Sunday, June 24, 2007
As of last Friday, my zines/bookworks became available exclusively through a boutique/studio space called Freedom Clothing in Toronto. From Russia with Love, Teenage Lust and my Record Cover Notebooks are there on sale now, and other titles will be available there within coming weeks.
Freedom Clothing is run by the Freedom Clothing Collective, a group of fine young designers. The shop is gorgeous, and sells a variety of wearables and readables, from new and reworked vintage clothing to accesories, handmade jewellry, zines and artist's multiples. They also have rotating art exhibitions every month or so. From their website:
The core values of the collective are freedom of expression and freedom to responsible consumption. We feel that clothing should be expressive, intelligent and accessible. In an industry often seen as being frivolous and pretentious, Freedom Clothing offers an alternative way to make, sell & buy fashion. As young business owners we hope to foster both accessibility to local artists as well as bridge the gap between fashion and building community relationships. By supporting us, the community helps to recycle what would normally end up in landfills while funding creative and socially conscious production methods. We integrate recycled fabrics with new materials in our designs to promote an environmentally conscious way of purchasing and wearing clothing.
939 Bloor Street West
(1 Block West of Ossington)
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
I found this photo of the Russia installation on a photo-blog called pause by Drew Thomas Levy. What a great picture! The following caption accompanied the photo...
'from russia with love'
Toronto, ON | June 2007
I was walking along College Street east of Bathurst this morning, when I noticed this display in the window of 'She Said Boom,' a used book and record shop on the north side of Kensington Market. The piece, by a Toronto artist named Tara Bursey, is entitled 'From Russia with Love' and features 54 portraits of Russian 'mail-order brides' drawn from photographs found by the artist on internet websites. The portraits caught my eye, and only in part because they reminded me of Walker Evan's photograph (pictured below) 'Penny Picture Display, Savannah, Georgia, 1936.'
Friday, June 15, 2007
Check out the latest issue of Border Crossings Magazine for an in-depth article about Iris Haussler's Legacy of Joseph Wagenbach by Andrea Carson. The article discusses the installation itself, Iris' previous work, and other examples of public/performative/"hyper-real" installation over the past 60 years.