February 19, 2015

TAVA à Barcelone

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. Je veux également prendre le temps de découvrir Barcelone à son maximum... c’est une ville magnifique et inspirante!” En plus de mettre des autocollants partout dans de la ville, Tava a récemment terminé une murale extérieure.

Murale à Barcelone, photo de Antoine Tavaglione 

La murale reflète le style classique de Tava. Un Popeye coulant est au centre du mur, qu’il a créé pour sa "chérie - son université est juste au coin, donc elle peut maintenant voir une de mes œuvres tous les jours quand elle va en classe." Une combinaison de culture populaire, nostalgie d'enfance, et une bonne dose de valeur sentimentale est clairement présente dans cette nouvelle murale.

Photo de Antoine Tavalgione
Travailler au plan international est de plus en plus important pour un artiste, autant pour le développement de leur carrière que pour l’inspiration créative. "Les voyages m’inspirent énormément. J’ai le plaisir de découvrir les talents locaux et de me plonger dans la scène artistique locale ... Je suis toujours à la recherche d’opportunités pour voyager et de laisser ma trace."

Photo de Antoine Tavaglione 

 La Galerie Station 16 continue de présenter de nouvelles œuvres de l'artiste. Les toiles de Homer Simpson et Mickey Mouse sont les plus récentes pièces à la galerie, ainsi que les autocollants, toujours aussi populaires! Découvrez plus de l'artiste ici.

Mickey & Screaming Heart par Antoine Tavaglione

After a recent relocation to Barcelona, the Montreal street artist, Antoine Tavaglione (Tava), is leaving his trademark style of cartoon characters and screaming hearts in the streets of the Spanish city.

People move for one of two reasons: work or love. For Tava, it is a combination of the two. Although the latter may be the more prevalent rationale, several international projects have brought the Montreal native temporarily overseas. With an upcoming solo exhibition in Copenhagen, a clothing-line collaboration with a designer in Dubai, and other illustration projects, Tava has also created art locally. The artist describes Barcelona as “a good middle ground to travel to these destinations and to work closely with the curators and clients. I also want to discover Barcelona at its fullest...it’s a gorgeous and inspiring city!” In addition to paste-ups and stickers around the city, Tava recently finished an outdoor mural as well.

 The mural reflects Tava’s classic style of “melting” childhood characters. A dripping Popeye is the focus of the wall, which he made for his “sweetheart - her university is right around the corner, so she can now see it everyday as she goes to class.” A combination of pop culture, childhood nostalgia, and sentimental value shine through the mural.  

 

Photo de Antoine Tavaglione 
Working on an international level has increasingly become important for artists, both in terms of creative and career development. “Travel is what fuels and inspires me the most. I enjoy discovering local talent and immersing myself in the local art scene...I am always on the lookout for more opportunities to travel and to leave the screaming hearts behind me.
Homer (Colour) par Antoine Tavaglione 
Homer (Black) par Antoine Tavaglione 
Despite being abroad, Station 16 Gallery continues to exhibit new works from the artist. Canvases of Homer Simpson and Mickey Mouse are the most recent pieces to the gallery, as well as the ever-popular sticker packs! Check out more from the artist here!
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.

