Thursday, December 30, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

"You're the kind of girl The Beach Boys wrote songs about."

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The All Seeing EYE!!!!

I made this thing a couple of weeks back...
It is made of brass, all by hand. I sawed, filed, soldered and polished this bitch!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Lara got married!
And I am tall.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Group Show

I have some work is this show opening tomorrow night....

Slight Gestures
Curated by Gregory Denton and Xenia Benivolski

The ten artists whose works make up Slight Gestures create objects and images that are strangely compelling, and they do so with relatively simple methods and with everyday materials. Certainly, these strategies are not new in art making, but these ten share a sensibility that deserves some direct attention. The pieces are marked by a sentimentality and reverence that offsets the straight conceptualism of some of the process-based work, and inspires reverence and curiosity in the viewer. Why do we keep some things while we throw others away? How do you decide which piece should be seen, what is worthy of an audience? what is the minimal requirement for a gesture?

Entropy and chance play a role here, as does humour:

By allowing technical flaws the artists are freed from the burdens of style and are guided instead by moral and emotional attachment to an absurd end. In an interview with Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Jörg Heiser once said "These stories of failure and collapse and then not failing after all – that’s also the heroic theme of slapstick: the hero who accidentally breaks something, but in so doing brings about a stroke of good fortune and knocks over the villain, etc. You laugh because something that cannot really work actually does work. It’s a kind of triumph."

In choosing these artists, we wanted to know if that sensibility could be made clear. We asked the artists for their own views about their practice and used their input to create the show’s title. In the transcription of that conversation, included here, Nikki Woolsey describes her sculptures as a collage of objects that speak to one another - their relationship is even described as a romantic one. In seeing these works together, we create a larger conversation between the diverse and thoughtful practices of these artists.

By using found and ready made objects, prints and collage, artists are building things that they feel warrant our attention and sentiment. Janis Demkiw is embellishing an embellishment, James Gardner rescued pieces of compositions from his studio floor otherwise headed for the garbage bin, Victoria Cheong presents a projection screen specific for video that has detached itself from its original function and Mark MacKinnon aesthetically alters his TTC Uniform in a minimal, performative gesture.

This exhibition features work by:

Nadia Belerique
Victoria Cheong
Lyndsey Cope
Janis Demkiw
James Gardner
Christy Kunitzky
Cameron Lee
Mark G. MacKinnon
Jennifer Rose Sciarrino
Nikki Woolsey

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, October 14 at 7:00pm.

The exhibition continues on Friday, October 15 and Saturday, October 16 from 11:00am - 6:00pm.

A commemorative publication will accompany the exhibition.

via Xenia's website

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Bruce Springsteen was 25 when he wrote Born To Run. Quarter-life crisis, here I come!

Monday, September 13, 2010


Anthropology of Love, Sex, and Marriage, or Caribbean Women Thinkers?

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Proenza Schouler + Harmony Korine

I'm not sure how I feel about this Harmony Korine film for Proenza Schouler. Proenza Schouler are some of my favourite designers. And I guess I've been watching Harmony Korine films since I was pretty impressionable, the thing is I've always felt kind of uncomfortable about his work, which is his intention I guess. I've just never been able to sing his praises like many of my peers. Obviously the juxtaposition of high fashion and poverty is nothing new, but it's still a conversation that I feel is unresolved, and is still offensive in some instances. I guess enlisting Harmony Korine to make your fashion film means you've got some idea of what is to come, but I wonder how the designers feel about the final product, whether they see these social issues as interesting, offensive, etc etc.
I also wonder who these models are. I googled some of their names, just in case they were in fact working models, instead of real people, which is what I would expect from Harmony Korine. It seems that this film is the full extent of all of their modeling experience.

Another thing that springs to mind is the pretty constant question of why there are so few black models in mainstream fashion. Does using black women who are not working models in this fashion film add anything to this debate? Does showing these women, who are presumably lower class, and unlikely to be the intended consumer for Proenza Schouler, wearing these clothes mean anything?
Does it make the intended consumer feel like they are connecting with some authentic outsider experience?

Is this film even really meant to sell the clothes or to simply garner attention ? The truth is, the quality is so low that unless you've already seen these clothes, and you know what you're looking at, it's kind of hard to decipher any real detail or design.
Am I doing that thing that overpriveleged feminists do, trying to force agency upon other women by interpreting this film in all of these ways?

Fashion and Feminism are two of my favourite things, and I can never really figure out where the positive influence of either on each other starts and ends.

Here's the film.


This interview exists.

I don't really think it adds much to the conversation though...

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

"Most of what matters in your life takes place in your absence."

-Midnight's Children

Sunday, August 1, 2010

New(ish) wall drawing I did in my old studio. It was my last day there, I think it could've gone further, but I had to leave the walls white!

Saturday, July 24, 2010


Nothing but love for these weirdos...

Friday, July 23, 2010

My camera is broken. Not such a good thing for a blog about making art.

Anyway, I read this today. It is an interview with a woman who has been reporting in the middle east for the last 6 years. It was perhaps particularly interesting to me because of my recent visit to some of the countries discussed. Also interesting because my experiences in these places are much different than hers. Granted, I was a tourist, not a reporter digging for governmental scandal and secrets.... She just wrote a book about her experiences, I'd bet it's pretty interesting.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Can't Help Myself...


The most handsome beast I have ever seen!

