April 01, 2015

MURAL FESTIVAL RETURNS!

 

 

 

 

 

Station 16 Gallery is proud to partner once again with Montreal's Mural Festival this June. As its third year running, the 2015 edition is shaping up to be a killer year. In addition to the world-class artists and DJs, the festival will include a line-up of documentaries and conferences, as well as a local market and an art fair. Not to mention, the festival has expanded from 4 to 11 days. Here's to two weeks of incredible art and summertime fun in Montreal.

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March 24, 2015

Enzo Sarto Cannot Be Stopped

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

There is an inherent shock value when viewing the work of Enzo Sarto. Executed in a clean and crisp manner, Sarto’s photographs highlight a deceptive innocence that demands attention. Although stating that his work “is about passions, prejudices, and fear,” a specific clarification, such as why a little girl wears a bandana around her face like a vandal and holds a gun as if she just committed murder, remains elusive. Politically and socially charged images infiltrate much of Sarto’s work, producing a dialogue that begs for an explanation. 

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March 05, 2015

SCOPE - New York 2015

Station 16 Gallery is excited return to the Big Apple this weekend to exhibit at SCOPE Art Show.  As one of the largest contemporary art fairs, SCOPE engages with an increasingly international audience and attracts visitors worldwide. Known for its ability to forecast visual trends and emerging artists, SCOPE has a history of innovative curation and presentation. This year marks SCOPE's 15th anniversary of the art fair's New York exhibition, occurring simultaneously with The Amory Show.  With 60 galleries from across the globe exhibiting at SCOPE, Station 16 will feature all local artists to showcase emerging talent in contemporary, Canadian art. 

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February 19, 2015

TAVA à Barcelone

 

 Murale à Barcelone, photo de Antoine Tavaglione

Après un relocalisation à Barcelone, l’artiste Montréalais Antoine Tavaglione (Tava) laisse sa marque dans les rues de la ville espagnole.

Les gens déménagent normalement pour une de deux raisons: le travail ou l'amour. Pour Tava, c’est une combinaison des deux. Avec une prochaine exposition solo à Copenhague, une collaboration des vêtements avec un designer à Dubaï, et d'autres projets d'illustration, Tava a également pris le temps de créé des oeuvres à Barcelone même. L'artiste décrit la ville comme "un bon terrain d'entente pour voyager à toutes ces destinations et de travailler en collaboration plus facilement avec les commissaires et clients. 

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February 13, 2015

JE SUIS UNE SAUVAGE: Part IV of "What is an Artist?" 

La première artiste que j’ai contacté pour la version française de What is an Artist est Klor, du duo 123Klan: “Ok, Même si je ne suis pas une artiste???” me répond-t-elle. “Je suis un graffeur, je suis un vandale, je suis une sauvage!” Elle n’est pas la première à esquiver la question. On se rappelle les réponses de DeeDee et Hanksy : I am generally uncomfortable with people calling me an artist et I constantly dodge the label when talking about myself in interviews. In my opinion, it's a heavy term. One that I'm still struggling to figure out.

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February 12, 2015

Seance at Station 16 Gallery

 

 

For most, the upcoming weekend will be filled with roses and candy hearts, but at Station 16, we are taking a more macabre approach to the weekend. Launching on Friday the 13th is the XRAY Spirit Board, a ouija-inspired artistic creation. To celebrate the product launch, Station 16 is hosting a seance at the gallery, where guests will be able to enjoy a drink, meet the artist, and summon the spirits.

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February 06, 2015

GIVE ME A DOODLE INSTEAD: Part III of "What is an Artist?"

 

 

 

 

“I hadn't picked up a paintbrush or spray can for almost a decade when I first starting fucking around with drawing and painting again,” wrote Hanksy, the pun-master known for his quirky mash-ups of Tom Hanks’ head on various animal bodies. (Yup, you read that right.) “I constantly dodge the label when talking about myself in interviews. In my opinion, it's a heavy term. One that I'm still struggling to figure out. Some people call me an artist; most do not. I find that those who spend bags and bags of money getting a degree - which stamps them official artists - have a more specific and hardened definition. And that's cool. I guess the general consensus is that to be called an artist, you must be creative. I'll take that ticket.” 

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January 30, 2015

FLIP THE SWITCH: Part II of "What is an Artist?"

 

 

 

 

I am reminded of the time I went to the inauguration of Omen’s mural All it Takes is a Little Heart in Ville St-Laurent, in the fall of 2014. He addressed the press and city officials with a smile, “Remember when you used to call the cops on me? Now you pay me to paint walls.” This is Omen. He is larger than life. 

After reading Sarah Thornton’s 33 Artists in 3 Acts dissection of the question What is an artist?, I sought answers from the artists represented by Station 16 Gallery. Omen was one of the first artists to whom I reached out. He is in Panama painting at the moment and posted his definition through social media: “Artists are people who take you through the world and lend you their eyes. It is more a burden than a technique. The artist has to be both egotistical and sensitive enough to want to convey this vision to the rest of the world.” These words were greeted with much enthusiasm, as is most of what Omen publishes. Fans and friends added comments: “The artist must make things in order to achieve this since what they see is often not yet named or explained in words.” “What we do as artists is a service to humanity,” chimed in another.

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January 28, 2015

New Habs mural by Eric Clement

Les mondes du sport et de l'art se rencontrent rarement. Notre exposition « Gol, Carajo » a prouvé que ces deux mondes pouvaient être compatibles, ce qui démontre que l'art et le football peuvent fusionner dans le travail ludique de Ricardo Cavolo. Le mélange inattendu du sport et de l'art est apparu à nouveau au sein du travail d’un autre artiste de la Galerie Station 16, Eric Clément, qui a récemment créé une murale pour les Canadiens de Montréal. Organisé par notre partenaire, LNDMRK, le projet met en évidence le style d'illustration et de bande dessinée de Clément autour du thème du hockey.

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January 23, 2015

A DEAD FLY ON THE WINDSHIELD OF TIME: Part I of "What is an Artist?"

 

 

 

 

In early January, I settled down with Sarah Thornton’s new book 33 Artists in 3 Acts in which she poses what appears to be the simplest of questions: What is an artist? Within the first few pages, Thornton is already dismayed to have people reply: “An artist is someone who makes art.”   

I scoffed. My answer would be so much more profound, detailed and smart! Clearly, an artist is… blank. What is an artist? Over dinner, my husband, who is not involved in the art world, answered promptly: “Emily, it’s simple. An artist is a creator.” Really? This seemed too all-encompassing for my taste. One can create with no intent towards art. No, it wasn’t simple at all. 

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