Le Diamantaire a longuement réfléchi. “Cette simple question pourrait tout bêtement avoir comme réponse la définition d'un dictionnaire, mais la description d'un artiste est propre à chacun. Elle témoigne  d'une certaine sensibilité, éducation ou simplement de curiosité en règle générale. Elle débouche sur bien plus de questions. » Il me cite le Larousse. Il compare l’artisan et l’artiste.  Il questionne la relation compliquée entre l’artiste et l’argent (il ne faut pas paraître comme un vendu). J’ai d’ailleurs élaboré sur ce sujet dans la troisième version de cette série, publié la semaine dernière. “Moi, qui ai fait des études de métallerie et de chaudronnerie, j'aimais ce que je faisais en atelier par contre je ne trouvais aucun intérêt à la production pour l'industrie. Peut être que j'ai eu la chance d'avoir de bons professeurs qui aimaient leur job et m'ont appris les bonnes techniques de façonnage. Étais-je simplement un étudiant ou étais-je déjà un artiste qui a trouvé une forme de curiosité technique pour une voie professionnelle et esthétique par le graffiti? Il est impossible pour moi de s'autoproclamer artiste. J'utilise ce mot comme un statut, une qualification que l'on porte ou supporte. L'artiste n'est pas différent des autres êtres humains, il défend juste des idées qu'il aperçoit de la vie. La création peut devenir éternelle et à l'inverse certains individus donnes leur vie pour des futilités. L'art peu paraître inutile, mais il est la mémoire d'un passé. On ne naît pas artiste, on ne fait pas les beaux arts, des grandes écoles ou autres formations pour être un artiste. C'est simplement une sensibilité mélangée de curiosité qui s'exprime par une technique qui enfin y trouve une existence dans l'oeuvre aux yeux d'un intéressé. L'artiste existe et devient artiste lorsque ces paires l'ont qualifié comme telle. Ce n'est pas une médaille qu'il faut porter fièrement, car elle est selon moi importable, l'artiste prend souvent naissance bien plus tard dans certains cas. Celui-ci est simplement un être vivant dans son plus simple appareil. Il vit, observe le monde, le travail et sa sensibilité  met en exergue certains points qu'il développe. Cette qualification est donnée par les gens qui le perçoivent comme tel. Un réel artiste ne s'autoproclamera jamais artiste, mais comme un être humain avant tout.”

Le Diamantaire poursuit : “Être artiste, un réel métier ? L'artisan répond à un cahier des charges très précis, à un certain service qu'il doit apporter alors que l'artiste crée lui-même sa problématique et donc ses besoins pour le développement de son art. Une chose que j'ai compris en étant artiste, est plus il y a de liberté et plus la difficulté de créer est grande. Mes seules problématiques sont mes sentiments, la sensation que j'ai face à la vie en général et le besoin de m'exprimer, de défendre ma vision du monde.”

J’attends impatiemment la réponse de Garbage Beauty…. “Je suis désolé des délais, » me répond Romain. “Nous sommes quatre dans l'équipe, j'avais besoin de la validation de chacun avant de te faire parvenir quoi que se soit.” Garbade Beauty, qui se traduit simplement par Belle Poubelle, est un collectif incluant quatre artistes calligraffeurs : Vincent,  Romain, Olivier et Étienne.
 
“Un artiste se doit d'être curieux et sensible. Cela le poussera à chercher les fondements et les parties d’un tout, dans le but de comprendre la technicité et le fond de ce qui l’inspire. Son ouverture et son écoute lui permettent de poser un regard critique sur son environnement, pour ainsi comprendre et apprendre du regard que cet environnement pose sur lui. L’artiste est bien sûr créatif, mais surtout libre : libre de s'exprimer, libre de changer de discours, libre de présenter de nouveaux points de vue. Il a le devoir de se remettre en question et d'ainsi créer une interprétation pure et personnelle. L'artiste légitime son travail par le fond et la forme, ne se base pas sur une condition purement esthétique, il n’est pas décorateur.”
“La prise de position et l’engagement font partie de ses principes. Un engagement envers une cause, une réflexion, une vision, un questionnement, voire une idée sur laquelle il pourra baser son dialogue et consolider sa cohérence. L’artiste est maître de soi et de sa propre pyramide, il vit un concept. En revanche, les services professionnellement rendus à ses voisins le présente comme fournisseur: un illustrateur, un créateur ou un designer. Le rythme de création doit être en harmonie avec son état d’esprit et ses émotions, ce qui le distingue profondément d'un travailleur de l'esthétique. Bref, l'artiste doit être créatif, critique, sensible, clairvoyant, assumé et surtout libre. ”

Un grand merci à tous ceux qui ont pris le temps de définir qu’est-ce qu’un artiste : Enzo Sarto, DeeDee, Éric Clément, XRAY, Ricardo Cavolo, Omen, Jason Botkin, Gilf!, Whatisadam, Hanksy, Antoine Tavaglione, Stikki Peaches, Yoav Litvin, 123klan, Le Diamantaire et Garbage Beauty. Ce sont parfois les questions les plus simples qui poussent aux réflexions les plus intéressantes.

