5/16/12

FANGIRLING PDF ZINE

Fangirling Issue #01
DOWNL0D PDF Z1Ne - http://dl.dropbox.com/u/33338241/TCAF_project.pdf 

If you are interested you can download a pdf copy of FANGIRLING #1 from the link above. It is kind of big because it is the file I used for print but that way you can print it too if you feel so inclined.

4/29/12

NEW COLLABORATIVE ZINE 4 TCAF

Kurt Seperately

Andrew Remington Bailey

I have been busy lately collaborating with a really cool experimental digital cartoonist that I first became aware of through Tumblr, FALSEKURT. His stuff is a mix of glitchy 3D renderings and messy tablet drawings that are erotic parodies of the school girl image found in Japanese animation. My work for this new book is going to be a collection of digital collages using kitschy found fan art as the starting source material. The zine is going to be called Fangirling (Urban Dictionary defines fangirling as "-the reaction a fangirl has to any mention or sighting of the object of her "affection". These reactions include shortness of breath, fainting, highpitched noises, shaking, fierce head shaking as if in the midst of a seizure, wet panties, endless blog posts, etc.") and it will be available next weekend in the Wowee Zonk curated small press section at the Toronto Comics Arts Festival. I am also going to be selling a bunch of my old prints from my schooling days for cheap cheap, so there's that too if the zine ain't your thang.

3/31/12

maximal ernst fantasy

Maximal Ernst Fantasy I (unfinished+in progess)

So I have started working on a new body of work tentatively called Maximal Ernst Fantasy, a double reference to both the Surrealist/ Dadaist collage artist Max Ernst, and to the long running series of JRPGs Final Fantasy. The idea behind the project is to combine Ernst's avant-garde composite and montage methodologies with the adaptive appropriation found in contemporary fan art. I am planning on making a series of digital collage print triptychs, with each third depicting the same image but rendered using a different technique typically employed by fan artists (3D rendering, pixel art, comic/cartooning). I am hoping that in the end this will create a dialogue for the viewer between the  canonized idea of the academic high art quotation and the derogatory notion of the low culture referential remake. I have sent out a few proposals already to some digital print and silkscreening residency programs so fingers-crossed I will probably have something tangible to show in the next few months.

Mat Brown Interview

Hadean 4500 MYA by Mat Brown

So I write blog entries every so often for Magic Pony, an art store and gallery here in Toronto and I am really excited because recently they asked me to interview Mat Brown, (one of favorite artists in the city!) and make a post about it. Check out the full interview here.

3/30/12

Paolozzi (Turing) Fan Art




Some framed screen-grabs from a much larger project of digital prints that I am working on.

1/29/12

Haven't Posted in Awhile


Badlands. Ink on paper. 9 x 12 inches. 2011

 Comic for  the Printeresting curated issue of The Journal of the 
California Society of Printmakers


A couple more pages from Low Quality Avatars, a weird poem/comic thing I have been 
slowly working on for the past few months.



6/19/11

Squidface and the Meddler Interview


During the OCAD grad show, I was approached by Michael Wandelmaier and Jessica Fortner, two very nice people who run the website Squidface & The Meddler to do an interview. I was already familiar with the site because they have interviewed a bunch of my all-time favourite cartoonists and comic-artists, so of course I said yes. Anyways the interview went live this weekend so I am super excited! Hopefully I don't sound too wordy or pretentious, most of that is probably spill-over from my final thesis essay. But yeah if you are interested you should check out their site, they have a lot of really amazing content.

Oh and here is the link to my interview! 

6/5/11

Low Quality Avatars

 

So here is the tentative first page of a book project I have started this summer called Low Quality Avatars (might switch up some things up in the border and add some halftones). It is going to be a self-indulgent mish-mash of science fiction trope and noir/hard boiled detective narrative. A guest-artist in my thesis year final crit suggested I look at T.S. Eliot's poem The Wasteland, because of all the referencing and allusions to pop-culture I make in my art, so this little book of weird poetry is kind of in response to that. 

As you can see in the above photo of my new studio space I just started renting. I have a few pages on the go at a time and really want to have it finished before the end of the summer. Not sure about whether the finished book will be colour or black and white and this point, and I am definitely considering making some CMYK silkscreen prints of a few individual pages. I share this exciting new studio with some pretty cool other artists. Check out their blogs/websites if you are already familiar with them:


5/16/11

Random Photos & Flickr


Here's a photo of me at my table at this year's TCAF. The picture was taken by a nice gentleman named Louis Fishauf, who randomly asked to take a photo of me and then somehow also got my email. Anyways here's his website he's got some pretty neat stuff on it--------- Link

  And here is a photo of me installing my work for the OCAD grad show. I ended up deciding to have my work framed and my wallet is still reeling from that perhaps bad decision. Oh well they looked nice! Oh yeah and this photo was taken by Aanchal Malhotra, a fellow printmaking student at OCAD. Also I have decided to start putting a little more effort into maintain my Flickr account. If you also have an account and want to say hi or whatever here is the url to my page:


http://www.flickr.com/photos/hehasantlers/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/hehasantlers/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/hehasantlers/ 

5/3/11

OCAD Grad Show & TCAF



So I have two upcoming showish type things that I am pretty excited about in the next week or so. The first one is my school's graduation exhibition entitled The Show Off. All the departments in the school are showing all of the graduating students work all throughout the classrooms and hallways of OCAD. The opening is on Thursday night and should be pretty busy, but if you don't want to have to deal with the crowds the show is up all weekend too. I should be pretty close to my work all night and I would love it if you came and said hi or whatever.
The other opportunity that I have to show my work this coming week is TCAF, or the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. The awesome cartooning collective Wowee Zonk was given the opportunity to curate a small press room of experimental and avant-garde print and comic artists and they asked me to come in on one of the days. Here on the details from the TCAF website:

Wowee Zonk Presents BLESS THIS PRESS: TCAF Small Press Exhibition 2011
Taking place during TCAF on in The Bram and Bluma Appel Salon on Toronto Reference Library’s second floor, BLESS THIS PRESS features 2 days worth of upcoming and avant garde comic creators, print makers and illustrators including Closed Caption Comics, Ines Estrada, Lala Albert, and Michael Comeau, curated by and featuring Ginette Lapalme, Chris Kuzma and Patrick Kyle of Wowee Zonk. Be sure to visit the room both days, as exhibitors will be rotating!

