Great essay by Chris Richardson in the newly released book, Reclaiming Canadian Bodies, published by Wilfred Laurier University Press. The essay compares the impact of my Regent Park Portraits and JR’s 28 millimètres: Portrait d’une génération in respect to how portraits in public spaces can, “…oblige viewers to rethink the stereotypical representations of low-income neighbourhoods that are commonly promoted in visual media.” Honoured to have my work mentioned in the same vein as JR’s. Inspirational day.
Just installed some new permanent works with funding I received from Street Art Toronto. Tai Chi Tiles is a series of tile-based portraits of Chinese seniors who practice Tai Chi in Toronto’s Grange Park. Big thanks to Stefan, Rocky and Gord at Punchclock Metalworks for fabricating the frames and working with me to install the work.
New work with Paul Aloisi at the Evergreen Brickworks. Flood Lines creates a spatial dialog between three cisterns and the roof which they collect water from to address the increasing frequency of heavy rainfall events in our contemporary climate.
Happy Good Friday. Spring is finally here, perhaps, and are a bunch of things coming up. I will be part of a group show at Artcite in Windsor, Ontario call The Dignity of Work, running from April 25 – May 31. I’m showing four large-scale prints from my Gaspesia: Les portraits en papier series. Those interested in a print can send me an e-mail or inquire with the folks at the gallery. If you’re in the Windsor area please check out the show and the great work by the two other artists, Vince Kogut and Dulce Pinzon.