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.

 




A limited edition of 50, the spirit boards are hand-cut and silkscreen printed. Serving as a functional piece of art, the spirit board is ready to not only channel the unknown, but to be put on display. Each board is signed and numbered by XRAY and includes an accompanying planchette.

 



If a romantic, candle-lit dinner was on the agenda, consider checking out an eerie, candle-lit gallery instead. The launch party will begin at 7pm on Friday, February 13th. Click here to get your own Spirit Board!

 

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.” 

 


 

As of now, you are familiar with the concept of this blog. A few weeks ago, after reading Sarah Thornton’s 33 Artists in 3 Acts, I embarked on a mission to define What is an artist? I’ve been pleased to read the great feedback we’ve been getting on this blog post through social media. I think the most striking comment received was from an Instagram follower nicknamed @betterthanbanksy: “An artist is someone who owes me money and gives me a doodle instead and thinks he's overpaid the debt.”  Is that what an artist boils down to? Money and overinflated egos? Funny enough, I had just finished a conversation with the Parisian artist Le Diamantaire regarding the taboo topic of money. “Je n'ai jamais compris ce rapport argent/artiste, qui n'est pas pour moi un problème. [Pourquoi l’artiste doit-il] rester dans une certaine misère pour ne pas paraître comme un vendu?” (You’ll have a chance to read his complete answer next week on our French edition entitled Je suis une sauvage.)
 
Antoine Tavaglione’s dripping Chanel and Hermes logos don’t shy away from the sensitivities associated to money exchange: “To be an artist is a sacrifice. You say goodbye to stability, you thrive on challenges, and you take your dreams into your own hands. In my opinion, being an artist is beyond everything else a communication. It is channeling emotions in a way that can be conveyed to others. It is speaking a language that can only be understood by the willing eye. A visual artist is a poet who uses images as his rhymes. And an artistic mind will only thrive when it is creating, letting the walls of normalcy and barriers of conventionality fall, freeing all that was lying in wait inside, at last.”  
 
What is an artist? “That’s a question most artists are probably never asked,” replied Stikki Peaches. His classic Batbond and tagline What if Art Rules the World plastered worldwide suggest that he’s given this topic some thought. “I truly believe art is something we all have within. I’m not saying that everyone can draw, paint, or sculpt, but we all have ideas, visions and opinions. Some of us can express them more easily than others through song, acting, dancing, building or painting. There are so many art forms when it comes to “the Arts," and it is up to artists to engage viewers into their world, to challenge what they see, touch or feel. There is an interaction and exchange between the artist, his or her body of work and the viewer. It is these interactions which fuel artists and their craft, and challenges them as well.”
 
Stikki’s art always comes with a social message. You’ll find the words “F*CK CANCER” or references to peace, family and love in each of his works. In interviews Stikki’s been clear in attributing art practice an important role in his personal happiness: “Art definitely rules my world! Through the highs and lows, it helps me face adversity and overcome obstacles. You have to make room for growth, to experiment, to evolve, inspire and to truly go after what you envision, because if you don't, someone else will. Trust your gut instead of asking yourself What the f*ck was I thinking? I should have done this months ago. Having the strength and courage to stand behind your ideas as they come to life: that is an immeasurable reward. The hardest thing is taking that leap of faith in the vision you want to put out there through your work, and once you do, it all comes together. In whatever art form you chose.”
 
