2024 Year of Dragon (yangwoodgreen), Stephen Cruise, collage, 2024. To view the past iterations of Stephen's “Year of..." series, please visit his website.
With the Year of the Dragon set to begin on February 10th, we're pleased to share Stephen Cruise's new “Year of.." work, which celebrates the changing of the zodiac with each passing year. Stephen began these works in the 90s and has continued each year thereafter:
Early renditions were one-of-a-kind collages of various dimensions and materials. In 2004, decided to make a print version using the proportions of a tenugui (head towel used in Kendo).
This sharing of works and ideas within our cultural community is what keeps us motivated and inspired. The value of arts and culture cannot be understated, especially as we attempt to recover from unprecedented hardships. The City of London’s draft budget proposes the biggest tax hike in years, and leaves many of the city’s arts and culture organizations struggling. The London Arts Council, Museum London, the Grand Theatre, and the London Public Library are receiving a fraction of what they've requested or their requests have been refused. We are alarmed by these developments.
For more information on the current situation and how the London arts community is responding, please visit the Forest City Gallery website, as they make a case for the arts and the necessity for an increased budget during a time where the cost of living and inflation has risen disproportionately.
The Man I Left Behind - Triple Vinyl LP by Larry Towell
Larry Towell, the Magnum photographer who has published fourteen books and covered conflicts around the world, has now released a triple vinyl LP of original ballads about photography or the places he’s photographed based on issues of justice and peace. Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary) writes: “Larry Towell is one of the few songwriters today who carries on the courageous tradition of Woodie Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Phil Ochs.” The anthology also contains field recordings mixed with his arrangements and lyrics.
Larry is accompanied by musicians and friends that include Jeff Bird of the Cowboy Junkies, Mike Stevens, who was a regular contributor to the Grand Ole Opry, Anne Lindsay who tours with Blue Rodeo and Jim Cuddy, Gwen Swick of Quartette, and many others.
To purchase signed copies of The Man I Left Behind on triple vinyl, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Each copy is $60+HST, shipping not included.
Animated Frames Vol. 06: Other Abstractions
Friday, February 16, 2024 at 7PM
TAP Centre For Creativity
203 Dundas Street, London, Ontario
$10 admission (cash only)
projected on 16mm film
total duration: 58 minutes + brief intermission
The Animated Frames series is back for volume 6! Other Abstractions includes an eclectic selection of abstract animated short films by Paul Glabicki, Jennifer Reeves, Yona Friedman, Doris Chase, Len Lye, Sonia Bridge, Alexander Stewart, and Jeff Scher. To register for the event, please visit the TAP Centre for Creativity website.
Presented by FRAMES Film Series & London Ontario Media Arts Association (LOMAA)
This presentation is supported by the London Arts Council through the City of London's Community Arts Investment Program.
Andrés Garzon - Print Fundraiser
Andrés Garzon, digital print, 2023.
This artwork by London-based artist Andrés Garzon is currently available as a print edition in support of two important initiatives. The fundraiser will remain open until February 18th and 100% of the proceeds from the print will be split between two donation pages:
E-sims for Palestinians in Gaza, organized by Jane Shi, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, and Alice Wong: http://tinyurl.com/yc372s7u
LQMA (London Queer Muslim Association): https://www.gofundme.com/f/building-safe-spaces-for-queer-muslims-in-london
For more information regarding the print fundraiser, please visit Andrés' website. This work was also featured in the most recent edition of the ECH tabloid with the following description by Andrés:
I made this artwork during my visit to my own homeland of Colombia for the first time since immigrating to Canada in 2001. I was constantly reminded of the Palestinians in Gaza who had violently lost their homeland so quickly, and who are either trapped in the rubble of their former homes, or may never return to find it the same. 100+ days into a globally-known genocide, and the pain continues. 20,000+ murdered and more than 2 million displaced. From a distance, I can only hope for peace, and to use my artwork to respond to the grief being felt all over the world. Free Palestine, ceasefire now, end the occupation.
Rock / Paper / Scissors: Book & Print Fair at the Art Gallery of Guelph
The Embassy Cultural House will have a table at the Rock / Paper / Scissors: Book + Print Fair on Sunday, February 25 from 11AM-4PM at the Art Gallery of Guelph (AGG) and hosted by Publication Studio Guelph! This annual event is devoted to small-scale publishing and the social life of the book. This year, zinesters, printmakers, poets, and publishers from across Ontario will join us for a print media lover’s dream. Peruse hand-made and locally published books and print media while supporting small bookmakers, artists, and publishers.
This event is part of a weekend of programming hosted by PS Guelph, including a series of bookmaking and writing workshops on Saturday, February 24. For more information on specific events, visit PS Guelph's Facebook page.
Soheila Esfahani designs a coin for the Royal Canadian Mint:
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