Événement: “Collectif 45, Do It Yourself Montréal”

L’exposition Collectif 45, Do It Yourself Montréal: l’art du skate, du skate dans l’art

Le Collectif 45, Do It Yourself Montréal a le plaisir de vous inviter à découvrir une exposition unique et sans précédent qui propose une lecture artistique d’envergure et cohérente de l’action menée par le projet 45. Visible du 05 au 28 avril 2012 et située à proximité de la place des arts, l’exposition accueillie et soutenue par la galerie Fresh Paint présentera le travail d’une vingtaine d’artistes où se mêleront dessins, peintures, photographies, projections et installations… Un ensemble d’oeuvres établi à travers un discours que nous pourrions qualifier de post-moderniste qui intègre des logiques culturelles et sportives participatives.

Ce rassemblement concret montre également qu’au delà d’une simple manifestation d’art visuel qui gravite autour de la thématique du skateboard, l’événement met l’accent sur la performance en même temps qu’il développe, dans le domaine du street art, un style propre et honorable visant à soutenir le projet 45. Tout simplement, encore une belle leçon de générosité à voir et à retenir de la part de la communauté du projet 45, DIY Montréal.

Le Collectif 45, Do It Yourself Montréal vous convie au vernissage de l’exposition, le jeudi 05 avril 2012 de 18h00 à 23h00 à la galerie Fresh Paint!, en présence des artistes et où quelques surprises seront également au rendez-vous.

Les artistes du Collectif45, DIY Montréal:

Alban Bachand – Babas Levrai – Dan Mathieu – Éric Lebeau – Francois Frenchie Dupre – Greg Ogden – Hugues Lauzier –  Joel Marleau – JF Taillon – Jonathan Michaud-Levesque – Julien Rocchisani – Martin Reis – Michel Poulin – Nic Stanek – Olivier Couture – Oliviero Fontana – Phil D’aoust – Sébastien Dionne – Sebastien Petit – Sonia Khenfech – Yan Tremblay.

Les artistes, soutien du Projet 45:

Gershon Mosley (USA) – Donoteat (France) – Julien Deniau (Espagne) – Nils Inne (France) – Pontus Alv (Suède) – Tilt (France) – Fabien Guiraud (France).

Vernissage:
5 avril 2012
18h-21h
Fresh Paint, 180 Sainte-Catherine E.
Montréal, QC

FORCE MAJEURE

Force Majeure est une agence spécialisée en direction de création et en marketing. Les partenaires, Sterling Downey, fondateur du festival Under Pressure et Simon Lam, propriétaire de l’entreprise de sérigraphie TRDMRK, amènent des expertises pertinentes et variées à la compagnie (marketing, publicité, graphisme, art, graffiti, etc…). Ce sont des hommes d’affaires qui abandonnent les vestons et les cravates au profit de T-Shirts et de tatouages. Ils dénichent des contrats pour des artistes et les guident ensuite dans leur travail. Ce qui différencie Force Majeur des autres agences du genre est leur approche guerrière: tout est vu comme un combat stratégique. C’est pourquoi, dans l’espace Fresh Paint, les associés de l’agence ont monté une installation, en collaboration avec l’artiste Gustav Bulderdash, à l’effigie de Napoléon Bonaparte.

 

 

Événement: Vernissage “Transmute” à la Nuit Blanche

Transmute, une rencontre explosive à la Nuit Blanche de Montréal 2012!

Dans le cadre du festival MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, lors de la Nuit blanche à Montréal, « Transmute », un collectif d’artistes inusité allient leurs différentes expériences afin d’offrir une nuit déroutante au grand public montréalais. Transmute rassemble sculpteurs, peintres, poètes, musiciens, artistes de la vidéo et performeurs; une rencontre unique transformant l’espace d’exposition en une jungle d’art urbain où sont mis à nu les fantasmes du monde civilisé au sujet de la faune et la flore.

