My Berlin Diary has been picked up by Hazlitt, Random House Canada’s arts and culture blog. The second instalment, a summary of the last 15 or so entries from the Tumblr diary, has just been posted. The full versions are, of course, on the diary’s Tumblr.
Hello all, As I might have mentioned a couple of times here and there, I’m living in Berlin now/for the moment/for as long as I can. As a kind of experiment, I am keeping a visual diary of my time here.
You can follow it here: aberlindiary.tumblr.com.
Oh, it will occasionally get NSFW. This is Berlin, after all.
Hello, So the Tarot deck that I’ve been slaving away on is now printed and available! There was that whole re-locating to Europe thing that happened, so they get shipped to you from glamorous Berlin (which impacts shipping costs). All details available here: http://bit.ly/13oPJzs
My hard drive crashed a month or so ago, and I lost the original scans of the last 11 Lurking drawings. So I begin scanning away, and realize that towards the end there, I got a little lazy with titling and dating the drawings.
So here I am, scanning and titling, titling and scanning, when all of a sudden the numbers don’t add up. There are, in fact, not 300 drawings. There are only 299.
Which means that this project is not yet over.
I am currently off of Facebook, for a variety of reasons, all of them excellent. I will, reluctantly, be returning to Facebook once I am in Germany (in a scant 10 days). So, towards the latter half of the next two weeks, expect one more drawing for this here project; 300, I said — a deal’s a deal.
Two updates: the first is that a selection of Lurking drawings will be published as part of the XXX zine series. I’ll let y’all know when it’s available for purchase.
The second (and heftier) bit of news is that, in slightly less than two weeks, I’m up and going to Berlin for a while. More announcements about that (and what I’ll be up to while I’m there) later, but in the meantime, any Berliners out there, feel free to get in touch.
Hello, In case you haven’t been following, I’ve been designing and illustrating a Tarot deck. I’ve just finished the Major Arcana images, and thought it a good time to announce that, should anyone want a 7” x 10” archival print of any of the images on the site thus far, I am happy to comply.
Prints are $30 plus shipping. Payment can be made via PayPal. Just send me a message via the ASK link, and I’ll send you the pertinent details.
Oh and prints of the Lurking drawings remain always and forever available for purchase as well.
Hello, A brief self-promotional announcement: I have started a new illustration project, a fun distraction; I am making a Tarot deck. I’ve flirted with the idea for a long long time, and any flirtation that sticks around for that long deserves to be indulged. If you like, you can track my progress at shotarot.tumblr.com.
Once I’m finished (78 drawings later…although, after the gargantuan project that was Lurking, that seems like nothing), the deck will be published, and theoretically for sale.
And there is some news about the Lurking project that is bubbling…announcements to follow when details have been firmed up.
Usually, after artist talks or public performances or some such, there’s always a Q&A, and I always try to leave as fast as I can.
This has been a public performance of a kind, so I thought perhaps, now that I’ve caught my breath and wiped away the shavings and washed the charcoal dust and pencil marks and watercolour stains off my hands, I would open the floor up to any questions.
So I’ve always thought, even at the outset of doing this project, that it couldn’t very well go on forever. Well, it could, but that doesn’t strike me as worthwhile or interesting. And throughout doing this project, I’ve wondered when and how that ending might occur.
A few months ago, it occurred to me that 300 seems a decent place to stop. Or, if not stop, then take a significant pause and a step back. That’s an awful lot of drawings, and a good long time to be working on something. And seeing as how I’m now four drawings away from 300, I thought I would let you, my captive audience, know.
I don’t know for sure if I’ll end the project. But I have to figure out what to do with it, now that it’s gained this odd critical mass. Certainly, the tumblr site will always exist, as an archive. As for next steps, I have goals, and ideas: I want to make a book of them (and more specifically, I want someone else to foot the bill for it); I want to have an exhibition of all of them, in their totality. There have been three Lurking shows, but never all of them. It’s something that I dearly want to see. I’m working on these goals; getting anything off the ground, much less a book and a large-scale exhibition, is hugely difficult.
But there you have it. There will be four more new drawings. And then a long pause, which might very well go on forever.
As usual, the internet and the universe have funny ways of conspiring together. I met my 300th follower at a house party yesterday evening, and now he has his pick of the thus-far 286 drawings on this blog to be delivered unto him in the form of an archival print.
And, as usual, I shall now enumerate the reasons why y’all should follow him: 1. He looks like someone who plays in a cute little band. (edited for inaccuracy) 2. He’s a pretty ace photographer. 3. He follows orders very well; when I was musing aloud at said house party that I was on the precipice of my 300th Tumblr follower, his ears pricked up, and I said “well, if you become my 300th follower, then I’ll send you a print of any drawing on the blog.” And so he did.
So I’ve had a lot of stuff going on recently, and have slowed down my drawing/posting rhythm (you may have noticed; and if not, never mind!). And yet again, it has been confirmed to me that the internet is like a particularly annoying lover: the less attention you pay it, the more excited with you it is.
To wit: I was just checking up on the ol’ Tumblr, and realized that I have been steadily accumulating followers, despite my laxity. All of a sudden, I am almost at 300! 299, to be exact. So, as per usual, I offer my 300th follower, whomever they may be (assuming they’re a real person and not some kind of porn-nymphet-spambot), an archival digital print of a drawing of their choice.
And of course, should any and all of you want a print of any drawing, I am more than happy to accomodate for a small fee.
Lucky number 300, I await you with open arms. To the rest of you, thank you all once again for being such a lovingly willing captive audience.
One of my Lurking drawings is included in this sweet little portfolio of queer kisses in In Toronto Magazine; also included are some ace queer Canucky artists, which y’all should inform yourselves on, if you’re so inclined: Shawna Dempsey and Lori Millan, Kent Monkman, Wrik Mead, Daniel Barrow, and Steven Beckly. And for those in and around Toronto, the actual magazine should be out next week.
My work will be included in TORONTO/BERLIN 1982-2012, at the Zweigstelle Gallery in Berlin. The show is, very loosely, a kind of survey of Canadian drawing practices; specifically it traces the influence of the ChromaZone collective, a drawing & painting collective formed in Toronto in the early ’80s.
I’m really quite excited, not just because this is the first European showing of my work, but also to have it contextualized/historicized this way. Some of my favorite Canadian artists were in ChromaZone (and anybody at all interested in Canadian artists’ responses to AIDS in the ’80s should look them up).
I will be at the opening, and if you’re in Berlin, you should come!
TORONTO/BERLIN 1982-2012 June 15-August 31 Opening reception June 15th, 7pm-10pm Zweigstelle Gallery Lehrter Str. 37
So I’m a character in this book, and I’m in this movie, and I’m in this band, and I keep this here blog (amongst other art projects), and they’re all kind of intertwined, and here’s an excerpt from an interview I (along with the other folk who made the book and the movie and the band) did that’s going to be published in a magazine called One Hour Empire. Enjoy!