Ordinary Extraordinary: new independent publishing by women

  Printed Matter March 26 - April 11, 2016 Featuring the work of Alicia’s Klassic Kool Shoppe, Emma Kohlmann, LAZY MOM, Melinda Melmoth, Miniature Garden, Pegacorn Press, and Slow Editions. Opening Saturday, March 26th, 5-7pm, with the launch of Lazy Mom’s new zine, Easy Come Ordinary Extraordinary is a group show of work by women-run publishing imprints and self-publishing artists. Using inexpensive printing techniques such as photocopying and risograph, much of this work takes inspiration from the familiar and everyday and elevates it to a new level of importance and relevance. With themes ranging from pop culture icons and processed foods to the human form and sexuality, these publishers offer fresh perspectives on well-established subject matter…. LAZY MOM creates otherworldly installations out of junk food and pantry staples. The fruits of their labor are at once recognizable but wholly transformed into something that you would probably never want to eat. Melinda Melmoth pays painstaking homage to pop culture television and movies by drawing each scene from hit shows and films such as “True Detective”, “Magic Mike”, and “Magic Mike 2”. Also on view will be her quilt depicting nude scenes from the HBO prison show, “Oz”. Miniature Garden re-examines traditional and sometimes mundane forms of domesticity and provides new context for viewing and appreciating the intimacy of the home in publications such as “Household Objects” and “House Plant Music” a cassette tape featuring the music of Xiu Xiu with an accompanying zine of photographs and drawings by Denise Schatz. Alicia Nauta of Alicia’s Klassic Kool Shoppecreates imagined interior spaces by taking recognizable elements that make up a home such as rugs, windows and doorways and combining them in strange and often psychedelic ways. Slow Editions publishes books, drawings and multiples rooted in drawing. Eunice Luk’s own work plays with line, form, and abstraction. Her simple & elegant drawings are made up of abstracted shapes that hint at recognizable forms of figures, trees, and vessels. Alicia Nauta and Eunice Luk often collaborate on books and prints, a selection of which will also be included in the show. Caroline Paquita of Pegacorn Press creates a mystical form of feminism that simultaneously feels ancient and yet entirely contemporary. In works such as “Garden of the Womanimal” and “Womanilistic”, wild and fierce females run amok and the vagina reigns over all. Emma Kohlmann creates haunting and beautifully erotic narratives by interweaving simple and crude ink drawings with poetic musings on alienation, sex, and death. Awkward bodies lumber on the pages and engage in a multitude of sexual positions with eachother, but a feeling of loneliness persists throughout. About Easy Come: LAZY MOM’s fifth self-published zine, “Easy Come” is a collection of visceral food photography with romantic and debaucherous undertones. Imagine a sweaty summer night with melted candy drips and a swirling sea of chocolate. Imagine a hot date with a full frontal octopus and a rose dipped in Cheez Whiz. Imagine no more because it’s all a reality…come inside “Easy Come.” Image from the cover of Easy Come  

 

Printed Matter

March 26 - April 11, 2016

Featuring the work of Alicia’s Klassic Kool Shoppe, Emma Kohlmann, LAZY MOM, Melinda Melmoth, Miniature Garden, Pegacorn Press, and Slow Editions.

Opening Saturday, March 26th, 5-7pm, with the launch of Lazy Mom’s new zine, Easy Come

Ordinary Extraordinary is a group show of work by women-run publishing imprints and self-publishing artists. Using inexpensive printing techniques such as photocopying and risograph, much of this work takes inspiration from the familiar and everyday and elevates it to a new level of importance and relevance. With themes ranging from pop culture icons and processed foods to the human form and sexuality, these publishers offer fresh perspectives on well-established subject matter….

LAZY MOM creates otherworldly installations out of junk food and pantry staples. The fruits of their labor are at once recognizable but wholly transformed into something that you would probably never want to eat.

Melinda Melmoth pays painstaking homage to pop culture television and movies by drawing each scene from hit shows and films such as “True Detective”, “Magic Mike”, and “Magic Mike 2”. Also on view will be her quilt depicting nude scenes from the HBO prison show, “Oz”.

Miniature Garden re-examines traditional and sometimes mundane forms of domesticity and provides new context for viewing and appreciating the intimacy of the home in publications such as “Household Objects” and “House Plant Music” a cassette tape featuring the music of Xiu Xiu with an accompanying zine of photographs and drawings by Denise Schatz.

Alicia Nauta of Alicia’s Klassic Kool Shoppecreates imagined interior spaces by taking recognizable elements that make up a home such as rugs, windows and doorways and combining them in strange and often psychedelic ways.

Slow Editions publishes books, drawings and multiples rooted in drawing. Eunice Luk’s own work plays with line, form, and abstraction. Her simple & elegant drawings are made up of abstracted shapes that hint at recognizable forms of figures, trees, and vessels. Alicia Nauta and Eunice Luk often collaborate on books and prints, a selection of which will also be included in the show.