« Transmute » aura lieu à la Fresh Paint. Une galerie d’art indépendante, initiative d’Under Pressure, située au 180 rue Sainte-Catherine Est. Joignez-vous à nous pour prendre un verre lors de la Nuit blanche à Montréal et profitez du spectacle !

Les œuvres que vous pourrez contempler à partir de 18h le 25 février prochain portent sur l’animalité et la transformation. Un singe énorme portant l’opéra de Sydney sur son dos, création de Laurence Vallières en collaboration avec Jessica Lau, dominera la galerie. Puis, vous pourrez vous immerger dans l’installation vidéo de Edwin Janzen, qui s’approprie et re-contextualise l’imaginaire hollywoodien entourant l’ile déserte, les expérimentations visuelles de contemplation nostalgique en encre de chine sur papier de Tiffany Moore, une installation sur l’industrialisation de la nature utilisant comme élément sculptural principal du gazon vivant par Geneviève Gallant et les peintures aux narratives colorées sur l’exploitation des animaux de Gillian King.

Et ce ne sera qu’un début car plusieurs événements ponctuels auront lieu au cours de la soirée, dont la poétique performance sur le primitif-en-soi de Kyle Patrick, une performance-sculpture sur le double par Sarah Zakaib et un solo de danse contemporaine par Bettina Szabo.

En fin de soirée, l’ambiance musicale nous sera aimablement fournie le DJ N.D.M.A, formidable DJ ontarien avec un son rythmé allant du indie expérimental au hip-hop.

Le plaisir ne s’arrête pas là ! L’exposition continuera jusqu’au 17 mars à la galerie Fresh Paint aux heures d’ouverture régulières, soit du mercredi au samedi de 12h à 19h.

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“Transmute” Group Exhibition to Rock Nuit blanche à Montréal 2012

A collective of Montreal artists are joining forces to produce “Transmute,” a multi-disciplinary exhibitions that promises to shake up Montreal’s all-night Nuit blanche festival from February 25 to March 17, 2012. “Transmute” brings together painting, sculpture, poetry, video and performance art to create an absurdist art safari in which our supposedly civilized fantasies of flora and fauna forcibly take the front seat.

“Transmute” will happen at Fresh Paint Gallery, an independent art space located at 180 Ste-Catherine East. Please join us for a drink the night of Nuit blanche (February 25) and get ready to enjoy the show!

Works featured will focus on animality and transformation. Laurence Vallières, assisted by Jessica Lau, will exhibit a gigantic sculptural monkey carrying the Sydney Opera House on its back. Edwin Janzen’s video installation, “Lost Islands,” will enfold the viewer in vintage recontextualized cinematic fantasies of movie monsters and tropical islands. Tiffany Moore’s visual experiments of nostalgic contemplation in Chinese ink on paper, Geneviève Gallant will present installation piece on nature’s industrialization, while Gillian King’s colourful paintings depict harsh narratives of animal exploitation.

The evening will also feature several events, including a poetic performance by Kyle Patrick on the animal-in-oursleves, a performance-sculpture by Sarah Zakaib on the theme of the “doppleganger” or “double,” and a contemporary solo dance performance by Bettina Szabo.

Tunes and beats graciously provided by DJ N.D.M.A, amazing DJ from Ontario with a fast paced sound ranging from experimental indie to hip hop, who will close the performances and keep the music pumping into the wee hours.

In addition to the night of Nuit Blanche itself, the exhibition will be up until March 17. Fresh Paint Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday, noon to 7 p.m.

Vernissage:
25 février 2012
18h-3h
Fresh Paint, 180 Sainte-Catherine E.
Montréal, QC

Événement: After Party Grafika 2012

 

Entrée: sur présentation soit du RSVP à l’after-party ou de billets pour le gala Grafika.

