Artist Melissa Shiff is hard at work building her interactive Passover installation in time for the holidays. The work, called The Medium Is the Matzo, will feature a house made up entirely of matzo (unleavened bread), along with “Crush Oppression” cushions, and a video projection of Cecil B. DeMille’s famous movie The Ten Commandments. Shiff has also constructed what she dubs the “Miriam Bar”, in honor of Moses’ sister. Continue reading
Comic Book Memoirs at the Graphic Details Show
“I don’t belong IN Israel as much as I belong TO Israel.” So reads the wall text in one of the Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women exhibition rooms. The quote is from artist Miriam Libicki’s comic book series Jobnik! (Real Gone Girl Studios, 2008), one of the many graphic memoirs featured in the international exhibition co-curated by Michael Kaminer and Sarah Lightman.
Nearly all of the exhibited works are original drawings and sketches. Many have never been displayed in public before. Continue reading
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Up-and-coming talent Marcelle Murdock paints portraits of taboo issues in contemporary society. From realistic depictions of homosexuality, to provocative images of erotic fetishism, Murdock is keen on challenging people’s preconceptions. Her colorful representations of subculture lend her a rebellious streak that she is proud to flaunt.
Murdock met with us to discuss her vision of contemporary art, and what inspires her to continue her creative pursuits.
VAN (Vista Art Network): Your paintings have a very particular color palette. Is there a relationship between this and other aspects of your work?
Marcelle Murdock: I usually just choose colors that I find go well together. Recently, though, all my paintings have been [limited] to three or four colors. I like sticking to the three colors because I find they make things stick out more.
Can you tell us a little more in-depth about your creative process? How do you typically make each painting?
When I was younger, I used to use other [people’s] images to work from, but now that I’m starting to sell and expose my work, I want to make sure that it’s 100% authentic. Continue reading
On January 23rd, 2011, the Bronfman Israel Experience Center presented an exhibition of emerging Jewish visual artists at Koko Bar.
Art lovers from all over the city braved the cold weather to visit and support young artists. The showroom was bustling!
Against an indistinct urban backdrop, a bearded man looks out toward us with a piercing and intent gaze. The deep lines and shadows etched across his face trace the portrait of a rough, weather-battered life. The black-and-white photograph, titled Poverty, is one of the many captivating images shot by emerging artist Jacques Balayla.
Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Balayla and his family packed up and landed in Montreal in 2002. Continue reading