I’d like to end this blog post, not with an artist but with Yoav Litvin, author of Outdoor Gallery NYC. He warns: “When reading my answer, remember I'm a doctor of psychology and a scientist. Definitions are my bread and butter.” He then adds a small smiley face.  “An artist materializes an association between two or more ideas, objects and styles into an original construct. Artists are vehicles of, and instrumental for, change (good or bad) in human societies. While artists are usually thought of as only those engaged in "The Arts," true artists can create doing anything they choose.”
 
Next week, get ready for the first French edition featuring 123Klan, Le Diamantaire and Garbage Beauty.
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.


When I think of an artist balancing her ego and desire for social change, I cannot help but think of Gilf!. For the politically-charged (and gutsy!) artist, the answer isn’t about communication or contradiction. Rather, it is about choice: “In my opinion, a true artist is one who chooses ultimate freedom. Not one to be swayed by fads, conventions or others’ opinions, but moving wholeheartedly in the direction of one’s truest self. Art is truth of self.”

“Art reflects the highest order of human activity… the ability to create!” With a burst of enthusiasm, Jason Botkin shared much about the subject: “I am considered a professional ‘artist’ by way of taxes and for legal/consensus reasons. My living is derived from the creation of a product, which has come to be called ‘art’... objects and concepts that I then exchange with others for money, goods, and services. It’s a funny game. I apply a simple definition to the word art: communication. Art thus follows regular formulas we apply to communication as an activity: A sends B a message, and B receives message and understands it. B acknowledges communication back to A, thus completing a circle. It doesn’t really matter what A wants to communicate to B. It is about conversation (simple or complex) and this act describes the relationship that takes place. It is my opinion that a good artist strives to communicate first with him/herself, in a complex, abstract, and at times, profound manner.” He ended on a spiritual note, “On the first day, God created LIGHT, without which one cannot experience the vibration of aesthetics. It is powerful business this slapping around of paint and colour!”

I asked Whatisadam to answer the same question. “What do you need?” he asks. He sends me his answer and follows up with: “Is this long enough? Do you need me to be funny? I can be funny!” Whatisadam is more than easy to get along with. He is helpful and patient. “What is an artist,” he types from his iPhone. “An artist is an outsider, someone whose switch has been flipped, or who at least thinks it has. He sees the world differently and tries to express it physically through the creation of something new. An artist is a martyr of unwanted ideas, a voice for something that would normally go unsaid.”

Next week, you’ll hear the answers received by the pun-master Hanksy contrasting to Yoav Litvin, a doctor of psychology and author or Outdoor Gallery NYC, as well as Montreal’s own Stikki Peaches and Antoine Tavaglione.

Check out A Dead Fly on the Windshield of Time: Part I of What is an Artist? here!

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.
 
Eric Clément, qui a récemment déménagé de Montréal à Toronto, travaille dans un style graphique qui déconstruit les objets en plans détaillés. Le travail final de Clément présente de fragments des images plus grandes, qu'il a rassemblés dans un collage. Les images décousues se chevauchent avec la typographie et d'autres éléments d'illustration et créent une conception alliant pop art et bande dessinée. Fabriqué dans une manière bien propre, l'art de Clément est engageant et accessible, l’artiste utilisant une approche qui est cohérente dans son atelier et ses travaux publics.
 
Situé dans une salle de conférence des Canadiens, la murale agit comme toile de fond lors des communiqués de presse et des événements marketing de l'équipe de hockey de Montréal. La murale a une palette de couleurs simple et symbolique, harmonisée de rouge, bleu, noir et blanc. Alors que des bons coups des joueurs et des logos composent la majorité de la paroi, une imagerie agressive, comme le grondement grognant, bouffées de fumée et briques cassées remplissent le reste de la paroi. La murale représente aussi le juste milieu entre les énergies créatrices et le marketing de marque.

