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Our Great Leader’s 7-Month Plan

Despite what you may have heard about chocolate rations going up and the wonderful victories in our war with Eurasia, this actually has very little to do with our fearless leader (despite how great he is, and how highly I think of him, and all that stuff). No, this idea is purely mine and I’m going to float it out into the ether to see what you folks think.

After writing and performing a spoken word piece on sunday, and submitting my name for an open-audition gallery show (for paintings), I’m wondering if I shouldn’t challenge myself a little bit this year. Sure, it’s a little late to make a New Year’s Resolution (they’re just garbage anyways), but is it ever too late to pick yourself up by the boot straps and apply some gumption? Some elbow grease? Some old-timey metaphors that don’t make sense anymore… consarnit?

So, without making the regulations TOO stringent, I’m going to try to get some artistic work publically displayed before the year is out. Hopefully, I’ll sell some as well. I’m thinking that a public reading of poetry or a story (or both) and some submissions for publication, a few paintings or sketches, and some photos. I won’t do anything cheesy like read in my own living room to a group of friends or anything like that… part of this is an excercise in getting myself ‘out there’, as they say.

What do you think? Can you recommend places to show/read/submit? Are you a publisher who is thinking “I’d like to publish whatever this guy will write”? Are you a millionaire with some wallspace who is colourblind? Then have I got a proposal for you… consarnit.

I guess this means that my Moleskines will be getting even more of a workout. I hope they don’t get rationed because we’re losing the war in Eurasia… which we aren’t… losing… the war… in … Double-plus good!


This Pretty Face

So what are YOU doing this friday? Same old, same old, eh? Well, if you’re in Toronto, I think you should head out to Le Gallery at Dundas and Ossington to check out Shauna Born’s latest art exhibition “This Pretty Face”.

This Pretty Face

Here’s her artist’s statement from the Le Gallery site…

Shauna Born’s latest exhibtion and suite of paintings, “this pretty face” take their cues from the gorgeous and gross reflections of the fashion industry. Drawing on the visages of friends and associates, Born takes on the portrait in this exhibition, shedding the previous relationship with the figure to explore the deeply emotive power of facial construction. Through accentuation of features, Born’s paintings toy with ambiguity in their reception, with a well developed talent technically and conceptual, the new paintings reflect a gentle shift in her practice towards an unearthing of the emotional subtleties in contemporary 20-something culture.

The show runs from May 3rd to 28th, and the opening is this friday evening.

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Merriam-Webster defines a ‘milestone‘ as a “…significant point in development…”, so when I use it in reference to this week’s issue of Silent Talkie, you should all listen up. I mean, ‘milestone’ is a powerful and evocative word, and a rather fancy chain of restaurants.

Paint in my eyes!!!

This issue sees an unusual turn of events in Dale’s Day, TWO articles from Jared (1 and 2), and an article by Shari-Anne. If you would like to see your name in links here at the AchtungDavey blog, all you have to do is get off your couch, scrape together some verbs and predicates into paragraphs and send it in to the crack team of editors who will pour over it for entire seconds before publishing it instantly to the site.

Anyways, congratulations and many thanks to Karim for getting us all the way to our tenth issue, and thanks to everyone who has been reading it every week, and more importantly, passing it along to their friends, family, co-workers, and gerbils. Speaking of gerbils, my skillz as a pencil sketch-artist are displayed this week as well.



Lisez les Surtitles!!

Just take a minute to think about all the great movies you wouldn’t even know about if the whole idea of subtitles had never come about. Seriously. One minute… I’ll wait.

Now, what if I were to tell you that you could enjoy the same experience with classic French theatre? I know, I’d call me a stark-raving lunatic too (it wouldn’t be the first time), but that’s just what Théâtre français de Toronto is doing right under our noses! It’s brilliant.

In High School and University, I studied some classic French theatre, specifically Moliere’s “The Miser” (“L’Avare”) and loved how witty and clever it is. Well, it turns out that TfT is putting on L’Avare this spring! Anyone interested in coming? I’d be glad to organize a group trip in early May.

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Silent Talkie II: The Silencing of the Monkey

It’s alive! Thanks to the second issue of Silent Talkie, it’s now official a periodical… or a serial… or simply a second issue. Maybe third time is the charm. Anyways, check it out… give it a read… pass it along to your friends… and then give it a read again. By the time you’re bored of it, it’s already wednesday again and the new issue is ready.