Caroline Paquita of Pegacorn Press creates a mystical form of feminism that simultaneously feels ancient and yet entirely contemporary. In works such as “Garden of the Womanimal” and “Womanilistic”, wild and fierce females run amok and the vagina reigns over all.

Emma Kohlmann creates haunting and beautifully erotic narratives by interweaving simple and crude ink drawings with poetic musings on alienation, sex, and death. Awkward bodies lumber on the pages and engage in a multitude of sexual positions with eachother, but a feeling of loneliness persists throughout.

About Easy Come:
LAZY MOM’s fifth self-published zine, “Easy Come” is a collection of visceral food photography with romantic and debaucherous undertones. Imagine a sweaty summer night with melted candy drips and a swirling sea of chocolate. Imagine a hot date with a full frontal octopus and a rose dipped in Cheez Whiz. Imagine no more because it’s all a reality…come inside “Easy Come.”

Image from the cover of Easy Come

 

Your only private part is your brain


A collaborative exhibition of new works by Alicia Nauta and Eunice Luk,
including wallpaper installation, serigraphs, paintings and ceramic sculptures.

Please join us for the opening reception of:
Your only private part is your brain

Opening reception:
2016 / 2 / 28 (Sunday) ・ 1 - 5 pm

We will be serving a special cocktail we make from brain juice!

Exhibition runs between 2016 / 2 / 28 to 2016 / 3 / 21
Open every day 11- 7 pm

Exhibition title by Maddie Harker

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DIY Days at the AGO: Free after Three

DIY DAYS AT THE AGO with Alicia Nauta

ages 14- 25, every Tuesday 4- 6pm. Free, supplies included.

Free After Three Program upcoming workshops

January 26th: Tie Dye party with Paddy Leung

February 2nd: Mail Art and screening of How to draw a bunny (doc on Ray Johnson)

March 8th: Knitting

March 22: Screenprinting tote bags

March 28th: Terrariums

Mural in Parkdale, Toronto

I've been painting part of a mural on a fence around a community garden. Working with the collective Buck Teeth Girls Club. It's located on Milky Way Avenue in Parkdale, go take a look!

Narwhal In The Studio: Alicia Nauta

Toronto artist Alicia Nauta is currently exhibiting her work at Narwhal as part of the group show, Roll Up That Tender Air and the Plant Dies, the Colour Fades. We had a chance to visit her studio where Alicia shared insight on her process, inspirations, and the current exhibition.

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In the exhibition Roll Up that Tender Air and the Plant Dies, the Colour Fades there are references to domestic living such as rugs, plants, and ceramics throughout the show. What role does domesticity play in your work?

A lot of the collage material I work with comes from books found in thrift stores. I look out for DIY home manuals, including picture framing, woodworking, interior decorating, gardening, natural houses, curtain and drapery how-tos, houseplant and architecture encyclopedias, as well as collectors guides to glassware, ceramics, rugs etc. I identify with a lot of the ideas found in these books around creating or doing yourself, growing your own garden and creating a beautiful and environmentally friendly place to live. Recycling, reusing and reducing are referenced more heavily in a lot of these dated books (60’s/70’s era mostly) and although those green ideologies and movements are still circulating, they seem to have been commodified, rather than incorporated into our lives in a more holistic way.

Plants are featured heavily throughout the show. There is a sense that nature has overtaken the environment; however, all the plants have a manicured air as to suggest they’ve been raised and kept in domestic spaces – a tension between the natural world and our ongoing attempt to tame it. Why do you think we are compelled to bring nature indoors?

The plant images I use for collage material are found from a variety of sources, but mostly encyclopedias or houseplant manuals where a simple line drawing of the plant accompanies the description. I like to combine the organic lines of the plants with harder, more graphic lines and shapes. The tensions between the natural and manufactured world are all around us; I fear humans have damaged the natural world to an irreparable point. Environmental damage, nuclear waste piling up (that will be around for 250,000+ years) food and water shortages, overpopulation, and failing ecosystems don’t exactly paint a positive picture for our future. A quote from Michael Pollen’s article The Intelligent Plant, “Plants dominate every terrestrial environment, composing ninety-nine per cent of the biomass on earth. By comparison, humans and all the other animals are, in the words of one plant neurobiologist, “just traces.” Imagine a world after humans have left and plants slowly take over again; that’s a pretty beautiful image.

There have been theories about plants having intuitive feelings or reactions to their environments and just as sunlight and water affect them, theoretically music or conversation could perhaps play a role in their well being. What do you do to stay connected to your plants? Do you have any special care tips to share?