Exhibitors on Both Days:
Wowee Zonk (http://www.woweezonk.com)
Michael Comeau
Lala Albert (http://www.plslala.com)
Closed Captioned Comics (http://closedcaptioncomics.blogspot.com/)
Ines Estrada (http://www.cafeconleche.co.nr)

Exhibitors on Saturday May 7th Only:
Shannon Gerrard (http://www.shannongerrard.org)
Lisa Vanin (http://www.lisavanin.com)
Peter Kalyniuk
Davis Weir
Jesjit Gill (http://www.jesjit.com/)
Mark Connery
Jacob Horwood (http://www.beniffereditions.com/)
Alexandra Mackenzie (http://newphenomena.blogspot.com/)
Tomas Del Balso (http://www.ddmmyyyy.net/tomas.html)
Matt King (http://www.mattkingdotcom.com/)

Exhibitors on Sunday May 8th Only:
Selena Wong (http://www.selenawong.com)
Ryan Dodgson (http://www.ryandodgson.com)
Adrian Forrow (http://www.adrianforrow.com/)
Andrew Remington Bailey (http://hehasantlers.blogspot.com/)
Jim Mezei (http://www.jimmezei.com/)
Caitlin Black (http://crumpled-caitlin.blogspot.com/)
Jason Bradshaw (http://boredompays.blogspot.com/)
Alicia Nauta (http://murdertides.blogspot.com/)
Jeffery Lewis (http://www.thejeffreylewissite.com/)
Chris Simonen (http://www.whatsdaytoday.com/)

3/14/11

Convinced Of The Pokedex

Convinced of the Pokedex
E-book composed of various digital collage
8 x 8"

Here are some pages from a e-zine I just made for my Advanced Digital Print class. They are all mandala-inkblot type compositions made from screen capping and bitmapping Pokemon sprites.  All of the text has been taken from the results of a bunch of cheesy Pokemon related personality tests aimed at children. The zine is basically supposed to be talking about how pop culture relates to identity formation and how I was obsessed with personality tests during my adolescence. Oh yeah, and the title is a nod to the Flaming Lips song Convinced of the Hex.

If you want to see the full zine you can check out  PDF of it........................HERE

2/28/11

Y̶O̶U̶.̶ US.



So I just finished my newest colour print for my thesis body of work. This one was a little disappointing because it turned out a little more saturated than I would have preferred, though in the end I am still happy with it. I think that I just need to completely remix my inks instead of working from batch that I have been using. Also I tried pin registration for the first time and they were pretty cool, I am pretty sure that is how most professional screen-printers work. 
Anyways this print is also going to be a show coming up at the Gladstone being organized by friend Diana VanderMaulen. I am really excited because my girlfriend Lauren Pelc-McArthur is also going to be showing one her paintings in this show. I haven't been in a show with her in like a year so I really can't wait.

 Here's the link to the Facebook event for the show if you are interested:

2/14/11

People's Choice


So my print, Avatar of Moro, was selected as the winner for the People's Choice Award for the printmaking category in the recent Art of the Figure exhibition up in the Great Hall at OCAD. I think it is up until the end of the week if you are interested in seeing the print in person. Besides that, my next thesis studio critique is coming up fast and I hope to have two new silkscreens finished by then, and I am also working on a bunch of bitmap-comic collages for an upcoming zine.

2/2/11

Printmaking Thesis Fundraiser


This is a bit of short notice but this is the poster for a printmaking thesis fundraiser to help cover the costs of the exhibition we will be putting on at the end of the semester. All of the info is on the poster and I think it is going to be a really fun time. Also this is a pretty good chance to get some cheap shirts and original prints from some very talented up and coming artists! Hope you can make it out.

Oh and here is the link to the Facebook event page:
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/event.php?eid=195511477129199

1/26/11

Science Fiction Vision

 
Science-Fiction Vision
Digital Collage
 2010

Here is a collage I have been working on for my Advanced Digital Printmaking class. This first project was based around the idea of the collage party where everyone brings in some source material to contribute to the class's collective pool of imagery.  The imagery in this collage is drawn from a large variety of sources including but not limited to Jack Kirby, Betty Boop, Akira, and Dragon Quest. I hope to have two more done before this coming Monday, so I'll have to get cracking.

1/18/11

Winterview



I was recently interviewed on Hard Feelings, one of my favourite art and design blogs. Personally in retrospect my answers in the interview make me cringe a bit, like the feeling you get when looking back at an old journal entry, or hearing your own voice on an answer machine... Also I wish they hadn't asked me to send in a photo of myself, I didn't have any good recent photos and left it to the last minute then just gave up and used Photobooth. Anyways if you are interested in reading it over, here is the LINK.

12/5/10

The Unicorn


I just finished a new print earlier this evening, and I think it is technically one of the best I have ever done. I made it for an upcoming holiday group exhibition. coming up at Narwhal Art Projects called The Unicorn. I am really excited for the opportunity to show besides some artists that I am always really admired. If you are free this coming Friday evening you should come drop by for the opening, I think it is going to be a really awesome and eclectic collection of art.