Murale par Clément; photo par Daniel Esteban 

Relier le fossé entre la création artistique et les besoins de marketing d'une entreprise peut être une entreprise difficile, remplie de visions divergentes et d’efforts erronés. La nécessité de pallier à ces problématiques a conduit à la création de LNDMRK, une agence artistique de marketing. Connus principalement pour leur développement du Festival MURAL, LNDMRK s’engage dans une variété de projets créatifs qui relient les talents artistiques avec des entreprises de marketing. « LNDMRK crée la valeur de la marque à travers l'art » décrit le fondateur/partenaire, André Bathalon. Avec une équipe composée de deux esprits artistiques et aussi d'affaires, LNDMRK relie artistes et projets d'entreprises dans le but de créer des opportunités imaginatives. En conséquence, l'artiste peut travailler dans son propre style et la compagnie bénéficie d’une image de marque unique. Lorsqu'on lui a présenté le projet des Habs, Bathalon a immédiatement pensé à Clément. LNDMRK avait déjà travaillé avec Clément sur un projet de murale avec Excentris et l’entreprise connaissait son style et savait que cela fonctionnerait parfaitement avec la vision du projet pour les Canadiens.
 
À la Galerie Station 16, nous sommes ravis de travailler avec Eric Clément. L’artiste compte de nombreuses œuvres exposées à la galerie Station 16, donc vous pouvez venir en prendre connaissance sur place ou sur notre site web, en cliquant ici!

 

 

Bedtime Stories

The worlds of sports and art rarely collide. Our exhibition “Gol, Carajo,” proved differently, demonstrating that art and soccer can fuse beautifully in the intricate, playful work of Ricardo Cavolo. The unexpected melange of sports and art has appeared again in another Station 16 Gallery artist, Eric Clement, who recently created a mural for the Canadiens. Organized through our partner, LNDMRK, the project highlights the illustrative, comic book style of Clement while centering around the theme of hockey.

Eric Clement, who recently relocated from Montreal to Toronto, works in a graphic style that deconstructs objects into detail shots and close-ups. Clement’s final work features fragments of larger images, which he has reassembled into a painted collage. The disjointed images overlap with typography and other illustrative elements, forming a pop art, comic-like design. Executed in a clean, crisp manner, Clement’s art is engaging and accessible, utilizing an approach that is consistent throughout his studio and public work.

Located in a conference room for the Canadiens, the mural acts as the backdrop for various press releases and marketing events for Montreal’s hockey team. The mural has a simple, symbolic colour scheme of red, blue, and black. While cropped shots of players and logos compose the majority of the wall, imagery of aggression, such as the growling snarl, puffs of smoke, and broken bricks, fill the remainder of the wall. Through these images of power and speed, their overlapping and illustrative quality creates feelings of motion and force. As a Habs fan himself, Clement aimed to pay homage to the team, which he believes has one of the richest histories in all of hockey. Incorporating early forms of the logo and the iconic image of Jacques Plante, Clement adds an element of nostalgia that corresponds well to his comic book style.  Aesthetically-pleasing and engaging to both sports fans and art critics alike, the mural also represents the middle ground between creative energies and effective brand marketing.

 

Habs mural by Eric Clement; photo by Daniel Esteban
Sketch by Eric Clement 
Bridging the gap between artistic creations and the marketing needs of a business can be a challenging endeavor, filled with differing visions erroneous efforts. The need to mend these discrepancies led to the establishment of LNDMRK, an artistic marketing agency. Known primarily for their development and execution of the MURAL Festival, LNDMRK undertakes a variety of creative projects that connect artistic talents with corporate marketing. “LNDMRK creates brand value through art,” describes founder/partner, André Bathalon. With a team composed of both artsy and business-like minds, LNDMRK connects artists with corporate projects to create imaginative branding opportunities. As a result, the artist can work within his/her specific style and the company has a unique and engaging brand image. When presented with the Habs project, Bathalon immediately thought of Clement. Having previously worked with Clement on a mural project with Excentris, Bathalon knew Clement's illustrative style would work perfectly with the vision for the Canadiens project.

