. One highlight was the Black and White Gallery. The gallery has a great courtyard which had a very nice photo installed on the back wall (see right photo).

Another interesting show was at Dam Stuhltrager. Ryan Wolfe’s computerised grass blowing in the wind was simple and beautiful. It did, however, remind me a lot of sculpture done by the artist Doug Buis. Novelty is over-rated anyhow. (see left photo)

Drawing and the Art World

July 15th, 2005 1 Comment

Here is an interesting article from the CBC site that I found via Zeke’s.

Doodle Dandies : The art world’s newfound appreciation for drawing
By Sascha Hastings

draw together

July 5th, 2005

Eric Deis, an artist from Vancouver and has a interesting live online drawing tool on his site. You can draw along with others in real time. Check it out. I browsed through his projects and found lots of great stuff.

Sustaining Abstract Painting

June 10th, 2005

I like these few sentences from Donald Kuspit’s review of Wlodzimierz Ksiazek’s abstract paintings. I was unfamiliar with Ksiazek’s work and am now intrigued by the physicality of his paintings. I have always thought that one of painting’s great capacities is its ability to both illustrate and at the same time be a very physical medium. I like this duality and play with it in my paintings.

I am suggesting that from the start Ksiazek realized that two-dimensionality and three-dimensionality are inseparable — one always implies the other — and that the priority that modernist painting gave to flat painting, by reason of its “critical” relationship to the flatness of the canvas, is a reductive premise and falsifying limitation of painting, that is, an inhibiting and peculiarly naive “formalism.”

From Sustaining Abstract Painting by Donald Kuspit

with nothing but infinitely mirrored irony to hold its hand

June 3rd, 2005

A text that I have always like :

The reason that art in the postmodern, existential world has reached something of a culdesac is not that art itself is exhausted, but that the existential worldview is. Just as rational modernity previously exhausted its forms and gave way to aperspectival postmodernity, so now the postmodern itself is on a morbid death watch, with nothing but infinitely mirrored irony to hold its hand, casting flowers where they will not be missed. The skull of postmodernity grins on the near horizon, and in the meantime, we are between two worldviews, one slowly dying, one not yet born.

Ken Wilber, from To See A World–Art and the I of the Beholder

calvin and art theory

May 31st, 2005

a great calvin and hobbes comic strip – click here to view it over at modern kicks.

Calvin : A painting of a comic strip panel. Sophisticated irony. Philosophically challenging. High art.

go check it out – it is worth it.

Beauty Questionnaire

May 19th, 2005

Jennifer over at simpleposie (art blog from Toronto) has posted a questionnaire that I sent her. Go and answer.

Beauty – Mark Dixon’s Questionnaire (MDBQ)

When simpleposie entered the word Beauty in the title above, the computer automatically remembered the words of philosopher George Santayana, “Beauty is pleasure regarded as the quality of a thing.” This is a funny yet fitting coincidence as the subject of the following ten question questionnaire, courtesy of artist , art blogger and most thoughtul individual Mark Dixon of Montreal is, as it happens, Beauty. Please answer with all your gusto.


May 19th, 2005

I came across this project while visiting Chris Ashley’s web site. Chris also posts some photos of Tom Moody who is taking part in the project.

ART!@*<>WORK, an art exhibition that explores the tension between the art of work and the work of art. The cubicles of a midtown Manhattan office space provide the backdrop for fifteen New York artists’ pieces.

Each artist has been allocated a cubicle to transform and exhibit projects inspired by work and work environments. Visitors will be invited to explore and interact with the space during “office hours.” Cubicles will also be designated throughout the space for visitors to come and do their own work or eat their lunches.

the stare (

May 10th, 2005

If this quote interests you, check the entire post over at

Of course, most of us probably didn’t recognize that we were latecomers to the grad-school pyramid scheme. Theory with a capital T grew up with the expansion of graduate programs and the adjunctification of higer education during the last 30 years. It was a ticket to success for a charmed circle of insiders: a few people at elite institutions with the connections and advance knowledge to get in and out of the game before the general rush. The language of theory – carefully deployed in the world of academic hiring and publication – still functions in ways that suggest the sub rosa communications of Ivy League clubmen in the world of investment banking.


january blog

May 3rd, 2005

Here is another plug for a site that I have put in the art blogs menu to the left. January Blog has some good writing about art exhibitions. I can’t tell too much about the blog (there is not an About section) but I think they are in the NYC area. There are three contributors. Today they have a review of a show at The Canada Gallery in NYC.