Me + Chrissie

Something I think about often in life and in terms of conceptual art making is names, and how they affect people's lives. How does the name you have affect, limit, or influence your life? Would I be the same person if my name was different? I would say I'm slightly obsessed. I'm also slightly obsessed with birthdays for similar reasons. Chrissie Hynde has the same name (Christine!) and the same birthday as me, so I feel like we must have some sort of connection, or at least a lot of similarities. I can't decide if the fact that neither of us go by Christine strengthens or lessens the connection, but Christy and Chrissie are pretty close too, (Magic!). I'm not sure what kind of work could come out of this obsession, but I have a feeling it's the beginning of something.

And now, a Pretenders song! This one is kind of a guilty pleasure, try not to weep!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

I Like What I Know

I have some new work in this group show taking place at The Whitehouse next weekend. There will be beautiful people and lots of beer I'm sure, all good reasons to stop in. Curated by the lovely Lyndsey Cope.

Artists showing are...
Derek Aubichon
Nadia Belerique
Emily Cook
Adam Cowan
Laura Curley
Greg Denton
Julia Dickens
Cameron George Lee
Jen Hutton
Christy Kunitzky
Jonathan Mayhew
Nitasha McKnight
Vanessa Bee Rieger
Liana Schmidt
Rebecca Fin Simonetti
Ceilidh Stidwill
Xenia Benivolski
Krista Buecking
Liz Knox
Jesse Harris
Amanda Rataj

See you there!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Check it.

Parallel + Bound website.

Parallel + Bound on Trendhunter.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Hoping for a Homer

Last Sunday, Rachel and I went to the ball game so that she could stare at the man of her dreams, SF Giants pitcher Lincecum. Unfortunately he wasn't pitching, but we were sitting in the 100s, and spied him hanging out in the dugout. We made multiple attempts to get close enough for introductions and during our stakeout, Rachel spotted him a mere 15 metres away and ran towards him yelling his name, and demanding I be camera ready at the same time. Upon first glance, this just looks like a slightly crazed SF fan,

But check out the close up! Lincy is all smiles! Contact was made and I predict a 2012 wedding!

Best of luck to the future Mr. and Mrs. Tim Lincecum!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Is This Really News?

I threw my phone on the ground the other night. It's busted. Party trick gone wrong!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Can I Get This on a T-Shirt?

No Title (the part of) by Raymond Pettibon.
So nice!

More new stuff here.

Thrills. But Not Really.

X'd. 2010, masking tape, disappointment

Monday, June 14, 2010

Yer So Bad

In August I am going to see Tom Petty with my whole family and my bestie and I am already counting down the days. Can't wait, it's going to be the best!

This video is hilarious, and I love the weirdly amazing styling too.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


I spent some time in New York last week, and only took three pictures.

Vintage tin tiles!

Sun comin' up!

Beautiful baby kitten!

I looked at lots of art, some of which is still on my mind.

This show by Mamma Andersson and Jockum Nordstrom was one of my favourites. I had seen Jockum Nordstom's work, but never Mamma Andersson's, and I was really taken by it.

Some of my faves

Also saw the Whitney Biennial. My favourite piece was actually part of the permanent collection, Sans II by Eva Hesse.

Eva Hesse has been my favourite artist for years, and seeing this work in person was actually really moving. I was surprised at how visceral of a reaction I felt while looking at it. The photo above is not the actual installation at the Whitney, as this piece has been split up into sections, and is owned by various museums and collectors around the world, but is a similar approximation.

Other highlights were Detroit by Ari Marcopoulos and Untitled by Robert Grosvenor.
This is a video of his work being installed

Art! Who knew it could be so exciting! ha.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Buy My Wares!

I've recently started this jewelry line called Parallel + Bound. I think it is a perfect combination of my interest in fashion and art, and am really enjoying designing and crafting my pieces so far. I'm aiming to create a look book soon too. Fun summer project!

I've just set up an online store. Check it out!

Parallel + Bound shop

Join the Facebook group for updates, and all that stuff too.

Monday, May 3, 2010


Crossed Out Tombstone
altered photocopy

Beautiful Home
millboard, masking tape

Nice things

The other day I listened to this. Pretty great.

Made some more of these things. Online store in the works!

Picked flowers with this babe.

And watched this guy hit three home runs in a row. Magical!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Just made this beauty.
Want one?

Sunday, April 11, 2010

I can relate.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Needles and Pins

My favourite song performed by my favourite old guy and Stevie!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Some installation shots by Josef Strau. I like this stuff.

New Specs!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

My Dad Learned to Text!

Still hasn't quite got the hang of it I guess.....

Sunday, March 7, 2010

My Future is Bright.

I just got a psychic reading.
These are things she told me:
I will witness someone being eaten by a lion.
Some guy named Manny and I are going to be tiiiiiiight.
I know someone who smokes pot. (WOW!)
I'm probably going to get traveller's diarrhea.
I'm getting blonde highlights, SOON!
I'm going to play darts. COOL!
I have a friend who looks like Nelly Furtado. (TRISHA IS THAT YOU?!?!?!)
And finally, my true calling is WALKING DOGS.

Thanks Psychic Nikki!!!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Attempts at Perfection #3

masking tape, copy paper

Attempts at Perfection is a series of works I have been working on which are based upon simple, repeated actions, and simple materials.

Highlighting the limits of the human body, Attempts at Perfection #3 was created with the goal of creating perfect rectangles out of copy paper and masking tape. Using simple, uncomplicated, repetitive actions, I taped piece after piece of paper to a wall, allowing errors to present themselves, capturing the evidence of the human hand in this processed based work.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Cruel Cruel World!

If Alexander McQueen can't be happy in this world, how the heck can I!!!


Monday, January 25, 2010

Paper study, found paper, masking tape.

Some other weird study thing.