So I posted before about Canzine, the big zine fest in Toronto. I went this past weekend, made lots of zines, prints and buttons, and sold very few of them. I also met tons of great people doing amazing work, made connections with other cartoonists doing similar work, and got my first show under my belt. I also had lots of great friends stop by to support, visit and help me. It was a great but exhausting day.
The day, however, has come and gone. I had a big “now what” slump, especially after seeing all the superior work of my contemporaries and realizing I need to step up my game a thousandfold. Now I’ve calmed a bit. I’m back at work on the next thing. Always the next thing. Learn from what didn’t work and do better on the next thing.
Of my existing projects, Diaspora is finally rolling along. I’ve got page 8 open in another window right now, doing some final colouring before lettering and publishing. My comic with Steve is also slowly rolling along, mostly limited by our availability to meet up.
I’m also a sort of art roadie. Over the past few years I’ve worked as a studio assistant for Kitchener-based sculptor Gareth Lichty. Working with him has been amazing. He’s taught me so much about art, life and the day-to-day reality of being an artist in Southern Ontario. I’ve learned a ton of practical skills working on his projects and installing the work of others as well. He’s cornered the market on installing art in galleries and does just about every install in town with the exception the KW Art Gallery (who I’ve worked for a few times). Over the course of all this I’ve learned to problem solve, use just about any tool, and have had the opportunity to do and build some very bizarre things.
He’s also introduced me to the who’s who of the Ontario art scene. This has led to some great opportunities and working with a bunch of other artists. This week, I bagged off school to help another Kitchener-based sculptor Mary-Catherine Newcombe. I’ve helped her install projects before and it’s always been something weird and cool.
This time, she’d installed a wheat field inside Toronto’s only Byzantine-style church, St. Anne’s Anglican, at Gladstone and Dundas. It boasts paintings inside done by Group of Seven artists before they were famous. I’m not religious at all but the place is magnificent.
Anyway, we had to remove the wheat, bundle and pack it for storage and shipping, which will then be reconfigured and shown at the University of Waterloo Art Gallery in January. Pictures! Lookit!
The wheat field.
Pack it all up.
This is how wheat is shipped.
Next post will probably be about Halloween or something. I might rant about why I don’t use the stupid apostrophe spelling for it.