Washer Monkey!!!

Also, if you’re creative in any way, you should submit for an upcoming issue. Rumour has it that we’ll publish anyone. No, seriously. Anyone.

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Ssssh, It’s A Secret

Pssst. Have you heard about Silent Talkie? I really shouldn’t be telling you this, but you look like the kind of person I can trust. So, a new online art zine just came online today, and rumour has it that it’s the cat’s meow. It’s going to be so huge, that someday you’ll be able to say “I remember reading about it when it was still a secret” and you’ll be as awesome as that guy who knew about The Arcade Fire even before their EP came out. Yes. You’ll be THAT cool! Alas, I’ve digressed.

Don't Tell a Soul

It’s a great read, and I even heard through the grapevine that they accept unsolicited submissions for all their sections! Take THAT, budding artists. I also heard a rumour that the ‘written‘ editor and primary contributor looks great in a muscle shirt and jean shorts… and that his writing is so good, it makes doves cry. Again… just rumours.

I also have it from a trusted source that new content will be available each and every wednesday (secretly, of course) just in time to chase away those mid-week blahs.

Remember, LLSSSWASOAM* so Mum’s the word.

(*Loose Lips Sink Ships and Spread the Word About Secret Online Art Magazines)

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The Big Day!

Tonight is the gala opening of a group art exhibition at the OCAD Student Gallery. Don’t let the name fool you… these are professional artists, and you can expect to see some pretty spectacular art… especially from an emerging artist named Shari-Anne Gibson. 😉

Here are details about the show…

Karen Crawford, Alice Gibney, Shari-Anne Gibson, Braden LaBonté and Adi Zeharia present drawings and paintings that construct realms integrating the human world with the forces of nature.

November 17 to December 10, 2005
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 17, 5 – 7pm
Regular Hours: Wed-Sat, Noon to 6pm
Venue: Student Gallery, 285 Dundas Street West, Toronto

Hopefully we’ll see you there!

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Art, Schmart

So, just because acrylic paint secretly wants to kill me, that doesn’t mean that I’m going to let it run my life. After all, if we change our living habits, the acrylic terrorists win. (I’m laughing imagining a terrorist all covered in acrylic. Good times). That means that although my life may be in danger, I’m going to go to gallery shows… I just love art that much.

There are two in particular that I’m going to check out, and I think you should too. If for no other reason, than in the hopes that you’ll see me passed out on the floor of the gallery from sort of repiratory infection.

The first show opens this friday at Le Gallery, and features work by one of Shari-Anne’s good friends, Emmy Skensved. Here’s some specific info on the show…

KILLER VALENTINES: New paintings by Emmy Skensved
November 3-20, 2005 Opening: Friday November 4th, 7-10pm
Also on view, new works by Ben Oakley.

le gallery
1183 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, ON
Wed-Fri 12-6, Sat-Sun 12-7

If you do end up going tonight, be sure to say ‘hi’ to Emmy and mention that you heard about the show through here. Since I’m going to the cottage tonight, I won’t be able to make it to the opening (and gallery openings are really fun events), so I figure I can still support a really talented artist and cool person this way. I really dig Emmy’s work, and will be heading to ‘le’ as soon as I’m back from Quebec to see her new paintings.

While we’re on the topic of pimping gallery openings, there’s a REALLY BIG ONE coming up that all of you should probably mark in you calendars… I have. Shari-Anne and a group of four other artists will be showing their work for nearly a month at the OCAD Student Gallery. Here’s the info…

Karen Crawford, Alice Gibney, Shari-Anne Gibson, Braden LaBonté and Adi Zeharia present drawings and paintings that construct realms integrating the human world with the forces of nature.

November 16 to December 10, 2005
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 17, 5 – 7pm
Regular Hours: Wed-Sat, Noon to 6pm
Venue: Student Gallery, 285 Dundas Street West, Toronto

I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen Karen, Alice, or Adi’s work… but I’m familiar with both Braden’s and Shari-Anne’s and I’m really looking forward to this show. Hopefully I can coax Shari in here to post a little more about the show’s theme and to write a bit about her works specifically, but in case she gets shy, you should probably just come to the show and ask her yourself. You might also want to bring your chequebook… 🙂

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