At Station 16 Gallery, we are excited to work with Eric Clement. With multiple works on display, you can check them out at the gallery or online here!

 

 

 

Streets is Watchin' 1/9

 

Streets is Watchin' 2/9 

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.
 
Who better to consult than the artists I know and work with on a daily basis? I promptly sent out emails, texts and left phone messages.

  
“A dead fly on the windshield of time” was the first answer I received. That’s Enzo Sarto. Enzo can be best described as mysterious and controversial. He is word-smart, yet frustratingly tight-lipped about his own art practice. A few hours later, he adds: “In general, an artist is a compulsive communicator. There can be subdivisions and related psychological factors from discipline to discipline and from artist to artist, but basically they are people compulsively reaching out with a message or a translation.”
 
Answers flowed in. Artists wanted to know why I was asking. I received my fair share of question marks and acronyms. “Woohoo! THE question,” exclaims Ricardo Cavolo. Ricardo, known within the art community for his sunny disposition, creates artwork that conveys his zest for life. “I think an artist is someone whose creative work connects with people in some way. Artists create something that turns on a light bulb within people. It can be in a good or bad way.”
 
The idea of an artist creating something good or bad or being faced with constant dichotomy came up repeatedly. Xray, who is of a quiet demeanor, explains: “Artists are walking contradictions; risk-takers who are willing to be seen as fools or praised as visionaries. They can be audacious and supremely confident, or insecure to the point of hopelessness. They can be soulful and generous or shallow, pretentious and greedy. Throughout, artists have an obsession with creating and are crazy enough to keep producing in spite of soul-crushing rejection, being judged and being misunderstood.  There is no doubt that these individuals feel an urgency to live in the moment.  They also feel very strongly about what it means to be an artist.”
 
On the other hand, DeeDee remarks: “I am generally uncomfortable with people calling me an artist.” Perhaps this was the sort of contradiction Xray warned me about? Her work comes off as playful yet is often separated by extremes. When a New York art dealer described her color waves as “morning and night” she corrected him: “That's not morning, that's Hell.” DeeDee burns a wonderful fire, yet is soft-spoken: “I just think of myself as making things. An artist is someone who makes something that never existed before, or makes something out of nothing.”
 
Eric Clément elaborates on this idea: “An artist is constantly dissecting and observing our world: the fold of a jacket or the shape of a nose may be much more than it appears. It is light, shadow, mass and tonality. A letter or word becomes more than a tool to communicate but a shape to be abstracted and studied for its structure and aesthetic. An artist is a person who sees the world through very specific filters.” This response could also act as a description of Eric’s work. His paintings zoom in to the most incongruous details of an object, giving it new meaning and importance. “We are obsessive collectors of inspiration and outlets for creativity. An artist is someone who strives to balance skills and technique with passion, ego with humbleness, communication with self-expression. An artist is someone who has made a commitment to share their work, to make art, to be frustrated by it, to be drained by it, to be motivated by it, but most importantly to live for it.”
 
I was charmed by the answers I received. They were plentiful and genuine. Over the next few weeks, I’ll post more answers. My hope in doing so, isn’t so much to find a specific answer (after all, as Stikki Peaches replied, “I have my views and opinions on what an artist is. I’m sure it will be totally different from the next artist”) but to give you a glimpse into who they are – their attitude, energy. Coming up, you’ll have the chance to read the answers of Jason Botkin, Gilf!, Omen, Stikki Peaches, Whatisadam, and many more.

 

January 14, 2015

Pantonio

 Pantonio (Antonio Correia), un street artiste portugais connu pour ses murales d’animaux hybrides, est le plus récent ajout aux murs de la Galerie Station 16. Originaire des îles Açores, l'artiste a commencé sa carrière dans les années 1990 et peut être trouvé à travers l'Europe. Avec un style distinctif et anamorphique, Pantonio est l'un des artistes urbains le plus important du Portugal.