Les légendaires Grumman ’78 tiendront un comptoir de tacos, incluant une option végé. (www.grumman78.com)

 

Alcool:

 – Vin par Versay (www.versay.ca)

 – Bière par Pabst (http://pabstblueribbon.com/)

 

Musique:

http://www.myspace.com/connshawnery

https://www.facebook.com/connshawnery

 

All you had to do was ask…

Under Pressure and En Masse would really like ad agencies to stop using their art for free

BRAND UNDER PRESSURE: Chevrolet Sonic ad
BRAND UNDER PRESSURE: Chevrolet Sonic ad

The ever-niggling question of the ownership of public art is being hotly debated both online and in lawyers’ offices, thanks to two examples of what artists are calling the unscrupulous and uncompensated use of their work by advertising agencies.

The first involves graffiti festival Under Pressure and the Chevrolet Sonic. Last fall, Under Pressure founder Sterling Downey was dismayed and then furious when he saw the Sonic ad “Mixed & Mastered” on YouTube. The ad features, as car ads do, lots of good-looking young people driving around, looking far more cool, successful and happy than most young people today have a right to. It’s hyper-quickly edited, with half-second clips of cool urban art bombarding the eyeballs. Some of that art, he noticed, came from Under Pressure’s mural behind Foufounes Électriques. The TV spot was aired across the country and was complemented by a national print and billboard campaign featuring the Under Pressure wall. All this without so much as a phone call asking permission, says Downey, much less any money.

Downey began an online barrage of abuse aimed at Chevrolet, the ad agency Cossette and its parent agency MacLaren McCann. Anonymous ad busting, in the form of stickers, T-shirts and yes, spray paint, followed. “This is literally one of the biggest ad campaigns ever seen using graffiti as a tool,” says Downey. “The proper thing would have been to contact the festival owners and ask our permission. It would have cost them nothing. People would have been compensated and everyone would have been happy. But instead, [the agencies were] like, ‘Who’s going to fuck with us?’”

Downey has since hired a lawyer to pursue the case, saying, “Chevrolet doesn’t want it to go to court, but I do. I want to create a legal precedent.”

This isn’t the first time a car company used graffiti in their ads. Chrysler allegedly used art by the Bronx’s TATS Cru in a Fiat ad featuring J. Lo last fall. Lawyers talked and a “confidential” set­tlement was reached quickly and amicably, according to Chrysler (“‘confidential’ = tons of cash!” snarked gossip blogger Perez Hilton at the time).

 INSPIRATION OR IMITATION? (L to R) Nov. 2011 <em>Nightlife</em>, detail, En Masse work

INSPIRATION OR IMITATION? (L to R) Nov. 2011 Nightlife, detail, En Masse work

BIG OOPS

Downey’s lawyer is also being retained by Jason Botkin of local group drawing project En Masse (whose artists include former Mirror music editor Rupert Bottenberg), which also has a dog in the Under Pressure fight. En Masse alleges that Cossette used unauthorized En Masse work on the Under Pressure wall in a campaign last year for the Institut national de la recherche scientifique. And more recently, Botkin says the November 2011 cover of Nightlife, a Montreal music and lifestyle magazine published by advertising agency Newad, had art for a cover ad for L’Oréal fragrance Diesel that resembled En Masse’s style too closely for comfort. The ad, produced by local agency Publicis, had a look that “was extremely close to ours, and they are fully aware of what we do,” says Botkin. “Obviously there’s a case to be made for plagiarism. It goes beyond borrowing.”

En Masse and Publicis have worked together before, notably on a Coca-Cola campaign last year. Nicolas Massey, Publicis’ creative director, disagrees with Botkin’s assessment, saying the Nightlife cover was inspired by, not copied from, En Masse. “That style has existed since the 70s and 80s in Europe. They are not the only ones doing it.” Although legal issues kept him from saying too much, Massey remains hopeful that the lawyers will work out a resolution that will satisfy all parties.

The same goes for Chevrolet. Mirror calls to Cossette were directed to GM communications rep Faye Roberts in Oshawa. She says it was not GM’s intention to use artists’ work without com­pensation. “We hope those discussions will lead to a resolution as soon as possible.” The Sonic ad was re-edited to remove the offending images.

For McGill prof and intellectual property law expert Tina Piper, the graffiti case is clear. “The law is, any creative work is protected by copyright law, as long as it’s original,” she says. “The company shouldn’t use the work without asking permission and should expect to pay some sort of fee or royalty. Artists are entitled to copyright even if they are anonymous.”