I love The Secret Life of Plants, the since debunked book about plant intelligence by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird. Classical music is supposed to be good for your houseplants. I talk to my plants, sometimes out of frustration like WHAT DO YOU NEED!? tell me!!! but mostly to say, You look great, thank you for cleaning the air! I have some air plants I have to give a bath to a couple times a week. It’s pretty funny. They take luxurious baths more often than I do. Mort Garson wrote an album on a Moog synthesizer in 1976 called Plantasia where each song was dedicated to a different houseplant. I will admit to having played “Symphony for a spider plant” and “Concerto For Philodendron & Pothos” for my plants.

A stone is nobody's

A stone is nobody's

There are hints of illusion within the work. What’s your relationship to alternate realities?

In the words of my friend Rebecca Simonetti “reality is psychedelic”. I am interested in creating compositions that are familiar and alienating at the same time. Much of my work has conflicting perspectives or the scale of objects are wrong, or there are 2D and 3D images depicted within the same piece. In my print ‘A stone is nobody’s’ the lamp’s light shining down is darker instead of lighter. I use a lot of op art patterns that confuse the eye, and sometimes move images on the photocopy bed to create a warped or wiggly image. For example, in ‘Melting columns’, a collaborative print by Eunice and myself, the columns appear to be melting under a dying sun. Through a series of open doorways and windows to another time and place, I think my compositions offer a glimpse of ruins from the future.

How do your surroundings affect you? Are you more affected by your exterior or interior environment?

I feel equally influenced by both exterior and interior environments. I am drawn to the ways that people decorate (or don’t) their personal spaces and the objects they choose to surround themselves with. I love personal museums in people’s homes (like the Smiley Face Museum in Halifax, or the Troll Museum in New York) and the personality of stores whose owners have collections of their favourite things next to products for sale, like Fernandas Cleaning Supplies; his store is down the street from my house and has the best window display. Because I spend a lot of time in thrift stores looking for source material, they can start to feel like sad and strange museums too, which definitely influences me.

I am also really enamored with the natural world, it’s so diverse and incredible. To be in open spaces where you can see more of the sky, more of the land, just feels right. I grew up camping with my family during our summers and feel most at ease close to trees and water.


What’s your studio time like? Do you have a routine or schedule?

Studio time can be pretty sporadic, with weeks of collaging followed by weeks of printing, or if i’m collaborating with Eunice we might meet a couple times a week until we’ve completed a project. But I also like to take time to collect collage materials by going to bookstores, thrift stores and garage sales. Outside of the studio, reading and simply thinking while walking around outside are also an important part of my practice.

What's your favourite studio snack?

Those real fruit juice gummies from the bulk store. I can’t stop eating them. I’ve been making a lot of stovetop popcorn lately and chips are always welcome.

What is inspiring you right now?

My incredibly talented and hardworking friends who are artists and musicians, like Seth Scriver who has a great exhibition at Weird Things right now, Cameron Lee’s incredible drag performances, Nikki Woolsey’ sculptures and collages, Victoria Cheong’s music project New Chance, Jon McCurley and Amy Lam’s collective Life of a Craphead who also run the performance and comedy night Doored, Carl Didur’s solo music as well as his band Zacht Automaat and my dear friend and collaborator Eunice Luk – these are just a few among many.

I am also inspired and grateful to stand with community organizers and leaders in Toronto, and elsewhere, who challenge the oppressive systems and ideologies we live in. There is a climate march lead by Indigenous peoples happening in Toronto July 5th, very inspiring!

Can you share a recent studio playlist, track or video?
I’ve been working on a new mix of my favourite female rappers, I really like Noname Gypsy, she’s from Chicago.

Here’s an older mix I made of some of my favourites:

Can you share a photo from a favourite interior environment?

Is there a place in Toronto that inspires you?

Toronto Island. I am doing a residency at Artscape Gibraltar Point for the last two weeks of August, I’m very much looking forward to it. It’s a beautiful place I can’t believe exists in Toronto. One of the best beaches, and the residency takes place in an old schoolhouse, so the studio space is a big classroom with huge tables. Swimming and making collages without any distractions, pretty ideal!

Can you tell us about what’s next / upcoming projects?

I’m currently working on a mural around a community garden in Parkdale with the collective Buck Teeth Girls. This summer I’m helping to organize Zine Dream 8 (small press and print expo) which will be held at the Great Hall this year. I’ll have installations on a barn at Way Home Music Festival happening in July…and hopefully going to the New York Art Book Fair again in September.

Skateboard for Lewis Cruise

Eunice Luk and I just had the pleasure of designing a limited edition screenprinted skateboard for our talented friend and studiomate's company Lewis Cruise. They are one of three (Jesse Harris and Michael Comeau did the other two) artist designed boards from his Spring 2015 line. They appeared in the window of Blue Tile Lounge (Toronto) for the month of April 2015.