"Troubles on Paradise" à Moscou, photo de Pantonio

De plus, Pantonio détient le record de la plus grande murale en Europe. Réalisée en juin 2014, la murale mesure 66 mètres par 15 mètres et est située dans le 13ème arrondissement de Paris. Le mur dépeint son style classique, constitué de lignes hypnotiques qui ressemblent à la fois à la mer et aux créatures qui y vivent.

Murale à Paris, photo par Hector Christiaen

Autant pour ses murales et que ses peintures, Pantonio travaille avec une palette minimale, composée de blanc, de noir, et  de bleu, pour dépeindre ses labyrinthes fluides. Son travail est à l’origine d'une technique unique: il peint dans l'obscurité. Produisant la lumière de l'ombre, Pantonio trouve que cette approche est la combinaison idéale pour obtenir la lumière et la couleur for son travail de l’atelier. " Birds playing the rabbit game" (ou Oiseaux jouant le jeu de lapin) est la dernière toile de Pantonio et est maintenant présentée à la Galerie Station 16.

"Birds playing the rabbit game"  - toile à la Galerie Station 16 

Murale à Sherbrooke, Quebec. Photo par Pantonio

Pantonio (Antonio Correia), a Portuguese street artist known for his large-scale murals of dynamically abstract animal-hybrids, is the most recent addition to the walls of Station 16 Gallery. Hailing from the island of Azores, the artist began his career in the 1990s and can be found widely throughout Europe. With a distinctive, anamorphic style, Pantonio is one of the most notable urban artists to have come from Portugal.

 

 

       Murale à Lisbon, photo par Francisco Gomes

 

Along with a wide range of projects and accomplishments, Pantonio holds the record for the largest mural painted in Europe. Completed in June 2014, the mural measures 66 meters high by 15 meters wide and is located in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. The wall portrays his classic style, consisting of gentle, hypnotizing lines that resemble both the sea and the creatures that exist within it.

 

 

Murale à Paris, photo par Hector Christiaen

Through his murals and paintings, Pantonio works with a consistent and minimal color palette - composed of primarily white, black, and blue - to convey fluid mazes that visually engage with the viewer. His work stems from a unique technique: he prefers to paints in the dark. Producing lightness from the shadows, Pantónio find this approach to bring the ideal color and light combination for his studio work. “Birds playing the rabbit game” is Pantónio’s latest canvas and is now display at Station 16 Gallery.

 

 

Moledo, Lourinhã, Portugal, photo par Pantónio

 

 

December 19, 2014

La Chambre Design

When exploring some of Montreal's best bars and restaurants, you have probably come across the work of interior designer, Amlyne Phillips, founder of La Chambre Design.  Her classic style, found in Apt200, Suwu, L'Gros Luxe, the newly opened Jatoba as well as others, is a fusion of charming antiques with modern trends that creates an ambiance that is as cozy as it is hip. Not to mention, she often incorporate the work of Station 16 Gallery, contributing an eclectic edge into her designs.   

 

Apt200

 

Phillips' interest in interior aesthetics began around age 5. With her father as a cabinet maker, she learned about design and furniture early. La Chambre Design officially started in spring 2013 and has quickly been making its mark in the design scene of Montreal. Finding inspiration wherever she goes, Phillips' friends joke that she "breathes design," although she admits that is it kind of true. "For any building or city that I visit, I cannot help but analyse how everything was made, as well as the thought process behind the design. Basically anything with character or history inspires me," described Phillips. 

 

 

Apt200

 

A strong belief in recycling drives the designs of Phillips - "even as a kid I would make my doll houses out of plastic and cardboard from the recycling bin."  As much as possible, the woods, metals, furnitures, and accessories of the spaces generate from recycled materials. This tendency parallels the general aesthetics of her designs, as the theme of old-meets-new prevails. Within this concept of design, urban art aligns perfectly. "Urban art has this unique and raw art form that fits well with the hip and cool restaurant and bars. It's youthful and creative. It doesn't follow any rules, and most of the time, it is created to shock you. So, no wonder it makes the perfect conversation piece in any home or commercial space."