As for plagiarism, if two works “are substantially similar, you can claim copyright violation,” she says.

But she adds that most copyright infringement allegations don’t go anywhere. “It’s only worth pursuing if someone is making money off it,” she says.

Chevrolet “made a mistake, and it will cost them,” says Downey.

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NATION RUCKUS: Pre-tape available for download

‘THE PRE-TAPE” includes 10 ORIGINAL TRACKS and drops in anticipation for our debut album “Boombox Manifesto” set to be in stores this winter.

We wanted to bring you an old-school inspired tape recalling the spirit of artists such as Beastie Boys and Outkast. Expect head-knocking beats, punchy and clever rhymes, raw scratches as well as that touch of realness and originality NR’s fans and hip-hop heads have been begging for.

GET IT HERE

 

Arab Winter: The Narcicyst Artist Profile

by The Narcicyst

Be A Part of Arab Winter indiegogo.com/​Arab-Winter
Follow The Narcicyst @ twitter.com/​TheNarcicyst

Under Pressure X The Medium Presents

Arab Winter Exhibition and Show Live at Fresh Paint Gallery, 180 St-Catherine East, December 2nd 2011 at 7 PM. Arab Winter is a Multimedia, multi-disciplinary event with musicians, painters, calligraphists, graffiti artists and short films. It is the first show in a series by this collective of Artists.

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The Narcicyst is an Iraqi MC/Media Master born in the UAE, raised in Canada and continually questioned by the powers that be, his musical career was spawned through the collaborative work of the Euphrates family; A growing collective of Muslim visual artists, musicians, painters, filmographers and photographers. Releasing two albums with Euphrates, “A Bend in the River” and “Stereotypes Incorporated” respectively, the crew garnered worldwide attention from Time Magazine to publications out of the Middle East and Europe. A graduate in Political science and Communication Studies, Narcy went on to get a Masters degree in Media Studies focusing on the identity politics in Hip-Hop poetics, specifically encountering and dissecting the Arab-American experience through a thesis project entitled “Fear of An Arab Planet”. With a book being released under the same title, and a self-titled album, The Narcicyst is sure to make you see yourself through the proverbial mirror that is the current state of the world.

About Arab Winter

The Narcicyst will be musically curating the launch event of Arab Winter, handpicking some of the most powerful voices in modern Eastern music, from local Montreal talents, to international vocalists and musicians. With live interpolations of Warchestra to original material for the night, The Narcicyst will be transforming the sonic atmosphere of the space to bring you to the neo-Arab experience.

 

Arab Winter: Karim Jabari Artist Profile

by The Narcicyst

Be A Part of Arab Winter indiegogo.com/​Arab-Winter

Under Pressure X The Medium Presents

Arab Winter Exhibition and Show Live at Fresh Paint Gallery, 180 St-Catherine East, December 2nd 2011 at 7 PM.
Arab Winter is a Multimedia, multi-disciplinary event with musicians, painters, calligraphists, graffiti artists and short films. It is the first show in a series by this collective of Artists.

underpressure.ca
madefromwords.com

Karim Jabbari began his artistic journey at the tender age of twelve. His difficult childhood was eased by a passion for calligraphy, allowing him to express what he could not in words. Later in life and far from home, calligraphy became a reminder of where he came from and what he left behind. His love for the Arabic language intensified as he began to delve deeper into its beautiful letters, words, and syllables. Always searching for an original concept to breathe more vibrancy and life into his creations, Karim’s work is continuously evolving. Classic Kufic and Maghrebi calligraphy are featured in many of his compositions. This preference arises from the strong pull towards his North African background and his belief in keeping dying traditions alive.

About Letters of Rebellion

Karim’s contribution is meant to explore the hidden meanings of the Arab revolution and expose the human hopes that are expressed by people standing up for their rights. Jabari will put forward a series of calligrahy and abstract paintings on canvases, wood and glass of different sizes and shapes.