October 29th, 2013
The 17th Annual Eastside Culture Crawl is just three weeks away, and happens on the weekend of Friday November 15th to Sunday November 17th, 2013. This will be my fourth year participating. It amazes me to realize how much time has passed since my first Crawl experience because it feels less long ago.
In addition to the usual Friday to Sunday dates a preview evening has been added on Thursday November 14th, from 6pm to 9pm. Visit the Crawl website for details because not all artists will be participating (myself included).
You can find my page here on the Culture Crawl web site. For those on Facebook I have created an event invitation if you would like to RSVP »
17th Annual Eastside Culture Crawl
Dates: November 15th to 17th, 2013
Time: Fri, 5pm to 10pm | Sat & Sun, 11am to 6pm
My location is E15 on the Culture Crawl map
Address: 1660 East Georgia Street
October 23rd, 2013
In March of next year I will be creating an installation at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto for If Walls Could Talk. This site-specific installation will be a collaboration between myself and Bruce Alcock, the Creative Director of Global Mechanic. Our project is called Canopy and will combine many different elements from yarn drawings, to paper sculptures, along with digital projection, and sound elements.
I began work on this project in September and have been sharing my progress on Instagram. To date I’ve been working on producing multiples of maple leaves cut from white paper, which will be suspended from the ceiling. For once I am not cutting these by hand (because that would be crazy), but instead have been using a digital cutter.
The ceiling in my apartment has been the stand-in space for my explorations in how to assemble and suspend the leaf clusters from the ceiling. The leaves are cut individually, and then fitted together during hanging. It looks beautiful.
A variation of this same process has been to come up with a composition of paper wings that will eventually evolve into a lantern. The image here is of a small hand-cut rough I did to mock up the idea.
I eventually created larger more refined wing shapes for the digital cutter to produce, and assembled these in a similar fashion to the maple leaf clusters. The bottom image is of a prototype I mocked up and is hanging in my dining room so I can contemplate its further development.
This project is very different than anything I’ve worked on previously. I sometimes find the scale of it staggering, because there are a long list of elements that still need to be made. It’s also been a bit weird working on something with a long term production schedule, versus the short term gratification of small projects I am used to.
October 17th, 2013
I was preparing some work for a gallery proposal last week and I came across these photos of a paper cut sculpture I completed over the summer. The piece was shown during my solo show at the Ranger Station gallery in July, but I’d forgotten to share it elsewhere. This is the largest paper cut sculpture I have created to date, with its longest side at 18 inches.
This is a larger version of a prototype I made in early spring. It’s about four times the size of the original piece and I was curious to see how the same structure would hold up in a larger size. It sags when I stand it up on the smallest side so my goal is to create something in order to balance it on the top corner of the triangle. It’s more beautiful when balanced in this way.
After all these months I’m just getting back to making paper cut sculptures, and completed a new one this week. I’ll share it once I get around to photographing it properly.