 

 Jatoba

With three upcoming projects, we are excited to see what other stunning contributions La Chambre Design will bring to the restaurant/bar scene of Montreal. With the seamless integration of urban art into interior design, stayed tuned for more inspiration on how to bring the street indoors!  

Suwu 

En explorant les meilleurs bars et restaurants de Montréal, vous avez probablement rencontré le travail de la designer d’intérieur Amlyne Phillips, fondatrice de La Chambre Design. Son style classique, qu’on retrouve notamment au bar l’Apt. 200, au Suwu, au restaurant L’Gros Luxe, au tout récemment ouvert Jatoba, ainsi qu’à plusieurs autres endroits, est une fusion d’antiquités charmantes et de tendances modernes qui créent une ambiance qui est très chaleureuse. Elle intègre souvent des œuvres provenant de la Galerie Station 16, ce qui contribue à donner un aspect éclectique à ses designs.

L'intérêt de Phillips pour l'esthétique intérieure a commencé lorsqu’elle avait l'âge de 5 ans. Avec son père, un ébéniste, elle en a très tôt appris sur le design et le mobilier. La Chambre Design a officiellement ouvert ses portes au printemps 2013 et a déjà fait sa marque dans le monde du design de Montréal. Elle trouve de l'inspiration partout où elle va, c’est pourquoi ses amis plaisantent sur le fait qu'elle « respire de la conception ». « Pour chaque bâtiment ou chaque ville que je visite, je ne peux m’empêcher d'analyser la façon dont tout a été fait, ainsi que le processus de pensée derrière la conception. Fondamentalement, tout ce qui possède un caractère historique m’inspire », dit Phillips.

L'Gros Luxe

Une forte croyance envers le recyclage inspire les conceptions de Phillips. « Même lorsque j’étais enfant, je faisais mes maisons de poupée avec du plastique et du carton du bac de recyclage. » Autant que possible, les bois, les métaux, les meubles et les accessoires des espaces dont j’assure le design sont générés par des matériaux recyclés. Cette tendance est parallèle à l'esthétique générale de ses créations, comme c’est le thème du vieux qui rencontre le nouveau qui prédomine. Dans ce concept de design, l'art urbain s’aligne parfaitement. « L'art urbain est une forme d'art unique qui correspond bien aux restaurants et aux bars cools. Il est jeune et créatif. Il ne suit pas les règles, et la plupart du temps, il est créé pour vous choquer. Donc il n’est pas étonnant qu'il devienne l’objet parfait d’une conversation dans n’importe quelle maison ou espace commercial. » 

Avec trois projets à venir, nous sommes impatients de voir ce que les autres réalisations signées La Chambre Design apporteront à la scène de la restauration et des bars montréalais. Demeurez à l’affut pour plus d'inspiration sur les différentes façons d’amener la rue à l'intérieur!

December 16, 2014

New releases from Scaner

Station 16 Gallery is excited to launch Black Crown and Red Crownour latest prints by Scaner. The limited-edition, silkscreen prints are available in two colours and feature Scaner's classic graffiti influences along with the a deconstructed logo of Montreal. A perfectly symbolic image of the city's urban art scene, the print has launched just in time for the holiday season! 

 

Black Crown by Scaner

Red Crown by Scaner

 

With one of the most recognizable tags in Montreal, Scaner has been active in the city's street art scene since the late 1990s. In addition to his trademark tag "his inimitable," Scaner's murals are numerous and hard to miss. Furthermore, Scaner is a part of the DA crew, as well as several others collectives, including KG, VC, JKR, TFB, TFO, and 156. Through a colourful and typography-based approach that is congruent with classic, old-school graffiti, Scaner is a key component of Montreal's urban arts. 

 

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